What has happened to our Arsenal??

March 23, 2010

Got about half an hour to spare during a busy day so I thought I would pop a quick post up..

What has happened then in our club?

Early on in the season we lost our main striker, Robin van Persie.

Within days of him being missng players were coming out with things like ‘ We want to continue winning for Robin’

Nik, Walcott and Cesc get injured and the other players say things like ‘We want to keep winning and be strong for our captain and the injured boys’

Aarron Ramsey suffers a horrorfic injury and the rest of the team wear pre match t-shirts sending out their message to Rambo to get well. Players made it clear when interviewed that they want to win the Premier League for him.

Thomas Vermaelen gets a stupid red card at the weekend and today Eboue says ‘We wanted win for gutted Vermaelen’

The comments I mention are a few of many, but something has happened at the club, something seems to have changed within the squad.

My answer to my own question is, This squad no longer has players who think they are bigger and better than any of the others. Nor do they think they are bigger than the club. The squad have become a united group who all want the same thing. They want to win, not only for themselves, but they want to win for all of their team mates regardless of whether they are playing or not.

Now that to me says we have finally matured, that makes me think that this group of men will now fight as hard as they can regardless of what goes on around them..

Arsene calls it ‘Great Spirit and Determination’ Finally, he may just be right….

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One man team, to hell we are……

March 9, 2010

So many in the media say that we are a one man team, we are all about Cesc Fabregas and they even suggest that without him we have little threat. Didn’t they say the same when we had Thierry Henry in our side?

Utter bollox I say – we have a squad with players who can change a game. We have a manager who has got us playing wonderful football. Tonight that manager has to pick the best eleven and use the substitues at the right time if needed.

Porto are in the city for the second leg of the Champions League knock-out game, they have a slender 2-1 lead but we have a very important away goal. I’m not even going to talk about their players, let’s talk about us, The Arsenal!

So we don’t have our little Captain Marvel, Cesc Fabregas tonight and yes, that is dreadfully disappointing!

Reality is though, we are fortunate to have players that can cover his position; we have Rosicky, Nasri, Diaby and even Fran Merida.

Whoever steps into the gap left by Cesc must be thrilled and honoured, it’s a big pair of boots to fill, but I think they will be filled….
My bet is Nasri, he had a great game on Saturday, maybe one of his best, the dink over the top of the Burnley defence for Cesc to score
was just perfect.

Nikki had a dreadful game on Saturday, he couldn’t hit a barn door but we won and it mattered not in the end. I watched his face after he was substituted, he shrugged his shoulders and smiled, as if to say ‘I haven’t a F****** clue how I missed those chances either’. His smile was from a player who was seems happy, knowing full well the next game he will make amends. (That’s my take anyway)

So Nikki, tonight is the next game, tonight you need to select the right pair of boots, you know the ones – not the pink ones or the yellow ones, wear the ones that score goals, the goals they will see us through to the quarter final of the Champions League.
Add to Nikki’s goals, we have a confident looking Theo Walcott, we have a man who loves to score from nothing in Arshavin, and a tall long legged lad called Diaby who can also score from nothing. We have goals in us, we just need to take our chances.

In the defence we have Big Sol, a man eager to win another medal with us, to make amends for the school boy error in the first leg – trust me, he will be up for this game, he is a fighter and a winner!
In goal we have Captain Almunia, he has a point to prove, he will want to show Arsene Wenger why he should have played in the first leg!

All in all, we have a squad who are together, one that that wants to win silverware, wants to do something a little extra for Aaron Ramsey.
A squad who wants to win for their missing Captain Marvel – Do that, and maybe we will prove to a few doubters that we are not a one man team….

Right now my heart is fighting my head over the result – just hope my heart wins….

This is what tonight is about, this is the cup we all want us to win.

A nervy few hours to go, but we can do it…. We will beat Porto and we will prove that Arsenal have never been and will never will be a one man team!!


Individual errors prove costly..again!!!

February 18, 2010

I’m not normally one to hide behind excuses when the lads get beat. To be honest I find them all incredibly boring. Every year we hear the same things such as our injuries hampered us, we’ve got no money, the media are against us and the referees are anti arsenal. After so long I lose interest in debating with these people because that’s what footballs about. You are going to get injuries but you have to build a squad to be able to cope with them. You may have no money but you have to work with the resources you have. The media have always been the same and will say anything to sell a story or attract ratings, only the very feeble minded will listen to washouts like Redknapp, Hansen and co (who themselves were never good enough to make managers) and believe everything they say. Then of corse you’ll always get the odd ref who acts like a total spaz. No matter what it may be, excuses are for losers. It’s a way of hiding behind your deficiencies and pointing the finger at someone else always appears to be the best option, but it doesn’t help. Excuses just lead to that smug attitude and complacency and it doesn’t solve the problems at hand. I find a bit of constructive criticism better. Sod the excuses. Like I said it’s for losers and quitters. Winners tackle the problem head on and evaluate where THEY went wrong and pull all the stops to fix it.

