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The Irony of It All

The Irony of It All

Call it irony, call it poetic justice, call it karma. But sometimes football and indeed life can get you wondering. You may recall that back in March, with Arsenal leading 1-0 at Stamford Bridge; the Gunners looked to mount a counter attack. Sensing the danger, Joe Cole picked up a debilitating "injury" and, of all people, Emmanuel Eboue, not one renowned for his great sportsmanship, put the ball out of play. John Terry, the Iron Man no less, decided to reward his sportsmanship in kind by booting the ball out of play right next to Arsenal`s corner flag and urging his team to push forward. This is where the Chelsea equaliser emanated from. Last night, Chelsea performed a similar antic twice. So Carlos Tevez decided in extra time that he had had enough and responded to Chelsea with the exact same gesture. Now who was immediately on the scene expressing his dismay at such a gesture? The ever reliable John Terry. Even in the heat of battle I cannot fathom how somebody can act with such hypocrisy. Good on Carlos Tevez I say, Arsenal need to begin showing that sort of defiance and not let bullies like John Terry push them around. Sorry if I am not shedding any tears for you this morning JT, I am sure there are dozens of spittle splattered officials who think the same. Maybe the next time you want to rock up in a disabled bay, or lunge at prone Spanish midfielders when they are on the ground, you might like to think that karma can be a damning mistress. Oh and remember your comments about Arsenal`s lack of English backbone denying them trophies? Thanks for proving the point with that most English of traits, the penalty shoot out mishap. Couldn`t have happened to a nicer bloke.

With Chelsea cruelly dispatched in the unforgiving embrace of a penalty shoot out, all cameras and all players attentions were focussed on Terry. Nobody bothered to go to Nicolas Anelka, who actually missed the crucial kick, least of all Terry himself, who cried relentlessly. One can understand and identify with such a display of emotion. But weren`t all and sundry lining up to shoot our very own William Gallas for expressing his own torment by sitting on the ground close to tears after the final whistle at Birmingham? "He should have been consoling his team mates" they said, "He cannot control his emotions and is not captaincy material" they wailed. "It was not conduct befitting of a captain." Erudite pundit Alan Hansen thought it more newsworthy than Eduardo`s snapped limb. I look forward to the press account of Terry`s actions as they line up to lambaste his failure to check his emotions, his failure to acknowledge the other seventeen team mates who had lost so cruelly, his failure to put a fatherly arm around Nicolas Anelka. Terry might even have reflected on the fact that he has played in every single one of Chelsea`s defeats this season; whilst Chelsea are unbeaten in the 24 games he missed (19 wins and five draws for the record). When one peers behind the iron curtain of press hyperbole and smokescreen to see the true picture, one sometimes cannot help but wonder at the irony of it all.LD.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday May 22 2008
Time: 10:21AM


Ouch!!!! That's probably even more painful than missing the penalty! But oh so true. Brilliant stuff.
22/05/2008 10:30:00
Nice Tim ...... If the Chelsea fans can even bare to get out of bed this morning that will be something nice for them to read over dinner. LOL. Wonder when BITC will get here and tell us that our team is crumbling.
22/05/2008 10:34:00
1st paragraph = all true. 2nd paragraph, to be honest, seems a bit classless. Why do we have to obsess with the kings road ponces? A Prem League game and a Champions League final defeat, if Gallas had've broken down after missing the decisive penalty the hacks wouldn't be on his back.
22/05/2008 10:45:00
Great stuff from the Arsenal website. As always, showing the moral guidance that Arsenal are famous for, i.e. pontificating on Monday, gratuitous smug gloating on Tuesday, and somehow managing to do both on Thursday. Still, nice point about William Gallas. Of course, one can see the parallel: Gallas sat on the ground during a run of the mill League match that Arsenal drew, John Terry slipped and missed what could have been the winning penalty kick in a Champions League final. Yeah, the emotions are just the same....
22/05/2008 10:46:00
hear hear... Only slightly lesser of two evils won in the end and with: ronaldo missing penalty, terry slipping and missing, drogba bitch slapping some mug and getting sent off, giggs missing a sitter, anelka losing them the game - only hero of the night was possibly the least repulsive player on the pitch van der sar – all in all, possibly best result for the nuetral
22/05/2008 10:48:00
Take your lumps baby ..... you must have been expecting them after all the greif you've given us since the dawn of the Vital network. But the pain does get easier, hell, I'm almost over our defeat to Real Zaragoza.
22/05/2008 10:50:00
Yea spot on eouroblue run of the mill game where one of our players nerly got amputated, happens all the time.
22/05/2008 10:51:00
The Gallas parallel is a valid one. At a critical point of the season, which may well have led to the PL title, we threw away two points in added time in a game when a colleague had broken his leg. Gallas didn't wail and blub seeking cuddles from all and sundry he just moped so even if the emotions weren't the same they weren't quite as emotional either.
22/05/2008 10:54:00
I stand by it Lew, the second paragraph is not a missive at Terry so much as identifying the enormous hypocrisy of the press in villifying Gallas and lauding Terry as a tragic hero. Both points very much connected with Arsenal and something for Arsenal fan to consider as much as the rest of the football world. I'd say Gallas' reaction in the face of a result that cost us the title, after his team mate suffered an horrific injury in the week he spent counselling a close friend and team mate at the loss of his brother is at least comparable to what Terry experienced. Like I say, if people want to criticise Gallas for that, fine. But they simply have to criticise Terry in the same breath, to not do so is simple hypocrisy.
Little Dutch
22/05/2008 11:13:00
euroblue. yes run of the mill league game where we were trying to consolidate our top spot during a game where one of our players was close to having his career ended - just normal stuff really. idiot
22/05/2008 11:25:00
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