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“Arsenal are the only team in the Premier League to face two opponents each weekend”

By Tony Attwood.
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That’s not one of my headlines – I wish it were – but credit where it is due.  It comes from the Times – a paper which I rarely focus on largely because it doesn’t normally have much to say on topics that interest me, but that was a good one.
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Here’s the full quote
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They are the only team in the Premier League to face two opponents each weekend, the most testing of which is often their own neurosis. After 12 years without a title, Arsenal cannot win or lose without inviting interpretation, that this will be their season, that they remain plagued by fragility, that Arsène Wenger should finally go, but even by their flaky standards, judgment came very early this time.
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Quite why the Times is now spelling “judgement” in the American (and legal) manner I am not at all sure, but then, that Murdoch-world for you.  And quite how Arsenal can be responsible for “inviting interpretation” in a way that is different from the interpretation given to the performance of others, I don’t know.

The notion that the hyperbole whipped up by the media has led to wholly false visions of what is going on, is of course lacking – rule one of the media is never admit the media influences anything or anyone.  The fault of whatever is wrong with Arsenal is all Arsenal’s.   “How many times have moments of swagger and imperiousness been followed by spasms of inferiority?” they ask, and I wonder what sort of thought reader they are using to interpret the way players’ thought processes actually work.

Arsenal are unbeaten in five matches in the PL and Champs League since losing 4-3 to Liverpool with quite a few members of the team missing through injury or through having played to the final of the Euro.   The aaa raised their normal questions as to how could everyone else be ready but not Arsenal, refraining from looking at the consequential results later in the season where players who are brought back too quickly fade or get seriously injured later.

So according to the Times, “every discussion about Arsenal’s dominance is framed by a history of brittle confidence,” and who are the people who put up that frame?  I give you one guess.

The mere fact that Mr Wenger, with the sort of honesty that few managers manage, was willing to say, “Away from home, we look more convincing at the moment than at home. I believe that when we lost our first game it was a mental shock for us and for our supporters. Straightaway you have a little bit of scepticism and doubt in your own head,” shows (to me at least) not his fragility or his negativity but his honesty in the face of 20 years of battering and nonsensical gibberish from the English media.

So out come the negativities.  Arsenal were lucky.  The winner only came at the very end of the Southampton game as if somehow that means it was less of a goal.  The fans are full of trepidation about the Chelsea game, so clearly there is a problem with the team(?!?!?)  Wenger’s constantly honest answers, such as, “The positivity must come from us, from our attitude. We get the supporters behind us when our performances are convincing and not the other way around,” are taken as statements that affirm something is wrong rather than open honest answers to the questions of dullards.

So the Times says, “it would not be quintessential Arsenal without a daubing of self-inflicted difficulty.”  The cause of that one was Alexis Sánchez taking the penalty.  Reading it all it is hard to remember that Arsenal won 4-1 away, after a handy victory in the previous league games by 3-1 and 2-1, not to mention a good 1-1 draw away to the top seeded team in the group of the Champs League.

But PSG scored in the first minute, Arsenal got the winner against Southampton in the last minute, Hull went down to 10 men…  Arsenal are lucky, self-doubting, and useless.  It’s obvious ain’t it?

Yes I’d love to have written that headline so I could have applied it to the fact that Arsenal have to beat the footballing opposition, and beat the press corps too, but the Times got there first.

But let’s be fair.  The Times were positive about Alexis’ goals, and “the promise shown by Alex Iwobi. In a team who can struggle for conviction, [sorry there has to be a negative in every sentence, it is in the rules of the media] the 20-year-old offers freshness and positivity, linking up nicely with Theo Walcott and, just as crucially, playing without fear.”

Mr Wenger said of Iwobi, “You’ve seen his qualities, but what I like is his love for the game, his passion for the game and his hard work.  Those things together in our world are a big thing and so I think he has interesting ingredients, but one game does not make a career. The consistency of your attitude makes a career. What you want from a young boy of 20 is for him to go up and up. What he has shown against Hull tells me he’s doing that.”

