Jan 29

Wenger Must Prove His Abilities

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With Wednesday’s last-gasp away draw to Everton, even the most amateur of supporter could see just how lacking in attacking quality the current Arsenal side are. Unfortunately, it appears that Wenger is so blinded by his ‘belief’ in the current squad that a blind man in a fog has more sight than he.

While Everton do not possess the most potent attacking threat, they nevertheless have weapons to use. Fellaini, Pienaar, Arteta, and Cahill all are legitimate attackers in their own right, and for the most part Arsenal’s defense held them at bay.

The problem with this current team is their inability to maintain possession. Indeed, previous teams were accused of contriving to walk the ball into the net, yet currently that would seem beyond this team’s ability to even attempt. While Myles Palmer may believe that Arsenal are a ‘possessive’ team, the truth is that they simply are not.

Our current best uninjured central midfielder, Denilson, was relegated to playing wide right, because Eboue has been woeful and Wenger seems reluctant to play Wilshere out there. Removed of our driving force in the center, it was down to the incredulous Diaby and Song to forge their way through the opposition. If Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso can only score 1 goal a game against this Everton side, then those two players sure as hell are not going to get it done. Luckily, we do possess one world-class player in Robin van Persie, and he committed daylight robbery in stealing the points.

What this current team needs, at the bare minimum, is another potent attacker. To be blunt, Arshavin is a must. There can be no excuses for not capturing his services. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Champions League and the subsequent cash windfall are what at stake. Nasri and van Persie need another partner of guile to partner them.

Adebayor, all 90,000 pounds of him, is not up to the task. Whether his head be in his chequebook, in Barcelona, or up his arse, is hard to determine. His lack of committment is not.

Clichy and Sagna are having massive down seasons compared to last year. As much stick as Clichy got for Hull’s goal, Sagna should get just as much, if not more, for his lackadaisacal defending and inability to close his man down. How you watch a man take a throw-in and subsequently let him cross the ball is a violation of all defending laws.

The only bright light this season has been the form of Robin van Persie. In fact, he has either assisted or scored every Arsenal goal in the month of January. Clearly, his desire is not lacking. It is a shame the same could not be said for Adebayor.

Wenger must do something, right now, to stop the rot. With each passing game, the nightmarish prediction of Arsenal missing out on the Champions League is becoming more and more likely. Recently, Wenger was quoted about his ability to make money for the Club. I wish his dedication to winning football games was the same.

As much as he has done for the Club, he will never lose the responsibility to win football games. Not in a million years. That is his one fundamental task as manager, and currently he is edging ever closer to failure. He surely knows what could be done to save our season, but whether or not he deems it pertinent is another issue altogether.

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89 Responses to “Wenger Must Prove His Abilities”

  1. Ryan says:

    By Wenger’s own admission, this team needs at LEAST one, probably two quality players.

    With no one coming in, Wenger, by his own standards will have failed in his job.

    My real fear is who will jump ship this summer when we don’t get champs league football.

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  2. manuel says:

    very fair article.

    you are correct about arshavin. ok so there are other positions that we also need to strengthen, but if we can become more creative going forward it will take the focus off our poor defence.

    wenger constantly praises the belief and attitude of the team. well i dont believe these players work hard enough. i think every game we are well and truly outworked by other teams who show more desire than we do.

    we never get much time on the ball, but we always afford the opposition too much time.

    i support arsene and do believe he is the man to sort this out and take us forward for the next couple of seasons, but signings have got to be made. miss out on arshavin (looking more and more likely) and fail to bring anyone else in and he will be facing a massive amount of criticism and all of it will be deserved.

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  3. Scarleto says:

    In November Wenger said “judge me in May”. Trouble is I think he said it last year, and the year before…

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  4. Gooner says:

    Adebayor’s being a lazy shit recently, more so than usual. Who ain’t pining for Eduardo at this stage?

    Maybe it’ll make Adebayor work harder. If not shift him off to Spain or Italy and get someone who is actually willing to actually play to win for the club.

