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Flamini's Absence Is A Huge Bonus

Mathieu Flamini is out of Sunday's United v Arsenal game with injury.

The midfielder had to be taken off in the first half at Anfield as Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League in dramatic fahion. He is expected to miss three weeks, starting with Sunday's crunch fixture.

Though I did not rate the Frenchman before this season, I must admit that his scintillating form was the main factor behind Arsenal's revival this season. As he began to tire, Fabregas and Hleb both began to fade - and it's no coincidence.

Gilberto Silva has been a huge player for Arsenal in the last few years but this season every single Arsenal fan I ever spoke to agreed that he only hindered the team. Witness Fabregas's contribution at Old Trafford in the FA Cup: he did not have Flamini beside him but the totally ineffectual Gilberto. Result: he was overpowered and outplayed by Darren Fletcher. Darren Fletcher.

Arsenal were a different team in the second half, after Flamini's substitution. They passed Liverpool off the park in the first 45 minutes then got battered in the second - regardless of the dubious penalty, they lost the plot big time without Flamini.

I do not say that victory is certain now but coming to Old Trafford without Bacary Sagna and Mathieu Flamini after a disappointing Champions League exit is possibly the very worst thing that could happen to them. Bring them on!




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 10 2008

Time: 6:57PM

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Yeah and i think having Sagna out is even more important, because it means they will have to play toure there and then the utterly useless senderos in central defence. can see a fit rooney and ronaldo tearing them apart. cant wait!
united4life
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10/04/2008 19:18:00

It's def. a huge bonus for you.
Fan of Blues
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10/04/2008 19:25:00

united4life, how many travelling utd fans do you estimate will go over to barcelona?
spursinbarca
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10/04/2008 19:30:00

yep, agree that we should run rings around them in central midfield and rooney & ronaldo should make the most of their defensive weakness... senderos will have an afternoon to forget
Vidicinho
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10/04/2008 19:33:00

It's definitely a huge blow for us, and even though I wasn't expecting us to win this game anyway, with the injuries we have I do not think we have much chance, as our two most consistent players this season are now injured.
Cheese.
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10/04/2008 19:37:00

they'll be gunning for you - this could be our chance :-)
merlin
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10/04/2008 19:46:00

the history between you two will keep it competitve, Wenger would love to spoil your title chances believe me!
merlin
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10/04/2008 19:49:00

i hope toure plays centre back cause rooney made him and gallas look like little girls in the fa cup match
rooneyisgod
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10/04/2008 21:00:00

He's a huge loss.He's been brilliant for them this season.It's still going to be a tough one Sunday.Don't expect a repeat of the FA Cup, Whinger will be out to prove a point but hopefully we can grab the points.If we win our next two games I think it's goodnight Irene!!!
java
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10/04/2008 23:11:00

we will beat the russians toy boys at stamford bridge anyway
rooneyisgod
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11/04/2008 13:59:00

i dont know spursinbarca - quite a few i would imagine.
united4life
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11/04/2008 14:35:00

We'll see if you run rings around us.
gjonelezaj
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11/04/2008 20:20:00

Your a 2-man team anyway...Rooney and Ronaldo i wonder where in the table you would be if you didn't have them??
gjonelezaj
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11/04/2008 20:24:00

If my Aunt had balls she'd be my Uncle!!!
java
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11/04/2008 23:44:00

^^^ LoL
rooneyisgod
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12/04/2008 15:43:00

and i wonder what would have brazil achieved in 1970 if they didn't have pele and garrincha. would have west germany won the world cup without muller and beckenbauer? etc.,etc.
Vidicinho
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13/04/2008 10:57:00

Or the Goons without Henry or Berkamp?????
java
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13/04/2008 20:14:00

 

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