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Chill Out, Willie G!

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William Gallas has gone crazy and has also fallen out of favor (apparently) with manager, Arsene Wenger. The current Arsenal captain’s madness or lunacy came after the poor result in the North London derby. Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead in the dying minutes of the match, which ended in a draw. There were even rumors of locker room brawls. There were also the losses to Stoke & Aston Villa, which have added even more flames to the fire in the last few weeks.

williamgallasGallas will most likely be stripped of his captaincy & Arsene will have little choice but to do so. But don’t blame the media for blowing this up to the point that Arsenal supporters might as well call the season off. Should we blame Gallas, who has become an orator in the last few weeks? Or Arsene and his “young guns”?

For the sake of the game, I think the “blame game” is bullshit. Arsenal’s inconsistencies are mirrored in their manager, who either praises his Gunners over a win or blames it on everything when they lose. I’ll use this term again, Professionalism – because however a team performs, the manager always has to be professional about it.

I believe the most professional and convincing managers are those that avoid displaying too much of anything. And it’s a little obvious that I’m going to use Scolari as an example of the professional manager because whether it’s after a victory or defeat, Scolari will only & constantly talk about how Chelsea needs to improve. This critical way of approaching such matters is vital in terms of allowing the team to be consistently consistent.

So, I really don’t feel sorry for Arsenal. And Gallas, who will definitely be the scapegoat out of all this deserves to lose his captaincy because it’s totally unprofessional to vent out about your team and play the “blame game” out into the media. And now he’s trying to unite his team and call them out to “war” in order for them to win anything this season. But who will follow his lead once he’s not the captain anymore? Who will listen to someone, who once blackmailed his own team that if he wasn’t allowed to be sold, he would score on his own net? I said it before the season started and I’ll say it again – Arsenal will not win anything this season!



Let`s all thank Samir!

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It must be sweet for Gunners supporters to see the irritation & frustration on all the United players throughout the match. I’m happy that Arsene Wenger doesn’t have to make a press conference this week to whine and insist his team didn’t deserve a bad result or that the other team wasn’t playing fair to their “standards.” Well, let’s just say the Gunners were about a couple minutes away from the long 6 minutes of added time in the end from blowing another two-goal cushion.

And Chelsea are happy with this result, which could result and should result in Chelsea having an 8 point margin from United after this weekend. Having said that, Liverpool supporters are probably thinking the same thing. But by February, I won’t be surprised and I know I’ve repeated myself a few times already that Liverpool will be in the race for the title, but United will most likely be the main contenders that Chelsea will have to go up against. And an 8 point margin could be pivotal, as it gives Chelsea a couple of slip-ups and still wind up favorites to win. Thank you, Samir!



feelgood headlines: “Help The Aged Gunners” (UK Sun)

It is always entertaining to check up on the UK Sun for their absurd headlines. The article captioned Arsenal’s poor performance against Hull this afternoon within the first sentence: “Arsenal’s OAPs will be resting on their Zimmer frames after being given the runaround by Hull.

More snippets from the article:

Hull boss Phil Brown said: “It’s one of my greatest results.”

Brown joked it was a day to celebrate as Hull reached 11 points.

He added: “We’ve got the same number of points as Derby (achieved in all of last season) with 32 games left, so it’s a fantastic day.”

Read the article here: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article1742445.ece



Arsenal: Young Gunners, The Team for the Future

Arsenal fired in six goals to beat Sheffield United 6-0 in their Carling Cup match. Arsène Wenger named a line-up that had an average age of 19 – something that’s out of the ordinary in the EPL. Many critics will argue that Wenger is counting on a base of instability. But Wenger stands by his ideal of giving an open opportunity to his youth players and this without a doubt is a sign of good intention in itself.

Arsenal failed to finish as strong as they had began their campaign last season and they would attest this failure through the team’s inexperience. Fingers were pointed at Cesc Fàbregas, who led his team’s midfield at the age of 20. Questions were raised about whether such young, raw players could carry such a difficult task in arguably, the biggest & best league in the world.

