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Allez Les Flam!

I know some Gooners have a completely different viewpoint with regards to Mr. Mathieu 'Gilles Grimmandi II' Flamini a.k.a. the Flamster, but I am one of those who has developed a liking for the young man. (Compared to the Grimster, Flam has bags of skill)

The reason why I am writing this is because I want to congratulate the gritty Frenchman for his first senior call-up, and wish him, hopefully, a successful debut for Les Blues and many more call-ups in the future.

As for his contribution this season in stats, Matthieu has started 16 games and came on as a substitute on 13, and produced 4 goals and 1 assist in all competitions. Most notable goal is the one coming against the Russians, where only an bad ref decision and an Essien thunderbolt deprived us of three points.

Once again congratulations Mr. Flamini!

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 6 2007

Time: 10:17AM

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Anyone got any ideas on why Clichy isn't in the squad? That boy is one of the best left backs around. In recent weeks he's progressed so much, Evra's playing well, but I just can't see that there are two left backs better than Gael. Abidal looks cack to me!
Little Dutch
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06/02/2007 10:28:00

In fact, Flamini's a better left back than Abidal. Perhaps that's why he's been drafted in? :-)
Little Dutch
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06/02/2007 10:29:00

I agree re Clichy. LD, I'm in almost exactly the same seats for the CC final as I was against the Chavs in the F.A Cup final. That has to be an omen doesn't it??
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06/02/2007 10:33:00

I agree, clichy is the nuts. However, Not sure Flamini should be in the squad with the talent they have..... bit like Dawson for England. With everyone fit there has gotta be 4 players ahead of him in the pecking order. not to say he is a bad player.
Jacky B
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06/02/2007 10:39:00

doubt flam will get a game but then again domench likes players like that but hates players like Pires. he is the GG of international football. dont tell everyone about clichy, I want to keep how good he is a secret for at least another year!
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06/02/2007 10:48:00

I always said that Clichy will be better than Cashley Hole if he avoids injuries. AW has bulked him up this year too, he and Aliadiere look like they have been doing overtime on the weights. Paul Robinson looks like he and Mido have been doing overtime in Burger King.
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06/02/2007 10:56:00

Yeah, well played to Flam, not too sure he's high enough of standard just yet, and the decision to omit Clichy is ridiculous. We once had the best English left back, now we have the best French!
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06/02/2007 11:10:00

And the French team is 100 times better than the English, so by proxy Gael is a much better player than Cashley.
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06/02/2007 11:14:00

The Hurricane has been a better defender for some time, but hatespur is right, he has toughened up in a big way and he can really POWER forward, he's always had the pace, now he's got the aggression to get forward. In all honesty, I don't think he's better than Cole yet (although on current form he is performing much better), but I'm so certain he'll get there. The fact is, when we sold Cashley, few people asked the question of who we'd get to replace him. That says it all.
Little Dutch
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06/02/2007 11:25:00

On a side note "Cack" is an excellent word!!
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06/02/2007 11:38:00

As are "pigswill" and "hogwash."
Little Dutch
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06/02/2007 11:53:00

are you forgetting "Poppycock"
Jacky B
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06/02/2007 11:54:00

"Codswallop" anyone?
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06/02/2007 11:57:00

Injury kept Clichy from developing but since replacing Cole he really looks the part and is improving all the time. My aunty looks better than cole, I suppose because the**** is injured. Cack is a good word and it also refers to underwear as in "hello darling get your cacks down". I love this intellectual blog.
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06/02/2007 12:01:00

Intellectual? That's BALDERDASH!
Little Dutch
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06/02/2007 12:02:00

And emkay, that's "kecks" you're referring to. Trust me, I've tried that line many times! Cack is a slang word for excrament.
Little Dutch
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06/02/2007 12:08:00

If you use the sentence, "get your cacks down", she'll think you're wanting to make some sort of scat movie. However, "get your kecks down" screams sophistication, class and confidence. I urge everyone here to try it sometime (if you're married you might want to practise some discretion).
Little Dutch
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06/02/2007 12:10:00

i'm very happy for The Flamster, been always a big admirer of him and what he brings to the team. he's one of those players who values the red and white and truly deserves to wear it. you'll link him to grimandi, but for me, he's more like the Romford Ray. hope he has a great game and a great future at Arsenal and the French national team, Arsenal's French Connection rolls on..
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06/02/2007 12:19:00

bearing in mind this thread LD and Rocky, you must now see the benefits of being English! lol.... I knew there was a reason for our transfer "policy"
Jacky B
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06/02/2007 12:21:00

That's Merde!! lol!!
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06/02/2007 12:32:00

as far as it all goes lets jus leave our knowledge of our young french gunners to ourselves and save ourselves a longer list of injuries and fatigue
Ozi Gooner
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06/02/2007 12:33:00

