Bolton Get a Taste of their Own Medicine – And Don’t Like It

By on January 21, 2010

Oh, the hypocrisy!! How richly ironic for Bolton fans to be complaining about a hard foul! Bolton got a taste of their own medicine last night, and -surprise, surprise, they didn’t like it. Do I feel bad that Arsenal got an equalizer following the foul? HELL NO! Would anyone have felt bad for Arsenal if James Vaughn had put Everton up 3-1 last week? HELL NO! In fact, no one even mentioned it. And Denilson could have had a heart attack for all anyone knew at the moment. Bu the fact is that you play to the whistle, and that’s what Arsenal did. Bolton had numerous chances to clear that ball out of play and they failed at each one. I can understand that they feel cheated because they were then only able to have 9 men behind the ball instead of the usual 10, but the goal is no one’s fault but their own.

If you re-watch it, you can understand how no Arsenal players involved in the subsequent play could have realized the extent of Davies’ injury. The injury is unfortunate and a foul should have been given, but it wasn’t. Arsenal have been on the losing end of decisions like these and this is a matter of things leveling out-especially with Bolton. Consider the penalty on Fabregas… an almost instant replay of the penalty Rooney was given at Old Trafford against us. Bolton weren’t the only victim of bad refereeing decisions last night.

Here is a team that has survived as a Premier League team almost wholly by virtue of their physicality. We have been the victims of dozens and dozens of hard and late challenges from Bolton in the last few years, and for them to now whine about it is the absolute height of hypocrisy. Bolton have reaped what they have sown, and Arsenal have been on the losing end of bad challenges and bad calls more than enough for me to not even blink an eye.

But, nevermind all that… WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE!!! It was an amazing comeback. Even after the half-hour mark, it looked dim for the Arsenal. We looked to be hoping to salvage a point, not go top of the league. Fabregas again was brilliant, but he was just his usual self. You know he has seriously developed when he just goes about his game, doing what he usually does, and the commentators say what an incredible match he had.

Rosicky’s goal just before the break was crucial. From a Fabregas assist, Rosicky, with Knight closing him down and little back-lift, put a rocket past Jääskeläinen’s near-post. That was the moment of hope. Once the equalizer came, you just knew we would go on to claim all the points, but would we go top of the league?

Arshavin’s fantastic goal put us top of the pile, albeit with a game-in-hand. His goal was assisted nicely by Eduardo, similar to his assist on Fabregas’s goal in the match on Sunday. Yet, Eduardo struggled once again to regain his finishing touch, but he continues to be in the right place at the right time and has assisted on three of our last 6 goals.

Arsenal did struggle defensively to cope with Bolton’s aerial assault, but that is to be expected. The Sky commentators were basically sucking Kevin Davies dick all night long for winning headers. But it’s the second ball that matters and Arsenal dealt with those well enough to get the points. The full return of Gael Clichy was promising even if his failed clearance led to Bolton’s first goal, and seeing Theo Walcott on the pitch was a welcome sight after all the injury problems he’s faced this season.

It’s a shame that our reaching the summit of the table has to be shrouded in controversy, but, personally, I couldn’t care less. Initially, Arsene Wenger said he didn’t think the foul was that bad, but, after looking at it, he did apologize. However, you could see the annoyance on Arsene’s face and in his voice in the post-match interview (see video below), and I was glad to see Arsene get a bit fired up in the interview room.

An even more controversial, but mis-interpreted incident, had the Arsenal supporters supposedly cheering as Davies was being stretchered off. They were cheering but it was not because Davies was injured, but in response to Jääskeläinen engaging the home fans.

But, this wasn’t even the true beginning of the title chase… that begins in a week with trips to Villa and Chelsea and a home match to United in the space of only days-followed by Liverpool’s visit to the Emirates. We have kept the run going and, more importantly, built on the team’s already high level of confidence.

Surely, we will go to the Midlands expecting the get three points. We should also get full points from United’s visit. The real title-race turner will be the six-pointer at the Bridge, where Arsenal have performed well in recent seasons grabbing a win last year and nearly doing the same the year before.

If we can emerge from the next four games with a minimum of 9 points, the title race will surely be in our own hands.


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  1. Gary

    January 21, 2010 at 11:53 am

    “The Sky commentators were basically sucking Kevin Davies dick all night long for winning headers.” WTF was up with that. “Davies has been winning every air ball, blah blah blah…” Doesn’t matter, we won. We are on top. What a great feeling being in this position with all these injuries. It’s going to be very exciting the next 2-3 weeks with all the fixtures against top 6 teams. Fab will carry this team, he’s just too damn good.

