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Hearing the rain thud rhythmically against my window as my alarm sounded at the ungodly hour of five am, forming a striking harmony with the howling wind, my embryonic thoughts of the day were how this match would be a real test of Arsenal's resolve. A lot of the talk from our camp and sections of the media has surrounded our toughening up, Arsenal's balls had dropped, gone were the pre pubescent boys who had suffered at the hands of arch thug Shearer and his ilk and a new era had been ushered in. (Though I suspect rumours of Arsenal playing Rage Against The Machine's debut album and thumping skulls together in the dressing room pre match were wide of the mark). A horrific car crash on the M6 made for a slow journey North, in hindsight, it would be foolhardy to entirely dismiss the notion that the horribly obliterated car was a victim of one of Robbie Savage's, ahem, challenges.

The match kicked off and Lilly was slow off the mark, taking a leisurely fifteen seconds to completely needlessly kick Gael Clichy into touch with the ball long since departed. Referee Wiley smiled and remarked, 'not to worry old chap, have another go.' We all expected Blackburn to get in our faces early on, and so they did, pursuing the ball with admirable tenacity. Savage and Emerton waded in with some meaty challenges, not all of which were unfair. My problem comes when time and time again Rovers players sontinued their momentum into stricken players, intentionally kicking them once the ball had gone and the ref's back was turned. Honestly, at times it was like watching that awful Vinnie Jones movie Mean Machine. The Gunners' stood up to the intimidation, but did not seem at their fluent best. Rovers denied the Gunners' space in midfield, and the impressive figures of Nelsen and Samba mopped up anything that ventured towards van Persie and debutant Eduardo. It was an understandably quiet debut from Eduardo, but a huge positive was his desire to receive the ball and he seemed unpreturbed by the pitch war Blackburn were creating. Though I would suggest he needs to be a little more subtle at his attempts to back into defenders to create space.

Arsenal scored with pretty much their first decent break. Friedel failed to gather a routine shot, which Fabregas followed up with alacrity (yes, an Arsenal player following up in the box, we really have changed), his original effort was fumbled clear from the line by Warnock, but Robin van Persie scored his eighth goal against Rovers in three seasons. It was a scrappy goal befitting of a scrappy game, the kind of goal Arsenal have not scored enough of in the past. The Gunners' took control at this point and should have had a second, had Theo Walcott had demonstrated more composure, he might his cross might have found Robin van Persie unmarked with the goal gaping. Rovers did come close though, a Bentley set piece was headed onto the post by the giant Christophe Samba, a player who looks to be another inspired signing by Mark Hughes. Philippe Senderos headed narrowly over, but Rovers sought to disrupt Arsenal's rhythm with a series of niggly fouls and laughable hystrionics, 99% of which emanated from Robbie Savage. This utter twat is just football's answer to the wasp, nobody knows what it does or why it's there and to compensate for it's utter ineptitude, it's sole function seems to be to annoy everybody with petulant enthusiasm. Lilly is that rare creature, a hybrid of thug, some of his tacklling really leaves a lot to be desired, and ponce. Anytime somebody has the temerity to come close to him, he collapses holding his face, his blond locks flailing around him. For instance, he conned the gullible official into cautioning Mathieu Flamini (though on balance of his later indiscretions, he probably deserved to be booked in this game), bot leapt for a header, Flamini's knee barely brushing Savage's hip, only for Lilly to lie prone with his hands clutiching his face. This guy is a cancer on our league, and the fact that he has yet to be sent off in the Premiership is a shocking indictment on a league that is fast becoming a laughing stock around the globe.

The half time whistle sounded with, amazingly, the Rovers fans chanting '1-0 to the referee.' Despite the fact that they probably should have finished the half with nine men (tackling around the neck is not even permissable in rugby, yet it was a practise Rovers indulged on a multitude of occasions). I can only presume that Wiley used his telekinectic powers to momentarily turn the ball into a bar of soap as Friedel went to handle it. (As is decorum for all match officials, he later evened the score). Despite Gallas going off injured (predictably, he was evading a late challenge from behind), the Gunners' were standing up to the bully boys. Rovers came out with renewed vigour in the second half, pinning Arsenal back for much of the half, but without creating much). A Bentley cross was headed back across goal by Derbyshire onto the straggling body of Toure, the ball could easily have gone in off his frame but thankfully it did not. Heated exchanges became commonplace, with Savage at the pivot of the game's every unsavoury moment.

