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Daily Mail on the 2010-03-01 08:53:00
a42abid
Never thought I'd quote the Daily Mail in my life but there you have it, life throws out some unexpected surprises:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1254454/MARTIN-SAMUEL-Now-Aaron-Ramsey--broken-legs-chance.html?ITO=1490

It's a really good article and the only one I've come across of its kind. The Guardian and BBC have decided to ignore the issue and the Telegraph are for whatever reason chanting some rubbish about Shawcross innocence.

"It was a familiar speech. ‘There is no way that was a malicious challenge,’ said David Kemp, assistant manager of Stoke City. ‘Ryan isn’t that sort of player. It was probably a new experience for him to get frustrated, that’s why he chased down the ball and made that tackle.
‘There was no malicious intent. It was a genuine attempt. We’ve seen far worse challenges go unpunished. It was just one of those football injuries, one of those incidents that frequently happen in the game. Before long Ryan might be on the end of one himself.’
Over time, only the names change. The quickest of wit will have spotted that Kemp is now Stoke’s chief scout, not assistant to Tony Pulis. His observation was not from Saturday, when Shawcross broke the leg of Aaron Ramsey, but from 2007 when he broke the leg of Francis Jeffers of Sheffield Wednesday with a tackle from behind. Maybe Arsene Wenger is correct not to believe in coincidence."


"It was probably a new experience for him to get frustrated" - seriously? Someone actually had the nerve to say something like that? That's a really interesting way to justify something. Oh and as the article states, that comment was made in 2007. Apparently, Shawcross hasn't had the capacity to learn anything since then.

These excuses are bloody ridiculous.
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2010-02-28 04:38:00
underoakes
despite the win,




:(

im speechless.
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Stoke City v Arsenal Preview 2010-02-25 10:37:00
steverogerson
Stoke City v Arsenal Preview
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Arsenal v Sunderland Preview 2010-02-19 08:33:00
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Arsenal v Sunderland Preview
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FC Porto v Arsenal Preview 2010-02-15 10:25:00
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FC Porto v Arsenal Preview
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Dialectical Materialism and Football 2010-02-13 15:01:00
steverogerson
Something a little different:

Dialectical Materialism and Football

I enjoyed writing that.
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It's mean of me, but can I just say... 2010-02-12 11:06:00
heaven_spawn
... IT COULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED TO A NICER GUY.
(except may be one. E. Adebayor)


Broken ankle rules Ashley Cole out for three months


http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=740300&sec=england&cc=4716



How vital is he? Is their title challenge in trouble? >:D
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Arsenal v Liverpool Preview 2010-02-09 13:47:00
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Arsenal v Liverpool Preview
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Chelsea v Arsenal Preview 2010-02-04 18:46:00
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Chelsea v Arsenal Preview
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transfers 2010-02-01 23:26:00
beegeeing
Is anybody a bit hacked off that we've not signed anyone, no goalkeeper, no central defender, no ball winning midfielder, and no strong striker.
I don't have a great problem with alumina, I just think we could do better.
The defence needs some young blood in the middle, 3 out of the 4 centre backs with have are in their 30's, with campbell and silvestre clearly having their best years behind them.
Songs been doing the anchorman role in midfield all season now, fair play to him he's been quite good at it, but he's the only one, everyone else just wants to bomb on forward, you can't tell me there's no player out there who can put his foot in and pull off a good pass.
The worlds and his wife, and her lover knows we need a striker with some strength, someone like adebayor, but who won't run away when someone flashes some 20's in their face. Vela and eduardo can't play upfront by themselves, they play best when they have a striker alongside them to spin off from, why do you think that its pointless crossing the ball when we play, during the stoke fa cup game recently we had 5 corners in a row, anyother team would put the opposition team under great pressure, not us though, we didn't have anyone who ws willing to charge through other players to get to the ball.
Oh and someone willing to shoot from a decent position would have been nice as well
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Arsenal v Manchester United Preview 2010-01-29 09:42:00
steverogerson
Preview for Sunday's game is here: Arsenal v Manchester United Preview
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2010-01-20 10:50:00
echoboom
why shouldnt Arsenal buy Pavlyuchenko from Spurs? 

why not pair him up with Arshavin and keep the russian connection going
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Sol Campbell 2010-01-12 13:03:00
_meandthemajor
It seems Sol Campbell, is infact returning to Arsenal, which several reports surfacing in the last 20 minutes or so ...


