Vermaelen’s promotion could help Almunia

Some very good news to kick things off today.

The word on the street that Samir Nasri is recovering well from minor knee surgery and could be back in the squad for our next game, against Bolton at The Emirates on September 11.

The bad news is that as I type that I realise there is still eight days until the next Arsenal game. Bah.

But back on Nasri, his impending return is obviously very good news, although I do hope Arsene Wenger refrains from bringing him back before he is 100% ready. We have absolutely no personnel problems in midfield at the moment and it would be criminal to rush Nasri back when there are plenty of players available who can get the job done.

Personally I think Nasri is going to have a hard job getting his spot back in this team. Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song are both nailed-on starters, Abou Diaby had a terrific game against Blackburn when allowed a more creative role and Tomas Rosicky has been one of the most impressive performers this season, albeit mostly from the bench.

I said before the season that there was uncertainty about the role that Nasri might play in this season and it will be interesting to see how things pan out for him.

Meanwhile our other two major injury worries at the moment, Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner, are both expected to be out for some time yet, leaving the striking duties largely up to Marouane Chamakh. It’s a precarious situation for a new player to be in but fingers crossed his wiry body can hold up.

Turning to the other end of the pitch now and everybody’s favourite attacking defender Thomas Vermaelen has stated that he is more concerned about keeping clean sheets than he is about scoring goals.

“I know the fans are expecting goals from me and I hope I can score some this year but for me it is not the most important thing. It sounds silly but as a defender you are happier after a 6-0 win with the clean sheet than if you have scored one goal but you concede two.”

Which makes sense: he is an attacking defender not a defending attacker like Alan Smith or Park Ji Sung (or some would argue, Nicklas Bendtner) after all.

Vermaelen also goes on to say:

“Maybe for some people they are not happy to hear that but for me the most important thing is to defend and to defend as a team as well, and then we will get further as a team. If we defend first then we can win games. After that we will see.”

It was fairly obvious that defending as a team was our biggest problem last season, so it is good to hear Vermaelen making this sort of comment. As fortunate as we have been to be treated to superb attacking football over Wenger’s tenure as a manager, good defending is the foundation of successful modern football teams and is the area of the park that has needed most improvement in the off-season.

On a personal note, Vermaelen faces an interesting season going forward. Promoted from deputy to William Gallas to the leader in the defensive line, Vermaelen has an opportunity to assert his personality on the players around him and enforce this mentality on his fellow defenders.

He is a natural leader of men and obviously has the respect of his teammates, unlike Gallas before him, so it will be interesting to see how his teammates respond to the inspiring, hard-working Belgian.

One player who could benefit significantly is Manuel Almunia, who always appeared to be on edge with Gallas but shares a far better relationship with Vermaelen. As always, it will be interesting to see how things pan out.

And that is about it for today. I’m off to put a shirt on and grab some coffee.

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34 Responses to “Vermaelen’s promotion could help Almunia”

  1. Paul Fowler
    September 3, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    A few months ago I made a conscious decision never ever to post any opinions on football blogs again. Being a fervent gooner, and apparently currently undergoing the phenomenon that is trophy-cold-turkey – which if you believe the press, is a football condition only experienced by Arsenal fans – I naturally took exception to a statement posted by a Chelsea fan on the Guardian Football site at the end of last season, that agreed with the theme of a David Lacey article that Arsenal should forget about playing ‘good football’ and concentrate on playing ‘winning football’ instead.

    Bristling with indignation at Lacey’s barely hidden thesis that ‘winning football’ is ipso facto ‘good football’, I proceeded to lecture the Chelsea supporter about fundamental tenets of philosophy and warned him about the crime of the ‘is ought shift’. He ignored my tuition and failed to see the non-sequitor of his argument; he stated that the object of playing football was to win games and that if a team won more games than any others, like Chelsea had, then clearly they were playing ‘gooder’ football than anyone else!

    No matter how much I remonstrated and demonstrated that one cannot justify value judgements, i.e. ‘good’ football, on matters of fact, i.e. Chelsea having won more games, he would have none of it. I even suggested, much to my own personal discomfort, that it is quite possible that Chelsea could have played ‘good’ football as well as winning football during the season but the former claim was a matter of individual opinion unlike the latter which was factual and not open to debate.