Firstly, his appalling dive to try and win a penalty, followed by his embarassingly insistent protest, putting one in mind of a child who had had his haribo wrestled away from him. Emerton squared up to Hleb for no apprent reason other than the fact that the Belarussian wanted to take a throw in. Mark Hughes became involved with van Persie, as the Dutchman outrageously tried to duck the flailing arm of Warnock, whose attempt to throw the ball at van Persie's face was immature at best. The referee's lose grip on the game was confirmed when the usually placid Pedersen won a challenge on Fabregas, only to quite deliberately stamp on Fabregas's head with the ball again an innocent bystander. Not only did the referee not punish the offence, he then failed to allow Fabregas treatment, the most basic violation of health and safety legislation since the Manson family decided to attend a house party in the sixties. It's a basic indiscretion that should see Wiley clutching a P45 this morning. Has Petr Cech's misfortune taught us nothing?

van Persie was rightly livid with the official's lunacy, but regrettably expressed it with a late challenge on Warnock. Predictably, Savage was first on the scene brandishing an imaginary card in an attempt to get van Persie sent off. He also appeared to wade in with an arm windmilling towards van Persie as he lay on the ground. Fabregas did not get mad, he got even with Gamst, winning possession with a cruching, but fair tackle. The Gunners' were being pinned back, but looked reasonably comfortable at the back, until David Dunn played a one two with Roque Santa Cruz, launching a tame left foot shot at Lehmann, which the German somehow fumbled into his own net. Another costly howler from the German that could see him pay with his place, I'll discuss this matter in greater depth in an article I will post tonight. Matt Debyshire chose to celebrate by screaming in Lehmann's face, another in a catalogue of embarassing incidents for Blackburn.

Arsenal redoubled and nearly grabbed a late winner. Once again, Bendtner made a difference upon his arrival, latching onto Fabregas's through ball and rounding Friedel, but from a tight angle, he tried to play in van Persie, the ballwas intercepted and broke loose to Hleb, a first time shot would have given Arsenal three points, but he foolishly took a touch beofre laying off to Denilson, his shot was cleared off the line by Nelsen. Nelsen was then sent off for a second bookable offence, hauling down van Persie with the Arsenal striker clean through on goal. Bendtner was to hook a last gasp shot wide from the edge of the 18yard box, and Blackburn got their point. On balance, a point was not entirely unfair, neither side created much, although the Gunners' had more clear cut opportunities than their hosts. Unfortunately, a basic goalkeeping error cost us a hallmark victory, another statement that Arsenal were not their to be bullied anymore. Even more regrettable were Blackburn's tactics. I am aware of how Wenger uses the media on occasion, but this time his key adjective, 'violence' is bang on the money. The ball appeared to be an inconsequence to the likes of Savage, Emerton and Gamst, whilst Bentley and Savage's impressive penchant for verbals make a potentially exciting and admirable Blackburn isde, hard to appreciate. It's sad that our league allows this sort of play with dismissive asides such as, 'it's a man's game.' Stamping on someone's head as they lay on the ground is not the action of 'a man', holding one's face when feeling connection with the hip is not the action of 'a man.' They are the actions of cowards, and I think I might have a good case to sue Blackburn under the trade descriptions act, I paid them 31 to watch a football match. It scarsely resembled one.LD.




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Date:Monday August 20 2007

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Your Comments

"Matt Debyshire chose to celebrate by screaming in Lehmann's face" Sounds like something Henry would do.
Jacky B
Berbatov might too Jacky if he could summon up the passion, or interest.
hatespur
Couldnt agree more LD. Savage is an t**t. He's a cheat and a disgrace to any individual who goes out there every weekend and applies himself as a journeyman and footballer. For me, Arsenal showed a few things this weekend. Firstly we wont lie down and take it any more, secondly, Sagna is a helluva player and thirdly RVP will score 20 goals this season.
themadafrican
nice one hatespur, but i feel you are ill informed.
