London Lite Wednesday, 26 August 2009 33 LITESPORT LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... SPURS LAD (L&B 25/08) Id wear your Spurs shirt and polish your Spurs pin, not golf clubs! Be your birdie? Joe, wow a LL proposal in blue and white heaven! Olivia, N10 SMUGSPUR (L&B 25/08) well done for best-timed rant, idiot, with whats going on at Upton Park. Were not all that stupid. Sorry Spurs fan John, EC4 DAN (L&B 25/08) shut up! The track events that Bolt won are the biggest at the Olympics and Phelps has already been beaten and his records broken! Marlando, SE15 RE PONTING (L&B 25/08) he got his standing ovation at the Oval for being a superb cricketer...and that was before we even got to the loser bit later in the day, which geed us up no end. Straight up, he took it on the chin like the great fighter he is and spoke generously. See you in 18 months time! Blue, E9 RE PONTING (L&B 25/08) a graceful loser? Didnt he spend most of 2005 moaning about substitute fielders, and imagined time-wasting in Cardiff this year? Anon, SE13 RE PONTING (L&B 25/08) dont worry Aussies, youll always be undisputed champions at one thing WHINGEING! Pommy Boy RE CAMPBELL (L&B 25/08) at the Sol Campbell press conference yesterday Im not sure which was the funnier, Sol pretending Notts County could be a Premier League side, or their manager suggesting they already are. Macca To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See thisislondon.co.uk/lite Going on holiday? You can now keep up with all the action in LiteSport by logging on to: e-edition.thelondonlite.co.uk HES MY ED BOY RomaninruinsatbeingforgottenSpursman ROMAN PAVLYUCHENKO has reportedly told Tottenham that he wants to quit White Hart Lane after being frozen out at the start of the season. The Russian striker has sat on the bench for the last two Premier League games, having come on for just one minute in the opening day win over Liverpool. And having started just 19 league games last season, Pavlyuchenko seems desperate to quit Spurs before the transfer deadline on September 1. Im ready now to listen to offers from other clubs. No footballer likes being on the bench game after game, he is quoted as telling Sport Express. I could lose my place in the Russia squad ahead of the 2010 World Cup. Pavlyuchenko is expected to play against Doncaster in the Carling Cup tonight -- but that will only highlight the fact that he has fallen down the pecking order behind Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch as boss Harry Redknapp rests his first choice strikeline after a superb start to the Premier League. The Tottenham boss admitted: Ill make lots of changes because we have a strong squad and the lads who have played had a tough pre-season. Weve come out of it and started well but this gives me a chance to play the good players who havent featured yet. Roma have been linked with a move for unsettled Pavlyuchenko, although a possible deal is believed to hinge on whether or not they can raise funds by selling Julio Baptista. Lokomotiv Moscow are also keen, but president Nikolay Naumov admitted: Pavlyuchenko is a strong player, who, of course, we are interested in, but his transfer is unlikely at the moment as he costs too much money.Russian rage: Unhappy Pavlyuchenko DONCASTER V TOTTENHAM CARLING CUP SECOND ROUND, 7.45PM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAY-OFF, SECOND LEG. LIVE ON ITV1 FROM 7.30PM (KICK-OFF: 7.45PM) KEY MEN AARON RAMSAY ARSENAL ARSENE WENGER isnt known for splashing the cash, so the 5m he shelled out for the Wales international last summer represented a major outlay. The 18-year-old will be given the advanced role he craves this evening and will be confident after scoring his first Premier League goal on Saturday against Portsmouth. SCOTT BROWN CELTIC THE Scotland international was one of the few Cletic players to emerge from a first leg which brutally exposed the gap in class between the SPL and Premier Leauge. Brown, who is rumoured to be a target of Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, caught the eye with a lung-bursting display which helped curb the influence of Arsenals band of attacking stars. He was also a threat at the other end and was denied a goal only by Thomas Vermaelens tackle. ARSENAL 4-3-3 CELTIC 4-4-2 Almunia Sagna Clichy VermaelenGallas Ramsey Almunia FortuneMcDonald CaldwellLoovens Donati Fox Hinkel McGeadyMaloney Arshavin Denilson Boruc POSSIBLE LINE-UPS Song EDUARDO DA SILVA has been tipped by Arsene Wenger to make the differ- ence between Arsenal attracting plaudits for their style of play and going on to win silverware. The Brazilian-born Croatia interna- tional striker was signed three years ago as a direct replacement for Arse- nals all-time leading goalscorer Thi- erry Henry. A horrific leg-break in February 2008 forced him out for over a year, and his comeback last season was hampered by a series of minor groin and ham- string strains. Arsenal fans have so far been treated only to fleeting glimpses of his talent -- witness last seasons improvised volley with the outside of his foot against Burnley in the FA Cup. Now fully fit and with a first Premier League goal under his belt since he scored at Manchester City with an overhead kick nearly 19 months ago, Wenger believes this will be a mas- sive season for the 26-year-old. Eduardo was one of the players we missed terribly because he can score goals and provide, said Wenger. It is a massive season for Eduardo becausehewasoutforsuchalongtime -- he was out before he could prove what a big player he is. In the first season for the first six months, he did not play a lot. When he then came in and showed his class, he was then injured and lost a whole season. Now he is in the third season, with- out having the opportunity until now to prove how good he is. Wenger admitted he was relieved to see the forward back in action. I had doubts about his injuries and only fools would say they had no doubt, he reflected. When you see his first injury, you had to have doubts, but he has shown his strength of character and now I have no doubts any more about him because for me he is completely a nor- mal player. The former Dynamo Zagreb striker is likely to start in place of Robin van Persie, who will get a rest ahead of Saturdays showdown against Man- chester United at Old Trafford. Skipper Cesc Fabregas will also be missing this evening as a result of the hamstringstrainwhichforcedhimoff at half-time in last weekends 4-1 win overPortsmouth--butArseneWenger retains hope that his Spanish maestro will be fit to face the champions. REFEREE MANUEL MEJUTO (SP) Crozilian is backed by Wenger to fire Arsenal to success BY JAMES GOLDMAN LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Arsenal 1-3, Celtic 7-1, draw 4-1. 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