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Arsenal 1 Chelsea 4

Games against Chelsea are always something of an occasion given the amount of Chelsea fans I know. As always this dictated an early meet at the pub followed by an appetising lunch at the Olive Tree, a lovely Cypriot restaurant on Blackstock Road. The artichoke hearts and plate full of Kalamari were to be the high point of my day. Both sides were on the end of midweek disappointments of a different scale. Chelsea were scorned in midweek and unrepentant about their typically mendacious behaviour in midweek. Arsenal meanwhile, were consummately outplayed and disposed of by a rampant United. The particulars of this game rested very much on who reacted better to their disappointment.

The Gunners started with the bit between their teeth, despite again starting with a 4-5-1 formation that stunk of a manager again admitting his midfield was not robust enough. After less than thirty seconds, Fabregas played a cute ball in behind Ashley Cole, Walcott beat his man to the ball in a threatening position, but could only smuggle the ball wide. It was the first of many times that Walcott took up threatening positions only to be let down by a lack of sangfroid in the box. It was again Walcott predominantly involved when a 1-2 with Nasri coaxed some space for Theo in the area, but Cech easily saved Walcott's effort at the front post. Walcott was to have Arsenal's third chance too, Diaby, for perhaps the only time in the game he didn't demonstrate his oft repeated trick of lingering in possession for a yawning eternity, cut the ball back to Walcott from the left flank, but Walcott lashed his finish well wide when a hint of composure would have seen him at least test Cech.

Chelsea were largely pinned back but did forge a decent opportunity when Cole, given free reign by Walcott and the very disappointing Sagna to forray down Chelsea's left all afternoon, latched onto Drogba's pass and cut the ball back for Malouda, but his shot was blocked by Gibbs. The Gunners best chance arrived straight after, Nasri's free kick was deflected up into the air, Diaby took the ball down in the box and Alex Song turned and lashed the ball wide from close range with the goal gaping. It was pretty much Song's only contribution of note in what was a desperately indifferent display from a man who has only just won a place in the team. Arsenal's lack of efficiency was well and truly punished. Drogba once again somersaulted under a non existent challenge from Fabregas, Dowd showed himself to be one of the thickest men on the planet by falling for it. I hope he doesn't try to buy a second hand car anytime soon. Cesc called the dive and was amazingly booked for doing so, there is no rule that codifies that mimicking a dive action is a yellow card. Dowd consistently showed a lack of understanding of the laws, which is quite amazing for a man appointed to uphold and protect them. For instance, Malouda went down as if shot in the second half, Dowd motioned the physios on, at which point Malouda decided his flesh wound was treatable with mere oxygen. Dowd did not make Malouda leave the field despite the presence ofthe physio, a very basic rule and Dowd did not know it. Inexcusable.

What was scarsely more excusable was the defending from the resulting free kick. Drogba floated in a sweet delivery, the Arsenal defence did not quite cotton onto the fact that the six foot four inches centre half Alex might possibly, maybe a target and left him unmarked to head the ball in off the underside of the crossbar. Toure and Silvestre between them are very experienced centre halves, but both are wholly incapable of organising a defence. From there Arsenal showed an enormous character defect and contrived to completely surrender. Abject surrender is always punished by an outfit as ruthless as Chelsea and when Nicolas Anelka was invited to walk through the Arsenal midfield without challenge, the inevitable consequence was a long range daisy cutter which beat Fabianksi when it really should not have done. A shot from that range should really be spectacular to beat a top class goalie, it was an average strike that just happened to be on target. From there on in, I counted about three Arsenal tackles for the rest of the afternoon.

Come the beginning of the second half, the game was clearly gone but the crowd craved a reaction of sorts. The team had been comprehensively written off as lightweight by the media and by a section of Arsenal support. We wanted a sign from these pampered and well paid individuals that they belong at this great football club, that they belong on the big stage and have the desire and ability to rub shoulders with the likes of Chelsea. The auspices of the manager has been a persistent theme all season long, we wanted the players to add the slightest gravitas to the manager's honeyed words of promise. The experienced players such as Toure, van Persie, Sagna can be incredibly embarrassed with what they produced, which was apathy and indifference. I dread to think of the irascible reception Bendtner would have received from the Emirates crowd had he shown the appalling effort van Persie put in this afternoon. Toure played with his chin on his chest, Song looked longed for the beach, Sagna too, Fabregas and Nasri could not and would not turn the tide and Diaby was just laughably inept in just about everything he did. We wanted a sign of defiance and all we got was indifference. Though not the same calibre of opponent, when Arsenal sides of the past have been on the end of disappointment, these dead rubber end of season games have been used as an opportunity to lay a marker down. The 7-0 demolition of Everton in 2005, the 6-1 mauling of Southampton in 2003, signs of intent from a team determined to make a statement. What we got in the second half today was a characterless, pathetic meandering.