Jacky B
I studied his body language mate against Everton and Sunderland. Looks like he couldn't give a flying fudge to me.
hatespur
I should of course have mentioned Sagna's performance, strong, solid, exceptional in the air. And Jacky, Henry chided Kirkland for being a cheat, Derbyshire kicked a man when he was down. In fact, this might have been the first game ever where Lehmann didn't get involved in anything and therefore did not deserve such a display of unsporting behaviour.
Little Dutch
Thankyou Hatespur. You have based your opinion of a hard working player who has done plenty of "dirty work" in our shirt, on 2 games
Jacky B
LD, You admit pretty much that Lehmann is a cock, and in my opinion is quite often on th ewind up, much like Savage. As such i have no sympathy for him.
Jacky B
bad language skills, but you understand me
Jacky B
Games against us too Jacky. The 3-0 last season he hardly ran around like a man desperate to please in his first north London derby. Although he did look up for it in the first 20 minutes against our reserves at your gaff in the CC.
hatespur
Jacky mate Henry doesnt play for Arsenal any more so anything you say about him is completely irrelevant. I'd be more worried about your lot than ours at the moment. Their over on your forum at the moment asking for Vieira a *****in' good laugh if ever i've had one. You wont even get Guti, let alone a legend, albeit a declining one. Also it is sad to think that your ambition at trying to match us has gotten to the deluded point that you can beat us by buying players we sold when they were past their best. You need to stop putting crack and acid in the beer down at the lane, mate.
Ozi Gooner
About Lehmann, yeah we al know he can be an utter tosser, and it annoys us as much as it does the rest of the league, but the difference between him and Savage is he is actually (most of the time) a world class player. Savage is not even a class player for Wales.
Ozi Gooner
The amount of genarilsations and convenient twists there are amazing Ozi
Jacky B
Great reporting LD, and I think that most neutrals would agree they were verging on violence. Our defenders are looking better and better every day, bar our keeper. I made the game but arrived early so was watching Almunia warm Jens up with shooting practise... he let a couple slip past him, one of which was very similar to the goal we conceded. The guy sat next to me saw was watching too and he sighed, turned around, then said "let's pretend we didn't see that, shall we?". It was almost like deja-vu! Jens seemed a bit weary, heavy and far from confident. A psychologist watching these two pre-match would have selected Almunia, who seems hungrier, fitter and yes, meaner than Jens. I am sure Arsene will give Jens 5 more matches before leaving him out though.
Andy-bayor
Lehmann doesn't wind people up, he just gets too easily wound up. He also doesn't put potentially career threatening challenges on people. Lehmann's temperament is an unfortunate, if occasionally funny, by product of his game. Savage's temperment IS his game, nothing else. He can't pass, he can't shoot, he doesn't score, he's rubbish in the air, his touch is appalling, he doesn't dictate the tempo of a game, he is useless bar his attempts at removing other players, either by kicking them or getting them sent off with his diving.
Little Dutch
Good report as ever LD. The game was there for the referee to control but it seems the last person the phrase "it's a mans game" applies to is the referee. Blackburn only got away with what they were allowed to get away with. I don't understand why those in authority can't see the damage it does to British football. They will readily retrospectively punish a scuffle at the end of the Carling Cup Final but 90 minutes of sustained thuggery is perfectly acceptable.
Amos.
Lehmann is a world class keeper, ok so he made two mistakes i would stick by him for now. I dont think the first 1 was so much a "goalkeeping error" more just an error and nothing else. Yesterday was a keppers error but he will get over it, sure during his first couple of seasons he was very prone to howlers.
rk1888
Last season 2-2 at White Hart Lane. Lehmann elbowed Berbatov in the head for no apparent reason. I wont argue about Savage
Jacky B
Berbatov yawned in his face and spilled his hot tea on his foot.
hatespur
Still jacky there is a difference. i admitted lehmann can be a joke at times, but at least on most days he is good at what he is there for. What is savage there for? To call him a footballer would be a very loose application of that particular adjective.
Ozi Gooner
I agree. But as I said, I don't feel for Lehmann cos he is a cock. And a Gooner. Lol Hatespur. Even if Ozi doesn't like it, Henry and many other great players have been seen with their hands on their hips.
