Arsenal’s invincibles were like crack

Last man back September 6, 2010 0

When a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough didn’t go down particularly well with the Highbury faithful, Arsene Wenger famously said:

If you eat caviar every day it’s difficult to return to sausages.

A fair point, really, and one which still applies. After that quote Wenger put together the team which created a domestic unbeaten record of 49 games, going through the entire 2003-2004 season without a defeat. There were a few scary moments along the way but they did what no team had done before and what no team has done since.

Henry and Vieira - quite good at football

Henry and Vieira – quite good at football

This wasn’t just caviar. This was foie gras, white truffles, saffron and caviar washed down with goblets of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 and snifters of Macallan Fine Rare Vintage afterwards. This was a team of incredible talent, fired with ambition, desire and the confidence that winning runs bring about.

What’s also slightly taken for granted is the fact that at that time Arsenal had four of the very best players in the world in their team. Thierry Henry was not just incredible goalscorer, his eye for an assist was uncanny and he was unselfish enough to make it a big part of his game. Patrick Vieira was the finest central midfielder of his generation, Robert Pires a wonderfully gifted player with an amazing goalscoring record, and even though he was heading into the twilight of his career Dennis Bergkamp’s craft and vision linked the the midfield and attack with ruthless efficiency.

At that point you would certainly have chosen the first three in any World XI, Bergkamp would have probably made the bench. For a club like Arsenal, in a stadium which held only 38,000 and had no way of competing with the biggest clubs in Europe with regards wages or prestige, it was remarkable. Players brought to the club by Arsene Wenger (Bergkamp aside) and crafted into outstanding talents. The ‘world class’ label is thrown about far too easily these days but there’s no doubt about in this case.

The supporting cast wasn’t bad either, was it? Toure, Campbell, Lauren, Cole, Parlour, Edu, Keown, Gilberto, Ljungberg, Wiltord, Reyes, Kanu and even a bit of a young Cesc Fabregas thrown in.

It was almost a perfect team, the combination of pace and power, experience and youth, talent and ability, players who could change games in an instant, and they developed an aura which intimated other teams. Not just physically, even though this was an Arsenal team that could mix it with anyone, but in sheer footballing terms. The old saying about teams being beaten in the tunnel is a bit trite but they knew the game was probably up when Arsenal opened the scoring early in the game as they did so often. Even if you did score Arsenal would just score more.

The problem with football like that, however, is that at some point the veneer of invincibility will crack and so it was with Arsenal. It was absolutely normal, an inevitability of the cyclical nature of football. Arsene Wenger, knowing he was going to have to cope with the move to a new stadium began to let Invincibles go to make room for the next generation. Edu, Wiltord and Parlour, then Vieira, Pires the season Arsenal left Highbury, Thierry Henry to Barcelona, Bergkamp and Keown retired, Campbell lost the plot and had to go, Gilberto made way, Reyes Arsenal career ended badly, Cole’s acrimoniously.

Robert Pires - generally not picked last

Robert Pires – generally not picked last

Teams have to evolve as time passes, financial constraints and a plan to build a team which would grow up together meant that Arsenal had to devolve first. Certainly there are questions to be asked if it had to happen so quickly and even now you have to wonder why Arsene Wenger didn’t do something as simple as buy a goalkeeper this summer. Yet what team could have survived the loss of four of the best players in the world in such a short space of time? What team could have survived so many important, experienced and quality players leaving so close together?

So you have those player departures, the move to a new stadium which was hampered by the fact that the property side of things, which was supposed to be a real cash cow, suffered due the worldwide economic downturn, along with some curious decision making from Arsene Wenger and it’s no wonder Arsenal have struggled to regain the Premier League crown.

Yet perhaps overlooked is the fact that Arsenal mounted a reasonable challenge in 2007-8 until injury and incident saw them fade, there was the first Champions League final in 2006 which they came within 14 minutes of winning having played since the 19th minute with 10 men, a Carling Cup final and a challenge of sorts last season even though Arsenal were very much hanging on with their fingernails most of the way there. The fact remains they were within 3 points of the eventual champions with 5 games to go.

