Courageous Arsenal Taking Advantage Of Chelsea’s Big Mistake

What a crazy weekend.

Youngster Aaron Ramsey suffered a horrific injury at the hands of Ryan Shawcross. You know my feelings on that one so I’ll move on but we wish him all the best.

In terms of football though, it was a great weekend for Arsenal.

In Saturday’s early kick off, Chelsea were surprisingly but comprehensively beaten by a recently struggling Manchester City. Struggling so much in fact that some sections of the media believed that this would be Mancini’s last game in charge. But Team Bridge’s second in command Carlos Tevez was on fire with two goals, and sent out a clear message to John Terry, by not only completely embarrassing him on the pitch but standing up to the disgraced ex-England captain when there was a minor scuffle in the Chelsea penalty area.

I love Carlos Tevez, and not because he hates John Terry as much as I do. If there’s any player in the Premier League I’d have at Arsenal it’s him – his work rate and quality are top notch.

I did find it quite amusing that when Tevez squared up to Terry the cheating low-life had to get his team-mates to step in and do his dirty work. He can’t even back up his hard man image – he’s got no balls which is ironic considering all the allegations that have been flying around recently. John Terry is becoming more and more pathetic as the weeks go by, which to me is fantastic news as his performances for Chelsea drastically nose-dived and he has become a liability.

Chelsea made a huge mistake in publicly supporting John Terry and it is now coming back to haunt them.

I realise John Terry is bigger than the club (and Abramovich’s best mate) so in a way they had no choice but now that has caused Chelsea problems as they look foolish in backing a player who doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

Terry’s (on the pitch) performances are badly effecting the team on a whole and the great thing is that they can’t suddenly drop him or give him time off as that would go against their whole hymn sheet. And long may it continue as far as I’m concerned, because the more he plays the more likely they’ll concede ridiculously poor goals, and ultimately, drop points.

Everton, Inter Milan and Manchester City won’t be the last clubs to take advantage before the end of the season.

So despite being dead and buried after the defeats by Chelsea and Manchester United at home, Arsenal find themselves an amazing 3 points off the top of the table.

Absolutely staggering, and the Arsenal players deserve a huge amount of credit.

I said exactly a week ago that the form of Nicklas Bendtner was paramount to whether we win anything this season. Without Van Persie, he is our only real target man and his performances are vital to how the team performs as a whole. And yesterday, he popped up with such an important equaliser. And credit to the boy, it was a fantastic headed goal.

In the same piece, I also wrote that Eboue should play a lot more, whether as a right back or right-sided attacker, because he has the skill and pace to beat players and the final 12 games of the season (see our new ‘Arsenal Title Charge’ graphic to the right) which are essentially 12 cup ties. I maintain that if we want any chance to pulling it off, we need to win all 12 games.

Yesterday’s game against Stoke was a courageous performance.

Arsenal went a goal down to a trademark “throw in goal” from the boring Stoke after only 8 minutes, and you wondered how mentally tough this Arsenal team where. We found ourselves one nil down at a notoriously tough place to visit – this really was a massive test.

But they came through with flying colours.

Bendtner scored that vital goal to keep the hope of 3 points alive and despite the horrific tackle on Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal rallied themselves and managed a late surge to score twice late on and seal the victory.

Watching the game, you couldn’t help remember the similarities to the Birmingham game only 2 seasons ago. Eduardo broke his leg, and in the final minute there would be a last minute penalty that would decide the fate of our whole season.

In 2008, it was Birmingham that won a penalty and scored it, to massively dent our title ambitions, but this weekend it was a penalty awarded to Arsenal that would determine our fate.

As Cesc stepped up to take what was probably the biggest penalty of our entire campaign (although it was only the third we’ve been given this season) his 50/50 record was slightly worrying. Score, and we’d be right back in this years title race, but miss and it could be another one of those almost seasons. In the end, our captain kept his cool and rifled the ball into the bottom corner and you just wonder how massive that single kick could be to our season. If we do end up winning the league, after all the heartache of Ramsey’s injury, you will point to that spot kick as the moment we believed we could do it.

