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First things first, I like to think that usually I write articles on this site with a clear mind and a raging ire. But it's midnight on a Friday and I've got a head full of Guinness and a lung full of Marlboro Lights. 'I'll just check Arsenal World before I pass out into oblivion' I tell myself, now maybe it's the booze or maybe it's the fact that all this crap gets stored up on a Friday night, when LD is typically swishing brandy around between thumb and forefinger and regaling the ladies of Croydon with tales of yore.

Firstly, this morning I picked up a copy of World Soccer magazine to see a heart warming interview with David Dein. Cuddly David proclaims that he really misses Arsenal, but still goes to every game. Awwwww, that's really nice isn't it? He only wants what's best for Arsenal football club after fifty years as a supporter. Well that's super isn't it? Why, he's almost the cuddly type of character you'd want running your football club isn't he? Bless. (Presumably he was In Milan then, when an Arsenal DVD was played to the Arsenal fans kept behind after the 2-0 win in the San Siro, his appearance on screen was roundly booed). Bringing in a someone like Usmanov has NOTHING to do with David's giant ego and everything to do with his love of Arsenal. Thank you for bringing Usmanov to us David. Don't let the fact that the Arsenal Supporters Trust balloted their 700 members to find that 98.5% supported the board lockdown impede our gratitude.

By complete coincidence, the Daily Mail carries a story exclaiming that Emmanuel Adebayor is DEMANDING £80,000 a week or else he's off. Of course the Daily Mail doesn't trouble itself with any quotes to that effect. An anomalous sentence then tells its readers that this wouldn't be a problem if Arsenal were to accept Usmanov's money, but apparently those nasty Arsenal Directors won't take it. Oh, I wonder where that story came from? Doubtless it was just plucked out of the ether.

Then I see an intriguing headline from everyone's favourite soothsayer Myles Palmer. 'Arsenal Fans to pay 5% more to watch Eboue, Walcott and Senderos.' The concluding sentence of his piece 'if I were an Arsenal supporter I would be worried.' As Myles readily proclaims, not only is he not a season ticket holder subject to the 5% rise, but he's not even a supporter. That doesn't stop him trying to summon up some kind of imagined revolt. Now Myles, I am not nearly pretentious enough to believe I speak for all Arsenal fans (and that's saying something, because I can be a pretentious ****** when the mood takes me). But I am an Arsenal season ticket holder, and as such, on my behalf of myself and nobody else, I ask you honestly, what the **** has it got to do with you?LD.

NB I'll regret this in the morning!

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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 10 2008

Time: 12:37AM

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Can I also ask all Gooners which they enjoy more, Tottenham's yearly assertion that they will break the top four, or the country's annual assertion that Arsenal will fall apart and tumble out of it? *Rolls eyes* alright then, next year is DEFINITELY the year we fall apart. Whataver keeps you going.
Little Dutch
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10/05/2008 00:45:00

It's the end of the world and i feel fine...though not if hleb leaves
Anon 1
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10/05/2008 01:00:00

I read Myles Palmers cr*p aswell. "This team is a team of ******cats who play intricate passes in two thirds of the pitch. This team needs some exciting adult players soon. This team needs a couple of stars. Drogba is a star. Ronaldo is a star. Torres is a star. Messi is a star. Kaka is a star. But Arsenal don't have a star and will not buy a star. They prefer to have a pampered team of nice guys who do what teacher tells them to do. So Fabregas is not a star? If Drogba is a star, then surely this year Adebayor is a star you tw*t. I annoy myself that i keep reading his cra*.
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10/05/2008 01:40:00

Lets cash in on Hleb!!! after he fights to get out if his contract.
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10/05/2008 01:41:00

flamini knows ahahaha
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10/05/2008 02:48:00

A drunk man speaks with a sober tongue, does he not LD? I think Harry Enfield should record a message for Mr Palmer. "OOOOIIIII, Palmer, NNNNNOOOOOOOOO....."
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10/05/2008 03:14:00

Reading Myles' articles is laughable and infuriating at the same time. I never come away from ANR feeling anything but rage, but I still check it every few days. Having read his latest piece, all I can say is at least it didn't drag on for as long as it usualy does. And he only refered to himself about half a dozen times.
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10/05/2008 03:19:00

