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Monday
Mar072016

Battle of Shite Hart Lane

The top of the table clash between Tottenham and Arsenal on Saturday characterised the pig swill viewers have had to put up with in what has been the worst quality PL of all time.

Let’s be honest, Tottenham are a consistent side but they do not resemble anything like champions and Arsenal are a side of era-defining mental fragility. It was such a poor game, with 20 grown men running around like headless chickens pulling shirts and tripping and fouling each other while struggling to string more than three passes together, or anything resembling the quality you would expect from two teams supposedly challenging for a PL title.

In the early part of the game, Spurs failed to make their possession count. The occasion got to them and they struggled to play with any calm or intelligence.  

When Arsenal opened the scoring with Ramsey’s deft flick, Spurs looked bereft - but you never have to wait long for Wenger’s chumps to shoot themselves in the foot. Early in the second half, Coquelin got a second yellow for an absurd late challenge on Kane and Arsenal duly imploded and let in two stupid, needless goals.

The difference between the two managers is that Wenger is an imbecile that never learns. Having warned Coquelin at half time not to overstep the mark, the muppet still got himself sent off. More perceptive managers would have removed Coquelin from the field of play (or left him on loan at Charlton), just as Pochettino did with Eric Lamela when it was clear that he was starting to lose his head.

But Spurs bottled it. At 2-1 up, they lost their shape and composure and Hugo Lloris made a terrible mistake in allowing Sanchez’ tame daisy cutter to beat him.

Ultimately, both teams imploded at crucial moments and demonstrated their historic fallibilities. This means, Leicester might have less to do than they think to win this title. With both North London clubs now bottling it on a weekly basis and extra games to play in Europe and the FA Cup, Leicester might only need to win 5 of their remaining 9 games.

But the fact is, no team has played better than Leicester this season or is playing better than them at this moment in time. Whether The Foxes like it or not, the title is in their hands. Their only concern now is to avoid picking up injuries to key players, otherwise no other team they face between now and the end of the season should frighten them.

If there is a threat, I now believe it’s Man City who have a final chance to build momentum with a series of easy games. 

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Ospina (7) Made some good saves, shame he didn't fancy catching anything
Bellerin (5) Positional play a bit suspect
Mertesacker (4) Still going through the motions after winning the World Cup
Gabriel (4) Plays like he looks, assembled from various body parts
Gibbs (4) Is, was and always will be a clueless oaf
Coquelin (3) Played like a Charlton midfielder
Elneny (4) Mediocre at best
Ozil (2) Auditioning for the Invisible Man again
Ramsey (4) Typical Ramsey, great technique for the goal but fuck all else to his game
Sanchez (4) Scored a lucky goal, otherwise poor
Welbeck (5) Stretched Spurs defence but will never be prolific


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Angry Arsene Wenger lashes out at "boring" doubters who continue to question him over Arsenal future.

Biggest problems at the club with biggest problem first:

1. Wenger
2. AKBs
3. Board
4. Kroenke

Wenger will go when the fans have had enough and scream abuse at him and boo at the Emirates. Before he won the FA Cup he was going to leave. You could see the stress he was under and how he said he’d go if the fans called it.

That won’t happen while people like Wallace and Ty support Wenger more than Arsenal. Thankfully more and more people are seeing the light.

I’d be happy to see us lose every game from now on. I just don’t care where Arsenal finish. It’s not important at all. The most important thing is to get Wenger out. The only way the fans will do that is if we lose. I’m more than happy for us to finish 6th with Spurs winning the league because Wenger would go. He’d be humiliated as every fan and the press mock him.

Once he’s gone that sorts the biggest problem out. Then the AKBs would follow him out or just go back to being fans rather than religious sycophants.

With the man in power gone, then Gazidis and the board can then get Arsenal into the 21st century and start putting together a Director of Football and a backroom team along with a new manager.

Kroenke will remain a problem, but Wenger is the domino that makes everything else fall and he can be gotten rid of by the fans.

Would you rather Arsenal deteriorate under Wenger for another years than Spurs win the league and bring on change that would make Arsenal a whole lot better and challenge for title and probably win it again?

Because of a geographical rivalry. Which really isn’t a footballing rivalry because we are so much bigger and better. Well we were.

If Wenger had left 10 years ago, Spurs would be a fly in the room annoying us.

Only because of Wenger ineptness are they in for q shot for the title, because if we had a proper manager we would be 5 points on Leicester.

