Stoke 1-0 Arsenal | Forget the title, we’re actually battling for fourth place again

An abysmal performance from a worryingly impotent Arsenal saw us slip to third in the Premier League and allowed the neanderthals of Stoke to gleefully herald another win over pantomime villain Wenger.

In fairness we were shocking and deserved nothing from the game. We were outplayed by Stoke who created the better chances and had more goal attempts. If it wasn’t for the fact that Peter Crouch has the coordination of a newborn giraffe we’d have been behind a lot sooner than the 76th minute as he spurned a couple of very presentable opportunities.

At the other end… well, not a lot happened. We didn’t really threaten and it wasn’t until injury time that we had a chance good enough to get me off my seat, but unfortunately Sanogo ballooned a harmless shot over the bar to perfectly sum up our afternoon.

It’s a shame we can’t play a side which is saving itself for a cup final every week, because unlike Sunderland, Stoke were actually up for the challenge, had a gameplan and didn’t allow us the time and space that Gus Poyet’s men did last Saturday. That gameplan predictably involved being physical and Mark Hughes made sure the hatchet men were out in force today. They targeted Giroud as Charlie Adam, Erik Pieters, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson all clattered into him, disrupting what little rhythm we had as our midfielders tried to play their one-twos with the big man.

It seems that the only person who didn’t realise it would be a physical contest was Wenger. He left the only steel we have in the entire squad — Flamini — on the bench and went with the silky but soft Arteta and Wilshere in the middle. Away from home against Stoke and you don’t play Flamini? Shocking Wenger.

Almost as shocking as leaving the Ox sitting next to him on the bench for 75 minutes and fielding an attacking quartet of Giroud (slow) flanked by Cazorla (slow) and Podolski (slow) with Rosicky (slow) sitting in the hole. No pace means no threat on the counter, nobody to run at the defenders and nobody with the speed to make a darting run inside a fullback or beyond Giroud to try and stretch the defence.

As a result the Stoke backline were comfortable all match, sitting deep and watching us play short, ineffective passes across the pitch and then all the way back again. It really is time to develop some other tactics as a plan B because once it became clear our approach wasn’t working we had nothing to fall back on.

Just when a frustrating 0-0 looked on the cards, a debatable penalty call against Koscielny meant one point became none. His hand was definitely up in the air and there was contact with the ball, but did he mean it? I’ve seen it a few times and if I’m honest I’d have been screaming for it down the other end, so it’s just one of those things that went against us today. It shouldn’t overshadow how poor we were though or that if anyone deserved the three points it was Stoke.

Don't get fouled by Stoke players or this lot will be booing you

Don’t get fouled by Stoke players or these pricks will be on your case

Now when I mentioned the Stoke neanderthals in my opening sentence I wasn’t just referring to those on the pitch because there were plenty in the stands too. Cheering every Ryan Shawcross touch in a clear reference to the Ramsey incident showed what little class these inbreds have. Apparently, it’s a worse crime to refuse someone’s apology after he nearly ended your career than it is to snap someone’s leg in two with a shocking tackle. Then, after Giroud hauled himself to his feet after being studded by Charlie Adam, he found himself booed for… well, I guess being studded by Charlie Adam. It seriously beggars belief — booing the opposing players for being fouled. And the totally unfunny thing of mocking Wenger by waving their arms around, what’s that all about? I quite like a bit of banter from the crowd, but is Wenger the only manager who gesticulates when things don’t go his way? Of course not. People like Alan Pardew go around headbutting players, shoving linesmen and swearing at opposing managers, but does he get any stick? No. They’re just singling Wenger out because he once said they play too aggressively (which we saw clear evidence of today and which was a totally justifiable allegation under Tony Pulis) and because… well, because they’re twats really.

Anyway, a run of two wins from our last six games has seen us slip to third. And those six games were mostly against ‘easy’ teams, so the bad news now is we have a horrendous run of four tough fixtures. We are four points off the top, but if Spurs see off a poor Cardiff side tomorrow we’ll be just six points clear of them in fifth. As I’ve been saying all season, forget the title race because we just aren’t good enough. Instead, the business end of the season has arrived and we’re in our annual battle for fourth again.

Not that I think that’s a disaster. Again, as I’ve said all along, I’ll happily take fourth place as long as Wenger actually spends the £100m he’s sitting on in the summer and addresses our serious squad deficiencies so we can challenge properly next season. And I don’t mean by signing some more Sanogos, or getting some more Kallstroms on loan. I mean by targeting and acquiring the world class players that we need. There is nothing wrong with Wenger’s radar — after all, he bid for Suarez, Higuain and Cabaye, all of whom have had fine seasons. The thing that worries me is his dithering and his over-worrying about pulling the trigger.

