Date: 22nd December 2006 at 11:17am
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Buying Off Arsenal

This is a new series of articles, which is often a topic of discussion when I`m down the pub (most of the time). Who would get in the Pompey team from, Arsenal to West Ham?

Information about Arsenal

London’s most successful Premier League club was formed by workers at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich and was initially known as Dial Square before adopting the name Royal Arsenal in 1886. Renamed Woolwich Arsenal in 1891, they moved to Highbury in 1913 and dropped the prefix. They had to wait until the 1930s for their first period of sustained success when five Division One championships were won under Herbert Chapman and George Allison. Another pair of league trophies were lifted soon after the Second World War before further success arrived with the league and FA Cup Double in 1971. More near misses came before George Graham, a hero of 1971, was named manager in 1986 and the glory days returned. Two league titles, two League Cups, the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup were garnered during his nine-year reign. Frenchman Arsene Wenger was named Gunners boss in 1996 and the roll of honour continued. A first Premier League title made up half of the club’s second Double in 1998. Their second Premier League title in 2002 – when they ended the season on a 28-game domestic unbeaten run – was also coupled with victory in the FA Cup final. Wenger guided the Gunners to the Champions League final in 2006.

Who would get in the Pompey team?

Let`s face it. Who wouldn`t? Arsenal have one of the best teams in the league but my team selection maybe controversial as I think some Pompey players would keep their position in the starting line up.

Arsenal “best team” (4-4-2)


Jens Lehmann


William Gallas
Emmanual Eboue
Gael Clichy


Alexander Hleb
Fredrik Ljungberg
Tomas Rosicky


Thierry Henry
Robin Van Persie

Lehmann V James?

This is a tuff one as David James has been fantastic this year. They are both known for making mistakes but on current form (even if we did sign Lehmann) David James gets the number one jersey.

Verdict: David James

Laueren v Glen Johnson

Not sure which one of the Arsenal defenders plays right back but not the biggest Laueren fan around I have to admit. Glen has shown great form this year but I do feel Lauren would be selected ahead of him.

Verdict: Laueren

William Gallas v Linvoy Primus

Now this is a tough one, my heart says Linvoy but my head says Gallas. Seing as I followed my heart and ended up with my wife, I won`t make the same mistake and shall follow my head in saying William Gallas. William is an incredible gifted player and don`t think Linvoy could complain if that was his replacement.

Verdict: William Gallas

Emmanual Eboue v Sol Campbell

Sol joined Portsmouth from Arsenal on a free transfer over the summer and has been superb. He is strong in the air and good at tackling. Eboue has been a bright spark for Arsenal and will grow in stature but for me Sol gets the nod.

Verdict: Sol Campbell

Gael Clichy v Dejan Stefanovic

These two are totally different with Clichy offering a more attacking option. Dejan isn`t a left back and is better in the middle. I think Clichy will step into Ashley Cole`s shoes and would definitely solve Portsmouth`s left back problems.

Verdict: Gael Clichy


Alexander Hleb V Gary O`Neil

Gary O`Neil was Portsmouth player of the season last year and has put in regular impressive performances for Portsmouth. Hleb is a new signing and from what I`ve seen, he has a fantastic reading of the game and like most Arsenal players a superb passer of the ball.

Verdict: Alexander Hleb

Fredrik Ljungberg v Matty Taylor

Matt Taylor has made the left midfield position his own. He has a fantastic cross and shot on him, the only criticism is his inability to take players on. Fredrik Ljungberg is one of my favourite midfielders at Arsenal. He can pick a pass, take players on and cross the ball, not to mention how versatile he is!

Verdict: Fredrik Ljungberg

Tomas Rosicky v Sean Davis

Sean Davis works his socks off! He always gives 100% and is one of Portsmouth`s most consistent performers. Thomas Rosicky would offer Portsmouth more of a goal scoring threat which has evaded Davis this season.

Verdict: Tomas Rosicky

Fabregas v Pedro Mendes

I, like most Pompey fans, am a big admirer of Pedro Mendes. He scored some crucial goals for us last season and arguable the goal that turned Portsmouth`s season on it`s head. Fabregas however gets Arsenal`s midfield to tick. He is a wonderful passer of the ball and is a top top player.

Verdict: Fabregas


Thierry Henry V Kanu

Kanu has been the surprise package of the Premiership this year. He is currently the Premierships joint top scorer and has learnt how to score with his head! His height helps but his skill at his feet has been what`s impressed me most. Thierry Henry however is different class! He always gets a fantastic reception when he plays at Portsmouth. I have no doubt that Henry will end up the Premiership`s top goal scorer this season.

Verdict: Thierry Henry

Robin Van Persie v Benjani

Benjani has become a fans favourite, which is amazing considering how bad he is at shooting. He does work tirelessly for the team however and he deserves every goal that he manages to get. Although Van Persie has a nasty streak to him, he is one of the most gifted footballers in the Premiership and the sort of player Pompey fans would love.

Verdict: Van Persie


Arsene Wenger v Harry Redknapp

Formally known as Judas, Harry Redknapp took Portsmouth from the depth`s of the championship to the premiership. After he established us there he left and took the saints down and kept them there before returning to save us from relegation and mount a European push. Arsene Wenger has done a fantastic job at Arsenal and is responsible for bringing some top class foreigners to the Premiership. This could be controversial but I don`t think Wenger could do the job Harry has done.

Verdict: Harry Redknapp


The Team

David James

William Gallas
Sol Campbell
Gael Clichy

Alexander Hleb
Fredrik Ljungberg
Tomas Rosicky

Thierry Henry
Robin Van Persie

Manager: Harry Redknapp

Do you agree?