The amount of people out there saying he shouldn’t sacked or ‘invited’ or pressurised to leave and left to just step down are showing their lack of understanding of the man. And I think that’s a big problem.

A lot of the pro-Wenger fans simply don’t understand Wenger, ironically.

The more people say he’s wrong the harder he will work to prove he’s right, not the harder he will work to succeed whatever the cost, the harder he will work to prove he and his philosophies are right.

The more you push, the more he will push back and dig in his heels.

There is no way, short of him feeling it in his body as he starts to get seriously old, that Wenger steps down ‘honourably,’ realising he got it wrong.

In Wenger’s mind he never gets it wrong. He was right, just certain things didn’t quite work out.

The board and owner are terrified that a change in management will disturb the delicate equilibrium over which Wenger has presided for years by consistently finishing in the top four. If they sack him or not offer him a new contract and the new manager finishes below CL places, they will be absolutely kicking themselves. It is a risk they are not willing to take. Those fans who still have a soft spot for Arsene no doubt feel the same. This is why they always bring up the old “who can replace him” argument. Reading between the lines of that statement, you can easily see that it’s not about who can replace him but who can do as well for so long.

The only reason you would want change is because you are engulfed in a burning sense of desire and ambition. You want Arsenal to start competing for and winning big trophies again but realise it can’t happen under Wenger.

The only difference between the two points of view really just boils down to risk versus ambition. It’s like you are in a steady job with a nice steady income but you might want to do much better by going it alone – starting your own business. The hierarchy aren’t ready to take that risk because they prefer the steady, almost guaranteed income. So unless and until Wenger falters even in one season where that steady income (CL money) suddenly disappears. things will remain as they are.

In other words, the risk to push for big trophies (in the eyes of the board and owner) is not worth the reward. Very sad for the fans and the club.

I’ve never heard Wenger accept blame for a lost game. It’s always someone else’s fault with Wenger.

He’s so full of himself that he would never leave until disgraced out of Arsenal.

March 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterForeign Gooner

Was reading the Evening Standard today and read an article about Wenger demanding Arsenal fans "behave properly and respect everyone" This coming from a man who disrespect refs, other manager, players his own fans (remember he lied about Welbeck's injury) and has even disrespected his own wife.

He has often behaved very unprofessionally. The hypocrisy of this man man is shocking.

March 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

"Gabriel (4) Plays like he looks, assembled from various body parts"

Hahaha! Now that's just wrong... shame on you AT. Shame on you.

It will never be as bad as it needs to be for the 'faithful' to completely turn on Wenger. It would have been great for Spurs to turn us over but they were true to themselves and bottled when it mattered most.

It amazes me the people, who I'm sure could find much more worthwhile things with their money, continue to pay crazy prices to watch AFC under Wenger... especially when each and every one of them, if given pen and paper could, quite accurately pen exactly what will happen given any fixture, or at any transfer window, with astonishingly little imagination.

You don't even need to watch it anymore.

I'm hoping for Hull now.

March 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMr. J

Below are Foxes' remaining fixtures, (and my entirely arbitrary predictions in brackets).

Leicester V Newcastle (1)
Crystal Palace V Leicester (1)
Leicester V Southampton (1)
Sunderland V Leicester (X)
Leicester V West Ham (2)
Leicester V Swansea (1)
Man Utd V Leicester (1)
Leicester V Everton (X)
Chelsea V Leicester (1)

March 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

The player ratings were entertaining btw AT. In fact I think you might be on to something.

For simplicity's sake, players' performances should henceforth be rated one of:

a. good
b. adequate
c. inept and contemptible.

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AT

Someone has to entertain.

March 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

This is why I said a few weeks back that Leicester won't feel as much pressure as they should, as the teams below them simply aren't applying any. If anything, they're the ones under pressure.

It's quite remarkable really.

March 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhenry8

AT

"Assembled from various body parts"

Arguably one of the great lines on this blog, and there's been a few.

Rather than doing a match review, perhaps you could just keep doing the descriptions of players...especially if they are as good as the one used to describe Gabriel.

Well done.

Arsene's made a nice job of ensuring the squad's ship-shape for the business end of the season.

March 9, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Wenger is a bunty, I don't like bunty's.

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AT

I don't like your grammar.

March 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJr

These player ratings are hilarious AT - are the outfield players marked out of 5??? You're a hard man to please.

