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Arse Escapes After Willy Hurts Nani

After saturday's debacle - when just about everything that could go wrong, did - there is at last a bright side to it all - Cap'n Bill has escaped FA action following the belt he gave Nani towards the end of the FA Cup tie.

There were fears that the Arsenal captain would receive a minimum of a three match ban following what looked like it could have been a bit of a dig with the knee to Nani's thigh, but the FA said, after studying video evidence, 'The referee was not satisfied that it showed evidence of violent conduct and no action will be taken.'

Rising from his grave, the MoanUre manager, Mark McManusFerguson, after dismissing his wife 'Jean', declared the outcome nothing short of 'mudduh', and said

I thought Gallas should have been sent off, the referee must have a look at that again. He kicked Nani from behind and the referee called both over because they sized each other up. He should've been red-carded.

before rolling his eyes, calling Nani his bescht mate and ambling off to buy a kebab, then dancing along the middle of the road while traffic roared past, with a traffic cone on his head. Upon waking in the morning, McManusFerguson had no recollection of any of these incidents.

I'm I'm offering up my honest opinion here - Bill nobbled him, and he's lucky to get away with it. He could easily have been done for it.

On the other side of the coin, Nani and Anderson are a couple of hideous, annoying tosspots, and Cap'n Bill should be honoured by the queen for his actions. That and Flamini roadrunner-stylee tackle on the young portuguese winger (does anyone else think he looks like Michael Jackson in the 'thriller' video, AFTER he's turned onto a zombie?) were about the only two highights in what was a dismal performance.

My sympathies to anyone who was unfortunate enough to travel all that way and spend all that money. 9000 of you did not get anywhere near enough return for what I am sure was a substantial outlay. I've not seen such an insipid display from an Arsenal team since the Gunners limply bowed out of the CL some years ago away at Juventus..

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Writer: Wingston Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 18 2008

Time: 10:27PM

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He wouldn't have dared try it with Keano or Robbo a few years ago.Typical Arsenal player,looks for an easy target then still does it sly.What goes around comes around.
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18/02/2008 22:31:00

SLF, you talking about the Keano who ended the career of one Alf Inge Haaland in what was one of the most cowardly acts in footballing history?
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18/02/2008 22:43:00

Given the over reaction that TV replays usually invoke from the FA disciplinary crew Gallas did get away with it though in a less fevered examination it looks more like Gallas tried to trip him rather than kick him. If all we suffer from this game is a bit of hurt pride then no great harm done. Our attitude could have cost us a bit more though.
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18/02/2008 22:47:00

Yeah that him,Haaland tried taking the p!ss out of Roy when he was injured at bELLEND Rd.It took a couple of years for Keano to get revenge,but my god did he get it.
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18/02/2008 22:47:00

That was disgusting, that Keane challenge. I think it's a lucky break, he should've been punished for that. Can I ask for opinions from Arsenal fans on this Nani showboating business? AVFC fan, in peace I promise.
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18/02/2008 23:05:00

it didnt bother me in the slightest that nani wanted to juggle the ball,the game was lost anyway,if henry had done the same thing i would have cheered.
fran merida
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18/02/2008 23:08:00

Thanks for that little lesson in karma SLF. Does that mean that yo expect Roy Keane to have his career cut short by someone 'going in hard'?
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18/02/2008 23:11:00

carlosio - personally, i am with fran merida on that - if it'd been Henry, we'd have been loving it. We were getting tonked, and 'cos it was an opposition player, it's humiliating to have it done to us. But we all used to love it when it was TH14 or Paul Merson doing said juggling.
»»ARsene Knows««
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18/02/2008 23:23:00

a disgrace that gallas gets away with that in my view,but theres a lot worse going unpunished,over the top tackles for one,was nani right in showboating to that extent?just wished he played for charlton lol....... lookin forward to a good title run in between you and utd
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19/02/2008 02:20:00

