Comments for en-gb 30 Thu 21 Aug 2014 15:44:49 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at jono1983 The royal mail effort wasnt too shoddy Mon 01 Dec 2008 16:36:13 GMT+1 Mike The 'jokes' about the pub team were, quite honestly, appalling. Thu 27 Nov 2008 14:41:07 GMT+1 armchairbull I'm not an Arsenal fan but I'd be gutted if Wenger was to leave with all the criticism he's getting at the moment.Besides - Arsenal are in crisis at the moment, which roughly translated means after a bad patch they are in fifth place - I wish my team were in such dire straits.Fair enough they may not win a title this season or even next but long term they look the most stable of the big four with talented youngsters coming through season after season, some of them are even British!As for Gallas - well yes he's a big sulker but I'm sure if he was on the transfer list come January there would still be a fair few takers. Tue 25 Nov 2008 16:37:07 GMT+1 tarquin 30Your post might have a little more weight if you didn't claim the english were obsessed with 'escape goats'There are some idiots out there that solely blame ronaldo for the 06 performance, but outside of the sun readership most of us are well aware that we were dire in 06as for mclaren - Capello has done an incredible job fixing england, it's taken years and years of finding new players and getting rid of those overrated ones after mclaren's bad timing...oh wait, he's got us playing very well within a year, with pretty much the same squad sven had - spot the correlationas for Gallas- you're an idiot, all the top teams have leaders on the pitch - Terry, Gerrard, Carragher, Dunne - how many of them have you seen have a hissy fit and sit in the middle of the pitch because of an injury to a team mate and a late penalty? - the man is emotionally unstable, and in a team of arsenal's inexperience he has had a particularly negative effect Tue 25 Nov 2008 12:41:11 GMT+1 Robbo Robson 49collie21. Hold up you're right but ylou;re wrong. 'donnez' isn't the plural of anything, but it certainly doesn't mean 'put' which was what I was going for. Mettez, maybe? Perhaps the 90k a week Gallas could Mettez son monnaie ou sa bouche est ce soir, innit? Tue 25 Nov 2008 12:30:53 GMT+1 rosey05 kgo13x i dnt c y you think im just an anti united fan?! all ive said is that silvestre did not play for united in the last two years and thats who they chose to have as their centre back cover! no digs at united at all! don't know wot u were reading mate!i was also just sayin in my opening that i always favoured arsenal coz liverpool were never in the running so of course i wanted them to win the league over united... find me a liverpool fan who didnt! Tue 25 Nov 2008 09:26:09 GMT+1 collie21 Hey Robbo, Donnez is the plural of the verb to give, or the polite form. So you told that guy to give a sock to his mouth.......I get the gist but I doubt the french bloke would have a clue what you are talking about. :-) Tue 25 Nov 2008 08:31:29 GMT+1 EuroPaddy #39,Judging by your choice of words you're a yank, or maybe a plastic-yank, who thinks the Magnum PI is the coolest thing on tv. Either way, your idiotic suggestion that the captain of a professional football team has no influence on the squad is, well, idiotic.A few obvious examples from recent times:Robson (the other one)KeaneVierraZidaneGerard.....Stick another supersize burger in youre mouth so I don't need to waste any more effort responding to your nonsense.Oxygen thief... Tue 25 Nov 2008 08:16:31 GMT+1 Parag We can only hope for things to get better. Just hope at the moment... Tue 25 Nov 2008 02:37:55 GMT+1 singingTobias A lot has been said about Williams’ captaincy. In particular, I quote Lee Dixon: "To be fair what Gallas has said is not a million miles away from the truth, I'm sure that privately Wenger is going 'well I kind of agree with quite a lot of it'. "The area where Gallas has let himself down is coming out and saying it in the press." Lee and all, believe me not. We really needed someone to come out and say something. This is a wake-up call to Wenger who must go out there and strengthen the team with a bit of experience in the team. As an economist Wenger is right to take a long term view through the youth policy and improved capacity [ie move from Highbury to Emirates]. However, he is being less prudent and naïve not to address the short term objectives of the club…that is buying finished articles to win us trophies now not tomorrow. Well done William for sacrificing the