Bradford v. Arsenal: winning begets winning

Bradford City last 11: W-D-D-W-D-L-W-D-D-W-W

Arsenal last 11: W-L-D-D-W-W-D-D-L-L-W

As I stood on the sterile steps of Wembley, hungover and looking on as a smattering of brightly attired fans milled round, I thought about what it would mean if Arsenal were to win the League Cup that day. “Winning begets winning” I told myself, “remember what Chelsea did in the League Cup final in 2007? They put out an experienced squad who simply ripped the trophy out of the grasp of Wenger’s boys’ hands. And they did that then and they do it every season because they know that every trophy counts. Winning begets winning.”

By the end of that day, Arsenal had the trophy plucked from their hands as the impish Obafemi Martins latched on to a Koscielny mistake and scored a last minute winner. And as if to put as fine a point on the importance of winning as possible, Arsenal limped into the Champions League places putting on one of the worst finishes to a season that I have ever witnessed as an Arsenal fan.

I’d had two moments of foreboding that day. The first moment came during warm-ups. The Arsenal boys were calmly playing piggy in the middle and joking around in our end of the pitch and when I looked up at the other end, the Birmingham boys were aggressively practicing aerial duels and going in hard against each other. “That’s just a show” I thought, as Liam Ridgewell put a teammate on his ass to win the ball. “We just beat them the week before” I reassured myself, but the little feeling was there, they seemed to want it more.

The second moment was when Martins came on the pitch. I don’t know if anyone else felt it, but I just thought that he was going to get the winner. It wasn’t logical, his record that season had been terrible, it was a feeling.

And now this morning, every major paper has Arsenal taking the game easily, 3-1 and so on. Even the blogs (that I read) are taking a very easy approach to this game. There’s very little sense of trepidation at this tie which Michael Cox called “tricky”. And it was, in fact, Michael Cox’s column for which gave me that sinking feeling.

I don’t know Bradford City from Bradford Park Avenue so I have to rely on good reporting from reliable sources like Michael Cox and from his description, Bradford City have all the makings of a team that can beat Arsenal. Their manager is Phil Parkinson, a younger manager who seems tactically astute. Most days they set up in a 4-4-2 with a main target man James Hanson who is 6’4″ and his job is to knock the ball down to their pocket rocket Nahki Wells. Sound familiar? That’s what Nikola Zigic and Obafemi Martins did to undo Arsenal. Wells has 14 goals this season, Hanson has 5 and leads Bradford with 4 assists.

In midfield, Bradford should close space and try to harass Coquelin and Ramsey off the ball. Slick passing is going to be absolutely imperative from the very first whistle to the last. Not just because passing quickly is the best defense to a pressing game but because it will wear Bradford down quickly and force them into a different shape. The pitch is going to be frozen today and I’m sure the Bradford City groundskeepers aren’t going to be overly fussy about making the surface a nice place for Arsenal to pass around on.

On paper, Arsenal’s superior technical ability and physical conditioning should win the day but there’s one more factor that I haven’t seen anyone talk about, the pressure. Arsenal have all the pressure on them. The weight of expectation from the press can be largely ignored, but the expectations of the fans should not be. I’ve read the comments here about how Arsenal fans overreact to everything and it’s easy to dismiss “the other” fans as weirdos and freaks but supporters I greatly respect, people with cool heads, have been privately and publicly worried about this match.

There’s some talk about the reaction the fans will have if Arsenal lose today. That any loss at all could cause some fans to take their anger to the streets. At the end of the Birmingham City loss I’d never heard such anger among the fans as I had that night. There were calls for the manager to be sacked, that Arsenal needed to buy a player who could “win a fucking header” but still, they were a minority and largely met with eye rolls and nervous guffaws. The majority of the folks who trudged back to the trains were more funeral than riotous.

Tonight, it’s the type of performance that Arsenal put in that will decide the fan reaction. A good win and Arsenal will be “back on track for the treble” and calls for me to write effusive prose about how this is the greatest team ever under Arsene Wenger’s tenure will only grow (they’ve already started and Arsenal have only won one game). An all action match with the youngsters pressing all over the pitch and getting in on some tasty challenges but barely losing on the back of a bad call (you can bet that any sniff of a foul in the box and Bradford will get a penalty) will mollify the self described “angry” contingent. But a spineless performance against a League Two side who only seek too exploit weaknesses that every Arsenal fan has been complaining about for the last 5 years? Well, that’s unthinkable, right?

