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Karma Police Part 2

You may remember in the latter part of last week, I produced an article on here exclaiming the pleasing karma that seems to be permeating the football season thus far. Part of the article reasoned that, in the long term, there really never was any point in Arsenal fans berating Ashley Cole. This has nothing to do with me being a lovely, forgiving bloke, but I always felt that in time he would see the error of his ways all by himself. The regret he will feel in his future will far outweigh any amount of abuse we can throw at him.

I was desperate to pen the article as soon as possible, aware that fortunes in football, as in life, can instantly transform, leaving the theme of the thread to unravel depressingly before your eyes. However, on this occasion, I was perhaps overly trigger happy. I reasoned that the spellbinding progression of Gael Clichy, together with William Gallas' winner against Chelsea were evidence of karmic retribution against Mr. Cole. So imagine seeing the theme of the article become even more poignant this weekend. Cole was appointed skipper for Chelsea's cup tie against Queens Park Rangers, but was humiliatingly forced to hand over the armband to substitute Didier Drogba midway through the second half. I can cite only one precedent for a substitute overtaking the armband from a stand in skipper. This moment was in Prague in October 2005, when Thierry Henry came off the bench and broke Arsenal's goalscoring record. Gilberto ran to him and adorned him with the armband by way of acknowledgement. I think we can agree that this is a special circumstance, and one that was not instigated by the manager, but of a player taking it upon himself to congratulate his team mate. Cole's submission however, was of a much more derogatory nature, particularly as Didier Drogba has never captained Chelsea before. So while Cole is left baffled and miffed at his public abhoration, William Gallas is proving that at least there is one genuine leader at number 10 in this country. Again, I implore you, the next time our paths with Cashley cross, quell your boos. Laughter would be much more appropriate.LD.

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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 8 2008

Time: 1:46PM

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I wonder if the shock of it nearly made him crash his Bentley. What with Jermaine Pennant, the derisory offer and now the Captaincygate affair he'll run out of luxury cars before too long.
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08/01/2008 14:07:00

yes LD, next time can we please just sing Gael Clichy songs or laugh at Hole. much better...
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08/01/2008 14:11:00

I don't think i'll be able to laugh any more by the next time we play them - i haven't been able to stop laughing since i read that article. What goes around comes around, or in Cashleys case what goes 'ring ring' goes up the ring!
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08/01/2008 14:12:00

Strange, I do remember Drogba being captain last season.Midway through a game I think.
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08/01/2008 14:19:00

That was probably because the captain went off Kevin.
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08/01/2008 14:23:00

He (Dogba) was obviously such an inspiration that only you remember K-Chav! I personally think Cashley was so upset because he was waiting to get into the shower room - as captain he could getl anyone he wanted to pick up the soap ;-)
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08/01/2008 14:24:00

Yes, still, who cares about cole's feelings? He should be happy he is in the first 11.
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08/01/2008 14:25:00

I don't drive hatespur, but when I saw this, my bicycle had a damn good wobble on the streets of Croydon. Luckily, I was wiping my arse with Chelsea's dayglo away kit at the time, so all onrushing vehicles could see me and dodge any accidents.
Little Dutch
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08/01/2008 14:28:00

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08/01/2008 14:36:00

do you think hell write about this in his next book?
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08/01/2008 15:24:00

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08/01/2008 15:53:00

The story of the thoroughly unpleasant Cashley continues to unfold! Here he is after they played us last month - ...nice fella ain't he?
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08/01/2008 16:07:00

that sounds racist cannavaro..
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08/01/2008 16:10:00

Kaaarma : Vital Arsenal accuses Pastor Ricardo of being cocky, they are blessed with a racist annoying pizza delivery boy.
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08/01/2008 17:23:00

Since when has being a God botherer mean you can't be arrogant? a good proportion of religious people I have come into contact with in my life have wielded the sword of the lord extremely self righteously, looking down at atheist scum such as myself with unbearably sanctimonious smugness, Mr I belong to Jesus seems to be no exception judging by the following article, poor boy - he may suck up to the water walker but as everyone knows JC's old man is a gooner!
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08/01/2008 18:34:00

Sometimes I wish could have Cashley's heart and feel his regret and pain he is going through...ArsenalRob, we should surely chant Clichy's name when Cashley is playing against us...;)
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08/01/2008 18:47:00

I think the thousands and thousands of pounds he is currently receiving is healing his pain.
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08/01/2008 19:32:00

Money cannot heal humiliation infront of the nation.
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08/01/2008 21:36:00

Kev, your compardre Adriano earns a fairly hefty wage at the moment. What's he up to?
Little Dutch
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08/01/2008 21:56:00

THing, I think it can. LD, Adriano is going to play for Sao Paulo on loan for 6 months. He's been ....drinking....alot.Almost died a couple of days ago in a car crash.Other than that, he's ok...and drunk a lil bit.
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08/01/2008 22:14:00

All that extra cash he gets from Chelsea will take away his pain.
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09/01/2008 05:46:00

He was in for the money in the first place, why should it change now?
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09/01/2008 07:36:00

Another dose of karma here on the international level as well?
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10/01/2008 01:46:00


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