It wasn't long before Chelsea were 3-0 up, again Ashley Cole was given free reign to maraud down the left from Lampard's pass, his low cross was fumbled comically into his own net by Toure, another sign that Kolo has the composure of a spotty teenager enjoying his first fumble in the bushes. '3-0 down, it's time to go home' chanted the away fans in mocking of the spoiled walkaways from Tuesday evening. Bendtner was introduced from the bench before Adebayor. I think that reveals a lot about where the Togolese striker's future lays next year. Bendtner showed us some long yearned for guts and belief, attacking with intent, closing down defenders, playing with some fucking gutsand belief. He roused the entire team briefly, possibly more out of shame than anything. Players three times more talented than Bendtner in our side were being well and truly shown up by the young, trouser troubled Dane. He helped himself to a deserved goal when Nasri teed up Sagna for a right wing cross, Bendtner attacked with purpose and belief and outleapt Terry to reduce the defecit. Most Arsenal players looked on with their thumbs up their arses, but Bendtner grabbed the ball from the back of the net and urged his team on. Ashow of guts in a sea of gutless wonders. Worth mentioning that Bendtner has as many goals from open play this season as Robin van Persie. Think on that one for a minute.

Arsenal briefly flickered, van Persie headed Bendtner's cross straight at Cech and Bendtner again attacked another looping Sagna cross but the requisite power was not on the balland he could only head straight at the keeper. Adebayor finally came on as Arsene seemed to tweak that playing one upfront at home when two goals down is not a particularly clever idea. Adebayor was loudly booed as he entered, his car was also vandalised by Arsenal fans on the Holloway Road this week. I very much doubt we'll seemuch more of this man in an Arsenal shirt, Wenger's response to Ade's assertion that the teamhad gone backwards this week was given short shrift. Ade's only contribution was to embarrassingly dive for two penalties, both of which Dowd correctly waved away. This man simply does not get this football club one bit and he won't be a part of it much longer, of that you can be sure. I've been vocal to my opposition to the boo boys many times this year but I did not raise an eyebrow when Ade was booed. Perhaps it is about time that supporters let certain individuals know that solicitious characters such as this won't be tolerated.

Chelsea killed the brief Arsenal flurry with a fourth goal. Lampard was given time and space to pickout Malouda in the box,he shot unchallenged against the legs of Fabianski, Anelka latched onto the follow up unchallenged and lashed against the post, but Malouda was unchallenged to knock in another rebound. Three shots in a row in our penalty area, spot the word that appears most in that last sentence. Piss poor really. The final whistle came as merciful relief as the away fans lived up their victory. Arsenal did little to remove the suspicion that they just do not have the nous, the quality or the mentality to cope with opponents of this callibre. The leadership issue will rear its head again, Gallas was sacrificed at the altar of a great deal of supporter frustration but it's becoming clearer just how impossible his job as captain actually was. Arsenal had an awful lot to prove today, to supporters and detractors alike, to show the defeat to United was a one off and that maybe, after a few seasons of losing the big games, that this team could provide us hope that the same mistakes won't be repeated next year. They routinely failed to show character after starting the game so brightly, they just didn't have the intelligence to react to the setback. In the second half it was purely and simply a lack of bollocks, Bendtner looked like the only player with any determination and that is pitiful. Chelsea did not have to play particularly well and yet beat us resoundingly. At 3-0 down at home Arsenal were still playing with one striker. After a miserable week, the players owed it to themselves to prove they were not the lightweights everyone attests that they are, they also had a responsibility to show the paying punters that they were willing to graft for this football club. Today, Arsenal were neither willing nor able. That's really very sad indeed.LD.

