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Arsenal Becomes One of the 7-1ders of the Premier League

Apologies for not publishing any post yesterday. I was granted the honor of gracing my cousin’s wedding with my presence. The event went well and there was even time to get a chicken or two.

Arsenal has been through a tumultuous phase so a response was needed to restore some confidence to a team bereft of it. Arsene Wenger tweaked the lineup a bit and my prayers were answered when I saw Tomas Rosicky in Aaron Ramsey’s place. The Coq also replaced Sagna at right back.

Arsenal got off to a flyer when the predator in the box van Persie got on the end of a Theo Walcott pass. Robin van Persie attempted two chipped efforts against Sunderland and Bolton that hit the post, but he wasn’t to be third time lucky as his lobbed effort drifted wide.

Blackburn equalized when Modeste was fouled by Laurent Koscielny on the edge of the area. Morten-Gamst dispatched the freekick goalwards but Szczesny should’ve done a bit better.

Arsenal restored the lead when Alex Song’s amazing through ball found Walcott that fed van Persie again for another easy tap in.

Van Persie turned from scorer to provider when he executed a superb through ball to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The youngster skipped past Paul Robinson to make it three.

Thomas Vermaelen almost made it four from a Mikel Arteta cross but the post came to Blackburn’s rescue. Late on, Blackburn’s misery was compounded when Gael Givet earned himself an early bath for a two-footed lounge on van Persie.

Arsenal picked up where they left off in the second half with a well-taken goal from Arteta. That was his third against Blackburn this season.

Walcott was having the game of his life on the right hand side and he made another mazy run that setup the Ox for Arsenal’s fifth. The Ox was high in confidence and he showed his sultry skills to skip past some defenders before sending an inch-perfect cross for Arteta but the Spaniard blazed the ball over.

Francis Coquelin wasn’t going to miss out on the party. He showed good awareness to create a chance for van Persie’s hattrick and Arsenal’s sixth goal.

Wenger brought on Thierry Henry, Bacary Sagna and Yossi Benayoun to join the party. Benayoun had a quick snapshot that was saved by the goalie.

Late on, Thierry Henry won the ball off a defender before exchanging passes with van Persie to put the icing on a well-baked cake.

Szczesny (6.5) had a boring day at the office.

Coquelin (7.5) was imperious on the right and he created the assist from van Persie’s third goal.

Vermaelen (7.0) almost scored Arsenal’s fourth goal and put up another decent shift as a left back.

Koscielny (7.0) conceded the foul that led to Blackburn but recovered well as the game went on.

Mertesacker (7.0) won some headers at the back and worked hard in defense.

Song (9.0) was a colossus in midfield and supplied in some superb passes for his teammates.

Arteta (8.0) scored his third goal against Blackburn this season. Cool if you ask me.

Rosicky (7.5) looked a lot like the Little Mozart Arsenal acquired from Dortmund. He pulled the strings in midfield today.

Walcott (9.0) put up his best Arsenal performance this season and laid on three assists for his teammates to make his tally to seven.

The Ox (9.5) scored his first league goals at the Emirates and it’s fair to say that he had a stormer.

Van Persie (10.0) scored a hat-trick, laid on two assists and was an inspiration on the pitch. What else could you possibly ask from a great captain.

Sagna (6.5) played in an unfamiliar left back role but he did okay.

Henry (7.5) bowed out in grand style. #Legend

Benayoun (6.0) was a bit ineffectual.

This result will go a long way in bringing back the confidence to the camp in its bid to move high up the table.

It’s great to knowing that Arsenal’s performance against Blackburn made the team to become one of the 7-1ders of the Premier League.

Crisis?

What crisis?

Sayonara

Aftermath of the Blackburn game and the club’s confidence issues

Apologies for not publishing your daily Arsenal digest yesterday. I woke up really late and arrived at work late too. After a long day of plying my trade, I decided to hang out with my friends to have some chicken and beer. The chicken I’m writing about isn’t the chicken standing on shit ℓįkε Tottenham’s crested logo, it’s the type of ‘chicken’ that sits on your thighs and strokes your head with one of her hands.