So, why is there this lump in my gut?


78 thoughts on “Bradford v. Arsenal: winning begets winning

  1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1jaymin

    I hate Stoke for the obvious reasons all other gunners hate them, but for me topic #1 is not Ramsey’s injury, but rather the fact that Fabregas was injured in the league win @ Brittania prior to the Cup final, depriving him of the opportunity to lift a trophy as our captain, and more importantly, stopping us from winning 5-0 or something similar. today, we’re taking a full strength squad, apparently. we should win comfortably. emboldening the current regime, and ensuring more of the same, yay… (such a poisonous atmosphere!)

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Skyranger

    Crikey, I’m worried now! I know what your saying and you make good points. I am now off to find more ale in case it gets hairy up there in the frozen Yorkshire landscape. Come on gunners don.t make me drink this stuff!!

  3. Vote -1 Vote +11NilToTheArsenal

    “Arsenal have all the pressure on them. The weight of expectation from the press can be largely ignored, but the expectations of the fans should not be.”

    Couldn’t agree more. It is the ability to handle this pressure and expectation will lift Arsenal out of mediocrity.

    It won’t come with arrival of Henry or Nani or with any name currently being tossed about.

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1jaymin

        i don’t know what a cockbubble is. I’ll keep tuned into the Arseblog network, so when they let you speak again, you might explain it to me.

  4. +2 Vote -1 Vote +117highburyterrace

    I disagree. No result except a win is acceptable. From my interweb perspective the polarization is such that there is a group, a very vocal minority, who have somehow grabbed the moral high ground. For them (most who will not watch the match) somehow the cup doesn’t matter yet not winning it will represent a further chapter of failure. They pay for results and their ticket and/or time spent watching can only be repaid with extreme levels of success. Until it arrives, Wenger and his board will be figures of hatred. Players are spared in these scenarios, though faults are enumerated while ambitions get lauded should they bail themselves from the sinking ship. It is what it is….

    You’re correct, of course, about the pressure this places on the squad, as are some of your readers who suggest that a reasonable return from the season, say 4th place combined with the COC might just mean this is Wenger’s best team in several years. The problem is that there is no hiding from a bad result and there simply is not sufficient depth to compete on all fronts. Of course City, United and Chelsea are already down to competing in only 3 competitions, not to mention Liverpool, weren’t they a big club just recently?. Have we done the calculus about what progressing will do to our early 2013 schedule? In other words the losses and eliminations are looming, but, with the right personnel (luck with injuries, net gain in January) PLUS the correct mentality, we could get the right results to show some net improvement to the rational observer.

    So, go on you gunners, quality plus spirit might win the day and book further troubles in January. Do it, nobody hurt, then onwards to the next must-win on Monday….. “One at a time,” “Stay in the moment,” etc., etc., have never been more important mantras than they are RIGHT NOW, but I guess that’s always true, isn’t it?…..

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

      Well, he’s dependable, in that you can always depend on him to do absolute fuck all with the ball.

    2. Vote -1 Vote +1arrogantmonkey

      In defense of Gervinho, he kind of did alot of what he’s supposed to do.

      I see this:

      And I think: that’s a pass. And if Podolski(was it Podolski?) runs towards goal, he gets on that, and scores. But no, Podolski doesn’t run. Instead he has his hand up waiting for a flatter pass that would never make it to him, even if attempted.

      Gervinho also created a peach of chance(almost as good as the one that he flubbed) from nothing, and Wilshere screwed that one up. Wilshere also was guilty of some shall we say over elaborate play, when he had a real good chance on goal. But Wilshere smells like a rose and Gervinho is representative of everything that’s wrong with Arsenal.

  5. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    HT: Not a single shot on target. Against Bradford City. Who play in League Two.

    Tells you all you need to know about this Arsenal team.