    As always, the blog exchange deteriorated into insult and abuse – and I suspect he is still paying a private detective to find me – when a timely intervention by my wife brought me back from the brink of insanity and a 12 hour night shift at the computer face.

    She simply said, and I have to believe it was without any irony whatsoever, that my Chelsea sophist was only acting like any ‘good’ supporter would, out of loyalty to his club. If her assertion is correct – and as far as I know she has never been wrong about anything – then it’s about time we as supporters of football, whether it is good, bad, indifferent, or winning football, stepped back from our tribal allegiances and considered objectively what traits do indeed characterise ‘good’ football supporters.

    It’s a cold autumn night in the mid-sixties at Ellersie Road, mistakenly known as Loftus Road, in Shepherds Bush. I am playing in midfield for QPR in a South East Counties floodlit match against Charlton or Leyton Orient, I can’t remember which. There was no Elvis for us as we ran on to the pitch, only the tinny, 2-year-out-of-date, echo of ‘Hermann’s Hermits’ evidently being into something good.

    There were probably a hundred odd ‘good’ supporters watching us from the gloom of the steeply rising terraces. I can’t remember the score at the time but I do recall that it was the second half and we were attacking the ‘General Smutts’ end and defending the ‘Springboks’ end. My extended family lived on the White City Estate and my Nan had worked in both these pubs at some time, hence the geographical precision.

    I remember breaking into the penalty area with only the keeper to beat and shooting. It wasn’t that powerful, I must admit, and certainly would not have hurt the keeper’s fingers as he pushed the ball around the post, if, indeed, he even felt it. I ran to pick up the ball to take the corner and as I did so, this ‘good’ QPR supporter – an old bloke in a raincoat – leant over the wall and hissed into my impressionable 16 year-old ear: “You shitbag!”

    As I walked to the corner flag, a mess of emotions, I could hear him repeating several times his assessment of my qualities as a player, and each time he voiced it for all to hear, the London accent became harsher, the shit became more pronounced and elongated, and the bag more clipped and scornful.

    If you have ever read ‘Billy Liar’ you will no doubt recall Billy’s hilarious repetition of his undertaker boss Shadrack’s name, beginning with ‘Shadrack, Shaadrack, Shaaadrack and eventually ending with the climactic ‘Shadder, Shadder, Shadders!!’

    This scene from ‘Billy Liar’, ironically set in the firm’s toilet, more than adequately conveys the rhetorical skills of my ‘good supporter’ admirer, who presumably was dedicated to helping Rangers attain success whatever the level and whoever the player. Of course, ‘shit sticks’ and, as a result, I do not really believe he was a role model ‘good’ supporter.

    But when mulling over the qualities of ‘good supporters’, it is crucial to be wary of stereotyping, and perhaps, more significantly, collective stereotyping. How many times do I hear footballers using adjectives for adverbs but to state categoric that all footballers omit the ‘ly’ would be foolish? Similar –sorry – similarly, not all Newcastle fans are fat, take their shirts off, and cheer throw-ins! Not all Chelsea fans are fat, bald-headed, aggressive men prone to some racist chanting. Not all Birmingham and Leeds supporters are trouble-making thugs, and there are, I am sure, some Millwall fans who are actually quite well liked.

    Of course, stereotypes often do reflect both positive and negative truths but we must not allow prejudice or unthinking classification to influence our thoughts about what constitutes a ‘good supporter’.

    I am mindful the recent six goal rout– sorry ‘win’ – by Arsenal against Blackpool at the Emirates. A gentleman to the right of me, high up in what is now called the North Bank, opined that Blackpool were excellent supporters. There they were, their team six nil down, being completely outplayed with five minutes left, and, yet, they, the supporters that is, were still singing their hearts out! Bless them! I hope they enjoyed their day out!

    I am certain, however, that perversely, their collective enthusiastic support for their outclassed team will have only served to have exacerbated the emotional guilt and rampant soul searching almost already certainly felt by the Blackpool players, given the nature of the mismatch and the number of goals conceded, to a degree which far exceeds the confusion I experienced at the derogatory ‘shitbag’ tossed in my direction all those years before.

