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Man of the match? There is only one…

By Walter Broeckx

How do you highlight the best man on the pitch from a game like the one against Naples? Well in fact you can’t. I think the saying that it is a team sport never has been truer than on what must become known as “that famous Tuesday evening”. A team sport where every player has to play his part and where all players just perform to their best (or thereabouts) and then the result(s) will come.

So if we try to look at each player in detail it would be something like this:

Szczesny: hardly had anything to do. But every ball that he had to deal with was taken with great confidence and style. No difficult balls to stop so he will have felt a bit needless at times. But was very concentrated and focused during the whole game and that is very important for a keeper.

Sagna: ran up and down in the first half and was more of an extra winger at times. I seriously cannot believe that people were on his back last season when he was still recovering from his two broken legs. In the second half didn’t go forward that much anymore but that was down to instructions from the manager I think.

Mertesacker: Nobody reads the game better than he does. Forget about being slow, turning slow. He is the calm, steady rock at the back who leads the rest. Another brilliant defensive performance.

Koscielny: seems to be the ideal partner for Mertesacker for the moment. His more aggressive style combined with the calm Mertesacker suits them both. I cannot remember Naples going through our centre so both did an excellent job.

Gibbs: He is not a defender or a left back said his critics last season. Well they are right. He is not just a left back. He is a player that plays the whole left wing. I noticed yesterday that it seemed that Sagna was ordered to join the attack more. Maybe Wenger spotting a weakness on the left flank and therefore ordering Sagna to join the attack and Gibbs staying more at the back to cover most of the time. And look our two goals came from us opening things on our right flank and Naples left flank. So Wenger doesn’t do tactics they said….

Flamini: oh well…I think even the biggest opponents against him coming back will now have joined the: “glad he is back”-gang. I remembered him from his last season at us when he was great in his role. And we have that same last season Flamini back for the moment. Even when he slipped in the second half and Naples could have threatened to open us up, he picked himself up and ran after the man with the ball like a terrier and won the ball back. That is the spirit.

Arteta: at times still a bit rusty. But you know that his composure and movement will make him always available for team mates in case they need to get a passing option. This was a first game with both Flamini – Arteta on the field from the start and a big test to see if they are compatible together. Passed that test rather well as they were both responsible for Naples not being able to penetrate our defensive line and having to use harmless long distance shooting.

Ramsey: no superlative can be big enough to talk about his performances the last months. Shall I remember the Ramsey-haters once again at how stupid they were and how disgraceful? Maybe I just did by remembering them but I still find it hard to accept the hate he had to endure from his own fans. Only negative point about Ramsey yesterday was that he didn’t score. But for the rest…what a great performance. And just before half time he was struggling with some niggle and I and the match commentator thought he would come off at half time. But there he was with a big smile in the second half and just doing his job all over the pitch. And enjoying a great understanding with a certain player. The player he picked out for the first goal and who now has scored his first goal for Arsenal…

Özil: I still can’t get over his goal and the way he made it look so easy. And that maybe is the key word about him: easy. I noticed yesterday that Özil covered a lot of ground. He also popped up left, right and centre and was everywhere on the pitch at times. His passes are most of the time with the right pace and weight. And he also has that sudden unexpected turn in him. You think he will turn inside and he gives that impression to the defender in his back and then suddenly he is away to the other side with a gap in front of him. And he also has that extra burst of speed when running that he can use to just get passed a defender. May I remind you he is only 24 years old and the best is yet to come from him.

Rosicky: was clearly very rusty at times. A few misunderstandings, a few lost balls, a bit unlucky with some touches. But what he did do was try to give it 100%. And as it was his first game in a month I know that he can and will be much better next time he plays. Made a great run to the first post that made the Naples defenders follow him and leaving the gap for Özil to score his fantastic goal.  If you do have to name one player the weakest link however in the Arsenal team machine then it was Rosicky. But still then he was better than the best Naples player.

