Epic?

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Good morning from me, I hope all is well in the sunshine of this February day. Arsenal vs Liverpool. It’s going to be massive. So dust off that hangover and start getting excited.

First up though, Ray Parlour was in the press talking about Arsenal’s finances. He dropped this little pearler into his Daily Mail column.

‘I understand why supporters are frustrated at the lack of trophies, but there has been an awful lot going on inside the club during that time. I know for a fact Arsene didn’t have a lot of money to spend. It all went into the stadium, trying to pay it off as quickly as they can.’

Now there Ray, this looks like a bit of creative revisionism going on here. Sure, when we moved, Arsenal were broke. We had to defer the Robin Van Persie transfer because we were strapped for cash. However, reading Ray rewriting history feels a bit PR to me.

Firstly, Arsenal are tied into a long term mortgage. So we can’t pay off the stadium early. That’s a total nonsense statement from the off. Secondly, we didn’t have to play the skint card through that period. Stan could have invested some of his billions in the club to give us a cash boost, but he didn’t. Why? Because it didn’t suit him to. The sustainable model simply meant that his investment was worth more when the new commercials dropped.

We’ve also always had a pretty large wage bill. Wages correlate to league position in the main. So while Wenger has done a good job over the years, he hasn’t exactly performed miracles. He’s spent less on transfers, but he’s spent a shedload of cash on wages. So much so, he cleared £500k a week off our books last summer by shifting deadwood that didn’t play.

Someone made an interesting point about transfers. Whilst the manager hasn’t had cash like City, he has had funds, he just hasn’t spent it particularly well. The summer we missed out on Chelsea, Arsene opted instead to spend £24m on a teenager from league one and Gervinho. One went on to be twice player of the year for Chelsea, the other two… well, one is in Italy after being a total flop, the other is still trying to make his mark.

Point is, Arsenal can’t plead poverty. We’ve just been impoverished compared to Chelsea and City. During that same time, Ferguson, using sustainable funds, more than matched them. So whilst money is important, it’s not the only factor that drives success.

Onto today. Liverpool. It’s going to be a tough game. I’m not hugely confident if I’m honest. Their two strikers are going to be a nightmare and I fear that away from home, they might turn it on.

Still, we’ve both had a week off. Both teams will be energised and well drilled. So the encounter doesn’t have any excuses wrapped around it. The better team will win. On paper, that’s us. How that plays out in reality is another story. Brendan Rodgers has injected a new belief into that Liverpool side. Today is a cup final for his boys. If they lose, they’re out of the title race. If they win, they close the gap and they’ll get a boost of momentum.

For Arsenal, a loss and the next 3 weeks start to look depressing. Win and it could be the start of something glorious. It’s a massive game for both side and the game has epic written all over it!

Right, see you in the comments, enjoy the game!

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  1. Sensible old man

    Seriously how many fucking times are we gonna be fucking embarrassed like this? I’m not watching this fucking shit no more fucking waste of a good Saturday ain’t gonna let them cunts spoil it – 10 – nil on the cards

  2. Bamford13

    Their tactics are obvious and correct. Press and attack with speed — because Arsenal have none. And it’s working. What say you now apologists? Wenger out!

  3. Craigy

    That cunt had a real chance to get some fucking quality this window, and what does he do, absolutely fuck all, ha ha this is comical, wenger deserves this, little cunt

  4. Hitman

    This is why we needed a striker with pace. This is why we needed we need a proper DM.

    Get lost Wenger. Has no clue on player recruitment.

    This is why we will never win another trophy under Wenger

  5. Bobby 7

    But we all know that the senile one can lose all the rest of the games and he wont be fired.

    Three more years my ass!

  6. useroz

    Go to hell if anyone still think we didn’t need strengthening just because weare top of table. Idiots.

    So lacking in outlets. No fucking pace. No fucking muscle in midfielf. No shape except the sorry shape.

  7. hackneylad

    1 Ozil….. Fuck all the excuses he goes missing in big games! He can be oh so quiet and doesn’t fight enough

    2 Arteta is past it… why are Liverpool scoring so easily because the defence is shit and arteta is to slow and old to get back and help out where his needed most

    3 Wiilshere is an overhyped spoilt brat, his useless in the middle rather have rosiscky there anyday of the week against any opposition

    4 Ox could have been started in the middle…. wonder why he wasn’t because teacchers pet wilshere has to get game time! Wilshere is just an average player but WEnger is obsessed with him…. Wenger play your player based on form don’t fuck around with it if it’s working just to compensate jack wilshere

    5 The defense is disgusting, why have mert and koz decided this day to completely lose their heads! Monreal is a complete liability at the back want Gibbs on and if Monreal keeps fucking up he can piss of back to spain

  8. bergkamp63

    You only have to look at the results against teams like Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd over the last 18 months to know we are only capable of beating fodder teams. We don’t even consistently win against Everton, Liverpool or Spurs.

  9. Harry Redknapp

    hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahaahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahaah you gotta laugh

  10. Keyser

    Lol that’s why Mertesacker will always be a problem waiting to happen, why Arteta’s been a passenger for the last season or so, and why Ozil needs to man up.

    Was it an Ozil pass for the last 3 goals that fucked us ?

