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We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference


Oh dear

By Boris Mellor
November 27 2011

Arsenal started this match in seventh place and ended it in sixth, by Sunday evening, with Liverpool drawing with Citeh, they had returned to 7th no ground made or lost. Clearly demonstrating how hard it is to get to the top when you prepare for the season four games too late.

A friend watching from home text me to complain she could only hear the Fulham fans. At the top of the North Bank I couldn’t hear them at all. No doubt they were making some noise, and the Arsenal fans were quiet, but there is an old TV director’s trick of putting the mic in amongst the away fans. Meanwhile a fan sitting two seats away was arguing with a steward as to why he couldn’t stand up. He then walked out not to return, maybe he found somewhere where he could stand.

Until the 65th minute the match seemed of little importance to either Arsenal fans or players. Fulham haven’t won at Arsenal in 25 attempts in all competitions, and lost 22 times. For a glorious 17 minutes Fulham fans hoped that the record was about to be smashed. Maybe the record explained the ennui that enveloped the stadium. Arsenal’s football was laboured and rarely looked like breaking through, but no Arsenal fan expected a Fulham victory so they sat on their hands waiting for history to do its work. But as Engels remarked to Marx that old horse history does nothing on his own.

Sing when we’re losing.

The crowd were right, Fulham would not win at Arsenal, but on the 65th minute TV’s own goal shook that belief a little, it even forced the crowd to start singing and chanting. The crowd now roared the team on, surprisingly, well at least to me, it was Diaby that was the most effective substitute. His presence seemed to liven up the tempo of the whole team.

Considering the team looked so tired and out of sorts I couldn’t understand why Wenger waited until 68 minutes to freshen it up. If you ever dare criticise Wenger the response is nearly always about how little money he has. So what has money got to do with his oft repeated inertia in making substitutions?

However, if Wenger was expecting a goal from Gervinho or Chamakh we would all still be waiting, but to be fair they both added to the sense of urgency and determination that typified Arsenal’s play at long last.

Finally on 82 minutes Walcott’s cross found TV’s head to end Fulham’s dream of breaking that duck. Now the crowd and team became even more fervent in search of the winner. Yes at last here was the team spirit, of which Wenger’s teams are so famed. Unfortunately it was all too little too late.

Arsenals Thomas Vermaelen sits dejected after scoring an own goal


Arsenals Thomas Vermaelen (right) scores his teams opening goal

Spot the difference

Football fans are fickle, if Arshavin’s 4th minute goal had stood no doubt he would have been an hero, at least he got a half hearted rendition of the Adebayor song before the grumbling started. I didn’t feel he was that bad before he faded in second half. Sometimes he seems to be a bit too bright for the plodders around him.

The fact that the two Manchesters’ also dropped points evidences the effect of the Champions League.  However, the top two losing points is of little solace, or importance, at Arsenal, its 4th place that counts, and unfortunately this result did not aid the Gunners, thus the departing crowd paid scant attention to the result from Old Trafford.

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We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
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27/11/2011 18:15
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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2011:12:03:09:47:35 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
weedz (IP Logged)
27/11/2011 18:56
Good read thanx Padre.
With such large squads at their disposal, one wonders why Managers aren`t looking to use them a bit more when clubs are playing every 3 or 4 days. I thought City and United,as well, looked slightly off the pace this past weekend.



Arsenal are going to win a BIG trophy this season.
Mrs Weedz told me

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
eduardo (IP Logged)
27/11/2011 19:02
weedz its simple really, just like Arsenal, utd and city's back up players are not as good as the first choice ones, that is why they are back up players, no top club ever has had as good reserves as their first team. There are only so many difference makers in the game, and no club has, as yet, been able to aquire more than a handful of them at the one time



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

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
27/11/2011 19:09
I agree Utd squad not that strong, but you are wron about Citeh Eddy. We would have lost a t Liverpool after CL match, lucky we wee at home.
Mind you utd's weak squad still too good for us last season and this



Arsenal is a top 16 European club that will remain a top 16 European club and the Emirates is tape-loop that will win trophy after trophy

Nothing will change to stop Arsenal's domination except the ticket prices which must go up so that Wenger can make even more marquee signings.