Giroud: another unproven French player, they said. He then won a few over last season. And despite us being linked with every other striker under the sun he remained calm and just worked his socks off in preseason. And he has turned in to a completely different player this season. Another goal for him but what impressed even more was his unbelievable work rate. Yes the odd ball will go to the opponents when he tries to lay it off at times. But the way he puts his body between ball and defender makes him difficult to defend against. And he became as strong as an ox in the last year. He plays with confidence. And he is the one who can link up with the other players. He scores and he lets other players score. Is Wenger doing his magic once again and turning a player in to one of the best strikers in the PL? Well it sure looks like he is improving him a lot.

Late in the game Jack came on for Rosicky. Wenger said after the game that he decided to give Wilshere a bit of rest. Looking at his injury record a wise move but I must admit an unexpected one. But what a wealth we have when you can give Wilshere a rest in such a game and it doesn’t bother the team one bit.

This was one of the best performances of Arsenal. The first half we blew Naples off the pitch. The second half we just kept what we got and tries to conserve energy for the next game. In the past when we did this we put ourselves in trouble. But this team has grown to a level where we can use such a tactic.

When the whole team does its job, the games looks easy to play. But it takes a lot of effort and energy from each player on the pitch to keep doing it. So my MOTM goes to the one that has been here for 17 years. The man that got buried under the most vile criticism and abuse by some of our own. But a man who loves this club and let us celebrate with him for many more years : There is only one Arsène Wenger!

42 comments to Man of the match? There is only one…

  • mogooner

    Great Post ,

    I felt embarrassed at times at how much abuse people gave to AW…. incredible and I have to admit even I started doubting at the end of the transfer window and 1000 articles later about our “warchest” and all the players we are connected to … but that’s how the media operates ( and this is not a so called conspiracy). Already Goebbels and Orwell said the more you repeat a lie the more it becomes the truth. The worst part in this plays imho the AST …. I believe by now that they have been infiltrated by other clubs who bought stock. Their actions are just too disgraceful to call them self supporters. Go on Arsenal !!!

  • para

    Lets give it to the whole TEAM, this would show the team how we are behind them too.
    //
    On another topic, i see it shaping up already, Arsenal V Bayern Munich v Arsenal. Can you run a piece on Bayern Munich style of play and their strange 4.1.4.1 system that Pep has introduced. Bayern is a team i find strange, i detest watching them, but they seem to overrun teams somehow, of course they have good players, but the football is so strange to me, i am trying to analyse them by watching them play, and cannot yet put a finger on their weakness. One thing though, many of their goals come from long range blisteringly fast shots i see.
    //
    Forward gunners forward.

  • para

    whole TEAM obviously including AW i meant to say.

  • Davis

    I cant believe some drops of tears are coming off my eyes after reading the last three line of this amazing and well thought out piece of writing. I am a deadly fun of Arsenal who spend a number of hours reading Arsenal news. Despite the odds we have gone through I have always understood the professor, we were mistaken when we thought we were the only ones who were hurt and AW had his joy + his players. He had a defense which to mattered a lot, new stadium financing. Thanks God I remained in support of him and when the fans turned their back against him I remember to have said “IF THE FANS CANT BACK HIM UP GOD WILL DO IT INSTEAD”
    If the fans do not respect AW, I believe God does and there still more to come from him.

  • Dan T

    It’s definitely a hard one to pick for motm. I think I would have gone with Giroud. He was just about unplayable, he was all over the pitch and played a huge part in both goals. For me he was the best and in 2nd place I would put Ozil, Ramsey, Flamini, Gibbs, Sangna, Mert, Kos, Arteta, Rosicky, Wilshere and Szczeny.

  • The font

    Things are going well at the moment and I would like to give a special mention to pat rice who donated most of his life to the club . Joined as a boy left as a pensioner . He supported wenger through thick and thin and installed arsenaless into a lot of the players that are at the club today
    Well done and you will never be forgotten.

  • rantetta

    Oh yes, Walter.

