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Arsenal 0 Manchester City 0

With a nation suffering a case of back to work blues and already faltering on their New Year fitness regimes, a trip to the pub followed by a top of the table clash at chez Gooner felt timely and just. Though I was rather expecting to see Citeh defend for their lives, I was still rather confident Arsenal would have the guile to break them down. The mood was positive with the pre match pint as Sky Sports News flashed up the news that Arsenal would be sporting an unchanged side. Usually matches between teams so closely grouped in the table begin in a cagey fashion, but Arsenal positively raced out of the blocks.

Inside the first three minutes, Nasri cut in from the left and began to wreak havoc, slipping a ball in the left channel for the unmarked Wilshere. But with the goal seductively winking at Wilshere, he inexplicably tried to pass to van Persie, his low cross missing the Dutchman`s toes by inches. It was a poor decision indicative of Wilshere`s age; the shot was a much more likely option than the pass. Even if Hart had saved his shot, it would likely have rebounded to van Persie anyway. I`m all for altruism in the penalty area, but you have to play the percentages and Wilshere went for diminishing returns. That said; he enjoyed another very good game in midfield. He appeared to learn from the error though as he stung the palms of Joe Hart when a shot opened up for him on the edge of the box. City were reeling from the pace with which Arsenal were attacking and enjoyed a large slab of serendipity on nine minutes. Nasri found van Persie with his back to goal, the Dutchman jinked and swivelled and eked out half a yard of space before sending a shot against the base of the upright with Hart totally foxed. Van Persie still doesn`t look close to the player we know, whether it`s taking him a long time to feel his way back (it`s two months today since he returned from injury), whether it`s World Cup rust or both, I`m not sure. But the chance showed why van Persie will always and should always be first choice, he`s the only centre forward we have who can fashion himself a chance from absolutely nothing.

The Gunners continued to press as Nasri continued to bring the game to the Citeh back line, bundling the ball into the box, Walcott scrambled with Richards inside the area, causing the ball to pop up to Fabregas, whose calm lay off found Wilshere, but he hit his close range shot straight at a relieved Joe Hart. The Gunners continued to beat down the door of a beleaguered City defence, van Persie worked a short free kick to Wilshere, who in turn found Walcott in the right channel but Walcott dragged his shot just wide. City made a rare foray forward when Barry`s ball over the top found Tevez, who looked half a yard offside, on the right hand side of the box, but he volleyed high and wide. City had predictably set up for the point and as the pace of the game began to inevitably mellow, you felt Arsenal had really missed their chance. But their best chance was still to come, Samir Nasri made hay down the left hand side before tucking a pass inside to Fabregas and the Spaniard`s shot hit the base of the post and came out; the ball was not far from clipping the heels of the stranded Hart on its way out too. You sensed it wasn`t Arsenal`s night. City`s last genuine attack of the match arrived just before half time when Micah Richards` cross caused consternation in the Arsenal area, the ball dropped invitingly for Tevez but he hit a bouncing volley wide of the upright.

The Gunners had a decent penalty shout turned away from referee Mike Jones who, frankly, looked a little out of his depth and, much in the style of Howard Webb, tried to bumble through the game without making decisions. Walcott raced to the by line on the right hand side, his cross appeared to be blocked by Vincent Kompany`s arm but neither the linesman nor the referee could be coerced into making a decision. From where I was sitting, Kompany had his arm outstretched and the rules deem that if a player obtains a clear advantage by handling the ball, that it should be a penalty. For my money, without the intervention of the arm, the cross would have gone passed Kompany. But I admit I have yet to see any highlights and could be mistaken. Half time came and there was a general atmosphere of encouragement from the performance, but a sense of foreboding that we had not scored. City continued with their game plan in the second half and Arsenal looked much shorter on energy and inspiration. Save for a rasping van Persie drive from 30 yards, which was expertly tipped away by Joe Hart, the Gunners could not break the Citizens ten man wall of muscle down. Arsene threw Arshavin and Bendtner into the fray but to no avail, my only complaint of the night from an Arsenal perspective was that Bendtner was hardly going to make a difference from the left flank. If he was going to come on it had to be to try and make life difficult for City in the penalty area.

