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Today Arsenal Made Me Proud

Today Arsenal Made Me Proud

Every single player, coach, and fan in the Emirates Stadium made me proud today to be an Arsenal fan. First off, despite the result, Arsenal played fantastic. I can not find a single fault with any Arsenal player because they all played their heart out against all the odds that injuries and Coward Webb laid in their paths. After Adebayor was cheated off the field, Arsenal didn't miss a beat defensively and in the midfield. The players took it upon themselves to protect the result they had already achieved and we even looked to score another one. If the boot was on the other foot, we all know that Liverpool would of given up in the attacking third and concentrated even more than usual on defense.

Another thing that made me happy to be an Arsenal fan today was watching how Liverpool played their football. Basically they are a technically gifted Bolton. Even though they have players of great quality, Sammy Lee chose to have his players belittle their talent by lumping the ball up the pitch every chance they got. Credit to them it worked once, but the rest of the time it was all for not. Liverpool fans shouldn't take this as a swipe, but instead I just want to ask why is it that your manager chooses to depreciate the talent that he has finally built up by playing such primitive football? Also, Robbie Keane, good finish but that is all it was. Please do not kid yourself by thinking it was a great goal. Robin van Persie showed you how to score a fantastic goal. If you switched the two players, Keane would never of scored the goal Robin did, while van Persie would of easily put away the long ball over the top. Thirdly, the fans at the Emirates were wonderful in their support. From the cheers when Eboue came onto the pitch to the songs directed at Coward Webb, the supporters made the club proud today.

It was a superb game of football at hand today, but it is a shame that in modern day English football, you still have such poor quality in the referees. This has become one of the most overused phrases in football but how has Webb kept his job? This is another game that he has diabolically destroyed. From Ronaldo's sending off in the Manchester Derby to today with Adebayor. I think even Liverpool fans will admit that both yellow cards were wrongly given. This red card ruined the game for both teams because it took the spark out of the match that had been exponentially brewing since the opening whistle. Now Adebayor is out for the even more important game at Villa on Boxing Day.

Even though we did not take our last chance to get back in the title race today, lift that head up Gooners. Your team did you proud today.

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Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Sunday December 21 2008
Time: 7:03PM


Just another case of Howard the Coward not know how football is played. The guy has no clue. Even Andy Gray said it wasn't a sending off, and that's saying something. A great effort today by the lads and the gooners ..... but the fans should be doing this every week. I hope they watch the game back and see how the players responded positively to the cheering and to the booing. Liverpool were affected by the noise and it was plain to see, everytime they got a touch the Arsenal fans had at it, and it made them nervous on the ball. Let's do this every week!!
21/12/2008 19:19:00
Good piece Brice, but brace yourself for some bashing. I'm indeed proud, just struggling to swallow that bitterness while I try not to be the whinger that people say we are. Is it just us? I still can't figure it out!
21/12/2008 19:20:00
any news re Fab ?
21/12/2008 19:50:00
I heard an interview from the sideline during the broadcast that they thought it was the medial collateral ligament. You could tell it was serious when he was helped off the field and he took his jersey and covered his teary face from the fans.
21/12/2008 19:57:00
I reckon it's gunna be a pretty hefty stint on the treatment table. Just what we need going into the Villa game eh!! :(
21/12/2008 20:13:00
1-3 weeks out for Fab. fantastic efforts by the lads. i remember the 2-1 win at anfield back in Dec, 01 when we went down to ten men. that game changed our season & we went on a rampagin run since to clinch the title. hope this game provides a similar tonic for the team, the boss & the club in whole. love yu gunners, yu really did us proud today, and made me realise yet again that being Arsenal is the best thing in the whole world. love yu..
21/12/2008 20:14:00
Ah well, I was also wondering how Tomas and Eduardo were feeling watching the team today. Now they have Cesc (oh and Bendtner) for company.. I'm just wondering if we should use Diaby behind RvP, Nasri and Eboue in LM and RM respectively (Vela as sub LW), so both Diaby and Denilson could do their natural jobs better in the middle. What do you guys think? I just really really hope our back 4 could build on the decent performance cos Villa are pacy and very effective up front.
21/12/2008 20:27:00
Tell you what, I was half-expecting Babel to go down in the box and get a dodgy penalty towards the end, the bad memories of the CL game at Anfield all painfully back in my head. That's how my expectations kept sinking with Coward Webb officiating the game.
21/12/2008 20:48:00
I was at the game and thought it was a pretty even game up until the sending off. I didn't think Liverpool were that bad but they did lose their way after the sending off. Seeing us having played the 'top 3' makes me feel even more that if we could add 2-3 quality players to this team, we could be better than all 3. It will now be a massive test to see how the team functions without Cesc.
21/12/2008 20:54:00
And Howard Webb's performace was abject.
21/12/2008 20:55:00
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