Arrogant Ade – Clichy had it coming – Wenger vindicated for now

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Today was a game I was never really worried about. Citeh have been out of form lately and Arsenal had just started to click again, this should have been a formality… but it wouldn’t be Arsenal if it was that simple, would it!

The game started off with a lot of promise, we were pinging the ball around nicely and had a few half chances to show for our possession. Then, Ireland beat the offside trap… ran onto a great through ball, all he had to do was dink it over Lehmann, but he took an air shoot instead… What a relief!

Then i received a message through my brother, that my phone had been ringing constantly… so I had to run back and pick up my phone… as I was on my return run, my phone rang again… it was my brother… ONE NIIIIILLLLLLL!!!!

Get in I thought, I love it when that happens (Anyone ever gone to the toilet when they don’t need to go (George, don’t even bother posting…), praying Arsenal will have scored by the time they’ve got out)! As I burst through the door, screaming and shouting I caught the replay of Sagna powering through the Citeh defence, slotting the ball back to Ade who bundled it home with about as much style as a Primark hand bag! Who cares though! ONE NIL!

The game continued with more Arsenal possession, Clichy picked up the ball out wide on the left and looped a cross in which looked over hit. Fear not though, Ade rose like an NBA superstar, defying gravity by suspending himself in mid air for about 12 seconds – he then nodded the ball back to Eduardo who controlled the ball on his chest (with his back to goal) twisted and rifled the ball into the bottom left corner! What a finish, what a goal… shame he was offside. A pity for Citeh the lino hadn’t gone to specsavers!

Just before I talk about the Citeh goal, I just need to run this scenario by you.

Have you ever been sitting in the pub with your mates who don’t support Arsenal, you say to them, ‘that Alex Hleb has an amazing touch’… Just as you say that… Hleb has the ball pinged into him and with his first touch he knocks the ball out the stadium?

I’ve been there many times before and it seems about 10 other Arsenal blogs were guilty of a similar offence yesterday.

After Goodplaya lauded Clichy as the greatest thing since sliced bread, and many other sites rightly agreed with him, Clichy goes and makes his first mistake of the season! Typical…

If you didn’t see it, Clichy tried to run the ball out of a tight spot with Corluka chasing him down, Clichy jinked, Corluka read the jink, nicked the ball off him and laid the ball back to the oncoming Fernandes who slotted home with ease.

So the game went from a walk in the park, to an uphill struggle. Citeh really picked up towards the end of the half, and the whistle couldn’t have come soon enough! Lehmann did particularly well with a one on one you’d usually fancy to end in a penalty (And a Man City medical bill).

So the second half started, and we seemed to switch our play around to counter the threat of Ireland. We continued to dominate the game with Ade and Eddy causing the Citeh defence all sorts of problems. The Flamster had a good game, Cesc was a touch off his best and Clichy seemed to make up for his mistake with some good play.

The second half was pretty free of controversy. Adebayor should have been awarded a penalty for getting bundled over in the box by two players, but Andy Gray said it wasn’t a penalty, so god had effectively spoken and overruled the whole pub.

The next goal came from some great play from Ade who was fouled by the halfway line, but the ref played the advantage… Fab and Hleb worked some great passes which allowed Fab to slot it back to Ade-two-goals! The finish was never in doubt! Get in!

3-1 and the game was safe!

So now for a few interesting things that I noted down during the game.

Do we need wingers?

Clichy and Sagna seem to do a great job of giving us width, they have started the moves for many goals this year and set up there fair share. City, seemed to suffer because of Petrov today. He is great on the ball, but my god the man is lazy! Would we be as good defensively if we didn’t have our wide players covering the full backs? I have my doubts. It just seems too simplistic to say Arsenal need wingers… In a team that scores plenty of goals already, I don’t see why we would need more at the expense of defence?

Do we need Anelka?


Adebayor exudes the arrogance of Thierry Henry at the moment, and I mean that in a good way. He looks like he is going to score every time he gets the ball, and more importantly, the team think he is going to score every time he gets the ball. He has suddenly become this massive aerial threat, his touch has improved steadily and he defends from the front. He may not be Thierry at the moment, but I don’t think this team needs a Theirry.

Qualify that comment you fool! Well ok…

Our team is made up of lots of specialists as appose to a few super players (Pires, Henry, Vieira). Eduardo finishes, Hleb dribbles, Cesc sees the pass, Flamini chases players down and drives the team, Clichy and Sagna give us solidity at the back and width up front and Diaby just does whatever the hell he feels like!

Do we need Woodgate?

Well Senderos has jointly kept 3 clean sheets, and todays freak goal and shouldn’t have happened. You can’t knock him at the moment can you? He is 3rd choice and doing exactly what you require of a 3rd choice defender, playing solid football.

I know everyone wanted us to go out and sign Kaka, Woodgate and Anelka this January transfer window but we didn’t. This is because Wenger is:

1) A tight ass.

2) Vindicated in his decision making most of the time.

So onwards and upwards Grovers! We’re top of the league at the time of writing and piecing together a nice little run!

Happy Sunday!

Update: Still top of the league!

21 Responses to “Arrogant Ade – Clichy had it coming – Wenger vindicated for now”

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  1. Angry Loner

    Good performance yesterday, 3 effin valuable points, the spuds dud us a favour and the away support at cjty was brilliant!!!

  2. Arselicked

    Those spuds, they just had to allow Manure to nick a draw. And did you see that; ‘Manure celebrated like they had won the Champions League!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

  3. Angry Loner

    Too right.

    Anyway, who wants the spuds winning a game! Them not winning, the mancs not winning and the chavs not winning…..result!