  6. Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    You’d think the players would really want to win a trophy, even the Capital One Cup. But it’s approaching 70 minutes, and we have yet to register our first shop on goal.

    Honestly, I can’t believe it. I can believe losing this game, sure, but in such an insipid manner? Boggles.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Jop

      Off the top of my head. Orient in the League Cup. Aston Villa or Norwich this season. Birmingham away, where Almunia palmed into his own net.

      At times we’ve played some awful stuff in recent years.

  7. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    Not watching the game but our squad line up is scary as in full strength, take no prisoners, CL knock out round qualifiers, 6th place Premier League holders, 90mil plus in salaries back up by a bench that took Reading apart (except for Walcott) and what’s that score you say?

    Robert Johnson, the blues man who allegedly went to the crossroads and did a deal with the devil once sang about the “Hell hounds on my trail”. If Arsenal go on to lose this game, there will be no place for them to hide from those hell hounds.

  8. Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    I can’t imagine which one of our players could actually score from the penalty spot tonight.

    Chamberlain has been exceptionally horrible since coming on, hasn’t he?

  9. Vote -1 Vote +1Teampossible

    Well, this has been smelling like Rafa’s last miserable games at Liverpool for long enough.
    Fuck off Wenger, you made me feel sick watching Arsenal.

  10. Vote -1 Vote +1Jop

    Not surprised. Playing most of the game with a Gervinho, Ramsey, Chamakh handicap, may as well play down 3 men.

    Wonder what the Venga Bus’s excuse will be? The pitch too cold? The floodlights too bright?

  11. Vote -1 Vote +1Skyranger

    Even if we had got through ,we ‘d have struggled against any of the semi finalists. Gone are the days when any team look easy to an Arsenal fan. We have had a good run but its over.

  12. Vote -1 Vote +1Tim Post author

    Perhaps tomorrow I’ll write about how fluid Arsenal’s attacking midfield were and how we are getting our groove back thanks to Wilshere.

    1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      Here he goes again trying to prove his pet theory.

      Jack tried very hard but midfield dynamics is key.

      A midfield without Arteta is a different issue.

      In this case, Coquelin should have had the able support and experience of Rosicky next to him.

      Our midfield is currently fragile and Wenger needs to put out the right dynamics. He isn’t doing so.

      So why are you castigating jack again? To prove your theories on Ramsey of course.;)

      1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        1)Ramsey – yet again played in the wrong position and when Arsharvin would have been a better option.

        2)Gervinho – Played up top inexplicably where his allergy to easy goals continues to baffle.

        3) Rosicky, left out till later where his introduction saw us add more threat.

        Poor selections cost games. It compounds our current state where one wrong addition alters our balance in the middle.

        You should be writing about these issues rather than reacting to comments on Ramsey or media induced hysteria on diving.;)

  13. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1xshawcross 4 england

    Why the hate Stoke comments Rammsey is a pussy like the rest of the Arsenal side, beaten again this time by a fourth tier northern outfit, bunch of southern shandy drinkers smashed by any team with the bollocks to get stuck in, you yanks have no concept of real english football do you, WTF! stick to something you understand like rounders for fat old blokes or netball for tall blokes.
    Arsenil are soft same as the manager they are not important or feared anymore, tara cowboys

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

      Mr. X don’t I know you, weren’t you bloke that was chatting up Joe Hart at the end of the Man City-Man U derby?

  14. Vote -1 Vote +1McNabber

    There’s a sang in the psychology world, “logic loses.”

    It’s because the human mind reacts quicker with emotion that it does logic. You hear bad information, information you don’t like, you don’t respond with logic, you respond with emotion. Two people look at the exact same situation, they see it the way they want to, not the way it is.

    Prime example: elections.

    Now, with all this lack of logic, we look at our current AFC and we say, what’s wrong with them? But when we apply logic, we don’t ask that question. You can’t compare yesterArse with today’s. YesterArse didn’t have to compete against owners with 3 wives and the Russian mob. But an even more logical approach to take an objective view and look at Arsenal and understand, this is the product, this what they are selling, and no one says you have to buy it. You’re not using logic if you think you do have to buy it.

