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    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52

    Was the demise of Arsenals title challenge down to a lack of effort on the part of the players? Was it bad tactics from the manager?
    Or rather, was it a lack of confidence, a lack of playing staff, and a weighty expectancy that the team would falter?

  • FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 11, 2014 07:21 Flag

    On the contrary, i presume nothing at all. Well, apart from the fact that you will keep making a pr*t out of yourself.

  • FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 10, 2014 15:08 Flag

    Oh dear....Rikki presumes the press tell the truth.

    Poor old Rikki.

  • FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 10, 2014 11:51 Flag

    Of course they did Rikki. Of course they did.

    I presume no quotes are forth coming to back up either the views of the journalist in question, or the views you believe to be true. Now, there's a surprise.


  • Reply to

    Look out, Ita's about!

    by Old Mother Oink! Apr 7, 2014 12:19
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 10, 2014 11:35 Flag

    Do you not have a life, at all?

  • FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 10, 2014 11:34 Flag

    The article states that "Arsenal players believe that manager Arsène Wenger’s refusal to work on the opposition has cost them a shot at the Premier League title this season.'

    How does this journalist know that Arsenal players believe that?

    He likely has no idea whatsoever, and neither do you or i. Unless of course, you can show quotes from the Arsenal players stating such things.

    Can you do that Rikki???

    (cue much bull,i presume).

  • FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 10, 2014 11:16 Flag

    Writes Rikki.....clearly having to skip off into the realms of fantasy, again.


  • Reply to

    Cazorla interview

    by Govinda Apr 9, 2014 11:30
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 10, 2014 06:47 Flag

    Cazorla says what is obvious, there is a lack of confidence amongst the squad.

  • FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 10, 2014 06:45 Flag

    ' Telegraph' - some journo filling page space, wishing to have a dig at Arsenal, plucking stories out of thin air.

  • Reply to

    Wenger embarrassing Arsenal big time

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 6, 2014 18:13
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 8, 2014 20:25 Flag

    Cont...it looked as if all that was in the past.

    I think Wenger may well call it a day at the end of this contract and that, to me, would be a great shame and a sorry end for the greatest manager the club has ever had.

  • Reply to

    Wenger embarrassing Arsenal big time

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 6, 2014 18:13
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 8, 2014 20:22 Flag

    I like this squad of players. I think it has great potential and it has been wholly put together by Wenger. There is room for improvement, and it would seem at this stage that the forward position needs a touch of real class, but, would the situation seem the same if Walcott was fit? Or Ozil? Wilshere? Or Ramsey? Or, if Sanogo had enjoyed a better start at Arsenal? We simply do not know. We do know that four of those five have proven to be great assets. Giroud has come in for much criticism of late and i fully understand why, but i recall both Walcott and Ramsey in the line of fire in recent years and i am a great believer that you judge a player when they are confident. Giroud looked fine earlier this season IMO.
    It is very true that the squad should be able to rotate and still produce, however, i think Arsenal suffer greatly confidence wise and i think the loss of players added to the expectation that Arsenal would fail at this time of year has affected the team. Confidence is a thing that is hard to gain and extremely easy to lose and Arsenal, these days, seem to lose that confidence extremely easily. If there is one point which makes me question whether Wenger is the right man for the job, then this would be that question, does his being at the helm instill a lack of confidence in the players?
    I think the squad is there. I think the squad are good enough to win the title. I think they are certainly as good as Lpool who could well lift the title this season and gain all the plaudits, yet, the big difference between Arsenal and Lpool to me is that Lpool have their best players, for the most part, fit. Arsenal do not.
    Vermalean is an extremely capable player for example, but, he does not have the same understanding as Kosc does with Mertesaker. A big difference.

    All in all i am gutted to see the season go down the pan, due to injuries IMO, again. I am also gutted that the knives are out for Wenger again, when, earlier in the season, it looked as if all th

  • Reply to

    Wenger embarrassing Arsenal big time

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 6, 2014 18:13
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 8, 2014 07:45 Flag

    I think the reason for our recent poor showings is more down to a change of playing staff forced by injury than any other reason. Walcott and Ramsey were hugely missed but i believe Kosceilny being out is even more of a blow. The defence consisted of Monreal and Vermalean on the left side against Everton, a brand new half to our defensive unit. It is no coincidence that the team plays less well when changes to the playing staff are enforced. All this Wenger blaming is the easy option IMO. No manager can instill the same confidence into a newly formed unit as was enjoyed by a unit more used to playing together, week in, week out.

    Ferguson himself said that every season depends upon the injuries suffered by the squad. I agree.