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  5. GoonerDave says:

    Seems a fairly pointless article this, good point about Sagna and the goal conceded last night though, think thats what he was taken off for, since no other explanation seems particularly feasible. The midfield had to be combative yesterday, hence Denilson playing wide rather than a flair player, only a few weeks till Walcott is fit then, assuming Arshavin would slot in on the right would give us options for rotation, but not sure what else he could deliver this season.

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  6. Goonerdan says:

    I am so hopeful that when fit Arsene wenger will se the blatent need to get Adebayor out of that starting 11 because he is so lazy and has no effect on the team at all..

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  7. The current crisis at Arsenal has been developing since we let Edu and Vieira leave without replacing them. The same has happened every season, players leave and they are never replaced.

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  8. Mike.from.around.da.way says:

    We cannot blame the team for a lack of passion. They seem to try week in week out, but it’s not just working for them and it is down to the Gaffer to sort it out, plain and simple.

    Why on earth would we be playing Denilson on the right and play Song in the middle with Diaby?

    Song and Diaby give the ball away to much and to often!! They are both as bad as Eboue at the moment!

    Personally, i feel every1 can see Arseanl are struggling at the moment and we can maybe say it’s because we haven’t got Fabregas, Walcott, Rosicky and Eduardo who are first teamers and who cn grind out wins. But if we compare our team to the likes of Man u, Chelsea and Liverpool. they have like for like replacements in the team, but as for us, soon as we lose a first teamer, we dont have quality replacements, so we are always gona struggle!!

    Why doesn’t Wenger play Nasri thru the middle, giving Vela a chance on the left Wing? wouldn’t that be the ideal move? Wenger has been giving Vela praise, but doesn’t play him!! that baffles me.

    As for Toure, he’s better off outting in a tranfer request, cos Wenger doesn’t obviously have faith in him anymore!!

    Mr Wenger this is a warning to you snd the board. If you do NOT sign any1 (Arshavin, a DM and CB), then we can kiss 4th place away. SIMPLE AS THAT!!!!!!

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  9. manuel says:

    yep you are correct northbanklegend.

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  10. johnthegunner says:

    Arshavin deal is 90% complete according to AW.

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_4867346,00.html

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  11. manuel says:

    teams have worked us out.

    every game is like groundhog day at the moment.

    we are easy to defend against because we are missing our main creative spark in cesc, but also do not play with the necessary tempo to stretch teams and get in behind their defence.

    the current midfield is a shambles. i dont think any of the teams in the top 6 would have song, denilson and diaby in their squad, let alone team! dont even mention eboue…

    we are not exciting to watch, we do not play great football anymore, we don’t work hard enough off the ball and some of the players don’t really look like they care or believe in what arsene is trying to build anymore.

    the buck stops with the manager. hes had ample chances to make this right.

    the clock is ticking.

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  12. davidhr says:

    Wenger must prove his abilites?
    Are you serious?
    Yes the team this year is not doing as well as we would all like, including Arsene I’m sure. But ‘prove his abilities’ … this would be the same man who has won us more silverware than any other manager, moved us from a poor footballing side to one of the most ‘love to watch’ sides in Europe and masterminded a lossless season …..
    I think he has proved himself more times than most.
    Only AlexF has a better record … one that will probably never be surpassed.
    I am so annoyed at people who this season are saying that Arsenes lost it ….
    If anything it’s us, the supporters who should ‘prove our abilities’ in keeping the faith with a man who transformed our beloved, but old time, club into the modern beast it is now.
    It will come good and Arsene will be proved right. Wait for Eduardo, Tomas, Cesc to be fully fit …. then the team will click again ..