  4. Avendesorax

    Adebayor and Eduardo the dream team, with Diaby just doing what ever he likes no wonder City were all over the place.
    Great result for us!

  5. DeeOzGooner

    great article…again!…”and Diaby just does whatever the hell he feels like!

    two points clear baby…spuds did somethin useful or once!!

    as long as noone comes back injured we’re lookin good! we got tom,persie,eboue,toure,djourou all coming back in the next few weeks…so things lookin good!!

    damn ade is on fire!!…im gona have to change my view on him soon!

  6. Harry Barracuda

    The best part of it was all them spuds was sitting there, dicks in hand, ready for a good stiff one off the wrist after beating the Moaners, and then *poof* it disappears in front of them. Cue a load of limp-dicked tossers still stuck in the bottom half of the table.

    The only shame was that the pocket cockit Defoe couldn’t take one more chance and ruin the Fulham Ladies team’s day as well.

  7. Smiley1

    Dare I sat it, the spuds have done us three big favours, the first being was to humble our team in the CC, and subsequently give us a reality check, the second was to hold manure to a 1:1 draw, and the third was to release Defoe to Portmouth as he scored on his debut to hold Chelski to yet another 1:1. After all this week’s hype around ronaldo’s ‘best ever free kick’, it was almost poetic that he failed to impress in yesterday’s game. Maybe this is what happens you start to believe bullshite hype. Yep, we are back at the top, let’s hope we continue to improve, and prove all of our many detractors wrong. C’mon you Gunners!


    Agree with gooner777,great piece of jounalism.We are top again and hope we’ll be in the same position in the end.We should have been three points above the rest should the referre allowed the exact extra time of 3 minutes and not more.They scored in 3min 23 seconds of extra time,and I cannot understand why that extra 23 extra seconds were allowed.Very poor English referees…ahyone agree ?

  9. Phobia

    With this matches remain for Arsenal,I think Arsenal will win the premiership this season.
    Arsenal v Blackburn
    Birmingham v Arsenal
    Arsenal v Aston Villa
    Wigan v Arsenal
    Arsenal v Middlesbrough
    Chelsea v Arsenal
    Bolton v Arsenal
    Arsenal v Liverpool
    Man Utd v Arsenal
    Arsenal v Reading
    Derby v Arsenal
    Arsenal v Everton
    Sunderland v Arsenal
    Arsenal proved yesterday that they are the best team in the premiership !!!!!!
    Arsenal the best.

  10. crouchendgooner

    yea, ive been checking out the fixture list too. the period where we play chelski and manure awaya, and liverpool home is gonna make or break the season! scary prospect that we can win or lose the league depending on the form and injuries of a small period of time! but chelski are home to manure around the same time, so its gona be a thrilling finish!
    Come on you reds!

  11. iqwoo

    well, yesterday’s performance was fine.
    Typical Arsenal.

    Arsene’s not gonna buy a left winger cause Arsenal has Carlos Vela on Loan AND he is one awesome player. Check him out on Youtube, against Real Madrid. Sweet Left Legged Left Winger Cum Striker. Torres built, Walcott Paced and Fabregas’s Control.

  12. Isaac

    Agree that the Chelsea, (bolton), liverpool and Manutd would be very critical, but not more than the Manutd, AC Milan fixture just round the corner. If we’re thrown out of two major competitions in a week we can as well forget about the league title, it would be impossible to not suffer a major psychological blow. But if we win both, we’ll be running over teams with an amazing momentum! And on a random note, does Fab reminds anyone of Pires. As in the way their strides are short and never far from the ground? Maybe it’s just me…

  13. nucks

    good Article!

    We look good in all areas, even our reserve keeper looked like the valium was at last working! Love Sagna and clichy, they do give us width and i like the variety of goals we are scoring. I heavily criticised Ade earlier this season for what i thought was him slowing down our play too much in the final third. I am a wanker and was a little bit misguided in what i was looking for in him. He is quality! that is why Arsene picks and runs the team and i spend every day putting tiles on walls!! I hope that we do win the league obviously. But what an achievement it would be on the money we haven’t spent on the team. I know some gooners get frustrated with our lack of spending but i have to say, who would really improve this wonderful squad at the moment? Also with Milan coming up soon, i get the feeling that we are on our way! Let’s see how we go, COME ON ARSENAL!!!! THERE’S ONLY ONE ARSENE WENGER!!!!!

  14. Manfred Szaman

    Now the fight is really on for the prizes. I hope our boys are not distracted.

    You can’t win all matches. A run of six to ten matches with all wins is

    possible but unrealisitic given that the players have to play two matches a

    week from now on. That’s where AW’s team juggling earns his paycheck.

    However i am not ruling out that the gunners could collect 30 points from the

    13 pl matches and be crowned champs.

    I am optimistic our team is full of under 25 players where the energy level is

    still high compared to players in their late 20s.

    Bring on the manure and shatter his ream of the treble.The red nosedonewas lucky last but not this time.

  15. Arselicked

    Next round of games:

    Arsenal vs Blackburn
    Machester United vs Manchester City
    Chelsea vs Liverpool

    If Sven is who i believe he is then i see an at least 4 point gap opening at the top and
    beware of Liverpool they are wounded

  16. EVO in OZ

    My how times change…everyone is pumped for the run home….it was only a couple of weeks ago we were all under black clouds after a couple of draws and a loss to boro!

    Come on you good things! Lets win the league (and the CL if we can too!)

  17. Nitrogerm

    These 4 consecutive matches will be tough

    Chelsea v Arsenal
    Bolton v Arsenal
    Arsenal v Liverpool
    Man Utd v Arsenal

    If Arsenal survives and maintain a lead at the top beyond this, the title is won.