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Is Arsene in denial?

Once again we visit one of the so called minnows of the Premiership, and get well and truely out played. Yesterday was the turn of Sheffield United, clearly they were up for the game and my earlier prediction that they would come out wearing boxing gloves was not far wrong. We had a bright start that produced a couple of shots on goal, but that was pretty much it for the rest of the game. The pitch and weather was not best prepared for a slick passing game, but it was the same for both sides and Sheffield played the conditions better than us. We were sloppy all over the pitch, missing passes, giving the ball away, and not winning enough tackles in the air or on the ground.

Warnock had got his side mentally right for this game, they new, in these conditions with a crowd that was right BEHIND their team from the off that they could out muscle an under strength Arsenal side.

It looked for once that the Arsenal team should some passion and looked as though they wanted the win, however this side is physically way short of the mark. Apart from perhaps Kolo, Clichy and Gilberto the other players, including the so called ‘beast’ were to easily pushed off the ball or intimidated when challenging for the ball. We may well have the prospects of a great side in 2/3 years, but that’s not good enough to keep Champions League football at The Grove.

A top 4 finish is going to be a challenge, but one that must happen. The team had better spend a few more hours in the gym than developing silky skills and passing moves, and they had better do it before Saturday. We can all guess what Pardew has told his new team!!!!!!!!!!

December 31, 2006 Posted by | Matches | Leave a comment

‘The Beast’ goes shopping – exclusive

A visit to Selfridges sale had the added atraction of catching ‘The Beast’ wandering around looking totaly bemused. He must have been excited by his performance at Vicarage road and wanted to have a bit of a spend up. Even on his wages he wants to save a few quid!!!

Oh for camera phones, pictured here with the kids, about the only day they weren’t wearing AFC shirts.

 

December 28, 2006 Posted by | Fun | Leave a comment

We beat the scum 3-0

Arsene, you’re forgiven, the most important match to date at The Grove and The Gunners proved their worth. Today Arsene put out probably his strongest side for an afternoon when we couldn’t afford to lose. To coin an old footbal cliche “The atmosphere was electric” – we’ve found our new home, the crowd barely stopped singing (and standing) for 90 minutes, a proper footbal match, and the reason we keep coming back.

I’ve never heard such support, from before the team walked out of the tunnel to well after the final whistle. For the first time at the new ground, I didn’t once hear the oppositions (so called) fans. Come on Gooners, we want that atmosphere at every game!!!!!!!!

It was also great to see a TEAM that after Wednesday’s dismal performance that was truly up for it. Every member, chased, closed down, tackled and passed like their lives depended on it. What a refreshing change to see not only Arsenal’s great passing game but also a team that didn’t give the scum an inch. Let’s keep this patern of play for future games, based on todays form we could well go on a 20 game unbeaten run a compete for the title

¬†As I’ve said on a couple of the blog sites this week, I like the way Adebayor has started to show his worth, today was his finest hour (85 minutes to be precise) clearly today’s man of the match. With ADEEEBAYORRR ringing around the ground, he scored our first goal, tackled, tracked back, jumped and generally made Ledley King look like a second rate, bit part defender, well done Ade, you were fantastic.

I can’t pick out one other player that shone, they were all equally brilliant today, Gael, Freddy, RVP, Jens, Eboue, Djourou, Kolo, Cescy, Gilberto, Rosicky, you were amazing, please, please play like that every week.

I’m sure we’ll hear lots of sour grapes over the next few days, but what ever is said, we still beat the Scum 3 nil!!!!!!!!!!! and I’m bloody happy.

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