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  13. Hadley says:

    A draw away at Everton is no disaster. I actually think we looked very solid in general and did put in a good effort. Now that we have become more solid as a team again, the problem is simply the injuries to our creative midfielders – Fabregas, Rosiky and Walcott all missing has left only Nasri to do the damage. At the moment we are not playing our slick ‘Wengerball’. Last year
    whenever we had at least 2 out of Fab, Rosiky and Hleb on the field we played it, but whenever we were left with only 1 of the 3 left we couldn’t play our stuff. Same this season (insert Nasri for Hleb.)
    Arshavin could help enormously in this, IF he can adapt quickly enough. I feel that in the future when the injured players are back and others who could step up to play this type of football (Wilshire, Merida, perhaps Ramsey) this simply wont be a problem. You can’t blame Wenger for injuries – in a year or two’s time you will be complaining that we have TOO MANY creative players

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  14. abc says:

    That’s why I want Arshavin join our squad,even this position isn’t our biggest needed. I don’t want to see Double D with Eboue to control our central midfielde, if we want to back top4 Wenger must don’t do that again…God Bless Arsenal.

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  15. mk says:

    His abilities?

    Making a couple mill a year, ask the board :| :(

    The clubs ambition is a joke… for the first time i thought about 5th place yesterday……

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  16. rich-tha-gooner says:

    Wenger needs to take his fingure out of his *** he really is in a comfort zone. we are reaping the fruits of promising someone a job for life…BIG MISTAKE!! Doesn’t have the heart to get rid of his kids. Happy to see Vela and Wilshere on the bench?? No good for anybody. AW needs a rocket up his ***

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  17. for the sake of cesc i stay, adebayor is a lazy shit, can someone wake wenger from his day dreams.

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  18. Andy Goooner says:

    I think Arsene is a fool!

    i am sure he knows this latest crop of footballers are not up for it. we had a offer for eboue why not sale? we had a offer for Nick b why not sale? they are obviously not going to make the first team well we know eboue cant he can not even play in the midfield why the hell did we not sale him

    we play too many players in positions they can’t play in and then arsene tells us we dont need anyone (who are you fooling, fool!

    frm a very unhappy fan who will not spend any money on a season ticket if it does not contribute 2 buying players :(

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  19. Doom says:

    vs West Ham ey? Carlton Cole will score..

    belie tat!

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  20. arsenal556 says:

    arsenal 2-0 west ham nasri and vp to score

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  21. GoonerDave says:

    I won’t blame Wenger if he quit and went to join Real Madrid if this is the kind of “support” he receives. Seriously, which other team in the premiership has managed to build a new stadium and prosper? Southampton? nope, they went down. Coventry? Ah relegation again. Leicester? hmm nope. We are paying for our own success and building into the future. As for “Doesn’t have the heart to get rid of his kids. Happy to see Vela and Wilshere on the bench???” I can only assume your a keen purveyor of irony.

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  22. Goonerdan says:

    Does anyone know how we can gain access to the pre match interview he done for arsenal.com today…

    he talks about Arshvin, id be interested to hear what he has to say on the matter following last nights comments..

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  23. arsenal556 says:

    goonnerdan,

    even if you do see the pre-match interview, wenger will just the same thing about arshavin,

    “we are not close to signing him”

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  24. chris says:

    i thought he said ‘90%’ today though..im really hoping it will be done tomorrow, otherwise i cant see it all working

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  25. manuel says:

    he didnt really say it was 90% done. he said it could go either way. the media just read it in the positive way.

    zenit have said today that arsenal havent offered the £15m straight up, which is what they want. our offer remains £12m plus add ons.

    lachter has said he remains optimistic.

    ridiculous transfer saga.

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  26. gunneradt says:

    I do not understand the criticism Song receives. He was outstanding at Everton. Diaby and Denilson were awful with the latter giving away possession all too often. And Adebayor was worst than awful. Bendtner did more in five minutes than Adebayor did for the entire 90.

