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Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?

By Boris Mellor
July 11 2009

I have long given up buying the Official Arsenal Magazine, mainly because I have tired of reading interviews with players pledging their loyalty to the cause two weeks before they clear off abroad for a big pay day. Also its sunny optimism is a bit like Soviet Weekly in the 1960's, "all those combine harvesters and ballet in the evening" to misquote Fred Kite.

However it is end of the season and the magazine does one thing very well and that is sum up all the assists, goals, and appearances. So there I was skimming the stats by my bedside lamp, hoping they would send me to sleep. If you haven't got the magazine I  find counting Tottenham fans is a good cure for insomnia, but I digress.

Suddenly one stat hit me between the eyes like a thunderbolt, it was in the "Official Arsenal Magazine Man of Match Tally", and yes it's really called that.  Robin van Persie came top he had won it ten times in total, seven of them in the league, nothing controversial there. Walcott, Fabregas, Nasri and Arshavin all hovered around 5 or 6, and Almunia had four well deserved entries.

Vela and Wilshire had one each in Carling Cup, fine no problem, and Bendtner and Ade had one each, which seemed to sum up their season accurately. Then the aforementioned thunderbolt Mikael Silvestre one!!! Must be the Carling Cup I thought, but no it was in the Premier League.

The Tally only gives numbers and competitions, not the actual game, but for the life of me I can't remember which game it was. Football is very ephemeral, how many goals do you remember each season? Perhaps it's an age thing, I can recall Charlie George's goal in the FA Cup Final, or Sammels' goal in the Inter Cities Fairs Final more easily than most goals over last ten years. Yes I can remember Bergkamp at Newcastle, RvP at Charlton, Kanu at Boro, Henry against Man U and Spuds, but most are forgotten.

However if Silvestre had a brilliant game last season I am sure I would have noticed it and remembered it. If not the actual game at least that he did play one. Perhaps like Soviet Weekly they felt the need to fiddle the production figures to make it look like the 5 year plan was on track.

Of course if they had a tally of stinkers that players had I am sure Silvestre would have been further up the list, and I am sure I would have remembered.

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Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
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11/07/2009 18:34
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2009:07:14:21:25:53 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
eduardo (IP Logged)
11/07/2009 20:01
he got it by default in the 3 - 0 away defeat at man city on november 22 2008


by the way how many MOM did Diaby get, as just scanning a few of the mags his name seemed to pop up more than expected

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
11/07/2009 20:42
That could well be it - an awful performance that gave me amnesia

Four - 3 in lge and 1 in FAC

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
eduardo (IP Logged)
11/07/2009 20:50
he was average but everyone else was below average

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
karl16 (IP Logged)
11/07/2009 21:08
Diaby was good in the 0-0 draw with West Ham that's as far as it goes for me.

MOTM in a 3-0 loss as a defender, SAF is a Genius.

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
eduardo (IP Logged)
11/07/2009 21:24
midfield was over run that day and Hoyte had a stinker at right back, goals going in is not always defenders fault

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
karl16 (IP Logged)
11/07/2009 21:31
Quote:
eduardo
midfield was over run that day and Hoyte had a stinker at right back, goals going in is not always defenders fault

I know that game well, It wasn't exactly Senderos Vs Milan, everybody else had their shittest game of the season, without a doubt. That was the closest Silvestre came to being the best player on the pitch. It's very sad he hasn't been sent packing.

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
SandyB (IP Logged)
12/07/2009 08:40
Padre plz remove this thread from sticky...don't we've any other things to talk!

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
12/07/2009 10:11
Nothing to stop you talking about other players who got man on the match. If you read article at top of thread i list several of them.

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
celine dion (IP Logged)
12/07/2009 15:28
Quote:
SandyB1
Padre plz remove this thread from sticky...don't we've any other things to talk!

Well a quick scan of the other threads suggests no, we havent.

On the subject of Silvestre, unequivocally, I dont want him at the club. We shipped 4 goals to Liverpool Chelsea and Spurs last season and he was at the heart of our defence on each occasion. Not good enough, I would rather a 19 year old in his place next season.

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
SandyB (IP Logged)
12/07/2009 15:50
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On the subject of Silvestre, unequivocally, I dont want him at the club. We shipped 4 goals to Liverpool Chelsea and Spurs last season and he was at the heart of our defence on each occasion. Not good enough, I would rather a 19 year old in his place next season.

I mean exactly this, but don't even want to type it...talking about Silvestre's man of the match display on top of the thread is a bit of sickening that's what I mean Padre...

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
12/07/2009 18:31
Well we have to look at the club warts and all

 
Re: Do you remember when Silvestre was Arsenal Man of Match?
Bergmars (IP Logged)
14/07/2009 12:55
I recall one game when he marshalled the defence really well but cant for the life of me remember who against.



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