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December 07, 2011, 05:08:06 PM
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Andre Santos is out of the match on Saturday, meaning that Vermaelen or Koscielny will have to play at left back. Coleman needs to have a blinder down that right flank now to give us a fighting chance.

December 10, 2011, 08:31:12 PM
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I don't understand how anyone can be surprised at Neville starting. With Rodwell and Osman both out, it was either him or Heitinga, with Distin playing alonside Jagielka. He'll be asked to perform a man marking job on Arteta anyway, seeing as he'll know Arteta so well from his time here.

December 10, 2011, 08:56:18 PM
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true it aint a surprise, but he could have moved bily or cahill central to make room for a more creative player, if bily plays as shit over 90mins as he usually does, that midfield has 0 creativity and with our def and their attack its likely we'll concede, having a valid goal threat would have been a better option imo

We'd all like to see someone like Gueye or Barkley ahead of Neville, but this is Moyes we're talking about. Added to the fact that we haven't won away against Arsenal since 1996, and since Moyes obviously wants to keep it as tight as possible and look to get a goal from a counter attack or set piece, then it's no surprise that he's opted for Neville.


December 10, 2011, 09:54:13 PM
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Rode our luck at a couple of times, especially with that Walcott square ball that Hibbert dealt with, but other than that they're being typical Arsenal: Nice, intricate football but not much end product.

Hibbert, Fellaini and Heitinga impressed me in that half. Coleman and Bilyaletdinov have done fairly well too. Cahill and Saha anonymous as ever, but not surprising considering how little possession we've had.

December 10, 2011, 11:12:50 PM
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Defensively we were much better. One or two mistakes but they were further up the pitch as opposed to being on the edge of the box, so that was fairly pleasing.

Heitinga and Fellaini should have closed Song down quicker, but you can't take anything away from Van Persie's finish. The ball to him and the finish were world class.

Was strange to see McAleny come on ahead of Barkley and Vellios, and despite Saha being woeful I wouldn't have brought Distin on; solely for the fact that Heitinga had been our best player playing as a centre back. We shouldn't be disrupting the backline during a match unless absolutely necessary.

Norwich and Swansea matches are massive now. Anything less than six points isn't worth thinking about.