I could adopt the latter attitude to last nights game but i wont. Why?? Because it’s probably one of the biggest acts of football corruption I’ve ever witnessed in recent times. Quite simply we were robbed. This is not an excuse, it’s a fact..

Ok. I’ll admit that some of our players didn’t turn up last night but neither did the ref. We still controlled large parts of the game and we deserved to take at least a draw..

I found the first half very entertaining. Both sides going after each other from the off with Big Sol rolling back the years with some super tackles and a nice little goal..

Fabianski’s mistake to concede an early opener for the home side was very school boy and the second goal we conceded was just a comical farce, can’t really totally put blame on him for that. All I’ll say is next time that happens kick it. Don’t take the risk, if in doubt give it a clout.

What is it about our lads and own goals recently?? Why don’t we have a keeper who has safe hands and not butterfingers?? Maybe it’s a problem for Wenger to address in the summer, but for now we are stuck with what we’ve got. There’s an old saying in football that a good keeper will win you matches. Our keepers gift the opposition goals at ease at the minute and its very concerning. How can we expect to win medals when our top 2 choice keepers look barely capable of tying their own shoelaces?? These individual errors need to be cut out, or at least cut down. Every player makes mistakes but our players are making massive ones in crucial games and they are all leading to goals.It’s got to be said it’s not a sign of a team challenging for silverware..

I know this is a bit different from a match report, but seeing as though the ref thought everyone was there to watch him I’d really like to concentrate on his contribution and give him a rating. Wouldn’t want to steal the limelight from the players now would we???

1..Cesc was getting hammered left right and centre. It was obvious to most neutrals that after a bright start by Porto, they had become tired from matching us blow for blow by the end of the first half, so proceeded to what can only be called assault our star man. Constant foul after foul, the majority from behind and from one man in particular, Fernando. I counted at least 5 times he hacked down Cesc so why did the ref only give him a yellow in the last ten minutes when Diaby got carded for his first clumsy tackle in the first half???

2..How the hell did the ref not see the foul on Rosicky in the box? Every man and his dog saw it was a pen. You didn’t need a replay to make sure it was it was stone wall. Stevie wonder would have seen it but I guess after ‘Eduardogate’ we are never going to get another penalty again..

3..Within 30 seconds of the penalty that was, that wasn’t, but really was and would have been if it was any other team but Arsenal, Porto hit a long ball that brushed of Big Sol’s toenail and Fabianski picked up. Now even on the replay you couldn’t really make out if it had even hit Sol, nevermind him intentionally passing it back, because thats what I thought a pass back was – intentionally passing it back to your keeper. So how the hell the ref could see it touched Sol from 30 yards behind the play and he couldn’t see the Rosicky penalty I’ll never know. Not ending matters there, the ref demanded the ball off Fabianski and gave it to the cheating Porto player and before anyone knew it the ball was in the net. The ref wasn’t even looking at the play, how can he allow it if he aint looking? Not only that but he was interfering with play by blocking Sol and it was supposed to be an indirect freekick. You might as well have given them a fucking penalty into an open net you prick…

Martin Hannson..10..Well done son, wonderful display. Man of the match and as Rico would say- you were the ‘knob of the night’ and you ruined what started off being a decent spectacle of football, you corrupt tosser.

Anyway I think we’ll still win this tie. We’ve got a good record against Porto at home and we’ve got that crucial away goal. With the return of a few walking wounded and with the absence of Porto’s star play (Hannson) we should knock 3 or 4 past them with ease…

Oh and by the way. What did anyone think of Cesc’s comments after the match?? Frustrated or frustrated with how things are going at Arsenal???


Hulk? Nah, he’s just another ‘Beast’………………

February 15, 2010

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Hoorah, The Champions League is back this week and you don’t need me to tell you we are off to sunny Portugal to face Porto.

Porto, once managed by the old git Jose Moanrinho and once winners of this competition having got one over Old Red Nose on the way, but Porto aren’t going to have the same joy against this English side.

Porto have The Hulk, whether or not he plays though remains to be seen but so what if he does. Is he really that good?

