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Stick Your Extra Player Up Your A*se

Arsene Wenger's brave men fought for 78 minutes at Blackburn tonight with ten men after Gilberto was dismissed from the field.

I'm not going to write a match report as I'd hate to steal the thunder of Mr Stillman, but I need to comment on some of the incidents of this evening.

Firstly I'd just like to say that I in know way condone the actions of Gilberto Silva, infact as a senior member of the team he should know better. However, considering the fact Bert was fouled 'from behind', which if you'll look in the rule book you'll find is a sending off itself, was treated a little harshly.

The ref should have issued two yellow cards and slapped their pandy's.

Brett Emerton was already on a yellow card when fouled by Cesc Fabregas. Emerton retaliated and threw Cesc to the ground. Considering the precedent Nob Styles set in the first half, this surely warranted a yellow at least.

Let us finish with the challenge from Tuguy. A late challenge that saw the Blackburn man rake his studs from kneecap to ankle on Cesc Fabregas, a challenge which did not receive a red card.

Even in light of all these incident, Arsenal battled through and were worthy of their 2-0 victory. In a 5:15pm kick off in the North of all things.

Arsene Wenger's red and white army march on.

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Date:Saturday January 13 2007
Time: 7:33PM

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dirty ********s,and they said they would play football and not rough us up!!!! gilberto was not only kicked he had a forearm smashed into his neck twice by savage,and tugay,he knew exactly what he was doing,and rvp was through on goal when he was hacked down...
fran merida
13/01/2007 19:50:00
Outside the Gilberto incident, the team held up well. Senderos was amazing in the back.
13/01/2007 19:56:00
First of all, all of the "Arsenal are a light brigade, and can't play up north Wenger-haters" so-called Gooners can now officially kiss my ar$e. Secondly, Savage will never be a footballer, although he genuinely protested for the sending-off of Gilberto which puts him in the category - ****. Thirdly, Tugay is a **** as well, but a more experienced one, and can actually pass the ball. And last but not least special mention to the man of the moment - Rob Styles - the worst excuse for a ref in this league. Both him and the linos were miserable.
13/01/2007 19:59:00
Those t****rs Savage & Styles could cost us big time. Gilberto is now banned from the man utd, spurs (1st leg) & bolton (fa cup) matches, yet savage is free to carry on his thugery against others. Savage, Neill & Tugay should all have gone yet it was only arsenal who had to play 80 mins with 10 men!! That incident has ruined what was otherwise a superb performance from arsenal.
Ashburton Gooner
13/01/2007 20:01:00
And Lucas Neil deserved a straight red for the tackle on RvP. Again Rob Styles comes to mind.
13/01/2007 20:01:00
How ironic that styles wasn't even supposed to be the ref for that match. Maybe a little influence from Gill & a few quid in styles pocket to take out an important player for next week!!
Ashburton Gooner
13/01/2007 20:03:00
so gilberto is out from the mancs game?
13/01/2007 20:11:00
even savage was surprised to see the ref pull a red. after he saw it he told the ref that it wasn't a sending off offence. glad he said that as I think the ref then gave us most of the 50/50 decisions for the remainder of the match. missing gilberto for man u will be a big problem. denilson should play but wenger will precditably go with flamini. great win today though. that is the win of champions.
13/01/2007 20:15:00
great performance from the gooners once again,showed exactly what savage is,a completely useless footballer probably more detrimental to his team after the incident,never done anything after that,excellent performance from hleb on the right,great ball retention onwards and upwards
13/01/2007 20:20:00
Gazzap, I dont believe for 1 second that w****r savage said anything like that to the ref. Why would you jump 10 feet in the air & pretend you were shot if youre not trying to get someone sent off??
Ashburton Gooner
13/01/2007 20:32:00
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