But Arsenal have something that most EPL teams don’t and that’s open-mindedness. While most teams, like Chelsea, Liverpool & Manchester United have chosen a kind of short-term plan – Arsenal’s got something that has the potential to become really special. Wenger’s youth policy may be deemed as vulnerable because of his openness to count on such young talent. However, the future is not so far away & Arsenal has got it right to stick with a young core, rather than an aging one.

And with such a great array of young talent in the club, it’s almost expected that there’s great things to look forward to in North London. The thought of having a matured side that includes Fàbregas, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Vela & Aaron Ramsey is a vision worth waiting for. And Wenger knows patience is truly the key, as Arsenal is the team for the future.



feelgood Top Five (Week 5)

Week 5 saw Arsenal take the top of the table after winning their third straight, while Liverpool, United & Chelsea all played to a draw. Manchester City showed what they were capable of doing with their new attack, beating Harry Redknapp’s side 6-0.

#5 – Denílson

The young Bazilian midfielder has had a very mature season after consistent starting roles. Denílson scored in the 86th minute to secure three points against Bolton. The 20-year-old is loving life as a starter and should make it interesting when Tomáš Rosický returns for the Gunners.

#4 – Richard Dunne

It was six in the City, as Manchester City demolished Portsmouth 6-0. Richard Dunne helped his club earn a cleansheet, while also scoring in the 19th minute to give his team a 2-0 lead.

#3 – David Di Michele

The 32-year-old Italian striker should see considerable amount of time in the pitch with newly appointed manager and fellow compatriot, Gianfranco Zola at the helm. Zola, who promised exciting football hasn’t disappointed with his team beating Newcastle 3-1. And it was the ex-Torino man, who scored a delightful double on his second game for the Hammers.

#2 – Michael Chopra

The English striker and former Newcastle player scored twice as a substitute in the dying minutes to beat Middlesbrough 2-0. His late goal antics is no surprise to the EPL, especially not with the Sunderland supporters.

#1 – Salomon Kalou

Salomon Kalou fired in his first goal of the season to secure a point against Manchester United, but most importantly – to keep Chelsea’s home unbeaten record intact. Kalou scored a header off Mikel John Obi’s free kick in the 79th minute to liven up the anxious Chelsea faithful. Kalou, who is yet to win over new manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari has definitely made a fine statement on Sunday.



feelgood fantasy picks: week 4
September 9, 2008, 4:07 am
Filed under: Arsenal, EPL Football, feelgood fantasy | Tags: , ,

We visit the Emirates Stadium this week with our list, as five Arsenal players top the choices for Week 4. And with L’Arsenal playing pretty sharp football, it’s likely they’ll have their way against Paul Ince’s not-so-sharp Blackburn side.

We begin at the back with the Gunners keeper, Manuel Almunia. Two clean-sheets so far in the season and only one goal conceded in 3 starts. At the centerhalf positions, Emmerson Boyce of Wigan & Steven Taylor of Newcastle are good “unknown” choices if you want to save up your fantasy budget money for the big boys up front. Bacary Sagna and Joleon Lescott are the chosen fullbacks.

At midfield, the two young Arsenal players – Theo Walcott & Denilson – both showed their great promise as potential future players of the North London side. Walcott’s man-of-the-match performance for England on Saturday makes him a great choice for Saturday. Joe Cole’s two-goal performance also gets him up there, while Mikel Arteta will look to lead his team against newly promoted, Stoke City on Sunday.

Emmanuel Adebayor is yet to put his name on the score-sheet, but there’s a chance he’ll be on it against Blackburn. And with Walcott’s growing presence in the pitch, things might get a little bit easier for the big man from Tongo. Carlos Tevez is the other striker up front, as he looks to beat Liverpool once again.