February 18th, 2013 at 2:56 am
I would have been a lil more optimistic if we weren't playing bayern. Another trophyless year…
February 18th, 2013 at 7:12 pm
I said this before on other blog, when I was watching Madrid vs ManU, a commentator said that only 4 managers had completed 100 games on UCL. He named Mourinho, Ferguson and I quickly thought 'Ancelotti and Wenger'.All these managers won the UCL TWICE, except Wenger with ZERO UCL trophy to show off. Wenger is way behind these managers and after all these years in the competition if he wasn't able to win the UCL trophy when arsenal had a better squad what to say now? We are just pushovers.Only a miracle could make this current Arsenal team win the UCL, but Wenger doesn't deserve this huge favor from the powers of Heaven. He had his chance and he blew it.
February 18th, 2013 at 7:14 pm
Sorry, are you talking about the 4th place 'profit' trophy?
February 19th, 2013 at 3:49 pm
a profit is not without honour.
there's nothing wrong with 4th place. I ilke the Champions League.
I doubt that many in Liverpool are happy with their team wallowing in 7th place just because they won the League Cup last year.
And i cant imagine tha we would be any happier with our current poor situation if we hadn't contrived to screw up and lose to Birmingham 2 years ago
theres more to this than just winning a trophy. The problem is that the team is steadily getting worse, year after year.though its a bit sad to see AW these days; he cant be a happy man, but he has brought all of these troubles on himself
February 20th, 2013 at 4:33 am
so…..wenger is then going away judjing by his words and reaults
SadReally sad.Kroenke should go as well. Since Arsenal wont repeaent more money now
February 20th, 2013 at 4:36 am
I said mathematical cause before the shame of tonight it was possible and why not now well its embarrassing
February 20th, 2013 at 9:49 pm
Arsenal are too slow. This is why they have trouble breaking down defences. As good as Wilshere and Arteta are, they spend far too much time on the turn or controlling it before releasing, by which time, players have gotten back into their positions and runs are being tracked. The old Arsenal played one touch stuff and broke quickly, thus players couldn't get back in time and the likes of Pires and Henry ran riot.
* The problem of the goalkeeper is what has hindered Arsenal over the last seven seasons. Almunia was not the best, whilst Fabianski, Mannone and Scziezncy are not yet of required physique or mentality to keep goal for a club challenging for serious honours. In other areas of the pitch, they are not too bad, but Wenger should have spent c.£20M on a quality left winger aged around 28 or so to deliver consistently whilst the likes of Walcott and the Ox are/were learning their trade. Before you say 'Arshavin' and 'Reyes' – both were never genuine wingers, but maybe Wenger should have persisted. Take Bayern last night as a good example. Lahm, Kroos and Muller – all youth products at one stage – are balanced out with high-peak performers such as Robben, Ribery and Gomez. Why was this approach not taken at Arsenal? Great youth prospects but not matched by peak career professionals at the high end of the quality scale. They should have the cash from Champions League participation, league revenue, TV rights and matchday income to offset this despite the cost of a colossally brilliant stadium.
* Faith in below-par players, probably as a result of their salaries, has stagnated the playing squad. Wenger's faith has been one of his best qualities, but Ferguson also possesses this trait. The key difference is that if Fergie deems you not good enough, or not putting in the required effort or performance level, you are quickly shown the door. This ensures a high level of commitment from United players which manifests itself in better sequences of results. This does not seem to be the case at Arsenal whereby players either leave due to the perceived notion of not winning anything, or they quietly have a few seasons of loan moves as they unwilling to part from lucrative contracts so easily.
* Not offering Ashley Cole an extra £5K per week could have been the biggest mistake in Wenger's career. As much as I hate the idea, and how morally repugnant it was at the time, he should have kept him. That way, Arsenal would have retained the services of the best left-back in world football over the past decade, would have had a long-standing club captain, and most importantly, would have signalled their intent to keep their best players on their terms. Vieira, Pires and Henry were allowed to leave for high transfer fees in the wane of their careers to other leagues. Cole's case was different as he was only around 24 (I think) at the time and was sold to a divisional rival. As much as I agree with Wenger about the unsustainability of the likes of City and Chelsea whose entire squads are full of players earning c.£100K plus per week, realistically, Arsenal may only need to attract around four of these players, which should be achievable if you cut the dead wood from the squad and therefore the weekly wage bill. The status of this club both on and off the pitch should guarantee to attract the top talent, so why has this not been implemented?
February 23rd, 2013 at 4:36 am
Is this an attempt to break a record in the comments section? Come on post a new article
February 23rd, 2013 at 4:37 am
I ll help to break that record
February 23rd, 2013 at 4:38 am
But seriously: so … Full squad to Germany or tje youth academy?
February 24th, 2013 at 2:20 am
the 3 points were good, but again, our defending is frightening and we wasted soooooo many chances. How many does Girou-vinho need?
March 1st, 2013 at 12:31 pm
I’m not making this up and it’s not the usual cocksure bravado that you get from the average sports fan but if I’m completely honest, I’m not nervous about Sunday.