To say Myles Palmer is a veteran journolist and book author, his column sounds like a 12 year old writes it. Continuous stories about his wife's nighty and how he loves a nice pair of slacks bore the living ***** outta me. If he isn't a gooner, what the ***** is he doing editing an Arsenal site. PS - His book, "The Proffessor" is the single most dreary piece of crap I've ever read.
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10/05/2008 03:21:00

Is Myles Palmer Arseblogger?
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10/05/2008 05:59:00

No, he isn't. He writes the Arsenal News Review. Thank you google.
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10/05/2008 06:04:00

No Keplaz Arseblogger is God, or so you would think the way some gooners hang on to his every word. I think the guy is great and read his blog everyday but I still base my opinion on players, performances etc on what I see. Palmer is a clown, I think we ran a piece on here with him stating Thierry Henry would never make it at Arsenal as a striker, nuff said........
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10/05/2008 07:31:00

A couple of things. Firstly, as a season ticket holder, I'm a little bit *****ed off about the rise in price. Obviously I'll still pay, but what do they base the rise on? Supply and demand I hear you say, but some of the new fans we get at Emirates I don't want. How many empty seat at the the last few games!!!!!!!!!!!!! I totally agree with LD about Tottenham (next year) Hotspur. It'll only be a couple of months before it all starts again.
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10/05/2008 08:11:00

It's now 08.45, I'm sober.........and I don't regret it. Dave, you're absolutely right, I'm not sure what the price increase is for. I really resent the way Palmer tries to use it and piggyback onto all the negative press surrounding the club at the moment and stir everyone up. Someone mentioned his opinion on Henry, also remember how we're definitely signing Buffon and Reo Coker and remember Djourou apparently being a disgrace to his African roots for taking a foul throw in. As for Dein,what a bell end, here's a quote from the interview Imention above, "In the eleven years Arsene and I worked together- I bought him to Arsenal of course-" how can you say something like that without feeling self conscious? I bought a copy of the bible once, does that mean I should take credit for Jesus?
Little Dutch
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10/05/2008 08:44:00

Great article, write more on friday nights!! Myles is a complete arse and thats where his association should end. His article was hypocritical, he claims we need some adult stars and then he quotes torres and messi? To be honest I am never going to click on his site again and all gooners should boycott the idiot. As for Jenas, what a complete muppet, when will they learn? and as someone said when will the press learn? James Lawton has apiece this morning, soemthing about will wenger be able to piece it all together but i just cannot be arsed to read it. Without our record goalscorer sold to barca and with 3 of our most creative players out for over half a season we still compete until the end, or did they all not notice that. People talk as if we were miles off, next season we will win the title that I am sure.
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10/05/2008 09:24:00

Er!,dont think so Harry671.
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10/05/2008 10:00:00

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10/05/2008 10:51:00

lol, a powershifter per chance, go and smoke some dope with jenas.
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10/05/2008 11:08:00

anyone notice how that piece from Myles Palmer we were talking about has magiclly disappeared overnight :D
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10/05/2008 15:19:00

5% increase when we haven't had a rise for 3 years ? not that bad is it ? if you average it over the 3 years since highbury then that is below the current governments laughable statistic of inflation, yes they only count what they want to count, don't include petrol prices, mortgages of your weekly food shop....... oooooooooh little bit of politics with a bit of football, now i just need religion and i got a full house !!! ok its late and a few glasses of the finest red stuff coming out of a vineyard in spain have passed my lips :P
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10/05/2008 21:50:00

Harry671, just read the article about Arsenal from Lawton from the Independent, and though I'm Spurs, it is not critical of Wenger directly. It basically says that he has shown faith in the likes of Flamini and Hleb, building a team the proper way by giving young players a chance and been betrayed by their greed also mentioning the demands of Adebayor with only one season of performance. And it is sad that this perservering with the beautiful game will be undermined and that he might seek to sign lesser players who might prove more loyal and will provide more steel at the death rather than negotiating a pay rise. Thats's how I read it anyway:
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10/05/2008 22:20:00

The thing is Kernow, this article suggests that Adebayor made those demands when it was clearly a plant. Adebayor has come out and said the rumours were rubbish and he would not leave Arsenal. I know alot of shi* stirring will be done between now and august, but only 10 percent of what you hear has any truth in it.
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10/05/2008 22:43:00

Wow...its so quiet here...must be them Librarians board... :)
Blue is the colour
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10/05/2008 23:08:00

LD...are marlboro lights in the uk anygood? i heard theyre awesome out sux out here in australia.
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11/05/2008 06:00:00


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