The match ended with a flashpoint out of keeping with the spirit of a fair game. Zabaleta did peeve some Arsenal players in the remaining minutes when he tried to make out that Song`s light brush had smashed his ankle into tiny pieces in order to waste time. Jo pulled a similar trick ten minutes earlier and again, referee Mike Jones did not know how to deal with the situation, bemusedly inviting the physio on, presumably unaware that he would have aided Jo`s recovery in double quick time by developing a backbone and instructing play to continue. It was weak officiating. The ball looked to be bouncing out of play as Zabaleta blocked off Sagna. Again, referee Mike Jones stood and did nothing, allowing a flashpoint to develop as the players squared up. The incident took place directly beneath me and I don`t think I need to see it again to make a judgement. Having done so well not to react to Bowyer`s provocation on Saturday, Sagna was stupid to move his head forwards towards Zabaleta and invited the red card. Zabaleta was given his marching orders too and I must confess I have no idea what for. Yet another indication of a referee out of his depth. That suspicion was confirmed when he only played 3 of the 4 minutes allotted injury time, failing to add on the extra minute within the stoppage time for Tevez`s casual stroll off the pitch. (He indicated to Nasri that he would add the time on, but he didn`t. He looked desperate to get the game finished and get home).

The performance was a very good one from the home side, a similar display in the rest of our home fixtures will see us win almost all of them. City`s players were roundly booed by a frustrated home crowd who chided them with the chant of "Boring, Boring City." I did wonder if those that chanted felt a tinge of hypocrisy, I sill remember how Arsenal set up in Torino and Paris en route to the 1994 Cup Winners Cup Final. City came for the point and got it and I therefore won`t condemn them. They`ve every right to play for the result they deem to be a good one so long as they do so within the rules and spirit of the game, which they did. City aren`t really looking for the title this year, that shows in their games against the teams around them. In the last two seasons, they haven`t registered a goal in seven games against us, Manchester United or Spurs. Mancini is building a team to win the title in 2012, for now he will accept smashing the piñata of Champions League qualification in 2011, because once that glass ceiling is broken, then the fun really begins for City. As for us, we`ve shown an unerring steel in this game from which we should take great encouragement, but we really do need to learn to be more clinical and punish teams when we are in the ascendancy. It took us a hatful of chances before we got the killer second goal at St. Andrews on Saturday too. Defences like City`s won`t let you run them ragged for 90 minutes; we need to treat opportunities in front of goal like gold dust. So Jack, the next time you`re one on one with the goalie on your left foot, f*****g hit it! That said, we were unlucky in front of goal too. A win over Blackpool effectively puts United seven points ahead, but the fixture list is kinder to us than it is to them before May. It`s not over by a long chalk and I`m convinced that we are the ones that will fight United all the way for the title.LD.

21.FABIANSKI, 3.SAGNA, 20.DJOUROU, 6.KOSCIELNY, 22.CLICHY, 17.SONG, 19.WILSHERE (52.Bendtner `81), 4.FABREGAS©, 14.WALCOTT (23.Arshavin `69), 8.NASRI, 10.v.PERSIE. Unused: 7.Rosicky, 15.Denilson, 18.Squillaci, 29.Chamakh, 53.Szczesny.




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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 6 2011

Time: 10:00AM

Your Comments

We've been criticised recently for our results against other big clubs, and I guess that's where Citeh see themselves at present, yet we've taken 4 points out of 6 from them this season. The performance was great but we needed a little bit of good fortune to open the game up. It's surprising how often a deflection going for or against you is often more telling in games like this than clinical finishing - though either would do.