Its pretty difficult to blog in such a situation. :D

The Premier League’s 5th weekend had it all.

Arsenal endured its worst start in 58 years, the three promoted sides secured convincing victories, the striker-deficient Sunderland whitewashed Stoke Rugby FC, the water-tight Man City let Fulham back, King Kenny and his expensive Red ruffians got gazumped by Tottenham and Fernando Torres had the miss of the millennium despite scoring his first goal since the days Shakespeare wrote all his plays.

Arsenal activated their Self Destruct mode against Blackburn in Ewood Park and all Hell broke loose as Wenger’s men literally saved Steve Kean’s job with that disastrous second half performance.

However, Johan Djourou remains optimistic and has told the media Vultures that Arsenal has to bounce back:

“When you lose, it is always important to have a response. Even if it is at home in the Carling Cup, we want to win so we need a big response on Tuesday.”

“We have to bounce back because we have another game and we have to be ready for those. We are disappointed but there is still a long way to go and things are not over yet.

“We had many chances to put the game to bed in the first half and, when you don’t do that, you are always in danger of getting punished. I think that is what happened on Saturday.

“The team is building together and we are getting stronger together. We could have won the game but this team has got a lot of potential and we have to work hard to be the best.”

It’s always good to practice what you preach but Djourou has been shambolic for Arsenal and his waned form dates back to the preseason adventures. It’s understandable for a center back not to adept as a full back but Djourou was largely disappointing and he has to improve.

Last season, Djourou rose from the shadows to emerge as Arsenal’s best defender by a far mile but its sad to know that he didn’t build on this form. With the Verm still out, Djourou has to step up his game to challenge the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker but I’m sure that he’ll get a runout tomorrow.

As the adage goes:

“Uneasy is the head that wears the crown”

King Arsène Wenger has come under serious stick following his sides poor showing on Saturday and whispers are emanating about his future as Arsenal’s boss.

Since his arrival in 1996, he hasn’t missed out on a Champions League qualifying place but Wenger’s men are in a very precarious position in the Premier League. If Fulham beat Man City, Arsenal would have been sitting pretty in the relegation zone.

Wenger said that his team paid for their weak moments and the players are lacking confidence.

“That’s where we were guilty. The second, third and fourth goal are all goals where we made basic errors and you just have to focus on the next game.”

“You could see that the confidence in our defenders has gone and it’s important to find it back.”

“We have the potential to do well, you could see that so overall I believe it’s important that we get our confidence back quickly.

“It’s very difficult to accept that you lose a game when you have that much domination, that many chances. It’s unbelievable.”

If your team can’t get the confidence to play a team that was on the bottom of the table, I wonder where the confidence wants to appear from.

There are been many games were the opponent hasn’t been that good, Arsenal has been very poor. The list of matches to be mentioned are endless so I won’t bother delving there.

I’ve learnt a lot of lessons from Arsenal’s match against Blackburn and there were more negatives than positives:

Laurent Koscielny

Koscielny has shown that he’s an inconsistent defender and he really needs to improve on that. You cannot expect Thomas Vermaelen to be fit all season long and Koscielny has to show that he’s a deputy that can be banked upon.

You might feel that I’m a little bit harsh on Kos but he’s not getting any younger. He turned 26 when Arsenal played Swansea but he proved his mettle in the game against Dortmund.

That’s the Koscielny I want to watch every week.
Marouane Chamakh

The Moroccan is turning out to be a peripheral figure at the Emirates and it’s high time he gets a decent run out to gain his confidence back.

I really wish Wenger can employ the 4-4-2 again someday. The Arsenal of the 2007/08 was breathtaking.

Zonal Marking

Set pieces has always been Arsenal’s undoing in recent seasons and Saturday’s game was no different. Yakubu’s second goal was as a result of more porous defending by Arsenal in the 18-yard box.