    You can mourn for yesterArse, but you’re forgetting, before Arsene there was no title drought, there was just a dry climate, with occasional rain.

    All we’ve ever had as supporters is the consistent hope that the club do well by their fans, but never the guarantee. I was envious today of those League 2 fans. They understand that far better than any of us ever have.

  15. Vote -1 Vote +1Kevin Sweeney

    why do i read your posts late? it’s like you knew what was going to happen… but then so did i, i suppose.

    the only thing i got wrong was the formation. our first team!? really!? i did not take that as a sign that arsene wanted to guarantee a win. i took that as a sign that arsene knows that we need more playing time together. that he knows that, fatigue aside, this team is NOT ready. that he knows that the whole is far far less that the sum of the parts and that the only thing that might change that is more playing time in a competitive match that “doesn’t matter”.*

    we’re way past “wins beget wins”. this team is a shadow of doubt.

    do i have a solution? sure: play at full strength against Burslebub to get some time and confi… fuck.

    * i’ve thought for years that the worst part about our stuttering defense was that it doesn’t give a good test for our offense in practice. case. fucking. point. sigh.

  16. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Caribkid

    I definitely will be able to say that I have been an active onlooker to both Arsene’s zenith and nadir.

    He has totally lost this team.

    For most of this season we have being playing like a group of individuals rather than a team, with the result being that the sum of our parts is far less than the whole.

    I truly fear for the rest of our season and the lasting negative effect it could potentially have on my once glorious team.

    Too stunned to say much more at this time.

      1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Caribkid

        I have already taken care of that my friend. On my third as well.

        Here’s to (hic, hic, hic) a good nights sleep.

  17. Vote -1 Vote +1LES

    So Tim. The good news. You don’t need to come to another league cup final this year. I said previously should wenger be sacked 4 a defeat to bradford? Do you think that was a performance that deserved praise? the highest paid manager in the league? For god sake bring in klopp NOW. Put wenger upstairs before we lose jack to A TEAM. We look worst than liverpool.
    Tomorrow, i’m off to the emirates for the AISA drinks. Ivans there? We get a free drink from the club. I’m asking if they’ll retain the drink for transfer funds. btw, well played bradford

  18. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Geoff

    You knew this would happen Tim before kick off, it took me 15 minutes into the game to arrive at the same conclusion.

    Zero mitigating circumstances dictate only one solution.

    Keep up your outstanding work, I love how you write.

  19. Vote -1 Vote +1TheGunners...AhTheGunners

    It’s time for Wenger to go. My heart rends at saying this. He is largely the reason I converted from an Ajax fan to a diehard Arsenal fan. But when Arteta is saying last week that the players are asking for extra practice and video sessions, and that this isn’t directives coming from the manager, what an indictment that is. Then today our boys get outplayed by a team we should beat in our sleep.

    I have no idea who we bring in. But something needs to be done before the transfer window. Otherwise if Wenger is here Jan 1, we get Henry on loan, maybe Kaka on loan, maybe if City doesn’t beat us to the punch Wilfried Zaha who hasn’t proven anything in top flight competition… and we continue with nothing.

    I still think we can get 4th, but what’s the point, that’s like listening to a skipped record.

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      Shit result but honestly, it was the league cup.

      I disagree that Wenger should have been sucked into this cup issue and made it more important than it should be.

      Honestly, I would have preferred if he fielded some experience but continued it as a venue for emerging (and hungrier) young talent.

      That he has placed an emphasis on it has now backfired on him.

      But hardly a reason to go changing towards the unknown at this point.

  20. Vote -1 Vote +1Michigangunner

    It is quite amazing to sit back and watch a person slowly destroy his legacy because of money. Congrats Mr Wenger you have done it! The man has lost his touch and needs to go!

    1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Caribkid

      He hasn’t lost it because of money. He has lost it because of a lack of new ideas. Like, Wenger, the system is stale and new blood is required, even if it means retrogressing in order to move forward once again.

      Liverpool is now one step ahead of us because they have taken that step while we are still in the “disbelief” mode.

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        I agree.

        Money is not the issue. We have spent a pretty penny more than the Bantams to say the least.

