PL: Arsenal vs Middlesbrough | 22/08/04

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by gooner, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. Soler

    Soler New Member Elite

    Sub the entire team at half time. :D
  2. Natnat

    Natnat Active Member Elite

    I think that Jose will start the game but Rob will come on as a sub.
    I think Henry will score.
    I think it will be hard game but score will be 2-1.
    I think Pascal will be on the bench.
  3. JazzG

    JazzG New Member Elite

    Would be hard to justify dropping Dennis considering he was probably our best player on Sunday and was brilliant against the Mancs as well.

    Agree about the sub thing as well, we need it to be expanded dammit!
  4. Jose_Reyes_2005

    Jose_Reyes_2005 New Member Trusted

    Here's the team i would LIKE to see out there but probarly wont:





    Flamini will probarly start on the bench though - same with senderos.

    Prediction: 3-1 to the arsenal.
  5. Gurgen

    Gurgen New Member Elite

    It's a bit of a dilemma, because Dennis and Jose are playing their hearts out, and Pires and Henry simply can't be left on the bench when fit.
  6. kanooo

    kanooo New Member

    I really don't think Pascal will be on the bench. He's been playing well lately.
  7. Denish

    Denish New Member

    Who would replace Pascal at CB if he's on the bench? Senderos? Hoyte? If Cygan is being left on the bench for being slightly tentative, then surely either of those two are going to be even more tentative making their full debut at CB against a strong Middlesbrough attack.
  8. tbbosa

    tbbosa New Member

    This is a good dilema to have, it means we have got the depth we have been looking for. Wenger is a genius, and far as am concerned what ever team he chooses will do the job, besides Wenger knows!!!

    4-2 to Arsenal.
  9. Anders Limpar

    Anders Limpar New Member

    As long as Reyes play as well as he does I can't see why Pires should be in the team. The best eleven should play and that might not include Bobby at the moment. Wake up, this is how it should be if we are to become the best team inte world i.e world class players on the pitch aswell as on the bench...that's what we all been waiting for!!

  10. Sigun

    Sigun New Member

    at the moment Bergkamp is playing @ his peak, and Reyes is on fire, so Pires should be on the bench as much as i hate to say.

  11. kin4ever

    kin4ever New Member





    Subs: Pires, Almunia, Pennant, Hoyte, Flamini.

    Our squad is strong... Van persie, Clichy, Senderos & Edu...... :wink:
  12. GoonerGurjit

    GoonerGurjit New Member Elite

    This will be a tough game against a Boro side who in my opinion will be pushing for a top six finish come May. I'm worried about how Cygan will cope with Hasselbaink and Viduka (if he's back from suspension). Cygan does tend to get bullied by the more physical players. Fabregas vs Parlour will be a fascinating dual. Hopefully Fabregas will further enhance his already glowing reputation in his first Premiership game at Highbury. We normally score four or five against Boro but I can't see that happening this time round.
  13. patrick42uk

    patrick42uk New Member Elite

    yeah, but based on your argument, that world class player should be henry. he hasnt had a good game since white hart lane. whereas pires reminded us vs ajax that despite being 31, he can still dictate a game from the left. i dont think henry will be dropped though but i think pires has to be there if 100% fit. IMO, he offers us more on the left than reyes does. i'd like to see reyes upfront, but bergie is captain at the moment. i think reyes will make way, depending on pires' fitness.
  14. Jose_Reyes_2005

    Jose_Reyes_2005 New Member Trusted

    It can go either way. I really cant see Arsène dropping reyes or henry - so he'll either go with bergy upfront alongside thierry with jose on the left - or drop dennis, have reyes replace him, and have pires start on the left.

    Its a really really tough choice for Arsène to make but i reckon he'll drop dennis - even though he was arguably our best player against everton.
  15. KingReyes

    KingReyes New Member Trusted

    I can see Pires starting this one, he hasn't got the match fitness that the others have. Bergy and Jose have played during the pre season aswell and could be given a small rest then brought on from the bench. Expect RVP to make an appearance
  16. patrick42uk

    patrick42uk New Member Elite

    if bergie is dropped, who will be captain? remember, wenger emphasised experience on the pitch to guide the young players. with no bergkamp, there will be no leaderhsip so i think he will play. except if cygan will be made captain and i dont think that will go down to well.
  17. Jose_Reyes_2005

    Jose_Reyes_2005 New Member Trusted

    Good point - another option would be playing henry and reyes upfront - pires on the left - and bergkamp on the right - dropping freddie. Thats unlikely but i do recall seeing dennis playing on the right for us - i cant remember what game that was though.

    Pires does need to be gaining match fitness as KingReyes already said so its very important that he starts - and dropping Reyes when he's in this sort of form is going to be hard - so i still think dennis seems like the most likely player to make way with maybe ashley being captain ?

    Who knows - we'r just going to have to wait and see.
  18. KingReyes

    KingReyes New Member Trusted

    I think this discussion really shows what a quality squad we have. Last season the first 16 let alone the first 11 was easily predicatable whereas at the moment this season the only players most likely to start would be the back 4 and GK. And we've still got Vieira and Sol to come back!!
  19. AFCG7

    AFCG7 New Member Elite

    Parlour will have a point to prove and he'll proably give Cesc a good working over.. lets see how our young maestro comes out of it.
  20. kanuuu

    kanuuu New Member

    I know its a little risky but what about trying Pires on the left with henry and reyes up front, Freddy on the right and Dennis just off the strikers with Gilberto covering midfield, i think it would work.

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