    I refused to pick a MOTM. I was so joyful at the team’s performance.

    It hadn’t occurred to me to give MOTM to Mr Wenger. I go along with that.

    Good call, great article.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Amazing performance, I would go as far as saying, almost German in some aspects. Great flair, skill and technique in the first half, but combined with power, tactical discipline and organisation. A lead attained, the second half was more measured, you could almost see our boys saying attack us if you dare, knowing they would have some rope a dope counter attack ready and waiting. If we are influenced by one of the greatest nations of football at the moment, and for that matter, in history, all right by me.
    Could Flam become the greatest free transfer in our history?
    There is quality running through this squad, along with skill and heart. The bar has been raised, and raised significantly.
    Would also have to mention the crowd, from what I could hear, and and what those who were there have told me, it was almost old school Highbury! Bad bad times for the haters, hopefully they will just go away, maybe even to their spiritual home in Middlesex

  • colario

    I agree with you have said but I am going to read your words again because I think I have missed something.

  • colario

    I am glad I read your words again before commenting – I missed a whole paragraph!Ș(.

    I would just add to all that you say that the pass from Ramsey to Özil was surely the pass of the match. The speed of Ramseys run to the line, the turn, the quick look and then the pass. Wow! It was Özil who scored but surely it was Ramsey”s goal.

    You mention that the AAA brigade accuse Arene of not knowing tatics. That accussation levelled at Arsene hurts me the most.

    I dont beleive anyone could be more tatically shrewed than Arsene.

    Last weekend as we know manure were beaten by WBA. I have a friend who lives in the midlands and supports WBA. I naturally sent her a text saying !Well done”.

    On Sunday before the game I shall naturally be sending her a text saying ”I hope you will be ”well done” !
    COYG.

  • WalterBroeckx

    And fort those who weren’t there a little clip of the atmosphere in the stadium https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITyW2dmmfJs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    watch, like, enjoy, sing along next time 😉

  • ARSENAL 13

    yup..fans were amazing. People accusing Mr Wenger of not knowing tactics are ignorant at best. May be he doesnt change from game to game or within the game (Plan B as they like to call it). But the blue print of Arsenal has changed with the change in personal.

    The difference in tactics is a bit more obvious now. Thats down to the players we have now. The players we have now can adapt to the different game plans. Hence the different strategies in first and second half.

  • jambug

    Fantastic article Walter.

    You know what, when Arsenal loose I can take it on the chin. If we was robbed I get frustrated and annoyed, but I can take it. If we was well beaten I get dissapointed, but I can take it. I ignore the papers, tv, radio etc. and just pray for the next game to come round so we can put it right, simple.

    What I can’t take, and what honestly upsets me, is the stick I know wenger will get. I love the guy. As far as I’m concerned, one of, if not THE best managers to of ever lived has dedicated most of his footballing life into turning my beloved football club into one of the biggest, best run Clubs in the World.

    He has had chance after chance to move on, but, despite his despicable treatment by our media and worse, by some of our own so called fans, has chosen to stay with us.

    If, and it is stil a big if (because lets not forget there are still many clubs being bank rolled to a degree vergeing on insanity), he is now on the brink of leading us into another period of winning trophies, most of my joy will be for Arsene.

    Truely the greatest thing to ever happen to Arsenal Football Club was the day Arsene Wenger walked through our door !!!!