Yes, Arsenal are facing the form team of the Premier League, with the form player, playing at the highest level of his career. A player who has just this year unleashed a Ronaldo-esque toe-punch from set pieces. A toe-punch that is, I might add, getting him goals from dead ball situations. Dead ball situations that Mark Clattenburg will gladly award any time anyone gets anywhere near Gareth Bale and he falls over like he loves to do.
And we all know that Gareth Bale is the darling of the Lickspittles on Fleet Street because he’s a player who admits that he dives and who (like Rooney before him) gets a pass in the press. I’m not exactly sure why he gets a pass, maybe he needs to dive for Wales against England, in a World Cup match or something before he will get the royal treatment. But the marked difference between the way that the Daily Mail basically hung Eduardo in effigy and have instead made excuses for Bale’s diving is, well… marked.
And still I’m not worried about Sunday.
I even know that it’s a big game, probably the biggest of the season. How could I not know that Tottenham are above Arsenal in the table and that this one game could go a long way toward solidifying them as finishing above Arsenal for the first time since 1995? And how could I have missed the fact that this game could very well determine what type of European football Arsenal play next year? I couldn’t and I didn’t.
I also know that Arsenal have an error prone defense. One which is setting ignominious records for allowing slapstick goals. I know that Arsenal’s captain, and chief of the defense, is not in his best form, that the team’s most experienced right back is out injured and in his stead Arsenal will start a very raw Carl Jenkinson, and that the team has a new left back who has never experienced a North London Derby. Both fullbacks will be tested by the aforementioned Bale, who will be making every effort to get the ball on his left foot and fire in wicked shots that will test Arsenal’s shaky keeper.
This should be the kind of game that I’m very worried about, but I’m not.
My quiescence comes not from a sense of bravado about the fact that we have beaten Tottenham 5-2 in two consecutive matches, that Arsenal have the better head to head record over the entire career of Arsene Wenger, and that they have a long history as the little bottlers who couldn’t. I was in London last year when Spurs were overturned from a 2-0 lead. I sat on the train my last night in London last year and watched as a Spurs supporter openly wept because Tottenham had just lost 3-1 to Man U and he knew that the bottling of their season had begun. That fact should have leave me feeling confident but it’s not the reason why I feel the way I do.
No, this Spurs team look like a strong team who will give Arsenal a real challenge. And Arsenal are starting to look like the team who tend to disappear from matches. Arsenal are a team who can go into a big game and not even bother to show up until the opposition have already won. Arsenal can stumble through the first half like a blind drunk and wait until the second half to even bother start playing, time and again.
And yes, this is the biggest game that Arsenal will face for the rest of the season. If every season is a story, then this game is the climax. From Sunday at about 10am local time, the season will start to be resolved. There will be more matches and naturally there will be some more drama but nothing will compare to this game and the events which unfold in this game will almost certainly determine the path that Arsenal take for the next few months, if not even longer.
Missing out on Champions League football would set in front of this Arsenal board and Arsene Wenger a choice: double-down on the policy which has gotten the team to where we are now or change directions and rebuild.
And yet, I’m not worried.
I’m not worried because I’m anchored by the history of the Arsenal. I’m anchored by the 13 league titles. The 16 consecutive years of Champions League football. The Invincibles. The players who have come and gone and the players who are enshrined outside of the Emirates. Players like Henry, Adams, and Dennis Bergkamp who now have a granite reminder outside our gleaming new stadium that form is temporary but class is permanent.
It’s that class that Arsenal exudes in everything we do that is the difference and what gives us, as a club, a leg up over Tottenham. It’s not the back to back 5-2 wins over them, it’s the fact that we didn’t need to make a DVD to celebrate those winss. It’s the fact that we have millions of fans from all over the globe. Fans like me who are going to Munich to support the Arsenal come what may.
And maybe I’m “frying chickens in the barnyard” crazy but come what may on Sunday, I will always be an Arsenal supporter. And that means I will always be one better than Spurs.
March 3rd, 2013 at 4:48 am
I am nervous, for tomorow and this site…anyonethere?
March 4th, 2013 at 2:44 pm
Hey GigIMan; it looks like its just you and meyeteday was not good; had hoped for a draw at least. 4th place is looking tough. there was though a good line from the commentators yesterday, referring to our defense; “the back is a complete shambles”they should write that on the front of Emirate Stadium
March 13th, 2013 at 12:17 pm
no wilshere, means no leadership, direction, drive, and penetration. cazorla will be there. but cazorla needs a platform to showcase his talents, and wilshere IS the platform. im afraid, without our 21 year old prodigy, we will have 11 players all looking at each other, hoping someone else wil step up and do something. because if there is one thing this team can garuntee, its lack of ownership and accountability
March 14th, 2013 at 8:02 pm
We beat bayern gaiz. It's jump start we need for the season. Also it would be nice if these offside ppl didnt let this place go to the dump, but oh, well. If they really cared they would've done something by now
March 18th, 2013 at 3:01 am
Heroic and historic win at allianz arena, to bad one goal to take us thru wasnt tobeTotaly agree as per the site…sure david dein runs it hahahaha
March 18th, 2013 at 3:10 am
Tv5 must stay benched, the defence vs bayern and a mix of the rest of the ream vs bayeen and vs swansea should be the starting xi for the rest of the season
March 23rd, 2013 at 5:11 pm
Ok this is just to epress wishes of survival to this beloved site, cheers gooners.Btw 3 gunn3rs scored last evening
March 31st, 2013 at 3:58 am
Hello all (2 or 3 of you); nice to get a win yesterday; 4 goals were nice, though it must be said that reading were crap. As usual the opposition scored on their only chance of he game; the typical arsenal non-defending.
