No Mas

– The Blackburn match was supposed to be televised on ESPN2. Instead, the match ended up not being televised in the US. Somebody at the pub had a laptop, so we used it to stream the match. Fifteen men huddled around a 15 inch computer monitor whose wallpaper was of the owner’s Hebrew tattoos. The stream was solid, but I couldn’t see much of what was going on. I knew when we scored, I knew when we conceded, and I knew when we lost. And that was that. Usually, I’ll try to watch the match in full later in cases like this, so I can get a full impression of the game. But this time around, I chose not to. Can this season please end?

– What more is there to say? Fabianski was fouled by Jason Roberts, who bragged about Blackburn’s tactics to The Sun today, on the first goal, but our defense was completely all over the place. Our players don’t know when to track players; they only know how to follow the ball. And for the second goal, all I can hope is that Wenger sees that we have to buy a goalkeeper. That unfortunately isn’t the public face of Wenger though, but let’s hope he’s playing poker.

– Fabianski being a lights out goalkeeper in training tells me something else about our team. It means that nobody is giving him a hard time in training. Nobody is challenging him. Nobody is putting their body in the way in the manner these grafting teams will do. We don’t want to emulate these teams, but we have to prepare for them. What Blackburn did yesterday was no surprise.

– Vela did nothing. Walcott did close to nothing. It’s bad that we have a ton of injuries; it’s worse when most of our players who fight back are amongst those injuries. But where is the fight in Samir Nasri that he showed earlier in the season? What happened to these guys?

– As for the picture on the top of this post, you might as well enjoy something right now. Because in terms of Arsenal, it’s terrible. Even the almighty ladies lost to Everton yesterday. And now, we get to watch Sp*rs attempt to join us in the Champions League. Lovely. Wake me up when the transfer window opens.

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Deja Fucking Vu

Blackburn are a horrible team with a manger who makes them play disgusting football. If football has a cancer, then Sam Allardyce is it. His tactics are simple. Kick high balls into the Arsenal box and put the Arsenal goalkeeper under pressure. Foul the Arsenal players at any given opportunity and score from set pieces, especially corners by putting your two biggest players on the toes of Lukasz Fabianski.

Fabianski is shit. Once again, he has lost Arsenal a game. I’m not blaming him for Cuntburn’s first goal, because I believe he was fouled by Jason Roberts.

Every time the ball went into the Arsenal box, the Cuntburn players looked to elbow or barge Arsenal players out of the way. It was constant, consistent, cynical little fouls by Cuntburn. Eventually, the referee is going to let one go and he did with Cuntburn’s first goal. True, there was no-one marking David Dunn at the far post but the foul should have been called beforehand.

Critics of Fabianski will say that his punch from the corner was poor, but Roberts had unbalanced him by deliberately barging him when he went for the ball. Sportsmanship and players coached by Sam Allardyce are like oil and water. This was summed up by Cuntburn’s Australian midfielder Vince Grella. He was booked in the first half for pulling at Eboue’s shirt when the Ivorian went on a run into Cuntburn’s half. Then late in the first half, he looked to see where Van Persie was before giving him a nasty elbow in the head. The referee did nothing.

Allardyce has a lot of nerve in his pre-match press conference saying that Blackburn are not a long ball team. It’s like the Taliban saying that they’re not Muslim.

An example of Cuntburn playing the long-ball was their goalkeeper Paul Robinson taking a free-kick close to the half-way line in the 82nd minute. They played long balls all day, looking to cause Arsenal panic in their penalty area so that they could win a corner and crowd Fabianski out of his own penalty box.

This tactic worked.

Blackburn’s winner was scored by Samba who had a free header standing on the goal line. That can’t be allowed to happen. Fabianski looks like a woman goalkeeper finding herself playing against physically imposing men. He was feeble. I don’t care what Wenger says about Fabianski, the fact is that he’s shit and has the presence of a mosquito. He’s not strong enough for top flight football.

Arsenal have now only won one Premiership game with Fabianski starting in goal.

But the Polish clown wasn’t the only non-performer today. Carlos Vela did zero. Theo Walcont was his usual frustrating self. His final ball into the Cuntburn box was sloppy, and he couldn’t get past Gael Givet. I know that he’s only 20, but then Mike Tyson was only 19 when he was Heavyweight Champion of the World and Pele was only 17 when he scored two goals in the 1958 World Cup final.

This is Arsenal we are talking about. A club where the finished article is required, not some young English sprinter who has bags of potential but can’t past Gael fucking Givet.

Chris Eagles of Burnley would have been more of a threat than Theo Walcott today.