Arsenal could have easily crumbled after the shocking injury to Aaron Ramsey (and in all fairness, you wouldn’t blame them) but they really stepped up and finished strong. Maybe Williams Gallas not being on the field made the difference, who knows, but Arsenal really did take advantage of Chelsea’s slip up and we need to keep the determination and performances going right until the end.

Arsene Wenger might just well pull off the ultimate miracle.

Stoke City Are A Complete Disgrace

In 2006, I wrote about About Diaby breaking his leg in a horribly late challenge by Dan Smith of Sunderland. That was a shocking tackle which no-one in the media cared about. I was incensed by how everyone glossed over the whole incident and was in total disbelief that the challenge only resulted in a yellow card.

The first paragraph stated:

“I’ve had time to think about the tackle by Dan Smith on Abou Diaby, who we now know is out for at least 9 months – a devastating time out for a young, promising player who really looked to have got into his stride at Arsenal.”

Unfortunately, not unlike the situation Aaron Ramsey finds himself in.

Then in 2008, I wrote about the horrific ‘tackle’ on Eduardo.

I should really just repeat what I said in the article about Eduardo. To me, the whole situation is a complete disgrace.

Arsene Wenger is completely right. A challenge like that is completely unacceptable.

I am absolutely furious. I am so angry that this has happened again and I am sick and tired of all the bollocks that is spewed out in the aftermath.

As per, the opposing manager comes out with the whole bullshit about how a player isn’t dirty, and it isn’t in his nature. They have the fucking nerve to criticise Arsene Wenger and his comments, despite the fact one of his players has broken his leg! Then, for good measure, you have all these fucking retards who feel sorry for Shawcross, because he fucking cried after making the challenge!

Awww, poor Shawcross, did you hurt your leg breaking Ramsey’s? Don’t make me sick.

I thought Phil Brown was a cunt but Pulis is on another level.

What a fucking joke.

I’ll stand by what I said when Martin Taylor broke Eduardo’s leg.

Teams believe that because we play football a certain way they think they can bully us out of games. Another way to put it is to kick us off the park. The “experts” say it’s not being dirty, but it’s just out-muscling Arsenal.

The fact of the matter is, there’s making a legitimate challenge and then there’s being reckless. Yes, he may not have had the intent to break his leg but the challenge was completely unnecessary and to fly in at that pace (enough to smash someone’s leg) is always going to risk serious injury to the recipient.

I don’t buy this accident bollocks. We all watch football, we all play football and something like Shawcross’s challenge was ridiculous. It infuriates me even more than these football pundits who come out with the classic “he was done by a bit of pace” remark. As if it was comparable to something like leaving the hot water on.

Footballers know what they’re doing, and if they didn’t then surely we would have broken legs every week. Football is a physical game and you know when something is reckless and late, or mistimed. Shawcross swung his leg with so much force that he managed to break Ramsey’s leg, despite the fact he was wearing shin pads.

And the challenge was high.

Before Ramsey got the ball it was played to him on the ground so unless Shawcross’s co-ordination is so bad that he imagined the ball was bouncing in mid-air then it was at the very least reckless. He followed through about a foot off the ground. If he didn’t intend to injure Ramsey he was certainly trying to clatter Ramsey after “winning” the ball.

I guess I’m not making much sense, as I am still devastated about a promising young player who is facing a major setback in his career. If you want more sense, just read my Eduardo article, I had a few days to compose before I wrote that one.

And I’m sure I’ll get slaughtered for labelling Shawcross, Pulis and Stoke City for being a disgrace. But you know what, I couldn’t give a flying fuck.

Aaron Ramsey, I hope you make a speedy recovery and our best wishes go out to you.

I’ll write about Arsenal’s courageous performance and the weekend’s football tomorrow, once I have calmed down.

John Terry Is A Complete Disgrace

What a joke John Terry is.

Wayne Bridge has made an official statement saying that he doesn’t want to be chosen for the England team, in the wake of all the sordid allegations that John Terry cheated with his ex-girlfriend.

John Terry should be the one making a statement and stepping down.

Now to me, a lot of people are having a go at Wayne Bridge, saying he’s been crap anyway this season and players like Warnock and Baines are more worthy of a place in the squad.

But to me, that’s not the point.

