Tuesday, 24 July 2012

DISILLUSIONED OF ISLINGTON


disillusioned
adj
having lost one's ideals, illusions, or false ideas about someone or something; disenchanted

Football has reached, or is near to reaching, a tipping point; a point at which the average supporter says "I've had enough". As an Arsenal supporter I have pretty much had enough. This is no 'woe is me' ploy this is the real thing

Enough of rip off prices that feed the gluttonous agents and board members of clubs. Enough of ill mannered footballers wrapped up in their world of Headphones, Bentleys and tattoos, who feel it beneath them to talk to their supporters or sign an autograph for a child. Enough of watching clubs pile on debt and still function as if immune from the idea of morality as their supporters struggle in recessive times.

Enough of our club treating its supporters as customers. Enough of the nonsensical arrogance of Arsenal employees who treat phone enquiries and letters to the club as an inconvenience. Enough of a club as rich as Arsenal failing to compete both in terms of cup competitions and serious intent to win the league in which we play. Enough of marketing men imposing Arsenal kits that are little to do with history and everything to do with income.

Enough of losing our best players and captains on a regular basis. Enough of transfer window frustration and failure to try and get the best players let alone effectively develop youth. Enough of the in-fighting and abuse levelled at fellow supporters that is a result of a club torn apart by stubbornness of philosophy and neglect of foresight. Enough of the death of debate caused by Social media QWERTY Cowboys.

Enough of the whole shebang.

I made a tough decision and have given up my season ticket for the 2012/13 season because I've had enough. I couldn't quite face the prospect of giving it up for ever (I'm an optimist) but I thought about it long and hard. I’ve been a season ticket holder for many a year and been loyal to our great club but,the significant financial obligation aside, I have had it up to here (raises hand to his brow).

I've reached a tipping point of sorts but will follow the Arsenal from outside the confines of the stadium this season in the hope that things may change and I will return to my seat with renewed optimism in August 2013. By change I mean a deeper change in the club and the game.

If not I'm sure that my seat will be taken over by someone who has paid for the privilege to be on the waiting list; waiting to live the dream. Unfortunately that dream has been tainted by avarice and intransigence.

Monday, 9 July 2012

THE CAPTAIN WONT GO DOWN WITH THE SHIP

dancing with the captain

The Bi-annual 'whose turn is it this season' competition takes places again.
2005-2012
Vieira
Henry
Gallas
Fabregas
Van Persie
?
when the ship goes down


Thursday, 5 July 2012

CONTRACTUAL OBFUSCATIONS

I can Exclusively reveal the contract that Robin Van Persie declined to sign:

ARSENAL   FOOTBALL   CLUB   LTD
____________________

Chairman P. Hill-wood
Manager A. Wenger
 
Highbury House
75 Drayton Park
LONDON
N5 1BU




Contract of employment


Please delete as appropriate:

In Arsene you trust?   Y / N

Signed______________________________

Date________________________________

Witness______________________________


Wednesday, 4 July 2012

FOSTERING EXPECTATIONS OR ADOPTING FALSE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE



At this time of conjecture and before I go off on holiday and self imposed media lockdown I suppose I should take a peek at next season for Arsenal; a season where we surely must be looking to win something (in trophy terms, not just aiming at ECL qualification).

New signings? Yes there have been two so far in Podolski; unimpressive in the Euros and Giroud who was France’s leading scorer last season. I would expect a couple more and I would also expect that none of us would know much about them.

What of the children recently fostered, Bendtner, Arshavin and the interminable Denilson? I can’t really see any of them returning but if only one does I fear it will be Denilson, as Arsene seems to want to consistently flog dead horses. Speaking of which, faith will still be held out for Diaby (Arsene’s pet project for many a year) being able to play back to back minutes in an Arsenal shirt.

Surely we have seen the last of Chamakh and the Park experiment, or whatever it was, must come to an end.

On a positive tip I look forward to seeing Arteta and Koscielny maintain their form that was so good last season and I hope to see a rested Vermaelan return to his former standards, as well as Mertersacker being available for another long season. Will Gervinho deliver on his promise? That’s another question. Santos has all the makings of a reliable, albeit unorthodox member of the squad and of course Sagna’s return can’t come soon enough.

There are a number of players who it is hard to form an opinion on as there are various unknowns associated with them, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky and Ramsey all fall into no-mans land.

Szczesny certainly needs competition for the goalkeeper position and I would like to see an experienced keeper bought in to provide it. Mind you I’ve been waiting for an experienced keeper in our squad for quite some time.

The most intriguing aspect of Arsenal 12/13 is how Wilshire, Oxlade-Chamberlaine and Walcott develop. Will we see a major impact from them and if so in what position will it be. The only negative associated with Wilshire is the status and long term prognosis on his injury. Frimpong is the other player that splits opinion. I think that if he tones down the social network and celebrity shenanigans we have potentially a very good player on our hands, if not, he may end up another David Bentley.

And finally our captain (as I write this post). RVP will stay or RVP will go; simple as.

My conclusion on Arsenal’s fate next season? Gawd knows! So much depends on the manager and the choices he makes and the principle he either sticks to or adopts.

Monday, 2 July 2012

EURO THOUGHTS

 

Amid claims that Spain’s success is based on a passing game reliant on ball retention rather than actually trying to score, Arsene Wenger believes that Spain’s approach, while acknowledging the quality of the players, is a negative one.

I will qualify this by taking the direct quotes as written and assume there has been no jiggery-pokery in their publication/translation.

"These guys are more than outstanding footballers; they are really intelligent and they are winners," Wenger wrote on Eurosport "I want to give them credit for that.

"However, they have betrayed their philosophy and turned it into something more negative.

"Originally they wanted possession in order to attack and win the game; now it seems to be first and foremost a way not to lose.

"They have become more conservative, and they don't want to give the ball up because they don't want to give you a chance to score.

"That's the impression you get from Euro 2012.

"Yes, it can be hard to break down defensive opponents, but this is a challenge that confronts every successful team.

"They are still absolutely outstanding, but they have less penetration than before."

Now, I find these views alarming as it appears to show that Wenger’s viewpoint on penetration is at odds with a defensive obligation. Given that Wenger has spent the last six years trying to create exactly the style of play the Spanish have executed so effectively is he now saying that he is still going to stick to a doctrine that places defence on a lower footing? When he says Spain have less penetration than before is he wilfully ignoring the fact that Spain have just won the Euro’s by beating Italy 4-0?

Does he imply that you should not ‘betray’ your philosophy even if it means victory? I fear that he does.

The myth of players leaving Arsenal and not doing well was well and truly debunked (I think it has been for years) by Fabregas' success and it has been well deserved by a young man who, despite any controversy,can play the game in the right way and win stuff.

The Premier league and its merits have been put into sharp focus, as has the quality of English players. Some clubs have benefitted; Chelsea now appear to have a confident striker ready for the new season in Torres. Maybe Man City now have a Balotelli who is as good as he thinks he is. Liverpool have also seen Carroll and Gerrard show some qualities. Manchester United’s Cleverly did okay for England also.

For Arsenal I guess the high point was Walcott’s goal and assist.

When looking at how far England are away from Spain, Italy and Germany three names spring to mind for the future of England; Wilshire. Oxlade-Chamberlaine & Walcott. I wonder if their progress will be best served under Wenger who it appears will not betray his philosophy; a philosophy that has left the trophy cabinet bare for over half a decade.

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