Any moron who still gives a toss about the results under Wenger should be relatively happy with 2-2 at the Lane. But they should now be looking down not up - West Ham are only 3 points behind. And they, like Leicester and Spurs, don't have crippling stadium debts to hinder them...

Where are the AKB's now? Have you banned them all AT? I want to hear the justification for keeping their man in a job now.

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AT

The ratings are not out of 5, they're out of 20.

March 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunnergettheresomeday

Out of 20, you say AT? I thought they were percentages.

Btw my fiercely loyal AKB pal has finally conceded if Wenger cannot win it this year, he's got no business trousering another 8 million plus sheets next year.

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AT

I noticed the colossal fuckwit has knackered Ramsey for six weeks by throwing him on against Hull without a proper warm up.

March 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Back in time for the Euros is probably realistic, knowing our medical team.

I spotted a half-decent argument by a loyal AKB on another blog:

Basically having crunched the numbers he concludes Wenger has materially improved Arsenal, on the basis that our average league position over last 19 years has been a good two places higher than the 19 years that preceded his appointment (using fourth as this season's finishing spot).

Moreover, he acknowledges that the second half of Wenger's time at the club has not matched the first. However this is a result of two clubs having been transformed in that time by huge capital inflows. This is then qualified by showing that the new-money clubs have achieved massive improvements in average league positions over the last decade.

In other words, Wenger has moved the club significantly forward. The relative paucity of recent success is purely a function of unusual circumstances, in which Wenger could not have been expected to be competitive.

With this argument, he concludes Wenger remains a great, albeit less great than Sir Fergie, but still better than the rest.

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AT

Just another AKB talking out his arse.

March 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Do you see Newcastle avoiding the trap-door AT?

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AT

Hard to say. Hopefully, they'll go down.

March 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

To all AKB's. Wenger doesn't care about you, me, us, his former wife, the postman, the milkman, the candlestick maker, Steve Bould, Pat Rice, the press, the media in general, the tea lady, the doorman, his friends and family, the consequences of his actions, the majority of logical, intelligent people, society as a whole, the human race, whether there's life on Mars, how the universe was created, Arsenal FC...............................................etc etc.

He only cares about himself and, oh yeh, HIMSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Put all of this on a 400m banner and hold it up around the Emirates, then maybe he might just show a little compassion.

March 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Obviously not the best result today, but at least we're still in the champions league.

The market gives us a generous 3% chance of progress.

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

"Observers are not supporters"!!!! Another great quote from you know who. Unbelievable that those of you still prepared to put up with this ignoramus keep popping along to the Emirates to watch this drivel.

DEAD MAN WALKING!! My dreams are coming true. Out of the FA Cup, definite thrashing by Barca and Leicester to win the League. Oh happy days!!

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Farsenal.

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJuan Cornetto

Personally, I haven't been since 2009 and I'm not going again before he is out.I used to travel twice a year from Copenhagen to watch Arsenal but not anymore. I am disgusted by events going on and now this comment from Silent Stan. Is my club even a sporting institution any more??? Because if it is not, I will start supporting something else.

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDanish Gooner

Oh my fucking god. Could the man turn us into any more of a laughing stock? Even Arsenal fans are fucking laughing now. And then he comes out with delusional cunting dribble about making the 'impossible, possible' at the Camp Nou. Fuck off you chaffinch. Apparently, the players remain confident. Again, chaffinch, off you fuck.

I've defended him and defended him and defended him. Not to an illogical AKB stance, but in a 'careful what you wish for' clichéd bollocking way'. More fool me. But now, treating us like stupid in-breds, he has taken his last ounce of dignity and shoved it up his own crusty a-hole. Our dislike of being shit is farcical apparently. Oh bore off you thundercunt.

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAJL

Keep smiling, keep shining. Wenger is now suffering a massive breakdown at arsenal. That good for nothing clown will hopefully have no legacy left at this club.

I'm expecting Messi to score 8, Suarez 4 and Neymar 3 this Wednesday night. Then Lukaku to score 3 and Barkley 2 this Saturday. That guy has tottaly overstayed his welcome.

He and his team of bunnies need to be washed out at the end of the season.

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergrimsy b

RIP Mr Wenger.

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Can't wait for your article on the Watford game.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

^ indeed, I second that.

Is that likely to be soon? Or are you waiting until after tomorrow?

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AT

Later, probably.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMr. J
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