Wenger’s men have to get it right as the season progresses because more goals could be conceded from there.

Defensive high line

Anytime I think of Nani’s goal against Arsenal, I get a feeling that’s equivalent to a man that wants to shoot his own foot.

Nani was acres of space away from Arsenal’s backline and he had a million and one options to choose from. Annoyingly enough, he made the most embarrassing choice of them all; chipping it over Wojciech Szczesny.

Arsenal’s defense tends to keep a line without executing the offside trap welll and it has been exploited by the opposition.

This simply has to stop.

Despite all this, Emmanuel Frimpong still tagets a top four finish:

“People have written us off this season – and obviously that 8-2 game at Manchester United didn’t help.

“It was a very difficult situation but the manager has told us it was something that only happens once.”

“We started slowly and at the moment we are playing catch up – but I believe top four would be a good achievement for us.”

A man who cannot afford a car shouldn’t be hoping for private jets but @AdeGooner shares the same optimism with Frimpong, that’s why he has the quote of the day.

@AdeGooner: “I’m happy Liverpool is dropping points. Good for the fourth place campaign, Sp*rs aren’t a threat for that position.”

It’s one game at a time, if you ask me.

I’m going to publish another post around 9am.

This post was meant for yesterday.

Forgive this blogger :)

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Arsenal defies the laws of football mathematics, lose despite scoring 5 goals

For what its worth, I’m happy its Sunday.

I’ll have the chance to go to church and spend some happy time with my God without thinking about Arsenal or anything related to the club.

After the shocking performance at Old Trafford, the boys produced an unconvincing performance against Swansea. This was followed by a valiant defensive performance against Dortmund in Germany so the spirits were lifted again.

Yesterday, Arsenal came up against a side that had secured three losses in quick succession. A club whose manager was more or less in a pot of hot boiling soup and he was really walking on a thin thread.

Arsenal also had in the back of its mind that the two big guns were going to lock horns with each other so a victory was paramount.

Enough with the intro, here comes the detailed match review.

Arsène Wenger’s lineup was good enough to decimate a team that was at the foot of the table when they kicked off.

My pre-match line prediction was torn to bits because Wenger put up three players that I didn’t expect to start.

Andre Santos made his first start ahead of Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey was fit enough to get the nod ahead of Yossi Benayoun and Andrey Arshavin’s rejuvenated form earned him a starting berth ahead of Theo Walcott.

Blackburn’s Hoilett suffered a nasty concussion last week but he didn’t show any signs of it when he took Bacary Sagna on the run before sending a near post cross that was intercepted by Wojciech Szczesny.

Barcelona reject Ruben Rochina evaded Alex Song in midfield but his effort went wide. Gervinho was back in the squad after his three-match ban and he connected well with Sagna on the right who swung in a cross for van Persie but his control let him down.

Sagna also sent in another cross that was headed into the danger area by RVP but no player in Red and White was in the same wavelength with its captain.

Arsenal looked more lively as the game went on so it was no surprise when the Gunners broke the deadlock through newbie Gervinho. Song sent a through ball behind Scott Dann and Gervinho did well to get around the ball before lashing it home even though there was some aid from Chris Samba’s deflection.

Arshavin was also coming into the party and he had two shots that were parried away by Robinson. The first was from a van Persie pass while the other was from a ball in mid-air.

Gervinho also showed some good movement to evade a marker but his shot was parried again by Robinson. Blackburn hit Arsenal on the counter but Andre Santos made a very good tackle that made him seem like a bus stop.

Arsenal attacked again from the right with Gervinho and Sagna on the thick of things. Sagna ran with the ball and cut it back but the Ivorian sent the ball into orbit.

So much has been said about Arsenal’s defensive frailties and it was exploited again by the hosts. There seemed to be no danger when Hoilett was with the ball in midfield but everything turned upside down for the Gunners when his through ball found Yakubu. The defense was keeping a high line but Andre Santos knew nothing about that so he kept the Nigerian onside.

