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Passionless performance

Fulham 2 – Arsenal 1, quite possibly one of the worst performance I have watched in the 36 years of supporting The Gunners. Stood in the Putney satnd of an unusually full Craven Cottage, I witnessed an Arsenal team that was totally out played in all positions. This Arsenal team, lacks the grit and determination previously shown by the boys in red and white. Fulham out muscled Arsenal with only RVP, Kolo and Cesc showing the passion to get stuck in, chase the ball and close down.

This team needs a f..ing rocket up their arses if they are going  to save an embarassing performance against S***s. Henry needs to show he is a leader, its not good enough holding your hands up in disgust when passses aren’t inch perfect and looking for help from the refs every time an opponent gets within a yard of him, Thiery show us you care………….

It’s impossible as a true Gooner to critisisze anything that Arsene does, however I have to question his judgement with Song, in every match I have seen him he has singularly failed to impress, with cheeers of we want Cesc Fabregas ringing around the Putney end. I’m clearly not the only one that doesn’t rate this 19 year old. Flamini looked very out of place at left back, and has to take responsibility in both of the Fulham goals.

I’m the first to love the gunners flowing football, that’s a true spectacle to watch when things are going well, but when things aren’t we need guts, strength and passion, Adams, Dixon, Bould, Winterburn, Keone, Wright et al. Is it a surprise that all these guys are English? We need some of the bull dog spirit back in this side. Fulham are a sh*t team, that totally taught us a lesson in team work, passion and commitment.

I can’t say any more, I’m totally disgusted. Until Saturday.

November 29, 2006 Posted by | Matches | 2 Comments

Arsenal 1 Newcastle 1

It started so well, The Bank of Friendship, pint of Directors, update picture of the North Bank – just the same as the Liverpool match, so much for superstition!!!!!!

What more can I say that hasn’t already been said? From my point of view we should have won, but we didn’t. Once again we dominated the play, having most of the possession, the majority of the shots, numerous corners, but walk away with a draw. The first half was just not good enough, Newcastle made one break, had one shot and scored one goal. Eboue, whilst great going forward looked vulnerable when defending, and this proved decisive when Dyer decided to put in some effort and run at the defence, Eboue backed off then invited him to curl the ball at will around a hapless captain Lehman.


The second half looked more promising with Arsenal clearly desparate to score, and this time it was Given that had to make a string of great saves to deny the gunners. Again, like against Everton we had to rely on a wonder strike, this time from Henry to get us back in the game. We continued to apply pressure making chances at will, but failing to have the killer instinct to win the game, we need more UGLY goals!!

I’m not going to go on, so here’s some nice pictures, including the ‘Perry Groves’ banner in the West stand Sounds like his book is a good read, and having heard him on Talk Sport this week, his humility is something to be admired, hope you were listening Cashley. As Perry said, he new it was the shirt that made him famous, and he felt privileged to have worn it.

Anyway, here’s to better things on Tuesday night, until then……………

November 19, 2006 Posted by | Matches | 1 Comment

Glorious Gunners Goal Fest 3, Liverpool 0

The afternoon started in the Bank of Friendship, with a group of gunners, low in expectations, talking of what might have been and hoping that Liverpool would come to the Grove to play. It was at the Bank that I first heard the new Cashly song – “We’ve got a Willy and you’ve got a C..t”, if only we were to know what was to happen in about 9o minutes. The other memorable event at the Bank was the loud cheer as Reading put a third past the scum, it was to be an afternoon to remember.

The campaign, to get Perry Groves book on the best sellers list was making the rounds around the Bank, go Perry you can beat the twat Cashley, “We all live in a Perry Groves World”

On the way to the ground, I grabbed a photo of a very forlon ‘North Bank’ , as building work continues a pace at our beloved Highbury.


I didn’t have my usual ticket to todays game, and fund my way to the upper West stand, finding my seat in the corner of the ‘Not Clock End’ and the West Stand. It’s only when up here in the god’s do you realise the size of the stadium. a spectacle to behold.