  • gouresh

    what i liked about Ozil’s goal was the technique. not the discription dished out by the so called experts, but the way the ball moved. Ozil used the inside of his left foot and @ the angle he struck the ball, the direction it SHOULD have travelled is to the left of Renia, but it was to Renia’s right and moving away. which means the he sliced the ball so well on contact the wall went past without looosing its pace. that was a masterclass in technique.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Very nice , Walter , very well done . The team , fans and the management as a whole should be congratulated for this upsurge in optimism .
    The team play as a intuitive unit ,interchanging and adapting well and of late cutting down on mistakes .Its a real lift to see smiling faces on the pitch playing with such zest and freedom .None of them seem to be tired ,even till the end.
    The fans have found their voice and I do hope they support this team no matter what happens – in good times as in adversity .Let this team grow ,gel and give us joy in the coming years .
    We bid goodbye and good riddance to those who doubted this group – may you find your happiness ( or sadness ) in your other undertakings .
    And what can you say about the man who history will one day acknowledge as the finest manager who ever lived .He who stood against a tide of so much negativity from ‘experts ‘
    and smart alecs ,yet comes off smelling of roses !
    Arsene Wenger – you the MAN !

  • Stevie E

    Walter
    I love this website. I really do. I read it every day, several times I day and have done so for maybe 3 years.

    I have only one complaint.

    Please can you stop with the smug, self-satisfied “told you so” attitude every time you mention Flamini or Ramsey or one of the other players who’ve been on the receiving end of shit from some sections of the fan-base. Yes, they were wrong and we were right, we get it, please stop now. It’s so unbecoming to constantly say told you so, told you so, told you so. Let’s be honest, most who did criticize have now held their hands up and admitted they were wrong. You know, point proven, lets move on. Cheers

  • Rob

    Great post Walter.. Agree with your choice of MOTM… Just hope we can keep these players we have at the moment fit and injury free… That Arsenal ‘swagger’ is starting to return to the team (which I haven’t seen since the Invicibles graced the field).. The signing of Ozil has given everyone a massive lift… Ramsey has been sensational so far this season… I think Santi Cazorla might struggle to get back in to the team with the way they are playing at the moment.. Wenger does need to add a big name striker and a top notch defender in the January window, as we need to cover these positions with a bit more depth, if he can do that and we are still in the position at the start of January as we are now, then I think we are in with a real chance of the PL title this season…

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Somebody said shit !

    An Office Manager at Wal-Mart was given the task of hiring an individual to fill a job opening.

    After sorting through a stack of resumes he found four people who were equally qualified — an American, a Russian, an Australian and a Gujarati from India.

    He decided to call the four in and ask them only one question. Their answer would determine which of them would get the job.

    The day came and as the four sat around the conference room table the interviewer asked, “What is the fastest thing you know?”

    Dave, the American, replied, “A THOUGHT. It just pops into your head. There’s no warning that it’s on the way; it’s just there. A thought is the fastest thing I know of.”

    “That’s very good!” replied the interviewer.

    “And now you sir?” he asked Vladimir, the Russian.
    “Hmm… Let me see. A blink! It comes and goes and you don’t know that it ever happened. A BLINK is the fastest thing I know.”

    “Excellent!” said the interviewer. “The blink of an eye, that’s a very popular cliché for speed.”
    He then turned to George, the Australian who was contemplating his reply.

    “Well, out at my dad’s ranch, you step out of the house and on the wall there’s a light switch. When you flip that switch, way out across the pasture the light in the barn comes on Yep, Turning on a LIGHT is the fastest thing I can think of.”
    The interviewer was very impressed with the third answer and thought he had found his man. “It’s hard to beat the speed of light” he said.

    Turning to Patel, the Guy from India, the fourth and final man, the interviewer posed the same question. Patel replied, (in his Gujju accent!) “Apter herring DA 3 prebius ansers sir, et’s obius to me dat the fastest thing is DIARRHEA.”

    “WHAT!?” said the interviewer, stunned by the response. The others were already giggling in their seats…
    “Oh, I can expleyn sir,” said Patel.
    “You see, sir, DA ader day my tummy was pheeling bad and so I run so fast to the baatrum,, but before I could THINK, BLINK, or TURN ON THE LIGHT, I alredi done it !”

