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Monday, 30 January 2006

Real Encounter Now The Be All, Or End All!

Unlike some of the patronising pundits who try to maintain some pretence of a non-partisan perspective, there’s absolutely nothing neutral about Ian Wright. Bless him, Wrighty came on TV on Saturday night and told Gunners fans that we shouldn’t be too hard on our Highbury heroes. According to Ian we must be patient, as the Arsenal are a team in transition. However the fact of the matter is, that whilst success eludes any football side, they remain in this state. Tottenham have been in ‘transition’ for almost half a century!

I was beginning to regret slaughtering my Spurs mates about their chances of any silverware evaporating in the first week of January. We might not have suffered the humiliation of being dumped out by the lower league likes of Leicester and Grimsby. But after experiencing our own bad bout of PCE (Premature Cup Ejection!), they were only too quick to return all the stick, with interest, on Saturday!

You’ll have to forgive me if I struggle to cope with the impromptu end to the Gunner’s campaign for domestic silverware, with customary equanimity. We’ve been so spoilt since Arsène Wenger took the helm at Highbury, having enjoyed such amazing fortune in the FA Cup (it’s been 6 years since we last failed to at least reach the semis!), that mercifully it’s pretty much an alien experience for our cup interest to be finished even before February. Most Gooners have been left badly winded, if not a little punch drunk, after being knocked out twice in one week by gut-wrenching, last gasp sucker punches.

Perhaps it’s our woeful away form which has seen us fall off the Champions League radar. Yet my Spurs mates seem to have conveniently forgotten that while they can keep us up to date on how Dot and the gang fare in Eastenders, the Gunners’ season is guaranteed to run for a few more weeks, at least until our date with Real Madrid.

Apart from the Bernabeu, I’ve worshipped the beautiful game’s false gods at most of the major footballing temples across the continent in recent seasons. As a result I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity to genuflect before the Gunners in the Spanish capital’s real cathedral for donkey’s years.

It’s unlikely that I’ll be able to remain so detached, but win, lose, or draw, I’m determined to enjoy my long awaited outing to the Bernabeu, as part of our 3-day jolly to Madrid. However now, with Barca also running away with La Liga, this match takes on an importance for both teams of such immense proportions, as the loser will be left with the decidedly unenthralling prospect of playing out the last 3 months, chasing nothing more than Champs League qualification next season.

With so much riding on the outcome, the two legs of this encounter are hardly likely to be the open, entertaining contest that would befit some of the best players on the planet. I was hoping that the confidence would be flowing by then and we might take Real on. Instead of which Wenger is bound to adopt a conservative approach. Much like the midfield mêlée of our chess match at the Reebok, the two games against Real are likely to be decided by the odd momentary lapse in concentration, of the sort that resulted in the last minute rickets against Wigan and Bolton.

Even after all these years I never fail to be amazed how 90 minutes of football is all that separates us from the peak of euphoria, or the pit of despair. Only last weekend vice-chairman, David Dein was on the radio crowing about capturing three ”promising” additions to our squad in only 6 days. Who could’ve imagined this would be followed by three crushing defeats in 8 days, that are being referred to as the worst week in Wenger’s career and which has the Islington Samaritans working overtime!

Well actually we won on the night against Wigan but our away goal exit made for a hollow victory. I had some ambivalent feelings at the time, wondering how much I really wanted to schlep down to Wales for the final a day or so after we are due to return from Spain and whether a duel at the Millennium, with the possibility of extra-time and penalties, might prove an exhausting and perhaps fatal distraction, from our efforts to bring home the big-eared Champions League bacon.

As it turns out, ironically we’ll now be playing Blackburn that weekend instead, which I always find an arduous and one of my least favourite outings of the season. In fact any thoughts I might’ve had that Wigan might be more appreciative of a Carling Cup Final, these disappeared in inverse proportion to the pain of Jason Roberts disastrous dig, as salt was rubbed into our wound, first by missing out on a final with Man Utd and then relinquishing our grip on the other knockout trophy.

