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Nothing Worse Than a Hypocrite In A Baseball Cap

Not only is my intense dislike of Tony Pulis well known in our Vital Arsenal community, but I believe it is shared by many.

I was a firm believer that it was his sole intention to get under the skin of Arsene Wenger, the players and our fans in a bid to claw back a bit of the advantage Arsenal have over Stoke by actually being able to play football.

It appeared as though that worked for a while, however now it`s clear that Tony Pulis is not attempting any mind games, he`s just a horrible little hypocrite.

Yesterday`s 1-0 victory over the Orcs didn`t come without controversy, Lukas Podolski`s second half winner had originally been ruled out for offside after the strike had taken a deflection off a Stoke player.

After a hearty appeal from the Arsenal players the referee conversed with the linesman and reversed the decision after which Tony Pulis had a good old whinge.

'The disappointing thing for me was the number of Arsenal players that surrounded the linesman. I thought that was something you couldn't do. 'If he has given the right decision, he has given the right decision. You take it on the chin and get on with it.

'I haven't got a clue what offside is now. When the linesman gives it offside, the way that Arsenal players surround the linesman, and the referee then goes over, I thought if there were more than five players, you're not supposed to do that. The referee has reacted after that.'

I`m never a fan of players hounding the referee, but when a goal has so clearly been ruled out for a wrong decision it`s impossible to expect players not to react, especially someone like Mikel Arteta who was staring right down the barrel of the free-kick and clearly saw no Arsenal player intervened and therefore could not have been offside.

Of course once the decision was made to award the goal Pulis continently ignored the Stoke players making their feelings known.

Then there was the Michael Owen, Mikel Arteta "punch" which could see the former England striker in hot water. Now I personally don`t have a problem with the incident, Owen didn`t punch Arteta, he thought about it, but it was nothing incident.

Tony Pulis did concede that Owen might find himself in trouble with the FA, however he claimed the incident was sparked by a "poor challenge" from Mikel Arteta. Poor challenge? Honestly? That was a beautiful tackle, one which his players would have been proud to have made.

The baseball capped bell-end is forever bleating on about Arsenal not being able to handle the physical game, yet he`s now complaining about excellent abd perfectly timed tackles, whilst at the same time completely ignoring the studs up leg breaker on Koscielny delivered by Ryan "he`s not that type of player" Shawcross.

He's nothing more than a vile hypocrite.

Ok, now I have my own Sunday morning whinge out of the way I can go about my business.

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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 3 2013

Time: 10:56AM

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That Koscielny 'challenge' was a shocker. Studs up and right in the groin. I dont care who you are thats an x-rater right here. What a despicable waste of oxygen Shawcross is.
Wyn Mills
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03/02/2013 12:14:00

Pulis's post match interview in which he claimed that if he'd had the resources that Arsenal have he'd be able to play better football was a masterpiece of ignorance. Stoke City are effectively owned by bet365 and as such enjoy resources that many clubs other clubs don't. Over the last 5 seasons they average the 3rd highest net transfer spend in the PL behind only City and Chelsea according to the transferleague site. Anyone think that if he had to make do with the resources that Swansea have Pulis would be able to play the football they do?
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03/02/2013 12:36:00

Yeah I saw that Amos. The man is just a horrible little rat. Did anyone see the "handshake" with Wenger? Now I personally don't give a crap if they shake hands or not, but for a man who claims to want to uphold the traditions of English football that was weak to say the least. Not to mention had Wenger done the same thing there would have been uproar. At least Wenger has the courage of his convicitions not to shake the hand of someone whos hand he doesn't want to shake. Pulis is vermin.
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03/02/2013 12:42:00

I think all of us are now wise to his blabberings. I think Arsene has become wise to it as well. That's why he doesn't get drawn into any fights with him. Instead, he makes sure we beat them on the pitch, then inserts a clever little remark into his post match interview. I thought it was a gem that he turned a very harmless question about Nacho Monreal into a "biggest culture shock for a player is Stoke". That probably incensed Pulis even more
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03/02/2013 12:54:00

that Pulis whine abnout 'resources' - there was a blog entry showing they'd spent 120m more than Arsenal in the last five seasons. What a ccockmangler the man is...
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03/02/2013 13:30:00

Pulis actually has some good players at his disposal too. The likes of Etherington, N'Zonzi are good technical players, he just doesn't know how to use them. It's not the ling balls or the long throws that make me dislike Stoke, it's the relentless cynicism and miserable negativity. Every goalkick, every throw in, every shirt pull, they're totally joyless.
Little Dutch
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03/02/2013 13:38:00

What continues to amaze me is how Pulis always has to make some kind of snide backhanded put-down about AW & Arsenal, or make some sour grapes complaint - and perpetually goes on about how poor plucky little Stoke achieves so much when up against Big Bad Rich Powerful Arsenal--or endures so much mean, nasty attacks because they're so poor and small in comparison to the big powerful clubs. He always has so much to say about Arsenal and AW. Whereas AW says very little about Stoke--most of it complimentary. And he never says anything about Pulis directly-unlike Pulis re AW. Pathetic man, pathetic club.
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03/02/2013 14:55:00

Much as I think his music is unlistenable shoite I'm always reminded of one of his lyrics which is just spot on "Is there anything more depressing than that? An Englishman in a baseball cap"
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03/02/2013 16:29:00

Sorry that should of "one of Pete Dohertys' lyrics".
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03/02/2013 16:31:00

Pulis is Welsh but a welshman in a baseball cap is even more depressing.
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03/02/2013 18:07:00

I always thought he was west country as he speaks in that appalling bumpkin brogue, whilst looking through those eyes that look like he spends nights standing round cars in wastelands watching dogging, yelling 'get stuck in!' pointing to positions he wants people in.
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03/02/2013 18:18:00

Spot on. It makes me happy when he's sad - I can almost taste his tears. I may be a bit of a sadist but every time we beat Stoke I always hunt obsessively for his post match interview. 1 win in 10, one can only hope... Birmingham, Bolton, Blackburn, Wolves - then Stoke the last of the bully boys. If they weren't getting refereeing favours they'd already be gone. Then you no longer have a great player like Yacob getting crippled by these hatchet men.
Arsenales F.C
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03/02/2013 18:39:00

Yeah it might have been him I could hear shouting 'get stuck in' !
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03/02/2013 18:50:00

Cracking post, Rocky7 - sid what needed to be said and funny, too!
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03/02/2013 20:45:00

@ nikolaijn - ha ha!
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03/02/2013 20:48:00


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