Yakubu saw the onrushing Wojciech Szczesny but his finish was as cool and collected as ever. A simple toe poke that rolled into the goal.

The equalizer raised Blackburn’s spirits and they almost got the lead when Szczesny was caught in No Man’s Land from a deep free kick from Robinson. He had Sagna to thank when the looping goal-bound header was intercepted by the full back.

Sagna then suffered a nasty collision and it turned out to be another turning point for Arsenal defensively. However the offense were doing their bit and Arsenal went 2 up thanks to another new boy. A player that had scored in Ewood Park last month, Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard smashed the ball to the roof after a lovely cut back from Ramsey.

Van Persie had another chance to punish Blackburn but he decided to enter his silky mode and Samba was having none of that so he cleared it for a corner.

Blackburn sent in a corner but they were exposed on the counter by Arsenal. Ramsey won the ball in Arsenal’s box before feeding Gervinho. Arshavin made the kind of off the ball run he made against Liverpool in April 2009 for Arsenal’s 4th goal but unlike Walcott who fed Arshavin for the goal, Gervinho’s execution of a pass was really poor so that chance was squandered.

Andre Santos sent in a good cross from the left but it evaded everyone in Blackburn’s box. Koscielny managed to get on the end of it but he failed to get it under control.

The match was to have more turning points from an Arsenal perspective and the biggest of them all was the unwanted selfish nature shown by Gervinho.

Arshavin worked really had to get in behind the full back from midfield before sending a inch-perfect ball to Gervinho. Gervinho had a defender to challenge but van Persie was the F in free on the right hand side.

Instead of supplying a through ball to his clinical captain, Gervinho dallied on the ball before smashing it on the center back’s leg for a corner. Van Persie was very cross and it was evidenced by the stern look he give the foreheaded one.

That scene reminded me of a football movie I watched eons ago called goal. The hispanic Santiago played for Newcastle and had a chance to feed another striker but he chose to be selfish and the chance went begging.

Shortly afterwards, he went to his gaffer but the disappointed manager said:

“The other striker was free on your right hand side. If you were sure that you were going to score, you would have scored. If not you pass it to the man that’s in a better position to score.”

This might not be the exact quotes from the manager because I watched the movie light years ago but I’m sure that you get the friggin’ message.

If Gervinho supplied the pass, Arsenal might have been 3 up and the game would have been done and dusted but 2-1 at half time gave Blackburn some hope.

At halftime, I’d already gotten the title for today’s post:

Blackburn 1 Arsenal 2: The new boys show ‘em how its done

But I didn’t get that chance because the second half turned out to be something else.

To be frank, I didn’t see Blackburn’s equalizer because the light was taken by NEPA but when restored the electricity back I saw a 2-2 score line on the EA Sports board and I went to Live Scores and I saw 50′ Song o.g. there.

So Song scored an own goal, big deal. The match was still fresh so I believed that my Arsenal will still create more chances to win the game.

The next highlight I witnessed was a good save from Szczesny after Mertesacker’s pace was exploited yet again.

The final turning point that destroyed Arsenal was the introduction of Johan Djourou for the injured Sagna.

Shortly after his arrival, Blackburn won a corner kick. The ball was swung in and it arrived at N’ Zonzi’s feet after a poor header from Koscielny. N’ Zonzi blasted the ball goalwards and Yakubu was on hand to score his second goal on his Blackburn debut.

Many people might point to the fact that Yakubu was a fraction offside but it doesn’t matter because the goal stood. Wenger replaced Arshavin with Walcott to add some steam to the attack.

Walcott used his pace to great effect when he faced Dann but the defender fouled him and earned himself a booking. Van Persie wasted the resulting free kick though.

With Arsenal pressing for an equalizer, they were bound to be exposed at the back and this led to the match clincher for Blackburn.

