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Friday, March 2, 2007

English Premier League, Arsenal Vs Reading preview

Arsenal will turn their focus back to the Premiership on Saturday, after having lost the League Cup final a week ago before being bounced out of the FA Cup on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side will be hoping to fight back from those two defeats, to Chelsea and Blackburn respectively, and consolidate the final Champions League spot with victory over Reading at the Emirates.


RETURNING: Cesc Fabregas (rested)

OUT: Emmanuel Eboue, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure (all suspended), Vasiriki Diaby (ankle), Robin van Persie (metatarsal), Mathieu Flamini (foot), Thierry Henry (foot), Tomas Rosicky (groin), Justin Hoyte (hamstring)

DOUBTFUL: Johann Djourou (ankle), Jeremie Aliadiere (flu).

Statistics: Arsenal are still unbeaten at the Emirates after 13 games played at their new home, and have beaten Reading in all six meetings in all competitions.

MANAGER'S QUOTE: "It is just a coincidence that you have 20 men who have a brawl and only the Arsenal players were guilty. It is unbelievable but maybe they [the FA] have their own way to do justice." Arsene Wenger.


RETURNING: Andre Bikey (suspension)

OUT: Bobby Convey (anterior cruciate ligament), Ibrahima Sonko (anterior cruciate ligament), Peter Mate (knee)


Statistics: Reading have never beaten Arsenal in league or cup games, and have not scored against the Gunners for 20 years

MANAGER'S QUOTE: "In many ways you are just in awe of teams like Arsenal when they are really flowing. You look at their ability going forward and you just think 'wow'. And I am also in awe of what they are doing with their youngsters. It is a shame they are not English youngsters but you can only but respect the way he is nurturing players there and the way any combination can gel." Steve Coppell.