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TV Rights for Premier League & Spuds preview

Arsenal travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday with a team that looks light on the midfield with Nasri, Denilson, Song and Eboue…My god if we cme back with a win with this team we should be blessed…Arshavin most probably won’t be playing and Keane will be playing in all probability. Lets hope we keep the record of beating the Spuds intact.

Premier League sold its TV rights recently for 1.78 Billion pounds in this time of recession. Here is a break up of the deal and how the TV rights have grown over the last cople of decades…

BSkyB (paid £1.623bn) won rights to:

Package A: 23 matches shown at 16:00 on Sundays

Package B: 23 matches shown at 13:30 on Sundays

Package C: Minimum of 12 matches at 20:00 on Monday, the rest either at 13:30 on Sunday or 17:15 on Saturday or other times

Package E: 23 matches shown at 1245 on Saturdays

Package F: Seven to 13 matches on midweek evenings/bank holidays, 10 to 16 at 12:45 on Saturday and 16:00 on Sundays

Setanta (paid £159m) won rights to: Package D: Minimum of 18 matches at 17:15 on Saturday, the rest either at 13:30 on Sunday, 20:00 on Monday or other times

Total 2010-13 income from live British rights: £1.782bn.

*Current deal (2007-2010): Sky won packages A, B, E and F for £1.314bn total, and Setanta won packages C and D for £392m combined, for a total of £1.706bn.

*The rise and rise of the Premier League: How TV rights values have increased

1992-1997: BSkyB, 60 games/season, £190m – deal value, £633,000/game

1997-2001: BSkyB, 60 games, £670m, £2.79m/game

2001-2004: BSkyB, 110 games, £1.2bn, £3.64m/game

2004-2007: BSkyB, 138 games, £1.024bn, £2.47m/game

2007-2010: BSkyB and Setanta, 138 games, £1.706bn, £4.12m/game

2010-2013: BSkyB/Setanta 138 games, £1.782bn, £4.3m/game

(courtesy- The Independent)

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Been missing a lot of matches :(

I have been missing a lot of Arsenal matches with my reocation to Hyderabad and finding a new place to stay etc etc…The guest house that I stay in shows two channels which show only Cricket 😦 But I guess Arsenal has been doing a good job so far. With the derby coming up against Spurs, I hope the good form continues.

There has been some good work done by Song in the midfield which is probably alowing Cesc to play more freely. Ade’s substitution wored in the team’s favour as he came in and had a part in the first goal and scored the second.

So here is to a comfortable victory against the Spuds 🙂

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A night to forget

Well, I saw the match in the early hours of Wednesday here and could not go back to sleep. The way Jenas, Keane and Lennon outplayed the Gunners were scary and I would not want to see something like this again. These kind of defeats happen only once in a really long while and it will be a match where the opposition play out of their skins and we defend like suckers. There are lots of points to ponder on this match.

And to top the misery there was an unnecessary clash of passionated fury from Adebayor and Bendtner which now will be examined by FA. The reasons look to be silly if it is true. Another thing we need now is a suspension to either of them. With Persie injured and Walcott nowhere near the expected finished article, Eduardo seems to be the only option. Are we short of forwards? Van Persie is one player who has disappointed the team for couple of seasons now. He plays for one third of the seaons and then goes missing due to injury…but all that for another day.

We lost to Spurs because Spurs were the better team, playing better football and was the team that wanted to win the Cup. They had the desire. This was missing in the Arsenal team as half the team had to be changed due to injuries and other reasons. So Gallas and Sagna played in the back four, Hleb and Gilberto played in the middle and Bendtner and Walcott were upfront. Gallas had a very bad game getting beaten on couple of occasions. And Fabianski was a bit suspect under the bar. Overall the team played badly.

The forward line was very faulty. Walcott was completely inactive upfront. He still needs a long time to get his act going. Bendtner tried too hard and conceded the own goal. Later on Adebayor and Eduardo were introduced into the team and Ade scored the equaliser, but too little too late. What is worrying again is the firpower of our forward line, where all the current fit forwards played in a match and we scored one and conceded five.  Wenger will have to rethink his strategy as Keegan would be getting ideas to stop this Arsenal team now. Hope the team bounces back against Newcastle in the FA cup on saturday.

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Arsenal Shop-Bangkok & Carling Cup semi

I am in Bangkok for a week and went to visit the Arsenal shop in Central World in Chidlom. Nice shop with a lot of goodies. There is one more shop in Thailand in Phuket.

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The shop is run by two gooners, Ali and Sujet(very similar to my name). They are very friendly guys and gave me a nice discount for the goods that I bought there.

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One of the exhibits they have in the shop is a penalty spot from Highbury.

