3 major slaps in the face in one day

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Well, well, well… America voted and they slapped the establishment harder than they’ve ever been slapped. I’ve never been in a more sullen New York. Silence everywhere. Meetings canceled left, right and center. Agency counseling session. What a night. The Donald is President of America.

It’s interesting reading through some of the comments on what’s happened. A lot of people saying bigotry and racism won. I understand the sentiment there, but for me, half the problem of countries undergoing similar issues to this is that the opposition is cast as stupid. It’s never helpful.

I want to believe America voted against globalization, voted for being left behind by the educated and I want to believe this was the biggest fuck you to the elites yet. People have to search for the reasons people felt alienated enough to do this. Politicians and business people have to realise that this life is for more than just their profits and their lifestyle.

I’m hopeful something good can come from this nonsense, because if it doesn’t, we’re about to enter a very dark period of history.

… and for fucks sake, please say he doesn’t believe global warming is a hoax.

That wasn’t the worst news of the day. Nope. The worst news came in two little wrappers of badness. First was that Alexis Sanchez has torn a muscle, and to make things worse, Chile have a major game that he’s going to risk himself in. Terrible, terrible, terrible news.

SOMETHING ARSENAL SHOULD FINE HIM FOR IF HE CHOOSES TO RISK HIS SEASON 

The second bad bit of news was that Hector Bellerin has busted himself too, so he might not be available to us.

Both players have played quite a number of games this season, Sanchez though has been hammered for years. Really obvious that this was going to happen. I’ve heard people blaming him for this injury… because he wants to play all the games.

Sorry, this one sits with Wenger. The same issue that caused injuries to Ramsey and Cazorla. Overplay. Who gives a rats backside if Sanchez wants to play? You tell him no. You lie to him and tell him the game is canceled. You send him to France for the weekend. You do whatever you can to protect his long-term fitness.

Wenger consistently fails in this department. You can’t call me knee-jerk about this because I’ve called it for weeks. We should have used our easy matches to give him some R&R. We didn’t, and he’s failed at his 3rd hurdle in November. Now we’re in trouble.

The lack of long-term thinking baffles me…

We have no Lucas Perez who is out until Christmas. We have Giroud, but we know how badly our game is affected with him in the side for the long term. Theo is doing well out wide and we know he’s shite as a loan striker. It’s not looking good.

Then at right back, well, total disaster… Jenks is a lovely lad, but he is not Arsenal standard and his presence in our first team presents a real weakness to opposition managers. We lose concentration at the back and a threat going forward. It’s a real issue and exactly why we should have kept Debuchy at the club this summer.

So, things not looking too hot right now and the international games haven’t even started yet.

Right, that’s all I’ve got. I’m off to console my American pals…

‘Come to Pete, I did this for Brexit’

187 Responses to “3 major slaps in the face in one day”

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  1. Jim Lahey

    @Ozy –

    “there is not a stronger way of expressing your discontent with the nation’s governing powers than by burning the flag”

    Of course there is, burning the flag is just lazy. Look you can do it if you like, as you say you have the right. But you’ll burn the a flag which represents values you don’t agree with, then you’ll (Not you personally)hide behind that very same flag when someone comes to take your freedoms away.

    “Raising a fist offends people.” Only because of what it symbolises, same can be said with burning a cross!

    If people want to process this they can, I just feels its tantamount to throwing your toys out the pram.

  2. SUGA3

    karim,

    This is why I said ‘as a whole’, without pointing fingers at anyone. And if they do assimilate well in general, why is there no significant condemnation of the vocal arsehole minority?

    If one is living in the worst possible conditions, one can either strive to improve or be butthurt about it. It is that simple.

  3. Jim Lahey

    @Karim –

    “Are you trying to say that black on black crime means it’s ok so many people are assassinated by the police ?”

    You are aware more white people are killed by police every year in America right?

  4. SUGA3

    karim.

    You see, the thing is that if one immigrates into a country, then embracing the values of that country should come as a given. Instead, you have some people who want to make it exactly the same as in the place they came from. There is way simpler way of getting the environment they want.

  5. Jim Lahey

    @Karim –

    “A lot of people in France see the flag differently since it’s become the National Front symbol…”

    But its the French flag… it has been a symbol of your country since 1794. There is only one way to see it as an embodiment of the values held by the French people, by you.

  6. Jim Lahey

    Did that bother you, Jim?
    great post, Ozy.
    Very well said, Ozy.

    Can I ask something.. its been bothering me so much! Why the use of the comma before a name?? Is that correct? Have I been doing it wrong?!

    To mean a sentence as such would sound odd aloud. Like “Great post … (pause) Ozy.

    Is it an American thing?!

  7. karim

    Suga3

    Look, I’ve been fighting these re.tarded cunts ( the bearded ones ) all my life but I hate the way people think all Arabs are delinquents, which was approximately what you were saying.

    .

  8. SUGA3

    karim,

    Not saying this at all. And kudos to you for opposing them.

    The thing is that if the assimilation was real, there would be no ‘stop six’ neighbourhoods, not in France, not in the USA, etc. Yes, it only takes a small group to run amok. But this is what you pay taxes to fund the coppers, so that they would deal with the delinquents by all means necessary.

