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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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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 13 2007

Time: 7:33PM

Your Comments

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
Outside the Gilberto incident, the team held up well. Senderos was amazing in the back.
HK_Gunner
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.
G4L
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
And Lucas Neil deserved a straight red for the tackle on RvP. Again Rob Styles comes to mind.
G4L
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
so gilberto is out from the mancs game?
G4L
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.
gazzap
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
carljames
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
Blackburn are officially the worst team I have seen Arsenal play against this season. After the 6-2 mauling we were suposedly arrogant but I feel we have every right to be after the way they play against us. It is a great day for football when a team like Arsenal overcome the Blacburn W*nkers. Blackburn played a disgusting anti-football game today and once again they payed for their poor technique and thugish challenges.
simon
Forgot to say.. It's pretty ironic that suposed hard man Savage shot up like little ****** from Gilberto's kick. It was as bad as Ronaldo but not practised aswell. Savage wasn't surprised at the red cos he invited it and didn't manage to hide his smirk.
simon
what kind of football was they suppose to play,they had an extra man and all they did was hoof the ball up to pederson and try n cross it early...rubbish
fran merida
Like a turd that just won't flush, Robbie Savage, a naturally talented player, that, a long, long time ago chose the path of *****dom, You're scum Savage, a fact that people will remind you of throughout your entire existence, when you are 75 and pottering around your allotment some equally doddery old geezer will clock you, walk over and say 'Robbie Savage you're Scum'
nikolaijns
yeh i guess Gilberto is out of the united game. it actually depends if we appeal or no. but wenger said he is unlikely to appeal, and in that case it looks like he will miss the united game..
luckys_10
The red card was soft but Gilberto kicked out at Sav no matter what he did so he had to go. And despite what a lot are saying he WAS genuinely appauled at the red card, you could see he was and did say words to the effect some are suggesting. Arsenal are not the worst by any means, not by a long shot for looking to get people sent off but you're telling me when people like Van Persie pull a triple back flip when sometimes barely touched he's not trying to get an opponent sent off?!?! It's amazing just a couple of days ago we were "the best team you'd seen" then suddenly we've become the worst because a ref failed to show cards (red) our way but did you! I'll not condone the challenges that went in, this type of thing only sets back our attempts to lose such a "thug" tag as we are a very good team. Arsenal deserved to win and I think that what some could have been seeing a false dawn for the Gooners has/will prove a beautiful sunshine.
Hughes Da Man
For anyone who saw the game, I missed it, was awfully busy today. How good was King Titi's goal?
Keplaz
was class but are we really gonna miss gilberto for three very important games, infact he probably wouldnt of played against the scum in the carling cup but still a huge loss.
hazzagooner
Please take that weasels picture off our page - show that prat Styles if you have to!!
nikolaijns
Best goal Henry's scored all year...the entire run, the changing of speeds, the interchange with Cesc, and the ridiculous finish. Speaking of Cesc, he manned the **** up today...walked off the field after getting studded, came back to play for another few minutes, mixed it up a couple times, got thrown to the ground and he just smirked while showing "2-0" with his fingers...good stuff. Hopefully the silly "Arsenal ain't tough enough" nonsense will officially die.
Shinobi
March on? You do realise you're 4th, below the awful side you hit 9 of them 13 goals against? March on my arse.
Nozzy06
Hughes, Savage may have said that Gilberto did not deserve too be sent off. But you cannot argue that most of the fouls that was committed against us were red card offenses. esp the one on fabrigas. Also the behaviour of the Rovers fans was a disgrace(Booing of fabrigas when injured) as is the moaning of Hughes that Bert was not provoked(if being kicked from behind and then hit on the head is not provoking enough I dont know what was).
questforavalon
So, does this mean Gilberto will miss the next 3 games?
thenry009
Hughes, I have to agree on one point with you though that some of you tried to play a very good game esp Pedersen.
questforavalon
nozzy, we are marching, thats are 5th straight win, its only time till we overtake you, ofcourse we have a couple more cup competitions to play in !! now move along and annoy the chelsea fans as normal. Gilberto was harsh yesterday, the way savage clattered and harrassed he should of had a red, and i think the way gilberto kicked out in fustration wasn't as bad as the cameras made it, it happened all game long and as usual we always win when we have a player sent off unfairly.