arm-band. I know they say when you are in Rome do what the Romans do, but stuck out and thought and acted like a Frenchman. Ignore the English press and enjoy your football, you know how and your boss seem to have forgotten how to win medals. Mon 24 Nov 2008 22:58:44 GMT+1 mymanu4life I want to respond to the comment made by "u11148453" first of all your anti english comments are not welcome, where you from and which team do you support? Give yourself a shake bud because you are clueless Mon 24 Nov 2008 22:20:05 GMT+1 LADI1406 I think what Galas said was right but we all thought he does it the wrong way, we are not sure if he has spoken to AW without any changes before he came to the press.AW needs to change his system by assemblying young and up coming players and selling them as soon as they matured. We do not want him to turn Arsenal into breeding ground for Europe elites clubs.Arsenal has beome a laughing stock for all clubs, beacuse they all believed they can beat Arsenal at Emirate stadium, what they can not do at Highbruy.All European clubs now target Arsenal players beacuse they knew AW will sell as price is right not thinking of replacement, which i believed is wrong. Mon 24 Nov 2008 21:23:28 GMT+1 DonVettori Robbo, like your blogs. They're always more interesting than anything Hansen has to say on his and a fun easy read. Can you post a picture of the Blue Bells one day? The pub gets a lot of mentions. I drove past what I thought was it the other day on the way to a Hatlepool game and would be fascinated to know if it was THE Blue Bells. It's the most famous place I know in Middlesbrough (or Stockton?). Really want to know if that grim looking pub is the inspiration for some of your blogs!! Mon 24 Nov 2008 21:18:42 GMT+1 leeds_the_way On the evidence of previous comments, 'waldovski' you seem to have delivered the most predictable response of the night.Why simply spew a torrent of vitriolic abuse towards British football and journalism on the British Broadcasting Corporation website?If you worked out a template to post on every blog on here you could save yourself a great deal of time you know. If you leave blanks wherever you need a noun you can simply pick the one most suitable from a condensed list.Here's some help getting started:CapelloRooneyLampardGerrardEnglish Premier LeagueFAlicence payers' moneyBBCIt shouldn't need too much more work. Mon 24 Nov 2008 20:50:57 GMT+1 smellslikesalmon 40: Attack him personally?By personally, do you mean something along the lines of "something deeply nasty and sinister in English people", or "English losers"? Guess that's simply reasoned debate to you.Think Robbo dealt with his "points" well, but not much point in trying a logical debate with someone who talks about "escape goats" and generalises about a whole nation based on a couple of articles and blogs. Mon 24 Nov 2008 20:41:17 GMT+1 waldovski Oh and to 35 and 37:Could your responses have been any more predictable? "We don't agree with him and we haven't got an argument; what do we do? Why, attack him personally, of course!" Mon 24 Nov 2008 20:08:59 GMT+1 waldovski Re 30:A-FREAKIN-MEN to that!Captain. Pfff. What is this cricket? When was the last time the choice of captain had any bearing on the performance of a football team? We're talking about a bunch of PROFESSIONALS here. In the Prem of all leagues. The money alone should be motive enough. Mon 24 Nov 2008 20:05:50 GMT+1 Robbo Robson U11148453 (post 30)England in 2006 were well average, yes. Some of us thought the knee-knocking ninnies who couldn't score a penalty were pretty much to blame too, but as you can tell from recent results, a top coach helps. England in 1986 were average too, but had just had two successive 3-0s v Poland and Paraguay (I think). Lineker was on a hot streak and he and Beardsley were on top form. Even the dullest brains on God's green earth might suggest that when you lose 2-1 and one of them goals was an outrageous piece of cheating, that you might feel hard done by. Nevertheless the Argies - and Maradona in particular - were the best team there and deserved to win a very good final.As for any defence of Gallas on the basis that it's only us French-baiters that think he's got a screw loose. Donnez une chausette dans ta bouche, sunshine. Gallas is a terrible captain not cos he's French but because every so often it seems like he's a couple of moules short of the full mariniere, if you get my meaning. No one on here, as far as I can tell, has said William is a