    • Daxxjoker

      January 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      Yeah.exactly !
      He’s the master of headers,blah blah blah . . . who gives a fuck about that.He’s player who scores 4 goals a season,and racks up 2 assists.He can be master of headers and drawing fouls . . . I want player like that playing against us all day long.He’s no threat.
      Captain will drive this team,but he needs help.Luckily,Rosicky did something last night after so many months and I’m hoping he’s rediscovering his fine form and killer right leg.
      (Yes,I know he scored against Everton,too.But he’s was being in a right place,at a right time.And had a solid amount of luck.)
      Arshavin also.I think we’re gonna see all his best in this tough period.We need that,so much.

      • ArsenalStation

        January 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm

        Being in the right place at the right time is part of footballing instincts… it’s not all luck. That’s two goals for Rosicky in quick succession and while you can see that his pace isn’t back to 100%, his effort sure as hell is and so is his movement and reading of the game.

        Arshavin also is coming back alive as he gets more support up front. Eduardo needs to continue to build on the last few matches. He’s making the runs and getting into space, but his confidence in his finishing is lacking at the moment. A goal or two and I believe he will be right back to his old self.

        • Daxxjoker

          January 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm

          I meant – luck with his shot.I’m not sure it would’ve gotten in if a show wasn’t deflected.
          Don’t try so hard to make me a bad person here.
          (I’m almost there) :D DDD

          • ArsenalStation

            January 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm

            I am absolutely not, Daxx… I truly appreciate your reading and commenting.

  2. Ted Harwood

    January 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve just come to think that the press is never going to give us a fair shake. I really wish that they wouldn’t bother moralizing about stuff that’s quite complex–as you point out, the reason for the cheers could be a number of things, and was, in fact, Jussi being a prick. It aggravates me no matter what match they’re commenting on. I wish they would just stick to the facts of the match rather than start throwing around that favorite of English terms, “disgrace”, to tar 61,000 people with the same fucking brush.

  3. Owen

    January 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Good job Coyle has Championship Pedigree Bolton will need it next season

  4. RedandDread

    January 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    well well well……..we kicked lumps out of the tough old northerners. Boo Hoo. Glad to see the back of them as we always have tough games. Contrasting cultures, contrasting geographical locations and thankfully contrasting League positions!!!

    We are TOP OF THE LEAGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Daxxjoker

    January 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    First of all – I was ashamed that we scored a Tottenham’s kinda goal.But 5 seconds later – I was like “I’m glad we didn’t kick the ball out.Skroo it ! We have conceded so many goals like that and suffered injustice,in general.No one even noticed that.So,we were right to carry on with our attack ! ”
    Second – let’s hope Diaby won’t be out for 3 weeks,he’s usual time on sidelines.That would be a bitch.We need him now,especially with Nasri being injured.
    Third – WE HAVE TO STOP CONCEDING SUCH A STUPID GOALS ! ! ! ! ! We are getting to a crucial stage of the season,and opponents like Chelsea and Manchester won’t let us turn the things over if they get to a 2-0 lead.
    Fouth – game after game,I’m getting more convinced that Denilson isn’t Arsenal material.Nevermind him having horrifying game like he did last night – but making SUCH A STUPID tackle in the box,in front of the ref – that’s just unacceptable !
    Fifth and final – our corners are a joke.Arshavin taking them all season long from the left hand side – ball is going at 2 yards out of goal line,and gk collects it easily.SInce RVP is out,Dudu is taking them from the right.His balls finish over to left corner flag.And like that is not enough – he’s taken free-kick duties on him.Like he will score from 25 yards.
    Fabregas must take all the corners and free-kicks,when he’s playing.And when RVP is on the field – they should share.And let Tommy shoot once in a while ! He’s got a rocket in his left leg !

    • rufneckc

      January 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      I keep seeing and hearing about Denilson being rubbish but people need to look a little bit harder to see that he contributes a great deal to the team’s success. Everyone has agreed that Rosicky’s goal was the turning point of the match b/c it gave Arsenal the belief they could come back.

      Look at the Highlights on this page and see if you can figure out how that crucial crucial move started! Yes, you will see that it was Denilson doing what he normally does, w/o any credit mind you, intercepting and winning the back to keep pressure on the opposition

      He has only come back from injury and is a bit rusty so give the lad a break! He does his job and will improve as he is only 20-21.

