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Cheers Fergie, You Did Us a Favour

Cheers Fergie, You Did Us a Favour

I think it`s safe to assume that even the most elderly of Gooners will find it hard to recall a worse defeat than the battering we took at Old Trafford yesterday.

I`ve been supporting Arsenal since the 80s` and whilst we`ve definitely had worse teams, I can`t remember a result more humiliating that the 8-2 mauling that occurred at the Theatre of Nightmares.

But you know what, I feel pretty good about it today.

I`d almost go as far as to say "cheers Fergie".

We`ve had a spiralling situation for a few years now, quality players leaving our beloved club with egotistical mercenaries or inadequate players replacing them.

But make no mistake, no matter what Arsene or the club tells us, we`re not Champions material right now. Transfer market inadequacy and oil rich sugar daddies have put paid to that.

However call me crazy, but this could turn out to be a good thing.

We have become, rightly or wrongly, somewhat of a laughing stock with the rest of the country, people are taking great delight in what has taken place over the last three or four years (how many times per week do we have to hear how long it`s been since we last won a trophy, yet despite almost exactly the same record no-one ever mentions Liverpool), and because of this and our inability to win a trophy, the players who don`t really care about this club are jumping ship.

We`re ridding ourselves of people like Adebayor, Samir Na$ri, Gael Clichy, Nicklas Bendtner and such. Players who care far more about themselves than they do about the team.

The players who are left might not be as good, but they`ve got heart. Young players who`ve been unfairly burdened with the pressure of holding up the image of a fallen giant. But they`re not hiding.

Players like Jack Wilshere, Manu Frimpong, Carl Jenkinson, Sczczczznzzny etc, they will be honest on the pitch, and give their all, and as long as they do that they`re alright by me.

In the pre-Wenger years we wore our shitness as a badge of honour, supported the team through thick and thin, and despite what Samir Na$ri might tell you, we`ve got a lot of passion in the stands, even if it doesn`t always appear that way.

It`s time to accept that we`re not top tier anymore, that we`re the chasing pack, now is a time to rebuild. The sooner we accept that the majority of the time we`re not going to be able to attract the world class talent, the sooner the players we do sign will be able to benefit from our support.

The world didn`t end when we lost 8-2, just as the world didn`t end for Manchester United when they sold Denis Law to City and he helped relegate them, and today Arsenal fans still love their club as much as they did before the 8-2 loss, as much as they did before The Invincibles, as much as they always have done. We might not agree with the manager, the board or the players, but we still love this club.

And that's all that really counts.

'It ain't about how hard you can hit. It's about how hard you can GET hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep - moving - forward'

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Date:Monday August 29 2011
Time: 11:05PM


100% agree, regardless of what the people in charge of our club tell us, we know what we are now. And I'm fine with that, because its only through acceptance that we as a club can move forward. And the liverpool point is so true. They have been talking about us not winning something 3 years into our barren run, yet liverpool who are entering their 5th year without a trophy, have not been subjected to the kind of bull***** we face. People with agendas eh.
29/08/2011 23:45:00
Liverpool haven't won the league in my lifetime. I haven't been around that long but still 20+ years of league failures while your biggest rival has won plenty and even overtaken you in terms of total titles. That's got to be pretty difficult to take.

Life will go on for us.…
30/08/2011 00:25:00
"We cannot keep selling our best players and claim we are a big club"-Arsène Wenger,July 2011.
30/08/2011 01:22:00
Beautiful piece Rocky... At risk of sounding gay.. I love ya
30/08/2011 04:12:00
Cum on Dannism wat are u do0Š9 here?shar0Š9 arsenals burden! I hope i guess wrong.
30/08/2011 04:16:00
The other game that reflected badly on us this weekend was Citeh's thumping of Tottenham. Because Citeh's lineup reads like a list of not just ex-Gunners, but players that we have been strongly linked to in recent years and failed to sign. Dzeko, Yaya Toure, Kompany, Richards, Barry. Obviously we can't compete pound-for-pound with Citeh's wealth, but it demonstrates our clubs (or Arsene's) lack of determination in the transfer market - we had opportunities to get Kompany and Yaya earlier in their career but decided against it, and now they are exactly what we need. Likewise Dzeko is the clinical goalscorer we've been crying out for, but Arsene wouldnt pay what he was worth. I don't think anyone has been asking Wenger to pay the sort of ridiculous fees that Andy Carroll was bought for, but his reluctance to pay 2 or 3 million more for quality is killing us.
30/08/2011 04:42:00
i love your passionate plea rocky but the comparison between us & liverpool is not right in my opinion. the last trophy we won was the fa cup but the last trophy they won was cl. in fact, they won 1 cl, 1 uefa cup and 2 eufa super cup in the past decade albeit spending some hundreds of millions to achieve that
30/08/2011 06:43:00
Actually Joe, the last trophy Liverpool won was also the FA Cup, in 2006. And whilst the CL is the most prestegious trophy in club football, the UEFA cup isn't even as coveted at the FA Cup in my opinion, and the Super Cup is a glorified Charity Shield.
30/08/2011 07:28:00
I love you too Sajit ... lol ... Love is a powerful thing man, much more useful than hate. The criticism Arsenal fans have received for booing players over the last 6 months was undone with one afternoon's passionate chanting. The players loved it, hell even the media loved it. If we can project more love to the team rather than hate, the atmosphere around this club will be a beautiful thing.
30/08/2011 07:31:00
This 8-2 defeat must have hit Nikolaijns really really hard.Why is he not posting comments? Accept my sympathy,Niko.... :-(
30/08/2011 07:37:00
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