Kroenke, Gazidis & Wenger are made for each other a glorious triumvirate heading for immortality.

Arsenal’s not a football club it is the one true religion Milton Palmer

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
eduardo (IP Logged)
27/11/2011 19:12
padre I did not say they do not have stronger squads than us, but surely no can claim that their back up players are as good as their first choice, city have better than most, but for the most part are still well behind their first choice



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

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
Bergmars (IP Logged)
27/11/2011 19:27
But are of better quality than most others back up players,ours are pretty ordinary.



DB10,the best.

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
27/11/2011 19:36
I believe Citeh have two very good teams. do we have a player as good as Nasri available for second string?



Arsenal is a top 16 European club that will remain a top 16 European club and the Emirates is tape-loop that will win trophy after trophy

Nothing will change to stop Arsenal's domination except the ticket prices which must go up so that Wenger can make even more marquee signings.

Kroenke, Gazidis & Wenger are made for each other a glorious triumvirate heading for immortality.

Arsenal’s not a football club it is the one true religion Milton Palmer

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
celine dion (IP Logged)
27/11/2011 20:04
the noise in the clock end lower was appalling really. Complete contrast with the West Brom game. I cant work out why some games are decent and some arent. The Fulham fans are a nice bunch, very posh and well mannered. Their best song was

'Were winning away, were winning away, how sh*t must you be, were winning away'

Myself and nik completely missed our goal. We had been on the ale all day and were in the back row of the clock end lower. We had met some girl at half time who had taken a shine to Nik and had come to join us in the back row. When we scored she took her top off and showed the Fulham fans her bra. Then threw her programme at them. Fantastic.

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
28/11/2011 00:19
I cant explain why crowd so quiet either, I think it depends on who bought tickets. red Action gets even quieter.
I dont think fans have any real heroes in the outfield players any more, and no one can hate Fulham - our crowd is more motivated by hate than support - so when Chelsea or Spurs come it will be vey loud.



Arsenal is a top 16 European club that will remain a top 16 European club and the Emirates is tape-loop that will win trophy after trophy

Nothing will change to stop Arsenal's domination except the ticket prices which must go up so that Wenger can make even more marquee signings.

Kroenke, Gazidis & Wenger are made for each other a glorious triumvirate heading for immortality.

Arsenal’s not a football club it is the one true religion Milton Palmer

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
salisbury69 (IP Logged)
28/11/2011 11:10
Anyone still think we can overtake the Spuds? Gap is getting a bit wide now.

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
AJ The Gunner (IP Logged)
28/11/2011 14:40
great article..my only downer was spurs winning.. Hopefully we will survive with our 2nd string against citey tuesday.. bet nasri & his other ship jumpers will want to stuff us at the emirate.

well i don't know if it was an improvement but if this were the arsenal that started the season, we would have lost this game. right???



http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp87/ajplatinum/FACUPWINNERS.jpg

IT WAS A LONG WAIT BUT IT WAS WORTH IT...GUNNERS FOR LIFE!!

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
spurs4evernow (IP Logged)
29/11/2011 18:39
I honestly never thought I'd see the day when we'd be your masters again. That invincible period was hell for us. I used to dread games against you guys - now we pencil that date in as an easy win. The arsenal fixture is a good one for us to rest players.

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
hippogunner (IP Logged)
30/11/2011 08:03
What a joke you are. Shall we compare league titles?

Gloat when you've won something of note, you show how small your club is by boasting about a few extra points a third of the way through a season. Completely classless.

 
Re: We Only Sing When We're Winning Spot The Difference
SandyB (IP Logged)
30/11/2011 08:15
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Posted by: hippogunner (IP Logged)
Date: 30/11/2011 08:03

What a joke you are. Shall we compare league titles?

Gloat when you've won something of note, you show how small your club is by boasting about a few extra points a third of the way through a season. Completely classless.

lol..Ditto..the truth is!

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