Amos.
Blah, blah Amos, it sickens me to say that for once in my life I actually wanted Arsenal to win and you couldn't even do that. Draw at home this year, loss next CYA.
TeddyLyon
It was a penalty, and showed the type of officials we have refereeing the game. If they are going to officiate the EPL then they must be the best; but time and again we have to put up with second best. I must admit I was worried about this game but, (hope and pray I've not said this too early) I truly think we are in for the title. A blow losing Sagna but the team really do seem to be all on the same page. I looked at the stats and Citeh had no shots on goal whereas we had 8. I wasn’t looking forward to Manure coming to visit us last year but I have a feeling in my water this is our year. (Please no injuries please.) Top write up LD as usual.
alwaysgunner
Not sure about the penalty, it was handball, but surely he was too close to be able to do anything about it? I always ask myself how would I have felt if it were the other way around, and I think I'd have felt agreived. But that said, had the pen been given I probably wouldn't have questioned the decision. Fine lines I guess. Great team performance though, very happy with that. We're looking good right now, played all but two of our big games. We're the main contenders that's for sure.
Rocky7
I know we've done it in the past (and probably would again in certain situations) but I'm fed up with only seeing half a game of football as the other team waste time from the offset. The Ref needs to be quicker at brandishing cards for time wasting, it would soon put an end to it. To avoid being called a hypocrite, that applies to us too. Not a disastrous result....... United will drop points!
navydave
Joe Hart started wasting time in the first half. I haven't seen anything so blatent since Wigan did it a few seasons ago ... the match of the famous Jens Lehmann ***** take after we took the lead.
Rocky7
Great stuff LD. I believe if this had been the first fixture between us and city this season they would have played a bit more openly. Having seen the comprehensive beating we gave them at eastlands didn't give Mancini much choice but to set up the way he did. You wouldn't expect them to play that way at their place, even if they had been beaten at ours. As for our title chances? I agree we are the main contenders but doesn't look like there are enough teams out there now who can take points off united...
MeetTheGunners
I would add a couple of stella performances from Song, Djourou and (encouragingly) Clichey!
navydave
7 games vs United, Spuds and us and City have failed to score. They are very, very negative and whilst a point away to us is a good point their negativity cost them last year and might cost them this year. If we play like that in 90% of our remaining games we'll push United all the way.
iceman10
I disagree with your comparison of City's defensive approach to our 1994 Cup Winners Cup team LD. That 1994 team was extremely limited in terms of ability (Hillier, Morrow, Selley, etc) and we had no choice but to play to our strength, which was an amazing back four. Otherwise the likes of Parma would have blown us away Man City have spent a fortune to assemble a squad full of attacking talent and their performance smacked of lack of ambition. Remember they did the same at the Grove last season when we had just lost to Wigan and Blackburn and were there for the taking and their lack of ambition ui that game ultimately cost them a place in the Champions League.
Goonergreg
Iceman, fair enough we're cautious against the stronger teams in the league, we set up not to lose. This I feel is understandable considering the massive advantage you have over us in terms of playing time together. Wenger has honed his team for the best part of 15 years, Mancini has assembled a team in 12 months. Against weaker opposition City have showed ambition this year and have put on some magnificent attacking displays. Arsenal played brilliantly last night and City rode their luck at times but I feel it's unfair to label City negative in general as we have shown in plenty of games this season that we're not. As for the title, I don't and never have believed City would win it this year, so if it's not us I can only hope that Arsenal beat them scummy Rags to it, if you continue to play like you did last night you have a very good chance, however if the last few years has taught us anything about Arsenal is that that is a very big if, as you do seem to lose the bottle for the challenge when the pressure gets cranked up. Good luck for the rest of the season lads. Cheers
Bluedub
I hate to point out the obvious BD, but this team has not being playing together for 15 years, whatever Wenger has done in anything other than the last 5, 6 years is irrelivent to this squad. Infact the only player left from our last league title win is Gael Clichy.
