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Just What Have They Been Smoking At Anfield?

Just What Have They Been Smoking At Anfield?

Just what have they smoking at Anfield?

In particular, just what has Jamie Carragher been putting in his rollies as he sneaks out the back of the Sky Sports studios to have a quick dooby in the faint hope that it might slow his speech down just enough to enable the rest of us to understand a single word he`s saying, because quite frankly he`s been talking some utter nonsnse.

Not confident enough with trying to offer an original thought "Carra" is the latest "pundit" to chime in with the opinion that Arsenal will come up short again in the race for the title this season (and then let himself down by trying to put his own spin on it).

Carra reportedly said in the Daily Mail *Translated from mad-scouse* 'They had a good result against City in the Community Shield, but I look at the spine of the team and think: goalkeeper, good but not great, centre backs, good but not great."

'Arteta, holding midfield player and captain, good but not great. Same with the strikers. The spine comes up short. They spent more time at the top than any other team last season but still came up short."

'Why has Arsene Wenger not done what Mourinho has done? Why has he not bought a top goalkeeper? I wish Wenger would go out and buy a big goalkeeper, a strong centre back, a big midfielder and a decent striker and go for it.'

Has the bag of skunk that Carragher has so clearly been hogging made him forget that not only did Wojciech Szczesny finish as the joint golden glove winner but Arsene Wenger recently signed David Ospina? A man whose shot to save ratio was only bettered by Gianluigi Buffon for the whole of Europe last season.

Has the fat-ones he`s been puffing erased the memory of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker forming probably the best central defensive pairing in the PL (not to mention the signing of the very impressive Calum Chambers)?

Have Carra`s pipes and bongs killed so many brain cells that he didn`t even realise that not only did Arsenal secure the signature of Liverpool target Alexis Sanchez (still bitter about that one Jamie?) but Arsenal only "came up short" by 7 points last season (only 5 behind Liverpool) & they did so without Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil for large parts of the season (not to mention having to play 12 more cup games than Liverpool in the process)?

Maybe after Liverpool "came up short" in every competition they entered last season (which wasn`t many) and then went and sold their best player only to replace him with Southampton, Carragher should be discuss Liverpool`s prospects for the season?

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Date:Thursday August 14 2014
Time: 1:53AM


Butt hurt Arsenal fans. Carragher doesn't think Arsenal will win the title, oh boo hoo!
Patrick Ferris
14/08/2014 02:26:00
Analyzing Arsenal these days must be very difficult for the 'usual suspect' pundits. Default labels are not applicable anymore and instead of raising their hands and admitting the obvious, it appears there is a search for new negative tags. "The spine comes up short..." How lazy! We've won some silverware, we've spent some %$# money, we've signed marquee players, and we didn't fall outside the top four. Now we have to mimic Mourinho?
14/08/2014 02:49:00
Carragher is a bitter man and my guess is it is all about his club losing out on Alexis Sanchez, who preferred coming to a club that has actually won something recently (which improves the chances of more medals, sooner), not one living on past glory, plus the cosmopolitan London. He can talk and "wish" all he wants, so long as the manager, players and fans feel satisfied with the squad, I have very few complaints.
14/08/2014 02:55:00
*more cosmopolitan London life*. It would seem punditry is relying more and more on the 'controversial' views to get hits and viewership for the employer TV stations. It also helps when the opinions are about a club with a big, literate fan base as Arsenal. Be it radio, TV, newspapers, internet, etc., Arsenal news sells.
14/08/2014 03:01:00
If you don't see how vastly Arsenal has improved this summer then you have a personal issue with them. I am a Chelsea fan and I know for us to win a title we have to be at our very best. I'll be very careful not to bet against Arsenal this time round as I've always done. Arsenal will be in the mix to the very end this time. One thing is for sure Liverpool may fail to clinch the top four spot (unfortunately).
14/08/2014 06:01:00
sounds like charragher touched a nerve?
stuart smith1
14/08/2014 06:15:00
Football punditry is about having an opinion, just because Carraghers opinion happens to differ from that of yours doesn't mean it is a bad opinion. I think what he is trying to say is that when watching Arsenal over the past 7 or 8 seasons, when it comes to the big games there is an obvious lack of backbone, despite the fact that Arsenal won the FA Cup last season, this lack of spine was never more apparent than in their fixtures away from home against the other teams in the top 4, conceding 6 at City, 6 at Chelsea and 5 at Anfield, this simply doesn't happen to a team capable of winning titles. In Ospina, Chambers, Debuchy and Sanchez, Carragher is simply pointing out that Arsenal haven't signed players who he feels will make them take the leap from also-rans to title challengers. Its OK throwing around useless stats about golden gloves and arguably the best centre-back pairing when the fact remains that Arsenal only kept one clean sheet against any team in the top 5 all season, conceding a remarkably hefty negative goal difference in the process, it is also apparent that Arsenal clearly need an out and out striker as back-up or to challenge Giroud, Sinogo is clearly not up to scratch and Sanchez can play up front but is not a striker. I believe what Carragher is saying is that in his opinion, Arsenal will have another run of the mill, just doing enough to qualify for the CL, season.....I tend to agree.
Craig Martin
14/08/2014 06:25:00
Aside from the goalkeeping situation, I would like to see the signing of a proven centre-half as well as a physical DM, so I can see what he is trying to say, he just has trouble connecting his brain to his mouth.
14/08/2014 06:26:00
And on another note, just what exactly does Carragher have to be bitter towards Arsenal about ? The fact that Alexis Sanchez chose to go to Arsenal because his wife wanted to live in London ? Please !!. Carragher won enough in his career to not be bitter about anything, he has a European Cup winners medal which Arsenal as a club can only dream of. On the other hand, maybe its because Arsenal have won the Premier League and Liverpool haven't ? In case you haven't noticed he sits next to a certain player during his punditry who used to play for a team with many more Premier League medals than any other and they just happen to be Liverpools biggest rivals. For me Carragher is simply stating the obvious and come the end of the season you will see this to be the case.
Craig Martin
14/08/2014 06:44:00
Craig Martin, articulate and correct post and unlike the author of this article not an indignant reaction.
Mark Wilkinson
14/08/2014 06:51:00
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