I just wonder if the Invincibles have set the bar so high that Arsenal fans, of which I am one, find it hard to appreciate what they do have. They were so, so good that everything else since doesn’t feel like enough. Every failure is exacerbated and all the more painful because the memory of the Invincibles is still so fresh. That team would never have thrown away the league winning position the team of 2007-8 did, for example.

Yet Arsenal have gone through enormous changes and managed to stay more or less constant. Champions League qualification every year isn’t easy. You just need to look at Liverpool, finishing 7th a season after their strongest title challenge in years, to see how easily and quickly things can change. And they went through nothing like the changes Arsenal did.

I’m not trying to make excuses for Arsene Wenger. I think he’s made some odd choices, some wrong choices, and continues to do so. He is, at times, a very frustrating man, but nobody said he should be perfect. At the same time he has been working since 2006 with a net profit in the transfer market. That might be one of his odd choices when we’ve heard so often there’s money there but to keep Arsenal in the top four with the radical squad changes and basically spending no money at all is, when you think about it, a bit good.

It might not be good enough, at the end of the day all fans want their team to win trophies, but you just can’t help feeling the spectre of the Invincibles looms over everything he does. Arsenal fans were lucky to see an almost perfect team, lucky that four of the greatest players in the club’s history came together at the one time to blend with the other players at the club to form that winning group. but it’s unfair to judge teams that have come since against them.

There isn’t another Thierry Henry, there’s no new Pires, Vieira in his pomp was a once in a lifetime player and Bergkamp was truly special. The next generation have got a big fight on their hands to bring the success to Arsenal that those that came before did.

Perhaps the same manager who sculpted the crack-like Invincibles might just be capable of turning his next team into crystal meth. In a good way though.

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  1. Partnersuche Polen August 8, 2011 at 9:58 pm -

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  2. Diefenbaker September 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm -

    its not the same without DB10 and mad jens, parlour in midfield freddies runs in da box, pires’s sidefoot and 1 2′s with ashly cole, db10′s 40 yard crossfield’s that bends around the last defenders only for henry to miss, aluminia one of greatest 2nd keepers , some of the best matches were arsenal draws…..lauren wut a cool customer he was.wuss pretty difficult back thn with some teams wanting to do Fu***son favours . i.e. walrus, curbishley. Great article.

  3. Gold September 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm -

    You forget Lehmann. Why do we as fans always forget to mention Lehmann as one of The Invicibles? Is he too German to be a true Arsenal legend?

  4. Ernst September 8, 2010 at 10:02 am -

    fantastic read! Goosebumps at the end. Although I don’t think you gave Bergkamp enough credit when you said he’d probably make the bench. Henry would’ve been half the player if Dennis wasn’t around. Arsenal till I die

  5. Keith O'Connell September 8, 2010 at 9:50 am -

    I remember being at Blackburn in 2002, and the aforementioned greats were just getting into their stride. Their brilliance was breathtaking in a hard fought 3-2 win.

    And as noted above, it wasn’t only the grace and skill of Bergkamp, Pires, Henry and Vieira that made them so great. Bergkamps cheeky forearm smash on a particularly persistent repeat fouler put him squarely in his place, and then the great man went on to score the winning goal.

    Not that I condone violence, but Bergy’s devilish side was a thing of beauty.

  6. Brian September 8, 2010 at 9:29 am -

    Great writing as always, im glad arseblogger advertised you guys

    But what truly annoys me is that the invincibles are left off of a few ‘greatest’ teams lists

    Sky, ESPN, yahoo, To name a few

  7. Chris September 8, 2010 at 6:50 am -

    fantastic article, as i am in my early 20′s i have grown up with the Wenger era and feel privelged to have had the opportunity to watch such fantastic football throughout my childhood. I am not going to pretend i haven’t felt high levls of frustration during some of these times (especially over the last couple of seasons) but i would never of given up the quality of football i got to see for a few more pieces of silverware over the years. I really thinke we have some great quality coming through now with the likes of Wilshere and Gibbs and think as an Arsenal fan we should be genuinely excited about the squad we have now, for all those doubters, things could be a lot worse u could be a spurs fan….

