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Arsenal - A Team Of Losers?

Arsenal - A Team Of Losers?

I have to say that I'm losing patience with this Arsenal side, they are a team of losers I'm afraid. There is no one in this current side who steps it up when games are tight and adds a spark of inspiration when it's needed. It's impossible to compare anyone in this side to the likes of Bergkamp, Pires, Vieira etc, they knew what it took to win games, all kind of games.

We lose the Carling Cup Final, fair enough that can happen, so the fans took the positives from the game, we then lose the FA Cup replay against an average Blackburn side, yet again the fans take it and move on, we then get knocked out of the Champions League with an unbelievably wet performance.

After all that chain of losing, 100% losing with nothing to really play for, Arsenal then put on a brave face and try and do their best to claim second spot, telling us that their target is to solidify third and ideally take second place from Chelsea. Who are they kidding? Yet again we lose a must win match and effectively end the challenge before it has even begun. Pathetic. I really am sick of watching a team of talented players not knowing how to win vital matches and not being able to score, I suspect Arsenal fans are slowly getting concerned that we are the club that develops youth for the future only for them to leave in their prime, whilst Arsenal forever remain in no mans land.

Fair enough, losing is inevitable in football, but it's the manner in which Arsenal lose and the same old mistakes being made.

In the summer Wenger really has to introduce some winners into this Arsenal side because currently they lack any winning spark or mentality, most importantly they lack what all winning sides have - consistency - our only consistent feature this season is losing games that we really, really should win. I slightly feel embarrassed for Gallas, he must feel that he is surrounded by lightweights.

OK you might think I'm being harsh but look at what Arsenal (a team which a few seasons ago were scoring for fun in an unbeaten campaign) have achieved this season. Nothing. People will say we are developing, that's what they said last season, at least last season we reached a major final...and lost again.

Today's result was the breaking point for me, I tipped Arsenal to surprise everyone and win the league this season, well they've surprised me by being a bunch of losers when it really matters. After we beat Man Utd at home, if someone had said to me 'This is as good as it gets for you this season' I would never have believed them. I'm so upset I just can't bring myself to think about Arsenal right now, I wish this season ended tomorrow.

Article submitted by Professor Calculus

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Date:Monday March 19 2007
Time: 10:33AM


I'm sure that's what people were saying when we lost two finals in 2000 and 2001, it comes with experience. Buying a shedload of players won't help. City, West Ham, Wigan and Chelsea thought huge signings would help their seasons. Stability is the key, as it was in 2002 when Wenger stuck with his team, fostered them and brought them together as a unit. I remember explicitly people saying exactly the same thing on the way home from the 2001 Cup Final, that we were losers and nearly men. Without wishing to make excuses, any side would miss players of the quality of van Perise, Henry, Adebayor, Hleb, Rosicky who have missed these crucial games of which you speak.
Little Dutch
19/03/2007 10:48:00
easy easy we are all fed up but i know we have match winnes on the squad. any other team playing with there 4th and 5th choice strikers would be suffering as well. take drogba sheva(i know i know) and kalou from chelski take rooney saha and i dont know who and then take bellamy kuyt and crouch from the other teams and see where they go. our midfielders need to score more goals no one argues with that but we were not finishing well with our best and without them we are toothlessissh to say the least. this doesnt mean we dont have match winners. lets not overeact
19/03/2007 10:50:00
To add to my earlier point, United and Reading signed barely anyone last summer and they're not having bad summers.
Little Dutch
19/03/2007 10:50:00
I think you're being too harsh prof. They are still young. Aliadiere has been suddenly thrown into the deep end and Baptista still hasn't adapted and both of them are second strikers. I think liverpool will fear an arsenal backlash on saturday.
19/03/2007 11:00:00
This is a bit of an overreaction. Away to Everton isn't the easiest ground to go to with no strikers. Next season Bentner comes back to challenge for a place, RVP will be fit and ready, TH14 should be well on the mend. Our season finished last week. I couldn't care less the results on the run in now, once we seal CL football. Anyone know whether Vela can come in for next season. Just seen this article, signs are promising
19/03/2007 11:03:00
Go and support Chelsea prof. They could afford to lose 3 world class strikers at the same time I suppose. The only problem now is that we have forwards who can't score goals. You can't blame Wenger for this as his first choice pairing both have long term injuries. I watched Arsenal sides for years with average players and this is nothing like those times.
19/03/2007 11:17:00
I thought overall we played OK yesterday. only the strikers and perhaps the wingers really let us down. clearly you cant win games if your front 4 are not playing well, but dont throw the baby out with the bath water. when we have our first choice front 3 there and the same standard midfield/defence as yesterday then we have a chance.
19/03/2007 11:29:00
Prof, your article reads 'GUTTED' in flashing red lights, and I share your pain! I agree though with LD that it's about stability - I dont feel we need more than 1 or maybe 2 new outfield players. What we need more than anything is to 'click'. I refuse to believe that our talented guys (Rosicky for gods sake - a superb player) cannot kick the living daylights out of opponents more frequently......I'm hoping that Diaby is going to bulk us out a bit more in midfield next season. With Gallas & Toure at CB I feel defence will be fine. Up front, we need Henry back to his best (settle for 90%), and RVP to fire on all cylinders. It's all graft and although we cannot magic a solution, one will become apparent!
19/03/2007 12:06:00
The way we are playing at the moment reminds me of West Ham of the 70/80's who were technically the best team around but won bugger all. I think we are better than that and we must just wait until our injury luck changes. Baptista and Aliadiere shouldn't be blamed as it takes time for players to bed in. Do you remember TH14 when he first arrived? He took his time delivering the goods. So get stuffed Prof and keep the faith
19/03/2007 12:38:00
Rocky - whats up with the pic that goes with this article? Doesnt say loser, to me :) !!
19/03/2007 13:08:00
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