Monday, 5 December 2011


“Professional football is no longer a game. It’s a war. And it brings out the same primitive instincts that go back thousands of years.”
Malcolm Allison
As the good Captain pointed out yesterday The Arsenal need to focus on our own game and perform regardless of opponents or outside influence.

The Trip to Olympiacos, while being meaningless in terms of qualification for us has meaning for the Greek Champions; they need to out perform Marseille to get through to the group stage. Arsenal need to balance the context of the game with the desire for a victory. We should be going there to win; that’s the professional approach. It’s also a chance for fringe players to prove a point, not to mention being an obligation to the rest of the group.

At the moment we are like The Inglourious Basterds; carrying on our battle against the odds quietly and effectively while our deeds are kept on the hush- hush by the powers that be.

And like the Basterds we are an effective unit single mindedly fighting back against evil.

Ok, maybe I’m stretching the point but War/Movie analogies are often pretty good at summing up a feeling. I’ll finish by paraphrasing Lt Aldo Raine:
“You probably heard we ain't in the media-pleasin' business; we in the winnin’ matches business. And cousin, business is a-boomin”

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