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Dear Monsieur le Professeur: It's been a while since I felt compelled to write you directly and once again, I do so with a heavy Gooner heart. On the face of it, Saturday's high farce at Stamford Bridge shouldn't qualify for a cri de coeur. After all, I'm normally only moved to go public after a goal differential of half a dozen (you know, like 8-2 or 6-0). Mon Dieu! But in some ways, this weekend's 2-0 laydown to Chelsea is both more embarrassing and more illuminating than our usual epic beatdowns. You see, Arsene, for all the hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing about Diego Costa's WWE-style tactics, Jose Mourinho's gleeful condoning of said antics, Mike Dean's buffoonish refereeing, and Gabriel's staggering naiveté, no one has commented on your role in the fiasco. As much as you like...
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After Aston Villa's recent League Cup match with Birmingham City I read that the Blues boss Gary Rowett had claimed he had been informed of Villa's starting team. I suppose this sort of thing has been going on for a long time and can be expected, but it still surprises me that there are people who would leak this information...I mean does it really give you an upper hand? and as a professional manager and team wouldn't it be realistic to expect to see a team's strongest offering? I think that Sherwood dealt with this claim correctly when asked if it was worrying: "Of course it's not. Did he tell you who it was? It's interesting why he even mentioned it. It's strange." I personally would like for Rowett to have said who leaked the team, whether they were wrong or right, why not...
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I was interested to come across the news that the German International footballer Marcell Jansen had decided to retire from football as he couldn't bring himself to play for another club other than Hamburg. It raised a few thoughts in me that varied from respecting his loyalty, to disbelief that someone my age could comfortably afford to retire. That isn't to say that Jansen will not go into another profession or even coaching, but perhaps I am just shocked at the actual loyalty that a footballer has shown, after all it does appear to be a rarity! It was announced that there was nothing wrong with Jansen in regards to his fitness, in fact he had received a lot of great offers from other clubs but continuing to play wasn't an "option" for him, saying: “In the last few years I was...
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I have long loved the style of Arsenal's play and entirely respect Arsene Wenger for the attacking mentality and fluidity of play that he creates. Of course there will be ups and downs throughout a season and this has been evident over the last few years, but the question on everyones lips is why Arsene isn't willing to spend more? I completely understand both sides of the argument and I'm going to briefly outline my understanding of them below. Why he doesn't spend: - he has faith in his existing squad - he wants his existing squad to believe they are capable of winning a title without the need of additional players - he doesn't want to spend - he likes to develop players rather than buy them in Why he should spend: - is he being naive to think he can get away without...
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It is always difficult for a supporters’ organisation to pass comment on the detail of transfer deals – deals that are business transactions conducted privately. We can, however, take note of the general approach to and results of the Club’s transfer activity. We have, in line with most fans, congratulated THFC’s Board on running the Club as a sustainable business – avoiding the financial problems that have affected many clubs over the years. We recognise the need to balance a sustainable business strategy with the need to deliver an entertaining and successful team. At the end of this season’s transfer window, however, we find ourselves questioning where we have ended up. Some areas of the squad have looked light as we played four games in August, and that remains the case as we...
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I recently read about Jose Mourinho's reaction after Everton beat them 3-1 and I must say I was quite disappointed though not surprised! I don't doubt that Mourinho is a great manager and his success has been undeniable but it doesn't prevent him form being a rude and stroppy child at times. In this particular case he had a grump on because Roberto Martinez had been called in to speak to the media about his teams victory, something I am sure he was glad to do after such a memorable win. Of course Mourinho had to somehow find offence in this and was irritated that he hadn't been called in first so his team could leave the away fixture, to which he added a few expletives. The truth is that these media interviews take less than 10 minutes and unless Chelsea hold some record for the...
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Being a Geordie I've come to expect disappointment when it comes to watching my local team. In fact their ups and downs throughout the years have made me wonder how some fans can loyally and willingly invest their money in a team that continues to disappoint on a regular basis. Of course this season is no different as Newcastle appear to have gotten off to their worst ever start. But why has it been so poor? They've always managed to make do thus far... The general consensus is that Cisse really isn't the saviour a lot of people are making him out to be! Shearer stated that it would have been better to have had 10 men rather than a team with Cisse in and I think he was entirely correct. I noticed it last season too and Newcastle seemingly love to place all their trust and desires...
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Liverpool Football Club has been such a massive part of my life since I was eight years old and I know how much I’m going to miss it. It’s been an emotional time for my family and I with my final game at Anfield against Crystal Palace and then my last appearance away to Stoke City. But I’ve been blown away by the send-off I’ve been given by the supporters and I’d like to thank every one of you. It’s been very humbling and it’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. It’s been an absolute privilege to represent this football club for so long. Of course the pinnacle of my career arrived in Istanbul 10 years ago. That was the best night of my life. When I lifted the European Cup, there was no prouder man on the planet. It meant so much to me to deliver that...
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Dear Angel, Thank you for your letter. You say football is about maths, but I disagree. Maths is involved when that 12 year old counts up his pocket money for 10 weeks to buy a shirt with "Di Maria" on the back. Maths is involved when ticket prices go up because a club takes 175,000 Euros per week from a bank account to give to an ungrateful player who tries to sabotage the work he is being payed to do, and when that club loses £15 million in a year because they have to sell him. Maths is involved when you have to count the number of players who have worn the number 7 shirt for Manchester United, and see its rich history mocked by someone who had no pride in it and who wouldn't fight for it. Maths is involved when you count the amount of points United lost last season when you...
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To Manchester United: I write this note to thank all the Manchester United family for the great support received during the year I've been part of this Club. When Manchester United chose me as part of their team I felt extremely honoured because I knew what this Club means and how it trusted me. Nevertheless, I'm aware things didn't work as we all expected and believe me, I feel really sorry about it. However in the career of a football player sometimes the unexpected and unwanted may happen. I can guarantee you it was not for trying. I did my best but football is not like maths: often a lot of things out of our control affect the way we feel and the way things turn out. I am sorry it did not work out as I would have wished in this amazing huge club. I want to give...
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