On 25 February 2001 Manchester Utd (later to become Manchester Bankrupt) beat Arsenal 6-1. Manchester went 16 points clear at the top of the table. Since 1991 we had won the league just once.
In those days we hardly had blogs at all, but the fanzines were hugely active in calling for Wenger’s head.
Had he said, “all right, you win, I’m off” there would have been cheers from the writers of such fanzines and those who booed our own players.
In 2002 we did the double, in 2004 we were unbeaten all season, in 2005 we won the cup. None of that would have happened if the reaction to the previous season had been taken to heart by the Lord Wenger.
Compare with the current situation. Last season we ended just four points behind, having been top for part of the year. This year we have been cut to shred with injuries, but the essence of our team is young and will grow with us. And still people call for Wenger to go.
I believe that the only answer to them is 25 February 2001.
Moving on, there is Mr Flamini. The year before he left Arsenal he said he was ready to go, because he was not being used enough – coming on with perhaps 30 minutes left in the games he did not play in.
So it is interesting to watch him this season. He has chosen to leave Arsenal, at the end of his contract, and there is nothing wrong with that. I make no complaint – I just like to watch the result.
This past weekend Flamini’s team played Roma. He was on the bench and came on in the 89th minute as a substitute for David Beckham.
Final point – it has been pointed out that the maths question in relation to posting can be difficult to understand first time around, so I have removed it for the moment. If it does increase the amount of spam getting through I’ll have to put it back, but we’ll give it a try.
(c) Tony Attwood 2009. I notice that one or two of my posts are once again being taken wholesale and posted elsewhere. To anyone thinking of doing this, this is a criminal offence in that it breaks the copyright owned on these scripts, and we are now starting to take action. It does take a little while to get the wheels rolling in each case, but you will hear from us.
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