Jacky B
For once, I will disagree partially with ur write up, LD. I agree with you about Blackburn being close to violent, but the amount of attention to that aspect in your article is a little too much IMO. We also gave it back, with a couple of over the top challenges. Overall, I do agree with the principle expressed, its only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured by that ***** of a 'footballer', Savage. Other than that, it is refreshing to see Arsenal willing to mix it up with the bully boys. A draw was a fair result overall.
prits
I know henry has been less than enthusiastic at times, thats why not all gooners were that sad to see him go. but again not a player of ours anymore and berbatov has a long way to go before he can be compared to titi, a long, long, long way.
Ozi Gooner
I'm only joking with you Jacky. In Henry's last season he often had a air of disinterest about him.
hatespur
lol hatespur! I have to agree with Amos, if you are allowed to get away with thuggery then when a team like Arsenal comes to town and threatens to take you apart you are always going to choose that option. I thought we coped with it quite well but still think we are a striker light of challenging for major honours.
iceman10
Man City next for you lot? Thats a win-win for me
Jacky B
Spose us V Utd is for you aswell
Jacky B
iceman, after this weekend I am more convinced than ever that that striker is Nicolas Anelka.
Little Dutch
Utd need him too
Jacky B
and i thought Wenger said he signed du da du instead?
Jacky B
Do you lads still think we'll strengthen before August 31st?
hatespur
I cant forgive Anelka, I dont think so anyways, there has to be some one else out there without the baggage and attitude problem. He can rot at Bolton for all i care, i only wish Fat Sam was still there with him. I'd take Sobis over him any day.
Ozi Gooner
I thought that we would strengthen because the lack of numbers in the squad to challenge for 4 trophies would be evident to everyone, including Wenger. Now I am starting to become a bit apprehensive, coz there are no indications of any transfer activity.
prits
Hatespur. If you get down the gym, you might do enough to compete physically with the likes of Blackburn without moaning. But, I doubt you'll a return by 31 Aug. Even at 3 times a week, you are looking at a couple of months
Jacky B
Hatespur. If you get down the gym, you might do enough to compete physically with the likes of Blackburn without moaning. But, I doubt you'll get a noticeable return by 31 Aug. Even at 3 times a week, you are looking at a couple of months
Jacky B
that was not my fault by the way
Jacky B
We did compete with Blackburn physically, but by definition, it is not possible to "compete" outside of the rules of the game. Especially as 99% of the kickings dished out by Blackburn occured with the player on the ground.
Little Dutch
You know i am just pulling your leg, but you gotta expect it against a side like that. Not fair, but its life.
Jacky B
To be honest LD, i think that the fact we did complete should have been enough and Wenger didn't need to make a meal of it afterwards. It just opens up the option for other teams to do the same if the players are told "they don't like it up 'em". The players coped and we'd have won at a very difficult away venue had it not been for a goalkeeping error. Had Wenger not brought the over physical nature of the game to the attention of the press maybe anyone with the inclination to kick us would have tried a different approach having seen that it hadn't bothered us.
hatespur
*compete
hatespur
True. I'm thinking we should get Savage and Barton in before the window shuts, just for the Arsenal game
Jacky B
They'd be considered playmakers in your bland midfield.
hatespur
lol. Haven't you heard the latest? Huddlestone had a good game. He is the saviour
Jacky B
Oh well, that's me put in my place:)
hatespur
Damn hatespur beat me to it. I was gonna make a similarly prdictable comment about Savage being an improvement on your midfield but now i suppose i will just agree.
Ozi Gooner
Ive always thought Huddlestone was a better player than either Zakora or Jenas Jacky? LD If Anelka was to come in i genuinely think it could propel us on to another level, RVP will score 20 but Eduardo needs time to bed in. Anelka puts the fear of god into defenders with sheer pace that this squad lacks through the middle of the attack. I cant see it happening tho :(
iceman10
Its nearly true Ozi
Jacky B
In reality I think Huddlestone is a better "footballer" but he lacks ahleticism. Thats why he's gotta play with 1 of the other 2. None of the 3 are really good enough yet i fear. Hopefully Boateng will be good enough.
