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Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr


He eats when he wants

By Boris Mellor
May 13 2012

As the whistle went a couple of thousand people stretched between the Royal Ok and Woolwich bars, at the Emirates roared in triumph. Wenger say’s third is a trophy, and certainly the diehards at the Hawthorns, and those in the Emirates, would agree with him. They then sang are you watching Tottenham, I hope they didn’t mean the match, just watching Arsenal fans gloating.

This was one of the worse displays of defending I have seen from an Arsenal Team since the early 1960s. The back four was all over the place, possibly the fact that Jenkinson and Santos were dragged all over the place explained why the centre backs found it hard to defend effectively.

The attacking wasn’t that great either, Gervinho might have five heads but he hasn’t got a brain in any of them. Benayoun was probably the best attacking midfielder for Arsenal, but RvP got few real chances. Without Fulop our man of the match we might never have edged it. WBA played very well, a couple of more decisive shots and they could have wrecked Arsene’s season.

Thank goodness Santos managed to score, we all sang, “He eats when he wants, Andre Santos eats when he wants”. At last the tubbies in the audience have a role model.

This was grim fare that went to wire, it was bodged up job that shouldn’t be mistaken for mental strength, or anything like it. It was hard on the nerves, and we kept checking the scores of Newcastle and Tottenham. Thankfully Newcastle had fluffed it, but Tottenham got their lines right, it had to be 3 points or nothing. I have never heard so many bottoms squeaking at a match, and two mates, who couldnt stand the pressure any longer went Walkabout.

Fortunately they didnt miss Gibbs's tackle at the end which was cheered like a goal. Winterburnesque was how Dom described it.

It was great result, and that is all that matters for now, it was good to celebrate that St Totteringham’s day had finally arrived, and a definite place in the Champions League had been achieved.Yeah we never had any doubt we all agreed.

No tricky qualifiers, meanwhile Spurs’ will have to hope that Bayern can deliver.  But anyone who thinks that Arsenal finishing third is evidence that all is well with this team is deluding themselves, and that possibly includes Wenger. Thank Goodness the season is over. There is some work to be done here and ‘tis well it were done quickly.

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Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
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13/05/2012 19:15
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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2012:05:20:10:58:08 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
Beyond (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 19:52
19 points behind man city, struggled to win 3rd place and no trophies again. I rest my case.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
Boston Gooner (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 20:08
Good post.
And as you say lots and lots of work to be done yet even before we can consider ourselves a top club.

Most of us go on about the defence on here at times. Well today proved why.
We were bloody terrible.
This problem has gone on so long now that you have to ask why Wenger hasn't sorted it out. Or indeed he can.

Without our man of the match Fulop things would have been a lot different today.



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Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
Flava (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 20:34
It's not really their best team for 50 years though, is it? I'm sure I remember them coming third a couple of times when Hoddle was there.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 20:49
Its a bit tongue in cheek, but some of the press were claiming that, the balance of power had shifted, that they could win the league, that they would finish higher than us etc. It was all bigged up so according to their logic it had to be best team in 50 years.
Of course it was tosh and so it has been proved



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
Flava (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 20:56
They were indeed Padre and they believed it. As did I for a long while.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 21:12
I always believed we wouldnt win league, but I never believed that they would.
We shouldnt get too cocky we only took them by 1 pt, and if Foster had been playing we might not have scored 3 goals



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
celine dion (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 21:15
last time they came ahead of us was 1987 I think, the season Clive Allen got about 90 goals. Waddle and Hoddle at their absolute height.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 21:38
How does that team of 25 years ago compare with this lot?
Also press were doing all this before we beat them 5-2 which sent them into spin



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
celine dion (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 21:40
the 87 team was very very decent. Won at Anfield if i remember rightly, which nobody every did. But it broke up when Hoddle went to Monaco a year later.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 21:49
When was Ossie Ardilles and Villa?

By the way this had over 5000 hits already, corny titles are the best



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
13/05/2012 21:56
Nice one Padre. Really awful defending by us and difficult to pinpoint where the problem lies. Back 5 and the 2 CM's all equally culpable. Only Benny seemed to understand how to control the game when we were ahead. Thank God for the lucky 13 in goal for WBA. Anyhow get the Brasso out we've got a trophy to polish.

Celine, wasn't that THFC's first win at Anfield in about 80 years?

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
13/05/2012 22:03
Quote:
19 points behind man city, struggled to win 3rd place and no trophies again. I rest my case.

Yes, this was Arsenal's worst season under Wenger. But we still finish 3rd, we're in the champions league for the 15'th consecutive year, and our worst season was better than the tiny tots best season as it was stated. I rest my case.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 22:11
Well we have finished 4th so that might be worse, but a very poor defence, and lack of goals from midfield



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
celine dion (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 22:16
The 87 team had an old Ardiles in it but not Villa. Team was, if i remember Mabbet, Mitchell Thomas, Danny whatsit who got his cheek broken by Fashanu, Roberts, Hodge, Waddle Hoddle Paul and Clive Allen, Nico Claesen the spotty Belgian, Clemence in goal. Waddle was the standout player in my book, used to score from 30 yards every other game. Yes JSL i think you are correct there.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
eduardo (IP Logged)
13/05/2012 22:25
it was mabbutt who got his cheekbone shattered by fash



*Signing Ozil is a signing Bergkamp type moment for Arsenal. It changes things utterly.*

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
14/05/2012 17:18
Quote:
celine dion
The 87 team had an old Ardiles in it but not Villa. Team was, if i remember Mabbet, Mitchell Thomas, Danny whatsit who got his cheek broken by Fashanu, Roberts, Hodge, Waddle Hoddle Paul and Clive Allen, Nico Claesen the spotty Belgian, Clemence in goal. Waddle was the standout player in my book, used to score from 30 yards every other game. Yes JSL i think you are correct there.

thought Tiny Totts finished ahead of us in 1995?

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
celine dion (IP Logged)
14/05/2012 18:49
Ed I was thinking of Danny Thomas who played about half the Spurs league games in 1987. He got a terrible knee injury, I cant remember who from, I think it was a Wimbledon player. But yes, it was Mabbet who got his cheekbone broken.

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
eduardo (IP Logged)
14/05/2012 19:02
maybe celine you are thinking of garry reilly whose knee vinny jones smashed



*Signing Ozil is a signing Bergkamp type moment for Arsenal. It changes things utterly.*

 
Re: Arsene's worse team for 15yr tops Spurs best team for 50yr
salisbury69 (IP Logged)
14/05/2012 22:22
If the defence is not sorted out, we will get anywhere near third next year. We have got away with it once, it will not happen again. And as for Gervinho, what a great spot by AW. Maybe he is losing his ability to spot an unpolished gem. And I wondered why no other clubs went in for him..

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