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Abou Diaby testament to Wenger's exceptional Coaching?

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I read an article on another website (can't mention it because of the Mods) and that's the title of the article. It really shed some light on some of Wenger's positioning of Diaby last season...particularly on the left. Apparently it was to make Abou's left peg stronger since his terrible left ankle break in the 2005/2006 season. I wouldn't say he's failed to live up to expectation, but he hasn't set the world alight since we bought him (not everyone is a Samir Nasri), but if the game against Fenerbahçe is any indicator then he's on the right track. We kept getting frustrated at him being on the left, but did anyone really realise any of this?...his goal on Wednesday proved it...on his left peg as well!

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comment by Ta5 (U5739538)

posted Oct 24, 2008

I paid £49 for my ticket and was entitled to boo Arsenal off at half-time. It worked because they turned the game around in the second half.
It's called audience reaction folks!
But of course a lot of you on here wouldn't know because you never actually go to games and don't know what it's like because you are only TV supporters!
If we fall away after Christmas again the booing will get louder and longer for Mr Wenger.

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do shut up - you know nothing about supporting a football team.

supporting is about backing them through thick and thin. not booing them at half time the 5th home game of the season cause they are one - nil down.

how ironic that you are call people plastic when you clearly are yourself.

you do not go to football games to watch you team win. you go to support your team.

and if you really think booing at half time lifts a team... well..

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posted Oct 24, 2008

I've just realised I'm a Spain supporter now 'cause I've been to see them play 4 times - I'm also a Malaga supporter and Sevilla supporter and Real Betis supporter and Cordoba supporter - but I'm not an Arsenal supporter 'cause I haven't made it to the Emirates yet!!!

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posted Oct 24, 2008

Ghostof (won't use his name out of respect to the man). So I'm gonna fly back Saturdays to watch em play am I - right, and leave my family and two kids just to get on a plane to watch my team play - may just as well get divorced too and give up my kids in the process - you rotter you (modified for house rules) !!! I was a season ticket holder before living just down the road from Highbury before I left - went to all home games (and of course the Gunners Pub afterwards which most people old enough to know was the norm - still don't know how they managed to get so many people in it!) and some away - bet I've seen the Arsenal (modified for house rules!) much more than you mate - you've probably just left school or just started supporting 'em cause you don't sound like any of me Gooner mates back home.So they were the Highbury days and I've been away over 2 years - been back to UK once for Chrismas - so that means I ain't a proper fan then - shame you're such a narrow-minded person (modified for house rules).I hope this move to the Emirates doesn't mean a new type of Arsenal fan has been created and I'm writing this to that same person.Oh but sorry - you go to the Emirates now so you know all about Arsenal!!!! laugh

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comment by cheeky (U6670740)

posted Oct 25, 2008

why does everyone think Wenger is irreplaceable

before 1998 no one had ever heard of him, his cv was a joke and newspapers ran with the headlines Arsene who?

for the poster who wanted answers on a postcard, well there is Slaven Billic,
Marco Van Basten, Jurgen Klinsmann, Guus Hiddink

please gooners dont fool yourselves into thinking that there is no one capable of doing a better job than Arsene has done over the last couple of years

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posted Oct 25, 2008

yep - we could get rid of him and get someone else in like those you mentioned - then watch them not do any better and then what? - get rid of them and get someone else in - has a familiar sound to it don't you think - ask a Spurs fan - how many half decent managers have they got rid of in recent years?

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comment by cheeky (U6670740)

posted Oct 25, 2008

or just maybe we would see how much Arsene has held us back these last 3 years cool

i support Arsenal football club not Arsene Wenger, the club was sucessful before he come here, and it will continue to be a success after he has gone

If he changed his approach he could win me back but if he continues with his gloryfied youth development project like it his his own personal crusade, then i will keep my stance till either Arsene has proved me right or wrong.

We are more intereasted in property development than winning a trophy nowadays.

If Arsene was more honest with the fans he would recieve more backing, i'm sick and tired of him telling a pack of lies, and using the same tired old cliches.

how many more years is he going to keep on about a young squad.

Well Mr Wenger if you signed us a bit of experience we would not have too much of young squad

we are not far away but with Arsenes new approach, we will never get there imo.

why spend 3 seasons catching up with man u and chelsea only to undo 3 years work with a pathetic pre season and a massive lack of investment in the playing squad

still why bother signing players when you can spend that money developing the local area

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posted Oct 25, 2008

I understand your frustration - no person is bigger than the club itself - I also believe we need at least 2 more experienced players in the squad to make us more solid.
But I'm gonna see how this season pans out first before I get too critical of him (not that I like to criticise him much!) - I think he deserves that at the very least.
The reason why - I don't reckon we would have won anything in the last 12 years without him and our football would certainly not be anything like what it is today. Of course you may not agree and that's not a problem - I just remember him coming in and suddenly buying a certain player no-one had heard of - Vieira who turned out to be the backbone of the team linking defence to attack - he then got in other stylish players such as Overmars, Pires, Petit, Anelka, Henry, Wiltord, Lundberg - the likes of which have rarely been seen in our team before.
Under Graham we had a fairly young squad too with our legendary back four, young midfield Rocastle, Thomas, Davis, Limpar, Merson etc. with proven strikers in Smith and then Wrighty - trouble is that they didn't all stay and shine and dominate as many people thought they may do.
We've been close a few times in recent years but not close enough for some people - some people want success at all costs even if it means going back to the "Boring Arsenal" days - that could never happen with the team we have though I would like us to win more matches in which we don't actually play that well - like the rest of the "big 4" tend to do quite regularly. Better than playing really well, making a couple of silly mistakes and drawing or even worse losing - usually happens when we try too many times to walk the ball into the net!!

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comment by cheeky (U6670740)

posted Oct 25, 2008

you will get no arguments from me on what Arsene has done for The Arsenal. I honestly feel now though, that he has taken us as far as he can, and we have become too big for him if you like.

His management style is more suited imo to a smaller club. Arsene has been too successful if thats possible, and now he cant handle the beast he has created

I really hope he proves me wrong, but it is my honest opinion, that all he is doing now is killing his legacy. believe me mate i hate criticisizing the man, but i feel at the moment it is justified.

last January we were 2 signings off of becoming the best club in Europe, and the time to buy is when you are in a position of Strengh. We have missed a massive opportunity here and that is where my frustrations stem from.

we cant keep taking 1 step forewards and 2 back or we will never get anywhere and how much longer we we be able to keep the likes of cesc, Clichy and RVP if we dont start winning things. Will these players want to look back on there careers, have no medals to show for it, but can say it's ok though because we played some great stuff. Hell no they will be off to Barca, Real and Milan

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posted Oct 25, 2008

yep - fair points made - I begrudgingly agree with what you say - begrudgingly because I think he is an outstanding manager but it's true - if we don't win anything soon many of our best players will end up leaving. It's the nature of football these days and there's such a fine line between success and failure.
Never know though - he could prove doubters wrong yet - I wouldn't put it past him.
Living in Spain so haven't been to see them for a couple of years but I hope the crowd try to get behind them - they don't deserve the boos - if it gets too bad he'll leave anyway I'm sure but it would be a very sad end to what I consider to be the best manager we have ever had.
Still - the season is still young - let's wait and see how it pans out. ok

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posted Oct 31, 2008

I have had enough of this phrase " we are young give us time". I want Arsenal to win things and have great players at arsneal, young or old. I hate to say it but wenger needs to go. four years without a trophy is not good enough, how can wenger still expect our support when he is making mistakes. This season will be like all the other ones. Gallas, Adebayor need to go, they are rubbish and overpaid

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