  8. Sounak September 8, 2010 at 4:36 am -

    Fantastic Write-up.
    I am just hoping for the Invincibles-2 to show up before Wenger sings his last song at The Emirates. :D

  9. lotters September 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm -

    is that really Almunia? It looks so real and feels so real.. sorry to write something so un-footbal… and i’m an Arsenal fan and i don’t mind not winning… i d rather be in the top 4 constantly.. than taking a nosedive like Liverpool

  10. Sparky45 September 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm -

    Great article blogs; brought a rosy glow to my old cheeks it did! We WERE spoiled by those geniuses you mention, and I think that (almost) all of us who suffered through the Don Howe as manager period and the final meltdown of George’s reign realised that at the time.

    It is rather annoying that the near-constant moaning from some of our ‘supporters’ (who, incidentally, would seem to have no idea what happens behind the scenes at our club, despite their spurious claims to the contrary) have managed to cast a pall over this young and emerging squad. Never mind, a trophy may soothe their furrowed brows, although one prize will probably not be enough, it never is for this sort.

    Keep on pumping out the happy stuff, here and elsewhere, livens the day up mate!

  11. a gunner September 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm -

    WRONG – what is frustratin IS being near yet so far ! and a bit of tweaking would have got us over the line – THAT is the frustrating – ITS RUBBISH TO SAY THAT WE WANT A HENRY, PIRES, BERGKAMP, VIEIRA again to win a title – RUBBISH THIS !

    so many great teams over the years have evolved & gone onto win things by being a shadow of the their last winning teams !!!

  12. Lloydy77 September 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm -

    I feel privileged to have seen all of the players focussed on in this article and I only hope that Le Boss is capable of developing this side into one of somewhere near equal compare.

    There can be no doubts that there are frustrations amongst us all, as we appreciate the talent that Wenger posses but has decided to hamstring through giving the club the right financial position for future generations. Maybe, as other clubs are forced to sell and become unstable, we will realise quite how wise the past 5 years have been. Lets be honest, Mourinho et all would not have been able keep there respective teams in the top four without the cash.

    In Vermaelen, Fabregas, Arshavin and RVP we have players who could go on to be described as ‘Great’ if not ‘World Class’ Players. Add the youngsters in the form of Wilshere, Gibbs and possibly Lansbury then things look rosey.

    In response to RVP1968, All true Gooners are only ever made this way.

  13. Aminu September 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm -

    Great piece, As superb as the invincibles it talked about.

  14. RVP1968 September 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm -

    A pleasure to bump into this…have spent a pleasant 20 minutes reading like-minded gooners without getting wound up by johnny come latelys who are deeply offended that we have failed to win silverware or battle hardened gooners who yearn for the austere years under Billy Wright or indeed, anytime before Wenger.

    It came as little surprise then that last man back was Arseblogger. One day all gooners will be made this way..

  15. Stef September 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm -

    Very good article friend!
    Fingers crossed for a happy ending..

  16. Nick September 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm -

    superb article mate! this year i have a good feeling about the campaign and with the reinforcement we brought to the emirates (and maybe a keeper in the winter) we really have a chance to finally win some silverware again!

  17. Last man back September 7, 2010 at 12:56 pm -

    I know where Dirk is coming from too, rosicknote. However, that author’s bio – at the top of every article – should tell you something.

    Every week Lawrence Gray-Hodson, a man who made his name in the upper reaches of Division 2 in the 1970s and 80s as well as being a former Scotland and England international, writes a column exclusively for Three and in.

  18. rosicknote September 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm -

    Last Man Back,

    I can understand where Dirk was coming from. Some of the ‘little Englander’ isn’t funny at all. It could perhaps be if you are an Englishman. You do have to realise that the MAJORITY of Arsenal supporters lies outside of England. So any English jokes that are too ‘English’ to understand then it could easily be interpreted as xenophobic, over the top ANR-ish.

  19. Simon K September 7, 2010 at 11:53 am -

    As Mo says, we have had performances in a few of the last seasons worthy of winning the league but have been hampered by series of injuries leaving us without key players in key positions. In contrast our two main rivals have used private funding and borowing to have 2 experienced internationals for every position and be less hurt by injuries. In their defence Chelsea have used their resources wisely, rotating players to get rest and the availabity of more options at any time.

