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The Importance Of Victory vs Bolton

Since Sheffield beat us in a boxing match in December we have proved every critic wrong at every hurdle we have faced, wether the kids are playing at Anfield or WHL and embarrassing first teamers and established internationals, or the Big(ger) boys are winning with ten men up north against a bunch of thugs who like Sheffield cared more about a fight than a football match or coming back to win against the 'best' team in England in another massive humiliation of an old enemy.

If we can overcome yet another group of thugs tonight in the FA cup, we have truly turned the corner form wise and psychologically. The importance of victory in this match cannot be underestimated as there is nothing more the anti foreigner press would love than to be able to wake up in the morning and once again write about another false dawn for the once mighty arsenal and be given ammunition with which they have reason to label us soft yet again, attempting to crush the confidence of the youngsters who have done so much to be proud of in the last month. In their eyes if this side cannot beat their 'bogey' team at home all these achievements since the Sheffield catastrophe will mean nothing and we will once again just be the foreign push overs, same old soft arsenal not fit for the British game that they have been telling us we are since the invincibles were disbanded bit by bit.

If we can beat Bolton tonight, and even better convincingly with a mixture of strength and skill, no matter who the eleven on the pitch are, this team will know that they have silenced all the critics and so called 'experts' such as Lawro and Hansen who love so much to see us fail and, that they can go on from here to continue an incredible run with incredible confidence. Without a victory, and even worse a loss, the self doubt that could reappear in the squad due to the endless barrage of crap they will no doubt be forced to endure from the sports media will not only threaten to derail any challenge for silverware this season with important fixtures like Sp*rs and the CL coming up, it could also spread into and destroy what looks to be such a promising season to come before its even begun.

Article submitted by Ozi Gooner.


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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 28 2007

Time: 3:45PM

Your Comments

You small minded idiot!!!!!!
Geruish
Nice. Very constructive!!
Rocky7
Geruish, Bolton fan are we?
Ozi Gooner
Well. when someone post's rubbish you should respond with like. Why not have a decent analysis of why Arsenal find beating Bolton so hard?
Geruish
Because an Orcish spell has been cast Geruish! as well you know foul wizard
nikolaijns
Credit to Bolton, they managed to break up the game from the 20th minute by time wasting & didn't receive even 1 single booking for it. Apart from all the obvious reasons as to why a replay is bad news for arsenal I do feel there is one big advantage to it. If & its a big IF we can go to bolton & win then we should lay the ghost to rest permanantly. Winning at home would have shut a few people up but the majority would still say playing at the emirates on a lovely pitch is a far cry from taking them on at the reebok & in all honesty they are right. If we can go out & win this replay it will finally show we have turned the corner, if however we should lose it will show there is still plenty of work to do. What really gets me is that arsenal proved in the 2nd half after bolton had scored exactly what we can do. I really believe this whole thing is mental now, just one victory against them especially at their ground could see us start beating them for fun!!
Ashburton Gooner
This was the worst result we could have hoped for. More fixtures, still unbeaten at the grove and now given the Spuds the oportunity to become the first team to wi at our new home. I realise that its a small opportunity, but an oppotunity nonetheless.
Rocky7
think maybe we should sacrifice the FA Cup this season too. just saw the fixture list and it getting all so cramped up in feb, especially with the champions league resuming. wenger should take the kids to the reebok..
luckys_10
Ashburton Gooner i was thinking the exact same thing, but i am always an optimist when it comes to the Arsenal. Although beating Bolton at the Reebok would prove even more of a statement to our critics (speaking of which as i said above Hansen has already writen why we're just not as good as Man USA and CSKA London) i have to agree with Luckys and Rocky in thinling this replay is a fixture we just dont need and has injuries written all over it, the kids should have a crack at them, they haven't dissapointed us yet (fingers crossed for Wednesday). And Geruish you muppet if you replace the words boxing match and fight with football game and thugs with Northerners or 'British' footballers this is basically unoffensive and just an analysis of what the fixture meant to Arsenal, so if you dont like it F**k off!
Ozi Gooner
Ozi please dont beat around the bush!! Feel free to let him know what you think. lol
col8
 

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