The only good that Walcott can give you is winning a corner. But the Arsenal players failed to stand in front of the Cuntburn keeper and put him under any kind of pressure. That said, Arsenal did score from a corner in the first half.

Last word: Cuntburn fans are fucking inbreds. They have one chant: “Same Old Arsenal, Always Cheating.” And they boo. At the end of the game, they celebrated Cuntburn’s win as if they had reached the Champions League Final. So did the Cuntburn players.

It was depressing to say the least.

Keep It Arsenal

Halloween

The image above should make you sick. It came about last year, after Spurs equalized in injury time at The Emirates Stadium, after coming back from 4-2 down.

That day felt worse than a death in the family. Revenge will take place on Halloween.

Enough of Spurs and moving on to Sunday’s 6-2 win against Cuntburn Rovers. There’s a couple of things I want to bring up:

If a goalkeeper takes a long free kick/punt on the edge of his own penalty area, then the defending team has to push up high to create an offside trap in order to stop attacking headers in their own penalty area.

Arsenal’s defense failed to do this on Blackburn’s first goal. That worried me.

Blackburn’s second goal was down to a lucky deflection.

Blackburn’s third, which never happened, should have come from a penalty decision that never happened. First, Gallas was too lackadasical in the challenge on Dunn. Then, Vermaelen hurried his challenge, instead of holding back a little and committed a blatant penalty. Cesc had Vermaelen covered, in case the already unbalanced Dunn had got past him. Communication is key when it comes to defending.

It was obviously lacking for Arsenal at that point.

Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty against Manchester United when Darren Fletcher brought down Andrey Arshavin. Rooney dived in that same game and won Manchester United a penalty. Eduardo was deemed to have dived against Celtic so you could argue that events even themselves out. Except, Eduardo got a mountain of flak and a ban for his so called dive but Rooney got away with his, because he’s England’s only hope in the World Cup this summer.

Celtic, by the way, have lost all of my respect.

Arsenal has on paper, a reasonable run of games ahead of them. Birmingham City at home should be 3 points. So should West Ham away. The North London derby against the Scum is on Halloween. Remember last year? 4-4 it finished after Arsenal were leading 4-2 until the 89th minute. Remember David Bentley’s goal/celebration at the end. Now, that’s a game I want revenge from.

There are no Arsenal games until October 17th because of World Cup qualifiers. There are, however, some interesting World Cup qualifiers. Russia v Germany; Argentina v Peru; Denmark v Sweeden; Honduras v USA; Ireland v Italy.

Let’s hope that the Arsenal players come back injury free.

Keep it Arsenal

Post Match View – Blackburn Rovers F.C.

I’ve tried to think of the most difficult result to stomach from matches when Sam Allardyce was the opposition’s manager. There were many. I couldn’t target just one. His teams have frustrated us over the years. Simply put, I don’t like the man. He epitomizes everything I feel is wrong with the traditional English approach to football.

Frankly, for a league that trumpets how it is the best in the world, I find it hard to accept that managers like Sam Allardyce are still employed in the EPL. Worse, when a team that plays the style of football that Arsenal does is challenged not by a similar approach with emphasis on technique, movement, and passing but by pushing the envelope and trying to get away with as much physical, rough play as possible, I have to ask how it helps the league’s profile.

This touches on a different issue for a different day but Sam Allardyce does English football’s progress no favors at all.

The week leading up to the home fixture vs. Blackburn was dominated by Arsene becoming the longest standing manager in Arsenal history. And all the plaudits are fully deserved. Few would argue that.

For me it was fitting that the celebration climaxed with a match against a thorny if not despicable opponent, Sam Allardyce. Fitting was how Blackburn literally jumped to an early lead – Vermaelen was beaten well by the taller Steven N’Zonzi in as picture-book an illustration of Route One football as you’ll ever see – only for us to equalize with a terrific strike by Vermaelen himself.

Fitting was how David Dunn (who at one point did his best Toni Schumacher imitation to take out Vito Mannone) would put his side ahead, only for us to come back just three minutes later with Robin scoring an equalizer. That’s three in three matches for van Persie. All of them key goals as well.

It was fitting that Thierry Henry would be in attendance to watch us put six in Paul Robinson’s net. Mind, if it weren’t for Robinson, we’d have scored even more. It should be said that we escaped a few close calls ourselves but there was no doubting which the better team was.

It was fitting that Theo would score and look as fresh as can be. He’s come back and contributed to us beating a team that we should beat. Dropping points to the lesser sides does not help title chasers.

