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Titi Not Bothered About Performances

Titi Not Bothered About Performances

Thierry Henry says he couldn't care less if Arsenal don't play long as they keep getting points.

Arsenal have had to get scrappy a few times this season in order to get anything from games, and it's paid off.

It may not be the Arsenal way but when so many youngsters are coming through sometimes the senior players have to roll thier sleves up, pick the youngstes up and take the game by the scruff of the neck.

Arsenal came from behind for the 11th time at home this season to beat Wigan 2-1 thanks to 2 late goals. One siz (Fitz Hall)put the ball in the back of his own net on 82 minutes before Tomas Rosicky was nearly decapitated in the process of heading home Baptista's poweful cross on 85 minutes.

But the Arsenal captain doesn't care: "Once again we came back into the game with desire, passion and commitment.

"We`ve got hammered sometimes for playing good football and not winning games. At the moment we are coming back into games when maybe we are not playing the best that we can play but who cares? We are getting points.

"Trust me, we are not going 1-0 down on purpose and I am sure there were people who thought this was the day [we`d lose at The Grove].

"We were joking about it at the end, saying we have to stop being 1-0 down. Like at Middlesbrough, we went up a gear when we had been 1-0 down and only playing with 10 men.

"But somehow we always manage to get back into it and that`s why I feel this team is growing. Two years ago I remember being behind against some teams and we did not find the resources to come back."

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Monday February 12 2007
Time: 1:58PM


I think it was obvious by his performance that he is n't bothered about performances.
12/02/2007 14:15:00
hatespur - have to agree, he needs his spark back, thought he had found it after his winter rest but seems to have dwindled
12/02/2007 14:48:00
I'm not sure what it is. I never mind players having a bad game if they look like they are trying, but when Tel doesn't chase balls and put his foot in he is leaving himself open to critisism.
12/02/2007 14:58:00
I agree with his point...with this team playing two games a week for God knows how long, being in four competitions and being decimated once again by injuries, I don't really care how we get our results at the moment. I've noticed that we've been playing the long ball game a lot more in the last couple games (played it quite a bit against Man U as well), and unlike before it seems to be a little more effective now. Nothing wrong with a healthy mix of beauty and ugly ball...something we're gonna need in two days, even with the new pitch they installed at the Reebok.
12/02/2007 15:01:00
Thing is right, noone but Henry knows his limitations, would you rather we came out like the clappers for the first half hour (a la Sp*rs in the CC) like the ending of a Benny Hill episode, only to tire in the final half hour? and invite teams onto us, Henry has been a pro a hell of a long time and knows that you have to pace yourself over the ninety, therefore some of the 50/50 balls he will use judgement on and decide to wait for a better opportunity like a 70/30 in which to deploy his energy reserves, yeah its frustrating for us as fans but if that enegy thats been checked is used to sprint and bang in an 85th then so be it I'm not making excuses but if he ran round like a schoolkid then knackered himself for the last stretch critics would appear saying hes past it and too old.
12/02/2007 15:17:00
Quite right Thierry. The result is everything!
12/02/2007 15:17:00
yes sir mr. nik. I agree in full. I think this is where the criticism of his allegedly slack performance should end. We got three points with him being 'lazy'? Great.
12/02/2007 15:32:00
Speaking of performances...anyone watch man utd vs charlton? supposedly Song played really well. To quote Padrew: "While Alexandre is not our player he has come into the fold and his spirit fitted in with all the other lads, which bodes well for the future. He probably won't like me saying this being an Arsenal man, but he could have worn a Manchester United shirt at Old Trafford and not looked out of place." Maybe there might be a future at Arsenal for him after all if he continues performing at that level.
12/02/2007 15:33:00
I'm not sure exactly what it is. I would suggest a few possibilities. 1) He's still suffering from an exhaustingly long season 2) He's no longer able to make as many runs as he did when he was 26 3) He looks like he's put on some weight 4) We have a very heavy fixture list coming up, and he's saving himself somewhat 5) He doesn't have quite the pace he once did, thus is having more difficulty making runs in behind the defence 6) Players aren't spotting him quickly enough, so he doesn't bother making the runs 7) We're playing more long ball on purpose, so he doesn't drop deep as often He wasn't "defending from the front," but he actually made quite a few runs that just didn't come off due to sloppy passes in the build-up. I do care how they play, but considering that we didn't play particularly well and still have several regulars out injured, I'm ecstatic we won. I'm just afraid it's going to catch up to us.
12/02/2007 15:38:00
This is something that we fans have been crying out for a while now - the odd scrappy ugly win. The good thing is that arsene has a pulse on these things and has done something abt it. Plan B is working now. Good point Titi makes that this sort of comeback was more difficult 2 yrs back with a more experienced team. The kids seem to be showing more toughness, all bodes well for the future.
12/02/2007 15:40:00
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