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Panathanaikos vs Arsenal

theman2010-04-29 08:43:13 +0000 #1
It's a big game .Nikopolidis has moved to Olympiakos and Euro 2004 star Basinas is doubtful and many other key players are also injured ,or have moved during the summer .For Arsenal Vieira is injured and Denis Bergkamp won't be playing due to his fear of flying .Gilberto is still out ,but Freddie Ljungberg is looking likely to return .Predictions/opinions or match previews welcome .If you haven't got Sky then you're a pour soul.
Will3172010-04-29 08:51:20 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by themanisme

It's a big game .Nikopolidis has moved to Olympiakos and Euro 2004 star Basinas is doubtful and many other key players are also injured ,or have moved during the summer .For Arsenal Vieira is injured and Denis Bergkamp won't be playing due to his fear of flying .Gilberto is still out ,but Freddie Ljungberg is looking likely to return .Predictions/opinions or match previews welcome .If you haven't got Sky then you're a pour soul.

Well I do have Sky and I'll be watching, no doubt.

As I've said before, it won't be easy but we'll win 2-1 I think.
Will3172010-04-29 09:26:01 +0000 #3
Here's the BBC Preview:

BBC Sport - 19.10.04

Panathinaikos v. Arsenal

Date: Wed 20 Oct

Venue: Apostolos Nikolaidis

Kick-off: 1945 BST

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Panathinaikos will be without Lucian Sanmartean (knee), Srdan Andric (broken leg) and Dimitris Papadopoulos (thigh). However, the Greek side have no other injury doubts or suspensions to contend with for Wednesday's game.

Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira is missing with an ankle injury and Gilberto Silva (back) is also out. Gael Clichy (ankle) and Manuel Almunia (shin) are also injured while Dennis Bergkamp is not travelling to Greece, but Freddie Ljungberg is fit again.

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Head-to-head

Panathinaikos and Arsenal have met six times before in European competitions.

The Gunners have dominated Panathinaikos winning five times and losing just once.

The last confrontations between these teams date back to 2001 when both sides won their home matches in a CL Group Phase encounter.

Panathinaikos eventually won the group, ahead of Arsenal.

Five players of Panathinaikos's current squad were also present during the 2001 encounter. They are: René Henriksen, Sotris Kyrgiakos, Angelos Bassinas, Michalis Konstantinou and Emmanuel Olisadebe.

Olisadebe scored Panathinaikos' only goal at Highbury in a 2-1 defeat.

Angelos Bassinas also played in the December 1998 fixture against Arsenal.

The Arsenal squad contains eight players who played against Panathinaikos in 2001.

They are: Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Lauren, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Fredrik Ljungberg, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. Henry scored both goals for Arsenal in the home match.

Vieira and Bergkamp also played in the September 1998 fixture against Panathinaikos.

Panathinaikos' 1-0 win over Arsenal that year marks the only time the Greeks have beaten an English team in an European game. Thirteen other engagements ended in three draws and 10 defeats.

Arsenal have a positive record against Greek teams with five wins, one draw and two defeats.

European history

Panathinaikos' best result in European competitions is finishing runners-up in the 1970/1971 Champions Cup after losing 2-0 to Ajax in the final.

Panathinaikos have participated in the Champions League on five previous occasions, their best result being a semi-final berth in the 1995/1996 season, when they were again eliminated by Ajax.

Last year the Greek side finished third in their CL group and were later eliminated by Auxerre in the third round of the Uefa Cup.

Arsenal's best result in the Champions League is reaching the quarter-finals (2000/2001 and 2003/2004). The Londoners are making their seventh appearance in the CL main competition.

Last year they were eliminated by Chelsea in the quarter-finals (3-2 on aggregate).

Arsenal's European trophies are the 1969/1970 Fairs Cup and the 1993/1994 Cup Winners' Cup.

Arsenal are undefeated so far in this CL campaign. The Londoners have never gone without defeat in the (first) group phase.

In 2000/2001, it took until the sixth match for the Gunners before experiencing defeat.

Current European form

Arsenal lead Group E with four points after beating PSV and drawing to Rosenborg.

Panathinaikos are in third place with one fewer point. They beat Rosenborg before suffering a defeat at PSV.

Panathinaikos have conceded at least one goal in each of their last nine matches in the Champions League.

Arsenal have scored at least one goal in each of their last 10 Champions League matches.

The last CL match in which Arsenal failed to score was on 30 September 2003 when they recorded a 0-0 draw away at Lokomotiv Moscow.

Player and disciplinary info

No players are suspended for this match, and no player will be suspended for the next match upon receiving a single yellow card in this game.

Angelos Bassinas and Dimitrios Papadopoulos are the two players in the current Panathinaikos squad to have played for Greece at Euro 2004.

Goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias and defender Yannis Goumas were also along for the ride, but did not enter the pitch in Portugal.

Dimitrios Papadopoulos will celebrate his 24th birthday on the day of the match.

In Thierry Henry, Arsenal have the Champions League's king of the last minute goal. The Frenchman has netted four times in the last minute of a CL match.

Arsenal's Thierry Henry (31 goals) and Fredrik Ljungberg (11 goals) are the CL top scorers in the current Arsenal squad.

Michalis Konstantinou is Panathinakos' main scoring threat with eight CL goals to his name. Ezequil Gonzales has scored both CL goals for the Greeks this season.

Other miscellaneous facts

On Saturday Panathinaikos had a disappointing result when they drew 0-0 at home to Aigáleo Athinai.

Panathinaikos are joint leaders with AEK Athens of the Etniki Katigoria after four mathes played.

Arsenal, unbeaten 49 League games, hold a five point lead at the top of the Premiership table. They have made their best ever start to a Premiership season.

Panathinaikos and Israeli coach Itzhak Shum parted ways on Monday 4 October.

Last season, Shum guided the Athens club to the double consisting of league title and domestic cup.

The league crown was Panathinaikos' first in eight years. At the time of Shum's departure, Panathinaikos were top in the Greek league table, sporting a perfect nine points from their opening three matches.

On Matchday Two, Panathinaikos played their 50th match in the competition. They have won 18 times, drawn 10 times and lost 22 times.

Arsenal are four goals shy of recording their 250th goal in European competitions. They have scored 107 Champions League / Champions Cup goals, 48 Cup Winners' Cup goals and 91 Uefa Cup goals.
diegomaradona2010-04-29 09:27:13 +0000 #4
what a goal by gonzalez!

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