I was especially gutted because when Robin Van Persie’s extra-time goal hit the back of the net, I assumed I’d be regaling Gooner pals for time immemorial about my own personal assist. In the dim and distant past, when I played the game, I was in the habit of getting my kicks by trying to put off opposition players in close proximity, hollering “Yer c*ck’s hanging out!” Occasionally you’d get the desired response from the more gullible, terrified their tackle was on public display.

Last Tuesday I was sat in the front row of the North Bank, almost within touching distance and certainly within earshot of Mike Pollitt, Wigan’s Man of the Match keeper. For an hour or so, until Henry headed home, Pollitt played such a blinder, that I’d begun to wonder if it was going to be one of those nights where nothing would get past him. Yet after a succession of tremendous saves, as the keeper lined his wall up for Van Persie’s 108th minute free-kick, I screamed at him “You’re gonna miss this one!”

Being perfectly placed to participate with the scorer’s celebrations, I was hoping for a hatful of goals. However Van Persie’s precision strike was heading for goal from the moment it left his foot and the beauty of being so close was that there’s no mistaking that distinctive ‘swoosh’ as the ball caressed the back of the net. Try as I might I couldn’t catch Pollitt’s eye, but no matter how deluded it sounds, I’m convinced I played my part by planting a seed of doubt at such a crucial moment. If only Roberts hadn’t rained on my opportunity to take credit for our place in the final.

I believe a boxing analogy best sums up the Bolton game and the malediction which has afflicted the majority of our results on the road. For someone who was once such a rigid proponent of 4-4-2, surely Le Prof can see his squad isn’t suited to playing with a lone striker. Personally I think le gaffer’s giving away an influential psychological advantage, with the suggestion that our far superior squad needs to adapt their style of play to avoid defeat.

Wenger’s sides have never been designed to shut out the opposition and I firmly believe we should be sticking to the adventurous passing game that has left less talented mortals trailing in our wake in the past. Yet instead of floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, Le Prof appears to have forsaken the principles on which all his success has been founded. He’s been drawn into trying to slug it out, with teams who wouldn’t know the noble art if it smacked ‘em in the face. And with a lightweight midfield that doesn’t possess the punch necessary for this sort of slugfest, we’re developing far too fond a taste for the canvass.

Getting knocked down ain’t so bad but it’s our reluctance to get back to our feet which is most demoralising. With 4 minutes on the clock and 4 more of injury time, in the past the Arsenal’s traditional ’never say die’ spirit would’ve provoked the sort of onslaught in response to going a goal down, which would’ve seen us camped in Bolton’s penalty area. Whereas these days we threw the towel in from the moment they took the lead. Martin Keown wouldn’t have abided time wasting by the corner flag. Both the ball and the players shielding it would’ve ended up in the stands.

Considering the Arsenal were once infamous for grinding out results and nicking all the glory with our own late winners, it is the absence of such ‘death or glory’ values in the current Gunners’ squad which I find most depressing.


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42 comments:

Anonymous said...

hahahahaha goons are shite .look at me im french wooooooooo..

Anonymous said...

oh he ho, bonjour, big nose french wankers, piss off back to woolwich

Anonymous said...

haha your are a typical f*cking arsehol twat!! you really think your pathetic shout to Pollit made a differce then you are a typical delude arse c*nt!!! it was a well placed free kick i will give you that but you was still kicked out of the FA cup you bunch of f*cking C*nts!! HAHAHAAHAH

Anonymous said...

There's nothing like the eloquence of a fucking sp*rs twat, is there?

Nice post mate.

Anonymous said...

LAST MINUTE SUCKER PUNCHES, HOW MANY OF THOSE HAVE THE ARSE SCORED OVER THE YEARS? THATS ONE THING YOU SHOULD NOT DARE TO COMMENT ON TWAT. FACE IT, YOUR FINNISHED, WASHED UP, THE OUTLOOK IS BLEEK, MOVE OVER ITS SPURS TURN NOW. MOST OF YOUR PLAYERS WILL BE SOLD OFF TO RESTAURANTS FOR THERE LEGS AND CUNTBEL WILL RUN OF WITH FREDDIE FOR SOME BUM FUN.