As a result of the Hull game I would expect Alexis to stay at centre forward, even when Giroud gets over his toe problem and I would expect Theo to continue to be in the team.  He was part of Alexis’s goals and got one himself of course.  His confidence is back – and he is making defenders wonder exactly what he is going to do – run behind them or cross.   That’s always helpful.  Iwobi on one side, Theo on the other, Alexis in the middle – it works for me.

Of course not all the papers will let Arsenal enjoy a little run of victories (back to my interpretation of the headline).   This is in the Guardian:

Alexis Sánchez reportedly refused to board a plane bound for talks with Manchester City; now, word on the street is that the Chilean may be stalling on contract talks with Arsenal, in the hope that Pep Guardiola will add him to his collection of diminutive playmakers. Juventus are also said to be sweet on Sánchez, and will make a move if Arsenal are unwilling to break their wage structure, which on the face of it seems entirely plausible. 

But as they tell us later, “There’s still more than 100 days until the transfer window opens, so let’s shoot for the moon: Chelsea and Arsenal are both weighing up £80m bids to bring Antoine Griezmann to the Premier League in January.”

Or if that approach doesn’t make you throw a brick at your computer screen, try this one for size.

Swaggering Alex Iwobi can succeed at Arsenal where likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have failed

That’s the Telegraph.

Like the headline says, “Arsenal are the only team in the Premier League to face two opponents each weekend”

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38 comments to “Arsenal are the only team in the Premier League to face two opponents each weekend”

  • Norman14

    “Interpretation” is an interesting word, because the interpreter is usually swayed by their own opinions and . erm, interpretations of a description, rather than scientifically discovering the truth!

    So, in reading everything the media writes, speaks or broadcasts, we can quickly form one opinion that covers all three forms of communication on a given statement.

    If individually, we each form an opinion, based on interpreting media comment, then we are in the realms of realising that black is, in fact, white because that is the way interpretation works.

    Thus, the media can say what they like – because somewhere, someone, will interpret it as the truth.

  • Arsenal really need to spend big in january

  • Goonermikey

    I know it’s not a newspaper but I also just read this gem on the Boot Room blogetta.

    The article started quite well, highlighting some of the good press we’d actually had this weekend although in retrospect it appears hat this was only so we could be knocked off a higher pedestal! The article subsequently went on to point out the following:

    “Iwobi’s form means he is on the verge of establishing himself as one of Arsenal’s first choice wide players. This may not be entirely healthy at the age of 20, and hints at an underlying weakness in Arsenal’s squad”

    Quite incredible. Arsenal have a natural young talent who is mature beyond his years and Arsenal give him the chance to play and develop and it’s instantly turned into a criticism ffs. If only we’d been luck enough to have paid £50m for him………….

    I felt obliged to point out to the author of said article that as Messi started playing for Barcelona in 2004 at the age of 17 that must have meant they were really, really weak……..which is why they only won the Spanish league for the next two years in a row and the European Cup in 2005.

  • Rich

    Think Wenger said at the weekend that Theo’s runs are especially important if you have a striker coming short for the ball. Makes perfect sense. Means a defence is stretched and can’t settle.

    Iwobi on the other side is something completely different again. Far greater link up skills than Theo. Good strength to hold people off. Two good feet. Excellent between lines. I’m getting excited now about the possibility of him chipping in regularly with goals. He surged into first team contention while playing up front, scoring some lovely goals, and he’s regularly getting chances now so it seems very possible he could be a good source of goals.

    I remember watching the highlights of the youth team at the end of 2014-15, when Iwobi was excelling, thinking our play around the box was pure Arsenal. Makes me feel optimistic about the youth team in general, regardless of their final standings. Willock, for instance, is another who seems pure Arsenal in the final 3rd, with the twist that he beats people out wide in a fashion no one has done in the 1st team for years.