bad footballer - he's just a really lame skipper and should've lost the captaincy ages ago. Mon 24 Nov 2008 20:00:18 GMT+1 DennyCraneWHU Do you not get the distinct feeling that U11148453 (Post 30) is not getting enough roughage and certainly not getting enough you-know-what, or any of the latter, for that matter? Mon 24 Nov 2008 19:20:26 GMT+1 kgo13x Re rosey05Not so much a Liverpool fan then, more an "any one but United fan" judging by your opening and slating of Sylvestre Mon 24 Nov 2008 19:08:55 GMT+1 smellslikesalmon U11148453 (really rolls off the tongue that one) - if you hate the 'English people and their media' so much why are you here on the BBC reading Robbo's blog?Why not stick to your wonderful American media? At least you won't have to deal with "over analysis" there.BTW, seeing as you know so much about him it's actually Gallas not Gallass, unless that's American spelling. Mon 24 Nov 2008 19:08:21 GMT+1 DennyCraneWHU Schitt - I can't stop laughing. Brightened my morning. Mon 24 Nov 2008 18:57:28 GMT+1 DennyCraneWHU A belly laugh (plus coff) not once but twice and almost a third belly laugh. Keep it up Robbo, lolololol!! Mon 24 Nov 2008 18:56:27 GMT+1 SimplyZola Great as ever!Perhaps a swap Gallas for Gomes? Mon 24 Nov 2008 18:53:59 GMT+1 smellslikesalmon More importantly, if Jonathan Ross is worth 1000 BBC journalists, how many Jonathan Ross's is Robbo worth? Mon 24 Nov 2008 18:53:41 GMT+1 bannedgunner This post has been Removed Mon 24 Nov 2008 18:52:16 GMT+1 simplyharrison Whilst watching Sky sports news ( sorry )this morning in my school canteen, i saw that Gallas had odds of 100 / 1 to cry on the pitch. How can such a man lead an example to the many youngsters at Arsenal ? It is a pleasure to see him leave. However , I do think it is a hard choice for Arsene , as there is no obvious captain . Fabregas is clearly favourited by the fans , but i personally believe his various talents do not include leadership. Fair enough , he's a great player , but i dont think that he is ready to take charge of the new Arsenal generation , which has already proved to be a considerable force. I have been getting weary of Arsenal of late , especially in the last few days , they're inconsistency has now driven me to think that they do not deserve a place at the top. Although this could also be said for Manchester United, but as champions , im certain they'll find a way to fight back. For Arsenal though , they're future may look bright , but it is this season they should be worried about . I wouldn't be surprised if they struggled over the next few games.Top four ? im not so sure. Mon 24 Nov 2008 18:51:07 GMT+1 Fernando Torres Scares Nemanja Vidic Wasnt It Stoke 2 Arsenal 0 Not 2-1 Robbo Mon 24 Nov 2008 18:33:46 GMT+1 BestSpam1979 Gallas' has little choice but to knuckle down and win over his critics. Leaving this winter in protest at his demotion will only see him go to a lesser club or lesser league; who'd sign a defender that is 31 and fallen out with both Mourinho and Wenger? If losing your captaincy to a 21 year old stings, then play well for 6 months, raise your stock a little, then leave in summer with some credibility restored. Mon 24 Nov 2008 18:16:49 GMT+1 Bearded Shrimper top stuff, very well said Mon 24 Nov 2008 17:48:46 GMT+1 diggsgiggs What I find interesting is that at the time of the Cashley/ Gallas swap (plus a few quid between friends) first couple of seasons it looked like Arsene got the better deal. However, surely in the last year you'd have to say not. I'm sure Gallas was offered the captaincy as part of the deal, so he'll likely move on now (although it won't be to Inter!). Which will complicate Arsenal's problems of having to add steel to the silk even further. Personally, I think Arsenal need the replacement for Patrick Viera, they haven't looked the same since he left. Easier said than done. Mon 24 Nov 2008 17:24:02 GMT+1 Redthemadsheep2001 - LUHG Good article Robbo!! I can't believe Gallas. Maybe AW will get the cheque book out and buy an English centre back in the Adams or Terry mold and get rid of Gallas and the stupid money he's on---------------------------------------------like who though. certainly not any from the other big three, and man city dont need to sell richards, and nor would they since they have eyes on competing in the CL in the long run. maybe upson? i feel he may have to look further afield for a top class centreback Mon 24 Nov 2008 17:13:57 GMT+1 Adam_Gr We get used of English culture when they dislike