Regardless of whether Bridge is off form or not, John Terry should have done the honourable thing and made himself unavailable. But to be honest, we all know John Terry doesn’t know what honourable actually means.

This is the guy that cheated on his team-mates girlfriend, despite the fact both relationships in question had children involved. Then, if that wasn’t enough, he desperately tried to cover it up by getting an injunction in court.

Then, once he was stripped of his England captaincy, he turned around and said he’ll try and win the captaincy back.

Is this guy even on the same planet?

But on a positive note, he can give you a guided tour of Chelsea’s training ground for just £10k.

The fact is John Terry is someone who does what he wants when he wants. He lives in this bubble where the light shines out of his arse and everyone around him is praising him 24/7. So it’s no surprise he did what he did – he thinks he’s untouchable.

And you know the saddest thing of all? It’s the fact that Bridge obviously felt that everyone was supporting Terry over the whole saga. Even everyone at Chelsea is supporting Terry – as if it was him who had been wronged! Football is truly a different world where the best players are treated differently to everyone else.

It’s like a popularity contest, and Terry still has support even though he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

But the England squad is full of Terry’s mates, like the cheating Ashley Cole, bar brawling Steven Gerrard, drugs cheat Rio Ferdinand and toilet seat stealing Glen Johnson.

What a disgrace.

Pity Ireland didn’t make the World Cup – I’d support them instead.

What’s Going On With Portsmouth?

I’ve heard lots of things regarding Portsmouth and the effect it will have on the Premier League season.

From what I understand (which is probably wrong) is that if Portsmouth end up being “wound up” then they will cease to exist and all the games they have played this season in the Premier League will become null and void.

And this directly effects the title race.

Manchester United and Arsenal have both played Portsmouth twice, so will lose 6 points, and a hat full for goals in the process. Chelsea however, have only played Portsmouth once meaning they will only lose 3 points.

Currently Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have 11 games remaining but while that wouldn’t change for United or Arsenal, Chelsea will have their remaining games cut down to 10. Which essentially means that Chelsea are one game less away from keeping their advantage, and both Manchester United and Arsenal will have to play an extra game more.

So effectively Chelsea gain 3 points while we have a game remaining to make up that 3 point deficit.

So Chelsea gain a slight advantage because they have one less game to play while we have an extra game to make up 3 lost points. So any slip up will be costly for us.

Anyway, I’ve setup up an ‘Arsenal Title Charge’ graphic which you can see to the right. Once you see it blacked out then we’ve blown it.

Fortunately, with the win over Sunderland, our challenge is ‘still alive’.

We’ve got 11 cup games until the end of the season.

1 Game Down, 11 More To Go

Arsenal (2) – (0) Sunderland
Bendtner (27′), Fabregas (90′)
The Emirates Stadium, London

Before yesterday’s game, Sunderland were 19th in the Premier League form table, only above Portsmouth. Their last league win was actually against us in November and since then they have only picked up 5 points. So this game should have been straight forward, considering we were playing at The Emirates.

But Sunderland had a couple of decent chances and while the game could have been 20 nil to Arsenal it could have just as easily been a draw.

But you know what? I couldn’t care less.

Because Arsenal had 12 league games remaining and to stand any chance to nicking the title they need to win them all.

And the bottom line is we’ve won the first. We’ve passed the first hurdle.

The are a few points I will make though:

Eboue is far, far more effective going forward, and should start more games going into the run in. Whether it’s on the right side of an attacking three or at right back, it doesn’t matter. He has the skill and pace to beat players and considering we don’t really care about defending then we might as well try and be as effective as possible going forward.

Bendtner’s form is paramount to whether we win anything this season. We don’t have Van Persie and we know playing Arshavin or Eduardo as the target man doesn’t work. Bendtner didn’t have his shooting boots on yesterday but hopefully that will come with more starts – his goal yesterday would have done him the world of good.

Almunia actually had a good game yesterday. The fact is we can’t bring anyone else in now so let’s hope he can stay consistent over the remaining 11 games.

And that’s pretty much it now. We play Stoke next weekend and they haven’t lost in 2010. They will be a hell of a test for our team but getting a win is all that matters. I don’t care if we get battered for 90 minutes and nick a last minute winner.

It’s all about the 3 points.