    Patel is now the new “Office Manager” at Wal-Mart in Washington.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    So a hot chick, a nun, an AKB and an AAAA are sitting together in a train.
    They drive through a tunnel and suddenly the lights go out and it is completely dark in the cabin. Then there is a clapping sound just before the train leaves the tunnel. In the light again the AAAA is holding his cheek.
    So the AAAA thinks: “Damn, that AKB must have tried to touch the hot chick, she must have thought it was me and slapped me in the face.”
    The nun thinks: “That’s right. He must have tried to touch that young girl, but she didn’t want it and defended herself”
    The girl thinks: “Oh, he surely wanted to touch me, but inadvertently touched the nun and she must have protected herself!”
    The AKB thinks: “Excellent, in the next tunnel I’ll punch that AAAA fan again!”

  • jambug

    The fastest thing I know is my wifes response to the quistion…”Do fancy a quicky” !!!!!

  • jambug

    Obviously I meant “Do You fancy a quicky” Makes no odds the answers still the same !!!

  • bob

    Walter,
    As one who openly to having though Ramsey had reached his limit last season and was too profligate and anxious at the goal mouth, I have gladly admitted hereabouts to being wrong. Will you and UA admit that your not having advocated for a new world class signing was wrong. And that your silence rather than advocacy for injury-insurance signings in the January windows in each of the last two seasons was wrong. In those cases, UA has played it safe to see which way the wind was blowing at the club rather than advocate for anything in the realm of signings. Given Ozil’s multidimensional – in game, merchanidising, attracting further quality, rotationals flexibility, expandind fanbase – impacts, UA, you, and all gooners are rightly rapturous.

    That said, perhaps you would look at your/UA’s own way of being wrong in being too conservative in never “crossing the line” to advocate for a top signing; or ever seriously ever analyzing the need for such a signing. It was always curtly slagged off with slogans: as the mantra of the “splash the cash brigade;” even as reports (direct, indirect and non-denials) from club spokesmen were that there was money available for top moves. Will you acknowledge that shortsightedness of UA’s de facto play it safe policy? We all make mistakes and often it’s out of a passion for the well being and success of the club we love. It’s also a good thing to admit one’s mistakes and you rightly (if incessantly) point out about the nay-saying.

    Now to the key point of this: will you/UA advocate for a second world class or even top quality signing at striker? You see, after the next match, there’s a 13 day international break. Is it unthinkable that something may happen (injury-wise or exhaustion-wise, now or later on as a result) to the invaluable Giroud? Of course you/UA like anyone not willfully blind can see this. Will you then actually acknowledge that non-advocacy is a mistake; and actually, for once (in my admittedly 4 season memory here at UA), duly and openly advocate for such a signing for a quality insurance/rotational top-top? If you’re going to slate people for their ways of being wrong, it’s also time to acknowledge the errors of past and continued non-advocacy in the face of a gaping need at striker to ensure against the inevitable injuries to come.

    My apologies for overstating this, if you feel it is so. But there’s got to be some reason for UA/you (who has had my massive and unflinching respect and support on the courageous refshite project) to never advocate for signings either for insurance or, in this case, for a proactive move for top quality that can WIN us the league this very season. (And to slate this as trophies aren’t everything is evading the equal truth that trophies are within our grasp, given the will to seize them.)

  • ARSENAL 13

    @bob,

    Are you saying that Untold was against the signing of players like Ozil?? I think you are wrong here. Untold is a website by the supporters for the supporters. And supporters dont post demands. How have you missed the spirit of Untold, having been a long timer ie…..

  • Pete

    @bob
    I don’t think there was opposition to signings per se on this site – rather there was opposition to signings that we could not afford. And I don’t think we could have (prudently) afforded Ozil prior to this summer when the new broadcast and commercial deals were secured.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Bob,

    I think this website just accepted the fact that or nobody was available for an at that time affordable price or that no club would sell their player to us.
    We never said we didn’t want one at all costs. And leave it to the wisdom and knowledge of those who are in charge to do what can be done and when it can be done.

    I don’t think that Wenger or Gazidis would have spend even if we would have demanded it by the way. 😉

  • jambug

    @ bob

    Niether I, nor I doubt any other follower of UA, have ever been against signing talented, expensive players.