Sol Campbell set to feature for Arsenal reserves

Sol Campbell has confirmed to ESPN Soccernet that he intends to re-sign for Arsenal until the end of the season and play for the reserves at West Ham on Tuesday night.

Campbell, 35, is available on a free transfer after leaving League Two side Notts County in September and has been training with Arsenal since.

He is now in talks over a short-term contract with the club and told ESPN Soccernet ahead of his comeback game: "I shall be playing in the reserves at Upton Park tonight - it must be two years since I last played there. I cannot wait - I cannot tell you how much I've missed playing after being out so long since leaving Notts County.

"I need to get minutes under my belt, a couple of reserve games at least before I can start looking any further ahead. I am signing for Arsenal until the end of the season. There are still a few technicalities to iron out, but I have signed for Arsenal until the end of the season, and it's fantastic, great, marvellous.

"The old enthusiasm is back. I've got to tell you it seems as though I have never been away. I'm ecstatic really to be back at Arsenal, and I have worked bloody hard to get there."

He added: "Arsene Wenger has been an inspiration. He has watched me closely after letting me train at Arsenal for nearly two months now. He's not stupid - he wouldn't have taken me back if he didn't like what he has seen, and I have worked and worked.

"I do believe I can contribute. I really have my confidence and fitness back and believe I can make a big, big contribution. There is fantastic quality all around the pitch within this Arsenal team and I want to be part of it, and will make a big push to try to do that, but it's little steps at a time. First step is at Upton Park; the next step is more football."

Tottenham boss recently Harry Redknapp said that if Campbell returned to peak form and fitness, he could still be playing for England, but Campbell acknowledged that it is very early to be talking about a return to international duty in South Africa.

"First steps, first steps," he laughed. "It is just a pleasure to be back on the pitch, and pitch-time is what I need. I am going to enjoy it, really enjoy it. I've been out far too long, and I have worked hard to get back on the field. I've been training hard, working hard, and I now want to be involved."

Newcastle were among the clubs to have expressed an interest in signing Campbell, but he admits returning to a side with title ambitions will be a significant step-up.

"There have been a few clubs, quite a bit of speculation, but going back to Arsenal - well, that is serious, and I am serious about this," he said. "I've missed it and I've a gut feeling this is the right move. It's no longer a hunger to get back - it's turned into a craving. I am champing at the bit. I'm fresh, I'm raring to go. It's unbelievable to be back at Arsenal."

Wenger admitted last week that he was considering bringing the defender back.

"He has a fantastic attitude and good fitness," Wenger said. "Of course he is not the youngest, but he is in a very good shape. He can still play in the Premier League - I've said that many times.

"He is important in the dressing-room as well. He's positive with the young players. Every year we have one or two like that and I think a Premier League club will sign him."

The Arsenal official website has since confirmed that Campbell will be part of the starting line-up against West Ham's reserves and added: "Talks are ongoing with Sol with a view to a permanent move back to Arsenal Football Club


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Not wanting to count the chickens before they hatch, but... 2010-01-08 23:34:00
shag905
Any midseason predictions on when we'll celebrate St. Totteringham's Day this year?
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Patrick will be coming home soon. 2010-01-08 14:39:00
shag905
Saturday, April 4, 2010... it'll be interesting to see what kind of reaction Patrick gets. In a way, I'm happy to see him back in the EPL, just wish it was with someone else.