      • ArsenalStation

        January 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm

        I think you’re right and that Honigstein on Football Weekly was far too harsh on him calling him “Bolton’s best player in the first half.” He is just back from a fairly long injury layoff.

        • Daxxjoker

          January 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm

          People – he was out for a week.Not 3 months !
          And that can’t be an excuse ! He was in the starting line up.
          Wenger wouldn’t play him or anybody else if that someone isn’t 100%.
          Eastmond could have played,like he did at Reebok.
          But Denilson was ready,so East dropped to the bench.

          • ArsenalStation

            January 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm

            Daxx, he’d only played once since December 27th (twice since before Christmas and one was the VIlla match where he came off before the hour mark)… that’s a fairly lengthy spell away from the pitch, no?

  6. Pat Thompson

    January 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Coyle were you mad to leave a decent club like Burnley to join that ooh so basic horrible of clubs????. Coyle had grace as a Burnley manager a fact acknowleged by Wenger. Remember Wenger’s warm congratulations to Coyle on the touchline after Burnley beat Arsenal in the Carling Cup last season. Biggest respect to Coyle and Burnley was the fact that Wenger was happy to let Jack Wilshere go to them on loan, because he knew it was a football club and the kid would be looked after.
    Can’t see him going to Bolton, at least hope he doesn’t… Coyle’s upset after the game was totally understandable, but his comments about Arsenal and fair play were out of order. In the Everton game Everton played on despite Denilson being in obvious pain.What did Wenger say ? Everton were within their rights and totally correct to play on…Dermot Gallagher the ex-ref today on Sky said the injury could easily have gone the other way as both men were commited to the ball.Fair play to Gallagher for not falling for the Sky bait which they roll out only for Arsenal. Fact; since the incorrect Sky witchhunt against Eduardo Arsenal have only got one penalty. Fact; Fabregas was denied three definate stonewall penalties in the two Bolton games.

    • ArsenalStation

      January 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      Spot on, Pat. I too am a bit puzzled at Coyle’s move. I know Bolton supposedly have more money for players and all that, but I thought he had something special with the players and supporters at Burnley. Being a relatively young manager, he will soon realize that you can’t buy that kind of thing.

  7. Daniyal Mufti

    January 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I LOVE this article. You said EXACTLY what was on my mind. I am glad someone said it. the commentators would not SHUT UP about how Davies kept winning those balls. yet they forgot to mention that for Vermi’s goal, Diaby BEAT him in the air to win the knock down. So Davies F***ed up when it mattered.

    And to complain about Gallas’s tackle is complete hypocracy. I totally agree. Good on you to write this stuff man. I would love to get involved so I could write for my Arsenal cause I have come to realize the press is just Never going to give us the credit we deserve.

    Up The Cannon!!!

    • ArsenalStation

      January 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks, Daniyal. Did you also hear the same commentator saying how Arsenal can’t complain about tackles because of Gallas. Give me a break!! They’ve been doing it to us for years and when we stand up to the bully we’re vilified. It’s called karma, bitches!!!

  8. Comrade23

    January 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I’ve had my say before about our dealings with the press, but this was just another occasion where we’re being made out to be the bad guys. Fuck it, if that’s what it takes, then I’ll gladly trade in my white hat for a black one. I thought it comical when one of the commenters said that Gallas “took all his frustrations [with Davies] out on the little midfielder.” Hilarious, considering we’ve been getting intentionally kicked to bits by those thugs since the advent of the Allardyce regime up north. I clearly remember Kevin Davies telling the press after a match last season that he told Jlloyd Samuel to make sure he kicked Walcott. Nobody said boo about that. I’m of the opinion that it’s just delicate little Bolton being uncomfortable with the physical nature of the English game.

    The hell with them, the press, Owen Coyle, all of them. Top of the league, it feels great. Let’s be bad guys.

    • ArsenalStation

      January 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      We’re at our best when we’re the “bad guys.” Almost all of Wenger’s title-winning teams have had that kind of characterization for one reason or another. Wenger has always tried to cultivate team spirit and cohesiveness through the “Us against the World” mentality… and the press are the ones that make it possible.

      After the Eduardo crucifixion and the press’s treatment of us overall this season, I would imagine the players are getting pretty close to the kind of “fuck the world” attitude we may need, especially in the next 2-3 weeks.

  9. Dan

    January 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    If you watch our second goal again, the only reason the bolton players failed to clear it was because they went charging in trying to kick the sh!t outta the ball and man rather than tackling with composure. We skipped through 2/3 tackles (the wannabe hardman all of a sudden, Matt “i pull boys hair” Taylor was the biggest culprit).

