Aug 27

Gallas: Twente Is "Must Win Game" + Poland Bonus For Fabianski

Arsenal skipper William Gallas has urged his young team-mates to bounce back from Saturday’s shock Premier League defeat to Fulham, by cruising through to the Champions League group stages with a win in tonights penultimate qualifier against FC Twente.

The 31-year-old captained a below-par Gunners’ side at Craven Cottage and believes tonights game gives Arsene Wenger’s men a chance to redeem themselves.

Goals from Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor secured victory in Arnhem just two weeks ago but the Frenchman still feels that Steve McClaren’s team pose a massive threat.

“It’s an absolutely must-win-game, we have to bounce back to victory before welcoming Newcastle because our group is getting better and better as soon as we win,” Gallas told his personal website.

“As a consequence we are going to play this game to win, despite the difficulties we faced against this team in the first leg.”

Gooner Talk will preview tonights game later this afternoon with a match report coming immediately after full time.

In other news, Lukasz Fabianski is going to be Poland’s Number One for the World Cup Qualifiers next month against Slovenia and San Marino, after Celtic’s Artur Boruc received an indefinite ban from the team.

Boruc and two of his team-mates, Dudka and Majewski, broke a curfew after Poland’s friendly in the Ukraine, which ended in a wild party and severe damage to a hotel room.

Boruc, Dudka and Majewski issued a grovelling apology on the Poland FA website but it didn’t save them from the axe.

Fabianski has only played around eight games for Arsenal in the last year, but with Lehmann leaving for Stuttgart he is now the firm second choice behind Almunia. He has also made seven previous appearances for Poland.

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16 Responses to “Gallas: Twente Is "Must Win Game" + Poland Bonus For Fabianski”

  1. Steven The Gunner says:

    3-0

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  2. Stu says:

    Delighted for Fabianski. Hopefully he will perform really well and then get no.1 spot at Arsenal. I prefer him to Almunia anyway and after that excellent game he had against Sevilla we know he could do it. It would be wierd if we had the Polish no.1 on the bench and the spanish no.7 or 8 or whatever he is in goal.

    I hope Gallas doesn't play tonight and Toure and Djourou play fantastically thus keeping him out all season. Dreams never come true though, do they.

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  3. james says:

    i think Walcot needs his chance up top i think if i see Bendtner again tonight i think i will cry. the guy is saw shit

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  4. Andy says:

    Personally i would give Adebayor, Nasri and Walcott rests so they are firing for Saturday. I would play Vela and Bendtner up top, they work well together. Keep the center back pairing together to reinstate confidence and give Fabianski a game.

    Almunia
    Sagna Toure Gallas Clichy
    Eboue Cesc Denilson RVP
    Vela Bendtner

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  5. Andy says:

    Personally i would give Adebayor, Nasri and Walcott rests so they are firing for Saturday. I would play Vela and Bendtner up top, they work well together. Keep the center back pairing together to reinstate confidence and give Fabianski a game.

    Fabinaski
    Sagna Toure Gallas Clichy
    Eboue Cesc Denilson RVP
    Vela Bendtner

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  6. james says:

    saw u guys would play Bendtner oh my god u lot our just as bad as wenger.
    how he even gets in our squad baffles me. come on guys honestly the guy is saw
    crap u can not be serious the only thing hes got going for him is that he has
    a OK first touch yes i know guys he did score four goals in pre season but please
    remember the shit team we played against,and yes he set up Carlos Vela goal against stuttgart. but apart from that the guy is shit

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  7. ChrisMoz says:

    everyone you have to read this ….http://setantasports.com/en/Sport/News/Football/2008/08/27/Opta-on-Gallas/?facets/sport-space/football/great-britain-locale/Arsenal/Barclays-Premier-League/
    i know it could be just a coincidence that we are worse WITH gallas in the team but i just found it very interesting

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  8. james says:

    players like Bendtner must be well privileged to play for a club like arsenal even to
    ware the shirt

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  9. Steven The Gunner says:

    CHRIS I HEARD ADEBAYOR AINT PLAYING ANY TRUTH ON THAT

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  10. ed says:

    ChrisMoz: if you look carefully at those stats, the all important “goals conceded” (which is the best indicator of a defender working well i would imagine –defenders are not designed to be match winners) Gallas makes a positive albeit small difference: 0.85 goals conceded on average with him, 0.88 goals on average without. It's very easy to deceive and mislead with statistics.

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  11. Stu says:

    Wtf is wrong with you. Bendtner has been one of our better players so far this season. Regardless of the opposition we still have to perform and all but once he has. He is only 20 for gods sake so get off his back. Last year was his first at the top level and plus, he's already a starter for Denmark.

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  12. GUNNA4LYF says:

    OMG how can u say bendtner is shit, your just dumb man no joke. find me a better 20 year old powerhouse striker better than him, that is already a full international.

    …. hard isnt it.

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  13. AJ says:

    wayne rooney

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  14. ChrisMoz says:

    rooney is 22…

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  15. james says:

    I'm not even going to comment but what i will say any one that thinks Bendtner is a good player i honestly can't take u seriously.

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  16. james says:

    ronney was bloody better than Bendtner when he was sixteen.

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