Date:Wednesday January 3 2007
Over the past few days the argument over the lack of English players has reared it's ugly head on Vital Arsenal.
Of course none of the comments claiming Arsenal perform poorly away from home is because we lack an English contingent, or that Arsene Wenger has something against English players, come from any of the Arsenal supporting members of VA, but visiting fans of Chelsea, Spurs, Man Utd, Chalrton & Sheffield United have all made these ridiculous claims.
Well we here at Vital Arsenal have campaigned tirelessly to ensure the full facts are known, and that people are able to form their own opinions, however we are fighting a losing battle as rivals fans would rather use the ramblings of the red tops as their inspiration rather than have the gonads to dare to think for themselves.
Last night saw Justin Hoyte become the first Englishman to score for Arsenal in the league since Sol Campbell netted a brace against Everton many moons ago. However the young full back, and remember folks, he is English, has backed Arsene Wenger and the way he runs his team saying 'If you're good enough, you will play'.
'When you put an Arsenal shirt on, we are all playing for Arsenal,' said Hoyte.
'Arsene Wenger does give English players a chance. Theo and I are here, and we are playing well. That is great for Arsenal.'
'There are also other English players here and if you are good enough and the boss has faith in you, then you will play.'
'The boss has shown that already and so it is just up to me and Theo to keep working hard so that we can keep our places in the team.'
'It is just fantastic for me to score, full stop. It is all good for the team and it is a great result.'
'When we all play everyone is playing for Arsenal. It does not matter what nationality you are, it does not matter where you are from.'
So that's it, straight from the Englishman's mouth....If you're good enough you will play.
Is that so difficult for everyone to comprehend?
Date:Wednesday January 3 2007
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