    I’d still have Giroud in my starting eleven far more often than not, but things are starting to look good for us having a number of ways to play it- and Perez hasn’t even got started yet!

    Plus we have to see where Ramsay will fit in this year. Xhaka is being eased in. The highly competent Elneny is ready at any time. It’s exciting stuff.

    Very interesting to see what youngsters play in the cup. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Akpom (with Iwobi getting the 10 role), but with Perez and maybe Giroud itching for starts I probably won’t get my wish

  • Rich

    New feature of this year, by the way, is that the media have started to take a crowds reactions against our players as highly accurate reflections of incidents involving those players.

    So if a guy on a yellow makes any challenge whatsoever which resembles a foul, or which the ref claims is a foul, then, following the howls of the crowd, he is extremely lucky to stay on.

    Weird, weird stance.

    That could have a cumulative effect if refs aren’t on the ball and as ready to disregard media nonsense as they are a crowd’s nonsense.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Why would we try and sign Griezman when we have Iwobi!!…. Sometime they shoot their own legs dont they??

  • Robin van Bergkamp

    The media is a machine that continuously seeks angles of interpretation to bulk and present the available column inches. Through it all one has to look for the big picture and that sadly, is that Arsenal have two opponents at weekends because of their own making. Or rather of the making of the owner, board and manager. Paint another picture and we may well have only one opponent on whom to concentrate.

  • Chris

    Tony,

    yes, they have to beat the footballing opposition and the press.
    Don’t you forget someone ?!?!

    Think referees, PGMOL, own (so-called)fans ?

    So that gives 5 opponents, doesn’t it ?!?

  • Arinze

    Arsenal face more than two opponents every weekend. They face their fickle fans. They face the press. They face their opponents in the playing time..

  • Rufusstan

    @Goonermikey. Its also the double standard. Consider the way Iwobi’s arrival has been compared to other young players (Rashford etc).

    The narrative is usually: “If you are good enough; you are old enough”, something Wenger seems to believe in wholeheartedly. Many other managers and the media play lip service to the idea, but chase the short term solution instead (buying in the complete article as a safe option).

    Rashford’s rise last season was the result of desperation by Van Gaal that illuminated the actual weakness in their squad. I worry about the guy now Maureen is in charge, because like Iwobi, he seems to be a genuine find.

  • John L.

    No doubt the next phase of press reporting of Iwobi’s progress will be to introduce the notion that Arsenal will “struggle” to “hang-on” to his emerging talent, which will make him a top target for Man City, Barcelona, PSG, Juventus etc.

    Off-topic: no surprise to see the Mourinho technique of how to motivate your players by slagging them off in public being displayed again. Perhaps the only surprise is that it has come so early in his tenure.

  • Jambug

    I’m keeping my fingers firmly crossed that the referees have finally decided to officiate us in accord with the laws of the game, as opposed to the wishes of the media.

    If this does continue then that, aligned to the very good squad Wenger has assembled gives us every chance of pushing for the title.

    It certainly wont be easy though, even if we perform to our best, because we have some formidable opponents.

    Manchester City have, identically to last season, come flying out of the blocks. The question is will they fade as they did last year ? I would say with Pep in charge, the new signings looking pretty good, and a couple of the established stars, and I’m thinking De Bruyne and Sterling here especially, raising there game, that that is alas unlikely. Therefore catching them will have to be of our own volition.

    I’ve also been impressed with Liverpool. They are still inconsistent, even within 90 minutes, but when they get rolling they are very dangerous.

    Chelsea.

    Nothing seems to of changed. They can still look very good but also pretty poor. Not a million miles from us so far really. The question is have they got the potential we have ? Personally I don’t think so. Why ? Because they still rely so enormously on Costa. Firstly for his goals of course , but secondly to turn the game into a battle rather than a football match, and Chelsea are much better suited to winning ‘battles’ than they are football matches. Sad, and I’m sorry if I upset some of our Chelsea visitors but that’s how I see them.

