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blah blah Arsenal Crisis blah blah

blah blah Arsenal Crisis blah blah

I left the UK a peaceful and happy place seven weeks ago. Jack Wilshere was the PFA Young Player of the Season, England were making their series with India look like a summer school and Mark Cavendish was cementing his reputation as the greatest athlete in the world.

I stayed out of touch during my time away. Partly out of choice, partly because New Zealanders seem to see the internet as an expensive luxury, just used for skyping relatives abroad and checking the All Blacks team news. It doesn`t seem to offer much else to a country where nobody lives more than an hour`s drive away from either a mountain or the ocean; when in Rome and all that.

I came back to a world falling apart. Everybody was hacking everybody else. A horrific tragedy played out in Norway. That tragedy was beaten off the front page by a drug addled celebrity death. The country rioted, resembling the scene in Batman Begins when a hallucinogen was released in Gotham; no longer can the DVD piracy adverts say with confidence 'you wouldn`t steal a television.`

Could things get any worse? The first back page I saw back in the country read 'Crisis at Arsenal.`
Isn`t a crisis terrible, life threatening news?
Crisis like a killer virus ripping through the staff? Crisis like a director making off with the pension fund?

No, this crisis was playing 3 games, winning against one of Europe`s most fluid, inventive attacking teams, drawing one away and losing to a team that`s spent close to £100million.

This crisis involved selling 2 players who wanted out for £60 million. This crisis ended with Arsenal qualifying for the Champion`s League proper for the 14th year in a row last night.

It would seem in this crisis Wenger can`t win. For years he was criticised for just buying foreign players and ignoring home grown talents. This year he`s pumped over £13 million into League one clubs, put faith a youth product English left back and built his midfield around 3 young British technically gifted talents. Still not good enough.

This season may not have started as perfectly as everybody involved with Arsenal would have wanted, but unless somebody dies, it`s no crisis.

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Writer:Northern Gooner
Date:Thursday August 25 2011
Time: 9:16AM


Excellent points. Some numpty was telling me on here yesterday that the club is 'in meltdown' and to believe otherwise is 'delusional'. I like the tagline 'there is a space between ecstasy and agony' - sums the current situation up perfectly.
25/08/2011 09:24:00
14 YEARS IN A ROW BABY!!!!!! What an accomplishment by Arsene Wenger. 14 *****en years in a row!!
25/08/2011 09:34:00
trennon, is it a record, do you know? how many managers/clubs have bettered this streak?
25/08/2011 09:36:00
I agree there is no crisis yet but come on. "No, this crisis was playing 3 games, winning against one of Europe`s most fluid,inventive attacking teams" Man what team is that? Barcelona? Get a grip will you. We beat an average one man Italian team nothing more. As for a team spending 100 m on players I assume you mean Liverpool. Well even after spending that amount of money they are no Manu or Chelsky, still lacking flair and imagination. Lets look at the Newcastle game you see us create much there? Did you see our old disciplinary failings come back to hunt us? Have you seen us address our need for strengthening our defense, where Nasri and Cesc replaced? No No No No and No. The gripe most fans have with Wenger is that even after years of seeing where the faults are he does not address them.
25/08/2011 09:41:00
Armory, what's wrong with you? "one of Europe`s most fluid,inventive attacking teams" may be an exaggeration, but as I don't watch a lot of Serie A, I wouldn't know; you tell me, do they play a lot of good fluid football week in, week out? And remember "one of the most..." doesn't mean 'THE most', which I think we'd all agree is Barca right now. Agreed, after Liverpool spent 100m they're still nowt special - perhaps an argument against Arsene p1ss1ng away 100m himself? You want to whinge about newcastle, where a real referee would've given Gervinho a penalty - instead barton instigates a bit of violence, Gervinho raises his hands and is sent-off - and then you complain about the discipline and lack of goals (from 10 men who should've alrready had a penalty)? I don't see disciplanry failings, I see incidents incorrectly handled by the ref. Our 'keeper is top class, our right0back is top class, jenkinson looks good cover, TV is one of the best, Djourou is capable, Koscielny promising, and last year everyone was creaming themselves about Gibbs being England's next lef tback who must get games for Arsenal. That's not the weakest back five, is it?
25/08/2011 09:53:00
***** off Armory. Can we at least friggen enjoy this for just one damn day before you GLooners spoil it. Oh wait, no you can't.
25/08/2011 09:55:00
Broad perspective there Northern Gooner. Crisis is a relative term for different clubs. For a club of the stature of Arsenal the media decided that 4th place in England and losing two players who didn't want to play for the club anymore for different reasons was a crisis. There is no sense of proportion in their analysis ofcourse but there are some truths in the finer details as well. We need some strengthening of the playing squad in lieu of the two departures then we can be in a position where nobody can speak of a 'crisis' at our club for quite some time.
25/08/2011 10:00:00
Football moves in cycles. A time will come when Man Utd will return to midtable mediocrity just as that time will come for us, it's how it works, but the frustrating thing is that it doesn't have to be our time, just spend that money dude. We've got absolutely lashings of it. I doubt there's any team in world football (without a sugar daddy of course) that has the money we do. Let's use it to our advantage. Though judging from Wenger's comments last night we'll see some new players soon.
25/08/2011 10:07:00
Rocky, I thought from AW's comments that we're unlikely to sign someone; he always hedges his bets and doesn't over-promise, but i got a real sense that we might not get anyone in (hard as they seem to be trying). If you could buy one player (who is actually a viable target), who would it be?
25/08/2011 10:14:00
Rocky, I thought from AW's comments that we're unlikely to sign someone; he always hedges his bets and doesn't over-promise, but i got a real sense that we might not get anyone in (hard as they seem to be trying). If you could buy one player (who is actually a viable target), who would it be?
25/08/2011 10:14:00
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