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Why Jack Wilshere must grow up to be an Arsenal star Comments Off

Posted on December 18, 2013 by JamieSanderson

Jack Wilshere is the rising star of English football, with his performances in the Arsenal midfielder helping him earn superstar status.

But while he’s considered a massive player already, he still needs to crub his attitude and behaviour.

Wilshere was caught showing his middle finger to supporters during the Manchester City match and will now miss Arsenal vs Chelsea.

It’s a blow at a key stage of the season, and he must realise that these kind of actions are only going to make life difficult for him and the team in the long run.

I say it’s time Wilshere grows up, or we risk him ruining the potential he has – especially to lead the side moving forward.

If you’re somebody who often goes to see Arsenal play live, you’ll know that Wilshere has some amazing leadership features – and could be captain one day.

Only time will tell, but Jack needs to grow up a little first.

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Outplayed is acceptable, being outfought isn’t 2

Posted on February 21, 2012 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

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Feb 13th:

It is quite conceivable that two poor performances in the next week could land us on the brink of a Champions League exit and out of the only trophy we have a real chance of winning, the FA Cup.

Well here we are. We face an almost impossible task at the Emirates against Milan and lost on the road to Sunderland in the FA Cup.

Now, losing? It happens. The thing that really gets on my nerves is that we have been outfought twice, in Milan we just sat off them, let them play and were being stretched by a Milan team who lets be honest, are not a patch on their former teams. We were smashed, as Andy Gray would undoubtedly put it.

Arteta bottled it, Aaron Ramsey was dire, van Persie was isolated and Thomas Vermaelen was worryingly exposed.. he caught whatever bug Squillaci brought to the club and infected Djourou with.

There was no tactical leadership from the manager, we didn’t even try and stop Milan playing as they do, we didn’t try to disrupt them – it was a bit like entering a boxing ring with sponge gloves and having your hands tied behind your back at the same time, utterly toothless, utterly unacceptable.

The fact that the squad has been allowed to deteriorate to this level is worrying, a CEO who seems about as authoritative as a rabbit in headlights – Ivan Gazidis is nothing but a cardboard cut-out CEO. The powers that be have abused the talents and intelligence that Arsene Wenger has for their own benefit, they used his principles and talents to bring about this self-sustainable model that they have cashed in on, in the process they have given Arsene Wenger enough rope to hang himself with – we are left with aged tactics, misplaced power, misplaced confidence.

This isn’t a time to promote scapegoats, its a time to change the way things are going on in our club. Sacking Wenger would get us nowhere right now – though I don’t see him being here next season, through his own free will. For years he has taken flack on behalf of the board because he believed he was doing the right thing.. you just have to wonder whether deep down he realises he has shot himself in the foot. He has his principles, he also has a great deal of pride – has he got all that much to gain at Arsenal anymore?

The mentality at the club is all wrong right now, but everyone must be focused on the number one target: getting fourth place.

Sadly, I think that target will be occupied by the new breed’s mentality: profit – at any cost.

The thing is, I don’t know how this mess is going to be fixed, there are far more questions than answers and each possible solution just leaves more questions to be answered. If the manager went who’s to say we have people competent enough to appoint the correct successor? Could you really say ‘yes’ with any conviction?

We just have to hope now that we have enough left in the tank to get fourth, enough desire, belief and yes, you guessed it, mental strength.

It starts with Spurs.

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It’s crunch time & bidding farewell to The King pt.2 1

Posted on February 13, 2012 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

So often the fate of a season comes down to a run of three or four games, slip up during this period and you can undo months of hard work, look at last season for example – in all four competitions, doing well, a couple of bad results later we are left with bugger all.

We have six absolutely huge games coming up. Milan [CL] (a), Sunderland [FA Cup] (a), Spurs (h), Liverpool (a), Milan [CL] (h), Newcastle (h).

It is quite conceivable that two poor performances in the next week could land us on the brink of a Champions League exit and out of the only trophy we have a real chance of winning, the FA Cup. We just have to show up, there are no two ways about it. Our last two results have given us a good platform to build some momentum, contrasting wins that show this side can produce when it matters and can be ruthless when needed to be. We now sit 4th on goals scored, ten points behind Spurs, but only four points off 7th place. Two wins out of the three league games in that set of fixtures I wrote above would set us up very well. Anything less than that would have us staring at a massive uphill task once again.

We could have done with keeping Henry until the Spurs game in my opinion, the fact that he was picked over Chamakh and Park shows just what Wenger does think about his other attacking options – any hope that the African Cup of Nations would provide Chamakh with a bit of confidence has been well and truly buried, our options are about to be significantly reduced with Henry’s return to New York after the Milan game midweek.

His contribution has been noticeable, three goals, two of them winners towards the end of games – the winner against Sunderland on Saturday was a vital, vital goal, and the winner against Leeds equally vital in ending a run of very poor results. There is no doubt his return gave everyone a boost, we didn’t just need a player of quality, we needed the feel-good factor that having that guy around brings – a glimpse back to days of slightly more success. I’m gutted we won’t see him on the pitch against Spurs again – not this season anyway. Who knows what the future holds?

But first, AC Milan. A great club but a team which we should really be beating. The Milan of recent times is not a patch on previous teams, or a patch on the team we knocked out the Champions League a few years ago. Our best chances of getting a result will be utilizing the pace that we have on the flanks, Chamberlain and Walcott must start regardless of Theo’s somewhat erratic form.  We need to take the game to them, scoring an away goal or two is vital – we need breathing space for the game at the Emirates, scoring an away goal piles pressure onto Milan – keeping it tight at the back goes without saying.

So, time to perform. Come on Arsenal, show us this season isn’t as much of a wreck as it seemed to be a few months ago.

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