Also, I don't know about you, but if I were the Togo NT, I don't know if I would bother participating in the African Cup after that. Quite honestly, if a nation can't seem to protect players in a major, multi-national tournament, should they really be allowed to host in the first place? Kinda disturbs me.
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Oh Em Geeee 2009-12-17 20:40:00
shy


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrw4IlKRPmc
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2009-12-13 17:56:00
shy
Phew. Any thoughts? Reactions? Whatever?
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2009-12-13 16:45:00
shy
Jumping in front of the goal keeper isn't interferring with play. Who knew?
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2009-11-16 11:07:00
funnynamehere


Amidst all the doom and gloom about RvP - let's hope he gets better sooner rather than later - let's enjoy this fabulous goal from Aaron Ramsey at the weekend (Ramsey also had a hand in the two other Wales goals). Not only is a cracking run and a great finish but it's all the sweeter because the killer pass for Ramsey to surge onto was provided by Scotland and Manchester United fouling machine, Darren Fletcher.
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2009-11-03 08:57:00
a42abid
"I am not in favour of the Arsenal system. The more English youth players you have in your team, the better it is for your football and popularity of your game. Perhaps, in the future with Fifa rules on the transfer of minors, you have to work with English youth. Why can’t the English play for Arsenal? They have to come to France to play."

~Platini opens his fat, stupid mouth again.

I don't even know...what does he have against Arsenal? The last statement is a joke...sure, look at all the English talent running away to France. Bad bad Arsenal. Look at you, going and destroying English Football again. I don't even know if he bothers to watch Arsenal before spouting out such nonsense.
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Arsenal Mural 2009-11-01 21:14:00
a42abid
I love this and I'm so happy that the club are doing it:

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/arsenalisation-special-spirit-of-highbury

However, I hate the fact that the Wretched Togo ex-Monaco player is among the Arsenal greats. Why can't they erase him? It's not like anyone wants to associate him with our club anyway? As grateful as we can be for his 07/08 season, surely the fact that he dragged our name through mud should be enough to wipe him away from our books. I don't care about him anymore but I don't want anything to do with him at our club.

Maybe I'm being over-dramatic..after all, erasing him would draw unwanted attention and I admit, its a bit childish.

Anyway, not to detract from this. It's a brilliant effort I think on the part of the club to bring back Highbury. I really liked scrolling through the images and looking at the changes...especially right at the 1930's mark when you see Herbert Chapman sitting like that with his boys around him. The socks, collared shirts, red & white colours...And then right through to the Boss. Brilliant effort.
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3 - 0 2009-10-31 22:40:00
dear_bob
still sore over our lost to West Ham.

BUT

HAH! Harry Redknapp! In your face, little bitch. and Keane, "We're ready to overtake Arsenal" Yea, of course....like, in an alternate universes probably (insert string of swear words here)

Wish eddy played better though. He hasn't found his finishing yet.
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2009-10-30 10:28:00
funnynamehere
North London Derby tomorrow so, for no real reason:



Thierry Henry strolls the entire length of the Arsenal pitch to score then sprints entire length of the pitch to celebrate.
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I think Arsene Wenger should buy a gun 2009-10-25 22:36:00
beegeeing
I think its the only way he'll get the players to concentrate for a whole game, as yet again when comfortably ahead away from home our players seem to be under the pretense that the game is suddenly 60 minutes long, and so decide to look at what the crowd is wearing and how that jacket colour would good on their bedroom wall, then get a sudden shock when they wake up with 5 minutes left to see that the other teams come back into it, so please arsene, get a gun then randomly point it a player, either that or you and pat rice give them a constant bollocking during the last hour, even though there professionals and shouldn't need it.
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Happy Birthday Arsene! 2009-10-22 09:30:00
a42abid
There's a neat video on Arsenal.com:

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-tribute-video



and I know this is unrelated but I don't want to make up a new post for this:

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/-we-are-there-for-fabregas-if-he-needs-it-

Hope Cesc's ok. The #4 that the fans displayed during the game last weekend was a nice touch. Let's do everything we can to make him feel better.
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Arsenal vs. B**M 2009-10-18 20:59:00
a42abid
"After more than 13 years in English football Arsène Wenger is not easily shocked but on Saturday a section of the Birmingham City supporters left the Arsenal manager appalled. As Theo Walcott received medical attention after a crunching but fair tackle from Liam Ridgewell, a number of them broke into a chant of "There's only one Martin Taylor". Quite what was going through Eduardo da Silva's mind is anyone's guess but Wenger was aghast.