Something needs to change in our transfer strategy this summer otherwise guess where we’ll be this time next year — that’s right, in a battle for fourth place again and still no silverware to celebrate. Exactly where we were last year and the year before that. I could understand that when we had no money and Wenger was doing the best he could with little resources, but with the stadium debt now down to very low levels and our major sponsorship deals having been successfully renegotiated, there really are no more excuses.

Sort it out Arsene, our patience is wearing thin.

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    Wordsmith

    Your frustrations match mine, that was piss poor. I think we’ll finish closer to 4th than to 1st and hopefully we can win the FA Cup and get this ‘no silverware’ monkey off our back. But like you say, AW needs to stop making stupid mistakes with his team selection like he did today.

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    N5 bloke

    stoke fans, bucnh of cunts. That is all.

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    Martin Hartshill

    ONE HUNDRED RED CARDS!

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      Gooner Steve

      What’s the point you’re trying to make, that Arsenal are a dirtier team than Stoke? Seriously?! Most of those red cards came for second yellow cards or professional fouls, not for snapping an opponents leg in half.

      One statistic which can be twisted to try and prove a case which doesn’t exist doesn’t alter the fact that your side are nasty. Oh look, Charlie Adam may face FA action for his stamp on Giroud — I rest my case…

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    del

    I thought exactly what you title said after the lose. We are not longer in the title race but now fighting for fourth place.

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      Spectrum

      Why are we surprised that we’re no longer in the title race ? This collapse happens every year. Which is exactly what you’d expect under the (mis)management of a “specialist in failure.” No hope of winning the champion’s league, our odds on winning the title have now blown out from 15/2 to a massive 20/1, and the only trophy left for Wenger to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in, is the F.A. Cup.

      One record isn’t under threat though ; No Arsenal manager has gone without a trophy longer than Arsene Wenger.

      FACT.

      “In Arsene we rust.”

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    del

    4th

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      Spectrum

      5th. And a new contract signed by the manager, as a gift of appreciation from our ambitious board.

      “In Arsene we rust.”

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    BradT

    In the same way had we won this game we couldn’t say we’d win the league – we really cant then go on another (familiar) rant that we’ve got no chance. Beating Chelsea away will change everything, and this season – we will take Mourinho’s home record. 100%. How do i know…? You’d never believe me if i told you. But EVERYONE of you reading this, trust me and put MONEY on Arsenal winning at Chelsea.

    PS Chelsea will finish 3rd and Liverpool will finish 4th.

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      Spectrum

      @Brad T – As they say – “a fool and his money are soon parted”. You’re either delusional, or a blind optimist who treats his cash like Monopoly money.

      You’re willing to bet on a tactically incompetent “specialist in failure” who in ten attempts, has never beaten a Chelsea side coached by Jose Mourinho ? A man who has won nothing for nearly nine years, against a man who has won just about everything in England and Europe in his MUCH SHORTER and glittering career ? Good luck with that one.

      ” In Arsene we rust.”

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    DJ

    Didn’t Flamini threaten Wilson at Emirates?? You’re not Angels! I still remember Vieira, Petit stamping probably back when you supported someone else.

    Too much to just say the better team won, always need to bring up a tackle from 4 years ago to excuse why you lost. Try moving on!!

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    Charlie A

    It wasn’t the fact that Giroud went down and got trodden on by Adam that Stoke fans were booing him!!! It was the fact that he went down under every challenge and had no interest in playing football! You should really look at his performance rather than Stokes’ fans! If Arsenal fans had the good grace to admit it wasn’t their day today and they lost to the better team, and stopped moaning, they’d have a real chance this year!

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    GMV8

    Stoke were certainly not the better team, and should’ve had a least two sendings off. It was clear that they aimed to foul their way to any points they got, and they never looked like scoring until we literally handed them a goal. I’m sure Arsenal fans would not bring up that tackle, if Stoke still didn’t hold the same sort of philosophy to playing games. I guess we should be grateful that at least we didn’t add to our injury list this weekend,

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    Gooner Steve

    To all the Stoke fans saying ‘let it go’ about the Ramsey tackle: I would gladly, but as soon as the match started you Stoke fans started cheering Shawcross’ every touch. And every time Ramsey plays against you he gets booed.

    It’s you lot that can’t let it go, offended because Ramsey won’t accept Shawcross’ apology and therefore booing him and cheering Shawcross. Ridiculous behaviour from you Stoke fans.

