Arsenal has started its premier league season 09-10 with victory. Now, they are going to take on Portsmouth in the second match in the ongoing season. In the play-off match of it has beat the most Scottish Premier Champions on Celtic last Tuesday, when more than six players were ruled out from the match for injury. Croatia striker Eduardo’s return will make the team stronger and the wining statistic over the visitors is hopeful that will inspire the Gunner side. In the last match of the EPL 09-10, they defeated Everton 6-1.
Arsenal v Portsmouth: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: Saturday 22 August
Kick-off: 1500 BST (British Standard Time)
Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live, local radio & highlights on Match of the Day
In this season the Gunner has played two matches in the away ground and secured victories. This time they will play the match in the home of Arsenal in London the Emirates stadium. So, the fans could get to watch the first match against Portsmouth in their own ground.
"I believe that apart from giving some articles to the newspapers, all the rest is rubbish,'' declared the Arsenal manager, whose young side have opened the new campaign in impressive form.
"It does not help football and does not help people to focus on their job and is sometimes destabilising.
"The way Spanish clubs are run is more political than sport orientated.
"How much does that harm other clubs? It is difficult to measure, but it does not help other clubs when somebody who has, for example, no chance to be elected next year as president, can announce any name.
In the last meet Arsenal defeated Portsmouth 0-3 on May 2009. Portsmouth may not get victory over the Gunner’s in the last 50 years. According to the statistics Arsenal just beat to Portsmouth in 1958 in a first division match.
Although Croatia striker Eduardo’s to boost the Gunners side but other five players Walcott, Djourou , Rosicky, Nasri, Fabianski are ruled out from the team in home match.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Fabregas (Ramsey 72), Song Billong, Denilson, Bendtner (Eboue 63), van Persie (Eduardo 72), Arshavin. Subs Not Used: Mannone, Silvestre, Gibbs, Merida.
Portsmouth: James, Kaboul, Wilson, Distin, Belhadj, Vanden Borre (Utaka 46), Diop (Basinas 42), Mokoena, Mullins, Kranjcar, Piquionne (Kanu 79). Subs Not Used: Begovic, Hughes, Nugent, Ward.
To get the live score text commentary of the match between Arsenal vs Portsmouth on Saturday from the Emirates Stadium London, here are some websites will give live score:
Live Football Scores
Beside this ESPN, Sky Sports will telecast the match live and Arsenal web site may show the video highlights and live coverage too.