27 responses

  1. walter

    If I may add to this a little thing. There are 17 different rules or laws in football. And then there is law 18.
    Law 18 is nowhere to be found in any rule book. It is the law of the common sense.
    Whenever you are faced by something extra ordinary you use law 18 they tell us in our courses to become a ref.
    This was the law which should have been used by the ref. Would I harm anybody? Would I kill anybody? Would it be the end of football? Would it be the end of the world? If you can answer those questions with NO, then why don’t you say “yes”.

  2. walter

    And another thing: how not to make friends, Mr. Friend…

  3. Anne


    I feel you on this, and it’s most definitely a hurtful and unnecessary gesture, but I still think the worst is that they wouldn’t let Arsenal test video technology…

  4. imagoner

    I have to agree with you Walter on the rule 18 since it could have mean’t a completely different feeling for everyone on that day including both teams, fans in the stadium and around the world watching it. But since its a proven fact that the epl referees and stupid and incompetent expecting anything from that is a waste of time.

  5. Travis

    One thing I don’t understand that if we planned this from the beginning, then we should have inform the refs before the game rather than asking for his permission during half time break. He then should have no reason to reject.

  6. critic

    you got a point.
    I was also hoping for some kind of positive sign from EMS cup. Like not winning it means we will actually win something. BUT last time arsenal failed to win EMS cup they failed to challenge for EPL title and lost in semis of CL and FA cup. Arsenal finished 4th that season after trailing Aston villa for long time.

    Our current situation is looking more like that. However we all know it’s all garbage.

    C’mon arsenal…

  7. critic

    Anyway, anyone following britpool pre season adventures? They have consistently conceded around 3 goal in most of their game. Yet arsenal are shit and they are mighty. Lolz..

  8. esau petersen

    I think the refs want to take everything too serious. It was just a pre-season tournament and what trouble was the referee going to get into if he had agreed. And besides, Arsenal got robbed so many times by referees during the last season, so they owed it to us

  9. mike in atlanta

    common sense is a valuable thing to have. that’s why it’s not so common; most people can’t afford it.

  10. robdogunner

    and tottenscum lost to kaizer chiefs in south africa and drew with orlando pirates both are psl teams in south africa. Never heard a word about that…..

    i only know this because im from south africa.

  11. Yommex

    I think someone did not think fast enough on that occasion. The referee could simply have been changed at half time. I think if you can change many players in a friendly and such tournaments as the Emirate Cup, why can the referee not be changed? That would have prevented a non entity as the unfriendly Friend from spoiling the fun of almost a billion people all over the world.

  12. Arsenal1Again

    You’re quite miffed with this Walter and it’s very easy to understand. Thierry is the only person I’ve been starstruck by in my life. Ok, and Dennis Bergkamp too. I think, despite the rules being obscure, that the attitude of all involved was, “Oh well, it was worth a try.” I honestly believe Thierry would feel for the us, as would his Red Bull team-mates who will all know about the relationship shared by Thierry and us Arsenal fans.

  13. bob

    If only they were as strict with “the rules” during the actual season as they were in tarnishing the pre-season joy. Perhaps we can hold them to the same “standard of excellence” in upholding the “letter of the law” as they have just demonstrated in crushing the spirit of the law.

  14. bob

    The online world is beginning to catch up to us: In its review of the Emirates cup, today’s gunnersphere dot com accurately tells its readers what we’ve been saying since the milennium:
    “The fact is, it’s the media who make it incredibly hard on Arsenal and no other big top four club gets as much media scrutiny as Arsenal. If Arsenal defenders make a mistake it will get blown way out of proportion, and then all the pundits start talking about how fragile and weak our defence is. I really hope this season we prove all the haters and doubters wrong!”

  15. Geezer

    Didn’t Hernandez play one half for Chivas and one half for Man U a couple of seasons ago? Fergie probably just said “Dont ye daare say fuckun nae!”

  16. Ugandan Goon

    @ Walter,
    with the statement “I think even the hardest Arsenal fan will not be bothered that much about the Emirates trophy.” you are testing the limits of truth, there wasa lot of booing at the end of the match, and quite ffrankly we know some people, even regular visitors on here, who might have something to say about that- trust me it is not the the hardest fans you want to worry about, no noo nooo it’s the fickle ones.

  17. Dec

    It certainly would have made for a much better atmosphere at the end of the game, regardless of the result.
    Any ideas/hopes/expectations/predictions about the possibility of a future role for Thierry at Arsenal?

  18. Uncle Mike

    Law 18 must be “Anything that hurts Arsenal is allowed, even if there’s a law against it.”

  19. 9jagunnerdoc

    @Anne, i wonder what would happen if David Beckham wanted to play 5 minutes for ManUre in LA galaxy Vs Man U?

  20. Anne


    I’m assuming that was a rhetorical question…:) Do we even need to ask? I really don’t understand the ref’s actions here. It really seems that, through both the refs and the media, they are trying to foment disconetent amongst Arsenal fans and avoid any outcome that might give people a lift. It’s really frustrating!

  21. Murad

    would have been really nice to have him make an appearance in the Arsenal jersey!! but they could have sorted this out earlier i think!!

  22. Jeff

    such a beautiful chance missed. With all the negative energy that seems to be surrounding the club at the moment, seeing Henry don the Red and White for the last few minutes would have been magic, and never forgotten. Glorious moment missed by a ref taking his job too seriously and lacking any appreciation for the moment.

    Not to mention he wouldn’t have played Agudelo through with that ball to set up the own goal, haha. Not really the point of course.

  23. bob

    Dogface, all,
    On a pre-cautionary note: Assuming it was the lead ref who made the no-Thierry decision: Will we be seeing this Grinch again this season, perhaps just in time to steal Christmas? Perhaps at a ManUre match so that Don Fergus gets his Holiday Cheer on the way to becoming Lord Football? Then again, perhaps there’ll be something special under this ref-supplicant’s tree from Riley for services rendered? Stay tuned…

  24. Mandy dodd

    Have a feeling we will see him in the shirt again, maybe when he is retired we can temporarily sign him for an appearance.
    The man is special, I cannot help thinking it is the recent memories of him, bergkamp, pires paddy and Freddie that are resulting in the current team getting such a hard time.

  25. Mandy dodd

    Now this is what I call a real bad pre season result


    Completely meaningless, just hope there was no booing and no negative press reports!

  26. Ed

    They had Smalling, Jones and Wellbeck playing as well. the future of Man Utd? and England? hmmmm…

  27. 9jagunnerdoc

    @Bob, we definately are gonna see the ‘Grinch’ as you call it. Dinna you notice? Three stone wall penalty shouts in three straight matches and all were denied. And they talk about ….’it’s not in the rules’.

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