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Cazorla Come- Back Boost Arsenal


You can never have
too much of goodness
players and it’s with
beaming smiles that
I receive the news
of Cazorla’s return.
The Spanish
midfielder has been
absent since the
last international
break which means
he hasn’t played
with Ozil, leaving
the tantalizing
partnership still a
picture in our
minds.
With his comeback
comes dilemma in
Wenger’s mind with
regards to how to
deploy the Spanish
winger and who
drops out of the
first team for him.
Without any iota of
doubt, Ozil retains
his position behind
the striker while
Cazorla takes to the
wing. He can play
on either wings
owing to his
ambidexterity so it
means either of
Rosicky or Wilshere
will have to drop
off.
The Czech star just
returned from
injury and replaced
Gnabry on the right
against Napoli while
he came on for
Wilshere against
West Brom.
Wilshere should
start off on the
bench since he
deserves rest after
his international
heroics with
England. Hence
Rosicky and Cazorla
that didn’t have
international test
will be fresh to
start. Hence,
Cazorla takes the
left while Rosicky
takes the right wing
and both can swap
roles at will since
they are both at
home playing on
both wings.
Wilshere won’t be
the only one
affected, Arteta will
also be affected
since Ozil will be
dropping to the
central attacking
midfield position
which means one
defensive midfielder
drops out. The
defensive midfield
pair will be Flamini
and Ramsey while
Arteta will be
replaced by Ozil
and will drop off to
the bench.
Though competition
will get keen with
Cazorla’s return but
will get even keener
when Walcott and
Podolski come back
but it is good as it
will give us options
on the bench and
also allow us rotate
the squad like we
can afford to playh
Arteta as defensive
midfielder against
Norwich and switch
to Flamini against
Dortmund. That will
allow Arteta to rest
ahead of the
weekend’s clash.
With the abudant
talents we have in
the midfield when
all are fit, with the
options that
Arsenal have now,
Wenger can afford
to change his
formation to suit
the opposition and
also influence
matches from the
bench since Arsenal
now have the luxury
of injecting quality
players like
Wilshere, Walcott,
Cazorla, Rosicky,
Arteta, Podolski and
Chamberlain from
the bench as
against when they
were sure starters
owing to the
absence of quality
depth.
With the midfield
options Arsenal
have now, they are
unpredictable as
Cazorla and Ozil
could swap roles
from central
attacking midfield to
wings at ease.
Unpredictability will
make Arsenal
difficult to stop this
season.

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spain trash tahiti 11 goals to nothing :


It was too shocking to know that Tahiti were not learning from what the Nigerian team did to them.

The abruptly loss to spain this night l, well nevertheless, they have tried since this is just their first attempt on a game like this. coming up next is the match between Paraguay and Nigeria by 11:00pm just some few minute from now
Forrest got four goals in a match, kudos to tahiti

Super Eagles Final list for the 2013 Nations Cup


Nigeria’s final list for the 2013 Nations Cupis due to be made public today. Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Chris Green confirmed this to Sports Vanguard Tuesday.

The NFF chieftain told our correspondent that the list would be released after the Nigeria versus Cape Verde tune up match which comes up 9 pm Nigerian time; a few hours before CAF deadline for the submission of final squads for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa.

*Super Eagles

Green, who expressed confidence and satisfaction in what Coach Stephen Keshi has done so far, insisted that only the best would represent Nigeria at the tournament.

“Keshi has done well, so far,” Green said, pointing out that, “he has brought back that competitive  spirit in the Eagles as he has brought out the hunger for success among the players.”

“Nobody would feel happy if his team loses,” Green said, insisting, however, that, “there must be some positives from the match even if we lose.”

He disclosed the Eagles would approach the game with caution as they would guide against injury. “The boys are not going to go all out to win because it is not a must win situation. A lot of players would play as the coach would be wary of injuries,” Green said, adding that “all the coach need is to try out his formation and tactics.

Super Eagles Final list for the 2013 Nations Cup

Arsenal Vs Fulham Live Text Commentary


93′ Penalty for Arsenal

90 ‘Giroud miss

89′ Berbatov Offside

84’ Ashkan Dejagah Damien Duff

84′ Walcott out Arshavin in

80′ What a save from Schwarzer! Giroud runs at the Fulham goal and shows good strength to hold off a couple of tackles before unleashing a vicious swerving drive that the keeper does well to tip wide. Close for the hosts.

78
It really is anybody’s game – while not wanting to belittle Fulham here, it’s surprising just how evenly matched the two sides are across the pitch. If they fail to win here, expect Gunners fans to be asking some difficult questions of Wenger and the Arsenal board.