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Date:Sunday May 10 2009

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walcott cant finish AT ALL. could of had a hattrick
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10/05/2009 22:27:00

Great write-up - trouser troubled Dane, haha!
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10/05/2009 22:30:00

The truth about Bendtner is that his belt got taken away from him when he was going through the metal detector at the club. As he exited the club the loose trousers he was wearing slipped off. Could happen to erm, anyone. To be fair, Adebayor did do a bit more running today than usual but the dive ruined any credibility for the rest of his performance. I was embarassed to watch it on MOTD2.
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11/05/2009 00:17:00

ok i give up
fran merida
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11/05/2009 00:20:00

Match of the Day showed the clear foul by Fabricate on Drogba. The booking was right as he continues to make up stories about the fouls he knows he's made (hence Fabricate). MotD didn't show the risible hack that should have seen him go off in the second half. Lucky to stay on. They did show Adebayor's hilarious dive in the 2nd half, from which he escaped the booking that the laws demand - funny you didn't mention that in your pontificating about ref decisions. No yellow for Ade and no 2nd yellow for Fabricate means you were let off light by a referee you laughably claim was against you. This is the legacy of those reserves who won their league a few years back - played off the park and grimly hanging on to a CL place. When the current reserves graduate you'll be lucky to be in the top half of the table and more likely challenging for relegation. The ground had 100s of empty seats at the start, emptied further as the 1st goal went in, torrents left when the second went in, maybe 10,000 missing when the 3rd went in and there were more seats than supporters when the 4th went in. This is the kind of loyalty Arsene engenders for his project you all preofess to support. Better be brave because it's going to get a lot worse, just as I told you last week. This is the high point, not the low point. For crying out loud, the football was crap and naive and gutless and just downright boring. You have nothing to play for now and only embarassment coming next season. Here's hoping Arsene stays, because he has absolutely no idea how football should be played. Chelsea fans were proud of their team today and certainly last week. Any claims for pride from Arsenal fans are flat contradicted by the swathes of empty seats. Like Newcastle, Arsenal would actually benefit from relegation. (actually, Newcaste wouldn't benefit - it's just their level).
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11/05/2009 00:23:00

Yes i can understand Chelsea fans being proud of their team last week. How could anyone not be proud of a player jumping up and down like a monkey infront of the camera in outrage when moments before he was rolling on the floor, asking to be subbed and helped off the pitch. He then threaten the referee to follow Ballacks earlier assault on the ref, pride must be oozing. You make out our fans are unloyal, yet your fans have trebled since 2004/5 when Abramovich arived and you still cant sell out your stadium. You then claim our football is boring when your team parked 2 double decker buses infront of your goal in the CL semis and started hacking anything that moved. I never laughed so hard when Iniestas goal went in because you got exactly what scum like you deserve. Nothing
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11/05/2009 00:33:00

Chelsea deserve nothing? No shock, but you're clearly confused. We're the better side, plain and simple. Not only were you gutless and badly outplayed today, you've been gutless and badly outplayed when it's mattered for the majority of the season. You can hate Chelsea all you want; trust me, we find it amusing. But it doesn't change the reality that your players aren't good enough to compete against the very best, and what's worse, they seem to think they can. Blame Arsene, for one, or just continue deluding yourself by saying we cheated or whatever. When Fabregas finally can't stand it anymore you'll be in real trouble. Laugh about Iniesta all you want. You'll need a few laughs where you're headed.
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11/05/2009 01:29:00

No one said you wernt the better side. If you read posts, you would realise it was a response to the above and nothing more. You can say badly outplayed, but first half hour it was all us and it was the difference in finishing on the day. We had more chances but didnt take them. There was a lot of gutless players on the pitch you are right and hopefuly wenger will weed out the cr*p for next season. I dont Hate, its a waste of energy. At the end of the day i can honestly say, given the choice of supporting Arsenal or Chelsea.. Blue is not the colour..
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11/05/2009 01:40:00

No question Drogba is a cheating douchebag, but he's also a very talented goalscorer. Too bad Adebayor has chosen to emulate the diving part whilst leaving out the scoring bit.
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11/05/2009 02:11:00

Scoreline never reflected the game but at this stage, you HAVE to make your chances count!
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11/05/2009 02:13:00