A counter attack emanated from the right hand side and Djourou mistimed his anticipated tackle so he was left for dead by Olsson. The winger reached Szczesny’s near post and drilled in a cross for a teammate to slam home but it wasn’t necessary because Koscielny bestowed the honor on himself to gift Blackburn with an own goal to kill the tie off at 4-2.

Van Persie had two headers from point-blank range that were sent over the top by an inspired Paul Robinson. Wenger’s last ♠ on the deck was Marouane Chamakh and he brought in the Moroccan for Song as he went gung ho for broke.

Chamakh almost had an immediate impact from a corner but he was adjudged to have pushed the defender in the ƒølløώ up to his header.

Walcott and Ramsey combined well to win a corner but Robinson made another fine stop from another RVP header.

Djourou was having a torrid time as Arsenal’s right back but he compounded it all when he sent a simple cross out for a goal kick.

Arsenal scored their 5th goal of the game when RVP sent in a brilliant cross that was nodded home by the headmaster himself, Marouane Chamakh.

That was his first league goal in almost a year (November 2010) and his first goal since March.

As expected, Arsenal had a late rally but Blackburn’s resolute defending and more Robinson heroics kept the score line intact.

Van Persie had another shot that was saved at point blank range while Mertesacker’s header was a whisker away from goal. Chamakh had the last header that went wide.

At the sound of the ref’s whistle, the frustration from Wenger was glaring while a previously frustrated Steve Kean was basking in euphoria as his team won the match despite the fact that the opposition scored 5 goals.

Szczesny (5.5) wasn’t as commanding as he always is and could have done better to anticipate the final balls that led to goals.

Sagna (7.0) had a good run at right back before getting injured.

Andre Santos (5.0) made his first start on a poor note. He kept Blackburn onside twice and was caught napping a few times.

Koscielny (5.5) had a bad day in the office and compounded it with Blackburn’s match winner.

Mertesacker (6.0) his pace was exploited to full effect by Blackburn.

Song (6.5) destroyed all the good he had done on the pitch by gifting Blackburn their equalizer.

Ramsey (7.0) had a solid game evidenced by his assist.

Arteta (7.5) broke his Arsenal duck in stunning fashion.

Arshavin (7.0) put up a solid performance that justified his start ahead of Walcott.

Gervinho (7.0) had a well taken goal but should have fed RVP at the end of the first half.

Van Persie (6.5) was very profligate in attack.

Djourou (5.0) had a stinker.

Walcott (6.5) threatened well with his pace.

Chamakh (7.0) scored his first goal since the days King Arthur ruled Britain.

Judging from last season, Arsenal has won just three matches in their last 16 but if you want to judge with this season only, Arsenal has lost three of his first five matches in the Premier League.

If that’s not woeful, then I don’t know what the word means.

Despite all the sadness in the air, there was still time for some humor from gooners and football fans alike so I’m going to end today’s post with my quotes of the day.

Chiebuka Nworah:

“Arsenal has been dealing with the 8 – 2 massacre 4 – 3 weeks now and I really 8-2 admit that 4-3 weeks I’ve been laughing at Arsenal.”

Antonio Ovoke:

@Antonioovoke: “When I love a girl the way I love Arsenal, then I truly know that she’s the one I’m to marry”

Ogbonna Nwodo:

WAEC Mathematics past question,

1a) In a football match team A scores 5 goals while their opponents, team B, score 2 goals. Team B wins the match. How is this possible?

(5 marks)

1b) what is the final score for this game?

(2 marks)

Note: if u don’t know question 1b come back next year.

I always publish quotes of the day from my followers and friends alike but the final one was quoted by me,

@goonerdaily: “RT if you’re used to heartbreak, despair, disappointment and frustration from your football club :)”

I got more retweets than the goals scored by Messi and Ronaldo put together.

Speaking of Messi, he scored a hattrick when Barcelona gazumped Osasuna with 8 unreplied goals,

And yes, Cesc Fabregas scored :(

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Blackburn v. Arsenal: The new cycle begins now!

