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Optomistic Gooners Knocked For Six

Straight after England smahed the Aussies in the 2005 Ashes series, all the pundits looked to the next series 'down under' with great optomisim, and at around 1.30am this morning Steve Harmison's hook fell straight into the hands of Glen McGrath for Austrailia to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Not suprising was it? But still gutting nevertheless.

As Julio Baptista connected with a sumptuous Theo Walcott cross I couldn't help thinking that Arsenal had turned a corner. They'd come back from behind in a home fixture and ridded ourselves of one of the albatros' around our neck. Surely this would be the year to break the Bolton 'hoodoo'.

Judging by the poll results on our Vital Arsenal site, there were a fair amount of Gooners who, like me, thought we had the fight to finally get one over Fat Sam at the Reebok. Yet once again Bolton have condemed our season to fighting for scraps from the table.

We have to be realistic, the title, for another year, is gone, all that remains is a search for domestic and European cup glory. However I don't envisage the titanic struggle for a Champions League spot that we encountered last season, far from it, now the pressure is off, I think it should be a relative stroll in the park.

All the teams up and around 3rd and 4th place are, with no disrespect, beatable, and as such, are all beating each other, meaning that even after our horrendous run of form, victory over Wigan in our game in hand see's us move back into thrid spot.

The probelms that mounted for us last season occurred due to our terrible away form (which has improved this season) and the fact that Liverpool were well up there and occupying 3rd spot, leaving the teams below duking it out for one place, but with us at the head of a chasing pack for two places, there shouldn't be a problem.

Arsenal generally find form in the new year, it is, and has been the case for as long as I can remember, and it is also, traditionally when teams such as Portsmouth, Bolton & Reading tend to fall by the wayside.

We need now to look at the rest of the season in a positive manner, work the players hard in preperation for next season, a season when the team should have gelled, the new boys settled in and some guts instilled into the players.

Make no mistake, there are more than a few creases that need to be ironed out, but our time will come again, and sooner rather than later.

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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 27 2006

Time: 10:16AM

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I think you hit the nail on the head when you say some of your players need to play with more guts, do you see that already growing or do you need a key signing to instill that in the squad?
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27/11/2006 10:24:00

We're only 3 points behind you boys and a nice little fixture at you're place could see the gap close even more!!! Villa and Bolton also look like they'll give you a run for you're money!!
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27/11/2006 10:30:00

Not sure West1 - But something needs to be done. The sight of Freddie Ljungberg hopping around on one foot after a challenge and then whinging to the ref for 20 mins was stomch churning. We need to stop moaning that the footballing gods are against us and fight on. Whilst Bolton's brand of football is horific and nasty and horrible to watch, you have to admire their spirit...........if we could match their fight we would win every competition.
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27/11/2006 10:32:00

Im' glad you've said that BY, because you said it before and then we moved 9 points in front. If we beat you next week and win our game in hand then you're miles behind.....again :P
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27/11/2006 10:34:00

"Whilst Bolton's brand of football is horific and nasty and horrible to watch" What game were you watching Rocky??? They played you off the park, their passing was crisp and deadly, unlike yours AND there was little sight of long ball tactics!!!
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27/11/2006 10:53:00

Good to see baldyyid starying the comments so early this season. You forgot how ours is a team of has-beens and how you're gonna finish the far far above us at the end of the season. Did you not learn from last year???
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27/11/2006 11:01:00

The difference is BY that we play beautiful football week in week out, whilst they play it once in a blue moon. I play golf often and just because I get a birdie once every three weeks doesn't make me a good golfer, and in the same vein, if Darren Clarke 4 putts for a triple bogey, that doesn't make him a bad golfer. And in the second half, we played THEM off the park, however once again finishing let us down.
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27/11/2006 11:14:00

like i said before anyteam can play football if they are relaxed,bolton played very well against us,that was because they scored first,and like i said before,we have to take our chances,if adebayor had scored that first chance we would have dictated the game,and probably got something out of it.
fran merida
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27/11/2006 11:49:00

and thatswere we needs a natraul killer finsher, to put us1-0 up!
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27/11/2006 14:20:00

yeah.. u got it spot on.. we need a natural finisher.. adebayor for me is simply not good enough for arsenal.. he's good at stuff and blah blah.. but he hasnt got the killer instinct we need.. we need some one of the van nistelrooy style..
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27/11/2006 19:04:00

Francis Jeffers was supposed to be the 6 yard man.
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27/11/2006 20:48:00

i will go with wenger when he says wait till Feb to see how its going to pan out, personally i think there is a long way to go, safe to say Spurs won't finish top 5, but safe enough to say arsenal could still win the league.. the games are getting tougher, who is to say bolton wouldn't get a result mid week > and let us look at the weekend, we lost but chelsea and man u drew, so in fact we lost out on 1pt, not a disaster is it.
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27/11/2006 22:01:00

Yeah that's it,keep chanting 'we only lost one point,we only lost one point'
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27/11/2006 23:03:00

Thirteen points behind, one third of the seasone gone, just lost to Bolton and Puregold boasts that your're still going to win the league. Now that's what I call good imagination!
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28/11/2006 00:48:00


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