        Where Wenger is culpable is in his selections/tactics. Bould is evidently not what he needs.

      2. Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        That said, I don’t think anyone can come in and change the man’s mind, provide viable input.

        Simply put, wenger has not used assets efficiently enough.

        We have Arsharvin available when instead we persist with Ramsey wide.

        We have Rosicky available when instead, he goes with Jack and Santi, neither of which provide the necessary push without Arteta.

        We have Podolski available where Gervinho is consistently used as a finisher.

  21. Vote -1 Vote +1dano328

    It makes zero sense. As was mentioned above players want more training and they are asking, not being told. The guys did seem to be putting in an effort today. But Gervino has missed more sitters than I can count. Makes zero sense he is playing striker with Podolski on the wing. Reverse that and its 3-1. This seems a negligent use of resources. The team right now should be in the top 4. I have respect for Wenger but how can his recent game management decisions be defended. I worry that potential transfer targets would not want to join this sinking ship. I would be more optimistic right now if Wenger stepped down and Bould was named interim. It’s hard for me to say this is AW is probably the biggest reason I became an Arsenal fan. He has lost it.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      Gervinho is an enigma. He provides a lot of energy and gets into good positions but he is wasteful in front of goal. So why use him in the middle where he should be better use out wide?

  22. Vote -1 Vote +1Yan

    Kudos to Bradford. They played as we should play against “superior” opposition. Didn’t get the first 20min with sagna raining crosses to whom??? I reckon with Giroud in the starting XI we would’ve been able to cope with what Bradford offered. Honestly who thought that Chamakh would score? I doubt AW will go anywhere yet. But if we dont bring at least 2 good players come January, we are an Arteta injury of losing the 4th place trophy.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Yan

      Another last thing: The Coq is not a defensive midfielder, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have something to offer. He thrives just outside the box, he looks for passes, and if he doesnt find a good one, he can shoot. With his chocolate leg.

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        Coquelin would be more effective for the team if :

        1) He was given more restrictive orders to cover ahead of the defense and much like Song earlier two seasons ago, told not to venture too far forward

        2) He has someone with experience able to play next to him. Next to Arteta, Rosicky is the player who should have partnered with Coquelin.

  23. Vote -1 Vote +1Cliffy

    What have Arsenal fans done wrong to go through the ordeal of watching this…?? When we had no striker upfront..we put in crosses after crosses…and when the taller man came up..we over cooked it or under fried it…

    Not the loss..but the manner of the loss is what is killing…the building up of hope only to crush it down is painful to take..

    Duke was excellent on goal…They defended their lead very well..

    Strong side is all agreed, but The Coq, Jack, Cazorla midfield never played my memory…How can that be expected to be fluid ???

    Ramsey need a small injury break to build back his reputation…Also think the wider role is not suited for him at all…He doesnt do the overlaps, almost always cuts in..only to go sideways or pass it further wide..the day He and Ox scores, we will start winning…

    Cannot fault the effort of Sczc for trying… Gervinho’s passes in the box are mostly coming with a “To whomsoever it may concern” tag. I forgot that Podolski played..

    1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      Our midfield is beginning to gel between 3 players – Arteta, Santi and Jack. Take anyone out of the equation and we lose that fluidity we are that fragile.

      The one player who may be added to the mix (in lieu of Jack or Santi) is Rosicky.

      We need to understand that we drop our level because the midfield engine is not functioning at optimum. And we need to get the max out of the engine room by playing the right players.

  24. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    I really don’t care that we lost to Bradford, we could have lost to Indiana for that matter. I could not watch the game but I saw our limp d**k win against WBA and our loss against Swansea to know we are officially shite in the offensive 1/3.

  25. Vote -1 Vote +1dy

    I think the team played much better in the second half, not that was enough to break down a well packed defence.
    If Arsene continues to play Gerv and Podi, with Ramsey on the right, there’ll be no goals from the any attack. Those three upfront just don’t click with the rest of the players.
    The question to ask is if Arsenal can pick up the pace and show a bit more aggressiveness in the second then why couldn’t they perform the same at the first half ?

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      More effective with the introduction of Rosicky.