Paul, you act as if your decision to choose Arsenal over Chelsea is a rational one. It's so simple it's almost endearing. Almost. And if you really feel like arguing semantics maybe I should've written "badly outscored" as supposed to "badly outplayed." Would that have been better? Yeesh, man. When will proponents of Arsenal's "creative" footy acknowledge the very contradiction we saw today? It isn't creative if you don't create! Or maybe I'm thinking too economically? We created four goals; you got one, and we're the less creative? Oh, please. I'll give you this: you were better at creating non-goals. How 'bout that, then?
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11/05/2009 04:16:00

Great Article Tim, You are so right, we lack desire, we lack a commanding Captain who can gee the other players up. We so need to go back to 4-4-2, Arsenal Board need to sort themselves out, and bring in a Number 2 who will help Arsene manage this team. A Number 2 that will say "NO" to Arsene sometimes, if we as fans can see that playing players out of position is Wrong, when leaving out a player the opposition fear is Wrong! Then surely a Strong Number 2 would be able to see these Mistaken a Challenge Arsene into putting them RIGHT. We have got to sell Adebayor as One good season does not make a Legend!
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11/05/2009 06:08:00

You are arguing semantics RadioactiveD. You are right it would have been more accurate not to claim that we were 'badly outplayed'. We created opportunities to score but didn't take them. That isn't an argument against creative play it's one against poor finishing and decision making. You play percentage football - and you have enough extremely efficient players for the percentages to often go your way. It has its reward at times and not at others as you will have seen this season. I don't begrudge you your win, you went about your job very efficiently, and were better than us in key parts of your game but you should be happy that the percentages went your way rather than claiming some creative merit in the fact that you scored 4 goals.
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11/05/2009 08:28:00

were *****ed next season unless something drastically changes, it looked like half of them didn't even want to be there, the only ones seen making any effort were walcott and bendtner, disgusted to be honest and to top it off we will probably give united the three points they need to win the league oh joy! Great article btw
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11/05/2009 08:52:00

Nicely put Amos! I am completely baffled by the result yesterday, in the opening 30 minutes I was convinced we were going to give Chelsea a bit of a pasting, we were bright, we pressed them, didn't give them time on the ball, and were dangerous ...... yet we lose 4-1? I don't get it, I just don't get it. A special mention to Kieran Gibbs who stepped up and performed admirably after his slip in midweek, he didn't hide and showed great character.
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11/05/2009 09:05:00

Ah, Chelsea fans show the class that is associated with their club as ever. Squiddy, try reading the whole thing next time numbnuts, because you missed a very key sentence that highlights your post for the classless bull***** it is; "Ade's only contribution was to embarrassingly dive for two penalties, both of which Dowd correctly waved away." I did not claim the ref was against us at all you complete moron, I said he was crap, which he was, but he wasn't biased. Chelsea's players and officials make them an incredibly difficult club to like, but their supporters also are largely sovereign clad, knuckle dragging idiots. Your lying assertion about people leaving at 1-0 and 2-0 is exposed for the folly it is by the fact that your fans were singing, "we're surpsied that you're still here" at 3-0. Quite simply squiddy, you're a bit of an idiot, nowhere did I claim in the report that we were anything other than outplayed and deservedly beaten, so take your head out of your arse. Paul made some sensible comments and the classless Chavs try and turn it into something incendiary, typical Chav behaviour, try and turn the most innocuous comment into a fight. I bet you're the kind of burberry clad knobhead who starts on teenagers on the bus for "looking at me all funny."
Little Dutch
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11/05/2009 09:12:00

No need to rise to this classless Kings Rd ponse. This morning i'm thinking more n more on Wenger's interview yesterday after the game about there 'being only 2 trophies' (PL/CL) and getting more and more annoyed with him, so the FA Cup doesn't count to all those that have travelled thousands of miles up n down the country etc etc, i'll expect FA cup games at home next year not to take any credits of our ST then as they 'don't count' - he can say all this deluded buls***** but where's our chance of a riposte? When someone dared mention it at the AGM he had a pop at our support! Wenger - stop making out like you can see something that no other football supporter in the world can see, your standards have slipped dramatically and we're only judging you on the high standards you yourself have created.
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11/05/2009 10:00:00

Here here LD!!!!! Still laughing from reading that last comment! You sir are a very talented wordsmith!!!!!!!!!
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11/05/2009 11:29:00

