2008–09 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
2008–09 season
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood
Manager Arsène Wenger
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Premier League 4th
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Quarter-finals
UEFA Champions League Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Robin van Persie (11)

All:
Robin van Persie (20)
Highest home attendance 60,109 (vs. West Ham United, 31 January 2009, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 55,641 (vs. Hull City, 17 March 2009, FA Cup)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2008–09 was Arsenal Football Club's 17th consecutive season in the Premier League. This season Arsenal participated in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

Events[edit]

  • 5 May: Midfielder Mathieu Flamini agrees to a four-year contract with Italian club Milan, meaning he will leave Arsenal on a free transfer on 1 July.[1]
  • 23 May: Physiotherapist Neal Reynolds agrees to join Arsenal from Norwich City.[2]
  • 28 May: Arsenal are granted a work permit for striker Carlos Vela, who spent the 2007–08 season on loan to Osasuna.[3]
  • 3 June: Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann joins VfB Stuttgart on a free transfer.[4]
  • 4 June: Defender Bacary Sagna signs a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[5]
  • 9 June: Central defender/defensive midfielder Alex Song agrees to a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[6]
  • 9 June: Physiotherapist Gary Lewin agrees to leave Arsenal to become full-time Head of Physiotherapy for England on 1 August.[7]
  • 13 June: Midfielder Aaron Ramsey signs for Arsenal from Cardiff City.[8]
  • 20 June: Defender Gaël Clichy signs a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[9]
  • 11 July: Attacking midfielder Samir Nasri signs for Arsenal from Marseille.[10]
  • 16 July: Attacking midfielder Alexander Hleb signs for Barcelona from Arsenal.[11]
  • 17 July: Defensive midfielder Gilberto Silva signs for Panathinaikos from Arsenal.[12]
  • 30 July: Arsenal sign midfielder Amaury Bischoff from Werder Bremen.[13]
  • 9 August: Arsenal retains their Amsterdam Tournament Title after drawing 1–1 with Sevilla.[14]
  • 13 August: Arsenal start their European campaign by defeating Twente in the first leg of their 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third Round Qualifying Round.[15]
  • 16 August: Defender Justin Hoyte signs for Middlesbrough from Arsenal.[16]
  • 18 August: Striker Emmanuel Adebayor signs a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[17]
  • 20 August: Arsenal sign Defender Mikaël Silvestre from Manchester United.[18] Silvestre becomes the first Manchester United player to join Arsenal since Brian Kidd in 1974 .[19]
  • 23 August: Arsenal suffer their first defeat of the season against Fulham by losing 1–0 from a Brede Hangeland goal.[20]
  • 27 August: Arsenal qualify for the group stages of the Champions League by defeating Twente 4–0 at the Emirates Stadium and 6–0 on aggregate.[21]
  • 1 September: Defender Kieran Gibbs signs a new contract with Arsenal.[22]
  • 22 September: Swiss defender Johan Djourou signs a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[23]
  • 27 September: Arsenal's second defeat at the Emirates Stadium was a 2–1 loss to Hull City who came back from an Arsenal lead early in the second half.[24]
  • 21 November: Sky Sports News and the BBC report that William Gallas has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following a verbal outburst against other players, however Arsenal FC refuse to comment.[25][26]
  • 24 November: Arsène Wenger announces that Cesc Fàbregas is the new permanent Arsenal captain, thus confirming reports that William Gallas has been stripped of the captaincy.[27]
  • 23 December: Arsenal captain Cesc Fàbregas is ruled out for 4 months with a ligament injury after colliding with fellow Spaniard Xabi Alonso in a 1–1 draw with Liverpool.[28]
  • 5 January: Midfielder Jack Wilshere signs a professional contract with Arsenal.[29]
  • 3 February: After protracted transfer negotiations, Arsenal announce the signing of Russian international Andrey Arshavin for an undisclosed fee.[30]
  • 8 February: 350 days after suffering a broken leg and open dislocation to his ankle, striker Eduardo is named on the substitutes bench in Arsenal's 0–0 draw against rivals Tottenham Hotspur.[31]
  • 16 February: Striker Eduardo makes his first start in nearly a year in Arsenal's fourth round replay against Cardiff. He scores twice before being substituted in the 67th minute in a 4–0 win.[32]
  • 11 March: Arsenal progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Roma 7–6 on penalties after the tie was level at 1–1 after two legs.[33]
  • 14 March: Andrey Arshavin scores his first goal for Arsenal in the club's 4–0 Premier League victory over Blackburn Rovers.[34]
  • 18 April: Amid various injuries in defence, Arsenal are knocked out of the FA Cup in a 2–1 defeat to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in the semi-finals.[35]
  • 21 April: 4 goals from man of the match Andrey Arshavin dents Liverpool's Premier League title hopes. The match at Anfield ends in a 4–4 draw.[36]
  • 5 May: Arsenal are knocked out of the UEFA Champions League, losing 4–1 on aggregate to defending champions, Manchester United.[37]
  • 8 May: Striker Theo Walcott signs a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[38]
  • 8 May: Striker Nicklas Bendtner is fined for "unacceptable" behaviour following nightclub disrepute after the Manchester United game. Bendtner apologised for his actions shortly afterward.[39]