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  27. Dutch says:

    Fuck off AW
    The board say 30mil to spend
    still have not spent 1$
    Every Day words used by wenger

    Belief
    Confidence
    Maturity

    Please learn some new ones

    Desasterous
    Crap
    No CL

    I think i Know why he likes the kids so much remember the case he had some time ago

    Fire the Fag

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  28. arsenal556 says:

    come on wenger get the money out and sign arshavin ASAP

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  29. Galvinho says:

    Blame Sagna, this is absolutely wrong. Sagna is a world class right back and his defensive abilities, especially in recovery is fantastic. Unless you are watching different games. Clichy has had a form dip but it has not been that bad. These two are french internationals and to be honest far outweigh the likes of dossena, arbeloa, young, shorey and Sagna is better than neville for sure.

    I think you need to look at the injuries and the effects these have had on the team. It is the injuries which have caused us problems, if we had a fit rosicky, fabregas, walcott and eduardo, options would be a plenty and are attacking would be better.

    Our centre midfield is simply not good enough at retaining possession and I accept that argument. Denilson is the only decent midfielder and to be honest after that its wilshere. Arshavin would give us an array of options in the final third and that is needed, however someone of the ilk of a marcos senna is also needed. As I said these are difficult to find (yaya toure and lorik cana are not top draw centre midfielders) and to be honest I think Wenger will get one in the summer. I still feel that the squad is growing but like all arsenal fans I am concerned that real international quality is not being signed. To add financially we need the corporate seats bought as Myles Palmer correctly points out on his blog.

    Fact is adebayor needs to be dropped when eduardo comes back as everyone knows he is a better finisher. I for one cannot wait for wilshere and coquelin to be in the team in the next two years.

    Have faith gooners…we could be spurs.

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  30. Alex says:

    The boys need a good swift kick up the backside. They are brilliant when they want to be. Unfortunately, you never know when that will be. Wenger needs to sit Adebayor until he at least puts in the effort. I also cannot understand why Vela has not been given a chance. He had a great preseason (granted against 2nd tier teams) but he cannot be any worse than Eboue or Denilson. Denilson is great but he isn’t a winger.

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  31. athlon says:

    Wenger told arsenal.com that he may say more in the next two days. But he could say for the other newspapers.

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  32. arsenal556 says:

    if we do not sign arshavin then we should spend the money on signing a world class dm

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  33. Jag says:

    This is becoming increasingly annoying.No one wants Wenger to bid for Kaka or Messi.But why the fuck cant he play them in their respective positions.Is he blind not to see that Nasri is better off in the centre and pushing him wide left,when we dont have a proper creative central midfielder.Mr Wenger,your primary responsibility is to win matches for Arsenal.And it would be wonderful if you jump the ship to the Bernabeau leaving us in the UEFA Cup.

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  34. arsenal556 says:

    wenger should change his policy and have a mixture of experience and youth in the team, any one else agree

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  35. chris says:

    we need arshavin..but we also need wenger to start playing people in their proper positions..nasri should go in the middle most of the time but definately ALL OF THE TIME when we are at home, and not after 70 mins. we also must use vela more, whenever he plays he at least beats his man and is pretty good at crossing, if wenger is worried about the tracking back, i think that vela has shown he is willing to work very hard for the team

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  36. arsenal556 says:

    chris,

    if nasri plays in the middle then who is going to play on the left until rosicky comes back?

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  37. ron says:

    why does not he start vela on the left….nasri and denilson in the centre and diaby out right….

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  38. Cade Roberts says:

    I am not saying Wenger does not have the abilities, I am intimating that he must reprove them. Why? Because each season is a new experiment, a new test of quality. Wenger HAS won us trophies but with this new year comes a new requirement, and that is for him to prove he still wants to win trophies. So far, he is failing that test.

    And yes Sagna is a world-class right back, but that doesn’t admonish him of blame.

    I understand Wilshere is 17, but he looked very sturdy against Wigan. I do not understand the persistence with players such as Song and Eboue. And as one person on here put it, why cannot Wenger play Nasri in the middle?

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  39. Merse-10 says:

    Dutch you are an absolute mug, shame your comment was published.
    Well balance article, certainly better than some of the tripe i have read on the internet where the sole purpose is to slag off Arsene, the board and players.