  • Reply to

    Wenger embarrassing Arsenal big time

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 6, 2014 18:13
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 7, 2014 06:15 Flag

    Arsenal have spent a huge some of money these past couple of seasons and i am sure, with the new finances only just beginning to come into play, they will spend more. Ozil was bought instead of Suarez. There is absolutely no gurantee that Suarez would have produced at Arsenal this season had he arrived.

    Diaby has been blighted by injury, but who was to know that would occur? It is frustrating, for all concerned, but don't go beating Wenger over the head about that. Bendtner has great potential. Unfortunately he is a prize #$%$.

    We have no idea what Higuain would have or wouldn't have done had a higher bid gone in. All we know is what he has stated since, and that is that he wanted to join Napoli, and that makes perfect sense too.

    To claim Wenger does not 'work the system to his advantage' is beyond my comprehension, as to me , he is renowned for doing just that. The price tag of a player is no guarantee of the quality.

    Arsenal are beginning to have far greater cash available than they have done, well, ever. It will be spent, but players have to be available to buy.

  • Reply to

    Wenger embarrassing Arsenal big time

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 6, 2014 18:13
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 6, 2014 21:20 Flag

    You write that no top manager would persist with Diaby and yet that is an unprovable statement. If Diaby was performing as well as say Veiria or Yaya Toure for example, when fit, i would bet just about any manager worth his salt would be loathe to give up on the guy.
    You write that no top manager would have signed Kallstrom and indeed Wenger himself stated that he would not have, but time had run out. Top players are thin on the ground. Is that a hard concept to grasp? Same goes for the Bendtner situation BTW. The Higuain deal was not at all 'in the bag', the player has since said that he wanted to sign for Napoli, ahead of Arsenal, seemingly because of the clubs links with Maradona. Arsenal bid the amount needed to spark the clause in the Suarez contract, the Lpool chairman has since admitted that there indeed WAS a clause but that he didn't think it would stand up in court (or something like that).I think i am correct when i write that Man Utd have never payed £50M for a player, why do you seem to think Arsenal should have done so?

    The Wenger knives are out again. The situation is frustrating, but a lot of #$%$ is being written IMO.

  • Reply to

    Wenger embarrassing Arsenal big time

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 6, 2014 18:13
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 6, 2014 18:54 Flag

    Wenger is honest about the performances, he has said the team were poor and Everton were deserved of the win. He also says he believes the results have a lot to do with a lack of confidence, and who can argue with that? Giroud looked absolutely fine earlier in the seasons, headlines along the lines of 'who needs a striker?' adorned the back pages. This team are good enough to thump Everton and Lpool and City and Chelski. Look at ManUseless, they are reigning champions and yet the same players have looked like second rate chumps for the most part.
    Blaming the manager is easy. Yes, he is to blame, and he will take the blame, but that does not solve the situation. Wenger IS a top top manager.

    Lastly, Wenger has tried to sign forwards, but, like others, has found that quality forwards do not grow on trees. Chelski are in exactly the same position with regards to the striking options.

  • FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 6, 2014 17:25 Flag

    Why ever would i 'hide'? It's not as if i am taking part in the game after all.

  • Reply to

    Men against boys!

    by Old Mother Oink! Apr 6, 2014 14:14
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Apr 6, 2014 17:22 Flag

    Well i certainly didn't expect the lads to become so poor. Something is up when they can't raise themselves for the important games, no doubt about it. and it has now happened time and time again, and it is not as if the crowd have been on their backs either.

    Soul destroying, for all concerned, i would hope.

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    Be afraid, be very afraid ....

    by Old Mother Oink! Mar 30, 2014 15:22
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Mar 31, 2014 08:51 Flag

    Oh dear... Wrinkly OLD Rikk proves once again that he just isn't down with the kids.

    'We're brilliant over ten gaaaaaaames!'


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    Be afraid, be very afraid ....

    by Old Mother Oink! Mar 30, 2014 15:22
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Mar 31, 2014 08:29 Flag

    'we didn't need a manager ......we needed a manger'! Hmmmm...so according to Rikk, ManUseless don't need a football man in charge at all, they just need a trough, to feed the animals (unless he plans for the players to sleep in his manger, baby Jesus stylee).

    'Maybe SAF wanted someone who would fail, not someone like Maureen who could have done better than him.'

    Rikki lets slip that he realises what a selfish, nasty piece of work the slit eyed scot is.

    'We done better over ten gaaaaames!'


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    It's a funny old game...

    by FABONGRASSS Mar 29, 2014 20:20
    FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Mar 30, 2014 09:27 Flag

    And there's the rub Rikki. I really am not bothered enough to check the points.

    The only points that bother me are the totals, and those of ManUseless, are HILARIOUS.