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Professor: It Will Happen Again

Okay, I know we are all feeling low about yesterday's crap performance and result, but how long have we known Wenger now? For a decade he has dealt with defeat the same way, he rarely, if ever, criticises his players in public, form watching his post match interviews for over 10 years, I can tell when he is angry with his team but I also know that his bollockings are done behind closed doors.

He obviously feels that this young team of self made stars are on a knife edge, this is a crucial period of development and if his words of over protection makes us cringe then so be it, it must make Wenger cringe too, but he is in no way going to put his personal feelings above the development of the team. He doesn't care what the media or reactionary fans think because he has a plan and knows how best to implement it.

Mourinho on the other hand is absolutely right to publically bitch about his overpaid sluts, they lose two key players, just two in a huge squad which are replaced by established players not youngsteres and yet the team fall to pieces. In contrast we have lost our first choice right back, first choice left back, first choice centre back, left winger, striker and yesterday we lost the replacements too, our young team have been learning on the fly without a break, so whilst I agree that our performance yesterday was utter shit I just think it's the kind of thing that happens when you have young players and major injuries in key positions. No other top team in the premiership has lost as many key players to departures or injuries as us, I'm not making excuses but I think that we can't expect to lose in a good way, as it stands, this team will lose in the most frustrating and disapointing way.

It was inevitable that we would lose yesterday, you can just feel when our team have given as much as they can and you just know they won't keep it up, it will happpen again no doubt.

Man Utd are still calling on well established older players to help them out, Chelsea are relying on well established older players to get them out of trouble, Liverpool are relying on a established defensive set up to grind out results. We have been relying on Gilberto and the odd bit of magic from our youngsters, it's just going to break at some point and it broke yesterday. To put it in perspective, our rivals are still using the same players that were the opponents for Bergkamp, Vieira, Pires, Campbell and Edu.




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 31 2006

Time: 2:47PM

Your Comments

I agree, I said as much in my report. But that wasn't the part of Wenger's reaction that disappointed me. It was his rant that United were overphysical, I expect him to protect his players but he does not have to make false accusations against the opposition.
Little Dutch
What disapoints me is not the fact that he doesn't public lambast the players after a poor performance, that's uncerstandably his way, but for gods sakes don't praise them by claiming they 'gave everything right up until the last second' when that clearly wasn't the case.
Rocky7
In fact I've just seen a transcript of his press conference after the game on the website, and it is much more palatable. Obviously, with that few minutes more of retrospect Wenger was much more objective than the immediate aftermarth when I heard his interview on the radio.
Little Dutch
agree with everything, eveyone is over reacting way too much to yesterday's defeat. and Rocky, watching the game on tv, i felt that the lads gave everything that they could, it just wasn't happening for them yesterday. but these young guns will only learn from such experiences, and next time when they are in a similar situation, they will be well equiped to grind out results..
luckys_10
I wish I could see what you saw Luckys but I just can't. They were devoid of any passion, heart or grit. I hope you're right though boss!!
Rocky7
The good news, though, is Wenger saying there's no need to buy any more players. Still thinks there's a chance for the title. Zut alors! Le Prof a des couilles, pas de commes Baptistina.
greatwhitenorf
Interested as to what that translates as
SeasideEssexXile
when wenger was talking about the over physical element i think it was directed at the punch and sly elbow that rvp was given.they where trying but sometimes it doesnt matter what you do it just doesnt work,we need to keep a calm head over this and not over react,i agree with the article,and believe we will turn the corner,however the person who was most at fault was lehmann for coming off his line too far,and he is the most experienced,but i always thought that the only player we need at the moment is a keeper...keep the faith,and remember we will never be as bad as the spuds
fran merida
So Nick, are u saying that we need older players to do well? I wouldn't disagree with this. Cause when we went undefeated, we only had 2 starters that were under 25. And most of the back ups were over 25 as well.
thenry009
(ignores the whitenorf scum tit) guys Prof is right, the team is on the verge and come Jan we get our other players back we will rocket. which is alot more then spuds can say.. chelsea too one terry and Cech, but they could of lost alot of points by the time they get them back. we have charlton coming up and i think that is the start of our run.. come tomorrrow night, we will have 9 pts out of 12, and that ain't bad form.
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