    How would I have felt if the hundred or so QPR faithful had risen as one at the sight of my feeble effort, punched the air, exhorted my name fanatically to the West London skies, and queued for my autograph late after the game? What on earth would I have said to them? I shudder to think. No, my fellow gooner in the North Bank, you were what I term ‘fangoed’ – all that bright orange affected your judgment about the present and the future. Like Gary Lineker et al, he no doubt believes that a vacated seat at three nil reflects a poor supporter.

    I admit the Blackpool fans were impressively noisy, given that they did not have much to shout about and, comparatively speaking, there were not that many of them within the sixty thousand strong crowd. Perhaps, noise generation is the principal key to identifying ‘good supporters’? The decibel quotient pro rata is easily measured and calculated and could be recorded in fans’ league tables.

    Where fans are level in decibels and numbers based on a handicap system similar to that found in golf, the rank order could be determined by such factors as ‘variety of songs’, ‘witty chants’ and ‘sentimental value-added’. Such criteria – especially ‘sentimentality’ – may well rid our grounds of crude ditties such as ‘who’s the wanker in the black/green etc?’ and encourage a new football anthology of ‘You’ll never walk alone’ anthems.

    An ambitious development of this would be the introduction of an expert panel of X factor type judges which could analyse and vote on the singing of each club’s fans by focusing on tone, unison, meaningful lyrics and general singing quality. Imagine a final featuring Man City’s ‘Blue Moon’ and Millwall’s ‘No one likes us’! Breathtaking!

    The spin-offs are mouth watering. The Welsh believing that they would win more FA cups; an improved rendition of ‘Abide with me’ at the cup final; operatic singing of the National Anthem at Wembley finals; and increased respect at Wembley with England supporters not booing foreign anthems and England players, especially John Terry, actually singing rather than miming ‘God Save the Queen’. Fabio Capello and Stuart Pearce could set the example for supporters and players alike by learning the language and actually singing the anthem in English.

    The above flight of fancy takes me no nearer, I fear, to what defines ‘good’ football supporters! Fans, by their very nature, are self-delusional and extremely opinionated. I don’t know this (although I’m sure I’m right) but I suppose they always have been and always will be. But, once more, I have to be wary of stereotyping.

    It seems to me that one stereotypical ideal of the ‘good’ supporter arises from the working-class origins of the game – a sort of cross between Charlie George, Wayne Rooney and Alf Tupper. At the other end of the spectrum, both football and class, we find the stereotypical ideal of the officer and the gentleman – a cross between Bertie Mee, Alf Ramsey and ‘the can’t think of his name England’ supporter who always dressed in St. George colours and a stupid big hat, and could be found at all major international sporting events 40 years ago, symbolising the Corinthian spirit of the true football supporter.

    I suspect that most fans fall somewhere between the two extremes, and leaving aside the ‘risk supporters’ or hooligans, each club has a majority of ‘good’ fans however we define them. For me, though the answer can only be discovered through anecdote.

    I begin the ending of my topic with the Arsenal Bolton game last season. Arsenal needed to win to head the table albeit temporarily. We gooners were shocked when Arsenal went one nil down early in the game and mortified when it became two a few minutes later. The disappointment was palpable; you could almost taste it as you surveyed the stricken faces around you to mix metaphors.

    Then, suddenly, from behind me there arose out of the angry, hurt, silence one of the strangest sounds I have ever heard at a football match, or, indeed, anywhere. I can only surmise that the strangulated, succession of disgusting images and obscenities was the issue of internal warfare of gargantuan proportions. The gooner’s ejaculations were so shocking that, in spite of our upset at the score, we lesser gooners started to laugh out loud.

    I mention the episode because it identifies the true strength of feeling to which the passionate fan – if that is not tautological – is subjected to, and his helplessness in the face of it. I am certain that ostensibly, at least, given the evidence of their ‘always look on the bright side of life’ chorus, the Blackpool fans did not experience this. It could be argued, I admit, that strength of feeling is inversely proportionate to expectation, and that because not even the most optimistic Blackpool fan really believed that they would win, the resulting emotion in defeat was less disappointing, hence the singing.