    Man Utd

    It’s far too early to make big calls on them but I’m going to do it anyway. I think they are very poor and will finish outside the top 4. It’s not all bad news for them though as I don’t think they’re bad enough to go down.

    Spurs have looked pretty good and have certainly been creating chances. I find them the hardest to assess. I will have to reserve judgement on them.

    Leicester.

    I stand by my pre season thoughts that they will not push for the title again but readjust to a top 6 rather than mid table finish.

    Either way nothing is going to be easy but having a fairer shake from those pesky officials will certainly improve our chances.

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    It’s true, Arsenal have played and will be playing 2 matches per week for quite sometimes as long as they are playing in all competitions and that’s the benefit of being a big club.

    Arsenal will not allow Alexis Sanchez to leave them during the next January transfer window. And they won’t change their wage structure policy either for the sake of keeping him at Arsenal. But Arsenal will offer him a better wage increase closer that of Le Prof but no Gunner earns the same wages with Le Prof is a standing policy at Arsenal which will remain in force at least for this season.

    Therefore, Arsenal will not pay the £200,000-250,000m Sanchez is eyeing to collect at either Man City, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Jeventus would likely be paying him if any of them sign him in January. One cannot really fault Sanchez for wanting to leave us on financial grounds. Because at 27, he has begin to think of earning more money in his career to save and invest as surety against any financial lacking in future after he has retired from active playing. But he could become a coach afterwards if he’s interested in that job. But for this season, Sanchez MUST stay at Arsenal to help us win the quadruple this season. And this is very very important and should also be important to him too. If he plays a prominent role in seen us won the quadruple or at most the treble that included the PL title, the UCL and one of the League Cup or the FA Cup preferably the League Cup which we’ve not won for a long time now and scored at least 40 goals in all competitions to achieve this feast for us, I am more than sure because of this big success, Arsenal will review their wage structure upwards next season when should Le Prof pencils another 3 years contract extention to his current one that expires at the end of this season. And I believe Arsenal will again increase Sanchez’s wages considerably in the region of 200-250k/week which he’s been eyeing to earned elsewhere.

    Arsenal MUST beat Nottingham Forest tomorrow at the City ground to keep alive our hopes of winning the League Cup this season. I know Le Prof will rest some of his preferred starting Gunners for the upcoming Chelsea visit to the Ems on Saturday, an important big game we MUST win handsomely.

    My Nottingham Forest starts:
    Ospina.
    Debuchy Holding Mustafi Gibbs.
    Xhaka Elneny.
    Adelaide Ozil Oxchambo.
    Akpom.

    My bench:
    Martinez.
    Bellerin Koscielny Monreal
    Coquelin Cazorla Giroud.

    This is a very strong mix of regular starters and non starters for this game. For the extra money £1m? Nottingham Forest may not mind if the match ends in a draw to come to the Ems for the extra cash. Arsenal MUST be aware of Nottingham Forest to showcase a surprise in this match as they may consider the match their World Cup final game against the iconic Arsenal.

  • Polo

    Hull vs ManU, where ManU scored in the last minute, I guess according to the media it was genius not luck right? And Arsenal scores late and it’s luck? The Arsenal bashing continues…..

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Under the WTF file…Apparently Andy Hunter (Guardian) believes it is a good thing when referees cock things up because it motivates the other team and gets their blood up! See part on Everton and Middlesborough https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2016/sep/19/premier-league-10-talking-points-from-weekend-action

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    It’s true, Arsenal have played and will be playing 2 matches per week for quite sometimes this season as long as they are playing in all competitions and that’s the benefit of being a big club.

    Arsenal will not allow Alexis Sanchez to leave them during the next January transfer window. And they won’t change their wage structure policy either for the sake of keeping him at Arsenal. But Arsenal will offer him a better wage increase closer to what Le Prof’s is earning. But no Gunner earns the same wages with Le Prof is a standing policy at Arsenal that will remain in force at least for this season.

