Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Open Thread: Liverpool v. Arsenal

Could today's match be as big as the match 20 years past pictured above?


Big 4 tilt today in the Premier League. Liverpool hopes to continue to press Man U in the title chase and Arsenal hopes to continue its fine form and 18 match unbeaten streak.

Both sides will be at less than full strength. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard remains out with an adductor injury. Arsenal will have several key players in the Krankenhaus. Strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin Van Persie are both out, William Gallas, Gael Clichy, Johan Djourou and Manuel Almunia will all miss the tie, but fullback Bacary Sagna and striker Eduardo will mark their return.

Full lineups and a bit of Championship chatter for Bigus after the jump.

Arsenal
Fabianski, Sagna, Toure, Silvestre, Gibbs, Arshavin, Song, Fabregas, Denilson, Nasri, Bendtner
Subs: Mannone, Diaby, Eduardo, Vela, Walcott, Ramsey, Eboue

Liverpool
Reina, Arbeloa, Aurelio, Carragher, Agger, Mascherano, Alonso, Benayoun, Riera, Kuyt, Torres
Subs: Cavalieri, Skrtel, El Zhar, Lucas, Babel, Ngog, Dossena


Whilst we get all wrapped up in a Big 4 matchup, lest we not forget some especially important matchups in the Fizzy Drink. Bigus' beloved Canaries do not hold fate in their hands and need results to go their way to ensure safety. So keep your eyes on the following matches:

Derby County v. Reading - if Reading win a playoff spot will be secured and will have little to play for against Norwich on the 27th.

Coventry City v. Barnsley - on the other end Barnsley sits in the last safe spot ahead of Norwich. Obviously a Coventry win is needed badly for the Birdies. Bigus IMs me saying Coventry owes Norwich for something or rather, but honestly, this is sport there is no oweing except for the gamblers. Let us just hope for the best Norwich results.

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Spectator said...

After today, Denilson will have started more games for Arsenal this season than any other player *sigh*

Lingering Bursitis said...

Please let us win

Keith said...

Scousers! Give us a win! Scousers, Scousers give us a win.

/Still holding out hope, though drawing against Franco Zola's pink and blue army was no help

Lingering Bursitis said...

I repeat: Please let us win

Mike Georger said...

2-0 Agger and Yossi.

Lingering Bursitis said...

No seriously... we need to win this one.

The Fan's Attic said...

Come on you Reds, I just bought a new LFC jacket, let me wear it proudly tonight at the Blazers playoff game.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Georger: I like that! I'm guessing a typical 40-yard drive from DaniAgger and a difficult shot from a tight angle for Yossi's goal?

I feel like they're signature moves at this point.

Lingering Bursitis said...

KILL STEVEN COHEN

Lingering Bursitis said...

COME ON YOU SKY BLUES


Do it for Delia
Do it for Bigus
Do it for Alan Partridge

Please Coventry, beat Barnsley for us.

Bigus Dickus said...

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY BLLLLLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Lingering Bursitis said...

see folks? He really, really wants Coventry to win.

Lingering Bursitis said...

I am on a one-man crusade to pagination

Lingering Bursitis said...

With Yossi in the lineup, I feel confidence. With no Lucas in the lineup, I feel doubly confident.

The Fan's Attic said...

I got this one.

Nathaniel said...

Coventry Open Thread?

Nathaniel said...

@The Fan's Attic

Didn't Paulie Walnuts wear that in Season 3 of The Sopranos? ;-)

Lingering Bursitis said...

TFA: it's a sweet jacket. I just bought the same one for my lady. I wear the red one, though not at the same time as she's wearing that one, as that would be weird.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Also, please don't mention that game with Michael Thomas. It still makes me sad, though I know the result reinvigorated football at a time when it needed it most, etc etc etc

Keith said...

It's alright to be weird, LB. The wifey and I have an away and home Villa shirt, respectively.

Though we only occasionally both wear them for Villa games.

Keith said...

And BTW, LB, that's exactly the violent attitude that Arsenal/Chelsea supporter Steven Cohen expects out of you Scouse bastards

/kidding, of course

Lingering Bursitis said...

