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Vinay – How Arsenal can beat Bayern Munich ! 3

Posted on February 11, 2013 by admin

How do you beat the best team in the world? by Vinay

Yes Arsenal have this daunting task of taking on arguably the best team in the world across all positions and try to win their tie against Bayern Munich.

When the draw happened in Zurich, there was collective gasps and some sort of relief that we didn’t draw Barca but i think that was more psychological than anything else, The actual realization will be felt when the Bavarians line up against the Gunners in the first leg of the Champions league at the Emirates.

Vinay – How much can Arsenal fans blame Wenger? 16

Posted on January 09, 2013 by Bob

We’re not gonna take it right?

Still clenching your fist and cursing the board and Wenger? Come on, you guys should know better, except for loan deals the likelihood of any signings in the January transfer window is unlikely.

Wait, what happened suddenly that there seems to be a dearth of players wanting to come to Arsenal? We are still considered among the best in the world (pinch of salt please), we are supposedly among the richest clubs in the world, so why is it that no one worth his salt wants to come to us?

Vinay – 2012 was tough for Arsenal fans! 4

Posted on January 03, 2013 by admin

2012 – the year of purse and Persie by Vinay

As the year comes to an end there was no doomsday as the mayans said, there was doom gloom and a bit of bloom as well for the Gunners. The classic case of dejavu on a few things and a promise of things getting better as well.

Vinay – What do Arsenal lack the most? 11

Posted on November 27, 2012 by admin

Hi All, (by Vinay)

Its tough to answer the question isnt it? What exactly are we lacking? Or is it all too obvious and we are turning a blind eye towards it? Lets take a look shall we.

After one third of the games being played in the season, Arsenal are in mid table muddle again. Sounds all too familiar to what we were last season as well around the same time- even though last season we were coming back from an even worse start than this time around. Why is this happening all to frequently and can it not have been foreseen or is there something basically wrong with us?

Vinay – I love you Arsenal, but where’s the pride gone? 8

Posted on November 12, 2012 by admin

IT HURTS !!! by Vinay

The subject line shouldnt be dismissed as an over the top reaction after the last few results we have had, this is an heart felt pain dwelling upon from some time.

Vinay-Arsenal prepare for eternal rivals and van Persie 14

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Bob

Yes its that time of the year when the passions arise, memories get stretched,flashbacks are rerun all over and the banter gets louder by the minute. Yes its Arsenal United time.

Gone are the days when this used to be considered the game of the season, the clash of the contenders etc, the small matter of City and Chelsea have ensured that this battle now is fought in more amicable circumstances than animosity. United continue to be among the title contenders whereas the Gunners are now considered to be long shots.

Vinay – Arsenal are trendsetters and role models 2

Posted on October 20, 2012 by admin

Good Morning and time to smell the roses as it is game day and hell yeah Arsenal are back by Vinay.

Vinay – Are Arsenal fans bothered if Theo stays or goes? 9

Posted on October 02, 2012 by admin

The Theo Walcott Saga by Vinay

The subject line says it all. The name brings in mixed emotions. Seven years it has been since a precocious teenager from Southampton at 15 was brought by Arsenal and what happened in the next 7 years is there for everyone to see. Theo Walcott, an enigma to say the least.

Vinay-How Times Have Changed at Arsenal and Man City 6

Posted on September 21, 2012 by Bob


Just wanted to write about the two teams which go into battle this week and as the wait is getting longer and I am tired thinking of tactics, haha, I thought I can write a few thoughts about the contrast of the two teams.

No i didn’t mean Liverpool and United, frankly speaking I don’t care much what happens in that game though it will make me smile knowing United lost if they do so. For me the game that matters is City vs Arsenal. The game between the champions and probable contenders.

Vinay-Real Test Begins Now for Arsenal! 8

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Bob


 Are we really good this season or is this a false dawn? Time to look into the crystal ball and see how things may pan out for us this season.
Cast your eyes back 1 season, back around this time and we were in the rut. The loss to Blackburn meant we were 17th in the league and the imminent doubters all started saying this could be that season where Arsenal may be mid table or some even went on to say relegation here we come. How times have changed. We are 3rd in the league and but for a howler by Woj, we could have been the first team since 1903 who had kept a clean sheet for the first 4 games. Is this for real or are we jumping the gun a little bit soon?
Arsenal have a “team” now. A set of players who want to play for one another with no focal point (Santi is still the cynosure), with due respect to the ones who played before, this team actually is well off without looking for that one particular player all the time. There was a huge hue and cry when the King left us but I was convinced that it was the right decision, because the team just wanted to play everything to his feet rather than expressing themselves and the results were there for everyone to see.
The same thing applies to subsequent seasons when the focal point players changed, yes yes the one with the sudden realization of his DNA and then then the other who didn’t have feet to stand for so many seasons, suddenly after finding his feet thought the club didn’t have direction. My point is, we started having this disturbing trend of having a focal point which at times caused us more harm than expected. Typically it meant whenever we lost our focal player, for whatever reason, the club struggled to recover and hence we were always playing catch up. I may be wrong and we may still have players leaving us but I feel the manager and the club have made a conscious decision to either put up or get out. The classic example so far being Theo, who has been shown his place.
All this ruthlessness may come to nothing if Arsenal don’t win something or, at least, if they don’t come close. Do we have the team for it? The answer is we have a first team for it but we don’t have a full second team for it. The first team, on it’s day, can beat anyone anywhere. The fact though, is there is hardly a back up for the first team who can literally come in and perform to that level. Imagine if we lose an Arteta or cazorla or a Podolski, we may have ample backup but do we have effective backup?
Why was Woj literally handed over the gloves the moment he came back? He is complacent and that is probably because he feels he will play irrespective of his mistakes. He should have been made to play in the Montpellier game, seeing his performance only should he have been starting on sunday. My point is simple, we need to have an effective second team which literally should be making the first team look over their shoulder every time anyone has a bad game. I know its not easy to have as good a backup for every player but what an effective player will do is, whenever he gets a chance, he grabs it and puts in the kind of performance that is assuring.
God forbid, an injury to anyone shouldn’t mean the momentum is lost. In terms of that our midfield is fine, we have a fantastic backup and for every Arteta we have a Wilshere and for every Diaby we have Ramsey/Coq and maybe even for Santi we have a Rozza, but our defense and forwards are the worry. The false striker is all fine against mid and lower table teams but against the real contenders, we may come up short. Defense looks great with Per/tv5 and Kos as the back up but remember we are competing in 4 tournaments, so we need everyone to be counted.
The Gunners will create chances against whoever they play against, the real test is when the physical teams who can match skill with strength come up. Etihad, OT etc, are places where we need to stand up and be counted. If that happens we will know that this team can mix up skill with substance as well. The league may not be won by results against the big teams but it surely helps beating them. So the real test begins now for the Gunners. The time to stand up and be counted is now and if the indications are anything to go by, the season defining moments may be coming up sooner or later. can we do it? of course we can, will we do it? Time will tell.
Final Sojourn- September 16th 1996 a certain Arsene Wenger was appointed manager of the greatest club in this world, 16 years on he is still here doing what he does best-managing the club with the same intensity, passion and commitment, results may have not matched the efforts but we can never question the efforts. Players came, players left but he has remained. Give respect where it is due irrespective of your feelings towards him, Arsene Wenger has been our biggest asset in the last 16 years.
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