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Premier League 03/04 (Week 2)  
User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Posted (11 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 1083 times:

It took only 2 weeks, but already the "big 3" are out in front: Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea.

The biggest game on the weekend was Man Utd's win against Newcastle. After sluggish start, Man Utd came good in the 2nd half and blew away Newcastle, who simply had no answer. Roy Keane was in sparking form. How on earth O'brien didn't get sent off on that crude tackle on Giggs is this week's question of the week?? Also, funny to see Fergie get sent off!!  Smile

More impresive, albeit against slightly inferior opposition was the mighty gunners! It took only 4 minutes for Henry to leave open his account and by half time, it was all over. Wiltord put the icing on the cake and we ran out handsome winners 4-0. For some reason, we always seem to score plenty at the Riverside. Last 2 times we have gone up there we have won 4-1 and 4-0?? and 3 seasons agao we won 6-1 up there as well. Also, not even a card was handed out to an Arsenal player!

Chelsea paraded their new signings for the first time. Apparently, the preview had 8 pages dedicated to each signing!!! Maybe CHRISBA777ER can confirm this? Started off well, with an awful own goal by Nallis. Then they relaxed a bit it seemed and took things a bit too easy, and Leicseter duly equalised. Then came Mutu, with an unstopable drive, 2-1 it finished with Geremi (shouldn't have been sent off), Smicea (shouldn't have been sent off) and Rogers (should have been send off) . Now Hernan will be joining the club of billionaires sometime this week...  Big grin

Otrher results, Liverpool played an entertaining draw with Aston Villa. Both had a number of chances to score, but lacked that final touch. Really bad 2 footed lunge by Gerrard, should have been a straight red! But hey, he is an England international, can't send him off can we?

Bolton really should have won against Blackburn, who had Dwight Yorke to thank for, 2-2 it finished also Blackburn had Reid sent off. Man City played their first competitive match at the new City of Machester Stadium and scored a last minute goal to Sommeil to stave off defeat against a impressive Porthsmouth side, 1-1 it finished. Totenham beat Leeds 2-1, with new sigining Frederic Kanoute on the park for literally a few seconds and scoring the winner. Also, impressive goal by Taricco.

Everton comfortable beat Fulham 3-1, with impeding signing Sean Davis probably thinking he has made the right move. Wolves compared to last week did marginally better against Charlton, going down 4-0; who had Scott Parker sent off. Could have been worse for Wolves. And finally, for our Southampton fans, they finished goaless against Birmingham.

So team of the week (according to www.premeirleague.com)...

GK. Sorenson (Aston Villa)
DR. Unsworth (Everton)
DL. Taricco (Tottenham)
CB. Campbell (Arsenal)
CB. Sommeil (Man City)
RM. Izzet (Leicester)
CM. Jensen (Charlton)
CM. Keane (Man Utd)
LM. Ljungberg (Arsenal)
ST. Henry (Arsenal)
ST. Bartlett (Charlton)

So far our top 5 players this season are...

1. Giggs (Man Utd)
2. Henry (Arsenal)
3. Shearer (Newcastle)
4. Scholes (Man Utd)
5. Pires (arsenal)

4 Man Utd and Arsenal players hmmm.... .

Look forward to your opinions and views. Anyway till next week... Smile





[Edited 2003-08-25 03:19:14]

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User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 1075 times:

Liverpool were really crap yesterday, and with 'Hoof'lier saying 0-0 against Villa was a good result, this season doesn't look to promising Sad

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

Middlesborough were poor, coming forward Arsenal looked good but were a bit average elsewhere, United were a bit shaky to start before they got going, Liverpool just sucked, Man City...

Well, drawing at home against newly promoted Portsmouth just isn't good enough! Something needs to be done, we've got a lot of very good players but still can't find any sort of consistency.

Blah.

Season looks interesting though, can you see the threee title contenders yet?  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 1067 times:
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The Riverside demolition job was sweet, same thing happened last year. Chelsea look good, but the real test will come in March/April when the going get's tough, Chelsea IMO will slip away leaving the big two wrestling it out.




In Arsene we trust!!
User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

LPL, Liverpool wern't that bad I thought. Harry missed a glorious opportunity to score and Owen had a chance as well.

EGGD, Middlesborough were very poor especially the midfield and the forward line. Only Juninhio and Nemmeth can hold their heads high. Arsenal weren't average, its just that Middlesborough played really badly that made us look good, however, we were simply awesome coming forward and we surely would have beaten any team on that day. Ljungberg had a great game and Henry was just Henry... breathtaking...  Smile


User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1054 times:

Man City 3 (Tarnat 3, Barton 58, Anelka 86) - Blackburn 2 (Sinclair o.g. 43, Amoruso 60)

Great last goal by Anelka, the angle was pretty acute to say the least. Both keepers (Friedel and Seaman) both had a night they rather forget. Now Man City sits on top of the table all alone on 7 points, 1 point ahead of the chasing pack; Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea.