    If we are to win the league again we will need to keep the team we have now together and build adding experience and youth in equal doses. I think Wenger has been doing this just over a period of 2-3 years so much so that everyone seems to agree the only place we are really caught short is between the sticks.

    I think the future is bright. Manchester United/(Glazer)’s debt will catch up with them leaving only Chelsea/Man City in an elevated financial position. With more restrictions on squad size and nationality i think we will eventually benefit.

  20. Arsenal Station September 7, 2010 at 11:30 am -

    Very, very well done, friend.

  21. hurley September 7, 2010 at 11:17 am -

    Just realised it is blogs himself. Thanks for this Blogs (and the confusion you bastard!)

  22. Alex September 7, 2010 at 10:36 am -

    Fantastic article.
    All those tiresome, whinging, spoilt brat fans and the ‘Wenger Out!’ brigade should read this.
    Not that it would make the slightest bit of difference mind.

    So if our author is the Arseblogger, is the name short for ‘Last Man Back From The Pub’?

  23. knudi September 7, 2010 at 10:05 am -

    dan; go back to white hart lane. That’s obviously where your support lies.

    Brilliant good read. Personally I think that (unfortunately) the title will be decided if Almunia manages to find his old form. We have good defenders, a good midfield and forwards who like scoring goals(who doesn’t, but you get my point). With this team I think we’re closer to winning the title than since the invincibles, and if chelsea and united play sloppy games like they did last season there’s a great chance that the silver will come home where it belongs.

    But we have been spoiled by experiencing Viera, Henry, Bergkamp, Pires and so on. There will always be complaining about something, even if we win every game 4-0. “We should sell RvP while he’s still worth something so that we can buy a forward that will keep fit. Then we will win at least 5-0 in every game”. Too many(often myself included) get stuck on the few things that are negative, like the dodgy goalkeeper, and fail to see the goalscoring ability and the beautiful play that’s present. A shame really.

  24. Last man back September 7, 2010 at 9:48 am -

    Shaun – yes, correct. That works.

  25. Shaun September 7, 2010 at 9:46 am -

    Dirk, can we not do that already? If you click on the authors name it brings up their timeline with an rss feed link in the address bar. At least it does with my browser.

  26. Almunia September 7, 2010 at 9:41 am -

    I am of the opinion, that After this season, Song, TV, Kos, Cesc, Theo, Diaby will end up winning so many games at the tunnel a la the invincibles.

    This season will bring Silverware. I have the feeling. next season will all be about an un beatable run. an un shakable team. Arsenal will be so great, all other teams will look at us with envy. I have never felt this way since the days of Vieira, Edu, Lauren…

  27. time2waste September 7, 2010 at 9:32 am -

    I agree full heartedly, I have often tried to get across that whatever Wenger does in the future for Arsenal will be constantly compared to what he has already done and although this is natural I feel its completely counter-productive for Guuner fans to do!

    Thanks for a truly excellent article, has actually put a great big smile across my face this morning on what is surely the wettest day in history outside! =)

  28. Alex September 7, 2010 at 9:22 am -

    I agree with this article. Peronally I am content with Arsenal and Wenger thus far. I don’t expect to win the PL throphy (and face it cups are a bit random), winning the crown is more of a luxury than anything.

    Overall Wenger has done a brilliant job and we’d be wise to keep him for as long as possible.

  29. Last man back September 7, 2010 at 9:13 am -

    Dirk – will look into that. Also, the ‘little Englander’ stuff needs to be read with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

  30. hurley September 7, 2010 at 9:00 am -

    Excellent article, and wonderful memories. Big cheers.

    We have 3-4 potential world XI already, they just needs a small increase in form and an injury free run. God ? Please.

    (Cesc, RVP, Nasri, Arshavin) – Maybe TR if he carries on like he is.

    Thanks to for the link to here too.

    Have a good day all.

