Arsenal – One Big Happy Family. Or Not As The Case May Be.

Emmanuel Adebayor has spoken of how the squad is like a family to him,

We are all the same generation. We all understand each other well, we know what we need to do

He took time to praise his little brother, Cesc,

Here everyone know about the clairvoyance of Cesc Fabregas. He sees the game so clearly, better than anyone. I don’t even need to talk to him for him to know where I am – same with Flamini, I don’t need to ask. They know I like to make runs and to receive the ball deep so we don’t need to talk, all I need to do is call and the ball arrives

It has been a little awry recently with tiredness taking its toll on form. Sunday is the perfect chance to rectify that and being a big game, I would be surprised if the team did not put in a big performance.

And the Arsenal squad are like a family. Publicly united but in-fighting breaking out here and there. Did I say ‘in-fighting’? Well, more disaffection.

Chief malcontent is Alex Hleb, reportedly at the centre of a ‘tapping up’ storm with Arsene wanting to involve UEFA amid claims that, as of yet are unsubstantiated, Internazionale were testing the water over a possible transfer with the player.

Whilst their involvement is not yet proven, it would be naïve to believe that he walked out of the team hotel to meet with Claudio Vigorelli to discuss the game ahead over a Tutti Frutti.  The Guardian reports that they went to Inter’s offices in Milan that might well be an Ice Cream bar given the serious drop in their revenues over recent seasons. Somehow, though I doubt it.

The incident begs several questions. Firstly, is Hleb unhappy at the club, unsettled enough to seek a move? Rumours have abounded that he will be the subject of a bid from Barcelona in the summer for months. The player has towed the ‘company line’ about togetherness and belief in the squad. If it is a case of ‘white man speaks with forked tongue’, he has let his colleagues down badly. Hleb though cannot win; the speculation has cast considerable doubt about his performances in some quarters. Whilst his form since Christmas has not been as consistent as the opening three months of the season, he is not alone in that respect. Arguably, all of the squad have been inconsistent otherwise; there would not have been four consecutive Premier League draws.

The second issue I have is as to why he was allowed to leave the hotel on the night before an important European tie. Surely, there would have been orders to rest and relax not go out on the town. On the other hand, did he sneak out? For me though, the telling point is that Arsene has obviously not believed Hleb’s version of events otherwise he would not be considering reporting Internazionale. This is a dangerous precedent. The Frenchman works on treating the players like adults, irrespective of age. However, he has shown in the past that he is not slow to relegate players to ‘extras’ if they betray that trust.

Away from their relationship and Hleb’s actions, although inextricably linked to it, I find the reactions to be extreme. Condemnation has been swift with his lack of goals being a previously ignored sore point, now surfacing in the wish for him to sling his hook. It indicates to me that the reservations held over his performances have not been universally won over by his form this season. Were he to leave, it would be a big hole for the team to fill although I have no doubt that Arsene would fill it. The interesting aspect though has been the comparison to the reactions that greeted Cesc’s admission that he met with officials of Real Madrid last summer. There was a muted criticism of him but almost to a man, Real were seen as the villains. Not much different to Hleb’s outing; the difference in the popularity of the players though is marked.

The truth will never come out. Arsene will condemn, Inter deny and Hleb remain silent. If he leaves, it is a case of ‘I told you so’; if he stays, it will take some time for him to be trusted totally by the support. Isn’t it interesting though that this story emerges in the lead up to the Chelsea game where the comparisons are there to be made with Ashley Cole. Or am I being overly cynical?

As if that was not enough, the outside influence disrupting the serenity that previously cast its shadow over The Emirates rears his ugly head in another branch of the family. Abou Diaby’s agent, Roger Boli, has come out and said that his client’s future is not at The Emirates,

He’s a super player.  For now he is learning under Arsene Wenger, but in two years he can make the leap to a major Italian team

Two observations; firstly is he speaking with his client’s approval? Probably. Secondly, it raises an interesting point about Arsenal’s standing in the World game, or at least the perception of it. The inference is that The Emirates is almost a primary school, a building block en route to the secondary school that is the rest of the former G14. More accurately though, it signifies the Agents perception of the club because they will not play his client in his favoured position or enough money, whichever is his current agenda. I can almost read the reactions to Boli’s comments though…

‘til Tomorrow.

126 thoughts on “Arsenal – One Big Happy Family. Or Not As The Case May Be.

  1. nacho

    Well, you don’t care, anything is useful for you to disqualify other people’s opinions.

    Gee sounds like you !
    thats straight out of the nacho text book !

  2. I sincerly believe now that some people are here with ulterior motives.

    As they only seem to appear whenever the team is not doing well.

    Dein and co do have a very long reach, could it be they now have swines posting on blogs to sell their agenda?

  3. That what I said at 4:07 Shango. These people must be paid by David Dein to upset the stability at Arsenal and shake the board….F*cking mercenaries who have nothing to do other than get a few quids a day, buy some cheap beer and right cr*p to incite the fans against their club.

