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Wenger: We're Always Wrong

Wenger: We're Always Wrong

Something we have known for many years is that no matter what we do as a team, a club and as fans, people will always pick fault with it.

It's true of any club with real rivals of course, yet when it's your own club it seems that whole lot worse, but I'm 99% sure that the Gunners are vilified for whatever we do, much much more than any other club.

Take for example Eduardo da Silva's (welcome home this week buddy!!) dive against Celtic in the Champions League qualifier at Ashburton Grove. The incident clearly wasn't the first, or worst case of diving in football history, yet calls came out from the entire world for the game to be replayed and Eddie to be banned. The outcry was so strong that FIFA actually bowed to the pressure and banned our striker .... of course the decision was ridiculous and unfair and was over turned.

Our club and manager has come under intense criticism, rather unjustly I feel on countless occasions, from overly orange individuals, baseball capped childish pillocks and just about anyone with an opinion of football.

Well Arsene Wenger has now come out and voiced the opinion that we've held for a long time. We're always wrong.

'No matter what we do, it is wrong, If we get kicked the whole game and do not reply, people say we are too soft.' said Le Boss.

'I don't believe we are too soft. We showed that at Chelsea where we were not dominated physically at all. On the contrary, we dominated that game physically, so we are not too soft.

'I tell my players to play football. I can influence my players with the vision I have of the game, but I cannot influence what people say about us. If you respond every time to the judgement of others you go one day north, the next day south, then east, then west and players don't know where you are going any more.'

And he's right ...... we're too soft, we're too dirty, we're weak defence, we're weak in attack, we don't spend enough money, we spend too much on wages, the list goes on and on.

After comments in the last week from people like Tony Pulis, Chris Coleman, Kris Kamara (I used to love you Kammy) talking about aspects of our club without including any actual facts and relying on red top sounds bites for ammunition against our beloved Gunners, I've come to the conclusion that the only way to survive with our sanity intact is to tune these idiots out.

It might seem like a simple solution, but with the widespread availability of footballing news on the Internet, mobile phone 'apps' (I hate that friggin' word), newspapers, television and so on, it's much easier than it sounds. But I can no longer listen to the opinions of football's has-beens and people who have nothing to do with football other than to offer their deliberately inflammatory views.

There's no sense in arguing with someone whose opinion is formed by widespread misinformation, because as Wenger says, 'we're always wrong'.

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Date:Monday October 18 2010
Time: 9:51AM


In amongst it all there are voices of reason though few and far between and pretty well impossible to find on any mainstream media. The fundamental rule for people like Kamara, Hansen and much of the popular press is that if they slate Arsenal they'll find support amongst the supporters of at least 19 other clubs. Over the last decade Arsenal has been the one club to march to a different tune from most others. It has put the quality of the player in front of his nationality. It has looked to provide a level of entertainment for the prices they charge. It has looked to develop players rather than risk financial jeopardy by spending money it doesn't have. It has managed to build and finance its own stadium. It has championed the apparently novel idea that bad tackles should be punished whichever club commits them. All of these things mark Arsenal out as something different and the rest of the herd will always turn against those that aren't marching in the same direction - until the herd comes to realise that perhaps they were heading in the wrong direction.
18/10/2010 10:07:00
It's all very true Amos - But what astounds me is that apparently very few people can see what we see. It's like they're hatred for Arsenal leaves them blind to the completely frigging obvious and unable to listen to the actual words spoken by Arsene Wenger, opting instead for quotes and claims that have been completely made up by person or persons unknown. Baffling.
18/10/2010 10:16:00
18/10/2010 10:17:00
Spurs fan in peace. I think you guys might be feeling slightly hard done by here... Rather than everyone being against you, I think the reason you are criticised is that you have under-achieved in the past five years. You think, if Arsenal were winning all their games, you really think the press would say you were too dirty or too soft? The job pundits have is analysing football and finding a reason for why football teams are losing and winning. When asked why Arsenal haven't won much for a while, people will have many different opinions. Thats why, if the papers were to be believed, your entire setup is apparently crap. Its not obviously, and for what its worth, I don't think any Spurs fan couldn't grudgingly admire Arsenals devotion to developing talent, the way you play football, and the way the club is run financially.
18/10/2010 10:28:00
When we were winning they said we were too dirty and had no English players. All fans must feel the same about the press I guess? For me the bile they have trotted out this year in particular has been a disgrace considering the amount of time Arsene affords them.
18/10/2010 10:31:00
Agreed Iceman. I hold particular distain for the people who start their comments with "Arsenal can play some lovely football, we all know, but ........". Like starting their sentences with that some how excuses them for all the crap that follows it.
18/10/2010 10:37:00
It's certainly frsutrating but common sense usually prevails in the end. There is at least a debate going on about tackling and it's not quite as one sided as it once was. Even the CMO of Fifa has joined in positively. Sometimes I think it might be better, or less frustrating at least, to say nothing about things you disagree with or think should change for the better but then how would change ever take place? The herd will never thank you for it. As now they'll question your motivations, character, personality all of the peripheral things seeking to make life unpleasant for you before they eventually find themselves having to deal with the substance of what is being said. Inevitably they'll have to and as you say Rocky the widespread opportunity to air your views in support of those you can agree with is an opportunity not to be declined if you believe strongly enough.
18/10/2010 10:42:00
Agree Rock, bit like starting a sentence with 'I'm not racist but...' or 'some of my best friends are '. I do think iceman is right to an extent though, every club thinks theirs a vendetta against them, and to some extent they're mostly right. In the same we see the typical English attitudes about us being soft as against us, I'm sure Stoke, Blackburn and Bolton fans feel they're being hardly done by with comments regularly in the media about their style of football. Now, who is right or not is largely irrelevant to a fan, cos one thing most of us lack is a sense of objectivity, would be nice to see a bit more of it from apparent neutrals though.
Ozi Gooner
18/10/2010 10:51:00
*in the same 'way' we see
Ozi Gooner
18/10/2010 10:52:00
So what you're saying is that Arsenal is the footballing equivolent of Martin Luther King?
18/10/2010 10:53:00
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