Arsenal will be given another chance to move up the log table but they’ll face a different task on their hands when they visit Ewood Park today.

Blackburn is sitting pretty at the foot of the table with one draw from four games but they can be a thorn in the flesh when they want to be. Arsène Wenger has praised his defense following their valiant performance against Dortmund and has admitted that his team faces a different task when they play Blackburn today.

Wenger has also labeled this game as a must-win encounter:

“We must win. We live in an environment that questions us when we don’t win. We do not criticise that and have to live with that. We have to show performances, consistency and attitude quality, that makes us respected. It is as simple as that. That is why it is as important that we do not talk too much and play as well as we can.”

With Manchester United and Chelsea locking horns tomorrow, points will surely be dropped so Arsenal has to take the advantage to move up the table with 3 points today.

Wenger also said that he would love his side to get a good run of results:

“That is what we want to achieve and hopefully it will go as planned.”

“We know that we will be tested in every single game in the Premier League and Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup will be difficult. Let’s just show that we can win the next one, the next one is Blackburn.”

“They are a good side. They got a point last week at Fulham and were a bit unlucky against Everton. So let’s prepare ourselves for a difficult opponent.”

“You lose your confidence quickly and you gain it back slowly. You only gain it back with hard work and that is what we want to show at Blackburn.”

Shortly after visiting Ewood Park, Arsenal would play Shrewsbury in the Carling Spoon before hosting Bolton and Olympiakos. With no disrespect to these clubs involved, these matches are winnable and a good run will do wonders for the players, the fans and everyone involved with Arsenal.

Arsène Wenger has also stated that a new cycle has begun in Arsenal:

“For me [standing still is not an option] and in the modern society a cycle takes zero days. But I will judge myself by giving the best of my intelligence, experience and commitment to the Club and after I let other people judge what I do.”

“At the end of the day and at the end of the season you know yourself whether you took the maximum out of the team and the team’s potential or not. I want our fans just to be happy and you make your fans happy if you win things and if you win games. That I think is that.”

He also talked up Koscielny’s ability and Gervinho had a thing or two to say about him:

“It’s Arsene’s job to choose his players and I believe in his vision. Whatever player Arsene picks to play for Arsenal, I respect that and so should the fans.”

“I’d still have signed for Arsenal if [Nasri and Cesc] had been sold before I arrived — there are still great players at this club.”

Gervais Yao Kouassi is a player that admire a lot for his sultry skills and style of play. It’s also good to know that his three-match is a forgotten tale and he’ll surely be deployed to the flanks to support van Persie.

Moving over to the match preview, Arsenal has won just three of their last 13 Premier League away matches and these victories came up against the teams that currently plying their trade in the npower Championship: Blackpool, Birmingham and West Ham.

Arsenal’s form at the latter end of last season was really woeful but a new season comes with new optimism and this season will be no different because only four games have been played so far.

The demons of injury have settled in North London and have taken the likes of Jack Wilshere, Thomas Vermaelen, Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky, Sebastien Squillaci and Aaron Ramsey captive.

David Dunn and Vincenzo Grella will miss out of today’s encounter while Steve Kean will be sweating over the fitness of Ryan Nelsen, Chris Samba and Morten-Gamst Pedersen.

Blackburn’s home form against the Gunners is quite dismal with Arsenal winning 21 out of 53 games played. Van Persie still remains the scourge of Blackburn with 10 goals registered to his name against them.

I expect Wojciech Szczesny to continue his bit as Arsenal’s number one custodian while Bac the Man will continue to do his thing on the right despite Carl Jenkinson’s return from suspension.

Andre Santos might be in line for a debut but with the physical threat Blackburn will pose, Wenger might opt for Kieran Gibbs. New signing Per Mertesacker was bought for a match of this calibre and he’ll pair up with the inspired Laurent Koscielny.