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    Charlie A

    That’s why you win nothing!!! Why would you feel the need to berate smaller teams who don’t let you play the beautiful game? Concentrate on the teams that are winning things above you!!!!

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    Moose

    It’s you arsenal teats that won’t let it go.. and Ramsey with the “shush” celebration in front of the stoke fans. Stop booing shawcross and maybe Ramsey stops getting booed too?

    You really are a precious bunch of sanctimonious pricks.

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    Wolfgang

    We are battling for 4th. Don’t be surprised 4th could be out of reach.
    It’s the soa same old arsene/Arsenal trying to weave a way through a massed defence.
    The gunners style of attack is slow and predictable.
    Until this changes,I doubt whether the trophy doubt could beended.

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    Dan

    9 years of stubborn Wenger with his plan A and no plan B, C, or any other plan. Everyone who knows the premiership knows that Stoke are a strong physical side at home. They press and bully sides into submission. Yet Wenger does not know this??? You don’t get time to play keep ball and pick out passes, your legs will get taken away!!! Change the way you play when at the Brittania. Wenger says no, stick to plan A of keep ball and pick out passes. Plan A isn’t working..OK, stick with plan A…Mr Wenger, can you not see plan A is not working?? Yeah but stick with plan A. Mr Wenger we are getting hammered! Yes but stick to plan A. Me Wenger have you got a plan B? Yes…It’s plan A.
    We can buy the best players in the world but with Wenger they will be wasted. Not that Wenger would pay for them (do not say Ozil. One player will not change anything)The board at Arsenal don’t care about football. Their in it to line their own pockets and Wenger is their well paid fall guy.
    And another thing. The Stoke fans put ours to shame. They sang witty off the cuff songs. You try starting a chant at the Emirates!! Everyone looks at you like your an alien!
    Yes i live in North London. Yes i go to games. Yes i support Aesenal. It doesn’t mean that i can’t be critical of glaringly obvious short comings.

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      Spectrum

      @Dan – “Mr Wenger we are getting hammered! Yes but stick to plan A. Mr. Wenger have you got a plan B? Yes…It’s plan A.”

      l.o.l. That’s exactly how Wenger thinks. His only tactic is to attack. No thought given to the opposition’s formation, strengths and weaknesses e.t.c. at all. He just tells the players “Go out there and play.” And when things don’t go according to “plan”, he is at a loss to know what to do.Other coaches are up off their seat being proactive, gesticulating, shouting instructions, barking orders and criticising and encouraging where necessary. What does Wenger do ? He stays glued solidly to his seat on the touchline, wringing his hands in frustration, and wearing the worried look of a constipated schoolkid. That’s when he’s not fiddling with the zipper on his oversized jacket, of course.

      Wenger admitted himself before the Spurs game a season or two ago, that he doesn’t study/plan for, the opposition’s players. What happened in that particular game ? Two of Spurs’ goals were scored in almost exactly the same manner – due to errors from defenders. And this is merely ONE example of Wenger’s tactical ineptitude. How many games have we lost due to his rigid inflexible thinking and his consequent failure to learn from his mistakes ?

      ” In Arsene we rust.”

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    Nico

    Absolutely agree – how Wenger could leave out Flamini and Chamberlain baffles me! Pathetic performance, we are fighting for fourth place now. Maybe Wenger knows we have no chance to win the prem and rests them for the Everton game! For a team in the position we were in before the game 1 point behind the leaders you would think they would go all out attack and get the fucking points we need to make our challenge for the title. We were a shambles, weak and not interested in getting for – how frustrating to watch these poor excuses for winners! We have no flowing attack anymore, stagnant, flat and square – the ball goes to Giroud he tries to hold it and the move stops as passes back or square or mostly loses it! No one running forward , no creative movement nothing – flat!

    Having said that Stoke were a bunch oh thugs motivated by their thug of a manager who promotes the type of tackles Adams was carrying out all game – two horrific stamps on Girouds leg one of which the ref gave the foul to Stoke!! And both as far as I am concerned should have been red cards + a high studded kick on Arteta’s leg. I noticed MoTD didn’t show the identical first Adam stamp on Giroud to that of his second. And didn’t really make much of it? As for the penalty – very generous. On to a month of hell where more than likely we’ll be out of the FA CIO, out of Europe and drop down to 4th or 5th in the league – after such a great season to end scrapping for 4th again! Only one person to blame for not strengthening the strike force – sorry but I am tired of this year in year out – enough is enough we must strengthen in the umber severely and show intent and the ambition we all have been wishing for for years!!! Fed up

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      Spectrum

      Nico – The only thing you didn’t say was “Wenger OUT” ! That’s okay – I’ll say it for you.