Keith: I'm not opposed to the owning of the complimenting team jackets, just the idea of wearing them out at the same time.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Keith: damn you! but yeah, he's a douchebag. I swear Cohen loved Spurs at one point in time too... need to research.

Lingering Bursitis said...

ha ha, no Capello at Anfield, but Stuart Pearce is there. Still, I'm not sure who he's there to watch! There's barely an Englishman between these two sides!

Spectator said...

@LB: Kieran Gibbs!!

The Fan's Attic said...

Sadly, they only had the white one...I would have preferred a red one, but beggars can't be choosers.

Lingering Bursitis said...

@Spectator: ah yes! Plus he can watch Walcott's form on le bench.

Teeknuts said...

Wow, Agger's actually starting? I like this.

The NY Kid said...

Fabianski, don't make me beat you.

Lingering Bursitis said...

FUCK
Barnsley up 1-0 already

EbullientFatalist said...

I wish I could participate, alas I cannot. But, I see this ending in a 2-2 draw.

WhiteSpeedReceiver said...

@LB: Cohen's dad is a Spurs fan. And fandom is usually genetic.

Mike Georger said...

Good to get a shot on net to start, nice little move.

Lingering Bursitis said...

@WSR so he's been a big fanboy of no less than THREE London clubs? Laaaame

Mike Georger said...

Stupid stream crapped out right as the ball came into the box.

Mike Georger said...

Looks like I'll have to deal with the choppy YES feed, every other sopcast feed appears to be down

The NY Kid said...

wow, actual good keeping from Fabs.

@Georger - I'm in the same situation. Choppy YES or nothign

Mike Georger said...

Two highest represented teams on here and it's a graveyard. What the hell?

Lingering Bursitis said...

I'm too nervous to type, lest karma intervene

jape said...

I've a veetle link that is working pretty well. Requires a software install but it's my work computer - what could possibly go wrong?

Mike Georger said...

The YES feed isn't terrible, just happens to buffer whenever there's a scoring chance!

Nice save.

Yeah I don't trust that Veetle jive at all. I prefer to kill my computer with porn and bootleg games.

Mike Georger said...

NERVY

Mike Georger said...

I thought it was pronounced like the Looney Tunes character, clown on me.

Lingering Bursitis said...

COME ON LADS

Love the bright start. Fabianski's already atoned for his efforts at the weekend with a string of good stops.

Teeknuts said...

The good news is that I found a stream for Stoke-Blackburn....wait, that's horrible news.

WhiteSpeedReceiver said...

I'm in the office for the first time since about Jan 4th. I have to hide my reading and posting activities.

Come on, Gunners. Now I need to shower.

Mike Georger said...

Does Arshavin play for Liverpool? Otherwise that was one of the stupidest flags I've seen this season.

jape said...

Nice pick by Nasri. Dispossessed is one of my favorite words not found here in 'Merica.

Mike Georger said...

Jape you don't watch enough hockey then.

Lingering Bursitis said...

I am refreshing far too many windows on my browser. BBC, Sky, Twitter, UF, Guardian... looking for goals, pleeeeeeease

Mike Georger said...

The color guy absolutely hates Liverpool, who is this?

jape said...

True enough Georger. If (when) Arsenal score I want to see a Micheal Thomas backwards-roll-over-headstand celebration. How cool would that be?

The NY Kid said...

the fact that we are the EPL's best defensive team despite all the injuries really shows how class Clichy and Sagna are

Mike Georger said...

Good to see the calls are going one way ...

The NY Kid said...

wow. Even I would have called that on Silvestre

Mike Georger said...

Yossi just broke some ankles .... unfortunately this team is legally forbidden from scoring off corners.

Lingering Bursitis said...

How do you figure, NYK? We've only conceded 21 in the EPL, same as Man U. Chelsea have conceded 20, while Arsenal have conceded 28.

jape said...

Bentner miss? That's unpossible.

Teeknuts said...

Does Arsene really think this is ridiculously-puffy jacket weather?

Mike Georger said...

Best since the New Year, I'm sure he meant

Mike Georger said...

Toure = Senderos in black face?

The NY Kid said...

@LB - that's what the announcer said. I was surprised at the statement, so you're probably right.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Torres is taking some wicked shots

Mike Georger said...