    The tackle wasn’t even that bad, he didn’t jump in, he wasn’t outta control… he stepped on his ankle. The guy rolled around for a while, got stretchered off but i guarantee he plays bolton’s next prem league game.

    Somebody should send some cheddar up to the reebok, I hear it goes well with Whine.

  10. K-TR7

    January 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Screw the northern bunch of softies

  11. Tar Heel Gunner

    January 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Just found this site and got a lot of information from it especially about FOX having additional channels.DISH network be aware!!

    There is a good amount of Gooners down here in Charlotte North Carolina some of us expats like myself but a bunch who discovered The Arsenal through Bergkamp and Henry.

    Keep up the good work

    • ArsenalStation

      January 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      Cheers to all the NC Gooners!!! It’s great to hear from you and that our beloved club is well-supported in Tar Heel country. I’m really glad you’re enjoying the blog and hope you and your fellow Gooners will help contribute to American Goonerism by stopping by the blog and commenting.

  12. ibbs

    January 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Everton also played on but arsenal are the bad-guys???????

    Someone please e-mail the idiots at sky to stop this crap.

    Funny how Rooney’s blatant dive vs city also wasn’t reported AS USUAL!!

  13. spudhater

    January 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I’m just totally gutted it was the wrong Davies that got injured, I’d love to see that thug Kevin get a bit of what he’s been dishing out for years

  14. Microraptor

    January 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Um….. Actually, I WAS cheering when Davies collapsed like a sack of potatoes… and I WAS cheering when Jaaskilienen looked horrified at the North Bank’s reaction… and I WAS cheering when that lump was stretchered off. I don’t care. Those thugs have injured so many Arsenal players over the years.

    Seems the Bolton “don’t like it up ‘em,” especially not when we “get in their faces” and “let them know we’re there.” But football is a “man’s game” after all, not to mention a “contact sport” full of “full blooded challenges” and “commitment” etc. etc. etc.

    Anyway, the softy northern whinger is not badly hurt, so let’s just hope we win the premier league and the hypocritical cloggers get relegated.

    • Comrade23

      January 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm

      Spot. Fucking. On. None of the old cliche’s about Arsenal being too “soft” to play with Bolton’s thugs have been bandied about by the press this time around. They found out what it’s like when the shoe’s on the other foot, and guess what they found out? They don’t like it too much. Bolton just don’t like the “physical nature of the English game.”

  15. Radford(9)

    January 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Good article and good replies. Totally agree with everyone regarding Bolton and their animal instincts and also the crew at Sky with head nerd Andy Gray, the worst perpetrator! He is so bitter because he knows he would never have got past the boot room if he had ever had the opportunity to play for our beloved Arsenal. Everton and Villa, says it all!
    I’m also sick of the constant xenophobic reporting they excrete. As many of the replies suggest, there would have been absolute outrage if Rooney or Gerrard had been denied the stonewall penalties Fab has had to endure. Anything a foreigner (and particularly an Arsenal one) does is a blatant and malicious one, yet Stevie Gee and Piggy Rooney get the plaudits of being great players, playing with their hearts on their sleeves! Absolute crap!
    Finally, all these players that moan when a player goes down and the ref doesn’t stop the game should all look at themselves! These guys have on several occasions gone down to stop the other teams advantage when there is absolutely nothing wrong with them. If players stop the cheating then serious injuries could be dealt with (and rightly), otherwise play goes on. I only hope that one day, these cheats don’t put someone’s life at risk!

  16. gooner

    January 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    excelent, Microraptor :-D

  17. NZGooner

    January 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Wonderful article, exactly what I was thinking. All the media’s attention has been on Davies’s injury, but it is convenient for the media to leave out the fact that the Bolton basically basically kicked both merida and Diaby to the treatment room over the two games and who knows how many more of our players are carrying knocks coming out of these two games against the thugs.

  18. okunlola olaniyi saheed

    January 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    whatever they like let them say.it is just an act of envy. they almost never thought Arsenal could come back and win in such a flamboyant way. by the start of the season our players outlined our major weakness for not being a major contender of the title and that was because they “bully” us on the ball. now we have grown if you come bulling we will give it to you if you come to play good football you will get it. so Bolton sorry about the loss of you man you got what you brought to the Emirate.

    • Gary

      January 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm

      HA, when they got down 0-2, I said to myself “fuck it”, we’re definitely going to win this one. I would’ve ate a quart of ice cream if they had lost.