    Spending money doesn’t mean sucess. I’m pretty sure Spurs have spent more than us each season and they’ve achieved nothing.

    A draw at Everton is not a bad result and any team would miss the creativity of Rosicky, Fab, Theo and the goals of Eduardo.

    Buying quality is not as easy asliking 2 players and signing them. Quality players are generally not for sale on the basis that their club do not want to lose a quality player. Of course a huge bid can turn a clubs head but we are in the real world not living off borrowed money and can’t blow £20m on one player.

    Arsene has always done his best for our club. He hasn’t always been right but EVERYTHING he has EVER done has been with clubs best interest at heart.

    There is no manager anywhere who could have trnsformed the club and over achieve on a small budget like Arsene has. We have been spolit and Arsene is now a victim of his own success and the new breed of fan that comes with successful time.
    Genuine, long-term fans know that going 3 or 4 years without a trophy is not unusual in our great history. 7 years without a title before Arsene came and EIGHTEEN years without a title before Anfield 89.
    Before Arsene arrived being in the Champions League was a dream – he hs made it the norm.

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  40. chris says:

    arsenal556,
    im suggesting play nasri in the middle with vela on the left.to compensate for nasri’s small stature i suggest putting him next to either diaby or song but preferably diaby. which leaves us with perhaps denilson or wilshere on the right for now, unlesss of course we get arshavin

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  41. arsenal556 says:

    merse-10,

    you are right but if we do not sign any expeienced players soon we are doomed!!!!!!!

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  42. sameold says:

    He could play:

    ————–Almunia—————
    Sagna—–Kolo—–Djourou—-Clichy
    ———–Song—Denilson———-
    Van Persie——-Sagna———-Vela
    ————–Adebayor————–

    There would be plenty of creativity.
    But no room for his precious Eboue and Diaby…

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  43. sameold says:

    sorry I meant Nasri not Sagna in the middle.

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  44. arsenal556 says:

    sameold,
    how can sagna play at right back and centre mid at the same time

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  45. Orpington Gooner says:

    Merse-10

    I agree with your comments especially as I started watching Arsenal as from 1977 and indeed wild spending doesn’t mean success , certainly the Spuds are testimony to that.

    My concern is that with our injured players still out for a number of weeks hence, we could be well off the pace in terms of the 4th spot when they return, so Wenger needs to spend to try to get into the top 4 or start using Vela/Wilshire i.e. use players with guile.

    There is also the fact that the Club Level tickets are up for renewal and maybe a big name signing would help to secure their sale.

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  46. ron says:

    according to reports no fee is still agreed for arshavin

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  47. arsenal556 says:

    ron

    give me a link to that report

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  48. Dutch says:

    Merse-10 you are not a fan of arsenal u r a fan of AW
    You do not complain when the tickets are so expencive to watch the team. What r we paying 4 a big stadium comfortable seats.

    You do not need 20mil 4 i playa
    a stop gap could b Jimmy Bullard
    but no MU did it with Larson

    now AC Milan is Doing it with Becks, If the lack of guts cause us to miss out on the CL which i think we already have.

    How much money will be lost

    Clubs are lining up to steal our Players RVP Cesc what have we got to offer them

    THE UEFA CUP
    BETTER WAGES

    what

    The fans should start to show their disgust in the only way we Know how BOOOOOOOOOO the manager or stay away at home games then the money will start to decrease then they will see that it is the fans that finance the club and the fans want quality players NOW not 2 years time we heard that already

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  49. ron says:

    As for Arshavin himself, his response to the newspaper ran as follows:”Zenit still haven’t agreed. I have nothing more to add.”……it is on goal .com and it says that he has refused to trian with them…..

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  50. chris says:

    i agree that we need to spend some money, for sure..but i reckon the time we should ever boo,and i mean EVER..is when we lose our best players..we dont actually know how lucky we are until cesc and robin van persie go, then we will be down in the dumps…after all, you could support spurs…

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  51. ron says:

    “Arshavin refuses to take to the pitch,” said a ‘source.'”Plus, he is sabotaging training. (Coach Dick) Advocaat has no idea what to do with the player, now that his escapades are affecting team morale.”For his part, Advocaat admits that he is finding it difficult to field Arshavin while his thoughts remain on his future, and far from the training pitch.