  4. I sincerly have come to believe that. All genuine fans should realise this and not engage them. What is the point?

  5. It’s a catch 22 Shango, if we let them…their voices may grow louder and sway some un-aware fans. If we fight them, it gives them the importance…..What scum they are.

  6. http://www.skysports.com/football/stats/club/0,19887,11670,00.html

    some stats…just to prove tht the blip in ade’s form is largely due to virtually non existant midfield..in terms of penetration.
    goals scored in premiership:

    Ade:19
    fabregas :7 (gud old days!!)
    Rosicky: 6 (enf for his season)
    RVP:5
    Eduardo:4
    Gallas:3
    Flamini:3
    Walcott:2
    Bendtner:2

    A bunch of goals came from RVP, Fabregas and Rosicky during which Ade was in very gud form.

    2 of them..RVP and Rosicky soon as every season had to visit the hospital for a decent time..thts wen the goals dried up from fabregas….and wenger was forced to introduce Eduardo…..at which point Ade suddenly came to life..he was red hot in form in front of goal……..

    Unfortunately Dudu was injured…and RVP Rosicky werent thr…Hleb never improved his scoring record this season….so all down to Ade…result no goals in 4 premier league games…

    Its very very logical to reason out the reason for this slump..i see it clearly…no one thot dudu wud be injured in such a major way…ade is in no way inferior to Bendtner at least..plz dont give lectures on “y Bendtner wasnt given chance to shine and al…”..reason…he came bak from loan only this season…
    yes we r playing poorly…Ade is the reason??…no way!!

  7. Rohan all the stats in the world will not convince some people. It is true Ade has not scored for a few games but all strikers have slumps. The amount of work a loan striker has to do means he will get tired sooner or later. The injuries to our other strikers this season have been long term and nobody could have predicted that not even the real Oracle.

  8. Rohan all the stats in the world will not convince some people. It is true Ade has not scored for a few games but all strikers have slumps. The amount of work a loan striker has to do means he will get tired sooner or later. The injuries to our other strikers this season have been long term and nobody could have predicted that not even the real O.R.A.C.L.E.

  9. Ethan says: “HAHA i caused quite a stir !”

    And that whoop of joy is all anyone needs to know about him.

    Please, people, don’t feed the trolls.

  10. I agree with nolagunner’s last post, that was exactly what I felt when I read that from.

    shango: your idea is a bit too conspiracy theorist for my liking. There are lots of genuinely stupid fans out there, never happy with anything, and some even pathological, that want the team to do wrong just to be proven right.

    Still, there are economic reasons behind that: the media and the system in which we live in promotes that kind of instant gratification stupidity. It benefits them.

  11. steve
    do you really need stats ?
    come on ! all you need to do is look at the boro game and count the amount of times he coughed up possession ! or in the last hand full of games that his slip in form s HAPPEN and at the most unfavorable times !

    This is the time when he needed to prove the ‘fairy land squad’ he has what it takes !

    Ands yes rohan you retard of course he’s scored more goals than anyone ! he is in the striking position and has been all season ,and wont pass to anyone else !! ronald mac donald could have scored more goals in the same space of time and chances given ! ! SOUND FAMILIAR ? likewise gibbs couldn’t score any goals as he hasn’t played for the 1st team in the EPL .. are you truly that retarded ? how many has he scored in the last 8 EPL games? critical title race EPL games
    how many ?

    NOT GOOD ENOUGH !

    we droped 8 points
    NOT GOOD ENOUGH
    why ? has he scored no GOALS !
    NOT GOOD ENOUGH
    keep possession in the final 3rd ?
    we cant , he keeps spilling the ball EVERY ####### TIME !
    cant you see it you walleys ????

    nolagunner
    yes the whoopie of joy because these a@@holes
    gave me so much grief months ago , and now its been proven right , i expected this sort of gangland retaliation from them . Ill keep rubbing you up the wrong way until you admit you all were wrong !

    Alot of people out there are frustrated by ade’s form (and other players) and whilst knobheads keep protecting him , we will not see an improvement ! your retardedness is astounding !
    Your the sort of fans who STOP this great club from progressing , yes manipulate what im saying all day .. but the truth remains he needs to score a goal or more every game to get up to a statistic worthy of winning us this title ! and this year more so than any other ! due to its tightness !

    he isnt ready and its not his fault ! its your faults for having blind faith in him , week in ,week out !
    for not spotting that he cannot take the burden, or pressures of the job he’s given week in, week out !
    dont shoot the messenger !

  12. Utter rubbish again. Gibbs was OK in the Emirates Cup (but nothing else) he is not doing that well on loan either, so you are talking more shite.
    And as for proven right you predicted spuds would take our 4th place, and we would only get a EUFA place.