      ” In Arsene we rust.” ( sums it all up perfectly, doesn’t it ? )

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    Charlie A

    Has the Stoke result ended your season? Oh we hope so! Not much fun seeing you challenging, we haven’t seen it since we’ve been in the Prem!

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    Nico

    Carlie A your a Knob!

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      Spectrum

      Charlie’s telling the truth, as much as we hate to admit it. And the truth hurts, doesn’t it, A.K.B.’s ?

      “In Arsene we rust.”

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      Spectrum

      Where is Charlie wrong ?

      ” In Arsene we rust.”

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    Mannix

    Wenger Wenger Wenger how can you explain this to the world?How are you going to face Morinho and proves his sentiment wrong?You had your chances to battle for something but you blew it away as usual,we always out of every titles every season in a time like this,when other successful and ambitious manager busy to reinforce their weaknesses during summer break you are busy bidding what is impossible or offered a price that can’t worth Toyota corolla for cardilac or Ferrari which you know can’t be possible You never give it all on winning any trophy but how much you can save for your greedy bosses,now you have failed to convince the like of Sagna to sign new contract because your ego tells you to let him join Man City for free rather than breaking your stupid philosophy that always weakened our squad,when Fergie retained Giggs and brought back Scholes out of retirement and helped his weak team wins EPL title he was stupid.Rosicky is another star to go free coz Wenger egocentric won’t allow him to keep the guyat emirates till his retirement therefore if this board won’t give control of this club to Usmanov have arsenal interest at heart then Arsenal will always be the same successful failure if not specialist of failing.

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    Spectrum

    Didn’t know that Sagna may be going to Manchester City. But who can blame him if he does ? He’ll join the exodus of former Arsenal players who have recognised that they’ll never win anything under the has-been we have in charge now. Interesting that all of the ones who HAVE left us, have gone on to win medals with their new clubs.

    In fact, Wenger may as well have personally pinned the winners medal on Van Persie’s chest after he sold him to United – and thus enabled THEM to win the league !!! ( Arsene sure knows, doesn’t he ) ?

    ” In Arsene we rust.”

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    Wolfgang

    If Arsenal implode in the epl race,blame Wenger.He shd have bought a striker but he
    wants to focus on the future .This is especially so since Arsenal have a good chance of winning the title. The 8 point gap over Pool has evaporated. With some tough matches coming up,it can only get worst unless the gunners can show a dramatic turn in form.
    Btw,the fm has not signed a contact extension. I believe he wants to find out if he can finally win a trophy.If not he might finally move.Inthis day and age ,no one is indispensable.You are judged on results.
    The fm wouldn’t have lasted so long at any other top club.It would be a shame if he were really to leave. The problem is he won’t compromise on his principles.
    We will wait and see.

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    Spectrum

    Wolfgang – Agree with most of what you said, except for the part about “it would be a shame if he were really to leave.” You’re basing that thought on sentiment, not logic. As you said – “You’re judged on results.” Wenger, because of his own stubborn flaws and refusal to do the right thing, has only himself to blame. I stopped having sympathy for him long ago.He is now handicapping our club and preventing us from moving forward as we should be for a club of our size and reputation.

    ” In Arsene we rust.”

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    Shanzu

    To Spectrum, Mannix, Dan, Nico, Wolfgang and all those who secretly agree with these guys but lack the guts to stand up and state their frustrations, feelings, emotions etc at the stalemate of success at our beloved Arsenal, I have been for many years now together with the writer of this blog, critical of Arsene and the Board stating that Wenger/Board MUST change their ways or GO but to no avail. Instead we have withstood frenetic abuse, ridiculed and accused of not being true supporters of the club but as things stand it appears that we have been correct all along! No club of the financial caliber of Arsenal, MU, etc should ever be in such a position of no success for so long. I regard this as an insult to those passionate fans that spend exorbitant amounts of money and their time in support of their club. Look at MU who have been leaders for the past 20 years, the board have given Moyes their new manager this season, twelve games to reform or he will be sacked!! We on the other hand are giving Wenger a new five-year contract!!!! If he accepts and there is no change in philosophy we will simply endure another 5 years of failure but the Board will be content with the short term continued inflow of money! It seems to me that the Wenger/Board measure of success is to maintain a high level on return on their investment. I have no objection to a reasonable return on anybody’s investment but there is a limit. In order to maintain growth we must invest with vigor to win and keep the fans (ie the customer), the media and indeed the sponsors happy otherwise failure to succeed on the pitch will mean long term financial failure. I am not preaching it is so obvious and basic economics and I am baffled that the great economist Wenger has failed to grasp this aspect of the business. Back to the game of football, everybody in the game has said all season that we lack squad depth and is the reason that success will be limited to top 4 only – again! As for the FA cup yes we still have a chance of winning but this will not change the future because Wenger will think that this success will prove his philosophy is on the right track. I disagree and maintain that the Arsenal Board and Wenger should GO NOW for the sake of the game and our club.