It was fitting that Nicklas Bendtner who escaped a car crash would come on and score. He could and should have scored twice. Having added the sixth, he became the sixth different player to net for us in the match.

It was fitting that Andrey scored as well. I loved how he quickly responded with threats to Robinson’s goal almost immediately after we went down 1 -0. He and Robin could be setting up for a tight race for leading scorer. I still feel he hasn’t got out of third gear yet. That is scary.

It was fitting that Cesc responded to doubts about his commitment to the club with a goal and four assists. Clearly a Man of the Match display. The badge kissing may be a tired, over-used gesture but it was nice to see. Let’s enjoy him while he’s with us and just forget the back to Spain stuff.

The most fitting of all was the look on Allardyce’s face towards the end of the match. I never forget who my enemies are. I’ll never forget the look of anguish and helplessness on his face on the day we celebrated our greatest manager.

Let that be a lesson to you Mr. Allardyce. Respect Arsene Wenger for the great manager and the great human being that he is. You can do worse than to try and emulate him. But you won’t try to because it’s not in you to do things with the class and dignity that Wenger oozes.

Go back to your cave Mr. Allardyce. You do football no favors.

Slaughter the Right People

I had no intention of bringing up Emmanuel Adebayor in any way ever again. He’s dead to me. However, when he was let off the hook based on the “extreme provocation” by the Arsenal fans, I feel a duty to defend our cluster of fans who were there that day.

I have been extremely critical of Arsenal fans in the past. I think the fact that the Emirates empties out before matches conclude is utterly disgraceful. I think their treatment of certain players goes beyond what would be construed as constructive criticism. I don’t mean just the fans who attend matches at the Emirates, I mean the armchair managers at pubs also.

But, I have nothing negative to say about our away support. They are die-hard Gooners who understand the difference between slaughtering a player and supporting a player. In fact, I’m dead certain that they are the ones who have backed Adebayor and Eboue during their low ebbs with our club.

These fans have been pointed to as the mitigating factor for the favorable decision going Manchester City’s way. There have been reports that these fans have chanted racist songs at Adebayor. Some have even suggested that they threw bananas at Adebayor, a claim also falsely channeled by El Hadji Diouf at Everton fans. I wasn’t at the ground obviously, but I’ve read that these things are simply untrue. They gave Adebayor stick, but wouldn’t you be tempted to as well if you had read all the things that Adebayor had said about our club after he left us. Now, there is no way to really condone the things that some fans did when he celebrated in front of us, but that has to be understood within the context.

You have people like Harry Redknapp saying that Adebayor was justified in giving us the stick back. He claims that if we racially abused him, Adebayor was just giving it back. A bit rich from Redknapp considering it was the Scum who originated the Elephant Chant about Adebayor. Redknapp also slates Tevez for not celebrating against West Ham claiming that Tevez has no history with West Ham so what does it matter. Well, for the record, Tevez was voted Player of the Year by the West Ham fans that year and remains a cult hero for helping stave off relegation that year. I guess that’s no history, huh Harry? You’re just bitter because your nephew gets rightly slaughtered every time they play against Chelsea.

Our fans have been targeted as some fierce provocateurs, while the West Ham and Millwall incident goes largely ignored. Our fans are hardly what you would call “hard.” And for that reason, I have to stand up and say that they’re not worthy of such criticism.

Which leads me to Sam Allardyce, the classless walrus who masquerades as a mastermind.

All sorts of people gave Arsene Wenger praise yesterday. Ranging from promising managers like Roberto Martinez and old war veterans like Neil Warnock, the endorsements came flooding in.

Cue Sam Allardyce talking about how it is some sort of an achievement considering that Wenger has stayed manager for 13 years. It was hardly a ringing endorsement, although the English media said Allardyce was praising Wenger. That was mixed with comments about how he knows how to get at our team and that mutual respect was as far as it went with our manager. Even Allardyce’s mentor, Sir Alex Ferguson, now admits what a visionary our manager is. In fact, I wonder if Allardyce would even know what ProZone was without Wenger’s presence in the Premier League.

To all this, I’ll just point out the following:

– Allardyce seems to think that his teams can get results against our team. Well, look deeper and apart from a couple of draws and a defeat, it’s largely untrue. Largely helped by a gifted player in Nicolas Anelka, he’s just taking the piss if he thinks he knows how to stop our team from scoring.

– Since he left for Newcastle, his reputation has largely diminished. He’s a failure, plain and simple. There are those that suggest he should have garnered the England job over Steve McClaren. He failed too, but look what he’s doing now opposed to what Allardyce is trying to replicate at Blackburn.