  19. Jon

    January 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I watched the match last night, and have to say seen all but 2 matches this season.. dont you think its funny we went on our best runs of wins without denilson in the team. Weds nightt he was awful, and every match we have lost in bar Sunderland he has played in, and nearly contributed wednesday.

    Anyway thankfully we have the god in fabregas, and song will come back, and we created many chances and were brilliant going forward. Just ditch denilson, thats all.

  20. Gary

    January 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    There’s always someone that has to take the shit end of the stick. Sometimes it’s Bendtner, before it was Song, recently Diaby, now–a lot of chatter about Denilson. But once they have a streak of good games, they’re all praised. I don’t get it.

    • Daxxjoker

      January 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      Problem is – you all see just white world.You have no black.World is not like that.And when it should be black – you turn it to white.For example – Everton game.We escaped a loss by that little,and all of a sudden – you’re all like – yeah,we got 1 point,we denied Everton.
      So stop seeing only bright.
      Song is in a superb form for almost 5 months now.Diaby also (minus the time he was injured).
      Bendtner and Denilson were never in a slightly-above-average form for 3 games in a row,let alone few months.
      Denilson is physically weaker than most of the midfielders out there,and that’s his problem.
      And Bendtner – don’t get me started on him.Nevermind you,but Wenger also can’t wait for him to recover.Like he will help us ! Yeah,right.
      I challenge all of you (if Bendtner plays in these upcoming 4 games) . . . you count all the good stuff he does,and I’ll count all the bad ones.And after Liverpool game,we will compare our numbers here.

      • ArsenalStation

        January 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

        First of all, it would be unfair to judge Bendtner just coming back from a long injury lay-off in matches against Villa, United, Chelsea, and Liverpool. Why on earth would anyone solely judge a player on his first couple of matches after a long injury. Also, any player who scores 15 goals in a season can’t be half as bad as you think he is.

        As for the Everton match, that’s football. You can’t be at your best, especially the way Arsenal play, every match. On the days that you are not, you still need to get points. Which we did against Everton. Of course, no one went into the match hoping for a draw, but one point is surely better than none, especially if you’re down a goal with 5 minutes to go.

        Personally, I just don’t see the sense in pissing and moaning about your club all the time. I love football because I enjoy it. If I ever become one of those Arsenal fans, who all they do is complain about things, then I’d just give up football. I have enough things in life to make me miserable, for me, Arsenal are the antidote to that.

        • Daxxjoker

          January 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

          Not solely on these 4 matches ! On all his past and these 4 matches ! We need someone who can score against these top clubs ! Against others,any one can score.
          It’s interesting how you keep mentioning these 15 goals.But you always leave out one thing.Number 50 !
          When you put 50 apps in front of 15 goals – does it still look impressive to you ?!
          Or maybe this way – 31apps/9 goals in the league . . . and 12 apps/2 goals in CL ?! I’m not counting cup goals.Any moron can score in English cup competitions.

          When we had our day – we beat Everton 6-1 ! On our off day,and at Emirates – we should beat them ! Just beat them ! With one goal margin,if not two ! We shouldn’t be chasing a draw in injury time.So,that point is worth nothing and I easily win this part of the debate.

          And why do you think I watch football ?! And love Arsenal ?!
          So I can get mad when Wenger doesn’t buy Dzeko when we need powerful striker ?! Because I don’t like Chelsea’s colors ?! Because Stoke City will always be in lower half of the table ?! Think again !

          You won’t become any other kinda fan.You are satisfied with where you’re now.I’m not moaning – I’m simply pointing how close we are to a world dominance.And while we are there,we would still play finest game along with Barcelona.
          I just hope I don’t become one of those fans who are satisfied with what ever Arsenal does.Play Denilson and Bendtner,draw against Everton,get humiliated at Emirates by Chelsea two seasons in a row – that’s fine with them.We had a bad day,we had a lots of players injured,that game was played on Sunday and it was raining – excuses will always be there for them.Nevermind how silly they will sound.

          • Comrade23

            January 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm

            Daxx, I understand where you’re coming from, but I have to disagree on a few points. First, on Nicklas Bendtner: He’s a young striker, and is still developing his skill set, which is always more difficult for a player of his physical size. His issue last season was his touch, which was indeed awful at times, but was not helped by a lack of confidence when his own home supporters would jeer every time he got near the ball. How is he supposed to react? Even with that going on, he scored 15 goals (whether you count them or not is irrelevant, they count), and several bailed us out late in matches (I point out Kyiv and Villa away). He also made the majority of his appearances as a substitute. It’s always easier to score when you play for 90 minutes versus coming on for the last 15-30 minutes. beyond that, at the start of this season, Bendtner was sensational. His touch was deft, his control was magnificent, and his physical presence made a huge difference for us. It will take him time to get that back when he returns; I just hope fans will cut the lad a little slack.