Jacky B
Jacky, to say 'The Hudd' lacks athleticism is like saying that Bellamy lacks intelligence or that Alex Ferguson lacks humility.
hatespur
Hmm...I will bite my tongue with some of the comments in the article but just wanted to say it is a brilliant read. A tremendous article, I love the detail and numerous humerous anecdotes. Some of the comments and descriptions about Sav are terrific! Great article
roversman
Hatespur... Or Wenger lacks eyes
Jacky B
hatespur, good point about making a meal out of it, though its impossibly hard to stay cool when they openly cheat! I agree with those that feel our point is good progress though and nearly winning is progress on last year!
Andy-bayor
LOL hatespur
prits
Great write-up as usual. I really couldn't believe what I was watching yesterday, that sort of game just wouldn't occur in the Champions League would it?? And Alan Hansen and Gavin Peacock p*ssed me right off on MoTD2 last night by saying that Blackburn did nothing wrong, "that's what you get when you come to the North-West" and that Arsene Wenger has complained about this for the last 5 seasons. Hansen & Peacock also wrote off our chances of the title and, whilst I think we'd do extremely well to win it, I really hope we do - or at least finish above Liverpool. But I am really pleased about the spirit and resilience in our team, there is something very different about them this season and we know that whatever happpens they will give absolutely everything. We just need to stop conceding silly goals.
Gooner_Vin
roversman, wait until he gets a subject he is really passionate about. Whilst you're here, say hello to Jacky B. The 'nets' only Spurs fan that can communicate like a human being.
hatespur
But what other manager ever comes out and says the other team was violent/too physical. Even when its true, you just don't do it.
Jacky B
I'll keep an eye out for those future articles then. Always enjoy reading fluent and passionate writing, perfectly constructed.
roversman
Fergie said it about portsmouth in midweek Jacky Then he told everyone on friday afternoon a player would be seriously injured unless the refs clamp down on violent and dangerous tackling.
iceman10
You manager reverted to obscenities by all accounts.
hatespur
hey jacky, save me the trouble of going over to Vital Spurs - what is the over-riding state of mind amongst your brethren today?
Andy-bayor
Why not Jacky? Wenger called it as he saw it, and a lot of us here agree with him. Just as a lot of managers wouldnt call the linesmen liars eh, even if they lied. Nothing wrong in that.
prits
TopSpur can on occasion, by the ay jacky B you might want to have a word to griddo over on your forum mate. He keeps coming over here claiming only RVP would get in your squad from ours and at left wing. Now seriously tell me you wouldnt love to have the problem with picking central midfielders we have - Cesc, Hleb, Rosicky, Gilberto, Diaby and Denilson, i expect you'd take at least 5 of those 6. Also Clichy and Toure would have to go staright in. I understand bias, like you said about Wenger and his lack of vision, but some times blind hope just gets pathetic.
Ozi Gooner
Jacky, did Elmo Putney, sorry, Martin Jol, realise the irony in saying "I guess i'll have to take it on the chin" do you think? I almost wet myself when I read thad that.
hatespur
Prits. Wenger saw something with his own eyes? wonders will never cease. Iceman, Fairplay. Andy, its taken un upturn of course, but try to remember, we are not as fickle as we seem its just that there are one or two very vocal pessimists amongst us. Ozi, I'd Love Fabregas. Centre midfield for me is the only place we have personnel problems. The rest is down to balance and blend.
Jacky B
Hatespur. I doubt it. But asmuch as Wenger is a better manager than Jol, he says the more ridiculous things!
Jacky B
Come on seriously you wouldnt take Clichy and RVP? or Toure? I would think anyone in the PL would take RVP and Toure and Clichy is a huge improvement on your left backs at the moment.