Alex Song has enjoyed his three-match Premier League holiday so he’ll be sent back into action to pair up with newbie Mikel Arteta. Yossi Benayoun will play in the attacking midfield role and more will be expected from him.

Theo Walcott and Gervinho will provide wit and pace on the flanks and the attacking line will led by Blackburn’s personal terrorist, Robin van Persie.

Szczesny

Sagna – Mertesacker – Koscielny – Gibbs

Song – Benayoun – Arteta

Walcott – RVP – Gervinho

A win will take Arsenal to 7 points, Man Utd has 12 while Chelsea has 10.

Enjoy the game wherever you are.

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Wenger the manager, van Persie the assistant and the two-faced Fabregas

It’s really strange to know how quickly games come thick and thin when every football season starts. When Walcott scored Arsenal’s last goal against Fulham, August couldn’t come soon enough because everyday spent with the media Vultures felt like forever.

A stalwart who served the club for eight good years was sold honorably to the oil money bags while another player that served for three years and had a half season of wonders had a lot of shenanigans before he was sold to the same oil money bags.

August was marred by Gervinho’s debut red card, Liverpool’s winless streak at Arsenal’s home broken and the club’s biggest defeat since the days Zeus gave Greece the license to host the Olympic Games.

The high points of August were the emergence of Emmanuel Frimpong, Theo Walcott and van Persie’s good goal scoring form and qualification to the Champions League.

Arsène Wenger’s side had the best away form in the league last year but his team couldn’t match it with its performances at the Emirates. He told the media Vultures that his team’s Old Trafford nadir has distorted their excellent recent form on the road and that’s not a lie.

It’s not everyday you get spanked with eight goals. Even Wigan Athletic received nine in a big blue basket at White Hart Lane but that score line was never repeated again. Chelsea slammed eight past them to win the league in grand style.

Wenger has also labeled the enthralling 1-1 draw against the German champions as a fair result and it’s an assessment that has been shared by Per Mertesacker.

The German warned Arsenal about the threat that Dortmund posed and he recently told the media Vultures that Arsenal had Lady Luck on its side.

It’s normal for a manager to be asked about the futures of loan deals and Wenger has gone on to say that he’ll not rule out signing Yossi Benayoun on a permanent basis.

The Isreali mosad (lol) also told the media Vultures that he didn’t reject a Liverpool move to join Arsenal.

Arsenal’s opponent tomorrow is currently in a precarious state and the fans are literally requesting for Steve Kean’s head on a plate. Shortly after the wealthy Indian businessmen took over the club, they sacked Big Sam despite being in 13th place and Steve Kean took over the affairs of the club then sweated blood and sand like Spartacus to reach the 40 point mark and end up in 16th place.

The most annoying issue about Blackburn’s situation was that they had not managed any away point in 2011 but they came to the Emirates at the start of April to secure a boring 0-0 draw. Wilshere had a glaring miss in that match and all the media Vultures that were hailing him for his performances criticized him for his lack of goals.

However, Arsène Wenger has expressed his sympathy for Blackburn’s manager:

“I have a lot of sympathy for Steve Kean. He is a young manager and you want to give him time to do his job.”

“A lot of the time you complain that the English managers do not get a chance and I can understand that, but when they do get a chance you must give them time.  It’s hard for everybody, even for those who manage for 30 years.”

“I just believe this job is difficult. Everyone who has been in it knows it, and how much depends on the situation you are in at the moment. When you don’t win at the start it’s difficult.”

Premier League chairmen have been proven down the years as an impatient bunch and many managers have lost their jobs under acrimonious circumstances.

Still sticking with tales of managers, Arsenal’s No. 2 Pat Rice was the man in charge when Arsenal faced Dortmund but he has told the media Vultures that van Persie assumed the role of an assistant manager on the pitch:

“Did I like it? No. It has never been one of my ambitions to be manager of a football club.”

‘It was too stressful for me and extremely strange not to have the manager with me. He is normally shouting in my ear.”

