Date: 3rd February 2007 at 5:05pm
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The team’s are as follows:


22 Jones
17 Xavier
08 Woodgate
12 Pogatetz
33 Taylor
27 Cattermole
07 Boateng
03 Arca
19 Downing
09 Viduka
20 Yakubu

21 Turnbull, 24 Davies, 16 Euell, 25 Morrison, 11 Christie


01 Lehmann
31 Hoyte
05 Toure
06 Senderos
22 Clichy
16 Flamini
04 Fabregas
19 Silva
07 Rosicky
25 Adebayor
14 Henry

15 Denilson, 20 Djourou, 24 Almunia, 30 Aliadiere, 32 Walcott


35 Replies to “Middlesbrough V Arsenal Lineups”

  • Know what you mean Roc. I was busting for a *****e after about 25. Wish I’d gone, I’m gonna be needing a *****bag for life now 😎

  • Senderos is having a very very poor season, and Fabregas is tired. Flamini should never be deployed right. Mike Riley is a ****

  • Ahh! Our old mate Mike O’ Reily eh? Oh well, another result with 10 men when we weren’t at our best. Building blocks for next seasons assault I think! Senderos is the same in every match, excellent for most of it, but it’s the one lapse of concentration that seems to cost us. If he can iron those mistakes out of his game he’d be great!

  • For all the Wonderful things Wenger does right hisone major flaw is that he continues to play his favourites. Flamini should be nowhere near the first team other than in the carling cup. His performance today was abysmal, he didn’t help Hoyte, he done nothing worthwhile in attack & he continually gave the ball back to boro. Having said all that Boro can thank Riley for getting them a draw by awarding a penalty for a challenge that was made a minimum of 5 feet outside the area. I thought Yakubo (or whatever his name is) was supposed to be strong yet he went to floor like a big girl everytime anyone went near him & as for Mark ‘Deliberate Forearm’ Viduka which was seen by Riley & only given a yellow card, what a fat **** he is. I just knew Riley would cost us this game he really is one of the worst refs in this league!!

  • I seem to agree with u AG, Flamini has been very useful in the 4-5-1 this season but today he was very poor. The only alternative was denilson, since walcott is very low on confidence. The penalty was rather soft but the red card… typical Mike Riley.

  • Ashburton Gooner, Flamini just good to be in the carling cup? do you know what you’re talking? dun blame the poor guy for the entire team’s lacklustre performance. whatever job he is given, whether at leftback, rightback, or right midfield, he gives everything and does a very good job at it. there were others in the team today who were way worse than him. the guy reminds me so much of ray parlour, love him for his commitment to the team and who always gives 110% in every game. you’re only looking at what he did wrong and not at the mistakes of others, the guy is gonna be the unsung hero of our club, and only after a few years will he get the due credit that he deserves..

  • and boro really defended well today, they hardly gave us space, and liverpool’s draw makes this result even more disappointing, as this was a great chance to grab the third spot from them, but the lads will still keep going and i conceede the title now, but the 2nd spot is still up for grabs now..

  • and we’re clearly missing hleb and van persie and also ljungberg to an extent. freddie can still provide us the width we lacked today and make those runs in the box and keep scoring if he gets the right service. someone needs to take over the mantle from bergkamp to provide him the killer passes for his trademark runs. and in our last year’s champions league run we had a patched up defence, but i think our every player in attack was available for the knock out stages, and if we are to seriously challenge and win it this year, we need to get everyone fit soon, f*** when are all our injuries going to clear up..

  • lucky you’re right about Flam’s efforts, however today in my eyes he was at his worst self. The only one who perhaps had a worse game than him was Senderos, he looked so uncomfortable on the ball, and seemed to make decisions at the last moment or when it is too late, which put him and the rest in deep ****. The team did not click because Cesc didn’t get going today and the little warrior is OBVIOUSLY tired. So is Toure. They desperately need a break. AG’s observation about Flam’s uselessness at the right is correct (but saying to use him in the CC is a bit harsh, too). We were pretty easy to read as all our threats came from left and center. I don’t blame Flam he gives his 100%, but there’s no point in putting him there. It is the same as when the Beast was made to play on the left side against the Blades (I think) and was non-productive. Same with Flam.

  • yeh but G4L who else did we have on the bench? walcott is so low on confidence, that playing him away from home today when he’s not at his best would only be bad for him and affect him even more. he hsould be given more chances at home to find his feet and get his confidence level back. that left us with denilson, the lad played 120 mins on wednesday night and to expect the young kid to start today would be too much, and had he had a bad game today, it would have undone most of his goodwork from wednesday and shaken his confidence a bit too. we could have played ali and manu on the wings and go for a 4-5-1 with only henry upfront, but wenger decided to go with a 4-4-2 and he had no other alternative other than playing flamini on the left..

  • As far as our need of a new DB10, we should forget it. There will never ever be one as cunning and skillful as DB and moulding people into that role would be difficult. Henry seems to be playing in a completely different role nowadays and is trying to involve more people every game but there was noone to involve on the right today.

  • I would have preferred the 4-5-1 that would see Gilberto, Cesc, and Flam in the centre with Tomas and Ali on the wings with TH alone up front. Wenger decided to go for a 4-4-2 and made Flamini look far worse than he really is. Hoyte was exposed too many times, although he did reasonably well. Just a thought: Could Titi have played with Tomas on the left/right wing with Ade upfront? I think yes. he drifts out there anyway.

  • suddenly our attack is looking a bit thin with injuries to hleb and rvp. cesc as you rightly said was never in the game today and he was clearly missing hleb, and i even missed freddie. we need everyone in the attack to be fit, hopefully these players will be back in time for the cl and we’ll have a full squad to choose from. and toure i think will get a breather when gallas will be back. wenger is reluctant to play djourou and senderos together, they aren’t leaders at the back as yet, and senderos was really awful today, but i’m sure he’ll bounce back, he just needs two or three solid games under his belt to get his confidence back..

  • he’ll never play titi on the left, i’m sure he’ll never even consider that option, instead manu could have played on the left and titi upfront. but she should have changed the system at halftime when it was clearly not working, get flam in the centre or sub him for ali, but my guess is arsene would have thought that the team is good enough to go and get a result no matter how ineffective some of the players were today..

  • i honestly thought he would rest cesc today and play flamini with gilberto, but with hleb out, we needed a bit more creativity in the midfield. we need to sign a replacement for bergkamp next season, and i know there’ll never be anyone quite like him, but someone whos creative just like him and can add a bit more imagination to our game..

  • What was wenger thinking? Hoyte & Flamini on the right? No offense whatsoever. I think the sub for denilson should have come much earlier. We had a slight chance to win the league, but after that result, i doubt it. I don’t even think we can come 2nd now, unless wenger starts playing more offensive.

  • Last season this was the kind of game we would have lost. We are starting to find the right mentality. If we had 11 v 11 then I’m sure we would have went on to dominate the last 20 against Boro and probably sneaked a 1-0. Don’t be too dissapointed! We didn’t lose the League today guys, we lost it away to Man City, and Fulham and West Ham. We’ve learned from those mistakes, a bit too late to challenge for this season, but I really do beleive that we’ve learnt. And our season is by no means over yet!

  • Cesc’s worst game in an Arsenal shirt, dont think i’ve ever seen him so ineffective. Not just hanging it on him, but if we are gonna bag flamini and senderos then it needs to be said, he was useless. Adebayors first touch was shocking to, he looked like the guy from last season all over again, not the one who svcored aqt OT

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