  31. Safety September 7, 2010 at 8:48 am -

    Despite the abundant riches of that team, let’s not forget Wengers own motivational skills. We were 2-1 down at half time to Liverpool that April having just been dumped out of both the Champions League and the FA Cup in successive games. He pumped them full of self belief in those brief minutes and they came out and won 4-2 (pires looking a different player in the second half). After that they never looked like losing. Wenger may have done some odd things in his time, but his style is the definition of inimitable. He makes Arsenal teams in his own way and there’s no point looking at how other teams do things for comparison because they’re not Arsenal and we wouldn’t be Arsenal if we copied them. Sometimes the players can’t quite deliver what he wants, but nonetheless he is never unclear in his own mind about what Arsenal should be doing. As soon as we get a team of players that listen to and follow his instructions unquestioningly (and now Gallas has gone this might happen), we can get back to the top. Believe!

  32. Dirk September 7, 2010 at 8:42 am -

    Nice article. If anyone can make it happen again it’s Le Boss.

    Feature request: Is there any way I can just subscribe to bloggers I want to read, like Last Man Back via RSS so I can skip some of the rest of the smallminded little Englander tripe on this site?

  33. Chris Kiwomya September 7, 2010 at 8:42 am -

    Erm, I always thought Last Man Back was, in fact, arseblogger?

    heh, correct.

    this has made my day

    nagyon buldog vagyok!!! :))

  34. SharkeySure September 7, 2010 at 8:41 am -

    Very good read that. Well played

  35. Ody September 7, 2010 at 8:39 am -

    I can’t believe Oleg Luzhny wasn’t mentioned

  36. abdul September 7, 2010 at 8:27 am -

    tears of joy come

  37. Last man back September 7, 2010 at 6:57 am -

    Erm, I always thought Last Man Back was, in fact, arseblogger?

    heh, correct.

  38. Dreamy Number 7 September 7, 2010 at 6:56 am -

    Good read, I fell in love with Arsenal by mistake back in ’98 when I was dating a girl who was a season ticket holder so the whole ‘Wenger transformation’ happened right before my eyes. I do think we sometimes forget what he done at the club, the diets, the fitness etc, it is now considered the norm throughout the league, but I too think that maybe if he had of signed just one or two players when the squad was crying out for them then we perhaps would not be entering our 6th year since last winning a trophy…

  39. drew10 September 7, 2010 at 6:40 am -

    Forget the invincibles I would be happy with this team just becoming the unbreakables, especially RVP!!

  40. Arsenal Samurai September 7, 2010 at 6:30 am -

    We’re only a goalie away from The Invincibles. Robin van Persie, Chamakh, Cesc, Rosicky, Theo, Nasri, Vermaelen, Squillaci, Kos, Bacary, Geal and even Manuel can lift the team if they show the spirit and desire of winning, the can become “Invincibles II — The Return”

  41. Tomas September 6, 2010 at 11:02 pm -

    Erm, I always thought Last Man Back was, in fact, arseblogger?

    Anyway, in a convoluted way I’m glad that I started following Arsenal (resp. football in general) way too late, starting with the 2006/07 season, eventually becoming a fan. So yeah, I missed out on the Invincibles, and I can only imagine how it is to support a team which has 3, 4 players of Fabregas’ calibre. And is winning silverware on top of it.

    But I guess I’m a humble man. The sight of Cesc, Rosicky, RvP, Song etc is enough to give me goose bumps.

  42. dan September 6, 2010 at 10:39 pm -

    if you think that you are very misguided

  43. Paul September 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm -

    Yea fair comment there Last Man Back, perhaps 03/04 might not have happened if we didnt have the motivation from losing in 02/03…

    Dan, wtf, i think we’ve got some real talent in this side, give them a chance to see what they can do. Realistically we’re only a goalkeeper and one more defensive midfielder away from a truly ‘world class’ squad.

  44. Last man back September 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm -

    Paul, fair point, but a lot comes down to that Bolton game in which Allardyce told his team to kick Arsenal off the pitch. Perhaps the pain of that season is what inspired the Invincibles.

  45. dan September 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm -

    we need cocaine to put up with this average lot we got now.

  46. Paul September 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm -

    Great post all round, loved it.

    However, you say “That team would never have thrown away the league winning position the team of 2007-8 did, for example.”

    Not true. They threw away more than that when we lost the league in 02/03. We had a huge lead and looked easily the best team until the back end. This amazing side should have had two doubles in a row followed by the unbeaten season and the FA Cup another season later to crown an amazing 4 seasons. Would’ve been the true legacy of a great side…

  47. bpm September 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm -

    I must say, really enjoyed reading this.
    The Invincibles were a one of. We should be really proud as Arsenal fans that we got to see them play.

