Wenger Reads Arseblog / Van Persie scores a goal THAT SHOULD GET him on track for TRIPLE leg against Liverpool…

By Bilal Zaidi

Good day everyone. Firstly I would like to apologize for the lack of posts but sometimes life gets the better of you and priorities shift. Anyway, I have still been regularly reading around the many arsenal blogs and sites to see what people are still talking about. I have to admit I have been nervous about our title chances since our FA Cup defeat to Manchester United when we played 4 out of our best XI. That is before the game…because I know that our best XI is fantastic but our squad is thin comparative to our rivals.

It isn’t a money thing, we are the richest club in the world in terms of turnover…but we have an intelligent manager that has built three great sides from pretty much nothing. We have a manager who has built one of the world’s greatest stadiums in the world’s greatest city. He doesn’t spend £30 million on a centre back or £30million on a striker. He pays £3 million for a Dutch winger and converts him into BANG BANG Van Persie. That is his was and who are we to complain from the man that created teams full of athletes and revolutionised the game of football. Back to the results…

Anyone who knows we well enough or has spoken to me about football, or has read any of my articles in the past would know that I am not one for the ‘Super-hyped Sunday” that is dominated by media advertising margins. It is not a coincidence in my eyes that the top four play on the same day against each other. Anyway, good for Sky, nice marketing and let’s move on…

As I said, I am not someone who is usually dramatic about games against the top four. YES they are six pointers, but if you miss out on 18 points against teams we are expected to beat, then six pointers are even more important. Enough has been talked about regarding the Chelsea defeat so let’s move on to today’s heroic victory against Bolton.

Today, I saw the line up and said: Wenger’s been reading arseblog, Toure to RB and Senderos into the middle. Diaby in, Hleb on right, Eboue out…HORRAY. Ade, as much as I love him…out for Bendtner who was itching for a start as much as Ade has been itching for a rest. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN MANY GAMES THAT I PREDICTED A WIN. Probably because Eboue wasn’t playing and I thought that our bad run was inevitably going to have to stop.
HT – Bolton 2-0 Arsenal…Diaby sent off. OH MY.
I was on arseblog’s arse’s throughout the match and read comment upon comment saying “WE ARE DOOMED…TITLE OVER…” blah blah blah…I wrote saying “WE ARE STILL IN THE GAME”…even though I only marginally believed it myself.

After not placing a bet in many months, I saw the odds for a win had rocketed up to 34/1 and slapped down a couple of pounds which would otherwise have been spent on a chicken burger meal at Sam’s Chicken.

GALLAS POW…VAN PERSIE PENALTY and absolutely FABREGAS scored in the 89th minute. What is important to take from this game?

The title race IS NOT OVER but after United banged in four against a solid Aston Villa team, it seems as if it is going to be very difficult to compete if we were struggling to beat Bolton.

HOWEVER…the positive…just as the sequence of winning was broken against United in the FA Cup…the sequence of losing and drawing has finally been stopped. Van Persie has been unlucky all season and even though he was still VERY rusty today, he scored and that will do him a world of good when it comes to our triple leg tie against Liverpool. He needed that goal just as much as Tony Blair needed Gordon Brown, as much as Dwight Yorke needed Beckham. Only time will tell how important that penalty may be as much as how important Fabregas’s last minute goal was.

There is still so much to play for and anything can happen, it is in United’s favour especially considering their form comparative to ours and Chelsea’s. BUT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN FOOTBALL and I haven’t given up hope on this young side JUST YET…Watch this space…

  • Ollie

    Ah, you must be Bilz then?
    Good man!

  • Anonymous

    Won’t agree with you about Diaby, his tackle had very little weight behind it, Taylor’s was a full bodied launch. Red card no doubt.


    For me Theo’s been our only player looking to win lately – really trying… vs Birmingham, vs Milan, vs Chelski, vs Bolton. His impact is dynamite at the moment, and he could have given VanP his hatty.



  • ArsenalReview.co.uk

    Yes indeed Ollie I am Bilz aka ‘Bilz The Great’ if you would like to know my given name.

    Bergs…I agree, what I was saying about the challenge was that…plain and simple…it was a straight red card. Taylor’s in my opinion, contrary to popular opinion…DID have intention behind it, even if that intention wasn’t to break someone’s leg. That is where it differed to Diaby’s perhaps, but either way, his studs were showing and the challenge rightfully branded a red card. It was a bad challenge and there is no room for it in football, especially after one of our players broke his leg with a similar challenge in that his studs were showing and connected with the planted foot.

