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Coverage of Arsenal supporters and their bellicose expressions of dislike towards their own players has been vast and exhaustive and I will try my best not to rouse that particular sleeping dog here. However, where there is ill fame there is room for convalescence; in crisis there is opportunity and so forth. This article is of a much more "ask what your country can do for you?" sort of composition. Arsenal are at the sharp end of the pineapple now with regards this season with a punishing schedule from now until late May. At the beginning of the season, this is where a football fan hopes to be, in the pressure games on the pressure occasions; for these pave the path to glory. For players, these are the types of matches they breathe for, the reason they eschewed the street corner for the local field in their early teens, whilst the rest of us were swigging white lightning and smoking incredibly cheap, sawdusty fags. For Arsenal, in a season where the winter was filled with discontent from the Arsenal public, the hope springs eternal that one of those players who has felt the acid tongues could just make themselves an Arsenal hero.

With league games at Old Trafford and Anfield, as well as a visit from Chelsea, an F.A. Cup Semi Final date with the latter and a Champions League Quarter Final the very least we will have to negotiate in the next seven weeks; the opportunity for one of Eboue, Bendtner or Adebayor to permanently etch their name into Arsenal folklore. As is usually the case with boo boys, criticism for all of the aforementioned has been over the top. Bendtner`s performances and finishing away from home offers circumstantial proof that the home crowd are a millstone for him, Adebayor`s 12 goals and 8 assists in 27 appearances this year will always be dismissed owing to his moronic behaviour in the summer, whilst Eboue, well when he`s actually got a bit of confidence in him is a half decent player. These are all points that will be lost amidst the brickbats of the public, but what price an Emmanuel Eboue winner at Wembley versus Chelsea? How will the home crowd`s perception of Bendtner change were he to head a last ditch diving header into the roof of the net to take us past Villarreal? An Emmanuel Adebayor winner at Old Trafford in September 2006 marked the start of a sea change in opinion against him at the time, how ironic if he could repair his rapport with us by securing Champions League qualification with a few vital sighters against United and Liverpool?

Consistency is always the hallmark of a great footballer, (look up Gerd Muller`s statistics for confirmation- frightening); however, football careers are usually underpinned by moments of inspiration. Someone like Alan Shearer will not be as well remembered from outside the North East due to a lack of really iconoclastic moments that the big occasion can give you. These moments can elevate even the most average of careers into the stratosphere. Ask Steve Morrow and Andy Linighan. Hell, ask Jimmy Glass. Few remember that Gus Caesar was considered the country`s finest young defender until he fell on his arse at Wembley. It seems to me there is little else the aforementioned players can do to win fans over; when you are the victim of this kind of prejudice the detractors will focus on the bad and filter everything else out. Bendtner and Walcott are peas in the same pod, both young, obviously talented, produce a great deal of end product for the team, both have proven themselves at international level yet, being young, both make very elementary and frustrating errors. Yet it is obvious which is treated better by the supporters, largely I would argue by virtue of nationality, but Walcott also captured the supporters` hearts with his sixty yard saunter at Anfield last April. The next two months will leave plenty of opportunity for those that find affection difficult to come by for redemption. As we move ever closer to the 20th anniversary of Anfield 89 it`s worth recounting that Michael Thomas` Arsenal career was pretty average. What I wouldn`t give for Eboue charging through the midfield in Rome in May 2009.LD.




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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 3 2009