      Not sure if Ramsey adds anything out wide. his best position is behind the striker but in that, we have jack and Santi (and Rosicky + Eisfeld pushing)

      Out wide, we should be playing Gervinho (instead of in the middle) or Arsharvin.

      Poor use of assets.

  26. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1dy

    I really wonder has Arsene actually watched the new players in games before signing any of them. Or did he just purchase according to the recommendations from the scouting agent. It doesn’t make sense to have a team full of players who don’t seem to function as a collective whole, after a half season gone.

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      He has good players, he just isn’t using them to the best of their strengths because for various reasons, he is trying to fill round holes with square pegs.

      1) striker. We are a bit short but partially its because he hasn’t been able to sell Bendtner, Chamakh or Park nor use them to their better attributes

      2) Arsharvin. Like Walcott earlier, inexplicably frozen to Siberia where he could provide us better invention and incisive crosses to say Giroud (or Podolksi in the middle)

      3) Coquelin. If we play him, we have to understand he is not Arteta. Thereby it will be difficult to attain the same fluidity in midfield with Santi and Jack ahead. IMO, Santi should go wide with instruction to roam in field, Jack just behind the striker (Podolski) AND Rosicky should play alongside Coquelin with le Coq given restrictive portfolio to screen aggressively but not venture too far up.

      That said, I am of the minority opinion that like last season, we should not have heaped added pressure on an already fragile team in according the mickey mouse cup more importance than it is.

      Any failure will inevitably play on our psyche yet again where as a loss by a slightly more ‘junior’ team would have been more manageable at this stage.

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1dy

        there’re good players in Arsenal, just not utilizing their potentials. Arsharvin is miss-managed. He may be a bit….. still he’s a fine quality player, I like him. If Podi can be moved to the center, Arsh at left and Santi at right, that’s I would definitely like to see at Arsenal front three.
        As you said, its a micky mouse cup, disappointed that we didn’t get to see those young players.Here’s why I don’t understand Arsene’s logic, some sat at the bench away to Greece but none was represented here at Bradford.

  27. Vote -1 Vote +1dy

    I really believe now Podi is a wrong and poor signing, so far he shows little benefit to the team as a whole.
    In a way, Podi is like Arsene, age starts to creep into the mind and legs, nothing functions as effectively as before, time is running out and winding down.

  28. Vote -1 Vote +1Eurazian

    Yeah seriously, fuck this shit. I’ve been a huge Wenger fan over the years, but games like this are why he’s got to call time on his illustrious career. We have some really good players but can’t use them effectively.
    Perhaps it’s harsh on Wenger that the players can’t rise to an occasion, but they are his players, who he has signed, and who he has the opportunity to train with.
    Fingers can be pointed at deficient players like Chamakh and Gervinho, but in truth, both are talented guys. Yes, Gervinho’s shooting has been rubbish, and Chamakh doesn’t even want to score, but these guys have been here long enough that someone should have addressed those problems by now.

    Wenger’s genius in the transfer market has long dissipated. Cazorla was a great signing, but he was hardly an unknown. Meanwhile we have ignored guys like Diame and Ba who were cheap and available, and who the old Wenger would have snaffled up. Meanwhile guys who seem keen to play for us, like Hazard and Mata – go on to be stars for our rivals, because we lack the willingness to flex our muscles when it comes to signings.

    Arsene is a legend but I don’t think we can compete any longer with him at the helm. He’s better than most other managers, but will always hit a glass ceiling from now on when it comes to winning anything meaningful.

  29. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1JV Mauer

    Talk to my Islington uncle about the 17 years, crying in the wilderness, and then dare come at me, ye faint-hearted shites. Fah. The guns of Woolwich’ll rise faster than a Texas sucessionist.

    1. +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Caribkid

      I expect to get censured for writing this ditty
      But don’t give s**t, methinks I’m pretty, witty.

      After watching the game, had a few rums and decided to take a punt
      Oh gosh, alcohol tells me all, Arsene’s a cunt,
      I know it’s a pity we couldn’t beat City
      But damn, losing to Bradford was more than shitty,
      Our best side we fielded on frozen turf
      But it made no difference, we looked like smurfs,
      On any given day, with our millionaires we should win
      playing against a team bought from the garbage bin,
      Instead we lost with sloppy play
      With our entire team looking on in disarray.

