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- Reply to Old Mother Oink! Apr 10, 2014 05:04
If you can't see the truth in that, Midget, then you're either blind to the way Arsenal play, or you're wearing blinkers.
- Reply to Old Mother Oink! Apr 10, 2014 05:04
' Telegraph' - some journo filling page space, wishing to have a dig at Arsenal, plucking stories out of thin air.
"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.
The defeat at Everton last weekend meant that Arsenal have lost away from home against all their immediate rivals, conceding 20 goals.
Wenger’s side conceded six at Chelsea and Manchester City, let in five goals at Anfield and were beaten 3-0 by Everton. During each game, Wenger’s team conceded at least once during the opening 20 minutes.
The heavy defeats have led to Arsenal dropping out of the title race and the club now face a fight with Everton to qualify for the Champions League.
A section of Wenger’s squad would like to do more work on the opposition and believe it could help them to start stronger when faced by the Premier League’s better teams.
Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, and Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers sent their sides out to kill off Arsenal quickly by pressing high up the pitch, while Everton’s Roberto Martínez deployed Romelu Lukaku on the right to expose their opponents’ left side.
Wenger’s philosophy is to concentrate on Arsenal’s strengths and to send his side out to impose their style of play on the game, rather than trying to counter the opposition.
However there is a growing feeling that, while the approach works well against lesser teams, the best sides and more astute managers are finding it easy to pick Arsenal off.
Wenger is unlikely to change his approach for the FA Cup semi-final tie against Championship side Wigan Athletic at Wembley on Saturday."
"As we used to say down QPR way"
So have you given up pretending to come from North London now, Gillian?
Derek always said you were bullshyting, when you couldn't answer a few simple questions about the place you claimed you were born.
Careful what you wish for boys, we could end up with nothing, and as a gambling man I wouldn't bet against it. Bad luck and dreadful finishing will all play a part, and poor old AW hasn't been the luckiest man on the planet. But this is shaping up as a real last gasp of a season, that neither L'pool or Everton can be looking forward to. Chelsea and City look the more likely still. For my money there's too much pressure on it for L'pool, and they haven't been in such a position for years, and neither have Everton. If we begin to bury a few of those chances we always get, things will shape up nicely. I think he's got to play that 'Stretch' Sanogo(what ever his name) to put himself about up front. His a big strong lad and will give defences something to think about. Meanwhile tomorrow I'll collect my winnings on a Chelsea x Bayern double with a 'thanks Manure, I knew I could rely on you'. As we used to say down QPR way, 'nice one Cyril '....
Yes, the lads have been well below par of late but I still think that both targets are doable given the quality of players we still have available in the squad and our oppositions. Why prioritise? Why not go all out for the two targets?
If we do not beat Wigan, I can see life getting very difficult for a few staff at the club.
If we fail to win the FA Cup, then again I can only see Arsene Wenger seriously considering giving up and passing the managerial baton back to the board.
9 years is long enough.
For me this is an easy choice. We should prioritize the PL over the FA cup.
I am very happy we have Ramsey back and I thought for a player having been out for 3 months he looked good for as much as that is possible in 20 minutes of playing time against Everton.
West Ham are the in form team in comparison to us. In the the PL they won 6 of their last 10 games against our 3 of our last 10 games. In addition we often struggle against physical teams like Big Sam's.
For this reason I would spare or save Ramsey for the West Ham game. It is too soon to play him the full 90 minutes in both games after his long lay-off.
If it were up to me I would play Ramsey in the 2nd half against Wigan if we are not leading by 2 goals and give him no more than 45 minutes so he could be ready to play 90 minutes on the Tuesday against West Ham.
We should be able to beat Wigan without him (famous last words) but we need to be able to field the best team we can against West Ham and this might still not be enough. We can not afford to drop any points in the PL since this might very well cost us 4th and thus CL.
Who ever the manager next season, I hope with Cazorla, that he will sign top players to improve the squad, not more projects and young players in their early 20s who have not proven more than potential.
The Ozil signing had a big impact on the squad and got us out of the gates flying high. Now we need press on and bring in Draxler and a top striker before the WC gets underway.
Part of building confidence in the club and squad is continues improvements of the squad. Not only the fans look for that but also the top players in our squad look for that signal of ambition by the manager and club.
Santi Cazorla has made a statement that I am sure will rock a few Arsenal hearts and test the minds of others. In a recent interview with an independent reviewer, reporting for Sport360, the Spaniard suggested that he would consider moving to another club if Arsenal continue to fail. As he approaches 30. the midfield maestro is running out of time to add to his single intertoto cup winner’s medal and that is weighing on his mind.
Cazorla said: “I want titles and that is why I came to Arsenal. Every football player wants to win titles. We’ve gone many years without winning one. And if not, what I’ll look for in my next destination is to have the chance to win. I don’t want to close doors, but nowadays I’ve a contract with Arsenal for two more seasons. When I’m turning 31, I’ll evaluate myself and I’ll choose the best option. In which case, I would be delighted to come back [to Spain].
“We’ve been unlucky in several games. We had a lot of chances to win against Manchester United and there was Ozil’s penalty (against Bayern). We couldn’t recover after going out against Bayern in the Champions League.
“And the defeat against Stoke finished us. You can’t lose against Stoke if you aspire to be the next champion.
“We haven’t got a winning mentality and we have to believe in ourselves (more). Sometimes you can get used to not fighting, but we can’t do that. Arsenal is and will always be a historic football club, we have to look forward.
“Arsenal has everything to win. History, infrastructure, an incredible stadium and great players.
“But we have to improve at crucial moments and sign the best football players because if you don’t do that, you may lag behind others.
“That is what makes it different at other clubs. You’ve a good example in Manchester City who signed Fernandiho, (Alvaro) Negredo… or even Manchester United with (Robin) Van Persie and (Juan) Mata.
“Arsenal know what they need next season, but it’s almost impossible to win a title if...
"I left the UK at the end of 2009 "
"OINK OINK! • Feb 14, 2013 18:41
No, I'm only 15 minutes away from SJP"
BUSTED and OWNED, as I said!
The closest Altree ever got to becoming a SEAL was when 'it' piled excess weight on from drinking too much Fosters and Castlemaine XXXX and started clapping and making funny noises watching Moancheaters Ushyted on the Yahoo matchcast!
- Reply to Old Mother Oink! Apr 6, 2014 16:58
The trouble with the OLD tit Altree is, if you don't answer the silly OLD coffin dodger within a matter of minutes 'it' thinks that you're hiding!
What the ten pound pom doesn't seem capable of getting a grasp of, is that most people don't sit glued to these forums 24/7 like that OLD twit!
LMFAO - OINK OINK!!!
LMFAO you been trawling through the archives again, you OLD stalker?
I left the UK at the end of 2009 - start of 2010 - it's 2014 now, so do the math, you silly OLD tit.
If you think I still live in the Toon, then that's fine by me, but I am telling the truth which is something you rarely do, because you're a 'Jackanory, tell us a story' Walter Mitty fib teller and the laughing stock of these message boards!
HAHAHAHAHAHA......OWNED BY A GEORDIE!!!
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.
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