Why has Flamini been called up to replace the injured Mexes (a defender)?? I would love to see Flamini get asked to play at left back for them, no doubt he would play there without question which would immediately show up his lack of commitment to arsenal!!
Ashburton Gooner
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06/02/2007 12:33:00

I think that's unfair on Flam. He is a midfielder and wants to be recognised as such. Personally, if my boss told me she wanted me to stop doing my job and clean the toilets instead, I'd probably be none too pleased. Flamini played left back at Fulham this year and has played right back on countless occasions, including on Saturday. But he's a midfielder by trade and I quite understand that he doesn't want to permanently move positions, most people wouldn't in their jobs.
Little Dutch
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06/02/2007 13:22:00

Perhaps the 'being called up to replace Mexes' is just an attempt to cover up Flamini's real role.....The New Zizou! :o
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06/02/2007 14:26:00

Cack or cach as it's spelt is also Welsh for crap.
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06/02/2007 15:15:00

Flamini is the perfect Squad player, can step into left back, right back and holding MF and will give 100% and play his heart out - he deserves to be called up in the french side for this reason alone - i still believe that for arsenal we should be grooming our future players to cover injuries and all (i.e. flam shouldnt have played on saturday, but to be fair we did have 120 minutes of football mid week) With Clichy, i hear when rashley cole was asking for a pay raise wenger looked behind him to the bench and saw clichy sitting there and said 'nah', then toure stepped in and asked for a raise, wenger looked back and saw cygan (bless him) sitting there and handed over a blank cheque
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06/02/2007 15:19:00

Flamini is the worst midfielder you guys have, he rarely wins tackles, misplaces passes, has poor positional awarness and his first touch is a joke..... I was praying wenger would play him against us last wed nite.... After saying all that id still swap him for Zokora
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06/02/2007 15:40:00

Just been out enjoying too much red wine and Argentinian Rum with lime. The Flamster is the leader leader, Flamster is the leader. God, she is gonna be so angry tonight.
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06/02/2007 15:55:00

diaby and denlison are relatively untested, we would need to see how they perform at old trafford or stamford bridge or in a major cup competition before wenger will have the confidence to bring either in over flamini - i dont agree with it, but thats how the boss thinks
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06/02/2007 15:55:00

Sport,you are a cock. Your team is **** and you have no chance of achieving anything in your lifetime(even if you are 5).
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06/02/2007 15:57:00

hatespur if we get rid of the fat man and bring in a top coach then we have every chance of winning som silverware.... and by the way we will win as much as u w-a-n-k-s this year.
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06/02/2007 16:45:00

What??? What top coach is likely to go to your ****? Even if our only achievement is 4th again this year you'd be banging one out over it. Get yourself off to a Fulham or Man City web and argue with teams that are relevent to your position. C*ck.
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06/02/2007 16:52:00

thats true sport, spurs will win as much as arsenal, you made it through to the last 16 of the champions league and won all that tv money, just as you got through to the finals of the carling cup and have that tv money coming your way...oh wait, spurs are **** and broke - unless of course you are talking about silverwear at which point its not clever to say 'we both arent going to win anything so we are better than you'
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06/02/2007 17:12:00

why is sport on the arsenal members ladder?
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06/02/2007 17:13:00

Wondering the same myself, needing some editorial booting there c'mon ring the alarm a spud has infiltrated!!
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06/02/2007 17:24:00

maybe he couldn't exactly make up his mind on who to support. arrest him I say and bring him in for questioning! Simmy. LD, Rocky - you should react swiftly
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06/02/2007 17:34:00

The first of many, no doubt! Well played the Flamster!
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06/02/2007 22:01:00

AG: Thats a bit harsh man. Would you make the smae coment if Cesc complained about playing on the right wing? Of course not because thats not his best position. You come down hard on Flam because he's not our star player. Hypocritical in my eyes.
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06/02/2007 22:27:00

everybody wishes they were a goon...deep deep inside
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06/02/2007 22:36:00

sport, I know you're only a web fan, but if you'd been at the Grove to see your boys get humiliated last week you'd have been told the truth like the mugs that did turn up...'Come to see the Arsenal, You only come to see the Arsenal, Come to see the Arsenal, You only come to see the Arsenal!'
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06/02/2007 22:50:00

The selfish part of me is glad Gael didn't get called up, though he deserves it. No injury worries, and it'll be a continued motivation, though I doubt he needs it. If we beat Bolton, we'll have 6 matches in the next 17 days (including the CC Final), and 9 in 27. That's just crazy. Flam's a limited player, obviously more effective as a central than wide midfielder, but what can you do with all of the injuries? Gilberto was just as poor as a right winger a few years ago.
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07/02/2007 05:34:00


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