Ozi Gooner
Jacky u say what manager would ever talk about violence in an interview but what other manager would stand fixated on the touchline like a bag of sand and do nothing when getting whooped by Everton? :)
iceman10
LD, good article as usual. But at one point I almost couldn't keep reading as it got me so sick! That said, I still have a few positives to take from that game. 1. We've got confirmation that Sagna's our #1 RB, before Eboue. 2. Walcott got a lot better, despite that bad cross to RvP in front of goal. He's been looking like he'd just need more confidence to play well and you can see he's gaining that. 3. Cesc, Flamini and even Hleb have become much tougher than last year, neither unfazed nor easily provoked in these situations, keeping their cool most of the time. 4. Eduardo wasn't only unintimiated, but even fought for the ball pretty aggressively, especially in the first half. Having only come back with one training session after a minor injury, it tells us he's a tough guy too. 5. Senderos looked solid replacing Gallas. In fact the backline looked better game on game since the pre-season started. 6. Bendtner made a difference, again, as a sub, adding physical presence, strength and threat to our game. That's actually the main reason why I kept thinking if AW would start him ahead of just-fit-again Eduardo in view of the physical-bordering-on-violent opposition. And for an awful game where our keeper made a mistake, it's not too bad, huh? You guys can also read AW's reaction on arsenal.com and I think he's right.
Louisa
Yeah i would, but in reality, with all our players fit we don't particularly need any of them. Clichy mostly cos we dont know what Bale is gonna do yet. But ridiculous injuries notwithstanding (even Bent is now injured), we have plenty of quality at centre back and centre forward
Jacky B
What's up with Bent? Fallen over his wallet?
hatespur
Iceman, what should he have done? bought on Cerny for Robbo? lol
Jacky B
Yeah if i was you and i could i'd definitely take Clichy, much better than what you have there at the moment. If you put Gilberto and Cesc in the middle you'd almost have a decent side.
Ozi Gooner
Whats that mean Hatespur?
Jacky B
Just thought he might have taken a tumble over his new found wealth.
hatespur
Lol, to be fair old Marjorie from fat fighters ("cake, cake I love a bit of cake") has been under a lot of pressure what with your board flying off to spain to try and get a real manager.
iceman10
I think you've got the wrong guy.
Jacky B
what is wrong with him anyway?
hatespur
Thigh
Jacky B
Vanilla, I reckon its the same reporter thats keeps linking Fabregas to Real that came up with that one
Jacky B
Is that the reporter that went to Robbens house and had tea with his missus to try and find out if Arjen was of to Espana?
iceman10
I reckon so. Good grief, If it weren't for me i reckon you'd have another low post thread on your hand's :) Night chaps
Jacky B
This aint Vital Chelsea Jacky!
iceman10
Leave it out iceman, we'll have the Merlin the voyeur darkening our doorstep now.
hatespur
On Lehmann's mistake, nobody says better than Cesc himself: http://www.arsenal.com/article.asp?thisNav=News&article=480447&lid=NewsHeadline&Title=Fabregas+-+We%26rsquo;ll+stand+strong+alongside+Jens+Lehmann
Louisa
Lol Hatespur, I can sense his rubbish brand of Paul Daniels magic will be upon us soon!
iceman10
piff paff poof.
hatespur
I havent read all these comments but that was actually David Bentknob jumping and screaming in Lehmans face. I am starting to disalike that kid more and more even if he has ability, hes a cockey little *****.
hazzagooner
Louisa, some good points there and the first comment on Phillipe I've read on this site since the game. So many people here doubt his ability but he did well coming off the bench for the first time this season.
JakeB
Senderos did look good, but I think Rovers missed a trick by not punsihing us in the air, we didn't look comfortable from their free kicks. Ironically, Lehmann was a tower of strength in those situations. And roversman, what is it with you lot over at vital rovers, you're all so bloody.....reasonable. I assure you I am as placid and laid back a guy as you could ever meet, meek even, football just brings out the devil in me! I stand corrected, it was Bentley acting the ***** (again). On hatespur's point, I don't think we will ad before the deadline, which is worrying. Our squad is high on quality, there is nobody in our current squad who I would be desperate to get rid of, but we're thin on numbers. Anelka and a winger would really see us make a title challenge. As it is, two or three knocks could really do for us.
Little Dutch
On the upisde though, I think Bendtner and Sgana have been great additions so far, Eduardo looks fearless which will serve him well and we don't look to be suffering without Henry at all. I never doubted it.
Little Dutch
We also have Gilberto, Ade, Diaby, Eboue, Rosicky to come back..when(if) everyone's fit our squad is larger than people would have you believe.
