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- MCMXCIX MCMXCIX Dec 16, 2013 12:05 Flag
Bayern Munich 3-3 Arsenal ...... As you can see there was nothing to separate the two sides last time around. The eventual European Champions (Bayern) went through on AWAY goals aggregate, JUST!
Oh, and that was when Arsenal were very poor in defending last season, and no Ozil and Flamini in the side, and no revitalised Ramsey. The EPL league LEADERS are a different kettle of fish this season as their strong league position shows and a better side all round than the team Bayern edged on the away goal rules.
Yes, Bayern are the clear favourites to go through but favourites don't always win football matches as Galatasaray demonstrated in their win against Juve. Write Arsenal off at your peril, Rikki.
- MCMXCIX MCMXCIX Dec 16, 2013 13:56 Flag
We have 2 months ahead before the first leg of the Round of 16 matches between the English Premier League LEADERS and the Bundesliga League leaders, anything could happen between now and then. Who knows for sure the sort of side Bayern would be fielding against the league LEADERS, Rikk? Nobody knows if Robben would be available or still crocked for the Germans in that match? We don't know if Ribery would be available for them. The message I'm trying to convey to you is it's way too early to nail your colours to the mast. There are too many things we don't know just yet which could impact match: injuries, lack of form, etc, etc.
- MCMXCIX MCMXCIX Dec 17, 2013 10:07 Flag
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng admitted: "They're the toughest opponents we could have had. They'll be totally up for it after what happened last year. Both matches will be very intense."
Hey 'virus-mad Rikki, take note son!
- MCMXCIX MCMXCIX Dec 17, 2013 13:08 Flag
'mind games' my @r5e, Rikki!
You have nothing to back that 5hyte up as you're not privy to his innermost thoughts.
Unless you have a valid logical explanation to prove that Boateng didn't mean it as reported by the media, your mind games theory is a fanciful notion.
But WHY do you care about the Premier League LEADERS' CL qualification chances so much? Haven't you got enough to contend with already, e.g. Spud being a shyte team this season and your pathetic average ManUre side still below them in the league table? He he!
Whatever happens in the ties between Bayern and Arsenal, I can guarantee you now that we will be back in the CL competition next season, you can't say the same about your AVERAGE #$%$ side can you Rikki?
- MCMXCIX by MCMXCIX Dec 17, 2013 22:27 Flag
Over 120 minutes, a fantastic performance and well deserved win by the Wearsiders.
They need to start picking up points especially at home for their league survival sharpish.
Well done Sunderland and Poyet
- MCMXCIX MCMXCIX Dec 18, 2013 13:11 Flag
Hey Rikki, isn't it time you sling yer hook for good as clearly everyone on this forum detest you.
Surely you're not too thick to know that you're held in contempt by all the regular board users on here. You don't discuss footie per se, you only come here to post your incessant filth and try and wind-up the regulars.
Could there be a more despicable person on earth than this piece of trash known as Rikki?...... Rhetorical question btw, we all know the answer to that.
- MCMXCIX MCMXCIX Dec 19, 2013 13:17 Flag
I'm not a Giroud fan either, and I think you would struggle to find any Arsenal fan who believes that he's our long-term solution in the striking department.
I think Wenger sees Giroud as a stopgap measure until we find adequate replacement. Giroud can hold his own against the lesser sides, but sadly he isn't the sort of strikers who can make all the difference in tight games against the big guns as we have seen thus far.
- MCMXCIX MCMXCIX Dec 19, 2013 13:33 Flag
"If you looked at most of our players you would of find the same sort of thing."
Is that why your beloved ManUre are 9th in the table below the Spud
This season's title race is shaping up to be the best title race in recent seasons mainly due to the improved tactical quality of teams like Swansea, Southampton, Cardiff, Newcastle and Everton. Many lower placed sides in the division are now willing to take greater risks in games by having their full backs push high up and pressed the top sides unlike before, and this newly found confidence in their own abilities have been richly rewarded.
Whichever of Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool win it this season, they would have done so DESERVEDLY, I HOPE for our sake that it's Arsenal who come up trumps in May 2014.
'Regardless of whether it is a player wearing a Man U shirt, or that of the Nags Head in the 4th division of the Trumptonshire League, diving on the football pitch is WRONG. Yes players should be protected from tackles which could cause serious injury, but trying to gain an unfair advantage or get an opponent cautioned is not "gamesmanship", it is CHEATING. But, since most professional teams nowadays are owned by businessmen, it is no longer a sport and fair play is a (costly) luxury which such businessmen will not allow to get in the way of their profits.