– This Blackburn team is far different from his earlier Bolton sides. He lacks the ideal target man for his primitive offensive schemes, and he lacks the hard men in midfield to keep things tidy. He thinks he’s unearthed the next Patrick Vieira in N’Zonzi, but to that, most would ask, “WHO?”

I hate Sam Allardyce. He’s a petty, worthless man who has brought nothing to the English game.

On Arsene’s 13th anniversary, I would love to see Allardyce reduced to a footnote in Wenger’s illustrious history with our beloved Arsenal.

Hicks of Northern England

Here are some interesting facts about certain cities and towns that have Premiership clubs:

The London borough of Newham, where West Ham play, is the most ethnically diverse area of Britain.

There are no black communities in Stoke-on-Trent, Bolton, Blackburn, Burnley, Hull, Sunderland, and Wigan.

99% of Wigan’s population is white. Hull and Sunderland are not far behind with populations that are approximately 98% white.

The north-west towns of Blackburn, Burnley and Bolton have large Pakistani communities. Over 20% of Blackburn’s population is Pakistani. Yet, 99% of it’s season ticket holders are white.

Blackburn’s population is only 105,000. Wigan has a population of 81,000

Burnley has the smallest population, only 73,500 and is only 12 miles away from Blackburn.

What these small towns have in common is clear. They have small populations that are about as ethnically diverse as Hitler’s Germany. They have high unemployment rates, high teenage pregnancies, and high drug use. The result is an increase in white trash getting high and procreating.

This sounds like the Hicks in South Carolina or Alabama. It’s not far off.

In the eyes of the Stoke, Blackburn and Hull fans, clubs like Arsenal represent everthing that they are not and never will be: ethnically diverse, cosmopolitan, urban, modern, properous and foreign. The last point is important. If you support a team like Hull, then you have to accept that your team is never going to win anything – unless it’s a promotion play-off.

In fact, supporters of teams like Stoke and Hull will endure more disappointment than success. Every season they face a battle to stay in the Premiership. Eventually, however, they will go down and disappear like Bradford City. It’s the reason why their supporters take a bigger interest in the English national team than any of the fans from the top four clubs. Supporting England gives them a superiority complex that Hull or Stoke never can. Success is far more likely to be achieved with England than any Wigan or Blackburn.

So when a club like Arsenal employ mainly foreign players and coaches, supporters from clubs like Stoke are resentful. After all, Arsenal are an English club, yet contribute nothing to the English national team.

But this xenophobia isn’t just related to certain English fans, it’s widespread among English coaches. Fabio Cappello and Sven Goran Eriksson are secretly despised by English coaches like Sam Allardyce. In the eyes of Allardyce, the England job should be for an Englishman not a foreigner. England is the home of football and beer. Italy is the home of pasta and opera.

So why is Arsenal the target for this English xenophobia and not say Chelsea, a fellow London club that has a foreign owner, coach and just as many foreign players?

The answer: Arsene Wenger.

Wenger epitomizes everything that coaches like Alladyce are not: sophistication, style, multi-linguist, international and educated. Wenger was the first foreign Premiership manager. He revolutionized English football with sports science, continental coaching methods, diets, communication, training facilities and foreign players. Because of Wenger, Arsenal will always be the founder of change in the way Premiership clubs, think, act and play. But not everyone likes change.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan says he will never appoint a foreign manager. He hates the foreign influence on the Premiership, stating that it has brought an increase in diving. However, the biggest xenophobes are the managers at clubs like Stoke. Tony Pullis thinks that his coaching methods are just as good as fellow foreign managers.

Pullis has never coached or studied abroad. His experience is with lower league teams like Bristol Rovers. He has never coached a team that has played in any European competition, only English teams that fight relegation. He knows that he will never coach a top four club. Those jobs rarely come around and when they do, they go to foreign coaches. That fact hurts him.

So when Arsenal play teams like Bolton, Blackburn, Stoke, or Hull there are certain factors you have to remember. They employ managers like Phil Brown, who like to play traditional English football – long ball, in-your-face, no time to settle, kick and rush. They pick big, burly, physical players like Ryan Shawcross to score goals from set-pieces or crosses. They play for a draw, stating that they are fighting relegation even though it’s September.

All of their managers are English, born and raised in these small, white, northern hick towns.

They hate Arsene Wenger. It’s why they try so hard to beat Arsenal more than any other club.

Wenger represents everything they know they can never be or will be. Wenger represents change. He is a pioneer. He is Arsenal. Without him Arsenal are nothing.

The Negatives need to remember that.