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    Dan

    At the beginning of every season Gazadis has gone in front of the press and stated that Wenger has the money and backing of the board to buy players. In the summer just gone he made no secret of the fact Wenger had £80 million to spend. Wenger then puts in unrealistic under priced bids for players that he knows the selling club will laugh at.
    That’s the bases covered. Gazadis says I told you we had the money to spend and Wenger says you have seen I bid for players. Once again they have tried to pull the wool over the fans eyes.
    The board get the hard working fans money in their back pockets while giving Wenger his cut of it and a pat on the back. Another big money 5 year contract for Wenger!!
    Ozil was a panic buy. After the a summer transfer window with no money spent and the opening loss to Villa the fans were voicing their concerns and getting on Wenger’s back. In my opinion he knew he had to make a big money signing to quieten everyone down. Although i rate Ozil as a top player he was not the player we needed. A world class striker and strengthening at the back is what was needed. Ozil is starting to realise his signing was made for crowd control reasons and not football reasons.
    A Liverpool supporting friend of mine said to me that Wenger has turned the team into a bunch of weak pussies. We can’t play a physical game. We get bullied off the ball and go down too easy losing possession of the ball. This was obvious in yesterday’s game. This is down to Wenger’s philosophy of beautiful football. As another friend keeps reminding me, beautiful football doesn’t win trophies. We have no strength in depth. We are badly missing Ramsey and Wallcott.
    Every season around this time due to the lack of depth we crumble and fade. We then rely and HOPE that the teams above us slip up and LET us back into the race.
    In no way do i blame the players. They are quality players and deserve more recognition for their hard work. The only thing holding them back is Wenger’s ethics, tactics and stubbornness.

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    Shanzu

    Dan the man you are spot on with your views on the footballing side, I tried to put forward the financial strength argument. This being that if they carry on with their present philosophy their financial rewards are short term because in the long term the lack of success on the pitch will affect the club’s returns and than panic will set in and action will have to be taken. What a pity they can’t see this now and avert such future crisis!!

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      Dan

      I agree. You put your point in an articulate manner.
      The problem is not only the board and Wenger. It is also having Kroenke as the owner. He is a business man that has no interest in the club as a sporting entity. He only see’s the financial gains to be made from the business side of the club. Lady Bracewell Smith has since spoken of her regret in selling her shares to him.
      Kroenke has recently bought a huge plot of land in the USA. Now we know where the money is going.
      My wish is that Usmanov manages to buy enough shares to force a takeover and re employ David Dein. Then we will have 2 people who will want to bring the glory days back to a club they love.

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    Spectrum

    Shanzu and Dan – Well said. The whole culture at Arsenal stinks. There’s no appreciation from Kroenke of what Arsenal’s footballing traditions mean to the supporters. Fair enough, he’s a businessman and expects to make a profit on his investment. He’s doing that, but because he’s indifferent to the fan’s hopes and expectations, he’s not motivated to put pressure on C.E.O. Gazidis – and in turn, Wenger – to satisfy those hopes and expectations. Sure, they talk publicly about their aspirations and how we’re setting ourselves up for the future ( financially ), but as Shanzu pointed out, this is counterproductive unless they balance profits with on-field success.

    Wenger is long past it, and is only useful to the board as a revenue making source. He hasn’t got the tactical, team selection and man-management skills to deliver the footballing success that we crave. Until they realise that they need to ditch Wenger and bring in a manager who can achieve that blend of revenue generation whilst ALSO winning silverware – we’ll continue on this endless treadmill.

    Worryingly, by their continued wholehearted support for Wenger and the insanity of offering him a new contract, they’ve decided on their chosen course. That course will inevitably result in further fan unrest, and ultimately that resulting pressure will lead to heads rolling. It’s just a matter of when. Troubled times ahead, sad to say.

    ” In Arsene(and the board)we rust.”

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