Rocky7
It probably wasn't a penalty but neither was the one at Old Trafford. If we could just get the rub of the green like United always do in the big games, we'd be much closer. When hitting the woodwork three times, you're crying out for a Park-esque fluke but that never seems to happen. Positive performance. United have Chelsea twice, Spurs, City and us of course so they will drop points. I'm confident we can take it to the wire. Whether we actually win it is another story...
super_gooner
It's easy to be ambitious against weaker sides when they are less likely to be caught on the break. I think the surprise from most Gooners is that city have the ability cause us problems but didn't try!
navydave
Rocky, don't play dumb, you know what I mean.
Bluedub
I know exactly what you mean and it's completely irrelevant. Your team being reletively new has preciesly nothing to do with the extreme lack of ambition shown by your team last night. Hell, you showed more balls when you were down to ten men against us at Eastlands earlier in the season. West Brom and Newcastle were both promoted to the PL last season and both came to our ground and showed some ambition, and they both left with 3 points each. £170 million pounds worth of talent and not a shot on target. Shameful.
Rocky7
I understand where you're coming from BD but the Emirates has hardly been a fortress this year, I thought you had the ability in your squad to cause us problems had Mancini made the effort.
iceman10
We tried to counter Rocky but credit must go to Arsenal's defence who didn't let their guard down and restricted space very well. I'm not saying with Silva and Mario in there we would have won the game but Silva in particular was sorely missed last night as he pulls the strings in City's team. Balotelli I'd imagine would have offered a lot more than Jo, who was atrocious. Our other attacking options, namely Adebayor and Crocky Santa Cruz may as well not be at the club for all the good they offer. Perhaps with the arrival of Dzeko we will add an extra dimension to our play. And finally shameful? Not at all, it wasn't too long ago we were getting hidings everytime we went to your place, I'm proud that we have gone there the last two seasons and battled bravely for a point on both occasions.
Bluedub
Citeh's team will always be a new one. They don't build teams they just assemble them as each £20m+ star player is replaced by another. Excusing their tactics on the basis of a spurious justification that their players haven't had time to come through is a bit silly. Mancini plays Italian football - he'll always play the same way against the stronger clubs.
Amos.
Really disappointed with this result, not the performance though. Man City may feel like their negative tactics were vindicated by them getting a point but in reality we could and should have put at least a couple past them. LD while I agree that teams have the righ to play how they want they also should be enertaining the crowds that pay so much to watch them. Also considering how much this team has spent on attacking talent it was just embarrassing to watch them 'play' last night. Why on earth would any attacking player want to go to that club? Apart from the obvious reason of money that is!
Dberg
Amos, that comment about the team always being a new one is pure crap and you know it. I'm sorry mate but if you truly believe that you are an idiot.
Bluedub
If you spend as much money as city have - the world is watching and expecting better and more ambitious football. Its the price you pay for paying all these high prices!
Will-i-am10
The only thing we can hope for is that City also do us a favour by holding United to a draw at least when they play. We just need to keep our attitude and workrate consistent now for the rest of the season - and hopefully our key players fit. Let's win the next game and enjoy the ride!
Gooner_Vin
In the last 2 years Citeh have brought in 28 players - that's more than enough for 2 new teams BD. It's an observation more than a criticism but it's clearly more idiotic for you to argue that you haven't had time to develop a team than it is for me to point out that you aren't trying to do so at present.
Amos.
28 players??? Wow that's alot. Do you happen to know how many have left in that time Amos?
