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Arse Catches The Eye Of Top Totti

Italy. Ah, the country of passion, good food, beautiful women, muggers on the back of mopeds who nick said womens' handbags, and giant-fuck-off prehistoric-looking wasps that scare the bejeezus out of me.

Italy is also the country of the reigning Champions League holders, AC Milan, the team we face in the next round of said cup, and who aim to dump out of the competition. A result that would shock many, if not us Gooners, if we do so.

One man who sounds like he wouldn't be surprised is Francesco Totti. The 31-year old, who has in the past been scathing about The Arsenal, was quoted today as heaping praise on Arsene Wenger's young charges. The Giallorossi star is quoted as saying, when asked who he has admired most in this season's competition:

Arsenal`s young team. When your team is only composed of players who lack experience, usually you face big difficulties at international level. It is not the case [for the Gunners].

The Gunners are as comfortable in the Champions League as in The Premier League. It makes me happy because it shows that betting on the academies can pay.

When you can rely on Fabregas, (or fellow Roma team-mates) [Daniele] de Rossi or [Alberto] Aquilani, then you don`t have to spend €200 million.

Or indeed £16m on Darren Bent. Well said, that man.

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Writer: Wingston Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 8 2008

Time: 11:19PM

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It is a compliment coming from a footballer as good as Ttti, and for all his antics on the field who truly is a symbol of what is lacking in European football off it. A one club man, who gives half of all his earnings to charity. I remember after the 06 WC reading an interview with RVP in which he said they were both holidaying, post-tournament, in the same hotel and when he first met him he thought he would be a real arrogan**** from how he plays but said he was the most down to earth footballer he'd met once he got to know him. A bit like our Cesc really, humble off the pitch a firey, passionate, irrational hot head on it.
Ozi Gooner
And what is with those *****in' wasps?!? They look like they've mutated or something. First time I was in Italy aI was 11 and they freaked the ***** out of me.
Ozi Gooner
Quality is as quality knows. Hey Ozi, are you downunder (noticed the time frame). If so, where?
Melbourne mate. How about yourself?
Ozi Gooner
Sunny Coast, Qld. Pouring rain here too!
You flooded are you? Sounds like we've switched weather, its been over 35 in Vic for like 2 and a half weeks straight.
Ozi Gooner
Not flooded, just soggy. Lots of irrate tourists. then again, when you're a Gooner down here, you are mostly nocturnal anyway, so I hardly notice. Just lovin the team right now. proud to be a Gooner, in among all the other big 4 fans, coz that's all we have here
I know what you mean about nocturnal, Im going to need a doctors certificate for work tomorrow so I can watch the CC game and come in late. Do you go to any QLD Roar matches?
Ozi Gooner
Hi are you both members of Arsenal Australia? If not why? Started this season and numbers slowly growing. I'm also enjoying the rain on the Sunshine coast darinb007 where do you go to watch games?
Ozi - flip knows what went on with those wasps. Are they living remnants from the cretatious period or summat? And you guys are getting floods down there? I thought it was yout summertime! 
»»Arsene Knows««
Tropical storms mate, compared to the quality of wether you boys enjoy I think the droughts and flash floods are probably worth it.
Ozi Gooner
Those wasps are scary, all shiny and blue, weird looking things. I've never heard anyone scream as loud as my sister and mum when they found one in their bedroom.
Ozi Gooner
Goonerphill, had no idea it existed. Would LOVE to join up, so please send some info. I have a very busy life, so have not really caught any Roar games live, but following on Austar all the time. Don't know any Gooners here, just damn pesky Manure fans, and the odd Scouser. keen to link up.
Goonerphil, I'm not a member yet but I drink with some of the boys from Arsenal Australia on game nights at a pub in Melbourne good blokes and beats watching the games by yourself.
Ozi Gooner
I may not be the biggest fan of Totti but he's a great player. It amazes me that he wasn't in the European Footballer of the Year nominees last year instead they opt for fat Tevez, as one of the nominees. Yes, he saved West Ham from relegation but that's it compared to winner of golden boot and World Cup winner.
darinb007, google Arsenal Australia and you'll find the home page. Went down to Brisbane for the scum match with a few other Gooners from Glasshouse mountain, great night. Haven't gone out to watch any games other than that, not worth getting a RBT. We're going to try and get the Brisbane lads up to the Pig and Whistle at sunshine plaza for a game. I'm at Palmwoods mate drop me a PM once signed up to Oz Arsenal we'll sort something out with the Glasshouse lot. Going to see the Roar Sunday with them if you fancy that.
Dead set, I'm at Palmwoods too!! Heading OS so the Roar are no go, but hopefully link up somwhere. I'm at new optom, righ opp the pub
What's wrong with the wasps in Italy? At least its only 1 species, over here in the tropics we have at least 5 species of big wasps... Totti is really one of the few one-club players in football today. Of course the other notable one-club player is Paolo Maldini.
To easy we'll maybe we can get the Palmwoods Gooners going at the hotel at least then we can get the bus home!!
Palmwoods Gooners, now there's a thought.
Wow Totti saying something smart, strange things do happen.
Actually I didn't know about any wasps in Italy, how big are they? And the 16M for D Bent is really bad bargain. We'll see that tonight.
aussies taking over the airwaves! i used to watch matches at 3 in the morning at the liverpool supporters club on queen st in melbourne cbd, as i couldn't afford cable and didn't know any gooners that did. you get so much more sleep being a gooner in europe!
bent will come good and score against you arse!
hahahahahah....keano_god. Very funny
and keane will score the winning penalty away to Arsenal...oh hang on a sec.,he chocked, again...just like his team....
fran merida
the italian for wasp is vespa... talking about annoying little italian insects,whats happened to everybodys friend cannavaro?
fran merida
He choked on his canneloni!
you lot have no better thing to do other than say something crap about bent...why must bents name come up in this article now??
Because Sffi, he deserves it. He was the one who commented about how he was worth as much as Henry, and really, he's not worth the ***** on my shoe. With a comment like that, and teh way he's played since, its gonna be a very long time before we let you forget how you got mugged for £16m for a player my little girl could defend against!
Well said Totti..thanks for the compliment.

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