Its depressing to write a preview only one day after watching my team throw away another win. This season has seen many disappointments but I usually have two to three days to recover before I have to write. Oh well enough complaining, Arsenal plays Portsmouth tomorrow only two days after a exasperating draw versus Aston Villa on Friday. All the pre-match talk is on Mr. Arsenal returning as manager to his former club, but in our present, dreary situation, I can’t be bothered one bit to care about Tony Adams returning. The only thing I want is three points.
Arsene is struggling to keep faith himself, no matter what he actually says in the press. ‘We have to keep the belief that we have because out of Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, only Villa beat us at home.’
‘I believe we have improved in those last two months tremendously. We look much more solid.
‘We do miss a bit of belief I think, but we are still young as well.’
He is in full support of TA. ‘There is no such thing as a natural manager but Adams will certainly be a great one and he has the qualities needed to become one.’
Arsenal Team News:
Adebayor returns from his wrongful suspension, and Clichy should be fit to start. Though Johan Djourou might miss the match because of an injury picked up during the warm up at Villa. Song is also out after pulling up before halftime last game.
Player to watch: Kolo & Gallas
Two words that haunt Arsenal defenders and fans, Peter Crouch. Without Djourou these two will have to keep him in check, which they have always failed miserably at in the past.
Portsmouth Team News:
Glen Johnson, John Utaka, and Younes Kaboul are all doubts for Pompey. Marc Wilson will keep his spot in the lineup.
Player to watch: Peter Crouch
Its pretty obvious why you should watch him, but if your mind seems to be failing you for some reason then re-watch the games he played against us when he was at Liverpool.
Match Facts & Stats
Diaby will be making his 50th Premier League appearance for Arsenal
Manuel Almunia is the only remaining player to start all EPL games for the Gunners
Home and away
League (inc PL Arsenal 25 wins, Portsmouth 14, Draws 23
Prem: Arsenal 4 wins, Portsmouth 0, Draws 6
at Arsenal only
League (inc PL): Arsenal 16 wins, Portsmouth 6, Draws 9
Prem: Arsenal 3 wins, Portsmouth 0, Draws 2
Alan Wiley will officiate. He has managed 13 Barclay’s Premier League games this year handing out one red and thirty-seven yellows, giving him a 2.92 card per game average.
Arsenal are bad, but so are Portsmouth. Arsenal will score, and so will Portsmouth. So lets see who outscores the other, but I’m banking on a 4-2 Arsenal win.
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