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A Happy New Year?

With the news emerging today that Dimitar Berba'sOff is looking to leave the Tiny Totts, should a big club come in who can match his ambitions and quality , perhaps we should bid for the fellow?

After all, we are top of the table, one of the most financially-sound clubs in the world, can offer Berba'sOff regular Champions League football, and play possibly the most enlightening and attractive football in Europe.

And the press continually say we need another striker (which is, in the humble opinion of your writer, complete and utter codswallop).

One reason why we don't need another striker is that we already have fantastic forward quality in the squad, namely RvP (if this boy could go an entire season injury-free, he could rack up a serious goal tally), Eduardo (who, as pointed out in LD's Everton report, and by several comments posted in response to the article, has a phenomenal goal-to-shot ratio. When he signed, I likened him to our new Ian Wright, and suggested he could be akin to a Robbie Fowler, such was his prowess for his previous team and for his national side - something Arsene mentioned also, at the weekend after our 4-1 win. His unpredictability and coolness is sure to play a big part in the second half of the season...), and of course, Adebayor.

Ade, for his part, has shown today that he does not have the same concerns of Berba'sOff, being quoted in today's press as saying that he wants to stay at Arsenal for life.

I am a Gunner for life and I want to stay as that. I am enjoying London.

The fans are great so why look elsewhere? I've always had a soft spot for Arsenal and many people in Africa support them so I also caught that fever.

I had offers from other clubs but I chose Arsenal because it is a place I can make good progress.

So there we go, our boy wants to stay put. With RvP due to return from injury, Eduardo due to kick on in 2008 (as Arsene is anticipating, and judging by the Everton game, he seems to be right once more), and Bendtner showing his qualities in glimpses this season (his faltering performance against the toffees is to be written off - he is a young player, and as such, will suffer from fluctuations in form whilst he finds his feet in the team - it happens, get over it...)

For all the spuds, may I remind you of how many of your fans were ramming the exit of TH14 down our throats, and telling us we were finished? Now the boot is on the other foot, seemingly - should Berba'sOff get his wish and leave, will this finish you as a club, as he he is without a shadow of a doubt the brightest talent in your squad. Solace can be found though, by looking at the way we coped with Henry's departure - should your Bulgarian striker up sticks and depart, it does not necessarily spell disaster, so keep heart.


And whilst I'm writing, can we pur-lease stop with the 'get rid of Ade, bring in Bendtner', 'Dudu ain't gonna cut it' or 'we've lost the title, now ManYoo are gonna win it' stuff already, it's a long season, many twists and turn along the way, sure, we'll all get nervous, suffer highs and lows along the way, but try not to fall into the trap of knee-jerk reactions.

At the start of the season, who'd have thought we'd be sitting where we are as we enter 2008? I had complete faith in Arsene's squad, but only optimistically envisioned us challenging for the title, if the truth be told, I didn't think we'd be able to mount and sustain a serious challenge.

But we appear to be doing just that. If we suffer some more troughs along the way, there's no need to panic, or flip out and wail that we've imploded. We don't have any divine right to win anything, trophies must be earned, and we've endured a lean couple of years. Remember, we've always been punching above our weight in comparison to those we have challenged for the Premier League. What we can do without is behaving like spoilt brats throwing their toys out of the pram. What I'd say to anyone who gets real worried that we might blow it is just sit back, and enjoy the ride, it's a ride we've not been on for the past couple of years, so maybe we're sometimes just re-acquainting ourselves with the road.

May I take this opportunity, from myself, and on behalf of Paul, Tim and Nick, to wish all you Gooners, regulars to this site, as well as those who have clicked on the article to read VF Arsenal for perhaps the first time, and indeed, those from the other VF club sites, a Happy and prosperous New Year in 2008 - whatever you are doing, wherever you are going tonight, or indeed, for some of you, where you have already been and done, I hope you have (or had) a great time.


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Writer: Wingston Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 31 2007

Time: 1:25PM

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Hear hear Wingers ! Good stuff, and a Happy New year to all. The comment on the knee jerk reactions was pertinent, coz there were lots of Arsenal fans who didnt react well to the Boro defeat. The one concern for me is RVP - the lad is absolute quality, but he is not able to go through a complete season injury free, and thats something I remember AG bringing up earlier in the season. To be honest, I fancied Arsenal challenging for the title, but top of the table at this time of the year ? Not at all ! Its still early days, and we could still lose it from here, but its been a great ride. Lets hope 2008 is a trophy filled season for the Gunners !
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31/12/2007 15:00:00

When one great player departs usually another one steps up to the plate, in our case Fabregas, I'm sure Zokora/Jenas will have no trouble stepping into the boots of Berba-cheque Wingers.... :-) or even Darren "cost as much as TH14" Bent! lol
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31/12/2007 15:27:00

PS ... Happy new year all!
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31/12/2007 15:29:00

Happy new year to every Arsenal fan around the world!!!!
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31/12/2007 16:41:00

It's a truly HAPPY New Year for us Gooners! Looking at the check list of suppoed "challenges" this season: find a way to face physical opponents (draw & win at Blackburn, win at home and draw away against Newcastle and Portsmouth, beating Bolton at home), keep going in cold rainy nights up north (win at Everton), kill the minnows to build confidence and pedigree (Derby, Slavia Prague), avoid dropping points against lesser teams as potential banana skins (West Ham, Sunderland, Fulham), maintain good record against top teams and London neighbours (drawing ManU and Liverpool, beating Chelsea, league double over Spurs), keep the fighting spirit in entire 90 mins (Gallas!, ManU, Chelsea, Liverpool), keep winning/drawing games even when we don't play well (no better example than the Everton win), pick ourselves up after the 1st defeat (which we did despite some hiccups and even then we did grind out results). We've exceeded all the expectations and ticked all the main boxes so far. What more do you want? Keep the faith and we'll mount a really strong title challenge this year. :)
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31/12/2007 17:09:00

Happy New Year All!
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31/12/2007 17:25:00

well said louisa, happy new years everyone!
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31/12/2007 18:06:00

Not sure if Arsene using his cheque book in the January shopping window is part of anyone's new year wishes. The manager has just said on ATVO categorically that (1) "I'm not going to buy anybody at the moment", read into that what you will; and (2) even if Mad "Jens were to leave, I will not buy any goalkeeper" either, and he added "We have complete confidence in Fabianski, it's as simple as that."
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31/12/2007 18:58:00

Happy New Year from all at Vital Chelsea!
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31/12/2007 19:20:00

Happy new year.
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31/12/2007 19:27:00

Happy new year you m....ok, Happy new year. :)
Blue is the colour
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01/01/2008 01:51:00

Happy new year to football fans around the world, today is a one-off!!!
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01/01/2008 07:10:00

happy new year one and all ! i can't believe berbatov, but then i guess deep down most spurs fans knew it would happen, and money bags levy doesn't care about the team b ut how much profit he can bleed out of spurs.
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01/01/2008 08:52:00

A Happy New Year to all Arsenal supporters wherever in the world they may be - May 2008 bring you and your team everything you wish for - Play Up Pompey
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01/01/2008 10:09:00

Very good article Wingers. Happy new year to ya'all.
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01/01/2008 12:31:00

Great article Wingers. MAy 2008 be as good or better than 2007 so far. I love most the way we can win ugly, even when we play like crap. Do we need Berba? You're joking, aren't you. He has an even more charming attitude that Le Sulk!
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