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From Wimps To Wild Beasts?

I think the time has come to accept that we are such a fantastic footballing side that no matter what our players do, we will be criticised.

Of course our players have over stepped the mark on occasions, be it mistimed tackles or play acting to nothing situations, but is the whole Arsenal bashing craze seems to be here just for the sake of moaning.

Not so long ago, the Gunners were a soft, weak and pathetic bunch who 'did not like it up 'em', teams relished facing the red & whites just for the chance to put their foot in against some of the best players in the country.

How things have changed.

In a couple of short years, the world has changed it's opinion of The Arsenal. The transformation from softies to thugs has been quite remarkable.

Gone are the days of rivals claiming we'd crumble under some physical pressure, oh yes, now we are a dirty team, bunch of thugs apparently, a team who are over zealous in the challenge and like to leave their foot in.

Ok, some of our tackles have been questionable, but lets face it, which team hasn't had it's fair share of mistimed lunges? Come to think of it, I'd hazard a guess that Alex Hleb has been on the receiving end of most of them, yet he's still been the player of the season.

So instead of being angered at ridiculous claims (most of which are coming from Vital Chelsea) we should take heart from the fact that only the most dangerous of teams have this much bile directed at them, only teams who are truly terrifying on the pitch have this kind of treatment reserved for them, and when all's said and done, who really gives a crap about what some jealous outsiders think of us?

Up the Arsenal!

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 18 2007

Time: 7:12PM

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spot on Rocky, it is actually feels good to feel the world is against us, and they keep moaning and complaining about everything we do. i just hope it continues and everybody telling us that we will fail and not win anything, which will only unite the team even more and the lads will go all out to win silverware this season..
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18/12/2007 19:33:00

I could'nt live without chelsky fans, they are so bitter they make a lemmon taste sweet.
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18/12/2007 19:33:00

and i honestly feel the team is desperate for success this season and desperate men do desperate things, so i'm sure they will go beyond what they can do and stretch themselves over the limit to bring the league and the champions league back home because they want it badly more than all of us..
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18/12/2007 19:34:00

damn right Rocky, up the arsenal alright!!!
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18/12/2007 19:37:00

You've hit the nail on the head there boss! The fact that teams like Blackburn and Bolton still try to kick the ***** out of our team is besides the point, all that matters is that we are now filth! Also, all this fuss over Eboue's tackle on Terry. I'm not saying his tackle was acceptable, but nothing has been made of Eboue's ligament damage, or some of Ashley Cole's 'tackles.' And ANOTHER thing. What's happening with Cole giving Gooners' the finger? How much fuss do you think would have been made if that had been an Arsenal player?
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18/12/2007 19:47:00

There would not be any fuss Simmy just a very puplic execution of the guilty person.
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18/12/2007 19:50:00

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18/12/2007 19:50:00

hey if they cant attack your football guess what comes next? foreigners, luck something i bet you if the entire team was english people would complain that we are not giving foreigners a chance anyway they say if you are not being criticized then you are not doing anything worthwhile
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18/12/2007 20:05:00

Watcing the game on the web, very very impressed so far.
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18/12/2007 20:39:00

my god yhoo arsenal fans love yah sen dont yah ..cannot do wrong !
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18/12/2007 21:17:00

The bad timing of the year award goes to..................Arsenal's number 15, Denilson!!! Thanks buddy, really adds beleivability to my argument!!! LOL!
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18/12/2007 22:09:00

Now those comments I agree with.
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18/12/2007 22:44:00

If people want to trawl out the 'dirty arsenal' tosh again, I can live with that, I'd much rather us be perceived as knowing how to look after ourselves as opposed to crybaby softies. And more often than not, any rough challenges by us are in response similar treatment meted out by our opponents.

Great result tonight, have yet to see the Denilson challenge, but from what I have heard, Alexandre Song had a bit of a cracking game? Two more goals to Eduardo too, all ticking along nicely, look forward to seeing him translate those goalscoring feats to the Premier League after the turn of the year.
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18/12/2007 22:46:00

That tackle was stupid and was a red card Rock but I think Hughes's moaning about ref's being soft on the big 4 befgore the game paid off because how Nelsen and Reid remained on the field I dont know.
Ozi Gooner
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18/12/2007 22:51:00

Wingston75 don't think we can complain he already had a yellow card and his studs were upright in the challenge. But their first goal was off side. Swiss Tony is still having problems on occasions; but the spirit of the team it really makes you proud to be a gunner.
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18/12/2007 22:54:00

I have to agree, Senderos looked awful again and didnt really contribute anything until extra time. Song & Diarra were immense, and I mean really immense. Top top stuff.
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18/12/2007 23:02:00

Ozi, how the entire Blackburn team still remain in the game in general I don't know either!
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18/12/2007 23:31:00

Denilsons tackle was reckless as was Zokoras for the Spuds. Red card for both was the right decision. As for the flak we are taking for physical play then when its from the Chavs it is gross hypocrisy. Their PL disciplinary record this season is only slightly worse than Blackburns who top the bad boys league. Our disciplinary record for a few years now has been amongst the best but we won't win any prizes in this league without an edge to our game.
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