    I cannot accept this and this is why. In the early 1980s, I took my then young son, who was miraculously born loving Arsenal, to see Wealdstone v Boston United in a mid week Gola league (conference) match. Wealdstone had defeated Boston in the Gola cup final at Wembley the previous season, and I suggested that we take my stepfather, a Wealdstone and Bury supporter, who lived in Harrow, to the ever-missed Lower Mead ground at the back of the Dominion Cinema.

    The crowd was quite reasonable although the weather was cold and typical of late November. The match was remarkable; not because Wealdstone won 8-0, but because they scored a hat-trick of penalties – something I have only witnessed the once. At the end of the game as the crowd began to disperse and the Boston players trudged shamefully towards the stand and the comforting bosom of the dressing room, a single Boston fan, possibly the only one at the match, or, certainly still inside the ground, lent across the advertising hoardings and berated the Boston players with the following tirade, reminiscent of Basil Fawlty’s attack on his broken down Mini:

    ‘You bastards, you fucking useless bastards. It took me six fucking hours to drive down here. I nearly crashed twice because of the snow. I took a day off work and lost a day’s wages to come and watch you load of shite and you can’t even make the effort to fight back. You make me sick. Look at you. Going for a nice shower! What about me? You make me sick. I’ve now got to drive back up the motorway and be up for work at 6 in the morning. Well, that’s it. No more, I’m finished. I’ve had enough. That’s it.’

    His voice tailed off and he sunk back, as we, the Wealdstone fans, and he, stood in silence, while some of the Boston players had actually stopped walking. All of a sudden, the Boston fan leapt up to the hoarding again and screamed: ‘And I’d fucking well better see an improvement at Telford on Saturday!’

    The Wealdstone fans applauded.

    Passion; love; sacrifice; prejudice; anger; faith; amnesia; loyalty; hope; and the greatest of them all; forgiveness.

  2. akintunde[nigeria]
    September 3, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    i dnt comment on footballblog either but i must sae that is a very honest speech………..

  3. Goonerpower
    September 3, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Wow how long is that comment!!

  4. RvP10
    September 3, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    @Paul Fowler: Please, do the footballing community a favor and write a blog. I never enjoyed reading a comment that much.
    If you do have a blog, please post the address here.

  5. Faris
    September 3, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    I’d like to see Vermaelen as Captain someday.

  6. Andrew Weber
    September 3, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    It is a blog – it’s from Untold Arsenal: http://blog.emiratesstadium.info

    Always a good read.

  7. AussieGooner
    September 3, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Bravo! Paul Fowler. Congratulations and thank you. That was without doubt the best comment,article,response or whatever it was, regards football I’ve read since I reached the last page of Fever Pitch and set it down all those years ago. Bravo!
    I don’t know if we’ll win anything this year or next or the following or … well you get my drift, and yes I’d like us too, but mostly I think Arsene Wenger will give me much more than I ask for. I only wish to be entertained! And no other team will entertain me quite like Arsene’s.

  8. Leonard Seah
    September 3, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Promotion should be defined as promoted to Vice Captain.
    He deserves it and Arsenal needs a defence marshal for this job.
    He captained well in one of the pre-season matches.
    Almunia does NOT have the quality to be captain, proven records.

  9. gundu
    September 3, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    that boston supporter is inspirational. XD

  10. GunnerBoss
    September 3, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    Excellent write-up & comments. Don’t know what to say, just some amazingly marvelous stuff. Keep up Andy….ur doing excellent. I know, I know, I know…….
    Just had to comment

  11. Sriram
    September 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Paul Fowler, I was honored to read that comment! It showed how much it is to be a fan! Please post the link to your blog if you have any, I was glued to the monitor at work, when I starting grazing through your comment.

  12. Norms
    September 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Paul Fowler….. you have given us the funniest. wittiest, erudite and most entertaining blog for a long time – and with a serious undertone, a graphic description of what being a true supporter means.

    Thank you for such a wonderful read. Amid so many either downright crude or plain ignorant comments (on other sites) from ‘supporters’ your blog was such a pleasure.

    Please…more please.

  13. juan
    September 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    Next time, put on a shirt first before writing

  14. jebo
    September 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    Nice to hear that from Vermaelen but am afraid this will make any change to the sleepy almunia as his problem seems in born one.