    Therefore, Arsenal will not pay the £200,000-250,000m which Sanchez is eyeing to collect at any of: Man City, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Jeventus would likely be paying him if any of them sign him in January. One cannot really fault Sanchez for wanting to leave us on financial grounds. Because at 27, he has started to think of earning more money in his career to save and invest as a insurance against any financial mishaps in future after he has retired from active playing. But he could become a coach afterwards if he’s interested in such job. But for this season, Sanchez MUST stay at Arsenal to help us win the quadruple. And this is very very important and should also be important to him too. If he played a prominent role in seen us won the quadruple or at most the treble that included the PL title, the UCL and one of the League Cup or the FA Cup preferably the League Cup which we’ve not won for a long time now and he scored at least 40 goals in all competitions to achieve this feast for us, and for this big success, I am more than sure, Arsenal will review their wage structure upwards next season when Le Prof is expected to pencil down another 3 years contract extention to his current one that expires at the end of this season. And I believe Arsenal will again increase Sanchez’s wages considerably in the region of 200-250k/week which he’s been eyeing to earn elsewhere.

    Arsenal MUST beat Nottingham Forest tomorrow at the City ground to keep alive our hopes of winning the League Cup this season. I know Le Prof will rest some of his preferred starting Gunners for the upcoming Chelsea visit to the Ems on Saturday, an important big game we MUST win handsomely.

    My Nottingham Forest starts:
    Ospina.
    Debuchy Holding Mustafi Gibbs.
    Xhaka Elneny.
    Adelaide Ozil Oxchambo.
    Akpom.

    My bench:
    Martinez.
    Bellerin Koscielny Monreal
    Coquelin Cazorla Giroud.

    This is a very strong mix of regular starters and non regular starters for this game. For the extra money, £1m? Nottingham Forest may not mind if the match ends in a draw to make them come to the Ems to get that extra cash. Arsenal MUST be aware of Nottingham Forest to showcase a surprise in this match as they may consider the match their World Cup final game against the iconic Arsenal.

  • Gord

    The name of the team we play in the EFL Cup tomorrow seems to be Nottingham Gunners. Or Nottingham Arsenal.

  • Flares

    LOL @ ‘the quadruple’. Lets just stick to keeping up with the Guardiola juggernaut until March at least, shall we? With regards the earlier comments re: Rashford, I don’t see him being marginalised, quite the opposite in fact. Martial, on the other hand, could already be done for – yet another abysmal and embarrassing notch on the greasy totem pole of decline for Untied, the gift which just keeps on giving. Hopefully his long-term confidence won’t be too affected by the contempt he’s being shown – he’d make a fine addition to the Arsenal line-up imho (didn’t AW pass on him already?).

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    I am, annoyed with myself as I’ve seen too many mistakes in my comment postings after reading through them. Even as I did some corrections in my 1st posting, these mistakes still repeated in my 2nd posting that is suppose to be clean.

  • Jambug

    Ruffusstan/John L

    Very good points Ruffastan.

    Just another prime example of the difference in how Arsenal, and Wenger in particular, are treated by the media compared to the rest, especially when it comes to United, Liverpool and Spurs, who can seemingly do no wrong.

    And as you say John how long will it be before the media start trying to sell Iwobi off to City or whoever.

    GoingGoingGoing

    Not read it, but surely that was said with tongue in cheek, surely. But then again knowing as I do the prevailing IQ of your average hack……..

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    I am a bit annoyed with myself as I’ve seen 1 or or 2 typo mistakes in my 1st comment posting after I’ve read through it. Even as I did a correction on that my 1st posting, a little typo mistake still appeared in it which is supposed to be the clean one. I think I am rushing.

  • Omo r'Arsenal

    We play against incompetent PGMOB referees and against our own fans especially the home fans who just sit or stand all through matches! No singing, no motivation, nothing except groans and grumbles!