    What I understand to be the UA stance is to stand by and support Arsenal FC, the board, and in-particular Arsene Wenger, in whatever they decide to do in the best interests of the long term future of the Club.

    In other words if we didn’t spend X on a certain player there was a reason. If we couldn’t keep a player there was a reason. conversly if we DO spend big we have EARNT the money and can afford to spend it.

    It’s about haveing the belief that all is being done with the best interest of the Club at heart.

    On my part I’ve always beleived the whole motivation behind building the Ems was to give us the fanancial muscle to compete. I WANT US TO SPEND BIG. But I want it to be at NO risk to the long term future of the Club and I want it to be with money we have generated.

    This is what I believe is at the heart of everything the Club does.

    And this is where it sounds you and the AAAA, Black scalf etc. differ. You all seem to think they don’t spend money because they are either, stupid, tight, or worse still corrupt. You seem to think it’s all a big master plan to fill the coffers of Kronke, Gazedis and Wenger.

    Neither I, nor I would think any other UA supporter, thinks wenger is perfect. But what we do believe is that everything and I mean EVERYTHING he does is with the best interests of the Club we are all supposed to love at heart.

  • PJ

    So brickfields, we must sign Diarrhea this time right now. Absolutely faster than Giroud and Per. And we can relax when Theo get injured again.

  • Pat

    Great run down on our team Walter.

    And I agree with your Man of the Match.

    THERE’S ONLY ONE ARSENE WENGER!

  • Gord

    @running speed

    A week or so ago, someone at UntoldArsenal was musing about the fast runners Arsenal has. I think yesterday a site (fanatix?) had a top-10, and I think they listed Theo as fastest at 35.7 kph. I didn’t see (recognize?) any information as to where this information came from. But, as a point of comparison, the estimated top speed for Usain Bolt is 44.2 kph. Or, Theo is about 81% as fast as Usain Bolt.

  • GoingGoingGooner

    @bob et al. I think there is some middle ground here – we are all happy with the fact that Arsenal has acquired Mesut Ozil. It is worthwhile using his purchase and the subsequent good form of the club to put aside how we have got here. The team bought Ozil and AW is part of that team. Some will think that shouting/blogging or whatever that we needed a purchase affected the outcome some will believe that this is not the case and that the outcome was independent of this form of advocacy.

    Let us be big…all of us…in my mind there is credit to go around and that some can be given to fans and some to Arsene Wenger and the board. Let us not mock our motto Victoria Concordia Crescit. Our arrows should not be aimed at those who may have disagreed in the past but perhaps saved for those who EVEN NOW wish us ill on this great journey. Let us save the energy that would be spent on a civil war and turn it outwards.

  • PJ

    @Gord, it was me.
    Nice stat for Theo. Are they compared while dribbling the ball or not?

  • Gord

    @PJ

    As far as I know, this is just fast running in a straight line, no dribbling. I think number 10 was about 32.5 kph, so Theo typically
    has considerable advantage over anyone else, as long as he doesn’t get grabbed.

  • bob,

    Not having a fixation on a matter; understanding or being patient with inability to meet some expectations does not equal opposition to or lack of interest. I find it unfair at best and dishonest at worst to say that Untold ever advocated against spending big. You comment reminded me of one of the now absent commenters here accusing me of not wanting Arsenal to win trophies just because I expressed strongly that my support for the club is not based on trophies won but rather on its esteemed values.

    Arsene Wenger has always maintained that he would pay big money if a worthy player comes along. I have always said that I believe him (see my previous comments and articles). Like every other member of the Untold community, I feel vindicated with the sigining of Ozil. At Untold, we opposed the “buy-buy-buy” noise but we were not against spending.

    I agree with Stevie E about cutting out the “I told you so” especially in the main article. I think the comments section is fair game though.

  • Unbelievable belief

    Bon
    Unlike some other blogs,
    Tony, Walter and the gang here have the humility to not tell Arsène Wenger what to do.
    Because we know far less about football than Wenger’s little toe.