I think Wenger was just sulking a bit with his comments about Nani. Arsenal are all about technical ability and beautiful football......if he can do it, then why not, I don't blame him in the slightest. Oh and SLF? Ending someones career because he called him a name? The act of a big girls blouse, Keane thinks he's a har man, but anyone can pretend to be hard when they know nothing can really come of it.........that or if your facing a 16 year old with a chain in your hand. Biggest *****er ever to cross the white lines.
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19/02/2008 03:11:00

Lucky Bill but it's a big 'PHEW' for us...!
Lou the Gunneress
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19/02/2008 03:47:00

Oh I think the past 2 days the anxiety Bill's been suffering because of this should have taught him the lesson about how better to be a captain. No doubt he and the team will bounce back - soon.
Lou the Gunneress
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19/02/2008 03:48:00

Gallas is lucky to get away with it, and a bit of luck that we need with crucial league games coming up. As for the Nani showboating, the clattering tackle from Flamini was the appopriate response and that should really be the end of the matter.
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19/02/2008 06:36:00

Just like we thought, one rule for you lot and another for the others!
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19/02/2008 06:44:00

Showboating? Good play more like. Why do players get wound up by someone showing a bit of skill? I thought that's what we pay to watch. Never forget Henry's backheeler against Charlton. Or the attempted penalty "pass" against Man City. Love it. Gallas: Looked deliberate but not vicious. He was trying to provoke Nani into getting himself sent off I think. Must have been somthing he learned at Chelsea! Ferguson: Asks his players to cheat, foul, dive, intimidate refs - basically to show zero respect for the oposition or the rules. So **** him. best thing he ever did was stop talking to the press, I wish he'd stick to his guns on that one.
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19/02/2008 08:12:00

I'm with the rest of you here re showboating. As I read somewhere, if you don't like watching that as a player, don't lose 4-0. Simple. And SLF, judging by your morality standards you must be one of those who were silent for the Busby team, but lost his vocal cords calling Wenger a pedophile. Sure made Busby proud there.
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19/02/2008 08:41:00

Nani did nothing wrong with the showboating, if he can do it, then why not? There's no rule against it. Gallas was perhaps fortunate, but Nani had given Hoyte a similar kick by the touchline a few seconds earlier, that has even been spoken about or shown as far as I am aware. Thereofre, Gallas' fortune is relative.
Little Dutch
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19/02/2008 09:26:00

I like the sarcasm Merlin. Does your captain not escape action every week? Like when he tried to grab the referees card, or when he put his hands around Boa Morte, or the comments he made about Poll. Not to mention being allowed to approach the ref after every altercation and failing to control his team mates. He even escaped headbutting Diaby's boot.
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19/02/2008 09:39:00

Henry used to do a lot of showboating and we never used to mind so what Nani did wasn't really that out of order at all in my opinion. Clearly, it was just the frustration of having been outplayed that was coming out of the Arsenal players, who must have underestimated just how much up for it Man Utd were. All we can say for sure though is that the return league match is going to be very, very tasty!
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19/02/2008 10:17:00

If its any consolation we have beaten manu by a 4 goal margin (2001/2002 season)...and our run against them in at least the previous 5 games has been favorable so SOD IT...i'll look forward to wednesday
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19/02/2008 14:08:00

That Willie has got lucky. I fully expected at least a one match ban. That game was embarrassing in all sorts of ways. 1. How bad the team played 2. Eboues stupid challenge 3. Gallas's idiotic kick 4. Adebayors pathetic dive. We were lucky to get out only 4-0 down. And how can us gooners complain about Nani's juggling cause I remeber Henry doing it against spurs and we all thought it was genious.
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19/02/2008 15:32:00

Gallas is lucky to get away with this, but nevermind. It was a ***** enough day as it was! The Keane v Haaland challenge is despicable. Any Man Ure fans who think that is justified because Haaland "took the *****" have no business on here wagging the finger at Gallas. ***** off, hypocrites.
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19/02/2008 15:34:00

all nani has done is provide us a moment of embarassment that should be played time and again in our dressing room before games, at half time and after each game.. if that fails to motivate our players,i dont know wat will.
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19/02/2008 19:13:00

Fifa need to step in here, rules are rules and Gallas should be punished accordingly
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21/02/2008 14:16:00


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