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Arsenal News Cinco de Mayo 2012

May 5, 2012

Morning Gooners… I’m back.

What’s happened this week… Well after the 1-1 draw at Stoke RFC the debate about Stokes fans raised it ugly head again and their treatment of Arsene Wenger and Arron Ramsey… It would seem some fans just love being the pits and the booing of Ramsey was well out order and did the Stoke fans no favours. No matter what Stoke’s so-called fans might think, it was their player Shawcross who caused the damage to Ramsey by going into a tackle just over the halfway line for a ball where there was no real danger. It was sheer recklessness for me. Around that time I remember thinking about the way the experts discuss games involving Arsenal where the stock view in most cases was “They don’t like it up them” “Get in their faces” this giving our opponents a way they can use tactics to stop Arsenal from playing their football.  Pullis is one of those managers, Like Allerdyce, Hughes, McLeish that give their team talks where it’s all about getting stuck in and their players being pumper up when they go onto the pitch. It’s an accident waiting to happen as Ramsey, Eduardo and Diaby can be seen as the victims.

These TV experts then go over the incidents and almost all agree with dinosaur managers that the Likes of Smith, Taylor, Shawcross are not that type of player. Well they are that sort of player.

Then we had the treatment of Wenger for throwing his arms in the air. When I first watched it on MOTD it seemed funny at first with the Stoke crowd mimicking Arsene’s movements. I found out later that there was also a lot of abuse aimed at Arsene from the crowd. I suppose once you lampooned you’re always going to be a target and Arsene is French which always seems like a good reason to make fun… How do you get labelled though? Well again for me the likes of TV experts do not help, using Arsene as an easy target. Gary Lineker did himself no favours on MOTD by taking the piss (that was what he was doing) during and at the end of the show. This needs to stop and for a manager who will take charge of his 900th match at home to Norwich this Saturday they need to show respect to the man. On Monday night SAF and Mancini had a touch-line altercation, would Lineker lampoon them? No of course not…

Sunday saw Chelsea smash QPR 6-1 and Spuds beat Blackburn 2-0 in a game that basically Blackburn could not be bothered to turn up.  This brought them both three points closer to Arsenal in third. With Arsenal not playing till Saturday both teams were in action again on Weds Night with Chelsea losing 0-2 at home to the Barcodes, with two crackers from Cisse and Spuds winning 1-4 at Bolton… The table after the matches showed the race for third as such

  • 3 Arsenal P36 Pts 66 +24GD
  • 4 Spuds P36 Pts 65 +23GD
  • 5 Barcodes P36 Pts 65 +9GD
  • 6 £helsea P36 Ptd 61 +21GD

So it looks like it’s going down to the wire, last day and what excitement awaits us… Arsenal should win both matches and I feel can with both and with the situation in our hands I fully expect Arsenal to nail third place and leave either Newcastle or Spuds facing the prospect of Chelsea winning the Champions League and missing out on Champions League next season.

Then on Monday Arsenal shocked a few Gooners by making the signing of Lucas Podolski from FC Koln. Hopefully and yet I fully expect him to help RVP up front next season… Welcome to Arsenal Lu Lu Lu Lu Podolski..

On Tuesday the FA announced that Roy Hodgson was being appointed as the new England manager. It looks like the fans and a lot of football people think it was a good appointment, whereas the media looked to be fully in the let’s have ‘Arry to take charge camp, so I am not so sure the English media took kindly to being overshadowed. This could mean the Roy is on a hiding to nothing if things don’t go well quickly. The Sun gave a front page lead with Roys speech impediment blatantly in full view. It’s one thing a bit of banter on the internet but another on the front page of a national papers read by 7m people. (alright 6.9m only look at the pictures:-)). For what it is worth I am not sure Roy is the man, but the best of what England has to offer.  It’s a thankless job and you must be a little mad to take it on. Good luck to him and I hope he does well in the Euro’s.

Today Arsenal take on Norwich at the Emirates, which will be Arsene Wenger’s 900th game in charge. Taken from Arsenal.com

Arsène Wenger has taken charge of 26.2 per cent of all of Arsenal’s matches since the war, and 17.3 per cent of the grand total during the Club’s 125-year history. He has overseen 359 more matches than Bertie Mee, who is second on the list for matches as Arsenal manager.

Amazing stats for the man.  When Arsenal lost to Wigan 1-2 at the Emirates a few weeks back, it was Wigan’s 36th game of the season. I got to thinking that wins for Wigan over Newcastle, Arsenal, Man Utd and their good form of late is due to so few games played and they are now reaping the benefit of not only staying true to Martinez’s football philosophy but that their opponents are running almost on empty. Arsenal certainly seemed like that in the second half against Wigan and it might be good for Arsenal tomorrow to get the game over and done with by half time. Norwich we have seen can cause upsets, like at Spuds. However, I fully expect a win today, taking it third place down to the final day of the season, where not only will we be glad of cementing Champions League football, but also St Tottering’s Day.

News also that after 40 years man and boy, Pat Rice is giving up laying out the cones and retiring from the game. A solid a servant for Arsenal as you could wish. Happy retirement PR2. Who will take his place… I would like Keeeeown… There’s only one Keeeeown… There’s only one Keeeeown…There’s only one Keeeeown…  Put the frighteners on some of our opponents on the touch-line and good for the defensive side of our game.

Right as it’s a 12.45 K/o It’s time to get ready, have full English and make was to the ground for the last home match of the season… Get behind the lads and maybe a bit of a mock “Let’s all do the Wenger”.. COYR’s

Cheers for reading and should you have any comments on my views, please feel free to have your say.

@harlowgooner.

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