  • bob

    “unfair at best and dishonest at worst to say that Untold ever advocated against spending big.”
    Bootoomee,
    Alright then, you don’t like advocacy about what the club should do as you’ve made abundantly clear for eons. Like a one-note wind-up toy. Fine, I’ve memorized it and understand that’s where you’ve stood and continue to stand. Amen. This said, what I’ve slated UA for is for not (or very rarely if ever) advocating FOR-spending-big-on-a-specific-available-target; UA doesn’t do specific advocacy FOR specific players and that’s been my argument. (Oooo, how dare I advise, or demand, or have the cajones to advance a point of view as a fan!) Especially when we have had dire needs for greater depth at the winter transfer windows – specific times when we were stretched raw and injured with multi-front competitions on tap.

    If/since I didn’t make that clear enough, then I’ve been remiss. Or you’re being willfully blind. To try again: saying this (above) is NOT the same thing as saying that UA have advocated AGAINST spending or against spending big (– as you accuse me of in your statement; but which you have distorted). Can you see the difference? Or is my act of differentiating between these two further proof of my treasonous dishonesty milord?

    Imo, you accuse because that’s what you do: So you can re-play and re-play your witch-hunting card. Imo, you need and crave the idea of finding the AAA traitor in the midst; you love it, Boo. It’s your high. You feel all righteous and vindicated. And if so, well then. I’ve been of use after all. And it’s free.

    I don’t at all mind being told I’m wrong, with reasons why. That’s a gift between people, especially people who wish the club well. Which I always have. But when you state/insinuate that I’m dishonest, there’s the rub: with you making that slanderous assertion I question your morality; and I find it warped. Alternatively, if you are saying I’m being unfair, then I can well accept it, even welcome it, when based on good to interesting reasons/counter-arguments. Your “unfair to dishonest” claim of dishonesty, under the cover of unfair, may win you votes as class president or cock of the walk, but you don’t have a clue. And I won’t play straw man to anyone’s inner bully.

  • bob

    GoingGoingGooner,
    You’re right, and it’s the way forward.

  • bob

    Unbelievable Belief,
    You enjoy being the humble fan who wouldn’t dare utter a peep about what you thought (or if you thought) to your football betters. I enjoy being the kind of fan that tries to analyze and advocate. Would you allow there’s room under the tent of supporters for both types? Or would you push the eject button and excommunicate the advocacy types? (Ah well, rhetorical question, but so it goes…)

  • WalterBroeckx

    Fuck me I just wrote another “told you so article”. But this one was about refs. Hope you still like it though. 😉
    But what can I do otherwise when well… I did tell you…

  • Sav from Australia

    I like it when you say I told you so Walter. I feel the same way.

  • Sav from Australia

    Bob, I notice you pick up on something and just gnaw at it with thousands of words that amount to littlemore than a ramble. You accuse tony and Walter of advocating spending money when this is such an infantile bullshit I wonder if there is even any reason to try to argue the point. Last season it was on and on about selling van persie. Do you even enjoy watching arsenal play?

  • bob

    Sav from Australia,
    Left out the word NOT; and its not down to spending money, but advocating spending on specific players at specific times. That is if you read what I said instead of what you want me to have said in your cartoon of what I’ve said. I’ve had it for now with this gnawing on this topic. As for RVP, it wasn’t exactly small potatoes that issue, was it? Do you just select what you don’t like and pretend that it’s all that I (or anyone) have written about? (Never had any other comment from you about anything until this.) As for my enjoying watching us play, well, gee, I really need to consider that profound question. I’m really stumped. Good use of taxpayer’s dosh your education. As for infantile bullshit, I guess it’s time to change me diaper. Oh, as for enjoyment, as my girlfriend from Brisbane could attest, I’ve done little but frequent replays in my mind of the two goals vs Napoli and smile in the afterglow. Would that qualify?