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  52. Loz says:

    I couldn’t have written that article myself. But on par, most definitely – we share EXACTLY the same views. The views which have built up so much frustration within me in recent times that, my father forwarded me to a behaviour expert on the basis that I cannot control myself, notably when Arsenal slip up, or even win – but making a pig’s ear of it in the process, playing hugely disappointing football in relation to our normally high standards.

    I simply walked out of the meeting with the ‘behaviour expert’ of course, he was gay and had severe B.O. problems. And didn’t understand how one could be so passionate about Arsenal, and yet be so unpassionate about having other men’s willies one’s arsehole.

    What a cunt.

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  53. arsenal556 says:

    ron, arshavin only said that zenit haven’t agreed ,it could be anything, he might not mean the transfer fee is not agreed

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  54. Orpington Gooner says:

    Loz

    If he was a cunt at least cunts are useful!

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  55. Paul says:

    Thing is, there are so many quotes flying around you just cant be sure when they are from. The one from Arshavin is a few days old!

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  56. arsenal1234 says:

    ron Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 6:38 pm
    “Arshavin refuses to take to the pitch,” said a ’source.’”Plus, he is sabotaging training. (Coach Dick) Advocaat has no idea what to do with the player, now that his escapades are affecting team morale.”For his part, Advocaat admits that he is finding it difficult to field Arshavin while his thoughts remain on his future, and far from the training pitch.

    OLD STATEMENT THE FACT THAT WENGER HAS SAID IT IS 90% IS VERY GOOD

    he said within two days and it takes that long to gain a work permit!

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  57. Loz says:

    Oh and I’m going to the West Ham game on Saturday, which should be a corker, with the Hammers on fire at the moment. To maximise our chances of creating problems for the opposition I feel that the following line-up would be most efficient in our current predicament:

    Almunia
    Sagna
    Gallas
    Djourou
    Clichy
    Wilshere
    Nasri
    Diaby/Toure (Yes, That’s right, Kolo as a DM??!!)
    Vela
    van Persie
    Bendtner

    I’d never thought I’d like to see the day when I preferred Bender to Shitebayor.

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  58. chris says:

    i was about to say..that arshavin quote is ‘slightly’ old now because i read it the other day and since then im hoping there has been progression.

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  59. arsenal1234 says:

    anyone hear from dennis today?

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  60. Paul says:

    Hey arsenal1234 have you had any contact with his ageny???

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  61. arsenal556 says:

    someone ring dennis and get some fucking updates on the transfer of arshavin

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  62. Paul says:

    i mean agent!!!!

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  63. arsenal1234 says:

    i texted him yesterday morning but no reply how about someone texts him?

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  64. The Brain says:

    It’s easy from where we are sitting to criticise especially as those who said RVP was a luxury player. Ade scored 30 goals yet some couldn’t stop talking about him last season.

    Moyes has done well in a shoe-string budget but Arsenal has done more for the club than just buy players for less money and make them play. Of course buying quality and cheap is so much harder now than it used to.

    There’s is so much I could say both against and mainly for Wenger but what’s the point?

    Some things like what Dutch has asked about the £30m available has been answered to death before the transfer window. It is through OVERDRAFT!!!

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  65. ron says:

    it has been confirmed that no fee is agreed

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  66. Paul says:

    i text him too but nothing. Try his mobile and if it goes to voicemail maybe he is sorting a deal!!!!

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  67. arsenal556 says:

    yes hopefully he is putting the finishing touchs to arshavins contract and he will sign tomorrow

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  68. Paul says:

    where ron???

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  69. Orpington Gooner says:

    arsenal1234/Paul

    Lachter hasn’t responded to texts yesterday so he must be ignoring us, as to be honest he shouldn’t (in his supposed Professional position) be corresponding with us fans.