Dberg
Bluedub, your posts are perfectly reasonable and I agree to an extent with LD that you have every right to come to our ground and play so negatively. But unfortunately your club now has more money than any other club in football history and you regularly pay incredible sums for big name players. Chelsea fans have had to get used to this treatment since the Russian came in. You're going to have to get used to pundits and fans of other clubs constantly harping on your big name squad assembled at inflated prices. Before the sheikh came in you had to endure years of being ridiculed, now you're going to have to get used to another kind of criticism. (And even when you win something it won't stop). Fact is, with the kind of squad you have it's fair to expect a more positive approach - even if it's just slightly more positive. Even Mourinho's Chelsea were more positive (sometimes) at our ground than you've been in the last 2 games at the Grove. As others have said, you are more than capable of giving us problems, you have a very talented squad. Newcastle & WBA showed that you can come to the Grove with a less talented team than ours, play positively and win. You're not #2 in the table for nothing.
jaelle
Amos, you are missing my point, we are currently trying to settle new players with a new manager in charge. Whereas Arsenal's team is largely settled and fine tuned in comparison to City's. I still feel your comment was idiotic, because we all know City will not keep investing at the rate they have been because of the Fair Play rules. Jaelle, I'm trying to get used to it, it's not easy though, cheers.
Bluedub
We need ManU to have a bad run of luck really. I can’t believe that they have a team capable of winning the title and yet there they are again, perched at the top with games in hand. The trouble is that even when they play badly, their reputation gets them through. Let’s hope Chelsea recover enough to take points off United and we can do the same when United come to us. Citeh should be able to bore two points off their neighbours as well. What’s with Sagna? It’s OK to stamp on him but don’t you dare stop him from getting the ball!
Sir Henry
I'm not missing the point because you're not really making one BD. Whether or not Citeh pursue a policy of replacing players in every transfer window until FFP rules prevent them from doing so is irrelevant. You could have pursued a more settled policy of buying players for the long term instead of just buying up whoever was available and discarding them as soon as you thought something better was available but you chose not to take that route. Having done so then using that as justification for an unambitious approach to a game is silly enough without then claiming it's idiotic to point out that that was the choice you made. As it happens I don't think it has anything to do with having a settled team or not - Mancini will always tend to play the same way in such contests.
Amos.
Amos, what I felt was idiotic was you saying it will always be a new team, it won't. I agree that Mancini will always approach these sort of games in a similar fashion, however when this team is more settled and as a result more fluid we will then see a more effective counter attacking style.
Bluedub
Citeh are getting a lot of flak today, some of it deserved. But let's be honest, if we'd gone to the Nou Camp and come away with a 0-0 draw how many of us would be criticizing Wenger and the team? Well, ok I would be...but that's because I do tend to concentrate on our weaknesses rather than our opponents. We were all over Mancini's team but we still lack the capacity to put our last dollar on the table when it comes to converting chances against teams defending deep. We score plenty of goals but I think we'd score more vital ones if we had a real clinical goal-poacher (a la Ian Wright) who loved to get into the box (and could look after himself in there). But its just not the type of game we play, and ultimately may be reason we'll fall short again.
Wyn Mills
People can criticise City all they want saying Arsenal outclassed us or whatever. The fact is, we came for a point and got it. Who outclassed who?
eighthsin
Errr, we outclassed you, by a million miles. The only reason you got a point was through extreme luck. You can come here and claim a victory by saying you got what you came for, but your methods were very "little fish in a big pond". If you're happy with your point and your performance well good for you, but I'd be furious having traveled hundreds of miles and spent hard earned cash to watch that dross.
Rocky7
Wyn Mills if we attempted to keep out Barcelona at the Nou Camp we would be facing a serious goal deluge into our own net ;-) Even so I would like to think that we could manage at least one shot on target.
Sir Henry
Bear in mind the Nou Camp is the second leg! :-) But if we needed 0-0 to qualify against Barca, I'd be delighted if we could repeat Citeh's second half display. I don't think we're set up to do that, but you wouldn't catch me bemoaning a 0-0 if that's what we were going for.
