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Gerrard: Arsenal Will Blink

Liverpool captain, and winner of the 2005 Neil Mellor lookalike competition, Steven Gerrard acknowledged that Arsenal have made a belting start to the season, saying we're on fire and playing out of our skin.

speaking to the Sun, he then goes on to say that we:

...have not had the problems that us [Liverpool], Chelsea and Manchester United have had with injuries to key players.

It will be interesting to see how well they perform when they lose a few key players and face more tricky matches.

Hmm, yeah, he's got a point. Heaven knows how we'd do if we had to do without the services of William Gallas, Tomas Rosicky or Robin van Persie. Oh.

Still at least we've not had to play any tricky games though, like an away North London derby fixture, going to Anfield or facing a game against a rampant ManUre side hot on our tails. Oh.

It must be silly season right now in football. No sooner has Fergie allowed his whisky stained lips to air-dry and cease to eject the demented spittle of a madman into the world, than dear ol' Stevie feels the need to pick up Fergie's baton and run with it.

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Writer: Wingston Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 10 2007

Time: 11:13AM

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Stevie Me? In the media? Noooooo, surely not? Still, if the Scousers don't win the league, he can always rerelease his autobiography, with a new chapter telling the world why it was Theo Walcott's fault, and Sven Goran Eriksson's fault, and that nasty Rafa for having the temerity to sub him. In fact, he's got enough material for a whole new biog there.
Little Dutch
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10/11/2007 11:31:00

I would say that Van Persie is a key player, hasn't he been out for two major games we've just played and remained top? And I would also say that when we were missing Gallas during the peroid where we built up enough points to sit top of the table, he was also a missing key player, and I would also say Rosicky's constant injury ridden Arsenal career is also a key player in and out of the side. I like Gerrard, but I'm afraid he's of that spoilt, self obsessed era of football, y'know the one that produced the golden generation which won the world cup and so confidently and empahtically qualified for Euro 2008 with blistering football worthy of the constant hype and truly worthy of the richest football nation on earth, oh wait.
Professor Calculus
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10/11/2007 11:53:00

Adebayor was out for the early games of the season too. The fact that we haven't fallen into the spiral of inevitable decline much predicted pre-season by the great and the good in football has really got up some noses. The problems haven't come now we have had the 'big tests'. Five of our 11 games have been against the team occupying the 6 places below us. They still can't quite believe it! After all we have too many foreigners don't we? You can't win anything with foreign kids surely? Shouldn't we have spent millions on big name players? Anyway - if we do win anything it will be bad for English football won't it? Better hope that it all goes wrong - eh!
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10/11/2007 12:06:00

I guess we will be hearing the same old *****e till the end of the season. The fact is that the squad has stepped up when faced with injuries to key players (Gallas, RVP, Ade, Rosicky) and I am tired of hearing that Arsenal havent been tested yet. Stevie G seems to think we are playing at our full potential now. It would be nice to prove him wrong.
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10/11/2007 13:05:00

I don't understand why people simply cannot give credit when it's deserved. "Arsenal are playing well but.......". It's the same old bull$hit. They don't realize we have quite a few players injured nor do they realize we've played Man Utd, Liverpool, the Spuddies and Man City. We deserve credit for our start to the season not only for achieving the resuls but for playing the best football on th land (on par with the invincibles).
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10/11/2007 13:12:00

Gilberto was also a key player who we were without at the begining of the season, he has been overlooked now after excellent performances of Flamini!!
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10/11/2007 13:32:00

I was just about to say that Rocky. So what if Flamini gets injured for two or three weeks? We have a more able replacements for him.
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10/11/2007 13:38:00

There is nothing substantial in his comments, and he should really be thinking about his own team's erratic performances. Now players from all our Top 4 competitors have shared their idiotic thoughts about our weaknesses over recent times... all they do is become newly detestable (e.g. Hargreaves) or more detestable than they were already (e.g. Stevie Me). Maybe these statements are just crafty attempts to audition for a pundit role on MoTD.
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10/11/2007 14:34:00

to be fair with gerrard, he would know...he has much experience of "blinking". Liverpool has been doing it ever since
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10/11/2007 15:35:00

