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A Fans View: The Right Thing To Do?

'Rooney, cuts inside, Campbell stood off him for just a second, Campbell sticks a leg out, Rooney goes down, penalty!'
Van Horselrooy steps up . . . and well, the rest is history, the greatest unbeaten run in the history of English football comes to an end at the hands of Manchester United. Why? Quite simply my friends, a dive. The darling of Hansen and Lawrenson, everybody's favourite ogre, does a Greg Louganis (for the record: 'cheats') and we all end up feeling sick as parrots for several . . . aww heck, for the rest of eternity if we are all being honest.

Last night a player I have the utmost admiration for (a player whose career hung by a thread following the most horrific of injuries, but who gritted his teeth and fought back to regain his fitness with over a year's hard work) cheated. Let's not dress it up or explain it away. He cheated. He knew that his touch had been marginally, but crucially too heavy and that a goal scoring opportunity had been lost, so he made it look like the goalkeeper had taken the legs from under him. This fooled the referee, who awarded a penalty, from which the offending player duly profited. Thankfully, we went on to score two further perfectly legitimate (and well tasty) goals, added to that the fact that we had a handsome advantage from the first leg, so I don't think the (fabulous) Celtic fans would have been on their bus home last night thinking 'we was robbed' - they weren't. As a very gracious Tony Mowbray said after both legs of the tie, Arsenal were simply too good for them. We out-passed them, out-ran them, in short, we out-classed them. So there is no point in a bunch of grimey hacks trying to make a case for how 'it all might have been so different', no, the harsh reality for Celtic was that we had way too much for them. The introduction of Arshavin best exemplified the gulf in class between the sides, he was on another planet to them and that is not to say that the players who were on before him were not equally spectacular, with Eboue once again producing the goods to further shame those who booed him last season.

Bearing all of that in mind, it still does not mask the fact that one of our players took a dive last night and that eats away at me like a cancer. We are Arsenal, we hold ourselves up to a higher ethical standard. We conduct ourselves with propriety and are universally known throughout the football world as a classy outfit. Arsene Wenger needs to come out and censure Eduardo because it is the right thing to do. We cannot carp and moan about Rooney if we do not equally recognise our own short comings. I know it is never easy or popular to criticise our own. As I mentioned earlier, Eboue was harshly treated last year by his own 'supporters', and for what? Being temporarily shit? At least he put in an honest day's shift and came back for more. What Eduardo did last night was dishonest and where I certainly do not think we should hang him out to dry, his error of judgement should be noted. He should be fined by the club and that should be the end of it. Wenger came out and said afterwards 'maybe he was trying to avoid injury' - does anyone really believe that? Seriously? The dogs in the street (and down the Lane) know that he took a dive and in the long run it only hurts us if we don't acknowledge it. It takes the sheen off our tremendous victory somewhat and gives our enemies ammunition (that they don't deserve to be given) to hurl at us. We are Arsenal, purveyors of total football, we don't need to cheat to get to the promised land, coz we already have the necessary anyway.
What say you my fellow gooners? Should we simply draw a veil over it like every other time it happens or should we at last make a stand against the type of behaviour that so infuriates us when we are on the receiving end?

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Date:Thursday August 27 2009
Time: 12:12PM


*Ctrl C - Ctrl V* Well done to the lads and quite frankly, I couldn't give a flying ***** that Eduardo dived for his penalty. Finally, the football world is beginning to hate us again, and only the best get hated.

Shirtpulling, holding, tripping, kicking, blocking, shoving VS diving. In my view, defenders always have far more in their arsenal (so to speak) when it comes to blatant cheating. Eduardo did what he did, it was ruthless and we got a goal out of it.

Was it unsavoury? Yes. Is the reaction unjustified? Yes considering it happens in nearly every game at some point on the pitch and to various degrees.

If the powers that be decided to take a stand on it and offer retroactive punishments for ALL types of cheating then thats good news for the game as a whole. But I don't think the media would want to see it as they wouldn't have anything to ***** and moan about in the "analysis" (And I use that word VERY lightly)

But they don't, so it happens, and you take what you get. Should we be held to a higher moral standard because we are The Arsenal? Perhaps, but the invincibles were hardly *****ing angels now were they?
27/08/2009 12:18:00
Let AW speak to Eddy privately and tell him he was ' naughty '. I would take a faked penalty against what happened at Upton Park, all day long. This will even itself out over the season. We will be turned down for a few ' nailed on ' pens, and concede a couple of dodgy ones as well. Let's forget about it and move on. Move on to Old Trafford ! Come on you Gunners.
27/08/2009 12:26:00
"I would take a faked penalty against what happened at Upton park"? That's like saying I would take ice cream instead of a dead baby, there exists no comparison to draw! I wrote the article and I believe that sure cheating or 'gamesmanship' is part of the game, but it is an unacceptable part of the game and if we want the right to bitch and moan when we are the victims of injustice, you must equally hold your hands up when we are the transgressors. You wouldn't expect anything less from your civil justice system, so why should sport be any different? I love Eduardo, I think he has the heart of a lion and I hope he goes on to break our scoring record (which I believe he could), but last night he did something unsporting and I would like us, as a club, to acknowledge that. Simple as.
27/08/2009 12:39:00
total thumbs up - i think this article best sums up how i feel. the incident is pure eating me up, i cant focus at work today !!!!! he dived and cheated and worse thing is it was in a game were we were always going to win !!! the media hates us aas it is so no real surprises to hear the talk shows and papers going on the way they are but it hurts and there is no defence as it was wrong and total unnecessary. i would be astonished if arsenal imposed a ban and they should not have to - the powers that be should have a process where such incidents are reviewed and if f ound guilty a 1 /2 game bane should be imposed
27/08/2009 12:51:00
I am not alone :-) . . . exactly u-man, part of it for me was how unnecessary it was, we were in total control, easy money. I know it was just impulse by our Crozillian, but as a result all the papers are talking about our cheating instead of our brilliance, and that sucks.
27/08/2009 12:54:00
but having read arseblog this morning i think its much more important that these types of tackles and are put under the microscope and even heftier punishments are handed out i.e 10 / 12 game bans
27/08/2009 12:55:00
i am pure raging - i mean, the 2nd goal was awesome but we've not heard anything about it !! good build up, excellent back heel by NB52, diaby did the right thing and nudged it into eboues path and he was as composed as a 30 goal a season striker and placed it into the corner - wenger ball at its best !!!!! but therz been zero mention of this or arshavins well taken goal and all this talk about the dive - so annoying !!!
27/08/2009 12:59:00
'pure-raging' - sounds suspiciously like Glasgow dialect to me ;-)
27/08/2009 13:17:00
If you come from Ireland like I do, you would be more inclined to say Laois dialect. :-)
27/08/2009 13:28:00
Oh please. What a complete and utter overreaction. We won 5-1 we're in pot 1 for the CL draw today and we're off to OT on Saturday. It's a "slapped wrist behind closed doors" matter for AW and Eduardo, no more. Let the Celts boo-hoo about it. Much good may it do the sad, sorry losers to bleat on trying to get little Eduardo banned. It's pathetic. As was said elsewhere, the Invincibles were no angels but they were winners. So were we last night. Sorting out hooliganism and leg-breaking tackles are way more important.
27/08/2009 13:30:00
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