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Ancelotti Is Right, We Do All Make Mistakes

Ancelotti Is Right, We Do All Make Mistakes

The week has been an extraordinary one for mistakes, both on and off the football pitch. Our own week was completely ruined by a freak mistake, and whilst the mistake made by our boys was neither malicious, dangerous, arrogant or even illegal, we do now have to suffer the consequences of that error.

Mistakes are made all the time, by everyone, there are no exceptions, as Carlo Ancelotti quite rightly pointed out when grilled on the Ashley Cole shooting incident that happened at the Chelsea training ground over the weekend 'Who in this life never makes a mistake? Who? Maybe just God', and he's right on the money (with the exception of claiming god is infallible, he's made some horrendous clangers in his time. George W Bush, The Riverside Stadium, French toilets, and Chris Waddles pronunciation of the word 'penalty'), to a man .... and woman (don't want to end up like Keys and Gray now do I?), we all make mistakes.

However, it's not our mistakes that define us, it's how we learn from them that ultimately creates our character.

To build that character, we have to man-up (or woman-up, again, don't want to get in trouble) to our mistakes, and deal with the consequences of our actions. We can't just hide behind the fact that we all make mistakes, because to do that is to risk making the same mistake twice.

Both Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole have escaped reprisal for making a pair of quite disgraceful mistakes, mistakes that had they been committed by your average Joe on the street would warrant a trip to the local cop shop, and certainly in Ashley Cole's case, prosecution and possibly a little time at her Majesty's pleasure, yet the privileged pair were allowed to hide behind loop-holes to protect their fragile egos.

Rest assured had Wayne Rooney been given a 3 match ban for his malicious elbow to the side of James McCarthy's head forcing him to miss matches against Chelsea, Liverpool and in all probability Arsenal, that's not an action he would be repeating. Instead we're treated to Alex Ferguson in no way condemning his actions, infact claiming that due to the FA tying their own hands behind their back Rooney hasn't done anything wrong at all.

They're just not going to learn until someone has the balls to stand up and say 'you're wrong'. The managers are reluctant to say the players are wrong, the FA refuse to admit their referees make mistakes, and the officials themselves flat out refuse to own up to their errors in judgement. How Mark Clatteneberg can come out after seeing replays of the incident and claim he saw what happened and believe he acted accordingly is nothing short of a disgrace. It's a bare faced lie and an insult to anyone who watches the game. But until the FA gets rid of this stupid rule, and it is their rule, that says they can not issue retrospective punishment if the referee has dealt with an incident, then referees will continue to make these glaring errors knowing they will not be held accountable.

This leads me back to the mistakes made by Arsenal players on Sunday, and let's not just single out Szcezny and Koscielny here, the whole team was abject and embarrassing, mistakes were made by all.

However on this occasion these mistakes weren't painful to anyone else but ourselves, they weren't intentional, and the guilty parties need no reminder nor reprimand for their actions. They don't need character assassinations to help them build character and to not make the same mistakes again, because they're living with the consequences of their actions every time the switch on the TV set or pick up a paper. They're being slaughtered as if they'd elbowed someone in the head or shot them with an air rifle, when in actual fact, they made honest, human errors, and if Rooney and Cole can get off scott free with what they've done, then surely what happened to our players is something that's quite forgivable.

There's no question that the moral of everyone connected with Arsenal football club was absolutely destroyed by our cup final defeat, players and fans alike visibly distraught at an unthinkable loss, but now is not the time to falter. Whilst everyone is sweeping despicable acts under the carpet, we need to do the same with our own grievances. We need to show our players the affection they need to repair their damaged souls, we have to get behind our boys with complete conviction, if we want them to be able to give 100% on the field, we have to provide 200% support.

President John F. Kennedy once said 'the time to fix your roof is when the sun is shining', well make no mistake, it's absolutely pissing down outside, but the roof still needs fixing, and we need to hold hold the umbrella to make sure our players can mend the damage as easily as possible.

As a famous Vital Arsenal writer once said .... Up The Arsenal!

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Date:Tuesday March 1 2011
Time: 9:48PM


Top notch article - great stuff. Right on the money too. Now isn't the time to rue the things that have gone wrong - we'll have all summer to do that. Not much point in carrying out post mortems while there is still life there. There's still quite a bit to go for and plenty of sunshine around if we look for it. If RvP is back at the beginning of April in 5 weeks time he'll only have missed 2 PL fixtures that are still winnable and tonights result puts the contest back in our hands.
01/03/2011 22:02:00
2-1 Chelsea game on:)
01/03/2011 22:08:00
Funnily enough, Tim has just penned an article over at Arseblog with very similar sentiments to this one .... published at almost identical times. The gods are conspiring for us to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down and get on with this sh**.
01/03/2011 22:15:00
Robin van Persie is all the evidence you need to show that God isn't a Gooner, and I don't for one second believe he's only going to be out for three weeks.
01/03/2011 22:21:00
Manure lose to Chelski Oh YEAH :)))
01/03/2011 22:26:00
Sorry i know it was off topic but just had to... as to the mistake by kos and scezny, i'm sick of hearing people maing such a big deal out of it. I'd gladly throw the Carling Cup into the river for that three points dopped by Manure tonite that give us a real good chance to overhaul them from now till the end of the season. The fact now is that its in our hands. If we win all our games till the end of the season no one can stop us...
01/03/2011 22:30:00
Its League Titles that matter for a team of our stature, not some Mickey Mouse Cup. No matter how many 'trophy less' years we've gone for. Give me a shot at the league over a carling cup any day of the week. Just to illustrate, to win the league we'd have to beat (arguably) Manure, Chelski, *****ty, Pool, Everton, Villa, and so on with last and least the Spuds. Who did we have in the CC... Spuds (nothing!) Newcastle (4-nil!) Wigan (weak) Ipswich (Championship!) and B'gham (got the better of us, but still nowhere near our class). So enough about this Carling Cup, lets focus on the real business at hand...
01/03/2011 22:35:00
Absolut, Wenger spoke a couple of seasons ago about fighting an air of negativity around the club. It's up to us as supporters to wall it in and get behind them. Any recriminations can wait till May, we've still got 3 trophies simmering in the pot that we're going for.
Little Dutch
01/03/2011 22:39:00
Dobbi, I might be inclined to agree with you in normal circumstances. However the problem we have is that this team have won nothing as a team. They're still young. I tend to believe in the theory that any win breeds inner confidence. The Carling Cup, more than any apparent status, had symbolic importance to players and fans alike. It's like conquering a minor summit in preparation for a greater challenge. Sometimes you need the stepping stones to get to where you want to be.
Wyn Mills
02/03/2011 00:47:00
And the title race just got a whole lot more interesting. Can you guys collapse like you use to about this time for us? It will be very appreciated ;)
02/03/2011 01:01:00
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