LD your put down of that celsky fan made my day, if only I was that good in English. Now to join in on the debate about our number two, when will people understand that Rice does not pick the team our decide on the tactics, getting a new coach will NOT change anything. Wenger selects the team and sets down the tactics regardless who is at his side, how long do you think he stay if the board puts somebody there to question his tactics and selection. If you want to change something then give him the funds he needs. I don't belive he has had those funds over the years every one is talking about, not only will he have to pay the fees but also pay the wages and our wage bill is to hige at the moment.
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11/05/2009 12:10:00

Bendtner should be first choice next season. The guy could become a legend.
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11/05/2009 12:31:00

Thats teeling him LD! Its bad enough getting the kind of pasting we have in the past few days, reading moronic posts from deluded Chavs makes it worse. Yes, I know, we've won nothing, but can anyone of these dimwits jog my memory and tell me what their team has won with the crazy steroidal amount of money they've spent over the last few years.
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11/05/2009 13:28:00

Yeah Tom, an Arse legend who is a one trick pony? Laughable.
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11/05/2009 13:30:00

Fabregas should've been sent off for that second challenge. Why did you not mention that? And Drogba was so clearly caught for Fabregas's first booking. The only reason you may not have seen that fully was if you were in the stadium.
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11/05/2009 13:31:00

It seems that rapier like retort shut the smug chav up LOL. I think the obvious problems have existed for about 3 seasons now and the solutions are pretty obvious to. We are not broke and have plenty of money for players as well as very sellable players who could fetch a decent price on the transfer market without their sale adversely affecting the team/squad. Adebayor/Diaby/Rosicky need to go ASAP. RVP has had his best EVER season for us yet scored only 17 goals, that is not good enough and needs improving. Kolo is no better than a squad player these days with his weight and mistakes ballooning, his brand of last ditch suicidal defending just won't cut it unless he has someone with brains playing alongside him. We have to think ruthless as well, if Eduardo comes back next season and suffers from these niggling injuries constantly then we don't want players like that clogging up our team, that is an IF by the way before the ill educated masses start having a go. Sylvestre must be dumped immediately, he no longer has the pace or physical presence to warrant a place at Arsenal and never did. Denilson and Song have shown remarkable improvement this season, Bendtner also and I would consider making him the spearhead of our attack with Arshavin playing just off of him. Wenger must stop pi**ing around with players in the wrong positions. Nasri isn't a CM, Diaby isn't a LW etc etc We cannot blame injuries as this has gone on for too long, if you are constantly injured you should be up for sale or discounted from the squad altogether. Wenger now KNOWS the problems we face and the (to me anyway) obvious solutions (he finds the players, obviously, but we can all see what we need) we have money and time now to do something about it. If this is not rectified over the summer and results improve in the crunch games then the people calling for Wengers head will surely be justified and cannot be slapped down with the "Arsene knows" stick that is so often over used.
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11/05/2009 13:35:00

I was in the stadium, I was right behind it, I've seen it back since, Drogba dived. It's amazing, I've seen this guy bulldoze our defence on about a hundred occasions over the last four years, yet a football boot half a yard away from his heel sends him flying.
Little Dutch
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11/05/2009 13:36:00

Okay, maybe he overacted the fall? But there was contact, LD.
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11/05/2009 13:37:00

Were was the contact JT_daniel? over the phone or by post?
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11/05/2009 13:47:00

"Yeah Tom, an Arse legend who is a one trick pony? Laughable." JT_daniel You really are a classless, immature boy aren't you sunshine? Considering there are some great posters on the Chelsea site you do them little credit with your pathetic and misguided attempts to wind people up. Bendtner is a one trick pony? Hmmm at the age of 21 and scorer of 16 goals in his first full on proper season I would suggest that only a team as wealthy as Chelsea can afford to ignore talent from their youth teams with a record as good as that. How well have Anelka at £15 million and Drogba at £22 million done in the goals scored this season compared to Bendtner? Now once you have digested those facts and realised what a plum you have made yourself look like you can run along and leave this thread to the grown up supporters.
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11/05/2009 13:49:00

Toure smashed Malouda down on the sideline and got the ball - all is forgiven
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11/05/2009 14:17:00

