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The rollercoaster continues…

First up, this is the first article I’ve written in a good few weeks. The Christmas period got the better of me, then I had a little business trip which kept me out of action for a while, but I’m back now. I’d like to a warm welcome back to my regular followers, even the Tottenham ones. You know who you are.

So, after a few weeks of misery for Arsenal, and our worst run of form for as long as I can remember, it looked like the dip was going to continue, after being two goals down at home to Villa at half-time.

I’ve got no idea what Wenger said to the players at half-time, but it sure seemed to help. The second half performance was probably our best half of football we’ve witnessed all season, and as soon as we scored the first goal, you just knew it was coming.

Unfortunately, we seem to be a team capable of playing wonderful football in one half, and having another half of just not looking like an Arsenal side. Fulham at Craven Cottage was a game of two halves, and so was today’s game.

One player who deserves a lot of credit this season, and one of the unsung heroes in the Arsenal side, is Laurent Koscielny. Our defensive record might not be great, but he’s proving to a very valuable player. I thought he looked quality last season, and was often a scapegoat because he’s not young and British. Which brings me onto my next point – Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott! Surely, these two players need to be ‘rested’. They have been consistently poor performers for some time now, and yet they both seem to continue to start for Arsenal. I’m sure everyone will agree with me when I say that I can’t wait for Gervinho to come back from the ACN, and Wilshere to get fit quickly! These two players need to replace Ramsey and Walcott as soon as possible. Gervinho on the left and Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right looks like a decent balance. We miss the directness of Gervinho. Of course, he can be a frustrating player due to the amount of time he loses the ball, but he’s effective.

Last week the fans were going mental when Arsene Wenger substituted Oxlade-Chamberlain for Arshavin. I wonder if these are the same fans who were calling for Wenger’s head when he spent £15m on AOC, because we didn’t need another potential star. The same fans who wanted Wenger sacked because he hadn’t bought experience, and he went out and signed Mertesacker, Arteta, Benayoun, Santos and Park. Just saying, watch what you wish for Arsenal fans.

Anyway, a decent result in the FA Cup, and with Man City and United both out of the competition, and the possibility of facing Sunderland or Middlesbrough in the next round, we could be looking at a decent run this season.

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Thank you Tomas Rosicky! Well done Leyton Orient.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Tomas Rosicky for winning me £90 with a little 9/1 wager on him scoring the first goal. Although I went home with £90, I also lost £20 on a 3-1 and 3-0 scoreline bet. You can’t win them all!

On top of my winnings, I’d like to congratulate Leyton Orient on their fight to the very end, against a strong Arsenal side. I’m happy for the O’s, as a replay at The Emirates will get them a nicely deserved few quid. Looks like I wasn’t the only financial winner today.

Not many more positives to take out of the game. Arsenal debutant Ignasi Miquel had a solid enough game; the boy has potential. Unfortunately, his centre-back partner Sebastian Squillaci didn’t look as solid. He’s really failed to win over the Arsenal fans so far, and I for one are hoping for big improvements for the Frenchman.

One player I’m really unsure about is Denilson. I know the Arsenal fans have mixed feeling about the Brazilian, and the belief is that he will get better and better, but I just don’t see what he offers Arsenal. I don’t think he’s Arsenal class, but I’m willing to give him even longer. Don’t get me wrong, he didn’t play too bad today, but he just doesn’t offer us much apart from sideways passing and failing to track back.

One player who has struggled with form of late is Andrei Arshavin. He’s obviously playing against weaker opponents today, but I thought the Russian looked spritely. He looked up for it today, and I don’t often say that about Arshavin.

A lot of fans don’t want a replay due to the congestion of matches, but personally I love a replay. It’s a chance for us fans to watch more of our beloved Arsenal.

I’m surprised Wenger didn’t give Koscielny a run-out later on in the game, against his former club. 😉

If we dispose of Leyton Orient in the replay, then we face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Quarter Finals. Surely the winner of that game will go onto win the FA Cup. I’ve spoken to a few Man United fans today, and believe me; they do not fancy playing Arsenal. We’re the in-form team right now, and I fancy our chances against anyone.

150/1 to win the quadruple? Surely that’s worth a tenner. I’m definitely getting involved in that.

Goodnight gooners!

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Arsenal to take a leaf out of Tottenham’s book

I’m often frustrated by the Arsenal fans who are unhappy with the overall performance of our team, and our chances of winning trophies under Arsene Wenger.

We’re the only team in England with a chance of silverware on all four fronts (Premiership, Champions League, Carling Cup and FA Cup), and we’re sitting in a nicely placed position in the Premiership having played the toughest fixtures of all our rivals.

This is why we should attempt to emulate the Tottenham fans. They are a great example of how to appreciate what you’ve got.

They battle for a top 10 finish year in year out, and they’re over the moon with that.

They also fair relatively well in the cups. They’ve qualified for the Champions League for the first time in history, and they treated it like they won the World Cup. It must be wonderful to appreciate the smallest things, something Arsenal fans have taken for granted.

In my lifetime, they’ve won three FA Cups, two League Cups, and even a UEFA Cup. 6 trophies in 35 years, that’s one every 6 years or so, and they are absolutely ecstatic with that. Fair play. They appreciate their team because they know they’re never going to be one of the big 5 on a consistent level, and that is what I respect about Tottenham fans.

The last time they won the league was 1960-61, almost 50 years ago. This is why other teams want to emulate them.  Since their last league championship, Arsenal tried to emulate them but only went on to win 6 championships. This is not good enough.

Tottenham are from North London, so we decided to emulate that, and try our luck with a move North of the river. We did just that, and we’ve been living in Tottenham’s shadow ever since. Sure, we’ve won a lot more trophies than Tottenham, we play better football, and we continuously finish above them, and qualify for the Champions League. But this is not the point; everything points to them being the better team. But Tottenham fans never get complacent.

Now, let’s try to emulate the Tottenham fans, and be appreciative of what we have. For every £5 we spend, they spend £1m, and it’s paid off, as they are one of the top 100 teams in Europe, and rightly so.

I take my hat off to you Tottenham fans.

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RIP Besian Idrizaj

Swansea striker Besian Idrizaj died on Friday at the age of 22.

On behalf of Arsenal Opinion, I would like to offer our condolences to the players family and friends at this difficult time.

The ex-Liverpool strikers exact cause of death is still unknown, after the player passed away in his sleep at home in Austria on Friday night.

The full story can be found on the BBC website here.

In other news, Chelsea have won their first double in the clubs history after beating Portsmouth 1-0 in the FA Cup final yesterday. Not bad for a club who were only really formed about 7 years ago or so.

Kevin-Prince Boateng let down the nation after missing a penalty to give Portsmouth the lead late on in the game. A double-whammy for me, as I had a fiver on Boateng first goal, and Chelsea to win 2-1, at 250/1. Gutted.

Congratulations to Chelsea.

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