Fourth officials should have access to action replays and if they identify a blatant dive, and I will use Januzaj as an example after yesterday's impression of Tom Daley, the offender should be given an immediate red card. Two such red cards in one season should result in an automatic 10 match ban. If two players from the same club get bans for this offence in one season, the club should be deducted 3 points and fined the equivalent of the wage bill for the starting 11 on the week that the 2nd ban was accrued. Only by severe punishments for both player and club is this particular form of cheating ever likely to be curtailed. Given the influence and power of money men like the Glazers, Randy Lerner, Roman Abramovitch and Vincent Tan, no such action is ever going to be forthcoming and so the cheating will continue.'
- MCMXCIX MCMXCIX Dec 23, 2013 13:50 Flag
"and so the cheating will continue."...........
You got what you wanted in the end - Carry on cheating you immoral pr(a)t!
- MCMXCIX MCMXCIX Dec 23, 2013 14:54 Flag
It wasn't a foul or a penalty, Rikk.
It was a dive by JanuCheat, he was very lucky to not get yellow carded for his pathetic dive in the penalty box..
long may it continue......
Although 0-0 was not the result we all wanted going into this match, but the condition (gusty wind and heavy rain) was perfect for Mourinho's anti- football tactics and there were alot of positives tonight, e.g. Vermaelen was solid and we didn't miss Kos at all, it bodes well for the team. These are the sort of games we have lost to Chelsea in the past. The only negative for me is Giroud showed again that he isn't clinical, and a clinical striker is now a priority going forward.
All things considered, not a bad result.... The team are moving onwards and upwards.
- MCMXCIX MCMXCIX Dec 24, 2013 08:22 Flag
As you said Govinda, Theo's blatant penalty and whether Obi Mikel should've been red carded or not debates is a waste of time as we can't change the poor decisions the referee made in those instances which is sad.
I totally agree that our remaining 2 fixtures of December are now very crucial games, anything less than the maximum 6 points will be a huge disappointment for the team and will mean Arsenal will need to take maximum points from most remaining games to finish above City. The outcomes of these 2 fixtures will definitely decide if Arsenal can be at top of table on New Year’s Eve and will be major title contenders come next May. I've seen enough progress in the team to be very optimistic that we can do it. COYG!
- MCMXCIX MCMXCIX Dec 24, 2013 11:46 Flag
The 'Special Bore' has been a huge disappointment thus far to say the least. Chelsea have arguably the second deepest squad (talent-wise) in the league, under Rafa they went to their close rivals places believing that they were good enough to win those matches away from home. Mourinho has succeeded in convincing his players that they are not good enough to win hence his tactics playing for a draw. I don't think he would be there for long as the Chelsea manager as Abramovich won't stand for negative football. Furthermore, the Mata situation is ridiculous as he was their best player for the last 2 seasons. You can treat a talented player like that and get away with it, sooner or later things will come to a head. I think Mourinho is playing with fire here. I'm sure the owner must be monitoring the situation between the pair closely and may well step in either by sacking the manager if results on the pitch didn't pick up or Chelsea's style of play showing little signs of tangible improvement.
On Giroud, he has improved tremendously and has been a great asset for the team this season but he isn't clinical enough. We lost most of our games against Chelsea in recent seasons not because they were vastly better than us, but due to the fact that Chelsea had a clinical finisher, Drogba, in their sides who made all the difference for them in tight games between the two sides. You don't get many chances in these sort of games, but you got to take those that come your way if you want to triumph. Giroud's performance against the top sides has proved that he isn't that type of striker. It isn't a criticism of the player but just stating fact.
How could that reckless tackle by O'Brien not be a sending off offence? Rules are rules, apply the damn thing the way it should be applied. Okay, it didn't matter in the end but a foul is a foul and O'Brien should have been carded according to the letter of the law.
We were wrongly denied THREE goals against Man City, WRONGLY denied a BLATANT penalty and Mikel's red card offence in the game against Chelsea. It seems to me that referees now go out of their way to try and bridge the obvious gap in quality between Arsenal and the rest by not doing their job professionally, i.e. uphold the rules of the game. Koscienly was sent off against Villa for a nothing challenge, come on this is looking like an agenda against Arsenal.