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK Spain Almunia 32 EU 2004 125 0 undisclosed[40] £ 0.5m
3 DF France Sagna 26 EU 2007 89 1 2014[41] £ 7.5m
5 DF Ivory Coast Touré (VC) 28 Non-EU 2002 (Winter) 326 14 undisclosed[42] £ 0.15m
10 DF France Gallas 31 EU 2006 109 13 undisclosed[43] Part exchange with
A. Cole+£5m[44]
22 DF France Clichy 23 EU 2003 187 1 2012[45] £ 0.25m
15 MF Brazil Denílson 21 Non-EU 2006 93 5 undisclosed[46] £ 3.4m
4 MF Spain Fàbregas (captain) 22 EU 2003 231 29 2014[47] Free
17 DF Cameroon Song 21 EU 2005 78 3 undisclosed[48] £ 1.0m
8 MF France Nasri 21 EU 2008 44 7 undisclosed[49] £ 12m[50]
25 FW Togo Adebayor 25 Non-EU 2006 (Winter) 142 62 undisclosed[51] £ 3m
11 FW Netherlands v. Persie 25 EU 2004 177 63 2011[52] £ 2.75m
26 FW Denmark Bendtner 21 EU 2004 93 23 2012[53] Youth system
27 MF Ivory Coast Eboué 25 Non-EU 2005 (Winter) 147 6 undisclosed[54] £ 1.54m
2 MF France Diaby 23 EU 2006 (Winter) 98 10 undisclosed[55] £ 2m
14 FW England Walcott 20 EU 2006 (Winter) 106 14 undisclosed[56] £ 9.1m
20 DF SwitzerlandIvory Coast Djourou 22 Non-EU 2003 77 0 undisclosed[57] Youth system
12 FW Mexico Vela 20 Non-EU 2005 29 6 2010 £ 0.5m[58]
18 DF France Silvestre 31 EU 2008 23 2 2010[59] £ 0.75m[59]
16 MF Wales Ramsey 18 EU 2008 22 1 undisclosed £ 4.8m[60]
40 DF England Gibbs 19 EU 2007 23 0 undisclosed[61] Youth system
21 GK Poland Fabiański 24 EU 2007 26 0 undisclosed[62] £ 2.0m
23 MF Russia Arshavin 27 Non-EU 2009 (Winter) 15 6 2012[63] £ 15.0m
19 MF England Wilshere 17 EU 2008 8 1 undisclosed[29] Youth system
9 FW CroatiaBrazil Eduardo 26 Non-EU 2007 35 15 2011[64] £ 7.5m
28 MF PortugalFrance Bischoff 22 EU 2008 4 0 undisclosed[65] Free
24 GK Italy Mannone 21 EU 2005 1 0 undisclosed[66] £ 0.35m
7 MF Czech Republic Rosický 28 EU 2006 61 13 undisclosed[67] £ 6.8m