  15. Ronald H
    September 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Haha, Vermaelen needs to get a mean streak, I remember him not shouting at Almunia for his blunders vs Barcelona twice, who cares if Almunia is on edge, we don’t need a coward in goal!

    As for Vermaelen, why is he only thinking of defending now? What was he doing last season? He still charges forward like a mad man, all the top defenders stay back unless it is crunch time, Vermaelen goes forward even if we are winning, that is stupid.

  16. Paul Fowler
    September 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    Thanks to all the comments and to Andy for allowing it to be put up!

  17. itsup4grabsnow
    September 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    First off I want to echo the praise of Paul Fowler that is without doubt the best comment and possibly any blog I have ever read and sums up the state of football fandom in this country. I actually did my dissertation on Football fandom but that was far better than anything I wrote! I suggest you should post that on every Arsenal blog, particularly Le Grove and Arsenal Action for some of the idiots who post/ blog on there.

    Secondly Andrew, I agree with all that you say. i think we are stronger without Gallas, who undoubtedly was an excellent defender, but is attitude and proffesionalism left alot to be desired and caused friction within the dressing room. Now Vermaelen is the senior of the two centre backs, reminds me alot of Keown in a way, and the comments he has made show he is a leader, which is what we need. Future captain of Arsenal I have no doubt.

  18. JamaicanGunner
    September 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    Vermaelen will be captain when Cesc goes … Captain Verminator

  19. Ianinja
    September 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    @the guy who plagarised/posted a whole article above me.

    What does that have to do with what Andrew wrote.

  20. kel
    September 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    @ theusualsuspect
    Great article boy you said it
    Am as frustrated as you to think a football club throws aside the prospects of winning trophies i don’t get it and a lot of fan have bought into this its amazing.
    But i must complement wenger he has changed the culture of the club and given the team a spirit But does that give him the right to neglect the needs of the fans for some trophies
    Arsenal tickets are the most expensive yet the fans settle for good football as opposed to winning football as mentioned on this blog i don’t get it
    But wenger knows once you keep the share holders happy then your in business It puzzles me that a modern manager can go six (6) yes six seasons without a single trophy and some people can come here making bone dry excuses, the ambition of the club has dropped wenger can coach at no other top club in Europe and not win a trophy he would be shown the door.
    What is success in football? for arsenal its balancing the books but success in football is the aformentioned and trophies thats success.
    As i’v said i love this club with all my heart but not to the extent of blind loyalty Some one said that wenger did not buy the fulham keeper because he is a risk at his age is not vanpercy a big risk? every year he is injured for me this should be wenger’s last season he has no excuses now the team is matured and rested even the share holders are selfish by wanting only money and forget about the fans but don’t worry these things have a way of working themselves out America has ablack president so you never know…..k

  21. MTY
    September 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    Partly agree with Ronald H’s comment. Verminator is far from being a complete defender. He charges forward on so many (and unnecessary) situations.
    Also, if you closely look at the replays of some of the goals we conceded last season, at times he leaves a big space behind him, which is expertly exploited by our opponents. He has a lot to improve in terms of increasing his defensive awareness before being hailed as the best one.

    Hopefully the manager will address the goal keeping situation during the next window, till then fingers crossed Al stays fit & more importantly won’t have a howler. The last thing I want to see is Fabianski between the posts.

  22. Will
    September 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    That is a really good one (theusualsuspect).Really loved what you wrote,took a little time to read, but that is the truth.Wenger himself knew that he would need a goalkeeper, but seriously nothing happened.I have seen much of Almunia and also I am surprised that Fabianski is still with the team.A team having top class attacking players,a very powerful bench and plenty of young talents,do not have a sufficient goalstopper.