Little Dutch
SH - Even when Barca absolutely pummelled us at home (much worse than we battered Man City) we still managed to score two goals and finish 2-2, we could have quite easily have lost by more trying to get forward, but you're never going to win games like that. I understand why lower teams do it, because they're fighting for their lives, but for a team who says they're after the PL title, that's just crap. For all the ***** we give Tottenham, at least they play football, keep trying to attack as best they can even when it doesn't work sometimes.
Rocky7
So would I Sir Henry, specially if we'd spent the budget of a small country assembling the team! ;0)
Wyn Mills
Arsene: knock knock........ Mancini: "whos there?............Arsene: It's Arsenal..... Mancini: Sorry citeh won't be coming out to play today. What a bunch of feckin ******** - Bellamy was their only player worth a ****. What a waste of money.
nikolaijns
Interesting to read Wenger's reaction to Sagna's red card today; "have seen it again and there is no way we can appeal,” “For me it is a red card and we have to accept it. Bacary lost his temper and had too strong a reaction. He acknowledges that he should have kept control. We will not appeal.” Compare and contrast with McLeish's garbage response to Bowyer's indiscretions. But of course, Wenger is a moaner who never sees it, unlike the great steak and kidney British managers like McLeish and Tony Penis.
Little Dutch
Good for Arsene if he's been honest enough to say that. I thought Sagna did lose it badly. When you consider the far worse provocation he got from Bowyer you have to wonder whether it was more than the physical challenge that upset him so much.
Wyn Mills
I don't think Sagna was upset simply by the physical challenge. Having fouled him Zabaleta turns and confronts him while Sagna is on the floor instead of just jogging away as the guilty party as you might expect. Bacary seems to jump to his feet and reacts after something was said to him. I don't suppose we'll ever know what it was but you can be sure that Zabaleta wasn't apologising for the foul.
Amos.
Not the best nor the worst results. I was afraid city would catch us on the break or a real hold-up on a set-piece but hopefully it didn't happen. Anyway, we are on a good position, especially compared to the unending soul-searching on vital chelsea. Only one club in london: Go gunners....
Gael-Force
Sagna said something to Kolo after the incident and it looked to me like he said "Did you hear what he called me?"
gunnerkid107
Sagna went a bit too far; an over-reaction to a nothing situation that happens everyday. The difference in his reaction (versus the Bowyer stamp) can be found in any of: (a) Arsenal was strolling to a win, against B/ham and fighting for 3 points against the time wasting, 10 man defense of City; (b) Tension was higher in the City game than it was in the B/ham one; (c) Zabaletta said something very nasty (not enough reason, imo); more likely the fact Bowyer's action was seen by all, so no need for Sagna to get further attention. On a lighter note, maybe Sagna knew all about Bowyer's reputation and thought better about standing up to him. Lol!
Naijagunner
Speaking of which, Adebayor must be a weakling as well, seeing how much energy Kolo still had left to burn in that game, after the bust up with him. He must have flattened him without breaking a sweat or exerting himself. A greedy twerp...and a whimp (-:
Naijagunner
On the game, I'd rather we'd got the 3 points as there are no points for the best stats, just plaudits. Cannot fault the effort of the team, though, even if we have to learn from this. As for Citeh, I feel they could surprise many and grind there way to the title (not that I expect this) as they are beginning to approach that "consistent side" Arsene has stated is most likely to get the title. They have been taking points off the small sides and preventing the top sides beating them (they did beat Chelsea, though, didn't they?). My point is they cannot be ignored as they can only get stronger with all the purchasing power they possess. We must not be fooled by the modest approach adopted by Mancini who even declared early in the season that Chelsea will get the title, a credit to his countryman, Ancelloti. We need a good strong run of wins NOW!!!
Naijagunner
I still back the chavs and the spuds to run them down for the top 4 places.