Time: 2:23PM

Your Comments

Nice thoughtful writ...u r preaching to t converted though. Could someone show this article to Adebayor/Eboue/Bendtner...do they even read blogs or articles about the club and players??? Fabregas also owes Wenger/Arsenal a HUGE debt too. Its time for heroes to step up...I think we can count on the defense to continue doing its job.
number14
Nice thoughtful writ...u r preaching to t converted though. Could someone show this article to Adebayor/Eboue/Bendtner...do they even read blogs or articles about the club and players??? Fabregas also owes Wenger/Arsenal a HUGE debt too. Its time for heroes to step up...I think we can count on the defense to continue doing its job.
number14
The home crowd has to step up too, and become heroes as the 12th man. Througout all the fallout from Brown's hysterical screed, few noted that an opposition manager actually complained that there was so much "local pressure" so as to influence a referee's decisions. Now when was the last time we heard about an Arsenal home crowd lively enuf to exert "local pressure"??? We need much more of that, I say, at least to liberate players like Nick so he can play better on our home ground.
jaelle
The home crowd has to step up too, and become heroes as the 12th man. Througout all the fallout from Brown's hysterical screed, few noted that an opposition manager actually complained that there was so much "local pressure" so as to influence a referee's decisions. Now when was the last time we heard about an Arsenal home crowd lively enuf to exert "local pressure"??? We need much more of that, I say, at least to liberate players like Nick so he can play better on our home ground.
jaelle
There was definitey some local pressure after Ade Barndoor got sent off against the scousers at home, really had an effect on the players in my opinion.
shewore
There was definitey some local pressure after Ade Barndoor got sent off against the scousers at home, really had an effect on the players in my opinion.
shewore
History has a way of picking its own moments, Eboooe might just write himself a chapter in Arsenal folklores in the next week. And you can throw in one or two chapters from Bendtner as well.
deledudu
History has a way of picking its own moments, Eboooe might just write himself a chapter in Arsenal folklores in the next week. And you can throw in one or two chapters from Bendtner as well.
deledudu
I think this is a perfect moment to relive history. 27th of may, 20 years after Anfield. Liverpool(red) VS Arsenal(yellow) in the champions league final. Arsenal come streaming forward now in surely what will be there last attack. A good ball by Sagna finding Bendntner for EBoue charging through the midfield, Eboue ITS UP FOR GRABS NOW.
paul_ownz
I think this is a perfect moment to relive history. 27th of may, 20 years after Anfield. Liverpool(red) VS Arsenal(yellow) in the champions league final. Arsenal come streaming forward now in surely what will be there last attack. A good ball by Sagna finding Bendntner for EBoue charging through the midfield, Eboue ITS UP FOR GRABS NOW.
paul_ownz
And he's scuffed it wide...
shewore
And he's scuffed it wide...
shewore
Although, there are similarities in how GG changed around MT's position to what Wenger's done with Eboue's...
shewore
Although, there are similarities in how GG changed around MT's position to what Wenger's done with Eboue's...
shewore
these 6 weeks have always made or broke a season. Last year we lost it all in these 6 weeks, this year... who knows.
paul_ownz
these 6 weeks have always made or broke a season. Last year we lost it all in these 6 weeks, this year... who knows.
paul_ownz
Lol @ Shewore scuffing it wide! Wenger said this is the period where we will have to play as a squad rather than a 1st 11, the players that have been loathed are now as important as the ones who are loved. As pointed out by GK earlier this week in an article 2moro is vital, a performance and result could well set us up for the rest of the campaign.
iceman10
Lol @ Shewore scuffing it wide! Wenger said this is the period where we will have to play as a squad rather than a 1st 11, the players that have been loathed are now as important as the ones who are loved. As pointed out by GK earlier this week in an article 2moro is vital, a performance and result could well set us up for the rest of the campaign.
iceman10
I agree with Jaelle - the home crowd need to step up too. We've seen some signs of improvement in the support, evidently against Hull. I hope the trend will continue cos every single little factor counts now - together with injuries, negotiating that fine line between grabbing a chance or not, minimising mistakes, ref decisions, etc. If we continue the good run against Man City, we have a great chance of achieving something!
GoonerLou
I agree with Jaelle - the home crowd need to step up too. We've seen some signs of improvement in the support, evidently against Hull. I hope the trend will continue cos every single little factor counts now - together with injuries, negotiating that fine line between grabbing a chance or not, minimising mistakes, ref decisions, etc. If we continue the good run against Man City, we have a great chance of achieving something!