Wenger, looking on anxiously from the sidelines as the 20-year-old struggled to his feet, made no attempt to conceal his disgust afterwards. Asked whether he was disappointed to hear the song, the Arsenal manager replied: "Yes, that's frankly atrocious. They will not be remembered for their taste with those kind of remarks."

Although Taylor is injured and did not travel to the game, Eduardo was watching from the stands. "I don't know how he felt about the chants," said Wenger. "I just put it in the ranks of stupidity. People like that, one starts to say something stupid, everybody follows, even intelligent people. People lose their identity together.""


I didn't hear the chants but people at the game are saying that they heard it as well. How pathetic. How low can you get? ugh..I shudder to think that we had that sort of disgusting crowd at our beautiful stadium.
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I reeeeeally need to what my reactions. 2009-10-18 13:11:00
shag905
So, I was at work last week. And couple of gentlemen came though my line. Hearing the accent, I have to ask where they're from and was informed England. So, I ask who they support and was told... S*urs.


I LAUGHED AT THEM!!!

All I could do was laugh and tell them how sorry I was for them. I mean I can tolerate other supporters, even have a great conversation with this Wolves supporter who comes in. But, that one... couldn't resist. I shouldn't risk my job like that, but I couldn't resist.

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2009-10-10 23:52:00
a42abid
This article should be a must read:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2009/oct/10/fabio-capello-england-cesc-fabregas

"The performance of Fábregas was mesmerising, yet so accustomed have Arsenal and their supporters become to the 22-year-old Catalan's art that it is largely taken for granted. Arsène Wenger did not single out Fábregas for special praise afterwards, probably thinking he would merely be repeating himself. Sam Allardyce, the Blackburn manager, may have been impressed but concentrated on attacking the referee for not giving his team a penalty after David Dunn had been tripped. Allardyce did have a point, but in the context of the match it was about as relevant as grumbling that the ball had been underinflated."

When it comes to claims of cerebral superiority Fábregas has more than a few rivals. Think of Arsenal alone and it is necessary to go back no further than Dennis Bergkamp to find a footballer with comparable qualities as well as the ability to score goals with geometric precision. One extraordinary, almost balletic, pirouette to find the net at Newcastle springs to mind. Yet even Bergkamp did not reach such heights of excellence as regularly as Fábregas.

"Fábregas, moreover, consistently shines at Arsenal because the multinational company in which he performs is high in football intelligence and has no trouble staying on his wavelength. He would still stand out in some other Premier League sides. Like a Velázquez in a coal shed."

Its really well written and comforting in the sense that my nearly rabid obsession with Cesc isn't unfound. I love that boy and really hope that he can be another Adams or Bergkamp.

I think that last paragraph is very important though and explains why Wenger doesn't always dish out praise for Cesc in proportion to his performances (this isn't true...Arsene once said that Cesc is one of those players who gets you in touch with how beautiful football can be. I can't see higher praise than that!) . Collectively speaking, ever since Arsene graced our club, his teams have all been gifted with an abundance of creativity.
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highlights 2009-10-04 12:32:00
a42abid
For those of you who missed today (I hope none of you did!) or wish to relive an excellent afternoon:

http://www.video-highlights.net/arsenal-blackburn-video/

A perfect day. I loved every minute of it (the first 6, I could've done without but it made for an exciting match) and the goals were just beautiful.
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2009-10-01 08:15:00
a42abid
Happy Wengerday everyone!

There's a really good interview with Ken Friar on the Arsenal website:

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/friar-ars-ne-is-a-very-very-special-man
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Just in passing.. 2009-09-23 15:28:00
James
Bloody good match last night, thoroughly enjoyed it :o)
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2009-09-21 19:50:00
funnynamehere
More ArsenalisationCollapse )


The above went up today, on the wall opposite the North Bridge (photo is not mine, I was too hungover to work my camera earlier). It is absolutely magnificent. How can a huge Chippy Brady next to an equally enormous Thierry Henry not be? The Club have said that they intend to cover all eight of the (boring concrete) facades with similar murals; I can't wait, the Stadium's going to look jaw-dropping when they do.
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Well. 2009-09-16 20:00:00
davidmasters05
What did I say about Mannone?

2-0 down in five minutes isn't even shocking to me with him in goal.