Will-i-am10
City turned up for a point and got it. Arsenal huffed and puffed and ultimately failed to get what they were looking for, which was a win. City therefore sussed you out, simple as. You can make the argument that City were negative. But be in no doubt; had City wanted to score they would have, no question at all, they have more than enough attacking firepower. Mancini's game plan was to let you throw yourselves at his team, like an adolecent schoolboy to a sixthformer, trying to knock fifty past them, while his team rested behind the ball. It was easy for Mancini like taking candy from a baby. You've been totally duped, tricked and undone, and the evidence for that is that you're all here convincing yourself that it was a moral victory. Mancini was never going to lose this. Now he'll go and pump the lesser teams, racking up more points and a greater lead, while you try to score a 69, 000 pass goal and collapse on your French faces again in some god- for- saken *****hole up norfff. Mancini has tickled you and you hadn't even worked it out, until I told you.
Tony Rocky Horror
What was the score when Spurs played Citeh at home again?
Little Dutch
And the relevance of that is what precisely? Oh, don't tell me, you're no better than us! How predictable.
Tony Rocky Horror
The relevance of that is you are a t-w-a-t.
Gooner_Vin
If Mancini has us sussed prey tell how we pumped them 3-0 in their own back yard a couple of months ago. The 69000 pass a goal system is working quite well as we are only 1 goal off being top scorers and nobody has scored more away from home. Best away record in the league overcoming Blackburn and Everton from up north. P R I C K
Iceman10
TRH, you are a sucker for punishment, ain't you? Repeatedly returning here, only to be owned, places you in a category of SICK that I shudder to write about. Here is an idea: give it up.
Naijagunner
TRH, what was Spurs' game plan last night then? Lull everyone into a false sense of security before launching the final push for title glory? You should be on Talksport.
Wyn Mills
You should try having the good grace to thank me for putting you on the right track. You were done, you had your pockets slit. Mancini must be laughing his tits off at you. Your failure to score ended your title challenge. And you haven't even worked it out. LOL at you, again and again.
Tony Rocky Horror
Why would Mancini be laughing his tits off? We've taken 4 points off him this season, he's taken one off us - a decent enough contribution for our title attempt but one that does very little for his own ambitions. Still just sitting on benches shouting at buses and pigeons aren't you TRH.
Amos.
Sounds about right Amos, wearing his Sandwich board stating spurs will win the premiership and Champions league double on one side and the end of the world is nigh on the other.
Iceman10
TRH you're priceless mate, you really are.
foochan
TRH, seems to me Spurs have been having blips for nigh on half a century or so. The only thing that will end in tears is your sorry search for a new home and the realisation that despite spending more money than any club since 1992 (with the exception of Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea) you still have bugger all to show for it. No wonder you are always wailing. Give Harry a couple of seasons to send you to the wall and your agony will be over.
Wyn Mills
Agent Harry already has your sorry club making losses TRH. Just a short wait before Harry completes the task he was assigned.
Deltaforce
Being reported in the French press that the reason Sagna went mental was because of a Zabaleta insult. "I lost my head, Zabaleta insulted me and I went bonkers. I speak Spanish and I understood his insults. It was a mistake, it won’t happen again."
Wyn Mills
TRH really knows how to talk *****e
lifeisagooner
Cheats and whingers, If u cant beat em ey lads bully them in the press if that doesnt work do a dive to win a pen if that doesnt work get cesc to wave an invisible red card if that doesnt work get Wilshire to roll on the floor like hes been shot AND if that doesnt work just moan whinge and moan some more init - so much for the beautiful game when ur team is full of cheating bigheaded b*stards
mark.mcfc
Arsesum will win nowt this season and nowt next season because they like to play the hard done by team to often when really its Arsescum who are the real bullys, You psychologically try to bully teams before AND after games by spouting off to ur own press reporters who in turn write every word down in the sun, Why is it everytime we play each other YOU Arsescum fans always get upset?
mark.mcfc
There only seems to be one upset puppy here mark and he doesn't support Arsenal. Does mummy know you're on the computer?