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1045 times:

Rob Styles had a shocker - Geremi shouldnt have gone. The game was not dirty or niggly, and he played the ball. Scimeca didnt even claim he was caught (not really majorly) and the players got on with the game - i couldnt believe it when he got straight red. Terry got a toddid afternoon and very little change out of Scowcroft, and Dickov spent all afternoon kicking and swearing and leaving his foot in on Marcel trying to wind him up - he doesnt deserve to wear a Leicester shirt - scum. Rogers was perhaps a little unlucky to go, he tried to take the ball out of Jespers chest while he was on the floor by the corner flag (admittedly he did barge him over) and the ref sent him off for kicking Jesper. I think he meant to play the ball to be fair. Scimeca deserved to go - he had been kicking lumps out of Lamps and Geremi all afternoon, and had made a few well late tackles before that. Also, if you have already been booked and you see Joey Cole showing you arseholes and elbows away from you, and you have very little chance of getting the ball, why crash in like that? He must have known he would get sent off.

Savage lookalike Nalis scored a great OG, but i think had he not, Jimmy was unmarked behind him, so probably would have banged it away - not to worry, was a good start. Mutu looked very, very impressive all game. I tell you floks, we have a hell of a player on our hands here. He took his goal very well, and hardly put a foot wrong all afternoon. Joey Cole scared them to death when he came on - looked really impressive and i'm glad he is startign tonight. Melchiot looked like he was fighting for his place, and did very well i thought. Bridgey had a quiet game, and looked lackign in pace- perhaps hes not match fit yet. JT should have done better with their goal, and didnt have a good game, but showed characted not to get frustrated with Scowcroft who was not there to play football. I thought Geremi looked ok, and so did Veron, gave the ball away a little too much, but are still in need of match practice - i like Seba - he is a player the Bridge crowd like to watch. Duff didnt have a good game, but worked very very hard, and should be in the team on the basis of his workrate alone. Hasselbaink was man of the match for me. He looked a different player than last season - he was chasing everything and looked so much more positive - i was really pleased. If he carries on he will be difficult to dislodge.

Roman got a fantastic reception - the crown already worship the guy, and the russian folk songs being played before the game really set the tone. He seemed to enjoy himself. Am off to the Zillnia game tonight and Blackburn game on saturday, so will provide reviews when i return.

Rgds,

CM



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

Can't believe City won last night, gave me and me dad a heart attack...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1040 times:

Likewise. Fabulous free kick by Tarnat, all of 38 yards out. Anelka's finish was something else too. Now, there's no way they'll be there at the end of the season (they've got Arsenal on Sunday so they won't even be there at the end of the week  Big grin ) but just for the moment, we can say: "We are top of the league".

How the hell does Shaun Wright-Phillips constantly get overlooked by David Platt? He's being earmarked by a number of journalists for a full call up at some point, and yet Platt has only given him a couple of substitute appearances for the Under 21's. Maybe it's because he doesn't play for one of his old clubs.  Insane



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1039 times:

Howdy Gentlemen!

How is Jens Lehmann doing his job? Any comments?



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1030 times:
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Lehmann is doing OK, no blunders, bloopers or anything of that nature. Looks quite suspect on corners though.



In Arsene we trust!!
User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

Andreas,

Actually Lehmann is looking to be great signing for Wenger. He looks composed and his positional play is excellent. I am now glad we got rid of Seaman, who is not that much better on corners, ask Sinclair  Smile.

Also, funnily enough, he hasn't received a card yet. As I have been told, he has a bit of a temper when he was playing for Dortmund.

CHRISBA777ER,

I think you are bit harsh on Duff there, I thought he was one of your better players. Veron looked poor in my opinion, back to those old Man Utd days.. what happened to the performance against Liverpool. I found it interesting, to see Veron and Duff alternating wings during the game. Veron is not a winger, he should play in the middle, but who are you going to get rid off, Lamaprd is playing really well at the moment. Already the selection headaches have started for Ranieri.

Now throw Crespo into the mix, things are getting complicated for poor old Claudio. Crespo is an great player, but in my opinion its a waste. You already have Hasselbaink (who looks like a man possessed this season), Mutu, Gudjhonson and Carlton Cole (on loan at Charlton), so why Crespo. Same goes with Smertin, there is already a glut of midfielders at Chelsea. I think Crespo will be Chelsea's final signing for this season.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1022 times:

Lehmann has a "bit of a temper" Zizou? I thought us Brits were meant to have understatement down to the finest of arts!  Big grin Lehmann could start a fight in an empty room, which makes his arrival at a less than disciplined Arsenal such a delicious irony.

