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Wigan at Home Rescheduled

Those lovely chaps at Sky Sports have once again left their mucky paw prints all over the fixture list, having decided to rejig some of their original TV selections, the home match with Wigan Athletic from its Saturday, 14th April 3pm slot to an unfathomable Monday night slot on 16th April. With the fixture 5 weeks away, most travelling fans will already have booked their travel and made any accommodation plans necessary. I very much doubt Sky Sports will be fishing into their pockets to refund those supporters.

I think we all recognise and grudgingly accept that TV money doesn`t so much talk as walk up to you unaccosted and piss all over your sandals. But the likes of ESPN and Sky have begun to give shorter and shorter notice for these changes. Our match away at Bolton had to be moved from a Tuesday to a Wednesday evening at a fortnight`s notice due to ESPN, which caused major inconvenience to those of us that travelled. (Indeed, many could no longer do so as a result). If television really are so impervious to the supporters when rescheduling matches, surely now there have to be some hard and fast rules around how much notice they`re obliged to give. In any case, the fixture will now take place as below:

Arsenal v Wigan Athletic- Ashburton Grove- kickoff 8pm. Live on some channel or other. I`m sure there are plenty of other means of watching it though 

Oh and, if you can no longer attend the game due to Sky's meddling and were planning on giving your ticket to a mate, heed this cautionary tale

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 9 2012

Time: 11:48AM

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Not to mention the hassle for Wigan fans travelling to London on a workday. Don't Sky understand people have to work for their money? Ridiculous.
Wyn Mills
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09/03/2012 12:29:00

This is what the Manager complained about a while ago. TV has taking over the soul of football's values.
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09/03/2012 12:40:00

*soul of football and its values*
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09/03/2012 12:52:00

Must be a nightmare for all 16 of em
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09/03/2012 12:54:00

Van Persie
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09/03/2012 13:25:00

Interesting insight from Fabregas : "Barcelona have a very specific system and you have to stick to it. Everything is very studied. For my first games there was an adjustment because I was used to my role at Arsenal, where I could move wherever I felt I could make the best contribution. Here, it's completely different. Physically I'm very strong and very fit. I feel the best I've been for three years. We train more, here, definitely. It was different at Arsenal. Sometimes after games we'd stay inside the gym but here we're always outside, with the ball, practising, working tactically. Even if we play almost every three days we hardly have a day off. He [Guardiola] talks a lot. He's very demanding. He doesn't relax one bit. He pushes to the limit and if someone doesn't press 100 per cent then Pep will tell him. He's always putting pressure on us to keep winning. No one can afford to relax. And, again, I am so surprised because normally when you win so much you take it a bit easier. But Pep wants to take the best out of us." Daily Telegraph
Wyn Mills
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09/03/2012 17:53:00

Fabregas has only said what any player would say, given the circumstances. I'll rather not make anything of it. Obviously, he will have to adjust from being the key man around whom play flows to being Messi's supporting cast. I am not too sure Messi has any specific role as he has a free role in Barca. Again, with the intensity of the English game, players would need some recovery time. Sometimes, journalists ask leading questions and report the response in the context they were looking to present.
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09/03/2012 20:54:00

Nice one, Shewore ;-)
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09/03/2012 21:09:00

STFU Fabregas.
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09/03/2012 23:15:00

I dont think you have to take this as a negative comparison from Fabregas, simply an observation of the difference in training methods and philosophy. We will only ever get this insight from the players themselves which is why i find it interesting. I also feel many people attribute Barcelona's success primarily to the brillance of stars like Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, when I believe its clear that the team system is just as, or even more important.
Wyn Mills
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10/03/2012 10:52:00

I agree with you wyn.......In my opinion, as much as Barca obviously have a wealth of attacking flair, its their work rate OFF the ball that impresses me. As quick as they lose the ball (which isn't often) they want it back. Its quite simple really......the opposition cant do any damage to you without the ball, and for me Barca our masters at it. It requires a MASSIVE work rate and high fitness level from the team, and this is why they make the 4-3-3 work so well for them. I remember when Wenger started using the 4-3-3 on a regular basis and we used to close out teams when they had the ball high up the pitch, win it back and hit them hard on the counter, but I only think it works when the 2 wide forwards pull in tight to pack the midfield (when we lose the ball) and put pressure on the other team.....I think our workrate off the ball needs serious improvement by the way. Barca's achilles heel is not having the ball (as we proved when we beat them) They are not the greatest on the back fact, quite ordinary, this is why Guardiola SCREAMS at them to win the ball back before the opposition are in their attacking third......Obviously its not as simple as just playing a 4-3-3 and chasing a team down, you need players who are comfortable on the ball with great technical ability to make this system work....AKA Barcelona, This is where their training and philosophy will be different from most other teams......just my opinion and observation. And to stay on topic, Rupert Murdoch can *****ing do one!
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10/03/2012 13:52:00

Tee hee hee. It's never too early to laugh at the Spuds. Anyone else notice how we have had some peace on this site since the NLD; and to think that was the day they were to stretch the lead to 13 points. It is a funny ol' game isn't it?
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10/03/2012 19:32:00

Big up, Toffees!
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10/03/2012 19:33:00

Thank you Moyes...... Now please please please please dont ***** up on Monday.
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10/03/2012 19:41:00

Ho Ho HO!
Wyn Mills
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10/03/2012 20:23:00

.....Bendie also doing his parent club a favour, knocking back Liverpool a peg.
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10/03/2012 21:06:00

I see Bale succeeded in not getting himself injured once again.
Wyn Mills
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10/03/2012 23:38:00

Tell me the chimp didn't dive again?
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11/03/2012 01:44:00

Of course he did niko, twice. Once, in the build up to Leon Osman's shot which was saved by the goalie, and the 2nd in the 89th minute when Osman gave him a earful for diving. He was not touched on both occasions. Bale mostly gets away with it, so he's probably going to dive again.
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11/03/2012 09:52:00

'kin ell, what an embarassment.
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11/03/2012 11:45:00

OT. It has been officially confirmed Rosicky has signed a new contract, committing his future to Arsenal. With this move for the 31 year old, could it be the club is changing its philosophy about only offering no more than one year contracts to players over 30 years? It should be a good sign; I can think of a few influential players we could have retained if this was in place about 5 years ago.
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12/03/2012 12:40:00

My bad. Turns out it is a one year extension he signed.
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12/03/2012 13:34:00

My bad. Turns out it is a one year extension he signed.
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12/03/2012 13:34:00


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