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Have Players Been Silenced or Silenced Themselves?

Have Players Been Silenced or Silenced Themselves?

The massively boring International break coupled with the complete and total destruction of my laptop meant I'd been forced into a break from football for a couple of weeks.

To be honest, the break was very welcome. It's been years since I didn't wake up and instantly search the Internet for news of my beloved Gunners, and the run of recent draws and defeats had left me pretty deflated, rummaging through all the crying, whinging, moaning and sniping was more of a chore than anything, it became hard work to be an Arsenal fan.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not exactly happy with the current state of affairs, infact it's one of the hardest periods in my 20 odd years as a Gooner. I'm sure many people will brush this off by saying 'there have been much worse time than this', and they are of course, technically correct, but in the days of horrible football, horrible results and, whisper it, when Spurs finished above us, but we knew we were crap then, crap results were expected, watching one of the most talented squads I've seen in a long time flounder and flap around like a dying fish is difficult to take, this team is the best the league, and the title should be all but sewn up already, I'm having difficulty working out how that isn't a reality, but I digress.

After battling valiantly to save the life of my trusty old laptop, I eventually had to admit the inevitable and call time on our partnership and pop off down to PC World to acquire a shiny new one, and after Mr Gates held my hand through the brisk set-up procedure I was champing at the bit and raring to go again.

But it appears there's nothing to read out there.

It's been a common complaint of Arsenal fans in recent times that our players talk too much. Infact following that devastating last minute defeat in the Carling Cup we saw a whole host of comments and quotes from Arsenal players stating 'We'll just have to concentrate on the League, Champions League and FA Cup', followed by 'We'll just have to concentrate on the League and FA Cup' and then the inevitable 'There's always the league to go for'.

Then after a string of draws, making the possibility of us being crowned champions highly unlikely, we're met with complete silence. Nothing to say.

I'm not saying that our players should be banned from talking to the media, far from it, in the past our players have done a decent job of bridging the gap between fans and players, but in recent times they have just said too much about things that should only be answered with results and performances.

So on my return to the fold I'm met with what seems like a media blackout, it got me wondering whether the players have been told to let their football do the talking, they've finally realised that words in the media aren't doing themselves any good .... or have they just given up?

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Date:Friday April 8 2011
Time: 11:02AM


I think the next player to have come out and said "We have the belief, we can win trophies, weare great players" these last few days would of got hung, drawn and quartered by the Grove crowd. If you are not walking the walk, probably best to stfu in the meantime.
08/04/2011 11:53:00
As Wenger said after the Blackburn game they can only be responsible for their own attitudes not for anybody else's. There is little point feeding the media or providing supporters with ammunition that some will fire back at them if things don't go our way. The supporters will only sing when we're winning so let's try to focus on doing that seems to be the current unspoken message.
08/04/2011 11:54:00
I don't just mean they haven't come out and said we can still win the league .... I mean they haven't said anything .... at all. Nothing about the up coming match, nothing about any injuries, nothing about anything. I was just astonished by the complete lack of quotes this week. I personally think it's a good thing ... however it means I've got to put more effort in to think of articles for the site. lol
08/04/2011 11:58:00
I personally think this is a good thing, as well. Said it many times that the players need to keep shut more and concentrate on the playing; if that is the case now, it can only mean we will see a more intense team in the coming games. I'll rather the communication is limited to the Manager's usual press conferences, in which he must choose his words well, not all the gung-ho, hopeful stuff he has become known and derided (sometimes, wrongly) for.
08/04/2011 12:05:00
I personally have found the sudden silence on all things Arsenal refreshing. What a horrible few weeks, but there are 6 points that we definately can pull back on United. Our boys just need to learn how to score goals again. Wenger has to find a way to combat 11 defenders. Everyone knows now, Arsenal cannot score without space. Deny the space and deny them goals. I'd like to see us start Bendtner and RVP on Sunday, with Robin either out wide or a shift to a 4-4-2. Come on, surely we can come back from this?
08/04/2011 12:07:00
It's better players don't talk about these things after such a bad week. It would only serve to add fuel to the fire which is already burning our arses
08/04/2011 15:34:00
It was a good thing until put up a Bendtner interview with the headline "We must show we have the DNA of Champions". I don't even know what that means and I haven't watched the interview, but it shows me the recent silence wasn't a club in reflection, they had most probably just ran out of things to say, because when they do eventually open their mouth it's the same old rubbish.
Professor calculus
08/04/2011 16:21:00
Professor - agreed. They had to go and spoil it with that didn't they. Cesc has literally just tweeted: "In this life you don't get judged by your words, you get judged by your actions. Fact!" Says it all really.
08/04/2011 16:40:00
Even better is some of the stuff from Arsene's press conference "Now it is a crucial moment where we have to trust these players and not listen to opinions of people who have not worked half a day in football."
08/04/2011 16:52:00
Don't worry Amos, Arsenal fans (for most part) aren't listening to the opinions of people who haven't worked in football, the very same people who get a hard on just thinking about having a go at our club, the point is that we don't want to listen to anyone full stop, we want actions which speak louder than words not vice versa.
Professor calculus
08/04/2011 17:08:00
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