  • Jambug

    Polo

    “Hull vs ManU, where ManU scored in the last minute, I guess according to the media it was genius not luck right? And Arsenal scores late and it’s luck? The Arsenal bashing continues….”

    Another great example.

    The thing is, we know the media tap in to social media all the time. This blog being one of the biggest and best must be visited constantly. As such, we know they are being made well aware of the double standards that are applied to Arsenal all the time, but they just don’t give a shit.

    They know that praising United for a late winner whilst 2 weeks later calling Arsenal lucky for the same thing is complete and utter hypocrisy, yet they do this sort of thing all the time.

    Other teams dig out a result playing poorly and it is the sign of Champions. We do it and it just emphasises how poor we are.

    We have a player go down easily and he’s a cheating diver, and as in the case of a couple of our players are not allowed to forget it for the rest of there careers, yet perennial divers such as Gerrard, Rooney, Bale etc. (just see utube for some wonderful examples), simply ‘win’ penalties.

    Similar, if one of our players should have the temerity to be a bit aggressive he immediately gets flagged up as ‘one to watch’, yet serial hackers are lorded for there good old fashioned English grit. Again see utube for some wonderful examples of Gerrards and Rooneys versions of English ‘grit’.

    And we haven’t even touched on the different way Wenger is treated compared to every other manager.

    There’s a prime example this week with Mourinho. If Wenger had been moaning about Referees like he has recently it would be ‘whinging’ Wenger all over the tv, radio and papers. In Mourinhos case he gets a sympathetic ear. I believe last week SKY’s ‘Goals on Sunday’ gave him as much air time as he wanted to put his case. He wasn’t whinging of course.

    Every manager has selective vision and as such, see and don’t see things as they see fit. Yet it is only Wenger that gets it in the neck if he dares to say he didn’t see it, or ‘zee’ as they often like to say in there piss taking way. And by the way, isn’t that a tad racist. No ? Well try doing something similar with an Asia or West India accent and see how far you get.

    I’m sure there’s many more examples of the double standards applied by the media when talking about anything to do with Arsenal but I just cant be asked.

    It really is beyond a joke, but hasn’t it been forever this way, from ‘Lucky Lucky’ Arsenal in the 70’s to ‘Boring Boring’ Arsenal in the 80’s ?

  • Jambug

    SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    Don’t worry about it my friend, we all do it.

    Can I just give you a bit of advice. Could you try to divide your posts up into a few more paragraphs as it makes reading long posts a lot easier, well for me any way.

    Not a criticism as my English is terrible, but as I say I think it just makes reading easier.

    Thanks

  • para

    We have to be aware that Arsenal will be interested in Griezmann. We do not know what is to happen. Alexis may not sign, Arsenal may not pay him, other things may happen.
    If all is well at Arsenal we may lose interest.

    For sure, Alexis will have to play a blinding season if he is to get a wage increase. He will know that.
    Performance helpe to increase wages, and that goes for all players.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Just watched Harry Kane injury.. oooooo bad ouch.

    But it was his 2 footed lunge that injured him. Hope other players take note….

  • Chris

    By the way, reading what is apperaing on the blogosphere I suggest we keep track of all the players who will be leaving Arsenal come January the same way we kept track of all the players coming this past summer.

    I guess we might well find out that all our players are leaving…..

    Thinking about it, hell, that is one sure way to make sure we cannot win the PL : just buy all our players…

  • ARSENAL 13

    Samuel my friend….don’t worry about the ‘mistakes’. Its human. But I envy you. You get to post the same thing twice….😉

  • Referee conspiracy against Wenger and Arsenal is nothing new.

    So are the fans turning against the great man.

    So we are playing against 12 man and we are playing away games every week.

    Shameful

  • Brickfields Gunners

    That we are constantly being bombarded by negativity from many sides and many sites, is nothing new. Are the so called fans coming on here real fans or just agent provocateurs ? You KNOW what I already think of ‘them’ !