Anon 1
What's the betting Wenger is punished by the FA for using the word violence?
simmy8_2000
man anelka really looks like the deal doesnt he........im jus praying that we get him....also it seems we r close to getting a certain luka modric........can nebody gimme info on this guy?
karley
bent fallen over his wallet?? nice one hatespur. great article btw LD, esp in your description of that t**t savage. i saw a picture of him filling fuel into his lambo in a mag and thought to myself "how does a t**t like that make it in the premier league???" there are better guys playin in the championship who would much better represent the premier league than a blond poof***kicking and screaming for 90 minutes. i hate savage cos his sole intention is to get players sent off in a match. the fact that rovers still has a guy like that in their team says a lot about their ambitions as a club.
supersof
LD, the only disappointing thing after the weekend was Wenger talking about the pysical side of the game. He should have just kept quite and moved on. Of course the no brainer press has picked it up and run with it. They fail to mention Savages attempt to have the Flamster sent off or Pedersons stamp on the head. Oh no, that would be bringing down a working class hero and we cant have that against the toffs that play for Arsenal. I sometimes wonder if these guys actually ever watch the game or just talk to the most lunatic fringe fan that gives them their take on the game. I dont think Wenger will strength before the window closes, the team is good. Ade will be back this weekend, push Dudu to the right in place of Walcott and I hope Diaby or Bert are ready for this weekend as the Man City have a lot of experience now in Midfield.
themadafrican
Wenger is right, This wasnt so much a football match, It was just violent. Im sorry but it was disgusting, I sent my son out to play after the first half, I dont want him repeating anything he saw, The FA needs to do somthing about the savage thug and his little gang before they end someones carrer. Is it any wonder this nations youths are such skallywags when some of the role models they look up to are just thugs, and aloud to get away with it week after week, iuno
YidsTopFourLOL
Take a moment to savour the brilliant contribution that Senderos made when he came on for Gallas. I thought he was brilliant!
Trennon
AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Lets all do the Lehmann, Lets all do the Lehmann, LaLaLaLaLaLaLaLa.
Dicksy
Dicksy by name...
Andy-bayor
I think Dicksy has forgotten Chelsea V Reading
Jacky B
Not quite the same though was it and not two games in a row either.
Dicksy
LD i'm convinced too that we should sign Anelka. infact i've been saying it all summer. wenger said in an interview to espn that he signed eduardo because it is easier to work with a player with no prior history with the club. but now Anelka himself has come out and said that we may quit Bolton. and Wenger himself has said that he hasnt finished his business in the transfer market. so is there any chance he may go in for Anelka now or in january? what are your thoughts?
luckys_10
Aint gonna happen luckys it just aint, Bolton value him at 13 mill, theres no chance Wenger will stump that up for a maximum of 2-3 years service.
nikolaijns
Niko he can easily give us four top years of service. and i dun think money will be the reason why wenger won't go for him..
luckys_10
I'm not against the idea far from it, you can't question what he'd bring to us in terms of goals and experience but I just can't see it happening.
nikolaijns
I think Anelka would really be the last piece of the puzzle, everything is in place for him to be a success. It maybe a lot of money, but a player of his class, at his peak under the manager that discovered him, it's easily worth it. If we buy him for 13m, then we'd still be 10m up because we sold him for 23.5m.
Little Dutch
yeh but LD do you think there is any chance Wenger will go for him now? or in the january transfer window?
luckys_10
So, Gallas out for three weeks eh? Not too impressive start from him, Id say hes getting older...
Blue is the colour
BITC, what an insightful observation - that Gallas is getting older, we'd never have guessed.
prits
Well after spending his best years with us and very rarely been on the treatment table it must be a bit annoying knowing that you've only got half the player we had. Giving him the captaincy is a complete and utter joke, can you actually hold your hands up and say he deserves it!!!
Dicksy
Dicksy, thanks for pointing this out to us, but rest assured Gallas will be a good captain and he'll be just fine with us. Don't forget that in return for Billy plus 5m we gave you a player who upon joining you lost all his class off the field, and most of it on the field.
Andy-bayor
 

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