Date:Friday March 10 2006
After reading an article on Sporting Life by Mike McGrath, I felt compelled to make myself heard.
The comments of Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, got my heckles up and, if truth be told, a little bit a vomit come up to the back of my throat.
You can read the vile piece of filth Here
Mr Taylor suggests that our amazing victory over Real Madrid was not only 'not an English success' but it was 'tinged with disappointment' and would have been more enjoyable had Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell being playing.
To make a long story slightly less long, here is the letter that I sent to Mr Taylor.
Dear Mr Taylor,
Wednesday 8th March was a night that will live long in the minds of every Arsenal fan the world over, to eliminate Real Madrid in the face of such overwhelming odds was one of the greatest nights in my Arsenal supporting life.
Imagine then, if you will, my disappointment to read an article in 'Sportinglife' belittling that massive victory. To claim that the victory is 'tinged with disappointment' because of Arsene Wenger's team selection is an insult of the highest order to our great club.
If you paid any attention to our club at all, you'd realise that two of our players, Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole are injured and unable to participate in any competitive match at the time of writing. These two players are of the highest quality and as I'm sure (well maybe not judging by your comments) you're aware that these two players have served our country on the football pitch on many occasions and fought well, being instrumental in helping England to European and World tournaments.
Another comment I'm sure you will remember saying is.......
'It's nice when we see young English players coming through at Tottenham or the likes of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole at top club level,'
Yet you fail to mention the excellent young players at Arsenal.
Theo Walcott, Kerrea Gilbert, Justin Hoyte and Fabrice Muamba are all great young talents at our club who all happen to represent England at some level.
Can you tell me, Mr Taylor, how many clubs have 6 England international's on their books??
To say 'It's an English club but not an English success' is bordering on criminal. We at Arsenal are a team, from Arsene Wenger, to the players, to the back room staff, to the fans.
We are a family, a family of English descent, a family who opens our arms to anyone who joins or wishes to join our great club, no matter what their nationality.
That sir, is what makes us a great, English club.
Alan Pardew has also had the gaul to stick his oar in by questioning Wengers team selection. Here
I'd just like to say, Alan, how many England international's do you have in your team and how many trophies have you won??
Date:Friday March 10 2006
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