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  70. Ars-having-a-laugh says:

    He’s coming just flippin calm your teen-angst down! Shit, how old are you guys? Hands up if you’re going through puberty or are u too busy scratching your ****? This is the worst I have seen from so-called arsenal fans

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  71. arsenal556 says:

    it just said on ssn that arsenal have yet to meet zenits valuation of arshavin

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  72. Orpington Gooner says:

    arsenal556

    If that’s what SSN have said it brings into question whether we were ever really interested in buying him and was it a smoke screen to appease us fans?

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  73. ron says:

    it is in the daily mirror……Zenit St Petersburg have told Arsenal to cough up £15million if they want to sign Andrei Arshavin.The Russians, who earlier this week claimed they had agreed a deal with Arsenal, are desperately trying to squeeze more money out of the Gunners…’ ..But boss Arsene Wenger insists they will not go above their ‘take-it or leave it” offer of £12m

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  74. damstar says:

    arsenal 556, where do u see that on ssn?

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  75. chris says:

    i highly doubt it was just a smoke-screen to keep the fans happy..because if he now doesnt sign after all of this it will only make things even worse

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  76. callygooner says:

    Lets stop this Denilson is great crap. In a poor bunch he’s doing alright, in a mid table sort of way, But surely we aspire to more. Given time he may well prove to be prove a decent squad member but but we need more than that right now if things are to really improve

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  77. Paul says:

    SSN know nothing. How do they know whats going on behind the scenes. They only broadcast what they know. There could be loads going on.

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  78. gunners.ir says:

    wenger want top player but no fund for wenger making..hill wood said budge limited for arsene!!! the means:arsenal nthave money!!arsene want santa cruz & kalou & alonso even arshavin but board no try for this players ..arsene least want inler but the board not successfull to sing list wenger!!and wenger force search players such as bischof and silvestre…arsene no problem with spendig money..the board against spending money after maade new staduim!! wenger alwayes link top player but board is obstacle for sing top player…

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  79. Leo says:

    sorry, players cant be singed, but i agree wif u gunners.ir

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  80. Ricky says:

    i totally understand what the wenger faithfull are saying but even you guys must know that with the current squad we are not able to compete for any major honurs & the sad thing is its not that hard to see what areas need strenghtning. so wenger is partly to blame for our recent form regardless of what he’s done in the past.

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  81. Gunnar McQuewin says:

    I can’t believe the complete idiocy of this article and the shocking negativity of the majority of comments posted above. Arsenal fans have been spoilt over the last decade and many are not supporting the club in the manner that they should.

    Arsenal are one good DM short of having a team which can compete with the best. Any team would struggle with injuries to two of their most creative players, Fabregas and Rosicky; their best finisher, Eduardo and speedy winger Theo Walcott.

    The negotiation of transfers must be difficult enough over the extended non-playing period in the summer, let alone in January when playing matters are at the forefront of a managers’ concern.

    Arsenal’s interest in Arshavin is a reaction to the injury depleted squad currently available. Although he is a quality player, and I for one would love to see him at the club, he will cost a fortune in transfer fees and wages and possibly hamper the progress of the younger players in seasons to come. Does that make him a particularly great investment?

    Please consider the massive strides forward the club has taken since Wenger took charge before questioning his ability. I dread the day when he leaves Arsenal.

    Finally, I believe we will finish in the top 4; our squad has much more talent than Aston Villa’s.

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  82. Loz says:

    He is fully to blame, Ricky. Well, him and the board at least.

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  83. the fiend says:

    now,lets not get dramatic,we draw at everton and suddenly ade is not commited,clichy and sagna are shit,diaby ain’t up to the task,damn,what’s up? i refuse to be put down by that result,fact is everton are a good side and a point there is not bad.nonetheless,its surprising that AW who believes in youthful talent won’t give wilshere or atleast ramsey a chance to play on the flank,eboue is shit and you don’t solve that by playing denilson out wide.he signed ramsey saying he could also play outwide,why,why,why,mr gaffer,kick eboue out!and i shud also add,signing arshavin,is a must.