  11. Dissenter

    Anytime we criticized Wenger, the retort was “we are top”

    Wenger buys a crock, we complain, they answer, “we are top”

    I hope Wenger gets a contract for the next 10 years.

  12. Bennydevito

    What the fuck is going on here? Where are all you Wenger Arse rimming cunts who said we didn’t need to spend in the transfer window?

  13. daint

    Defence gas not turned up. Fullbacks have decided that they’d rather be on halfway line than defending counteratracks

  14. hackneylad

    This is how poor we are they have a 3 man midfield we have a 5 man midfield and we can’t out pass them and dominate!

    We lost this battle in the midfield!

    Arteta Wilshere Cazorla and Ozil never work! Technical midgets!

    In a match like this we really needed a Matic

  15. Guns of brixton

    Hang OUR fuckin heads in shame. wish theo was here. fuckin scouse neighbours screamin like theirs a motherfuckin orgy goin on. . . fuck sake man. . . .

  16. useroz

    Sub arteta with steve bould and we may stop th e leak

    It is really sorry sight. The mid field is fucking non existewnt.

    Where is rosicky??????

    Wilsher too small. Sorry. Not good enough at the highest level.

    Fuck Wengers hand brake. We have no fucking brake fluid.

  17. bergkamp63

    Any team with bags of pace up front will cause us major problems, that much was obvious before todays kick off.

  18. DaleDaGooner

    Our 40m man cant be bothered, our slow donkey up front cant score, our golden man and future captain keeps getting in the line up even when he’s balls….no need to buy, wenger knows

  19. Arsene's Nurse

    No movement, no drive, no creativity, no awareness, no desire. How can a manager allow this sort of insipid performance? We are soooo slow. It’s embarrassing.

  20. Al

    What the Fuck has wenger done to counter the fucking danger on are left side becuase santi is not tracking back….NOTHING

    what a joke performance…4 nil down and he has done fuck all to change things about. Ozil is not working in the middle. swap him with santi. get arteta off

  21. Dissenter

    That piñata filled with £100,000,000 of unspent funds will come in handy now.
    Stick it in the middle of the field and oil it with Wenger’s massive ego.
    It will certainly have the man of the match performance.

  22. Arsene's Nurse

    We aren’t playing with the handbrake on, the fucking wheels have come off (probably nicked seeing as we are in scouseland) and the damn thing is up on bricks.

  23. Alex James

    I will vote UKIP, if it results in Wenger being booted back across the Channel. Mental strength my arse. The whole lot of them are a bunch of losers. Be readdy for another dose of contrition from JW and co after the match. The usual we understand the fans’ pain etc. Oh for big Tony and Peter Storey!

  24. Keyser

    Ozil didn’t have to do fuckall of the donkey work at Madrid, I hope people start to see it now, fuckall, in a piss poor league, with one of the best squads around, he could fuck around pick his pass, mess up and start again, get taken off after 70 minutes because he needed a rest.

    You can’t do that here, you get found out.

    Lol or it’s just one game.

  25. Dissenter

    We’ve given Liverpool belief. After this game, they’ll be 5 points behind.
    With our difficult run of games compared with theirs, we’ll definitely be drawn into the forth place trophy race.

  26. Arsenal 1886-2006

    Credit where credits due, Liverpool look sharp and pacy and deserve to be 4 up possibly even 6 or 7. We look lethargic and one paced as has been the case in a lot of games this season but overall we have gotten away with it, not today though.
    It could have been different if giroud had the skill and pace that most strikers have to have made it 1-1 shortly after they had scored.

  27. useroz

    Arshavin got the 4 goals with exquisite, top notch shooting.

    Who in the current team inc subs have that skills???? May be Podi.

    So we are thoroughly and utterly fucked.

    4 down in 18 min FFS.

    And your load Wenger has been sitting fuck …..to be shot????

  28. TitsMcgee

    Calm down guys. I’ve been assured that it’s okay because:

    “We bought Ozil”

    “We’re top”

    Don’t matter that we’ve looked like arse vs any team with a pulse in the league so far.

  29. Wenger Plastic Bottle

    Wenger never changes one trick pony. United will also crus us

    Hats off to Brendan Rogers had a perfect gameplan.

  30. Bamford13

    God, Giroud is awful.

    But apparently no one better was available in the summer and January. EVEN if you can’t get Higuain or Suarez, you still don’t go with Giroud as your #1.

    Wenger out.

  31. Craigy

    Giroud is a fucking donkey, wel he got his wish about us not needing a striker ha ha, bet he’s relieved, talk about a player with no confidence in his ability, can’t wait to hear what Merson has to say, wenger is a complete joke!

  32. Thank you and goodnight

    Revvin Kevin chief AKB really knows his football eh. Bang on he was about our midfield slaughtering them. Please just go Wenger and take the rest of the incompetent Bastards with you. Bloody disgusting

  33. Moray

    The same meltdown happens every year. Give wenger man city’s team and the same thing would happen. This is why we have been calling for him to go. For 8m a year we need a manager who can instill composure and modern tactics in the team so that we can play the good teams on an even footing. If Liverpool can out think wenger then what will happen when we come up against mourinho, pellegrini, guardiola et al?