NYK - it's fewest in 2009.

So close to my Agger prediction.

Lingering Bursitis said...

so close!!! COME ON YOU REDS


Lovely game thus far

The NY Kid said...

aha - did they mention that and I missed it, or did they just fail to clarify?

Mike Georger said...

They said in 2009, which is a bit confusing I suppose.

The NY Kid said...

eh, I was most likely just tuning them out

Teeknuts said...

Arshavin was positively Lucas-like there

Lingering Bursitis said...

@Georger @NYK That and it's a wonderful non-stat. I mean, if conceding the fewest goals in 2009 meant something, then I'd see their point. I'll never tire of the fruitless pursuit of stats

Mike Georger said...

OH FUCK ... I'm out of pistachios

Keith said...

Well, of course in 2009- they stopped playing matches against Agbonlahor in 2008 (ironically enough, Gabby went dry the second Arsenal was passed on the schedule)

Mike Georger said...

They're leading the league in ninth inning doubles during the month of August.

Mike Georger said...

That was offside. BULLSHIT

ü75 said...

golazo!!

Mike Georger said...

CLEARLY OFFSIDE FUCKING HORSESHIT

Keith said...

dammit.

COME ON YOU REDS!

ü75 said...

Blame Rafa, Georger, blame Rafa.

Fabianski!

jape said...

The little Russian hitman! One-Nil to the Arsenal....

Lingering Bursitis said...

that sucks

The NY Kid said...

extremely close to offsides, and also close to hitting the bar andcoming out

Mike Georger said...

I mean horrible mistake by Mascherano, but that was never onside.

Kevin said...

He looked even with a defender on the far side. My feed is so bad I can't tell who it is though.

Lingering Bursitis said...

that's it, Arsenal. Capitulate in the games that count, then come to life in this fixture that holds almost no value to you whatsoever.

Cunts

Mike Georger said...

HOW CAN NOBODY ON THIS TEAM TAKE A FUCKING CORNER

ü75 said...

Fabianski is now scared to leave his line.

/onside. 2 players.

Lingering Bursitis said...

who the fuck is this keeper? Is that honestly the same twat who was buffooning around Wembley on Saturday?

jape said...

That's on-sides to me.

/expecting a "fuck-you" any time now.

Mike Georger said...

Eh maybe it was, his body was offside but his feet were even, and that's what matters. It's on Mascherano regardless.

Teeknuts said...

Oh great. My fucking stream just crapped out.

ü75 said...

There's some buffoonery, LB

Mike Georger said...

How many chances does Yossi need ..

Lingering Bursitis said...

u75: I mean the kind of buffoonery that counts for something, like a goal

WhiteSpeedReceiver said...

Hopefully one more than he gets, Georger.

ü75 said...

Well, he tried his best to help. Who knew there would be someone on the line?

The Fan's Attic said...

i believe the rule is any part of the body in an offside position, not just the feet. that may be the rule, but it is likely not the practice.

ü75 said...

pepe reina: sweeper-keeper

Mike Georger said...

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST PUT IT PAST HIM

ü75 said...

He was a good foot behind two defenders. Semantics on the rules don't matter.

Mike Georger said...

No way in hell was he behind. Even at best, but come on.

Whatever, it's on Mascherano, that's the second major blunder this season against a top four team, not sure why he keeps doing that.

Lingering Bursitis said...

If I were an Arse fan, I'd be happy to be in front at half-time considering the lopsided run of the game, although I'd be pissed that Fabianski waited until a random EPL match to suddenly remember how to play in goal, instead of those heroics on, say, Saturday.

Still, fuck 'im.

Lingering Bursitis said...

@Georger: agreed, though doing it twice doesn't constitute "keeps doing that"

Mike Georger said...

Yeah I thought that as I typed it but couldn't think of a way to not make it sound like a pattern. The bitch of it was, it was a great play to get the ball away in the corner to start with, and probably should have been booted away rather than passed to the box.

The NY Kid said...

is everyone else getting bad 80s dance music at halftime on their feed with video of another match?

Mike Georger said...

