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Stand & Deliver

It`s a long trip back from Cardiff to London. Having digested what I had witnessed in the Millennium stadium and had time to reflect on the season up till now I came to the conclusion that the time for learning is over. Last season was the worst we experienced under Wenger, we reached the Champions league final for the 1st time but the constant away defeats and the way we were bullied made it a season to forget for me, the year we started our learning curve.

That learning curve has continued into this year but I now firmly believe our young footballers have gone through everything a footballer can go through in the season and a half since we started rebuilding. We as fans have learnt to be patient and now we need to be repaid in the form of trophies.

We learnt to come through the bullying as the game vs Bolton away in the cup showed us, we earned the right to weave our wonderful patterns so we cannot use that as an excuse for the boys anymore. We have seen them show strength in adversity by coming from behind time after time to rescue games so we know they have character. We have a squad of players as good as anything in the premiership, strength in all departments so injuries and suspensions can be covered. We have conceded the 1st goal in games so many times that the team should now know to start fast as they did in Cardiff.

They can handle intimidating atmospheres (The shoe box down the road). They play the most expansive and best football in the premiership so they know if they play well they will win games. They have shown that when they are not playing the premierships best brand of football they can win games (Watford away and Wigan at home spring to mind). They have also had the occasional kick up the backside that tells them nothing but 100% focus is good enough when you are playing for The Arsenal (Blackburn in the cup, Sheffield UTD and PSV).They have tasted the pain of defeat in 2 cup finals and wont ever want to taste it again.

Finally they have a manager that believes in them, that has been telling the world and whoever else that will listen that this team can be the best he`s had. Its time for them to repay the faith of the Manager and the fans, no more excuses its time to deliver. Champions league anyone?

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Date:Monday February 26 2007
Time: 5:37PM


Oh ffs, you've learnt to be patient? Get out of it, go 10 years without a trophy then start complaining! It is so obvious Arsenal are in transition and have a bright future with the kids coming through, and I'm not even a Gooner. You, along with all the other teams, have no automatic right to win anything and any fan who thinks their support should be repaid in trophies, especially a fan of a club who have done exceptionally well with not the biggest of board fundings, must be mad.
The Fear
26/02/2007 18:35:00
yeah but it would be the icing on the cake to have actually won,as maureen would say,what has this team won?
fran merida
26/02/2007 18:38:00
Nothing yet, so why don't you all panic, obviously Arsenal are on the rails, crisis, oh no, bloody hell. Look at what you have coming through, they are still learning and some of them look awesome. You are starting to sound like Man Utd fans, arrogant.
The Fear
26/02/2007 18:42:00
Its not arrogance The fear its knowing that the team is good enough and its time to take away the excuse of inexperience. No panic either I just dont want to hear that we lost because we were young etc as they have shown how good they are against the top teams in what I think is the best league in the world. We have no divine right to win anything but a club that wants to be the best must have a winning mentality from the fans through to the board, management and players. 9 times out of 10 if you give footballers an excuse to perform badly they will. I think its time for them to realise their potential.
26/02/2007 18:57:00
Don't worry about the fear, he always get irratable when it's time to pay out cash ;)
26/02/2007 19:04:00
As I said on another thread, the defeats in 2000 and 2001 were the making of the invincibles, I don't see any reason why this team cannot surpass them.
Little Dutch
26/02/2007 19:10:00
Just 18 months ago we were all worried about the fargility of our midfield, now there's none stronger in Europe.
26/02/2007 19:12:00
Defeat is key in the learning process. I kind of accepted the Champions league defeat (although it hurt like hell!) and yesterday was all part of the learning curve. When we were driving back we went past Wembley and we all to a man said that if we got to the FA cup final we would be p*$$ed if we lost!
26/02/2007 19:19:00
Would love to see you win the Champions League after last year's near miss!
26/02/2007 21:57:00
so would we mate!
26/02/2007 21:59:00
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