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

# Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Team Source
16 MF Wales Aaron Ramsey Wales Cardiff City £4,800,000 13 June 2008 First-team [8]
8 MF France Samir Nasri France Marseille £12,000,000 11 July 2008 First-team [10]
28 MF Portugal Amaury Bischoff Germany Werder Bremen Free transfer 30 July 2008 First-team [13]
18 DF France Mikaël Silvestre England Manchester United £750,000 20 August 2008 First-team [18]
23 MF Russia Andrey Arshavin Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg £15,000,000 3 February 2009 First-team [30]

Total spending: Decrease £32,550,000

Out[edit]

# Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Source
1 GK Germany Jens Lehmann Germany VfB Stuttgart Free transfer (Released) 3 June 2008 [4]
16 MF France Mathieu Flamini Italy Milan Free transfer (Released) 1 July 2008 [1]
13 MF Belarus Alexander Hleb Spain Barcelona £11,900,000 16 July 2008 [11]
19 MF Brazil Gilberto Silva Greece Panathinaikos £1,000,000 17 July 2008 [12]
31 DF England Justin Hoyte England Middlesbrough £3,000,000 16 August 2008 [16]

Total income: Increase £15,900,000

Loan out[edit]

Squad # Position Player Loaned to Date Loan expires Source
DF England Kerrea Gilbert England Leicester City 11 July 2008 End of the season [68]
30 DF France Armand Traoré England Portsmouth 21 August 2008 End of the season [69]
6 DF Switzerland Philippe Senderos Italy Milan 26 July 2008 End of the season [70]
50 FW England Jay Simpson England West Bromwich Albion 31 December 2008 End of the season [71]

Overall transfer activity[edit]

Spending[edit]

Decrease £32,550,000

Income[edit]

Increase £15,900,000

Net expenditure[edit]

Decrease £16,650,000

Squad stats[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Spain Manuel Almunia 44 0 32+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 12+0 0
2 MF France Abou Diaby 36 4 16+8 3 4+1 0 0+0 0 5+2 1
3 DF France Bacary Sagna 49 0 34+1 0 5+0 0 0+0 0 9+0 0
4 MF Spain Cesc Fàbregas 33 3 22+0 3 1+0 0 0+0 0 10+0 0
5 DF Ivory Coast Kolo Touré 41 1 26+3 1 3+0 0 0+0 0 9+0 0
7 MF Czech Republic Tomáš Rosický 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
8 MF France Samir Nasri 44 7 28+1 6 3+2 0 0+0 0 10+0 1
9 FW Croatia Eduardo 4 3 0+0 0 2+0 3 0+0 0 0+2 0
10 DF France William Gallas 36 6 23+0 2 4+0 1 0+0 0 9+0 3
11 FW Netherlands Robin van Persie 44 20 24+4 11 4+2 4 0+0 0 10+0 5
12 FW Mexico Carlos Vela 29 6 2+12 1 3+1 1 3+0 4 2+6 0
14 FW England Theo Walcott 35 6 16+6 2 2+1 1 0+0 0 9+1 3
15 MF Brazil Denílson 51 3 36+1 3 2+0 0 0+0 0 11+1 0
16 MF Wales Aaron Ramsey 22 1 1+8 0 2+2 0 3+0 0 4+2 1
17 DM Cameroon Alex Song 48 2 23+8 1 4+0 0 2+0 0 8+3 1
18 DF France Mikaël Silvestre 23 2 12+2 2 2+0 0 1+0 0 6+0 0
19 MF England Jack Wilshere 8 1 0+1 0 0+2 0 3+0 1 0+2 0
20 DF Switzerland Johan Djourou 29 0 13+2 0 4+0 0 2+0 0 6+2 0
21 GK Poland Łukasz Fabiański 18 0 5+1 0 6+0 0 3+0 0 2+1 0
22 DF France Gaël Clichy 41 1 30+1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 10+0 0
23 MF Russia Andrey Arshavin 15 6 12+0 6 2+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
24 GK Italy Vito Mannone 1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
25 FW Togo Emmanuel Adebayor 37 16 21+5 10 1+1 0 0+0 0 8+1 6
26 FW Denmark Nicklas Bendtner 50 15 17+14 9 3+2 2 2+0 2 5+7 2
27 DF Ivory Coast Emmanuel Eboué 44 4 17+11 3 4+1 1 0+0 0 6+5 0
28 MF Portugal Amaury Bischoff 4 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0+2 0 0+0 0
35 MF France Francis Coquelin [R] 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
39 FW Portugal Rui Fonte [R] 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
40 DF England Kieran Gibbs 21 0 6+2 0 5+1 0 3+0 0 3+1 0
41 DF England Gavin Hoyte [R] 4 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 3+0 0 0+0 0
42 MF England Henri Lansbury [R] 3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+3 0 0+0 0
43 MF Spain Fran Mérida [R] 5 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 3+0 0 0+0 0
47 MF England Mark Randall [R] 6 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 3+0 0 0+2 0
49 DF England Paul Rodgers [R] 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
50 FW England Jay Simpson [R] [L] 3 2 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+2 2 0+0 0