If this result doesn't change, I'm breaking my cardinal rule and hoping for a blood bath of Cherokee hair tampon proportions at the hands of United in the semis.

Lingering Bursitis said...

This is really fucking awful thus far.

Mike Georger said...

Indeed, and hey look at the ponce in the scarf!

Spectator said...

And it's Arsenal, Arsenal FC!
We're by far the greatest team, The world has ever seen!

Mike Georger said...

No souls, the lot of you. I'm coming out swinging in Baltimore.

:mad:

jape said...

I will be surprised to see Arse keep a clean sheet. This game has at least one Scouse goal written all over it. We need a few more. Say another from Ashavin and one from Eduardo late to seal it. Come On You Gunners!

Mike Georger said...

Ah the penalties. Where's your IPod now cocksucker?

The NY Kid said...

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE BELONG!

Mike Georger said...

*slams head on desk*

hockalees said...

Fuck Torres... 1-1

Mike Georger said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

The Fan's Attic said...

weeeeeee!!!!!!!

juuuuuusssssstttt!!!!!!!!!

scooooooooorrrrrrreeedddd!!!!!!!!!

jape said...

Well that didnt take long. Another poor non clearance.

The NY Kid said...

now that was some shite defending

The Fan's Attic said...

i have a feeling we will be seeing at least one more from torres and possible two.

hockalees said...

Bendtner is fucking jogging out there... is there NO ONE to sub in who will at least run?!?

jape said...

Did Arsenal end up with only 9 players coming back out after the half?

hockalees said...

Benyoun 2-1

Mike Georger said...

LUIS GARCIA PART TWO MUHFUCKAS

Teeknuts said...

Ok, what the fuck just happened

Mike Georger said...

hahaha nevermind that was a yard in, great catch by Webb (never thought I'd say that)

hockalees said...

Fabianski is poor... but Silvestre and Gibbs are absolute shite... they keep back passing to Fabs with a guy bearing down on him. There goes 4th.

jape said...

Idiots. Fabi is either in his net or outside of the box. What the fuck? Don't they teach this in Polish goalkeeping school.

/that joke writes itself.

Mike Georger said...
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The Fan's Attic said...

what the hell just happened? stupid text not being descriptive enough.

Arshavin goal up at 101 and it was close probably a fair call.

Mike Georger said...

Hm not Xabi's best game, can't blame him for taking that shot though.

The Fan's Attic said...

pretty good fantasy soccer day for me as well since I have all three goal scorers on my Yahoo team.

hockalees said...

Get up Reira he hardly brushed your pussy...

The Fan's Attic said...

but at least he got the sand out for Riera. that was nice.

Mike Georger said...

Harsh booking, that was accidental.

Mike Georger said...

I've got class in twenty five minutes. Looks like I'll be a bit late for the last day.

Spectator said...

Clearly my little song has jinxed Arsenal

JT said...

it should be 7-1 Liverpool at the mo... ergo, it makes sense it'll end 2-2

Mike Georger said...

Malarky? Isn't that slang for bullshit?

Teeknuts said...

I don't like Walcott coming on, remembering what he did against Liverpool in the CL still gives me nightmares.

Mike Georger said...

FUCK

Mike Georger said...

WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT ARBELOA?

Kevin said...

WHY THE FUCK WASN'T THE RUSSIAN STARTING ON SATURDAY?!

The NY Kid said...

well that was something. a brilliant strike from the midget Russian

jape said...

Fuck me I am reduced to gamecast on ESPN. My feed is gone. 2 up!

The Fan's Attic said...

so i guess both of these sides have decided no defense for the rest of the season?

Teeknuts said...

I'm getting ready for a hectic last 20 minutes here, that definitely wasn't the last goal

Mike Georger said...

Hattrick

theres your season

Three horrible balls by Liverpool. Wow Carragher.

Mike Georger said...

Excuse me, Aurelio.

SOOOO... fullbacks eh?

jape said...

Fuck me again. A third?

The NY Kid said...

oh boy. the Russian with a hatty on 3 defensive errors

Kevin said...

It bears repeating:

WHY THE FUCK WASN'T THE RUSSIAN STARTING AGAINST CHELSEA?!

Mike Georger said...