09/10 App Goals
League 12 2
Cup 2 0
L-Cup 1 0
CL 6 3

Total 21 5

Is that the statics of a great striker?

No it’s not, but they do suggest he is better in Europe than his is in the Domestic League, but one man doesn’t make a team does he? Well, not unless his name is either Cesc Fabregas or Thierry Henry 😉

Talking Arsenal here of course, not any other club…

He reminds me a bit of Julio Baptista – he is fondly known as The Beast. He adopted his nickname whilst playing for Sevilla and to be fair, he probably deserved it then. He played 62 games for them and scored 39 goals, not bad for a midfielder.

But then he went to Real Madrid, got loaned to us and then back to Real Madrid and during all that period he scored just 14 goals.

Not what you would expect from a player know as ‘The Beast’

My point is, let’s not all be fooled by such extravagant names given to footballers, they mean nothing, and I don’t believe that the Hulk is as good as some suggest.

He could be though if he played in a team like ours……

In any case, I think we can fully expect Thomas Vermaelen and William Gallas to keep the big fella out

Another Porto player who is out to gun us down is Alves. No, not the Alves we would all love to see playing in red and white, this is Bruno Alves, the 28yr old defender who says if they can stop Cesc Fabregas then they can win. Let’s just hope he means ‘stop’ by playing football and not by cheating or hacking him down.

The way I see the game on Wednesday, if we can get by that big 6ft 3inch geezer Helton in goal, we will come away as winners. Obvious I know, but I don’t see an awful lot more in the Porto side to stop us getting something from this away leg.

It won’t be easy, but I think we will be ok.

Thats it on another boring no news day, other than well done to the Ladies who thrashed Doncaster Belles 5-0 in the Womens FA Cup. The win takes them into the semi-final.

Have a great day all…..


Wenger stands firm and adds fuel to the fire to keep the desire

April 6, 2009

The one thing that has made Sir Arsene stand out over other managers in his time at Arsenal has not only been his incredible ability to make his teams play football the way it should be played, but his incredible ability to get in the mind of  the people. Trying to play mind games with Wenger is like getting into a fight with someone who has a shooter and all you have is a knife….There’s only going to be one winner…..

The business end of the season brings exciting times to a football club and its fan base, especially if you are in the hunt for major trophies (which we are)  and especially if your a massive club expected to win major trophies (which we are)….

Being an Arsenal fan at this stage of the season is a lot like being a child in the build up to Christmas…. You know what you want, you really really want it, you’ve wanted it all year and its coming to the time when you will finally find out whether your getting it or not…. You could end up with the  “GI Joe” with the kung fu grip complete with the “GI Joe”  remote control car that transforms into a speedboat with rocket launchers or you could end up with a pair of socks and a knitted jumper……

On the other hand the one thing that really annoys me about this time of year is that contracts are up for renewal and players are contemplating their futures and the vulture teams such as Barca are circling the situation before there’s even sign of a rotting corpse….

We currently find ourselves in a situation at Arsenal where we have a number of players whose contracts are running low, players such as Cesc, Robin and Theo all need their contracts renewing and Robin has already been making noises…..

Robin wants a new contract and apparently he is ready to sign and an agreement has been reached but he wants the club to match his ambition, or he might not sign…..he was recently quoted as saying he is happy with the financial package but wants trophies and in all the time he has been with us he has only one to his name…

Adebayor tried it on last year and under the circumstances he got away with it, this time Wenger has hit back….

Sir Arsene OBE CBE has warned his Arsenal squad that contract talks will have to wait until the end of the season.

He said ”My thinking is that we focus completely on the short term and not long term because we have such important targets in front of us. We have to show maturity and get rid of all the talks which are not helping us to win the games,” said Wenger.

“We have to because we play every three days and we cannot sit around with the players.”

Wenger continued: “It does not affect anything because we can always talk to the agents, but I believe when a player comes back from an away game you do not want to be sitting around the desk at eight o’clock in the morning – you want him to recover, rest and prepare for the next game.

“We have taken this approach because we have a tight schedule. We know that every game is decisive for us.

“It is a period when you have to be completely ‘in’ to be successful. You cannot be half in and a little bit out, or 90 percent and a bit out because you can miss that 10 percent at an important moment of the game.

“I believe we have to be professional, to know what is important and when.

“That is why in the next month I do not want to talk about that [contracts].”

The two key words in all that are MATURITY and PROFESSIONAL….In other words Robin (and the rest of you) shut the hell up, play your football, win us some silverware and then we talk about wages……