Anonymous said...

Looks like it will be the inter-two-bob next season at Cashburden Grave.

Up the Spurs!

Anonymous said...

Oh how it must worry yee dirty , diving , gay bunch of bum bashing ball licking faggots to see the wind of change slowly making its way in. Can you smell it..? I can and its great, actually amazing. When Henry fucks off there will be no one to give Arsene head on a daily basis and Henry is surely sick of bumin Canmpbell in the pysio room. I suppose you still have Beavis with his weird nose doing his thing but hes a has been. I think its what they call a a spent force , washed up has been or whatever derogatry term you think fits. I will leave you with this thought you bunch of boy bummers , underestimate your foe and your done... this is between you and us but the pressures all on you. How fucked will you be when you dont get champions league revenue .. how many players will you keep or get ... I know none and its funny cause we possibly could fuck you over this time round...faggots

mcg said...

Didn't really want to have to sink to this level but what the hell!

The reason big fat martin jol has bought so many young english boys is because he likes to wank them off on a regular basis while jermaine penis licks his ring. Arsenal are having the worst season in almost a decade and still the nice boys in their nice tight white tops (a bit of eye candy for all the spurs boys) are only a few points ahead. Oh fucking dear!! what a season they must be having. Stick to fucking your sisters while your da stands and wanks, its the only time you lot are going to come before us for the forseeable future. Ta ra dickhead

Anonymous said...

listen mcg you fucking nerd what the fuck are you a hip hop artist or something.... mcnerd it should be.Now pipe down like a good little boy , listen and you might learn something. You might actually avoid sounding like a retarded kiddie fiddler. Its just not funny when you try and lay the gay shit on us cause its your lot that like the bum and biting the pillow and thats they way its always been and always will be. Even the fact you reacted showed your gay and what I said is seeping into to your pathetic little mind. I think you should stick to banging your father whilst wishing it was your brother and just get on with. Nobody said life was fair some have it harder than others just look at you and the rest of your ilk.. how fucking pathetic... twat

Anonymous said...

TOTTENHAM

CANT SMILE WITHOUT YOU..........

Anonymous said...

GLORY GLORY TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
GLORY GLORY TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
AND THE GOONS ARE AWFULLY GAY

Anonymous said...

you took about 4 hours 2 write that.. and it just proves how sad you and all the other arseanl fans really are.. try abit harder next time.. cum on u real madrid.. senderous left bk hehe

Anonymous said...

what a long winded truly near death exp it was reading that bull shit spewing from a gooner scumbummer. Their just to gay, something will have to be done. I reckon if we hold a wet t-shirt competitiom for men it should in theory , flush out all the gooners in one foul swoop. Once exposed we can systematically exterminate them and that in turn will mean the world is a better place for our children...amen

Anonymous said...

About time you had a bit of bad luck, and this is just the beginning of it. By next August the full extent of this season will be taking its toll on your 'lagging' squad.

Bernard said...

Tottenham watching Eastenders

Bernard said...

Tottenham still watching Eastenders :-)

Anonymous said...

You sperz boys like talking about bumming and kiddie fiddling don't you?! But hey, I'm not here to judge, I just hope you can exacerbate your demons in a less agressive fashion in future. Good luck. 71, 2004.

Anonymous said...

anyone noticed Wenger cant sit down for more than a few seconds lately?. I hear Pires violated him in a most peculuar way but word on the street is, Arsene was loving it........

Bernard said...