Source: Arsenal F.C.

Disciplinary record[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Notes
11 FW Netherlands v. Persie 9 0 1
25 FW Togo Adebayor 5 1 0
27 MF Ivory Coast Eboué 3 1 0
22 DF France Clichy 9 0 0
17 DF Cameroon Song 8 0 0
8 MF France Nasri 8 0 0
4 MF Spain Fàbregas 8 0 0
2 MF France Diaby 7 0 0
10 DF France Gallas 5 0 0
3 DF France Sagna 5 0 0
15 MF Brazil Denílson 5 0 0
26 FW Denmark Bendtner 4 0 0
5 DF Ivory Coast Touré 4 0 0
40 DF England Gibbs 2 0 0
20 DF SwitzerlandIvory Coast Djourou 2 0 0
16 MF Wales Ramsey 2 0 0
23 MF Russia Arshavin 2 0 0
47 MF England Randall 1 0 0
43 MF Spain Mérida 1 0 0
12 FW Mexico Vela 1 0 0
18 DF France Silvestre 1 0 0

Last updated: 24 May
Source: Match reports in Competitive matches
Only competitive matches
Yellow card = Number of bookings; Second yellow card = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card; Red card = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

Start formations[edit]

Qnt Formation Match(es)
51 4–4–2 1–13, 15–29, 31–49, 52–53, 57–58, 61
8 4–2–3–1 14, 50–51, 54–56, 59–60
1 4–4–1–1 30[72]

Last updated: 24 May
Source:[citation needed]
Only competitive matches.


Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

This is Arsène Wenger's 13th seasons with Arsenal.
Position Staff
Manager France Arsène Wenger
Assistant manager Northern Ireland Pat Rice
First team coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Boro Primorac
Goalkeeping coach Republic of Ireland Gerry Peyton
Physiotherapist England Colin Lewin
Fitness coach England Tony Colbert
Chief scout England Steve Rowley
Kit manager England Vic Akers

Last updated: 11 August
Source: Arsenal FC

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Nike / Sponsor: Fly Emirates

Home
Home alt.
Away
Goalkeeper 1
Goalkeeper alt.
Goalkeeper 2
Goalkeeper 3
Goalkeeper alt.
Goalkeeper alt. 2

Kit information[edit]

The completely new set of Arsenal kit was launched.