            As for on our day, we were playing a different Everton team with a different Arsenal team. Several of those goals in the 6-1 away win were caused by a lazy, want-away Jolean Lescott neglecting to defend, and if you’ll remember, he was sold to City only days after that performance. We were also without Robin van Persie, Gael Clichy and other key squad players in the home leg, and Everton had just brought in Landon Donovan on loan, who ran rings around Traore. Most importantly, we were missing Cesc, who had a hand in just about every one of our 6 goals that day. Assuming we’ll demolish a team when we’re missing our best player, best striker, and first-choice left fullback against a team that finished right behind us last season, thats just myopic.

            Nobody’s saying their satisfied, and we’d all love to win every match, but it’s the absolute rarity of it that made the Invincibles so special. Occasionally, things won’t go your way. If you want us to go buy Messi and Dzeko, you have to know that’s not how Arsene operates, so you need to ask yourself: Do you want big signings, or do you want Arsene Wenger as your manager? You’re only getting one of the two. The correct answer is Arsene Wenger as manager. It’s not being satisfied, it’s having faith in the man who made Arsenal what they are today to lead us back to the top. If your opinion is otherwise, I can only disagree and hope you’ll understand what Arsene has been building when it finally is complete. You’ll know it when it happens, and it’s very close now.

          • ArsenalStation

            January 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm

            Spot on, as usual, comrade. 31 appearances in the Premier League, yes. But 14 of those were coming off the bench, of which only half were before the 70 minute mark. In the CL, he only started 4 times. I love how you say things like “Any moron can score in english cup competitions…” But when was the last time you scored in the FA Cup?

            I also never said I was satisfied… I just said I’m not miserable. There’s a big difference.

          • Daxxjoker

            January 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm

            Maaaaan,am I glad we got here !
            You will all find something to say,to justify someone you’re defending.But you all intentionally overlook how one-way that opinions are.
            I will ask what you all seemed to have erased from your knowledge – WHY IS BENDTNER STARTING ON THE BENCH ALMOST EVERY TIME ?!
            Sure,you can all still pretend not to know this.But I’m kind enough to answer it for you.
            HE”S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR STARTING 11 ! ! !
            Now that you have acknowledged this once again – please – make sure that doesn’t slip out of your minds next time.Thank you.

            I wouldn’t score in the FA cup.I would be resting,because I would be a regular in PL,and Arsene would rest me for our next league game. :) )

            Comrade – when will Nicklas finally develop his skills ??? At the age of 26 ?! Dude – either you have it or you don’t.Ibrahimovic is the same height,and he was killing with 20 years.So don’t give me that bull – Bendtner is like a Crouch.He will never have it.

            As for that story – different Arsenal,different Everton – that,too,does not hold the water.According to Wenger (will I be forced to refresh your memories here,also ?) – our squad is good enough as it is.We are covered in all places.And if injuries come (actually,when rather than if) we will be able to cope with that.
            Well,RVP and FANTASTIC 4 didn’t play against Everton – so I guess – Wenger was sure that Denilson and Ramsey would deputize captain with the same success,and Dudu would score RVP’s goals.They’re good enough,so we will forget about these 2 missing.But what do you know – that doesn’t happen.Instead,we scored two very,very lucky goals and escaped defeat in injury time.So don’t give me that bull,neither.
            About signings – I know very well that we won’t make any big.We won’t sign Dzeko,let alone Messi.I’m just saying – with other clubs becoming powerhouses and with their readiness to pay double the players worth – we . . . no . . . no one will be able to buy a decent player for less then 20mill.Presidents will say – If Liver can pay 20mill for Johnson (who’s shitty),and Chelsea can pay 20mill for Bosingwa (who’s also shitty),so can Arsenal for our average striker,midfielder or defender.That time is coming.

            And ofc I want Wenger as a manager ! We all do !

          • ArsenalStation

            January 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

            Bendtner was in the starting XI, on the right side, for most of the season until his injury. And he was coming off the bench last year because Arsene was still playing Adebayor.

            Our squad is good enough… you can’t judge an entire team on the back of one result against Everton. You’re like those people who criticize Arsenal’s lack of depth because they don’t have a world-class #4 CB.

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