or like something, media plays great role in demolition of someone’s ability, as if the reporters could do something when they are on the field, they used to know more than the managers, they have not been questioning about Gallas ability on the field but they use to scrutiny all the evils they think, if 3 mistakes irrelevant in the football, makes the skipper out of his role, then how many should we count for managers? After Gallas who will they choose to go? It’s true as Shakespeare said:” evils that men do, lives after them, but the good things go through their bones when they die" Mon 24 Nov 2008 17:11:39 GMT+1 Clint William Gallas typifies Frech football at the minute; looks the part with a huge reputation but always seems better on paper.The way he was burned by Agbonlaghor the other week shows he is all talk and no substance. He claims to be a leader of a group of youngsters who sooner than later will be all better than him. Arsenal should punt him and buy someone like Sergio Ramos or someone of that ability. And some of Gallas' antics on the pitch (when getting involved with fans or officials) makes the team a laughing stock. Get rid ASAP!!! Mon 24 Nov 2008 16:49:44 GMT+1 LondonMadHead about time we got rid of gallas. the guy is no good. he is a bad influence on his team-mates and has made too many mistakes to claim to be a world class defender. plus, he is about aas quick over 10 yards as my 86 year old grandma.maybe the public kick in the preverbials will do him the world of good, i hope so. for arsenal's sake Mon 24 Nov 2008 16:32:43 GMT+1 rosey05 i find this whole situation at arsenal rather amusing actually. firstly just to clarify im not a spurs fan but rather a liverpool fan, who over the years has always had a soft spot for arsenal as they were the one's challenging the likes of united and chelsea for the title! cast your minds back a year or two ago wen arsenal sold cole for gallas and all arsenal fans are raving about the best centre back pairing in the league and cole was playing badly at chelsea. slowly but surely, cole has picked up form at chelsea and gallas has quite literally lost the plot! on top of that toure doesn't seem to be getting in the team at the moment and as cover for them you've got a past it ex united defender! big question is... where has it all gone wrong for arsenal? i wudnt dare blame wenger for all this and any so called gooners calling for his head need to think back to the boring days under george graham and how far mr wenger has transformed your club. however the failure to replace flamini has left you short on defensive cover from midfield and also you have lost that bit of fight which gallas ranted on about! and although you let senderos go on loan but he was your cover and a big strong defender u wud quite like to hav in your team away to the likes of stoke. instead you got rid of him and replaced him with an injury prone player quite similar in style and stature to gallas and toure. every manager makes bad signings and i hope thats all it is because arsenal, on their day are the best team in the country to watch but they could certainly do without the antics of mr gallas. good luck cesc! Mon 24 Nov 2008 16:30:55 GMT+1 Robbo Robson Gallas is a good player but there's this balancing act you have to have with this sort, isn't there? Is he so good that he's worth the bother? Wouldn't it be better to finsih seventh and not have to look at the great nana every weekend? I mean he might improve your side but does he improve your day? I doubt it somehow. Mon 24 Nov 2008 16:24:07 GMT+1 collie21 Well Wenger has a reptuation for being a moaner and when his captain moans he reacts like this? I find it hypocritical. I think Gallas fancies himself as Roy Keane, He has been let down by the boss, and I reckon he is a soft in the Head as Stephen Ireland. Still a good player though. Mon 24 Nov 2008 16:20:28 GMT+1 dyrewolfe Excuse me - it was 3-0 to Man City...