-David
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2009-09-16 14:15:00
thephantasmal
I believe everyone's had just about enough about youknowwho but I am finding one thing rather amusing. All the people who've admonished him of the blame for what he did that day (including people like Ian Wright, i'm disappointed to see) all say that he should be allowed to do what he did because we started the entire falling out with him when he was playing for us, none of it was his fault.

Are these people blind? Did they not see that idiot conduct himself the way he did? Flirting around with other clubs, demanding a double-your-money salary  and then looking lazy and disinterested afterwards? Then going on to say that his poor performances were all our fault, none of us loved him, we all hate him and such. It's always someone else's fault, not his.

How can those "pundits" fail to see that?

It puzzles me to no end. Goodplaya's entry makes a lot of sense, and it really makes you wonder how people fail to see that all the negativity was stirred up by him in the first place. We sure as hell weren't the ones who started things off by slating Americans and Jamaicans, the club, the players never had a bad word to say about him after he left at all. Contrast that with what "class" he's shown.

Makes you wonder, really.

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2009-09-15 22:39:00
a42abid
Arsene makes me laugh sometimes:

"It looks very bad," said Wenger, the Arsenal manager, after he learned that Adebayor had been charged by the Football Association with violent and improper conduct. "You ask 100 people; 99 will say it's very bad and the hundredth will be Mark Hughes."

His way of saying things is just brilliant sometimes
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show him for stamping on rvp's face 2009-09-15 12:27:00
prthecrazyone
Adebayor hit with two FA charges

Well, this made my day. What about you lot?
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2009-09-15 11:57:00
a42abid
Hey guys,

Hope you're all doing well and looking forward to tomorrows game! This article is not directly related to Arsenal but its a really amazing story so I thought I'd share:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulfletcher/2009/09/carl_baker_and_stockport_an_ex.html
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Fuck Mark Clattenburg. 2009-09-15 16:47:00
davidmasters05
"Referee Mark Clattenburg has advised the FA that he did not see this incident, but has confirmed that had he done so, he would have sent Adebayor off for violent conduct.".

The man was fucking looking at it.

EDIT: Oh, me and my fucking mouth.

"Almunia has a chest infection, and with reserve goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski also unavailable due to a knee injury Arsenal must choose between Vito Mannone and Wojciech Szczesny.".

For the love of piss...

Goddammit. Please pick Szczesny, PLEASE.

-David
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2009-09-14 18:41:00
shy
Eduardo wins appeal
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2009-09-13 03:12:00
thephantasmal
Adebayor is absolutely disgraceful. He played well, i accept that. But there was no need for that taunting of Arsenal supporters in celebration, or even stamping on Robin's face.

What makes me angriest is this:

"What is good at City is that the fans are truly fans. They love you. Arsenal have a lot of fans who are not fans. Arsenal have fans from America and Jamaica. Today they are Arsenal fans, tomorrow they will be Liverpool fans and after tomorrow they will be Manchester United fans."

How dare he. HOW, FUCKING, DARE HE?

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Hmm. 2009-09-12 16:45:00
davidmasters05
Well.

That was embarassing.

Adebayor shouldn't even have been on the pitch.

-David
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Arsenal vs. Citeh 2009-09-11 20:46:00
a42abid
Its funny...I was pretty pissed at our own fans for booing Ade earlier on in the season but then I lost patience with him myself during the Champions League. His attitude was maddening and I didn't quite understand why.

I've tried so hard to like him, even after the Football Focus interview but he always tends to turn back and slap us in the face. For those who haven't read his new interview:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/mancity/6175361/Manchester-Citys-Emmanuel-Adebayor-lifts-the-lid-on-his-feud-with-Nicklas-Bendtner.html

I really liked what Wenger said about him in his press conference asking us fans to respect Kolo and Ade and other nice stuff. But, seriously? How can he after this? It was bad enough when he spewed his nonsense about us fans in the summer but this is a bit much.