GoonerLou
I tell you one thing lads, if we win against man city then I think the third or possible 2 place could be a realistic goal. We win tomorrow and 1 our impressive run would not have been halted as often happens when we have internationals 2 we have Theo Ade and Fab back plus RVP Nicky and Eduardo in 5 to 10 days plus Rosicky shortly after and that my friends sets us up nicely.
Armory
I tell you one thing lads, if we win against man city then I think the third or possible 2 place could be a realistic goal. We win tomorrow and 1 our impressive run would not have been halted as often happens when we have internationals 2 we have Theo Ade and Fab back plus RVP Nicky and Eduardo in 5 to 10 days plus Rosicky shortly after and that my friends sets us up nicely.
Armory
Bendtner`s performances and finishing away from home offers circumstantial proof that the home crowd are a millstone for him, so was it the Burnleys home crowd who undermined his confidence when he had all thoses chances in the Carling Cup?
fran merida
Bendtner`s performances and finishing away from home offers circumstantial proof that the home crowd are a millstone for him, so was it the Burnleys home crowd who undermined his confidence when he had all thoses chances in the Carling Cup?
fran merida
One swallow does not a summer make. The funny thing about that game Fran was that Vela was just as culpable with missed chances but nobody ever talks about that. Just Bendtner. Very revealing.
Little Dutch
One swallow does not a summer make. The funny thing about that game Fran was that Vela was just as culpable with missed chances but nobody ever talks about that. Just Bendtner. Very revealing.
Little Dutch
Oh fabby boy , oh fabby boy , he get knocked down, but he get up again, you never gonna keep him down!
Gooner SA
Oh fabby boy , oh fabby boy , he get knocked down, but he get up again, you never gonna keep him down!
Gooner SA
Almunia Sagna Gallas Toure Clichy Fabregas Denilson Song Walcott Adebayor Arshavin Ramsey Silvestre Djourou Fabianski Eboue Bendtner Gibbs
Tom14
Almunia Sagna Gallas Toure Clichy Fabregas Denilson Song Walcott Adebayor Arshavin Ramsey Silvestre Djourou Fabianski Eboue Bendtner Gibbs
Tom14
Well, well, well, look who's back!
deledudu
Well, well, well, look who's back!
deledudu
Well lads we need a favour from u this weak , i hope you thrash city . you owe us a favour considering we beat both chelsea and villa.
Yid_from_India
Well lads we need a favour from u this weak , i hope you thrash city . you owe us a favour considering we beat both chelsea and villa.
Yid_from_India
that was one heck of a game... by the way you cannot replace 'FABREGAS'. period.
KnightOfARSENAL
that was one heck of a game... by the way you cannot replace 'FABREGAS'. period.
KnightOfARSENAL
It sure was KOA, we're back with a win after international break. Now lets hope manu do us a favor tomorrow and we go 5 or 6 points ahead of villa and who knows maby Fulham will take points off liverpool! now would'nt that make things a bit more interesting.
Armory
It sure was KOA, we're back with a win after international break. Now lets hope manu do us a favor tomorrow and we go 5 or 6 points ahead of villa and who knows maby Fulham will take points off liverpool! now would'nt that make things a bit more interesting.
Armory
Great to see Eboue with some confidence and positivity when he came on. Alex Song again showing his tremendous improvement, both defensively and offensively, that lovely little one-to with Arsh, of course. and, obviously, isn't it just bloody brilliant to have Cesc back. What a ball that was! I'm really phyched for Teusday now, the away leg is definately going to be the most important.
ArsenalRob
Great to see Eboue with some confidence and positivity when he came on. Alex Song again showing his tremendous improvement, both defensively and offensively, that lovely little one-to with Arsh, of course. and, obviously, isn't it just bloody brilliant to have Cesc back. What a ball that was! I'm really phyched for Teusday now, the away leg is definately going to be the most important.
ArsenalRob
i knew you would mention vela,but you have to look at it in the context of the game,when Vela had his chance there was considerably more pressure on him to score,which was created by bendtners inability to bury his chances when he was under very little pressure,and the proof that vela is more clinical is there when you see what he did in his next big game in the FA cup
fran merida
i knew you would mention vela,but you have to look at it in the context of the game,when Vela had his chance there was considerably more pressure on him to score,which was created by bendtners inability to bury his chances when he was under very little pressure,and the proof that vela is more clinical is there when you see what he did in his next big game in the FA cup
fran merida
 

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