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They also have a seat from Highbury as one of the exhibits.
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Last but not the least is a seat from Emirates.

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I hope Arsenal lads will be able to beat the Spurs first team at White Hart Lane and advance to the finals. This young team has played some wonderful football this year and it would do their confidence a lot of good to beat their traditional rivals on their ground. So lets hope it will be a exciting match with the honours going to the visitors.

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Spurs dominant but honours even

Arsenal escaped with a draw thus setting up a interesting return leg at White Hart lane in two weeks time. Carling cup is not a tournament that Wenger is desperate to win but definitely is a tournament that he would like to win with his youngsters. Having reached atleast the semi-final stage in the last four years with his young mostly-reserve team this will be a creditable achievement already given that couple of Premiership teams have already succumbed to this team.

Tottenham were very good no doubt about that. But the point is that even when they are very good, Arsenal fielding a second string team came away with honours even. Walcott somehow getting his body to deflect a shot into goal in the second half. Spurs dominated possession and chances in the whole of 90 minutes and Berbatov, Keane and Jenas combined well for a poor clearance from Djourou to set up the Spurs goal. Defoe and Malbranque wasted huge chances in each half to gift Arsenal a draw at Emirates.

Djourou, Senderos, Persie and Walcott are all likely to be added to the injured list and this would mean a very difficult few weeks for the defence department. Djourou put in a shabby display while Senderos was more solid and I thought came up with a few good tackles. Diaby needs to reduce on his dribbling and look at opportunities to give that killer pass, Walcott still needs to work on the final ball to culminate all his runs into the box. Fabianski was excellent and Denilson also looked good and I hope Wenger gives these youngsters one more chance to go at the Spurs.

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Carling Cup semi will be a good watch

No doubt about that. Spurs have been improving as the season progressed and have some good record scoring goals as well as conceding. They are the joint top scoring team in the Premier League with Arsenal but where they differ is in the goals conceded and ofcourse in the style of play.

Tottenham miss Didier Zokora, Huddlestone, Younes Kaboul, Darren Bent and Gareth Bale. Arsenal start with Van Persie (he should atleast play 60-70 mins or substitute Bendtner and play 20-30 mins) upfront most probably with Eduardo. Senderos and Djourou would be at the centre of defence flanked by Traore and Hoyte on the left and right. Gilberto or Diarra should be starting the match with Denilson.

Tottenham is definitely a good team and if this young Arsenal team can get anything out of this match it should be a good result. Since it is a home match a victory would be sweet and would set up the return leg just nice. Lets hope staying up at 3.40AM is worth the fun. Tomorrow is a holiday here so it should be fine.

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Almunia & Bendtner star in another derby win

Arsenal played well in patches but those patches produced a brilliantly orchestrated move and a towering header from a super sub to clinch all the the three points and complete a double against Spurs. Credit should also go to Almunia for saving the penalty at a very crucial juncture in the match. So Arsenal will remain on top of the table during Xmas time and has put Man Utd in pressure to get all the three against a tough game against Everton.

Gunners had a very poor first half, in which they tested Robinson couple of times, once Eboue with a shot at goal and then Toure with a header. On the other end, Almunia was rarely tested for all the possession Spurs enjoyed. It was all the more disappointing because the Spurs team were playing with an under-strength side for this match.

Second half was a different deal altogether and Arsenal again played one of those good patches in this game. A very scintillating move, Fabregas gave the ball to Rosicky and ran ahead, Rosicky overcame two challenges and falling over, gave a deadly through ball to Fabregas, who held it on for Adebayor to run in from the left side and with complete knowledge of where his team mate is, back heeled it to him to complete a beautifully orchestrated move into goal.

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Spurs got their act together and a lapse in concentration from Clichy found Keane inside the box, a back heel to Berbatov, who was silent till then, got his shot from an acute angle somehow past Almunia. Honestly I thought Almunia should have blocked it. He seems to be getting beaten from these angles at the near post (remember the Champions league final, winning goal). That is one area of improvement for him.

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But Almunia was in his elements in effecting a save from the Robbie Keane penalty resuting from a Toure foul on Berbatov. Penalty saving is 5% skill and 95% luck. Both these were with Almunia as he blocked a later-hugely-dissapointed Keane shot. This was a morale shattering incident in the match for Spurs from which they never recovered.

At the other end, just as Fabregas was about to take a corner, in came Bendtner for Eboue who ran staright to the box and in that spirit made a jump (trust me I think he jumped over the crossbar height, though I dont have any evidence to prove this) and headed in a unstoppable ball past Robinson. Game over.

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Here is another pic to suggest the height.

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A very inspired performance from the Gunners and maybe Beckham’s presence in training in January will help this young team hone some free-kick taking skills.

Merry Xmas!

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