I cannot fucking believe what I'm seeing. Two horrendous turnovers by fullbacks have cost us a title shot. GOD DAMNIT

JT said...

so just 2 goals to save our season now?

The Fan's Attic said...

well, at least it's clear, sunny, and eighty degrees outside.

i'm checking to see if the sky is falling though.

Teeknuts said...

So why didn't Insua start? He did well against Arsenal last time we played them.

Mike Georger said...

"WHY THE FUCK WASN'T THE RUSSIAN STARTING AGAINST CHELSEA?!"

Chelsea wouldn't make mistakes like those last two probably.

The NY Kid said...

@Kevin - because Abramovich has ties to the Russian mafia?

Mike Georger said...

UH OH TORRES

Teeknuts said...

I guess I was right when I said there was going to be more goals. What the fuck is going on at Anfield?

JT said...

wow. I'm having deja vu from last Wednesday

Spectator said...

WTF?

The NY Kid said...

Nando, you silly bastard

The Fan's Attic said...

jesus fucking christ in a hat box!!!

wut da helz iz happn?

(on a side note, six goals for my fantasy team today...WWWWOOOOO).

Goat said...

This is insane and I haven't seen shit all because I can't find a decent feed. Anyone having any luck?

Mike Georger said...

YES feed on myp2p

The Fan's Attic said...

Liverpool has 29 goals in the last 9 matches in all comps.

Teeknuts said...

Every time I refresh the Guardian Minute by Minute I'm expecting at least like 3 more goals to show up

Mike Georger said...

Rafa has gotta make another sub at some point right? Nabil for Monster Masche?

Goat said...

Thanks, Georger but I haven't had any luck with that or any other myp2p feed.

jape said...

Liverpool has 19 shots - 11 on goal. WTF!

Teeknuts said...

Once again, the only clear choice here is Dossena to score the fourth. Into both nets.

EbullientFatalist said...

I fucking hate myself for missing this match. Fuck you guys for having a fun Tuesday afternoon.

jape said...

From the ESPN soccercast feed guy -

Arsenal are defending like they've been doped with Rohypnol.

The Fan's Attic said...

did torres just come thisclose to scoring his third?

Mike Georger said...

Yes, Gibbs cleared it with his face on the line.

Mike Georger said...

If there isn't at least five minutes of stoppage time.

phil said...

GET IN!!!! Cardiff and Conventry both find equalizers! BD must be ecstatic!

Teeknuts said...

Fucking guardian, you say there's a goal yet you dont say who scores it?

Teeknuts said...

Oh you fucker Paul Doyle, you tricked me.

The Fan's Attic said...

i think all the goal scoring broke gamecast.

The Fan's Attic said...

come on, it's Torres Time!!!

hockalees said...

FOUR!!!!!

jape said...

Liverpool Corner in the 90th. FUCK!

cleared ff. AR-FUCKIN-SHAVIN!

Mike Georger said...

Jesus.

Well it was nice.

The Fan's Attic said...

oh fuck.

jape said...

LOOK AT THAT RUN! YESYESYESYES!!!

Goat said...

Holy fuck! What's going on?

The NY Kid said...

all due to Walcott's speed.

and this Arshavin kid may be alright

Teeknuts said...

fuuuuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkkkk. Come on Arsenal, at least have the decency to do the same to United.

The Fan's Attic said...

well, i don't think I have ever had 7 goals in one fantasy week, let alone one game.

fuck this shit. i'm going outside.

/not really still have crappy work to do.

jape said...

This is rizz-diculousness!

hockalees said...

4-4 What a game

Mike Georger said...

WOW

Mike Georger said...

Greatest game in Premier League history. I'm calling it right fucking now.

Teeknuts said...

You have got to be fucking kidding me. This is beyond incomprehensible.

The NY Kid said...

umm, I must protest.

The Fan's Attic said...

goddamned fucking horseshit. i keep trying to get out, but they keep sucking me right back in.

Teeknuts said...

One more thing..

SUPER JEWWWWWWWWWW!!!!

Teeknuts said...

I wouldn't be surprised if a late late late late winner came for either team

Mike Georger said...

Well. Fuck you Arsenal still.

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