Fortunately Chelski lost.
April 2nd, 2013 at 11:42 am
Speaking out against your current manager, and saying nice things about your former manager, is not necessarily the best thing to do, even if you are on something over £8m a year salary. There’s bound to be a pesky clause in your contract that says you can’t do that sort of thing.
And of course when something is reported in a newspaper there is no telling what was actually said. Was anything said at all? And what was the translation like? I can remember issues relating to Bendtner where eventually the newspaper in question had to apologise, although the apology was, in the traditions of the English press, about one percent of the size of the original article, and hidden away in a 6 point font at the foot of the racing results.
Anyway, S. Nasir Esq has seemingly spoken out, and unless he denies it I guess we take it as true. Last season Mr Nasri was good in parts, and not playing every game, (and certainly not one guaranteed a place in the starting XI), and this season it is said that when he has been picked he has been erratic.
Obviously I am not a Man City follower so I don’t know for sure, but apparently his manager (a Mr Mancini) has said (according to the papers), “I would like to give him a punch. Because a player like him should play like this always.”
To be fair, Mancini said that this did not apply just to Nasri, but to quite a few members of his elite squad, and that a fair number were only make half the effort that they should.
It is an interesting way to go about running a club – putting your own players down in public – and certainly not one that you ever hear coming from Mr Wenger and his team. When he drops a player he puts forward clear and positive reasons why, relating to the number of games played, the pressure, the tension, the player’s age… whatever. None of this “he wasn’t making the effort so we dropped him” stuff.
Nasri, according to reports, has done an interview with beIN Sport, and the rough translation of part of what he said was, “I’ve not had a good season, I know it, I’m aware of that. I am the first to be self-critical. But it’s not true that I’m playing at 50 per cent. I think the coach still doesn’t speak English very well and sometimes uses expressions that aren’t really suitable.”
Elsewhere in the interview he spoke about Arsène Wenger and his transfer from Arsenal:
“Wenger is the best coach I’ve worked with. I only regret not having more discussions with Arsène Wenger when I left. He’s the one who understood me the most and made me the player I am. I’m thankful.
“I don’t regret leaving Arsenal. I won the league while Arsenal have difficulty finishing fourth.”
Well actually, and I know it is a tiny detail, but I like to get these things clear, Man City won the league while Arsenal came third. Tottenham came fourth and didn’t get into the Champions League.
Then there’s this bit…
“Wenger told me that if Cesc left, I would stay but Kroenke wanted the money. The coach told me we’ll only take Gervinho, Cesc was already gone, I had only one year left so I decided to leave.”
Now I don’t quite understand all that, but there is no doubt that behind all of this chit-chat is Jean-Pierre Bernes, Nasri’s “advisor”.
Bernes was the “advisor” and some to Marseille’s Bernard Tapie when the two men were found guilty of fixing the Ligue 1 match against Valenciennes in May 1993.
During the trial Bernes said Marseille had spent “more than £600,000″ on corrupting the match. Bernes went to prison and was banned from French football. Uefa banned Marseille from the Champions League (which it won straight after the fixed league match) and the club had its title removed as was relegated.
Now this is important because just at that moment the top challenger to Marseille was Monaco managed by Arsène Wenger. The Valenciennes coach was Boro Primorac, who now works as assistant to Mr Wenger. Boro P testified in court against Bernes. Now years later Bernes, known as the most powerful man in French football, did allow his man to go to Arsenal, but then whipped him off to Man City.
In a further twist, Nasri claimed this weekend that Arsenal was forced to sell him to City in 2011 by the club’s owner Stan Kroenke.
Now that seems very odd, because there has never been a whiff of this story anywhere at the time (well, not in any serious newspaper anyway). What seems much closer to the truth is that Nasri refused to sign an extension to his contract, and with just one year left, was sold to avoid him going for nothing. Arsenal certainly did make a very good profit on a man who, according to press reports, his new manager has now said is worthy of a punch.
If we do want to speculate, I would say that we see the hand of Bernes in all matters relating to Nasri, and he’s now manipulating the situation to get Nasri sold again, so that both parties can pick up a good transfer fee.
April 3rd, 2013 at 8:15 pm
April 10th, 2013 at 2:06 am
We beat Bayern in their house!!Nasri is stupid.Chelsea n Spuds play each other.….come on admins of this site….it is fun to come over here , put smebody there to post!Wheres Perry?
April 11th, 2013 at 11:39 am
Hey all, I miss this site and all of you! Get some new posts up admins! Was at the Emirates last week but the team was playing away..
Mon the gunners!
May 2nd, 2013 at 3:33 am
I ll semd am email to th3 admin
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