  48. Last man back September 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm -

    Sorry David, see what you mean. Will amend that.

  49. Last man back September 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm -

    Mo – I distinctly remember complaints during the unbeaten season that Arsenal were drawing too many games.

    David – Preston’s was only a 20-something game season. And I never said Wenger bought Bergkamp.

    Thanks for the Arseblog comparisons. Uncanny.

  50. sammy September 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm -

    nice article. trust in Wenger. we may not be the best but we’re giving it a real go with pennies. and if we do manage to win atrophy or two, it will feel so much sweeter. could be worse , we could be spurs. and without Wenger, we would be spurs. if i inherited billions (dream dream dream) i would buy the club and give Wenger 10% for his foresight, loyalty and near perfect financial stewardship of our beloved club. screw the haters, spurs play down the road.

  51. David September 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm -

    Good article.
    However, Preston North End did it before The Arsenal.
    And Bruce Rioch signed Bergkamp.

  52. om September 6, 2010 at 8:03 pm -

    awesome article, consider yourself bookmarked :)

    couldn’t agree more with everything you’ve written. Just a few *boilks* and you’ll be up there with arseblog !

  53. mo September 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm -

    Good post. While I agree with most of what you say I must point out that when we did have all those great players we were only competing with one other team – Manchester United. Okay, when we won the Premiership in 2004, it was Chelsea’s first year under Abramovich’s billions (and then they went on to win the tittle two years running in 2005 and 2006).

    What I’m saying is, the attraction to play for Arsenal in 2000 or 2001 was a lot greater than it is now. Manchester City and now (depressingly) Spurs are in the mix not to mention Liverpool (to some extent) and these teams can offer players either lucrative contracts and/or Champion’s League football.
    Had it not been for the change of climate in the Premier League there’s no doubt in my mind that players like Essien; Alex; Cech; Tevez; Yaya etc etc would either be playing in Spain or Italy – or for Manchester United or Arsenal.

    Times have changed and we’re no longer the team that will win the Premiership if Manchester United don’t. Arsenal fans – including myself – have to get used to this fact and just support our team and hope for the best as it’s no team’s divine right to win a trophy just because they won a few some years ago.

    I’ll leave you with this, because even in our pomp with Henry, Pires etc etc there was discontent in the stands.
    I was at the Champion’s League game against Inter (at Highbury) when they beat us 0-3 (in 2003). It was over before half time and two guys sitting behind me (upper tier east stand) said:

    “what we should do is sell Vieira and Henry and get £100m for them and start again”

    So, it’s easy to say in hindsight how great things were and I hope most Arsenal fans will agree that in the next ten years when we’ve paid everything off and we have a self sustained business in buying payers etc that we will be in a very strong position to compete and maybe – just maybe – even dominate.

    It’s an idea anyway…up the Arsenal.

  54. PaGaL September 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm -

    I concur with your point. However, I feel that what most gooners are upset about is that while constantly finishing in the top4 and challenging the title, we could have won it with one or two signings. Nothing extraordinary price-wise, or out of reach for Arsenal’s vast scouting network throughout the world.

  55. limpar11 September 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm -

    good blog mate enjoyed reading it , im sure the wait for silver WARE is not far away ,

  56. DT September 6, 2010 at 7:06 pm -

    I guess the counterpoint to this is that Wenger brought those 4 together, so he can do it again. And should. Like, now. Why not?

    Personally, I think you’re right. However, looking through the squad there’s 2 or 3 players who could be truly exceptional. One already is, one can be when he can be arsed, and the other’s started the season well before knee-knack. I think this group, it it stays largely together, will bring home some silver this season or next.

  57. Anders September 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm -

    Superbly written mate! Keep up this good work and you will be closing the gap of insight to the mighty arseblogger. Regards from Sweden, Yours sincerely – anders

  58. llama September 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm -

    Fantastic article, echos my thoughts exactly. Everytime I see an Arsenal blog spouting crap out of their asses about how doomed we are, and how Wenger has to go, I’ll link ‘em to this piece :).

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