    Anyway, let’s not go too far back into the past, today is a great day, let’s just be happy that we are Arsenal fans and our rotten run has finally finished. Let us rejoice old Arsenal chums.



  • Anonymous

    I still think the title has eluded Arsenal and have maintined since Jan that the squad was too thin.Since the injury to Eduardo Arsenal have been struggling which is a pity. The Crotian hitman had scored a decent number of goals and was getting set to go places.However just as things were looking rosy ,he was deliberatedly injured. I tell you what. I believe there is a conspiracy to stop Arsenal winning starting from the players to match officials.Witness the recent calls from refs and linesman regarding goals and penalties.I hope the Fa the FA will make an example of these refs and officials who underperform. M Rileey is a good example who allowed Reyes to be kicked.
    The bookies seem to be making the manure favourites for eevry honour.I hope Roma /Barca and put the red faced in his place.
    As for Arsenal, I believe the cl can be won if they dispoes off pool and get Chelsea.

  • Anonymous

    YOu don´t know much about football son. The fact you are reading a lot what the others say describes your opinions and influence. Please watch the game and comment on what you see and the stats of the game. These stats say Eboue is one of the better performars of the team. Shite englishman Walcott……one of the worst.


  • ArsenalReview.co.uk

    Reading what others think is simply interesting…it does not mean that I am influenced by what they say, it is just reading others opinions. Anyone who enjoys writing generally would enjoy reading on the subject also, I don’t sit in my own world where only my opinion is important. I appreciate other people’s comments and views on the game.

    STATS…what stats are you exactly talking about? You mean 28 appearances this season, 24 of those being starts…and 0 goals from the right wing. How many assists?

    If you have any back up of your comments then by all means enlighten me but to say I don’t know anything about football is quite subjective already…you are entitled to your opinion just as I am entitled to mine. To say I know nothing about football because my opinion differs from yours is quite ignorant of you.

    And mine is…Eboue has not been half as effective going forward on the right wing as he was coming from deep at right back. Too bad his positional sense isn’t the best, otherwise he would be a great right back. Also, his diving and misbehaving is embarrassing to say the least. What else do you want me to say?

    Also for you to call Walcott SHITE is again your own opinion…even if his performances haven’t been so consistent and effective as we would like, you are obviously blinded to not realize he is still at a tender age and you are sure to be the fan that jumps on the band wagon as soon as he starts doing slightly well in the future. I don’t particularly think he has done brilliantly either but since you seem to be a STATS man, how about 15 starts, 5 goals…AND more assists than Eboue for sure.

    I did watch the full game and this article was my analysis of the game. I obviously have not “copied” what others have said since this was written last evening, before any other arsenal site that I may read has published anything on the match.

    Thank you for your comments either way…I look forward to your statistical evidence of Eboue being a great effective player on our right wing this season.

    Good day.

  • Anonymous

    I believe that it is not a conspiracy to stop Arsenal, but a clear policy to favour homegrown “talents”. An team consisting of Frogs is an easy target for officials. I recall Rooney telling the Ref F-U….F-U-FU and the ref not even giving him a yellow card because he has been ordered to finish the game without controversy. DO you remember against Middlesborough, Toure was fouled as he was facing towards our goal. HE got the yellow card for blocking an opponent. This would never happen to Rio or the retard they call Terry. Check again our last 6 games. How many game deciding decisions have gone against us? Now check Lokomotiv Chelski and Manure how many decisions have they had against them?
    The answer to the fisrt question in 4 decisions went against us which has cost us 9 points.
    But this is nothing new and we just roll our sleeves and get on with it.

    I remember Vieira considering leaving PL due to this unfair treatment Arsenal gets and specifically the treatment he got from retard officials that are worst in world.

    Tell me the last time an english ref took charge of a prestigious tie in European Championships and WC? These refs who are not good enough to officiate at European level and world level are day in day out taking charge of the best league in the world.

  • Anonymous

    Kall, Eboue has been our worst performer this season full stop and I for one would be glad to see the back of him. He has made little impact this season and spends half his time either diving or fouling. Theo on the otherhand (who is also 5 years younger!) has come on leaps and bounds this season – I take it your comments are more anti-english than football related. If you want to lay blame anywhere then Eboue heads a list of under performing players that involves Denilson, Diaby, Gilberto, Traore, Djourou, and Hoyte.