"Toure smashed Malouda down on the sideline and got the ball - all is forgiven" bootoo Shame he was nowhere for any of the goals LOL
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11/05/2009 15:16:00

London Gooner - I thought that was how the team gets selected? if Diaby isnt selected because he knocked out john terry then why is he? i didnt think football had anything to do with it...
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11/05/2009 16:02:00

DROGBA DIVED, THAT WAS VERY OBVIOUS TO ANYONE WATCHING THE GAME! I can't believe these classless hypocrite chavs coming over here and attacking our players for supposedly cheating and fouling -- DO YOU EVEN WATCH YOUR OWN CLASSLESS PLAYERS??? F---ing hypocrites. Excellent write-up, LD, agree with every single word. And Ade dived twice, obviously learning from Drogba -- I want him gone from our club ASAP!
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11/05/2009 16:02:00

Even if Cesc did make contact, Drogba theatrically threw himself to the floor in order to get the decision. I think that is undeniable even for Chelsea fans. But in fairness, just through observation everyone can see that this is a tactic used more and more in professional football. So long as referees fall for it, the diving will continue, and not just for free kicks either. If you watch Drogba in any of Chelsea’s games, he will frequently fall over at the merest touch to take the momentum out of the opposition’s attacks. If I was really cynical, it almost seems like players will feign injury and obligate the opposition to put the ball out so that the player can get attention, only to “return” the ball into an area of disadvantage for the opposition. It’s a great way of relieving pressure. But this is probably my over-active imagination and I’ve completely misread the situation, no team would ever do that.
Sir Henry
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11/05/2009 17:21:00

You should take a look at this. It explains everything that is wrong with our team from the ease with which Nasri gets turned to the hesitant central defending by Silvestre and finally the less than great goalkeeping. Teams can just get to our back four way to easily -
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11/05/2009 17:33:00

mendacious behaviour - all learned from the Thierry Henry handbook :-)
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11/05/2009 19:14:00

Armory do you really believe our wage bills is that high compared to MU and Chelsea? My guess is it's nowhere near. Don't believe the Deloitte crap. Look at our team. Top earners would be Cesc Gallas Ade and Arshavin, all probably on £70-80k+ per week on average. At MU you'd probably count Ronaldo, Rooney, Rio, Tevez, Berbatov, Giggs, Scholes, Gary Neville, Carrick, Hargreaves, Evra on £70-80k+ on average and they have a lot of players around the £50k mark Fletcher Oshea etc... AT Chelsea similar Story Cashley, Drogba, Terry, lampard, essien, Malouda, Carvalho, Deco, Ballack are all probably over £90k. I can do the maths but i really don't see how we could rival these guys with our wage bill. At Arsenal, except the top 4 guys, I don't think there are many over £40K, maybe Clichy, RVP etc.. also younger kids like Gibbs, fabianski, ramsey, bendtner, are not on that much.. We cant expect such a cheap squad to take on and beat Ronaldo, ballack and Co, and yet we have the costliest season ticket in the land, we certainly compete on that front. The other thing is the gap between earners does not create competition, the chap on the big salary Ade or Cesc for example has no pressure to perform as he knows the other guy Bendtner or Ramsey is not quite there yet. My conclusion is similar to LD's viewpoint: 3rd-4th place in the league, FA cup-carling semis, CL quarters is our level.
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11/05/2009 19:19:00

correction: Maybe Chelsea have the costliest season ticket in the land but we are not far off.
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11/05/2009 19:21:00

The precise intracacies of our wage distribution is a closely guarded secret, but it is known Wenger prefers a model whereby the largest earner and the smallest are pretty close together, there are pitfalls and advantages, but obviously one of the pitfalls is that if we want to give Cesc the sort ofsalary he is in a position to command, we then have to reward the likes of Diaby to tip the balance. In terms of our season tickets, there is a great deal of mis reportage here, Arsenal include seven cup ties on their season tickets, making it a total f 26 games you pay for, Chelsea's highest face value price is ever so slightly below ours, but a Chelsea fan gets 19 games for that price, plus there isn't a great deal of spreading of price brackets at the Bodge. All of the prices are high, whereas we will have areas of the ground that are quite cheap. United have the very controversial compulsory cup ticket scheme which is appalling and an indication of how board/ fan relations have deteriorated massivelysince the Glazers took over. Fortunately for the Glazers, the vast majority of United fans in the globe don't go to games so those who do and are abused by the current administration are drowned out amidst the voices.
Little Dutch
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11/05/2009 20:12:00