76 Lukas Podolski Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

74’A good Berbatov chance as he finds space in the area from Kacaniklic pass, forcing Laurent Koscielny to lunge in with a last stitch tackle.

74’Ruiz is at the centre of everything for Fulham having a good game chasing all over the pitch and supplying Sidwell with plenty of the ball.

73’Podolski makes a nice run and feeds Cazorla whose shot is blocked on the edge of the box.

72’Frantic stuff here in North London, the attackers on both sides are enjoying themselves, whilst the defenders are having an off day.

70′ Arsenal 3 – 3 Fulham

69 Gooooooooooooooal Giroud Equalized

66 Arsenal 2 – Fulham 3

66′ Gooooooooooooal Berbatov Again

65′ Penalty for Fulham

60 Aaron Ramsey


60′
Cazorla miss a Freekick

57′ Podolski yellow card

56′ Corner for Arsenal

55′ Great miss by Walcott, he flew it away

50:09
Unfair challenge on Ashkan Dejagah by Thomas Vermaelen results in a free kick. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.

48:32
The referee blows for offside against Alex Kacaniklic. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
46:14

Bryan Ruiz fouled by Lukas Podolski, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
45:01

The second half kicks off.

HT.

45 ‘Podolski and Giroud build well in midfield as they mount an attack, only for Thomas Vermaelen to overhit a cross from the left.

43’Arsenal have fallen asleep here and their lack of a killer instinct has been evident again. They are allowing far too much space in midfield.

42’Berbatov has made a great impact at Fulham since his summer move and his cross for the goal there really was superb. This is a decent game.

41’ Huge credit to Fulham, they looked dead and buried 15 minutes ago and they are now right back in it.

40′ GOAL!!! A brilliant goal from Fulham on the counter attack with Berbatov slipping into the box on the right and delivering an excellent cross for Alexander Kacaniklic to head home.


40′ Goal equalizer Arsenal 2 Fulham 2

36′ Berbatov looks offside as he chases an over hit Steve Sidwell pass from midfield. Goal kick Arsenal.

35’A good spell for Fulham who have plenty of the ball at the moment.

34’Ruiz delivers a decent looking near post cross from a free kick after a silly foul by Podolski but Arsenal manage to clear the danger.

3’Last season Arsenal led the league in comeback points with 24, this season they have gained just four points from trailing situations so far. Today it’s their opposition who are already looking for a comeback win.

36’Berbatov looks offside as he chases an over hit Steve Sidwell pass from midfield. Goal kick Arsenal.

35’A good spell for Fulham who have plenty of the ball at the moment.

34’Ruiz delivers a decent looking near post cross from a free kick after a silly foul by Podolski but Arsenal manage to clear the danger.

3’Last season Arsenal led the league in comeback points with 24, this season they have gained just four points from trailing situations so far. Today it’s their opposition who are already looking for a comeback win.

32′ Walcott wastes a free kick in a good position, hitting his delivery low when he should do better from just outside the box.

31’Berbatov senses a chance to score a second, before mis-hitting a half volley wide of the target.

28′ Bryan Ruiz provided the assist for the goal.

28′ GOAL!!! Fulham strike back with Berbatov header from a Ruiz corner. A simple finish but that’s slack from Arsenal.

25′ Damien Duff has eventually come on to replace Richardson.

23′ Goooooooooooooooal Podolski make it 2 -0 Assisted by Arteta

18′ Not a great deal happening with Fulham trying not to lose the ball but unable to penetrate at present. For once a Berbatov first touch lets him down and Arsenal get an easy goal kick. The home crowd enjoyed that little mistake!

17’Arsenal are unsurprisingly sitting deep and looking to keep things tight after getting that early goal.

15′ Before today Fulham have hit the target with a higher percentage of their shots than any other side this term (57%). They need some of that precision this afternoon.

14′ Berbatov and John Arne Riise are keeping the Arsenal defence busy, trying to stretch the play on the wings and get Fulham back into this.

13′ The Gunners have lost three of their last five league games, but they should be able to put that right today following this excellent start.

12:53 Santi Cazorla gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.

10:29 Assist by Theo Walcott.

10:29 Goal scored

Goal – Olivier Giroud – Arsenal 1 – 0 Fulham Olivier Giroud finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Arsenal 1-0 Fulham.

10:08 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Theo Walcott,

9:09 Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

8:59 Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

6:20 Olivier Giroud has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.

5:36 John Arne Riise gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.

3:27 Bryan Ruiz takes a shot. Blocked by Per Mertesacker. Corner taken left-footed by Bryan Ruiz from the right by-line to the near post, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

1:59 The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside. Vito Mannone takes the free kick.