    “Your the sort of fans who STOP this great club from progressing , yes manipulate what im saying all day .. but the truth remains he needs to score a goal or more every game to get up to a statistic worthy of winning us this title ! and this year more so than any other ! due to its tightness !”

    a goal or more every game? If he scored a goal a game from now it would be 27 prem goals + others. Not many strikers in the past have done that

  13. “he isnt ready and its not his fault ! its your faults for having blind faith in him , week in ,week out !
    for not spotting that he cannot take the burden, or pressures of the job he’s given week in, week out !
    dont shoot the messenger !”

    Another change from your previous stance. Before he was not good enough and never would be. Now it is all the fans fault for overhyping him.

    Whilst I agree fans do overhype players you cannot change your stance when it suits you.

  14. steve your a mess !

    i was refering to gibbs not playing one game in the EPL and ade playing all games ! Of course he would score more goals than gibbs ! gibbs hasnt played in the first team in the EPL

    your mentally retarded ! of course ade has scored more goals hes had all the chances to do so this season !
    DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW ???

    Ive always talked one season at a time !
    i never said ade will NEVER be any good !
    I said he wont be this season …

    and lastly i said that we would loose of C.L spot if wenger didnt buy anyone !!! and didnt replace henry !
    he got dudu – sagna and diarra ..
    HE bought people ! like i said he would !
    like you people said HE WOULDNT !
    i was happy when he got dudu !
    also i think that means my statement of we will loose our spot if we dont buy anyone
    IS NULL AND VOID !

    research your facts before you have the b@lls to quote what i said !

    More importantly tell me if you think we will win the title race .. i hear alot of people disputing what i said ,yet none of you have any thought yourselves ! AND THAT GOES FOR ALL OF YOU ole -nacho-G4E , dispute what i say but cant tell me what will happen ! and why im incorrect !

    If you disagree with what i say then tell me why and what will happen ? will ade score goals ?
    will we win the title race until you state what WILL HAPPEN , then don’t dispute my theories !

    because our future rests on RVP and walcott !
    not some raw striker who has under preformed !
    He’s there to score goals and he hasnt !

    dispute that !

  15. steve
    “Your the sort of fans who STOP this great club from progressing , yes manipulate what im saying all day .

    yes your pretty good at that yourself !
    and im a fan who points out our weakneses
    to hopefully bring them to light SO WE CAN CHANGE THEM !

    But with the mentality of you people , you strive to brush it under the carpet ! afraid to really think for yourself ! To come out and say HE MUST DO BETTER , if you said that instead of defending him then we might get along !

    you are the sad type of fan that has gotten used to loosing ! as forgets the good fortune we had in the 2003 era! Your in no hurry for it to return !

    the spuds got a peice of silverware this year and yes im jealous of that ! what will we win this year you smart asses ?

    tell me ! as your so confident ! or shut up !

  16. nacho
    There are lots of genuinely stupid fans out there, never happy with anything, and some even pathological, that want the team to do wrong just to be proven right.

    you talking about yourself ?
    i want to WIN ! WIN WIN WIN !
    not persist with 2nd best !
    youd rather prove people wrong !
    and us loose .. and soon with your attitude youll get your wish !Instead of backing me up and saying yes i agree ! ades performance is not good and hasnt been for a while now ! youd rather STILL DEFEND HIM until we are back in 4th spot again ???

    I dont need to prove that your all wrong , i know you are!!! the trick is to get you all to admit it !

  17. he he ethan..no one is retarded except u…and u rnt retard u r extremely nearsighted…”ade sighted” i wud say…tell me if we had some goal scoring or at least a penetrative winger(rite or left)…hadnt ade in most probability scored more and hadnt we be in the top rite now?? can u bet against ade getting chances in front of goal and “NOT SCORING”??? dont tell me he missed chances in tht match and in ur fav boro match etc etc..wud u bet against it before the match..

    Do u think if dudu wudnt have been injured we wudnt have been top of league at the moment???

    ethan do u ade hunt for a living or wat??? go man have some fun, go out, join a futsal club or something then come back home even more retarded….i doubt have u ever kicked a football before??

  18. ur point “we r losing bcoz of ade” is nonsense…

    we have abs no cover for any position..most of us wud agree…
    rite bak:sagna/2goals
    left bak:clichy/2 goals
    centre:fab/he he
    rite wing: eboue/walcott
    left wing:hleb/none
    upfront: ade/bendtner???

    Ade has done well to keep himself fit and away from injuries this long he has played in every single match tht i remember for the entire 90 minutes.

    “we will lose due to lack of depth”..makes more sense…ethan take some logical reasoning classes and come bak…then we can talk..if u can “talk” and not sh**.

  19. “william” – Im not sure I understand what you were trying to say…

    I support Arsenal, and I support Adebayor. Thats why I said he is a great striker.

    He DOES lack intelligence. He is always offside, and just hes general play, you can see hes not the brightest of players. E.g Fabregas is intelligent.

    I still think he is a great striker. Just his weakness is his lack of intelligence.

    Thats not a criticism.

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