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What's That About Us Not Winning Ugly?

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I'll be first to admit that we simply haven't been the same since we mashed the Spuds, but with all the injuries we have, and the fact that we simply aren't playing well, I'm really pleased that we have come away with a 3-0 victory today.

It's also good to see that Diaby, Eddy, Denilson & Almunia came up with the goods when needed to, today, because all of them have taken stick this season. I can't understand the stick they have taken (except for Almunia who in fairness has been shocking this season) but they have bought themselves some time from the boo boys today.

Walcott has once again proven that he should only be used as an impact sub when the game is stretched, and that he is not yet ready to start, he looked very bright when he came on.

Some people will say that the victory was simply papering over the cracks, but I'll say it was the sign of Champions.

One more thing, Alex Song was definately man of the match again. What a player he has become for us, I fear for what his absence will do to us in January.

COYG!

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posted Dec 21, 2009

Heard you beat Hull 3 nil, not bad at all.
Good luck with the rest of the season.

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comment by daren (U9080103)

posted Dec 21, 2009

It was a good win. For half an hour nothing seemed to be happening and then we saw 'that' incident. First, well done Gallas for walking away. As for Nasri, he'll be lucky not to get an FA ban which will put unnecessary pressure on an injury weakened team. It wasn't a stamp but what he did was wrong and he should be fined by the club.

Song will be missed because as I repeatedly say, he has stepped up magnificently. However, I expect we'll see another link with Viera, who would be a good short term buy without stifling younger players - but Denilson can do the job at DM.

Despite the penalty save, I still think a 'keeper is a must and a striker unfulfilled. You can't buy in January unless the player is a) ready to have an immediate impact; or b) cheap because of an expiring contract.

Hail the results on Sunday, recognise that Man U will get stronger as players comeback, Chelsea are overall better this season and we are there to surprise, if at all possible. At the beginning of the season Arsenal were written out of the top four, let's hope we can laugh at those critics come May next year.

Happy Christmas everybody.

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posted Dec 21, 2009

and to you too honey.

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posted Dec 21, 2009

2 things that Arsenal have this year which has been missing in recent years;
i) The ability to win while not playing particularly well

ii) A bit of luck

Bearing in mind the injuries they currently have to key players, if they get them back soon enough the run-in to the season could prove interesting

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posted Dec 21, 2009

As for Nasri, he'll be lucky not to get an FA ban which will put unnecessary pressure on an injury weakened team. It wasn't a stamp but what he did was wrong and he should be fined by the club.
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If he got booked by the ref there should be no retrospective punishment.

If there IS, then Barmby and several other Hull players should be banned for pushing Nasri in the face, a red card offense, and the Hull player who went over like if the man from the grassy knoll had blown his head off.

Good win.

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comment by daren (U9080103)

posted Dec 22, 2009

No disputing that other players ought get FA action, too. Nasri stepped, NOT stamped, on the Hull players foot, who then went down like a sack of spuds.

The problem is that if other Hull players are fined/banned, so will other Arsenal players (possibly Song).

Until something is announced, there is little more to say.

Hull were far from innocent; challenges rash and the timewasting (on throws) laughable. However, they are not the only Premier League team to play with similar tactics.

The win was perfect. 10 out 12 points which is probably what AW expected going into the week.

Saturday v Aston Villa is the benchmark for where the team is now.

Come on you Gunners.

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comment by Sparkle (U6726749)

posted Dec 22, 2009

No disputing that other players ought get FA action, too. Nasri stepped, NOT stamped, on the Hull players foot, who then went down like a sack of spuds.

The problem is that if other Hull players are fined/banned, so will other Arsenal players (possibly Song).

Until something is announced, there is little more to say.

Hull were far from innocent; challenges rash and the timewasting (on throws) laughable. However, they are not the only Premier League team to play with similar tactics.

The win was perfect. 10 out 12 points which is probably what AW expected going into the week.
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He intentionally took physical action against an opponent...therefore he should get banned. Also, explain why on earth Hull would be timewasting? Sounds like you've been listening to M. wenger too much, no other manager complains about that sort of thing these days.

And to the gut before who commented that he got a yellow card anyway...no, that was for his part in the 'melee', the ref didn't see the 'step' so it went unpunished, therefore is a valid subject for video evidence.

Goodness, listening to you lot you'd think Nasri is a saint and half the Hull team should get banned.

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comment by Sparkle (U6726749)

posted Dec 22, 2009

Sorry, 'guy' not 'gut'.

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posted Dec 22, 2009

We played quite well. Good save by Almunia. Hopefully, we get a target guy in January, I'm hoping for Carlton Cole.

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comment by daren (U9080103)

posted Dec 23, 2009

I didn't say Nasri was innocent. If news is right then he's lucky not to have been banned. Either way, the Hull player went down like he'd been smashed in the face - soft.

Timewasting? I go to games to watch a football match, not to see a team take so long to take throw-ins. It's a tactic used to stifle play used by a few teams. That's life but I don't have to like it.

The first goal meant that Hull had to attack some and that opened the game up. They didn't look like scoring save for a soft penalty - even Phil Brown admitted it was a soft penalty.

So, overall we aren't all a million miles apart really.

Oh and please let's not see Carlton Cole. He's not the type of player I could see lasting at Arsenal.

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