Gael Force, its tough not to believe the Deloitte numbers when these are published by each club, and represent audited numbers. Now, I'm sure there is some degree of 'creative' accounting, but nothing which will significantly alter reported wage numbers.
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11/05/2009 21:07:00

Good report LD. Sums up all the problems that we face. I believe that Wenger sees the same problems that we do, but he differs on the solutions. He commented as such at the end last season. He claimed the defensive frailties could be solved with coaching - that hasnt happened. I could go on and on about our flaws, but basically, we are at the same place that we were last season, with NO improvements, and showing the same weaknesses. That, to me, is not acceptable. Show me some progress! Thats all I ask for. He goes on again to say that this squad should be kept together - thats ok, as long as he can improve the mental toughness of a bunch of big game bottlers! How can he best achieve this is the question.
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11/05/2009 21:10:00

Got to get rid of the cancer players, Bendtner & Eboue sooner rather than later!
Orange Quadrant
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11/05/2009 21:31:00

after looking at anelkas goal i cant really blame fabianski it had a wicked curve on it...I feel adebayor has been riding on his goal vs the yellow submarine hasnt really made much effort since. walcott still needs time i wish eduardo is fully fit next season he is the best finisher we have and more time for carlos vela. chelsea did well especially after being robbed like they were by the ref...last year it was us in 2 games this for didier drogba he is the biggest sissy of man makes me ashamed to be african if i had the powers i would strip him of his pubic hair he doesnt deserve it.
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11/05/2009 23:25:00

LondonGooner, of all the goals I have seen, Bendtner has scored ALL with his head. I saw ONE superb goal in which he put the ball in the far corner with his foot, and that's about it. That's the one trick I was talking about. I disagreed with Tom's point so I stated mine. Is that an attempt to wind you up? Pathetic. Now if you've stopped creaming your pants on how to insult me more, I think you'll see my point.
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12/05/2009 04:53:00

JT your a wind up merchant and not very good at it...YOU were screaming blue murder at the Spurs fans giving your board grief after the Barca match at the Bridge. So take a leaf out of your own book and run along now eh?
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12/05/2009 08:39:00

JT_Daniel, of Bendtner's 15 goals this season, three have been scored with his head (Newcastle, Portsmouth and Chelsea- all incidentally in the last six weeks), 9 have been scored with his right foot and 3 with his left foot.
Little Dutch
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12/05/2009 09:12:00

JT - now you've yourself look a total fool, jog on.
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12/05/2009 09:33:00

JT_Daniel - Hey why let facts get in the way of a crap statement eh? LD, punctual as usual lol
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12/05/2009 11:00:00

Okay, I was wrong. Hey, everyone makes mistakes. I'm sorry. You fellas are not low scum like spuds and I was a little wrong to rile you up. Peace, okay?
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12/05/2009 12:12:00

Did you remember all that stats, LD? Wow.
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12/05/2009 12:15:00

You fellas are not low scum like spuds - need?
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12/05/2009 14:44:00

Tom14, you a spuds fan?
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12/05/2009 16:26:00

No, are you an anti-spuds fan?
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12/05/2009 17:41:00

I read above that we are basically in the same place as we were last season....wrong !!!...very wrong...last season we outscored Liverpool and Chelsea...if we are to do that again someone better get their shooting boots on. We finished above Liverpool and only four points behind ManUtd. It looks like we could finish TWENTY points below ManUtd.....Somehow that doesn't appear to me like we are in the same place...the table doesn't lie....
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12/05/2009 18:38:00

lol basically, yeah. Guys like Yiddo-Lee, 123spuds etc are a testament to my hatred.
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13/05/2009 07:20:00

What ever happens you'll definitely do it next year !!!!! LLLOOOLLL
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13/05/2009 17:49:00

We can't use that phrase YidEdy, it has been copywrited by Spurs fans about 20 years ago and used ever since. Generally in association with "top 4, blah, blah" "CL next year, yadda yadda" "It's our time now" (yawn) The funniest thing of all, it's done with a straight face, how do you guys manage that?
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