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  84. max says:

    what a load of shite. We may not have created much but we got a point at goodison park, scoring in stoppage time for the 6th time this season.

    we’re also unbeaten in 9 PL games. ‘Wenger must prove his abilities?’ should read:

    ‘Gooner Cade Roverts must prove he knows anything about football’

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  85. Dixie says:

    Wenger talks bollocks. We are one of teh richest clubs in the world and I bet most footballers woudl throw themselves at playin fo rus.

    Instead he overpays talentless idiots like Ady, Eboue, Song and Djourou. Why pay £80 K a week for them when you can get the top boys for that. Wenger must go…loser.

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  86. gunner from Malaysia says:

    Don’t be surprised if AW leaves Arsenal if his attempt to get the 4th cl spot fails.You know I know he is a man of his word . However it aint as simple as that .
    I personally believe he has taken Arsenal as far as he can and know that he won’t have that much authority as at Arsenal at another club.
    Arsenal have been going backward since 2004.The 2005 Cup win was a fluke.Years of transition have beeen given as why the gunners are unable to challenge at the top. Now that figures have shown that Arsenal are the second richest club in UK. It won’t stay that way if results don’t improve.Lack of funds was a reason given for not buying players to millions of gbp for AW to spend.
    I’m afraid the end of the season will then reveal the ambitions of Arsenal FC according to AW.

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  87. stan says:

    Jesus wept what a bunch of whiny arsed wimps pimps and banjo players…speaking as a 60 year old port vale supporter who was living in islington at the time wenger took up residence and was lucky enough to attend a few of his early games , i have to say that this has now become a love affair with all things AFC and i was lucky to get my first experience of the emirates during the pre season friendlies and more recently the bolton game and i have to say that the four thousand poor souls who attended the div 2 match the other night against chester create a better atmosphere and , more importantly make more fuckin noise than you lot do in that beautiful stadium…In almost 60 years of watching foot ball i have not seen a better manager and yes that includes AF, paisley and even the great Bill shanks , he plays the game as it should be played,and has been incredibly succesful doing it not only that he has LIFTED the profile of a relavely small north london club upto the giddy heights of europes elite , you bastards don’t know how lucky you are to have him

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  88. Cade Roberts says:

    Max-

    If you are saying that you are content with the way we played at Everton, which was not the first performance of this kind this season, then you my friend are the sort of fan that needs to wake up from the fantasy world. Unless Wenger strengthens the squad this January, we will not secure 4th place. It does not matter to me what you think of either me or my analysis, as I know what I watched on Wednesday and felt sick by it. We are a disgrace.

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  89. max says:

    You’re analysis is a disgrace. ‘Wenger needs to prove his abilities’….he’s the most successful manager we’ve ever had. We have had champions league football for 11 years on the trot from teams built on a shoe string budget and now, because we draw away at a Everton, a team that Liverpool (who are 2 points off the top) couldnt beat home or away you write an article with that headline?

    We have injuries to 2 of our 3 natural wingers, our captain and most important player is injured and still we are undefeated in 9 games. Ade isnt performing now, but we know what he can do, he’s very much a form player so when he gets a goal im sure more will follow.

    I’m not in a fantasy world, my friend, i accept that there are certain improvements that can be made to the squad, altho whether or not spending £15mill on Arshavin when we’ll struggle to fit him in when Cesc returns doesn’t seem to be a ‘must’ to me.

    If our performance on wed made you feel sick, i suggest you look at your dietry habits because we snatched a point when we didn’t deserve it through a moment of true class in stoppage time. Thats what being a top side is about.

    Being a top journalist is more about making informed arguments based on uncovering some truth and presenting them in a logical way. This article is just a load of rubbish written by someone who has got to used to Arsenal being a top team that plays beautiful football and played too much Football Manager.

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