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'Arsenal have also had a problem they have had for years. When games are tight, their passing style is not equipped to grind out wins in the way Manchester United and Chelsea would do.......Emmanuel Adebayor has gone off the boil in recent weeks so we are back to pass, pass, pass.' Alan Hansen.

'Arsenal are a concern. I don't understand the mentality of players who can win in Milan but draw four on the trot in the Premier League. I just think they're not that strong mentally.' Mark Lawrenson.

Gary Lineker: 'In one word Alan, can Arsenal challenge for the title this season?'
Alan Hansen (snorts derisively)'No.' August 2007.

'I always wondered about Gallas as a captain - I thought it was an odd choice and a risky decision from Wenger when there has long been question marks about his attitude. Will that decison haunt Arsenal as the pressure is cranked up towards the end of the season?' Andy Gray.

'Manchester United to win title by large margin. Liverpool to come second, followed by Chelsea and Arsenal. The usual top four, in other words. Spurs make a faltering start, and take too long to recover.' Paul Wilson, The Guardian August 2007.

''MARTIN JOL`S Tottenham will gatecrash the top-four party in the Premiership this season. I`m sure the usual suspects will be leading the race - Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea - but the real interest centres on that fourth spot.
Without question one of the more attractive sides to watch last season and I like the brand of football they play. They have a young side with just a few old hands like Jens Lehmann, William Gallas and Gilberto but the question is whether with Thierry Henry gone, they will score enough goals. A lot will be expected from their new signing Da Silva and young Cesc Fabregas in midfield.' Kenny Dalglish's pre season prediction.

'For a football team to fight and win on several fronts is an incredible, enjoyable journey and the players will not want to be rested. And if you are beaten, you pick yourself up and start again, which is something Arsenal are not good at.
When Wenger says that mid-table sides go out with a plan to kick Arsenal and physically intimidate them, he is merely stating the obvious tactics used against any top team. Although Arsenal this season have shown themselves to be more able to stand up to a robust, physical game than in the past, they are still not as capable of withstanding it as Chelsea or Manchester United.' Guess who?

'I believe that we (Tottenham) will overtake Arsenal next season; things are not so bright over there. With the departure of David Dein and Thierry Henry, the confidence of the team appears to have been shunted and the purchase of Eduardo Da Silva covers up the true lack of Arsenal's desire.' Luke Darkin, July 2007.

'If we win the title with this team that would be great. I really believe in my heart we can do it. I think the manager is thinking the same. I started pre-season on June 18 and I'm with these boys every day. I see their ability. Yes they are young and young people make mistakes but that doesn't really matter." Robin van Persie on July 30th, 2007. Gathered press heard sniggering.

'When Thierry left it felt like the end. I had a lot of clubs in for me in the summer but always stayed loyal. But I felt it was the right time to go. When I signed my last contract two years ago we talked about the future, building a new stadium and bringing in top players, but it didn't really happen.' Freddie Ljungberg, July 2007.

"Arsenal have finished fourth in the last two seasons, playing a brand of football everybody agrees is as good as anything you see when it comes off. But I think if they keep playing that brand of football, even with one or two additions, they would be the one team out of the so-called top four that could be vulnerable, particularly to Tottenham." Hansen again, August 2007.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Friday March 21 2008
Time: 11:03PM


great article tim,now the lads ve a point to prove and i got the feeling that they ll do it on sunday
21/03/2008 23:17:00
"There is no doubt that Arsenal are a stronger side than they were last season. But I don't think we will know about this Arsenal team this season until they lose. That's the important time when you look to see how a team reacts. It is how you bounce back. We know we can do it. We had a difficult start to the season but we have shown great strength and character and are winning now without conceding any goals." Patrice Evra, Oct 2007 "Arsenal are the leaders but Manchester United should the favourites for the title and Champions League." Carlos Tevez, Oct 2007 "'What I know is Arsenal have exceptional young players. They'll miss Thierry and in the big matches they will certainly miss the winning quality he offers. But what they possess is the philosophy, the mentality instilled in them by Arsene Wenger. It will drive them on." Lauren, Sep 2007 ""I have not lost my passion for the club — indeed it is greater than ever. There is only one club for David Dein and that is Arsenal. But without new investors I fear very soon Arsenal might not to be able to compete successfully at the very top level, despite the fantastic work of Arsene Wenger." David Dein, Aug 2007 It can go on and on..
Lou the Gunneress
21/03/2008 23:40:00
That should be pinned on the dressing room door for the rest of the season.....lets make these idiots eat their words!!!
22/03/2008 00:15:00
dutch that was crap you can pull 100 quotes saying arsenal will win nothing, and tottenham will win somthing and vice versa, and the end of the day you are messing it up big time and you all know it, Man u might not be that sharp but ronaldo will take care of business, fibreglass aint half the player as ronaldo is, and as for spurs, let it be said we have won more then you have this year then you have in 3 seasons, call yourself a big club. jokers
22/03/2008 00:55:00
How can you compare Ronaldo to Fabregas, they are two different types of players.
22/03/2008 01:09:00
5-1, regarding the "vice versa" part I can't agree. It's understandable, given who you are, to come here and feel like posting something to wind people up. But you can go and count the articles in major press and you see it's no "vice versa", the reverse was just not true at the time. There were more people writing Arsenal off and, like some of you guys, bigging up Spurs. Actually some of our fellow Gooners felt pessimistic too. But they've been proven all wrong so far, even if this season ends up trophyless (which was btw expected too). Your failure to understand that is also understandable cos you probably wouldn't have read those news articles about Arsenal. But I wouldn't have embarrassed myself if I don't know what I'm talking about if I were you. Yes as you guys said the 100th time, you've won more than us so far this year. Part of which is because CC final was in Feb while all the MAJOR trophies are only given out in May lol. If we do win something come May, you'll look stupid (even more stupid than you are now I mean). If we don't, big deal. And finally if you love ManU and Ronaldo so much, go ahead, support them. I actually mean well when I say this: enjoy your trophy. Instead of enjoying to spend time trying to wind people up because that just makes you sicker and sicker.
Lou the Gunneress
22/03/2008 01:12:00
you are on late Lou. Presuming you are from the UK
22/03/2008 01:57:00
Yeah went to bed at like 4am last night, slept till late too, so reading news online while I'm still waiting to get sleepy lol
Lou the Gunneress
22/03/2008 02:04:00
I am playing online poker. Not for cash though. On the subject of halsey. I asked his son, and he said he hadnt talked to his dad about the adebayor goal. His dad lives in Bolton. Anyway, i am now feel really optimistic we can beat Chelsea. Gallas to rise like a salmon above ashley cole, knicking it 1-0 in the 87th minute.
22/03/2008 02:27:00
5-1 i actually agree with everything you say, this has been an amazing season for arsenal when everyone thought theyd struggle theyve excelled especially in the first half of the season. Yet they have slowly blown the league, the cc was a catastrophy as was the fa cup and apart from 1 excellent performance against Milan 2008 has been very poor. And even Milan are in turmoil they lost at home to sampdoria at the weekend. "OOOh everyone hates us/fouls us/picks on us/doubts us" blah blah its pathetic. Everyone loves the way you play football and think you have a very talented young team the reason people doubt your title credentials is because theres at least 2 better teams in the premiership than you, nothing personal just common opinion. Moron
22/03/2008 02:35:00
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