PUREGOLD
Nozzy instead of Aimless comments why dont you tell us why your poor old manager is moaning like Maureen about not being given enough money when he has spent over 50 million in the last 2 years? Of course were marching on, we are in a decent position in the league and in ALL the cups.......Good luck against Barca. Even after we battered you twice we havent really ridiculed you that much instead we have praised your fans for their loyal singing but if you want us to go down the ridicule route keep posting rubbish.
iceman10
Hughes, the rovers looked better at the Emirates than yesterday. Lucas Neill HAD TO GO for a tackle from behind , no attempt to get the ball, plus RvP through on goal. That's three red cards in one. The ineptitude of Styles is not his fault, however the desperation and the intent is all Neill's. And what to say about Tugay's x-rated knee-high-stud-challenge on Cesc. HE HAD TO GO. If that is not a red card, Gilberto should've gotten a pat on the back. Again it is Styles' fault, however the ill-intent to hurt an opposition player is there and it is disgraceful. I won't mention Emerton's elbow, throw-down of Cesc (again) that went unpunished.
G4L
well done l;ads for superb performance against the p ricks esp savage gilberto should not have been saent off because if you get wacked in the head your gonna kick arent you but savage dives like a giorl he is and gets him sent of its a discrace but cesc was amazing the impact of rosicky and hleb tucking in helped him out and was quality hleb holding the ball up was key to winning and cesc fabregas and henry the only 2 players who have got an understanding like that well done
jammyjimbob
it's funny how Nozzy never showed up after the two trashings we gave them. and now after they beat watford, there he is, i used to feel sorry for him for the treatment he got on vital chelsea, but now i feel he deserves much worse than that. and as for liverpool, try to get as many points as you can, but you still wont finish in the top 3, and your champions league campaign will be over next month in the first leg, and then we wont see noozy around till next season :d..
luckys_10
"March on? You do realise you're 4th, below the awful side you hit 9 of them 13 goals against? March on my arse. Nozzy06" - I think we already did, three times this year.
G4L
whos gonna take gilbertos role against united
gunner24
Flamini, Song, the Beast or Diaby? maybe put a poll for this?
G4L
He'll give Gilberto's position to Flamini. Wenger has faith in Flamini that surprises me sometimes but the lad always gets on with it when given the chance and he plays really well against the big sides. Song looks composed but against United he'll be badly exposed. Abou's not ready yet and the Beast is too attack minded to stay at the back all game. Flamini gets my vote.
Keplaz
Well done to your boys. I thought you played a wonderful away game and it should be viewed as an example on how to play away from home, and even how to play with 10 men. I haven't seen a more accomplished display for a while.....wait I did at the Emirates. Well done to Arsenal and all their fans for not resorting to name throwing and stereotypying. It is a shame that whenever we are on TV certain things don't shower us with glory. Oh well, well done to Arsenal.
roversman
Another thing I will say is that the sending off helped you in more ways than one. I think Styles, who is positively awful and an excellent advocate for specsavers, realised that the red was a snap decision, although I feel a correct one, and for that reason he proceeded to award you almost any niggling freekick. Any time one of your lads stumbled under pressure, I'm not accusing your boys of diving here, he gave a free-kick. He is an awful ref who ruined what was going to be a good game.
roversman
Ere Nozzy - We're marcging on because our future looks positively frigging aweome. 90% of our players are under the age of 25 which means we could play this same team together for the next five seasons. And you know what happens when you get that jind of consistency don't you....just look at Man Utd in the 90's. You're just upset because despite all that cash you've spent, you look mediocre at best. Run along little boy!!
Rocky7
rovers fans are pretty cool people compared to the usual scum we have commenting on arsenal.
TheBeast
Thank you TheBeast. Another objective fan who sees the greater pic. All the best to Arsenal this season and once again well done on a wonderful display.
roversman
flamini has to start, he's been great in big games this season. goals against liverfool and chelski, and lets hope he completes his hatrick against yoonited..
luckys_10
either two yellows or savage should have walked too..........
ernshaw
Arsenal quite simply plays better through adversity...I pity our opponents in the next three matches sans Gilberto!
SUX2BU
 

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