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Arsenal Players Selfish Hypocrites

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'There are a couple of things I would like to say from Saturday's game though. There were times during the match on Saturday when I could hear the supporters getting frustrated- which I completely understand, but I just feel better if we all stayed together- both when we are winning 4-0 and when it doesn't come off. We were all frustrated on Saturday.... But it really doesn't help groaning at the players...far from it actually, it can get on top of you. I don't want the fans to take this the wrong way. We talked about it as a team afterwards and I'm saying on behalf of the whole team. I saw some fans leaving early when we were looking for a goal, and I just want you to know that the players notice.'

It is wrong that Henry is held solely responsible for these comments, he made them on behalf of the whole team. They were right, early leavers and the 'shoooot' brigade are plain disrespectful to the team. But this is very much a two way street. I stood and watched and participated in an ear splitting rendition of 'we love you Arsenal' in the third minute of injury time of a game already lost, in the lowest moment of our season, in a cold Northern outpost following another kick off tampered with by sky. We appreciated that Arsenal had given their all, but it just was not enough on the day. It happens, defeat is something every fan has to experience, and when you lose as few games as Arsenal it has that little more resonance. But the supporters also recognised that at a morale sapping point in our campaign, the players needed our vocals more than ever. It's easy to sing when you're winning isn't it?

How did our millionaire players respond? Players paid six figure sums to play and players flown to Bolton and back in a luxury aeroplane? How did they respond to the adulation of supporters who had coughed up three figure sums? By trudging off and turning their backs on us. Only Gilberto and Theo Walcott stayed behind to acknowledge our efforts. So now my computer chair has morphed into a soap box, let me say this. I feel it would be better if we all stayed together, when we're winning 4-0 and when we lose. Funny how you all came over in triumphant glee following the dismantling of Reading and Manchester United, but selfishly swanned off in East London, Moscow and Bolton. We were all frustrated following the result, but not applauding those who pay you does not help, far from it in fact.

A personal anecdote to make my rant more pertinent. I left my flat at 7am Saturday morning, as a result of sky's tampering I missed my last train by minutes and had to wait at Victoria station for two and a half hours. I arrived home at 6am Sunday morning. In that time I could not help but think how Lehmann, Eboue, Toure, Senderos, Clichy, Hleb, Cesc, Baptista and Adebayor were all tucked up in their ostentatious beds with linen sheets. This betrayal is unforgivable following the statement attributed to them. It is indicative of the modern footballer, take, take, take, want, want, want. Really how difficult is it to execute a simple courtesy such as a cursory applause? Arsenal finished the game in Bolton's half, all except Lehmann were within spitting distance of the Arsenal fans, yet it was left to our two best performers- Walcott and Gilberto- to man the burden. At a point in Arsenal's history when our very survival relies on getting supporters through the turnstiles, their arrogance a and abject selfishness just drives a growing chasm between the players and the supporters. Especially when they have complained about early leavers. How delightfully unaware these insulated, pampered brats are. No more fumbled apologies and rhetoric laced statements, action is eloquence, and the Arsenal player's actions were disgraceful this Saturday. Because the way I see it, the whole Arsenal team left early on Saturday. LD.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Monday November 27 2006
Time: 9:07PM

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LD may i firstly say, well written as usual, but i have to make a point of one HUGE error on your written flaunt. Linen Sheets ? i very very doubt it. As the oracle on anything to do with home textiles i can safely say you wouldn't find any supserstar lying on a linen sheet, it would be more EGYPTAIN cotton, or a super fine percale combed cotton, maybe satin or silk, but never never ever linen, it is a big NO NO. now on a more serious note, arsenal players even how gutted you are, you must still applaud the true performance of your devoted supporters, after all, supporters of a football club are the most loyal of them all, chairman, managers, players and staff may come and go,but a fan will alway be a fan of that said club, i mean its not like we would walk down the road to the SPuds and support them is it ? after all, its champions league we want not the second hand rate euro minions comp them down the lane think is the biggest comp in europe.
PUREGOLD
27/11/2006 21:58:00
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i thought the aersneal support on sat evening was marvellous, it REALLY came over on the sky cameras and mikes. Full credit to every fan who was involved in that singing, you did us all proud! I would also like to say well played to the manyoo fans during yesterday's game who were slagging off cashley. superb stuff. more of the same sort of chants up and down the country please. »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
27/11/2006 22:08:00
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I bow in deference to your superior textile knowledge. Either way, most of my night's sleep was on a sweaty coach. Maybe I'll start leaving twenty minutes early, screaming shoot and booing them off when they draw.
Little Dutch
27/11/2006 22:09:00
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The other thing is, the players complain about supporters leaving the emirates early, but, Gallas apart, they can hardly look forward to a rousing applause from the players. Might give people something to stay for. Like I said, all take and no give.
Little Dutch
27/11/2006 22:11:00
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LD maybe you should go to the armoury and purchase one the snuggly arsenal blankets for away games, it could come in handy in those situations. ofcourse rumoured has it you were drowning your sorrows after the match and nearly sunk, and once the lifeguard came along you had missed the boat home ;) :P chin up fella, it will all come good, i read it in the tea !
PUREGOLD
27/11/2006 22:14:00
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Acts like these are part of the reason I stopped buying merchandise yonks ago, the player fan chasm is just too wide. Secondly, sleeping outside victoruia at 2am is a big no, no, open season for the pick pockets. Thirdly, we certainly will come good, I've no doubt when we do, the players will be all too ahppy to acknowledge us again.
Little Dutch
27/11/2006 22:20:00
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you know LD, maybe we should write to arsenal, tell that fat **** hillwood with his fat cigar, that old school gentleman would always be gracious in defeat and come and clap their supporters and thank them for spending their hard earned money to come and watch... wenger should make the players do it , win, draw or lose.
PUREGOLD
27/11/2006 22:28:00
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I've had an article such as this in mind myself LD. The wedge that seems to have grown between fans and players is slightly disturbing. As you say, the fact that only our captain (for the day) and a 17 year old boy (I shouldnt say boy because he's more of a man than the rest) acknowledge the support is cause for concern. Very well put together piece LD, great stuff.
Rocky7
27/11/2006 22:32:00
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A fair piece,almost feel some sympathy for you.Question: If you had a 2.1/2hr wait for your next train,why did'nt you bugger off up Ministry of sound/Turnmills!
HATEtheGOONS
27/11/2006 22:51:00
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what chants were the manusa fans singing may i ask lol
hazzagooner
28/11/2006 00:15:00
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