 

Looking down on the game was a new experience, and it didn’t take long for the action to start, with RVP breaking through, only to have his goal dissallowed for a Maradona like helping hand. From my new seat, i was as clear as day that RVP wasn’t totally honest in his persuit of the Gunners first goal. It looked like it was going to be another frustrating afternoon, as the Red Army knocked it around creating half a dozen chances and not finding the net. Further frustration ensued as The Freak netted the ball for the Pool only to be judged offside.

Some great play down the right wing, saw Eboue breaking thru, a number of times, putting Hleb in a position to cut inside regularly looking to cross, it had to happen down this side as Cesc was put through into the box, putting in a low cross for a tumbling Flamini to put home his second premiership goal. A resounding 1 Nil to the Arsenal echoed around the Grove, this was the best atmosphere so far at our new home, a great way to finish the first half.


The second half started with Liverpool trying to dominate, pressing Arsenal looking for the equaliser, only to be thawarted on the break, with Toure breaking through, and superbly nutmegging the hapless Reine.

The Gunners never looked in real trouble, and with Benitez not being able to provide any answers to break down a solid Arsenal defence, it was only a matter of time before we were to grab yet more goals. It was an RVP corner that saw Willy Gallas unmarked in the centre of the box to head home his second A rsenal goal – Are you watching Cashley Hole?????

A great afternoons work, a handshake between Arsene and Raffa, and 60000 happy Gooners., Oh yeah, and they’ve covered up some of the concrete.

November 12, 2006 Posted by | Matches | 2 Comments

Arsenal 23 CSKA Moscow 2

That could have been the score line if the gunners had put away all their chances tonight. Another frustrating game at The Grove, Thierry and his team did everything but put the ball in the back of the net. Difficult to know which chance to start with, Cesc’s open goal hitting the side netting, Hleb’s pass to the keeper from 2 feet, RVP’s header glanced wide , Thiery’s flick wide, need I go on. Moscow set their stall out early, clearly happy to settle for a nil, nil, a well organised and disciplined side thwarted by Arsenal’s inability to score.

Tonight was going to be so promising, my first taste of ‘The Club’ level, a meal and couple of drinks in comfortable surrounding, watching the comings and goings of the directors box Double D, Alan Pardew etc.  I was shown to my seat, 2 seats away from the directors box, and directly behind Arsene, a great view but is it worth the extra money? I’m not sure. Having season tickets in the lower east, you are much more in the thick of the atmosphere, but the view is not so great, especially when the action is down the ‘ no clock’ end, but saving £3.5k per season, I can put up with the odd neck strain. I was sat next to Ted Baker, yes the guy with the great clothes stores, he was being entertained, and despite being a Sp…s supporter wanted the Gunners to win, he was shocked, saying that there were more chances created in the one game than at the Sh.t hole in an entire season. So what should have been a truly memorable evening will soon be a forgotten memory.

It was good to read Thierry’s comments in the program notes, saying he realised that the fans were not booing at him, it was just that knob from the NOTW that reported sh.t rather than the truth. He did however call upon all the gunners for a bit more vocal support, and if we face facts he’s probably not wrong. Having been sat almost in the middle of the ground, there is not a lot of noise from anywhere apart from the North Bank, there’s the odd chorus from somewhere in the corner of the ‘No Clock’ end and The Lower West, but not a lot anywhere else. Come on bloggers, lets get the noise levels up and give the team some more support. God help the team that meets us when we put away all those chances, maybe West Ham? That’s probably why Pardew left at half time to go and build some brick walls in the Upton Park goals. Surely Sunday will bring a hat full?

Am I the only one that thinks, Thiery needs some support up front, we are a bit of a one trick pony, playing everything through him, we need another Bergkamp, who sits just behind Thiery, picking up lose balls, dare I say it, we could even be more productive without No.14 on the pitch?

November 2, 2006 Posted by | Matches | Leave a comment