0:11 Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Per Mertesacker. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

0:00 The referee gets the match started.

Teams: ARSENAL: Mannone, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Coquelin, Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud… Subs: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Santos, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Chamakh. ///

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Richardson, Ruiz, Berbatov… Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Duff, Rodallega, Kacaniklic.

Making War Twitting Is Needless In Olympic Viewing


Hope Solo shouldn’t be tweeting angry messages about NBC’s Brandi Chastain after her most recent game. There was no reason to.

The U.S. women’s soccer team was in action Tuesday for the first time since last weekend, when Solo, its goaltender, took exception to commentary by her former teammate, Chastain, who is now an analyst for the Olympic soccer tournament. Solo tweeted comments suggesting the game had passed Chastain by.

Chastain avoided the topic during Tuesday’s coverage of the United States’ game against North Korea. She seemed nervous at first, answering “absolutely” to three questions posed by her broadcast partner, Arlo White, before the game. But she had little opportunity to criticize the U.S. team, since its 1-0 victory was much easier than the score indicated. She also had little cause to talk about Solo, since most of the game was played on the opposite side of the field from the U.S. goalie.

After one of Solo’s saves, Chastain praised the goalie as “very courageous. You have to put your face down there. Good job holding on to the ball.”

About her only criticism of the U.S. team came during a lull early in the second half, when the Americans’ attention seemed to wander.

“To win championships, you have to sometime even act the part,” she said. “Get your chest out. Look about. Get your head up like you’re not bothered by any pressure. ‘I can see the whole field. I can make any decision I want.’ Those are the types of mannerisms that, I think, you need to show more of in this match.”

DAYTIME: The NBC Sports network doesn’t have to worry about narrative flow, or avoiding sports for fear women will turn away. So it can be a fun place to catch the breadth of the Olympics. Tuesday was well-programmed, varied and very entertaining: fencing, judo, the U.S. women’s soccer team, a compelling volleyball match between Brazil and Russia.

GYMNASTICS: If only NBC’s gymnastics team could stick the landings as well as the athletes they’re covering. Tim Daggett and Elfi Schlegel are knowledgeable and opinionated, but too often cross the line into being overbearing. “The judges were so wrong! They were so wrong! Where is the error there?” Daggett all but shouted when American McKayla Maroney didn’t get a rare perfect score for her vault. Al Trautwig sounds silly when he tries hard to be profound. “This is like being the parent of Evel Knievel,” he said over a shot of a gymnast’s nervous mom. And we heard your “champions walk together” line the first time, no need to repeat. The three-person booth sounds very crowded.

PHELPS’ BAD FINISH: Superior camera work and production illustrating how Michael Phelps earned a silver instead of gold medal in his 200-meter butterfly race Tuesday, particularly the underwater cameras and the reaction shots of Phelps’ mom, winner Chad Le Clos’ father and Phelps’ coach.

“SORRY”: NBC’s Olympics executive producer, Jim Bell, tweeted an apology to an angry follower for a Monday night gaffe where the network ran a “Today” show promo with Missy Franklin showing off her gold medal — just before the network aired the race where she won it.

SORRY, PART TWO: If that “Today” ad was a poorly timed commercial, how about the Visa commercial that ran directly after Phelps’ silver medal race? It celebrated Phelps winning a gold medal in 2008 in a split-second finish that was precisely how he lost on Tuesday.

RATINGS: An estimated 31.6 million people watched NBC’s Monday night coverage, the Nielsen company said. That’s the lowest of the four nights, but was still better than the 30.2 million who saw the first Monday of the Beijing Olympics four years ago. Again, the victory came despite all of Monday’s coverage being tape-delayed, while Beijing had several events in prime time live, including a Michael Phelps gold medal-winning race. In the closely watched morning show ratings, NBC’s “Today” show easily eclipsed ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 5.57 million viewers to 4.08 million, on Monday. Those first-day ratings indicate NBC may achieve its goal of getting exposure for new co-host Savannah Guthrie.

BACK ON TWITTER: British journalist Guy Adams was back on Twitter on Tuesday after NBC rescinded its complaint against him. The Los Angeles-based journalist had been suspended from the social media website for tweeting the email address of an NBC executive in a critical post about NBC’s decision not to show the Olympic opening ceremony live. The move caused some to criticize NBC for a heavy-handed attempt to punish a critic. But Twitter apologized Tuesday, saying one of its employees had encouraged NBC to file a complaint against Adams. NBC said it didn’t realize the complaint would result in Adams’ suspension. NBC and Twitter have a business partnership for the Olympics.

Making War Twitting Is Needless In Olympic Viewing