@SternButFair:Hey - if you don't like Robbo's articles...don't read 'em! Mon 24 Nov 2008 16:03:09 GMT+1 dyrewolfe Another great article Robbo...its helped a boring Monday afternoon pass more swiftly.I think Gallas could do with spending a few months in Afghanistan. Maybe then the big crybaby would get some kind of perspective on life.Totally agree about Rachel Stevens...she's gorgeous. I used to have a similar thing for Jet from the original Gladiators.You do have to worry about Arsenal though when they go to Man City (who haven't exactly been pulling up trees lately) and lose 2-0. They are looking very fragile at the moment and if Arsene doesn't get a couple of sturdy defenders / midfielders come January, I think they could struggle to hang on to 4th place. Mon 24 Nov 2008 16:00:49 GMT+1 IanH The sooner Gallas is out of the league the better.Not that Fabregas is a saint as we saw in his entirely disrespectful run-in with Mark Hughes at the start of last year, but how many players are saints? And I don't see Fabregas behaving in the way Gallas has. Mon 24 Nov 2008 15:46:32 GMT+1 SternButFair #9 - not a chance in hell he will go to Realyou're column is nauseating to read, and in rseponse to anyone saying "well don't read it," i won't Mon 24 Nov 2008 15:35:27 GMT+1 Freddie71 #10 Just like Gomez there's a complete tool! Mon 24 Nov 2008 15:24:37 GMT+1 krabkakes Hey Robbo, do you choose the hyperlinks on you blog yourself or does a nice subeditor choose them for you. Nice blog mate. Mon 24 Nov 2008 15:23:09 GMT+1 Time For Heroes I cant believe my license fee is wasted on this etc etc ZZZzzzzzzExcellent as ever Robbo - keep it up! Mon 24 Nov 2008 15:22:46 GMT+1 The Y As a rival fan I have to say I'll miss Gallas' captaincy, they'd of been better off with captain Birdseye or captain caveman to be honest, the guys a complete tool. Mon 24 Nov 2008 15:20:46 GMT+1 boomshakalak #6 - "Making Cesc captain is a god move, it ties him to Arsenal a little more, making it harder for him to leave anytime soon"like it tied former captains Viera and Henry to the club?? Fabregas will go, probably to Barca or Real - if not this summer then next.Gallas has once again just shown that he is a childish muppet.... i guess he is either clever and angling for a move or just very stupid! Mon 24 Nov 2008 15:18:32 GMT+1 Clarence Cash gallas is a complete muppet. i cant believe he harps on about the team needing to be like soldiers when he's the one sat on the pitch crying like a complete t*t at st andrews last season. this whole thing riled me up and i don't even support arsenal! Mon 24 Nov 2008 15:12:27 GMT+1 Freddie71 Oh give it a rest - you got who you wanted as captain lets pray that you dont give as hard a time to Cesc as what you did to William. Mon 24 Nov 2008 15:11:54 GMT+1 cryin' white tears Making Cesc captain is a god move, it ties him to Arsenal a little more, making it harder for him to leave anytime soon. He's certainly more mature than thicko Gallas, even if is just out of nappies! Mon 24 Nov 2008 15:00:06 GMT+1 BCChris Another great article Robbo.Gallas is setting a terrible example, and i will lose what little respect i have in Wenger if he dosent get rid of him. He has a very young and impressionable squad, and Gallas is the last person they need in that changing room. Considering Fabregas is still so young, he seems like a very mature and down to earth individual. Very good choice for captain. A club like newcastle would be interesting for Gallas Mon 24 Nov 2008 14:57:54 GMT+1 alpeshcgujjar This is not the perfect time to meet Arsenal,Chelsea vs Arsenal is the next big game and i think for Chelsea this might look like a perfer timing but i guess wounded Arsenal will win this match and prove that this was indeed a worst time to meet them. Mon 24 Nov 2008 14:40:54 GMT+1 Nick Good article Robbo!! I can't believe Gallas. Maybe AW will get the cheque book out and buy an English centre back in the Adams or Terry mold and get rid of Gallas and the stupid money he's on. Mon 24 Nov 2008 14:31:41 GMT+1 Ryushinku Wenger really had his hand forced on this one...I'm sure he would've preferred to have stuck to his guns with Gallas, and there was some truth in what Gallas said after all.But when you're complaining to the press about it rather than dealing 'in-house'...and even more so when you're the captain, supposed to be the person the others look to for guidance and how to behave. Well, you're on a hiding to nothing really. Even Roy Keane got ditched by Fergie after one angry rant too many. Mon 24 Nov 2008 14:25:36 GMT+1 poppyAstonvanilla Well done Robbo, another hilarious blog! Too many funnies to single out just one but the " John Sergeant's undies on Cheryl Cole" bit particularly made me laugh. Thank the Lord that it wasn't Sergeant wearing Cheryl's undies! Gallas will have to do a lot of grovelling to get out of this one. I wonder if he will just get on with it or if it will turn into a situation like the one at Chelsea? Would any other manager be prepared to put up with his behaviour? Mon 24 Nov 2008 14:12:17 GMT+1