Rice also took out time to play some sweet tunes about Arsenal’s No. 1 citizen:

“Robin is the club captain and we encouraged him to be verbal on the park and off it.”

“He was asking me one or two things about what we could do better and I was saying one or two things which could make the team better.”

“As for the goal, it is nothing unusual to see Robin do that. It was a great run by Robin and a terrific ball through.”

“It was unusual to see Robin hit it with that foot but it proves he is not a one-foot footballer.”

Van Persie was imperious against Dortmund and his performance as a captain rubbed off on his peers. He scored Arsenal’s goal and was on the end of almost every corner kick that was swung in by Dortmund.

Van Persie is one player that Arsenal cannot afford to lose because the burden of goal scoring will be transferred to Chamakh and Park CY.

The Moroccan had a great start for the club but his form and confidence waned as he spent more time on the bench. Park is a good player but the fans haven’t witnessed him in action yet, I have a hunch that he’ll start against Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup on the 21st.

Cesc Fabregas is a player that wrote his name in Arsenal’s folklore in his eight-year stint at the club. He represented the future Wenger preached about and he dropped a legacy at the club for being one of the most creative forces to have ever worn the Red and White.

As a footballer, Fabregas is the W in world class but he had some ambitions that Arsenal failed to meet in his last six years at the club. His saga with Barcelona was one of the longest ever in Premier League history but Arsenal decided to give in to Barcelona after holding the fort for a very long time.

Fabregas left for Barcelona but reiterated that he’s an Arsenal fan by heart but the media Vultures recently released a report that Fabregas stated that Arsenal cannot win a trophy anytime soon:

“I want to be in a club able to win the big titles year after year and I don’t see that kind of future for Arsenal.”

“I still have many feelings for Arsenal but I fear they won’t be able to push the other big clubs in England away.”

“If you look at the team this season I can’t see them finishing in front of Manchester United or [Manchester] City, or Chelsea.”

“It was part of my decision to leave – I find it hard to see Arsenal winning the league or Champions League in the near future.”

“I hope they will replace me and the others that have left with some quality players and maybe they can take Arsenal back to their level as champions.”

There are things that are not certainly needed from footballers that were respected in their previous clubs. Fabregas is a player whose songs will be in full voice when Barcelona visits the Emirates but after these quotes, the boo boys might be on show.

However, Fabregas has denied these claims and has used Twitter as the perfect medium to back it up.

Fabregas is closing in on 1,500,000 followers but with Twitter having a limit of just 140 characters, Fabregas fully explained himself with five tweets:

@cesc4official: “I’d never speak 1 bad word about Arsenal FC, here’s one more proof that so many people put in newspaper whatever they want and its not professional.”

“I want Arsenal to be successful as much as every single fan. That’s not why i left, it was never in my mind. Arsenal FC made me who i am today.”

“And nobody will ever change that. I never gave any interview away since my press conference at my presentation and there i just said…”

“…The truth and what came out of my heart. Great words about this great football club cause that just what they deserve: succes and trophies.”

“People can hate me for leaving or remember that i gave my all for the club. But me talking 1 bad word or saying something against Arsenal FC will not be seen.”

These tweets came from Fabregas’ BlackBerry and they are good enough to quell every quote that was stated earlier by the media Vultures but as the saying goes:

“Behind every rumor, there’s an element of truth in it”

Fabregas has also revealed that he’ll leave his door open for Arsenal but I don’t think that Wenger would think of re-signing the bloke after all the drama this summer.

Arsenal recently resigned Sol Campbell and Mad Jens Lehmann but they were signings that were made out of desperation due to injury worries in the positions.

Arsenal’s midfield is blessed with a large haul of midfielders so Fabregas won’t really be needed back at the Emirates.

In other news, Arteta is pleading for patience with the new signings and Wenger wants to seek the correct balance with his Carling Spoon selection.

That’s a wrap

Sayonara.

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