'm just waiting for the first mistimed "tackle" from someone like Alan Smith. So far all he's had to do is watch the goals rain in at the other end so we haven't yet seen him in full flow. Could be fun.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

Mutu and Duff are the first choice attacking wingers if we play one up front, with Gronkjaer able to deputise. Zenden will go to Boro this week.

The three across ther middle inside of the two wingers will be Lampard, plus one of either Joe Cole of Veron, and a holding player from either Geremi, Smertin, or Manu Petit, who i think could come out of nowhere and be a total star for us this season.

Then you have two of Desailly, Gallas, Terry, and Huth at centreback, and two full backs from Melchiot, Johnson, Bridge, and Babayaro.

I think Claudio will play a "winner stays on" system like a pool game. With a good performance, the player stays in. If not, he is out. Mutu is going to play in a Solskjaer role for us - a striker but given a free role down one side.

So you have a settled 433 team:

CUDICINI
JOHNSON
TERRY
GALLAS
BRIDGE
LAMPARD
PETIT
VERON
MUTU
CRESPO
GUDJOHNSEN

442

CUDICINI
JOHNSON
GALLAS
TERRY
BRIDGE
DUFF
LAMPARD
VERON
MUTU
GUDJOHNSEN
CRESPO

451

CUDICINI
JOHNSON
GALLAS
TERRY
BRIDGE
DUFF
VERON
LAMPARD
PETIT
MUTU
CRESPO

On saturday he played a 451 that morphed to a 442 every time Mutu cut inside.

CUDICINI
MELCHIOT
DESAILLY
TERRY
BRIDGE
DUFF
VERON
GEREMI
LAMPARD
MUTU

Tonight he will play this team, or something very close to it.

CUDICINI
JOHNSON
GALLAS
HUTH
BABAYARO
DUFF
LAMPARD
GEREMI
COLE
GUDJOHNSEN
FORSSELL

Right, must get on with work!

Rgds,

CM




What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1015 times:

Um. Chris, you do realise that there are other teams apart from Chelsea, don't you???????


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1007 times:

It was only a matter of time before Portsmouth went top! Big grin Even as a Saints fan, I salute the Pompey boys - they'll stay up easily you know, they're a good side and Aiyegbeni is going to be the next African superstar


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1005 times:

Yes, I think they'll do OK this year. Interestingly, in the last couple of years the sides coming up have done reasonably well, when it isn't that long ago that all the press were muttering about how all three promoted clubs would go back down each and every year.


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1005 times:

IMHO i think they'll surprise everyone and win the Premiership ... it would be a nice change from Man Utd/Arsenal (eventhough i am a gooner) ...
Regards,
Shaun Big grin



All together or not at all
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1002 times:

Funny thing is Portsmouth could easily have had a 100% record, holding a 1-0 lead at Man City until the last minute (although city were battering them throughout the 2nd half). I just think that Redknapp has bought well and Portsmouth make teams work hard for their goals, unlike I'm afraid to say Wolves (next up for Portsmouth) who I think will go straight back down.


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 993 times:

Banco,

I took the opportunity to comment on our team - it was said that Ranieri has a selection headache and that our team will vary wildly. I merely outlined the team how i saw it.

And, yes there are other teams that Chelsea. Well spotted.




What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 982 times:

From last night,

Arsenal 2 (Campbell 56, Henry 90) - Aston Villa 0
Man Utd 1 (O'Shea 9) - Wolves 0
Liverpool 0 - Totenham 0

Arsenal was frustrated by well organised Villa side, who had a 5 man midfield, in order to curb the influlence of Vierra. It worked to an extent, but eventuall Arsenal found a way through the stout Villa defence, with Campbell scoring. Then Henry rounded of the proceedings with a last minute goal. There might be some scruitiny placed on the altercation that Pires and Mellberg had.

Man Utd were lucky to get away with a win against a solid Wolves team, who had numerous chances to score through Camara (he missed something like 4 chances!!). Man Utd were obviously missing Ferdninand and Silvestre, two of their better players.

Liverpool were dissapoionting again, with Houllier looking odds on to be the first manager to be given the chop this year. They look like a side devoid of attacking opportunities and the abusrd thing, was that Harry Kewell was played as a defensive midfielder....????

Newcastle Champions league dream is over and that is a huge financial blow to the Geordies....  Smile

Anyway, my team gunners continue our roll, while all the headlines are about Man Utd and Chelsea, we are just achieving quietly.



User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 971 times:

One or two mutterings are beginning about Gerard Houllier at Liverpool. They haven't really progressed much over the last few years have they?

Chris, I know you were, I was just joshing because it's extraordinary how many Chelsea fans have come out of the woodwork recently - not that I'm suggesting anything about you though.  Big grin

[Edited 2003-08-28 17:25:06]


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