  9. Jim Lahey

    Okay lets all agree to disagree! And let me finish up by saying it doesn’t matter what skin colour you are! Black, White, Asian … what ever Eskimos are.. the only thing that truly matters deep down is that we all follow the same religion!!! 😀

  10. SUGA3

    Two wrongs don’t make a right, but this is what the internal affairs are for. Booth kinds should be locked the fuck away, just to make an example.

  11. Ozy

    “You are aware more white people are killed by police every year in America right?”

    Are they killed because they are white? That’s the difference.

    ““Raising a fist offends people.” Only because of what it symbolises, same can be said with burning a cross! ”

    What does it symbolize? The Black Panthers? An organization that was founded to provide food & essentials to low income black communities and founded in self-defense of acts committed against black communities by their own police, their white neighbors, their government? Community based programs, patrolling against police brutality is comparable to the KKK lynching minorities and calling for white supremacy? Yikes.

    Regarding the flag, sure – there are other ways. Like jwl mentioned, one can fly the flag upside down. Even so, it’s a form of freedom of expression and a means to protest your oppression. If it raises eyebrows and outrages some, then, well, it served its purpose. If only people would then focus on WHY people feel compelled to burn a flag, and not on the burning of fabric itself.

  12. Jim Lahey

    @Ozy –

    “Are they killed because they are white? That’s the difference.”

    Always the victim never your fault…..

    “What does it symbolize? The Black Panthers? An organization that was founded to provide food & essentials to low income black communities and founded in self-defense of acts committed against black communities by their own police, their white neighbors, their government? Community based programs, patrolling against police brutality is comparable to the KKK lynching minorities and calling for white supremacy? Yikes.”

    Well I could say the same for the IRA now couldn’t I? Both were/are terrorist groups.

  13. Jim Lahey

    “If only people would then focus on WHY people feel compelled to burn a flag, and not on the burning of fabric itself.”

    In regards to the last few days? The why is because they lost an election and are having a temper tantrum like petulant children.

  14. Wallace

    ““Are they killed because they are white? That’s the difference.”

    Always the victim never your fault…..”

    whoah! you’re knocking out some pretty offensive posts tonight, Jim.

  15. Ozy

    “Always the victim never your fault…..”

    I did not say it is always because of race but if the police is committing racially-motivated murder, those sworn to protect us, that’s reason enough to be outraged. Like somebody else said on here, there have already been several officers charged with murder. You seldom, if ever, see the police murder white people for being white.

    “In regards to the last few days? The why is because they lost an election and are having a temper tantrum like petulant children.”

    Are we talking about the republicans of the last 8 years? Because that sounds accurate. Except whereas those protesting now are just filling the streets and burning a flag or two, they shut down the government and plan to defund social programs for those that need it most.

    As for the Black Panthers, that’s a whole another topic that I won’t go into but just because Edgar Hoover, a notorious awful person, labeled them the greatest threat to internal security of the country for providing free breakfast to children and arming themselves to deter police brutality, doesn’t make them so.

    Anyway.. back to Arsenal.

  16. karim

    I see Trump already deleted his promise to prevent access to the muslims on US soil from his campaign website.
    It was still there 2 days ago.

    Interesting

  17. Ozy

    Jim, sure thing. Also, regarding your previous comment about commas – and I think you or somebody else asked if somebody on here was American because of their comma use, I thought putting a comma before a name ala “sure thing, Jim” was common practice. Huh!

    SUGA, if you didn’t already take the hint, I am not engaging with you.

    Karim, let’s hope that means President Trump will be very different from Candidate Trump..

    Anyway. I honestly read somewhere that all Bellerin had was a bruised ear. Now it’s a month out. Jesus… November.

  18. Jim Lahey

    @Ozy – Yeah that was me! I’ve never seen it used like that before, and the only people I have seem use it are Americans! Was interested to know if you guys are taught to use it in that manner!

  19. BacaryisGod

    Love to see that bigotry is alive and well in the U.S.

    Assimilation for blacks in the U.S has never been that easy. You’ve got slavery, Jim Crow laws, the Southern strategy, a hopelessly biased criminal justice system etc.

    As far as whites getting shot more often than blacks in the U.S, let’s actually look at the truth here rather than one side of the story. There are a lot more whites in the U.S than blacks, therefore more do get shot at by the police. However, blacks get shot at a much higher rate than whites (I believe 2.5 times but that number obviously adjusts as shootings occur).

    The real statistic that would make the most sense is who gets shot more in the act of committing a violent crime (not an expired licence plate for example). I don’t have the data but it seems that an awful lot of unarmed blacks are getting pulled over for minor offences and somehow end up dead at the hands of police. That’s what’s alarming.

  20. Ozy

    Jim, yeah, we are taught that haha. It’s correct (according to us, at least) when it’s used in a “Sure thing, Jim” context but incorrect when used such as “I’m going out with my friend, Jim” because then it’s a matter of preference and how much of a pause the reader should perceive if the friend IS Jim but correct if I’m informing you that I am going out with my friend who is not you.

    Anyway, my grammar is shit so who knows.

  21. karim

    Giroud starts for France tomorrow while Wenger ( and everyone else ) is praying Chile won’t play Sanchez in their second game v Uruguay as ” we’d lose him for another 3 months “

  22. tunnygriffboy

    So we have the biggest two games of the season coming up ans we are likely to be without two absolutely key players.

    International breaks are ridiculous. What is Bellerin playing for Spain U21 for when he’s only just recovered from an injury. I understand Alexis as it’s a WC qualifier.

    Never the less this international break could in effect f.ck our season