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Middlesbrough visit Arsenal. Discuss.

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hahaha, clever add. :howler:

wins my award for best add disguised as a post.

might as well use this ?

ok i wont go with my usual henry hattrick. seeing as we hardly have large scorlines.

1-0 freddie. :eek:
 

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hope to win
JUST A WIN
ANY WIN


COME ON YOU GUNNERS
 

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after the Evern draw we desparately need a win. I absolutely hate draws, its nowhere in terms of the title.

its 1 point gained 2 points lost and that is utterly frustrating. You can tell MIDDLESBOROUGH are going for the draw.

i would take loosing over drawing because at least in loosing you got the determination and motivation to win your next game.. but in a draw its neither here or there.

i thing Wenger should drum home to the players that draw with lower teams are inacceptable and inexcuseable( sorry for the spelling).

Manure(old farts that they are):nasty: never draw, they either win or loose.
 

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In a draw you don't have the motivation to do well in your nex game.

the only time a draw is acceptable is when your facing your title rivals, in which then if draw happens, at least the spectators are entertained to a wonderful football.( depending of the teams of course..):D

Apart form that i think we should win against MIDDLESBOROUGH!!!
 

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A 4-1 win for Arsenal. Impressive!!
 

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Surely the best moment of this match (and perhaps the entire history of humanity) was when Mills was doing the typical "let the ball run out by blatantly obstructing the other guy and getting away with it" plan, then tried to shove Henry away, as defenders also get away with. Henry decided to then bend him over and give him a good buggering, because that's exactly what happened next.

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:star: :star: :star: :star: :star: Henry!
 

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oh good win good win :D

thats the kinda scoreline i want to see, rather the 4-0 though, however it was a penalty both cases. lets hope man utd slips up which i can see now :stuckup:
 

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Good move, Danny

The Insider

As if the prospect of facing Arsenal four times in a quick succession was not daunting enough for Middlesbrough, Danny Mills ensured they would be dealing with an angry version of the Highbury machine after an act of astonishing stupidity.

Gifting Arsenal with a chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot ten minutes before the break was a massive blow, yet the curiously angry Mills decided it was wise to square up to Thierry Henry before the great Frenchman took the spot kick. Shouting abuse at his face as he attempted to ruffle Gallic feathers was always likely to be a fruitless enterprise.


Once Henry calmly slotted the ball past Mark Schwarzer in the Middlesbrough goal, the scale of his folly was evident for all to see. After weathering an early Arsenal storm and reaching the point at which the Gunners frustrations were beginning to surface, Mills' actions were irresponsible and once they were a goal down, Steve McClaren's men were dead and buried.

Henry's reaction to his successful spot kick said it all. The Premiership's most deadly performer had been buzzing quietly before that moment, but as he beat his chest and shouted abuse back in the direction of Mills, it was clear that his mood had turned for the worse from a Middlesbrough prospective. Good move, Danny!

Ten minutes later they were two ahead and the idea of facing a rampant Henry in upcoming Carling Cup and FA Cup matches seemed even less appealing than it did before kick-off in this game. It was the brilliant Arsenal No.14 who inspired the second goal of the game as his free-kick in first-half injury-time found the goal via a deflection from the despairing Franck Queudrue.

With that, Middlesbrough's plan to frustrate the Gunners by employing the same formation used with great effect by Inter Milan in their 3-0 Champions League success here in September was shattered. A flat back 11 would be a harsh assessment of McClaren's set-up, but trying to work out who was playing up front was tough, with Joseph Job, vaguely hanging around on the half-way line, often the furthest forward Boro player.

Middlesbrough may not be as talented as the Serie A side that won at Highbury, but they had their chances to snatch as shock lead, Inter style, on the break. Doriva and Boateng went close, yet apart from those two breaks, Middlesbrough were hanging on from the first minute. Jeremie Aliadiere, Henry and Robert Pires had chances to score in the opening exchanges, though it when the breakthrough came, it was after a lull in Arsenal pressure.

Middlesbrough complained about referee Andy D'Urso's decision to point to the spot after Ugo Ehiogu pulled down Patrick Vieira in the box, but it was a clear trip and Mills, in particular, should have accepted the punishment with more grace.

Wenger's side made him look even more foolish as Pires fired the third goal home eleven minutes after the break. Henry was involved again as Gareth Southgate's slip proved crucial and then Kanu bundled his way through after 67 minutes before presenting Freddie Ljungberg with the chance to fire past Schwarzer for the fourth goal.

'We were very mobile today and that allowed us to overcome Middlesbrough's tactics of playing five across the middle,' said Arsene Wenger. 'This was one of our better performances this season because we won 4-1 and their goalkeeper had a great game. That tells you a lot.'

Wenger hinted that he may be forced to rest Thierry Henry in the near future and had these words for Danny Mills: 'It is disruptive when a player stands in front of you when you try to take a penalty. In these situations, the referee should take action, at least to get the player away from the area.'

Boro substitute Massimo Maccarone won a late penalty when he was pulled down by Jens Lehmann and his determination to take the kick saw him push away bad boy Mills, much to the delight of the Arsenal fans. Mills was the designated kicker, but the penalty was successfully converted Maccarone.

So the Teessiders' plan of defence at all costs didn't work and now McClaren has three more chances to work out how to beat Arsenal. Any ideas? 'This game will have no bearing on the cup matches,' insisted a defiant Boro boss. 'This was a thunderbolt for us as it was not the Middlesbrough we have come to know in the last four months.'

After using a Wenger tactic to claim he didn't see Mills' futile attempts to intimidate Henry prior to the penalty, McClaren went on to state the obvious. 'My players are licking their wounds now and we have to make sure we play better than this when we come back to Highbury for the cup games later this month. This wasn't good enough.'

Arsenal are back on top of the Premiership for a few hours at least, but Middlesbrough's feeble display at Highbury provided few pointers as to whether they will stay there.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Thierry Henry. Give him the award before every game starts as he is the best talent in the game at the moment.

PRESS BOX COMMENT: Middlesbrough legend Bernie Slaven: 'McClaren might try and find positives in that performance, but we were stuffed. It was only bad finishing that kept the score down.'

FOOD WATCH: Some very tasty chicken legs or hot meat pies were on offer, not to mention bagels labelled 'quality salmon'. You can tell there is a bit of money around this place!

MOAN OF THE MATCH: Danny Mills is a nice guy according to the press men that know him, but he turns into something very different when on a football pitch.

INJURY NEWS: Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere will be out for a month after damaging knee ligaments.

VERDICT: If this is an example of what's to come, Middlesbrough's season will be finished by the end of January. They can console themselves with the fact that Henry will not play in the Worthington Cup games.
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