Tottenham still watching Eastenders

Anonymous said...

the spurs have one half decent season and all of a sudden they all come out the closet (literally). you've never finished in the top 3 of the premiership, and not won a domestic cup for years, the last final you were in you buggered up to the "mighty" Blackburn. You may be up there now but you dont have the ability to stay there at the end of the season. While your trying to hold onto your premiership place we will be pushing you all the way and playing Champions League football,something you can't claim and never will

Anonymous said...

to 9.52...

chill out you stress ball. life could be worse, you could actually be you. Arsescum twat....

Anonymous said...

why are you spurs scum on here?? dont you have a life apart from coming on ARSENAL websites? is your life really that sad?

Anonymous said...

Just think, Arsenal have won the league at White Hart Lane more times than Sperz have. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Anonymous said...

to 9.54


can you smell us yet ....? sniffing at your heals , always catching up... if your actually honest about it, you dont actually think fourth spot is guaranteed scum bound. Not at all... bring it on
COYS

Anonymous said...

JUST THINK
ARSENAL WILL NEVER WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAH

Anon said...

Just think, Sperz have never played n the Champions League and never will. Leave your address I'll send you a postcard from madrid. 71 2004

Anonymous said...

Ha Ha Ha just think...... No.... you can't you're arseNIL

Anon said...

Gloating already? It's January! You haven't even beaten us in more than six years. Still, I suppose starving people will always eat dry crusts.

Anonymous said...

Are you Eric Cantona in disguise?

Anonymous said...

silly little gooner fans..
throw them a bone and watch them go....twats

Anonymous said...

player for player yours are gayer than Tottenham they just look gay and pretty much act gay. Poofs Poofs... Poofs....willy snatchers....Poofs

Anonymous said...

BEWARE THE WOLLWICH WILLY SNATCHERS.
THEY WANT ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY!!!

YOUR WILLY
DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN
RESIST AT ALL COSTS
ONLY TOGETHER CAN WE RID THE WORLD
OF THIS PIKEY SCUM

TOTTENHAM FOREVER

Anonymous said...

Still on the homosexual kick eh? I think you're looking for a different sort of website.

Bernard said...

....still watching Eastenders :-)

Ryan K said...

Can it with the homophobia.
In all seriousness, I don't think Arsenal will beat Real Madrid, I think it's a straight off fight for 4th place, Spurs vs. Arsenal.
Facts are, we are ahead at the moment. Gloating rights *currently* belong with us Spurs, and I know the Arsenal fans aren't used to it, but hey that's life. We are enjoying our new dawn that for once doesn't appear to be false, and don't insist on slagging the gooners off in every article written on our websites.

Long Live Martin Jol, He is the Man!
COYS!

Anonymous said...

P*ss off all gooner scum.
Sad f**ks the lot of 'em...sooner you nomads f**k off back to where you came from the better.
Better still...f**k off to West London you glory hunting pricks.

Anonymous said...

Ah, what quality comments by Spurs fans! Must have burdened the one collective brain cell they share... to bother to go to another teams website/blog and actually post - sad waste of a life.

Anonymous said...

Re anon 9.28. imagine calling mcg mcnerd, you should be on TV, that was just ball bouncingly funny (now don't get aroused i don't mean a tranny). Brilliant dick face. just somes up your level.

71 - 04, 71 - 04, 71 - 04

Anonymous said...

o my god,what a bunch of fuckin losers!!!jus browsing through the blogs lookin 4 proper footy points of view n i come across this shit.oooo ur teams full of gays oooooo shit thats bad,rly bad,that is so cool.how old r ya lads?

Anonymous said...

Sad spuds fans needed 40 odd years to come up with comments like, we are better than you. They won the double in 61. That 1961!!!!!! And they claim to being one of the top clubs in UK. Preston North End have won more cups than you. Who you ask. Exactly

Anonymous said...

you know the funniest thing i've heard for years was when spurs wanted to share ashburton with us!!! LOL at pathetic morons! when you last win a trophy cocksuckers?we got everything you dont have and never will, scum scum up the bum raaa

Anonymous said...

FUCK ALL YOU'RE GONNA WIN FUCK ALL!!!!