Little Dutch
Man City 0 vs Arsenal 3 "City fall foul of Clattenburgs Decisions" wailed VMC, whingeing about the most blatant red card you will see all season. Night Night Marky Mark.
iceman10
Oh dear they sound like spuddies.
GoonerLou
It's very rare so much is written about a nil nil draw. Should have won? yes. Was it a good point for City? yes. Is it in our worst 3 results at home this season? Hell no! It's frustrating for us gooners, but surely at the begining of the season we'd take 4 points against City. What I wouldn't have taken are home defeats to Spurs, Newcastle and WBA.
navydave
See what financial doping can do? Some of the once modest, even decent, Citeh fans have turned into a mouthy, bragging (nearly despicable) lot, overnight; and nothing won yet. Amazing what 'performance-enhancement' by any means can do.
Naijagunner
Well done to the England Ashes heroes. Brilliant result. Nice to thrash the Aussies in their own back yard for a change. Does anyone know who the gooners among the squad are?
Wyn Mills
Jimmy Anderson is a gooner I think?
Iceman10
I thought I read that somewhere but wasn't sure. Wenger seems to think there's a fair few amongst them. Tuffers is a well known gooner of course.
Wyn Mills
My brother told me recently that chimp handed, frying pan faced sky bastid Richard Keys is a gooner, he was adamant but I just can't have that as he's such a toadylick utd t0sser. I need closure on this, can anybody help?? Thanks in advance.
nikolaijns
Thankfully no, he's a Coventry City fan, out of the closet and all.
Little Dutch
Is Martin Tyler a gooner?? I thought I read somewhere that he is
Eboue=GOD
Arseblog seems to think Vermaelen' will be out for a further one month. Arsene did say he would buy a centre-back if Vermaelen suffered a setback. Well maybe he does need to get out the chequebook now
Eboue=GOD
Cheers LD, was certain he wasn't. Difficult enough dealing with Piers Morgan.
nikolaijns
What team do you like for the Leeds game after Wenger's press conference. I like Szcezny, Eboue, Djourou, Squillaci???, Gibbs, Denilson, Ramsey, Rosicky, Arshavin, Bendtner, Vela. Subs
Arseniger
Yeah, Piers Morgan really is the turd in the washing basket. Tyler certainly has Gooner blood. About an hour after we won the league at WHL, he walked past the Gooner end celebrating and clenched his fists in a manner which suggested he was pleased with the outcome. Pretty sure he always wears a red tie when covering Arse games, watch out for it. He also co wrote the official history of Arsenal 1886-1986 with Phil Soars. AW said today that TV5 was training well and would be back very soon.
Little Dutch
Yep. The news is TV5 had a successful first training session yesterday. Maybe, we should just get a CB, anyway; only trouble is you won't find too many good CBs willing to play back-up for too long.

LD, was it my ears or were the gooner fans getting on Arshavin's case, after he came on and tried some ill-advised flicks? That won't bode well for the man even if he can frustrate, such a reaction from fans may break a good player. Finally, I was pleasantly surprised to see the look of displeasure on Theo's face when he was substituted; he wanted to stay on and try to win the game. It is a good sign for me when a young player wants to play on that badly. Interesting times ahead.
Naijagunner
That's been brewing for a few games with AA, but one of the things I like most about Arshavin is that he is completely impervious to what people think of him, which is a good thing for a creative player because his confidence doesn't suffer. He's not arrogant with it, just very self assured, the crowd don't affect him either way, when they were up his arse and he could do no wrong and now it's gone the other way, you still get the same player. As it should be.
Little Dutch
See Ipswich have sacked Keane, wonder how that'll affect them & whether they'll still be a rudderless ship come wednesday?
nikolaijns
Tyler's a legend
Eboue=GOD
Dunno, LD. He seemed to have had a few dodgy moments in that game which got the crowd on his back. But, I take and agree with your point that it hardly affects his personality and play.
Naijagunner
 

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