  23. Ianinja
    September 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    @those two above me
    Wow you guys are really dense aren’t you. The article wasn’t written by usual suspect, it was taken off online gooner. Here is the link
    http://www.onlinegooner.com/exclusive/index.php?id=1847

    Sometimes I miss Shambo, at least his negativity is made up of his own critical thoughts and opinions, but of course maybe Myles Palmer will be the next Arsenal manager, you never know……

  24. David graydon
    September 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    Paul fowler is a legend

  25. Young Gooners
    September 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    I’m not quite sure if verm will be the next captain when fab go. i really love to see it happen but RVP is our vice captain now and he is our player which play for so long for arsenal. i think RVP would be uncertain if the newer player be the captain.
    for those who think verm keep rushing forward, i think it is his role for being an attacking defender. stop complaining about it. when we r attacked by any counter attack he never left his position and i always see him at the center of defender. so i don’t think the rushing is the right word. terry always come forward too. sometimes i see him tackling his opponent at striking position. so no complaint. and about the verm comments, i really love to see him put his defending role as the priority. go arsenal. hopefully al will never make any jokes at all.

  26. Rosas
    September 3, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    I am not sure whether Vermaelen has the experience and the personality to become the (vice) captain. He has grown since he left Ajax. At Ajax he was not know as somebody who regularly scores goals. I think after the transfer Arsenal trained these goal scoring skills and integrated him in their tactical game plan.

    Apart from that, I heard Vermaelen was actually scouted at an Ajax training camp in Scotland. It is said that the Arsenal scout had to climb iton a three to watch him because Ajax trained behind closed doors.

  27. peter patterson
    September 4, 2010 at 4:15 am #

    Hi there i’m an Aussie and fervent Arsenal fan living and working in PNG (have been from 1986). I follow the EPL on SBS TV out of Australian. As an Aussie I was dissapointed to hear that Arsenal had not secured Mark Swartzer as Goalie this year as this has been a problem area for the team for quiet a while. However, on a brighter note i’m certain that with the current team we are going places this season and i look forward to following the fortunes of the team throughout the rest of 2010.
    cheers

  28. Darragh
    September 4, 2010 at 4:27 am #

    @Ianinja – hrm, that link you posted doesn’t link to an article that looks like the comment above? Is there another link?

  29. Old Timer
    September 4, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    When Thomas Vermaelen was signed I expect a whole load of people went ‘Thomas who?’. I can’t be arsed to scroll through the arsenalfcblog archives now but I’m pretty sure if I did I’d find comments complaining about AW for buying another ‘nobody’ and saying ‘why can’t we buy……………..’ (fill any ridiculously over-priced footballers name in here) etc. Now – after just one season at Arsenal – The Verminator is already a player who could walk into almost any team. This is what the feebles* just don’t get about The Great Man. There isn’t a single over-priced player in there. Which is why The Arsenal is not multi-millions of pounds in debt, unlike certain other ‘Top 4’ clubs.
    I don’t even get it – if you want to ‘buy’ a trophy so much, why don’t you just go out and buy your own. Stick it on the mantlepiece and have look at it. If you haven’t got the money, don’t worry, just do what manure do and borrow it from the bank.

    * my new name for the feeble minded supporters who don’t know when they’ve got a good thing.

  30. Andrew Weber
    September 4, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    @ Darragh – I removed the comment from ‘theusualsuspect’.

