Date: 2nd September 2007 at 1:18am
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Arsenal face a stern test on Sunday when South coast club Portsmouth visit Ashburton Grove.

The Hampshire-based club will bring with them a trio of ex-Gooners in the form of Lauren, Campbell and Kanuuuuuuuuu.

It would seem that Arsenal are beginning to feel more at home at The Grove. So far this season The Gunners have played three home games and registered three wins, scoring six goals whilst conceding only one goal.

Portsmouth’s away results have not reflected their away form so far. A superb fight back at Derby saw them earn a 2-2 draw. Then last weekend we saw them play Chelsea off the park only to be shot down by a Fat Frank goal.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal are now settled at The Emirates, and will now win the games that they deserve to: ‘We were a little bit surprised at the start of last season but after six or seven months I feel we feel at home now.

‘We are now like any other Premiership team when we play at home. You win the game when you are at your best.

“Overall I am very happy with the spirit of the side at the moment. I have a strong belief in the quality of my team and that has been justified in what I have seen on the pitch.’

Former Arsenal player ‘Ralph’ Lauren says that although Arsenal will miss Henry, there is life after Titi: ‘What I know is Arsenal have exceptional young players. They’ll miss Thierry and in the big matches they will certainly miss the winning quality he offers.

‘But what they possess is the philosophy, the mentality instilled in them by Arsene Wenger. It will drive them on.’

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal will be missing several players when they line up to face ‘arry Redknapp’s side. Jens Lehmann has added to his injury problems after he injured his elbow. He’s also still suffering from the Achillies injury that has kept him out of Arsenal’s last two games.

Sanga (back), Gallas (Groin) and Eboue (ankle) are all defiantly missing, while Alex Hleb will face a late fitness test after falling ill.

Walcott could start again on the right after an impressive game against Prague in the week.

Player to watch: Theo Walcott

After an outstanding game midweek, I’m going to tip Walcott to get his first Premiership goal for The Arsenal.

He’ll start wide, but I expect him to move into the middle later in the game, when his pace and energy will punish Portsmouth’s ageing defence.

Pompey Team News:

New boy Glen Johnson will start at right back for new club, meaning former Gooooooner Lauren will push forward to midfield.

Pedro Mendes and Nico Kranjcar could both return.

There is a slight concern over the fitness of Sol Campbell.

Player to watch: Sulley Muntari

The former Udinese midfielder has been described by an Italian football magazine as ‘showing himself to possess the touch of Kak√° and the combativeness of Edgar Davids.’

That alone must surely make him one to watch.

Ref Watch:

Mark Halsey, the man in black for Sunday has issued fourteen cards in four games this season. An average of 3.5 cards per game.

Match Prediction:

I’m going to go with an Arsenal win. Arsene Wenger’s men are yet to lose this season.

Portsmouth will fight for every ball, but their efforts will tire the team while Arsenal’s fitness levels and youthfulness will see them score two late goals to run out 2-0 winners.

Adebayor and Walcott to get the goals.

P.S sorry there was no preview before the Sparta Prague game.


25 Replies to “Arsenal V Portsmouth”

  • this why I love Toure he is always there for you never injured and not worried about captains armband and always focuses on his game just proud to wear the arsenal shirt KING KOLO lead us to victory

  • men to watch.. i have to agree with simmy here.. coz muntari is really proving to be an instant fit at portsmouth.. but i can also see us tiring the hell out of them and getting a couple of late goals.. i just think that arsenal will probably score once in the first half.. the confidence is sky high.. and would love to see dudu score.. james has always been fantastic against us.. hope that blunder which allowed fat frank to score plays on his mind.. and he doesnt have the best match of his career.. as goalkeepers generally do against us..

  • Walcott getting his first premiership goal against Pompey seems a bit farfetched to me, maybe Rosicky or Cesc will be a more realistic choice.

  • Morning gooners!! Lets have another 3 points today, I want to see the strikers getting goals as well as our midfield. Maybe the purple midget “Prince” (Eduardo) can have a brace, whilst Diaby in the centre along with Cesc can controlled the midfield and feed it to the wider players. Is Hleb fit at all any news?

  • utaka is a player to watch for pompey as well. he looked good at the bridge. it will be a tough game i think for you lot. they drew at home to utd and were unlucky to leave our place without a point

  • No offence Karley. Its just that I would like to see a more uptempo performance from the lads today. Gilberto is pure class agreed, Wenger will play him but I hope that Diaby has a longer run within the team as I think the guy has a certain presence in our team Ala Vieira.

  • Right that`s it! down the local for the game only I`m undecided on shirt preference? Bergkamp `98 or `71 double oh bugger red it is. or redcurrent? AAAARGHHHH.

  • Senderos just has to go. It seems he tries his best to f*** up the matches for Arsenal everytime he plays. Against Sparta in the week he made an air kick & fell over with no opposition player around him, which against a better team would’ve cost us, & yet again today against the slowest striker in the league he has got caught out & sent off. I truly believe he is the worst defender I have ever seen pull on an Arsenal shirt in the 23 years I’ve been following the team.

  • i believe ur too harsh on senderos.. he nearly scored in the game and was caught out of position bcoz toure didnt hold the line.. in such circumstances would you let him hv the goal or trip him outside the box, get a red card and let the team defend a 2 goal lead.. but i’m not blaming toure either as he had a massive game.. motm has to be rosicky, pure running for the full 90 min with a goal to show as well.. i personally think diaby’s miss is more criminal then senderos’ red card

  • AG you are being way to harsh on Senderos. I agee with McGooner and if you look at it again there was a good chance it was off side anyway. What I dont get is why is Senderos’s tackle a red but James’s isnt? If anything James is more the last man back than Phil.

  • I gotta agree with AG here (Wahey, AG!!!!) Senderos is terrible…..although, I’d have to say I reckon he’d excell in Italy or Spain. Our game is just too quick for him, he gets out of position easily, and where Gallas, Toure or Clichy have the speed and skill to make up for it, Senderos doesn’t. He’s big and clumsy and gives away too many free kicks and gets sent off for silly “tackles”. Senders should have been the one to go to Birmingham and keep Djourou here. At least he missies the NLD, Bert was excellent at CB.

  • Did’nt catch the game which I’m pretty gutted about, due to working so I can’t make any calls on who rocked and who shocked but I don’t care, I’m over the moon that we won a game again that last season we drew, well done boys keep strong.

  • I’m gutted too niko :(. My live streaming gave up on me. But I did catch bits of the game, and it was pleasing to watch. Pompey were outclassed.

  • It was fairly good, certainly better than against Man City. I’d say all our players earnt a rating of between 7 and 7.5 today. Senderos may be inconsistent but he made a few good clearances before getting a red card. The main thing is that we went ahead first (!), we won, and we now have 10 points – effing brilliant start! Bring on the spuds!

  • Thought Rosicky was great today and hopefully he can go on and step up a level this season. We definitely need Gallas back now with Senderos’ suspension.

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