I personally don't mind this, i couldn't give a flyin one if we're back to the team that everyone hates. In fact i'd prefer it, love the fact that the little darlings down the Seven Sisters sing about us. It's so sweet. Think we can do a lot worse than build up a siege mentality, as the old Milwall song goes, let em come, let em come
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10/11/2007 15:42:00

I noticed in that Steve G article there was no reference to where Liverpool would be now if refs hadn't been given a strict order never to award a penalty against the other scouse c*** Carragher. They would've drawn with Everton, lost to Arsenal & lost to Blackburn if blatant decisions had been given.
Ashburton Gooner
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10/11/2007 19:23:00

we also had our number one goal keeper injured after two league games (even though he may not be our number one keeper right now)..
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10/11/2007 20:28:00

We are playing well because we have the best team chemistry out of all the teams in the EPL. But there are people out there who think Arsenal is a one-man team like spurs with Ledley King. Oh, how those spurs fan cry on how they miss him and how everything will be better when he's back. Seriously, if King is your savior, Ramos should buy a better (and not an injury-prone) CB when the transfer window open. While, they are at it, they should buy players with actual talent. So, when we will beat spurs at the Emirates, spurs fans won't be whinning and saying player x was injured for an excuse.
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11/11/2007 08:10:00

But............... :)
Blue is the colour
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11/11/2007 10:14:00

Credit where credit is due, you have been playing well.
Blue is the colour
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11/11/2007 10:14:00

How many games did Arsenal players miss due to injury? If you compare the number of games Arsenal players missed to the number of games Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manu players missed due to injury you'll find that Gerrard wasn't wrong in what he said. He didn't say that Arsenal didn't have any injuries, he said that Arsenal weren't as hard hit with injuries as the other top four clubs.
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11/11/2007 16:26:00

but john, when we had players like gallas and van persie out for half of last season no one said anything. now you have a few injuries you think it should get a mention. weve had massive injuries over the last two seasons but just get on with it. this season you had agger out, we had gallas out. pennant-eboue, torres-van persie, alonso-rosicky...not that different. wenger never talks about injuries, but this season ferguson, grant and benitez have moaned a lot about it, like their fans. admitedly chelsea have been hit the hardest, but they spent like a billion.
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11/11/2007 20:36:00

ian7, we also had Carragher out, Gerrard, Arbeloa, Aurelio, Kewell, Babel, Sissoko, and now Yossi, it's not the same. By the way, when did Benitez use injuries as an excuse?
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11/11/2007 20:55:00

Rafa didn't use injuries as an excuse but when we beat Liverpool last season, he said Arsenal has "superior spending power", while his club don't the money to spend. Anyway, apart from Carragher, Gerrard, Alonso and Torres, the other players you had named aren't that special. Maybe, Rafa should spend more when the transfer window opens, since Liverpool miraculously has spending power that is bigger than Arsenal than once thought!
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12/11/2007 02:44:00

Okay, BITC, since you actually made a decent comment, I'm not going to rip on you.
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12/11/2007 02:47:00

BMF, Rafa moaned about Arsenal's spending power when you beat us 6-3 at Anfield. He was moaning about the fact that Arsenal outbid Liverpool in signing the likes of Denilson and Walcott. But I agree, Liverpool's spending is more than Arsenal's overall.
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12/11/2007 12:01:00

Liverpool will never win the League, just havent got the team to do it. Will struggle to finish in the top four!
will it ever happen
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12/11/2007 13:17:00

Struggle to finish in the top four? That's a little rash to suggest, we are still unbeaten in the league as well.
Chris 88
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12/11/2007 21:03:00

BMF, no worries, I´m not planning on making it a habit. Just wait and see. :))
Blue is the colour
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14/11/2007 21:16:00

Liverpool have the players to challenge for the title but that prat rafa messes about so much that they never will under him.
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16/11/2007 14:26:00


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