  31. Lampejo wale(Nigeria)
    September 4, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    Paul Fowler,i have never been glued to the chair neglecting my daily work because i was reading this blog.damn! This is the best blog i have ever read,it’s educating,inspiring,hilarious,passionate…sincerely,i begin to ask myself this question again “Am i a true fan,i mean a real gooner?”.your write-up have left me with no answer and i’m begining to have a re-think.
    I started supporting arsenal when i knew nothing about them,i was captivated by the name “Arsenal” knowing what it means and i was introduce to arsenal by a friend who used to listen to BBC sports post-match highlight on radio because we didnt have the opportunity to watch it way back then like we used to now.At first,i supported arsenal because of their “good football or betterstill beautiful football” not “winning football” but my quest for success was increasing each year because i hardly have a say when i’m in the midst of other football fans and i’m extremely hated for backing Arsene wenger and Arsenal knowing that “you don’t wash your dirty linen outside”.i’m often faced with the question “what have you achieved with your so called branded beautiful football” and in my quiet time,i think about it and i came up with a conclusion that all teams vie for one main reason,”to win trophies” which we have lacked in the last six years.As an Economist,i understand Arsene wenger’s mentality,philosophy,youth developmental project,rebuilding and most especially,the sole aim of puting Arsenal’s financial stability in order but he should also understand that the only consolation we fans get after paying to watch Arsenal despite the high ticket prices which’s about the costliest in the league is winning trophies,the ability to say amongst other footballing fans that we have a great squad that plays good football and win trophies.That’s what i’m talking about !!!
    I’m a custodian of you need not buy big to win trophies.The then Ajax ,FC porto have shown that in past years and teams like liverpool,man city in recent times have not done better than Arsenal despite their spending spree,not forgeting that Chelsea fans had to wait 50 years before winning the league again,tha’ts what i call “real fans” and they are enjoying the patience today but that’s no excuse.Wenger needs to buy young,experience and quality players.Just for the fans! just do it for us please !! He should just do it for them !!! If one try something for six years and its not working,one need to try the other way.i’m disgusted by some Arsenal fans who complain,write-off,condemn their team because they aren’t winning trophies.Surprisingly and annoyingly,they come after winning emphatically by 6-0 against blackpool,praising our players names and “common arsenal !”,the same team they condemned before the start of the EPL.Arsenal came into reckoning under Arsene wenger and he unarguably our most successful coach till date,i knew his kind of person as a manager before supporting arsenal and he made Arsenal what it is today not forgeting that he built our Emirate stadium because of his long term plan for the club.i can’t but remember when other fans from other clubs tells me that Arsenal run a school-boy club because of our so called “match box Highbury stadium”.well,all that is history now.thanks to Mr wenger whom i’ll always support and keep the faith.
    We went trophyless for six seasons and without sentiments,there’s an element of truth that wenger as a modern day manager will be shown the door at a top European club if he doesn’t win a top flight cup for six seasons but we should also realise that if he wasn’t competent enough,the employees would have sacked him or left him by mutual consent but he’s doing the wishes of board so he’s not questionable to anyone but them.i laughed off when i heard he’ll be questioned after six f**king years? What have they been thinking? I heard that he spends 1/4 of the money given to him to shop for transfers and he returns 3/4 most times,this fallacies are annoying.He does that and the employees don’t question him or send him packing after six unsuccessful seasons,that is absurd.
    In my own opinion,i’ll advice us to have patience and continue with our new slogan “IN ARSENE WE TRUST” but Mr wenger,the fans has started losing faith though.Let us just encourage him knowing that he himself is not happy that he didn’t win trophies for six years,it’s high time we won something wenger and i believe strongly that this is our year.Our young squad have been together for long time,grown stronger,come of age,there’s team spirit and general belief.
    In conclusion,i think or betterstill; i know that Arsene is not our problem but our board because they employed wenger and they are still retaining him knowing that he’s capable.let me prove it,if wenger is that bad; then top flight clubs like real madrid and the likes won’t be running after his signature despite his trophyless seasons.Believe me,they must have seen something good him so i implore you all to embrace him and see that “good thing”.It is the board that don’t have the fans interest at heart,we should be questioning them not arsene wenger,he’s just being a dutiful and loyal manager.Mr wenger,i’m appreciative.
    I drop my pen at that junction knowing that if not all but most gooner fans out there’ll realistically buy my candid opinion.Which kind of fan are you? An optimistic or pessimistic fan? The answer lies within your heart.
    Common Arsenal ! Common Asenal !! Common Arsenal !!!, “In Arsene we should still trust” so let us keep the faith and see how it goes this year.

  32. tony uyi
    September 6, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    who says good football does not win trophies.take a look at barcelona fc in the year 2008-2010.last two season they won six trophies with good footbal.they are virtually one of,if not the best club who plays good football.how about bayern munich.let alone spanish national side who won this year world cup.they all play good football, to mention a few.i am a lover of good football,all we need at this stage is to support our beloved team.i believe in this team,they have come of age,provided our goalkeepers should concentrate and not allow cheap goals.this is our year.ride on mr wenger i have always believe in your capability as a good and first class manager.God bless u,God bless arsenal fc and God bless every arsenal fc fans,Amen

  33. JIMMY SNOOPY
    September 20, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    pls tell wenger to be serious about is starting line bcos we’ve been losing too much chance of been the leader in the table.

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