      Oh for the times when we would slay
      Every opponent, each and every day,
      Then along came Kroenke to play it his way
      Gave Arsene his 7 mill and begged him to stay,
      Gazidis was allowed to claim financial fair play
      and given a bonus to add to his pay,
      Then Fox was told, we don’t have to win
      As long as we make money it isn’t a sin.

      The only sin at this time is not to shout
      Arsene, kroenke, Fox, Gazidis, GET THE F**K OUT!

  30. Vote -1 Vote +1jaymin

    Gervais. Gervais. He is no more worth a -ninho than Karl Rove. Rovinho? Doesn’t work, does it? Same with Gervais.

  31. Vote -1 Vote +11NilToTheArsenal

    I’m just glad I’m in Toronto right now where most of my crowd couldn’t care less about European football.

    I really feel for my fellow Gooners in say, Islington who have to suffer the slings and arrows from others. I couldn’t stand it if I were in London.

    We have been brought low, my friends.

  32. Vote -1 Vote +1darud

    winning trophies is EVERYTHING – that is, if the intention is to remain a Big Club. If Arsenal were a small club (no offence, but let’s say Fulham) then staying in PL would be enough, and qualifying for CL would be remarkable. But we are not Fulham, we are Arsenal. It’s the same for ALL Big Clubs. By definition: a Big CLub is one with a cabinetful of trophies, a chestful of medals. Many may have been won in the recent past (like Arsenal) or in the more distant past (like Everton, Villa) but without them they would not have the history, the tradition, the following and fanbase which constitute a Big Club. That is why the regime’s tightwad financial policy is a policy of mediocrity, suited to a small club, not Arsenal.

  33. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1darud

    please do not misplace your respect and admiration for Thierry as a player as having an ability to manage an elite club. Yes, Thierry is a club great and he would definitely be given time from both the fans and the board but when has he ever shown any sort of nous as a manager? It takes a very smart and intelligent man to be a great manager and there are many factors that need to be considered.

    Many ex-players have gone on to manage their clubs, but these individuals have been leaders and legends of their respective club, and whilst Thierry is indeed a legend I did not think he was an incredible captain.

    Yes, he was a big personality and had a mentality for the big games but never in his history at Arsenal or any other football club did I see any sort of managerial qualities.

    Whilst I know using Wenger as an example as a great manager may irk certain people, I still believe he is a great and will overcome this spell to reaffirm his status within the club; and one of Wenger’s greatest traits is the belief and support he shows to his players. Wenger has stood by all his players, even the ones who have left him prematurely for money or other reasons. I don’t believe Thierry has this particular quality. I remember numerous occasions when Henry would frown or shrug or lambast one of his colleagues for not picking the right pass or not simply giving the ball to him sooner. This may be an example of a lack of patience, something that is essential for all modern-day managers.

    Secondly, the man has no experience. Do you think United would give the manager’s position to an ex-player just because he was great. Ferguson goes through a bad spell, retires, Guardiola and Mourinho are unavailable so United decide to opt for Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs to take the reins because they are ‘constantly around the players’ and already know and have a ‘relationship with the current squad’.

    I don’t think so.

    If Wenger does decide to step down, I would imagine a club like Arsenal and a man like Wenger would already have someone lined up. Wenger has turned down some of the biggest jobs in Europe because he has a strong affinity with Arsenal. He would never leave them without offering some advice or opinion on who he thinks would best serve the Arsenal philosophy.

    We must also take into consideration that we offer a very exciting position for any aspiring manager. We have the foundation of an excellent team with exciting young prospects such as Wilshere, Chamberlain, Szczesny, Gibbs alongside established internationals Carzola, Podolski, Vermaelen, Sagna. We have a healthy budget that I’m sure would become available for a new manager to dip into in order to stamp their mark upon the team. And lastly we are an established, elite football club widely respected around the world.

    We do not need to panic and do a Newcastle and elevate a former player with no managerial experience into a position that could well damage his status within the club. Let’s be smart, take our time, weather the storm and see what happens.

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