I think tomorrow's going to be a really tough one. Tougher than United probably but we must win and I'll hope that Nicklas goes on a rampage. I actually can't wait for when Citeh come to our stadium. I think we can beat the United fans in the jeers they'll be throwing towards Tevez with our response towards Cashmanuel. God I hate him so much now.
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2009-09-10 16:34:00
funnynamehere


He's still got it. Finest player I've ever seen in an Arsenal shirt.
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International Goals 2009-09-06 12:15:00
a42abid
Just in case some of you hadn't seen this:

http://redlondon.wordpress.com/2009/09/05/video-all-the-smashers-from-ramsey-van-persie-and-bendtner/

Some brilliant goals from our boys over the weekend, especially Aaron Ramseys shot. Just wow.
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Dirty United Chant 2009-09-02 22:36:00
a42abid
I know there's been a flurry of posts about Saturday but I was really happy to see this in todays paper:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2009/sep/03/arsene-wenger-chant-arsenal?commentpage=2&commentposted=1

I'm glad she wrote that. Out of all the papers/news I've come across over the past little while, this is only the second time I've seen someone bring up the chant and denounce it.
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Just great; kick us when we're down and where it hurts most 2009-09-02 17:19:00
ravenstruck

Arsenal 1 Man Utd 2.

Okay. And just when my boys were doing so well too.

Damn.

Where I live, the papers have been going on and on about how the Gunners have disintegrated and how Man Utd was so good it makes me want to puke. I admit Wenger's bit with the bottle was a bit much but I think we all understand how he feels, given how the match went.

We were the better team. We had more chances, we could have won. We were on fire, but somehow - somehow, the flames just went out. First was Diaby's unfortunate OG, but I put that down to bad luck and circumstance. And then Arshavin's denied free kick - I mean, what the crap? It's an obvious case of bias - the ref was more than happy to wave his yellow card and blow his whistle at Arsenal, but when it came to Man Utd's oh-so-blatant nonsense, he practically became blind for the rest of the match.

I hardly think it's fair that Eduardo gets a two-match ban, and that's not because I love the Gunners. The only other player who did get punished for diving was some bloke, and that was in 2007. In soccer, everyone dives. Cristiano Ronaldo. Steven Gerrard. Even Nani - whether as obviously as Eduardo did or not. The question is, why is it when we dive, we get the stick and not anyone else? Look, if this is just what is it - coincidence, then it's too coincidental for me.

If Uefa wants to penalise people on such grounds, then to be fair, which, in any case is their duty, they should also be as stringent in up- holding justice where the abovenamed players are concerned and punish them as well.

I hope Arsenal thrashes them all.





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2009-08-29 15:47:00
a42abid
I don't even know what to say...

I'm sick of Diaby's inconsistency and his idiotic decision making at times. But then there;s the Diaby who can dominate a midfield. I don't know. I want to kill him right now. Regardless of his potential, I don't want him around anymore. I can't wait for Cesc, Nasri and Rosicky to come back :(

We deserved to win that game but I'm sick of the refereeing and there's nothing we can do about that.

On the bright side, we were the better team by far even without mentioning that most of our attacking force is out injured. I hate days like today.

And of course there goes the media praising United's play...
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So wait. 2009-08-28 03:09:00
davidmasters05
Eduardo wins an admittedly erroneous penalty, and the papers/media go nuts.

Gerrard dives fairly consistently (Champions' League final 2005 being a notable one), and Rooney's infamous dive cost us our unbeaten run, but nobody says shit.

Let people continue to say there's no media bias against Arsenal. Really.

I actually remember when Rooney dived, Motson insisted he was fouled and then when the replay showed a dive he changed the subject. The Match of the Day mugs gloss over every United imperfection and turn a blind eye whenever Gerrard dives.

Why is Eduardo the example? Especially considering that you could argue how he fell over because he expected it due to Boruc rushing in.

-David
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2009-08-24 02:50:00
be_my_chicago
I know a boy, who's name is Andrey...

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2009-08-22 22:40:00
a42abid
This is a bit interesting:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/arsenal/article6806310.ece

Arshavin earns less at Arsenal that at Zenit? Really?
That interview makes me feel a bit uncomfy...kind of like Arshavin's here on a really short-term basis...play for us, get recognized and move on. That's not all that bad maybe but it leaves an odd feeling in me.

Another good win today...this week's going to be the second big hurdle and I hope it goes smoothly. I can't wait!
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