  • Home The home kit was rather controversial, as Nike ditched the white sleeves that the club was well known for. The shirt has a white wide stripe on each sleeve, flanked by two dark red, narrower stripes. It has a red V-neck collar which is the same colour as the primary shirt colour. The shirt is complemented by white shorts with a dark-red trim, and white socks with a red horizontal stripe. Red socks with white horizontal stripe were used in some away games. Arsenal revealed that the kit would be used for two season.
  • Away The away kit harps back to the glory days of the late 1980s which gave the strip a modern touch, where the shirts are yellow with navy sleeves and a red trim. The shorts are navy with red trim and the socks are yellow and blue. It featured red trimmings on the side of the strip.
  • Keeper The three goalkeeper kit, which were all based on Nike's old template, which in turn featured one conspicuous swirl on the kit. The main kit was grey, but the second kit was mint/navy and the third kit black was available, should they be required.

Other information[edit]

The Emirates Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Premier League.
Chairman England Peter Hill-Wood
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Emirates Stadium (60,432 / 105x68 meters)

Last updated: 15 June
Source: Arsenal FC and www.footballgroundguide.com

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 4 16 August 24 May
Champions League Third qualifying round Semi-finals 13 August 5 May
Football League Cup 3rd round Quarter finals 23 September 2 December
FA Cup 3rd round Semi-finals 3 January 18 April

Last updated: 24 May
Source: Competitions

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 6 4 68 24 +44 90 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Liverpool 38 25 11 2 77 27 +50 86
3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 +44 83
4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Everton 38 17 12 9 55 37 +18 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Aston Villa 38 17 11 10 54 48 +6 62
7 Fulham 38 14 11 13 39 34 +5 53 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round

Updated to games played on 24 May 2009.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 20 12 6 68 37  +31 72 11 5 3 31 16  +15 9 7 3 37 21  +16

Last updated: 24 May.
Source: Premier League

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A A H A H A H A H H A A H A H A H H A A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A H
Result W L W W W L D W W D L W L L W W D D D W W W D D D D D W W W W W D W W L D W
Position 9 14 4 3 1 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Last updated: 24 May.
Source: Competitive Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group G
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portugal Porto 6 4 0 2 9 8 +1 12
England Arsenal 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 2 2 2 4 4 0 8
Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 0 2 4 4 11 −7 2

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]
Quarter-finals[edit]
Semi-finals[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Football League Cup[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Last updated: 9 August
Source: Arsenal FC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Flamini will complete AC Milan move in summer". Arsenal F.C. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Canaries.co.uk | Reynolds Moves To Arsenal
  3. ^ Arsenal.com | Mexican striker Vela granted a work permit
  4. ^ a b "Arsenal confirms Lehmann move to Stuttgart". Arsenal F.C. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Arsenal.com | Sagna signs new long-term contract with Arsenal
  6. ^ Arsenal.com | Alexandre Song agrees a new long-term contract
  7. ^ Arsenal.com | Gary Lewin to join England team on full-time basis
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  9. ^ Arsenal.com | Gaël Clichy signs new long-term contract with Arsenal
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  11. ^ a b "Alexander Hleb leaves Arsenal for Barcelona". Arsenal F.C. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Gilberto leaves Arsenal - a personal tribute". Arsenal F.C. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Portuguese midfielder Bischoff joins Arsenal". Arsenal F.C. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
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  15. ^ UEFA.com | Arsenal dent Twente ambitions
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  17. ^ Arsenal.com | Adebayor signs a new long-term contract
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  21. ^ Arsenal.com | Arsenal V FC Twente - Match Report
  22. ^ Arsenal.com | Randall and Gibbs sign new contracts
  23. ^ Arsenal.com | Johan Djourou signs new long-term contract
  24. ^ BBC Sport| Arsenal 1-2 Hull
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  26. ^ BBC Sport | Gallas stripped of captain role
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  29. ^ a b BBC Sport | Arsenal's Wilshere signs pro deal
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  42. ^ Arsenal FC | Kolo Toure signs new contract at Arsenal
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  53. ^ BBC Sport | Bendtner signs five-year contract
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  55. ^ Arsenal FC | Diaby signs new long-term deal at Arsenal
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  62. ^ Arsenal FC | Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski joins Arsenal
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  65. ^ Sky Sports | Amaury Bischoff
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