    Here is a lengthy tale about prayer that someone sent me today which may pique your interest.I don’t know the original source or the author of it.

    KEEP ME IN YOUR PRAYERS- Actual Meaning

    A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert-like island. The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but to pray to God.

    However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.

    The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit. The other man’s parcel of land remained barren.

    After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day, there was a woman who swam to his side of the land. On the other side of the island, there was nothing.

    Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes and more food. The next day, like magic, all of these were given to him. However, the second man still had nothing.

    Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island.

    The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island. He considered the other man unworthy to receive God’s blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.

    As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven booming, “Why are you leaving your companion on the island?”

    “My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them, “the first man answered, “His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything”.

    “You are mistaken! “the voice rebuked him. “He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings.”

    “Tell me”, the first man asked the voice, “what did he pray for that I should owe him anything?”

    “He prayed that all your prayers be answered.”

    For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but also those of others praying for us.

    My prayer for all you AKBs is that all your prayers are answered. Be blessed.

    “What you do for others is more important than what you do for yourself”.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    ‘ One of the biggest steps towards your own happiness is being able to ignore those people that treat you like crap.’
    Dave Hedges

  • Flares

    The media and fans of other clubs in general are quite simply envious of the Arsenal Way, that is, a mature and disciplined attitude to football and the business of running a football club. There’s a hard core of old-school journalists – still in thrall to David Gill and the Untied behemoth – who have never forgiven ‘Johnny Foreigner’ Wenger for revolutionising the English game on a shoestring, managing the Invincibles and overseeing the unthinkable: a transition to the Emirates with unbroken CL participation every season since. We weren’t given a free swing on the stadium or the luxury of a spendthrift oligarch or sheik, throwing tens of millions at the transfer budget every window; we’ve stubbornly skirted around the fringes of an attitude which has infected every corner of society: the disposable, zero-attention span, whatever-it-costs Me First frenzy of bloated self-gratification.

    Arsenal, as the elder statesmen of English football, were supposed to embrace this culture and lead the way, drowning our fanbase in a dazzling spectacle of celebrity, shiny trinkets and the spoils of corporate greed. Imagine the indignant fury of the tastemakers and rent-a-gobs in Murdochworld when the penny dropped that Arsenal weren’t going to be like Manchester United and Chelsea, revelling in their ego, superficiality and overexposure. We weren’t going to drop our standards or allow ourselves to become unsophisticated and unprincipled. We are Arsenal and we do things the right way, win or lose. The chattering classes don’t like this, they don’t like it all. They don’t think we deserve to be in the top four every season because we haven’t paid our way like the oil monsters or the Yankee puppets.

    Let them suffer. Let them rage at the strength of our character.

    We are Arsenal and we do things the right way, win or lose.

  • Jambug

    Flares

    Great post.

  • Ben

    When man-u won with the last kick of the game after wasting so many chances, it was a show of character and playing till the last minute (positive ). When Arsenal win at the same time, it was because they were wasteful and they were only lucky to win(negative ). Same scenario different analysis.It seems there’s a law against seeing anything Arsenal as positive

  • Ben

    Pogba after five games give him time it’s too early to judge .Perez after one game judged already even by pies Morgan

  • Menace

    Flares – you light up the truth.

    Samuel – teach Flares your technique. His post is so good it deserves to be posted twice!

  • Brickfields Gunners

    @ Flares -September 20, 2016 at 11:54 am – Hear ! Hear ! Well said !

  • Richard

    There always has to be a negative. Even in this article which is a refreshingly good article has negative part.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3801570/Arsene-Wenger-revolutionised-English-game-never-like-Arsenal-boss-again.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490. it’s about time since season started there have been over 790 articles related to Arsenal Andy or Wenger with 473 of them negative either headlines or within context or story. The bigger picture was there were only 108 articles where no negativity towards Wenger or Arsenal were concerned and were positive or complimentary towards Wenger and Arsenal.

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