Reasons Which Made Denilson Great.. Ahh.. Lets Forget!

 

Here's hoping el capitan bids adieu to the two-most dis-satisfied Gunners

Another season bites the dust and so does our hope of lifting silverware, finally. From ‘vying-for-all-4-cups‘ to ‘4th-in-the-league‘, its been a long, ardous journey. One thing we must refrain from doing is start from where it all began, and then one-by-one curse every single player in our coffer, rip the very belief in le boss, and eventually resign in as sore losers. No, we aren’t that.

Just saying that we’re a club with all the class in the world ain’t good enough. We must prove it by imbibing those values in what we do. Now I’m not dope right now, nor I’ve lost all sanity. I’m just referring to the supposed want of one of our players to leave the club asap. And in the process, ridicule all those around it. Yes, the name is Denílson Pereira Neves.

The guy who couldn’t beat the ref when it came to running for the crest, has been found cribbing about how The Arsenal let him down, and failed to add to his non-existent trophy cabinet. Unlike other blogs, I’d like to re-count his good days with the Gunners, as I believe that’s how sending-offs are supposed to be done. With one my favorite friends leaving town today, I know what bidding adieu means. Maybe Denilson doesn’t, but then, who cares?

I came across this compilation over Facebook a few days back. Feel free to reach out (read: abuse!) the guy who came up with it! Here goes..

  • He passes sideways – That’s his job, as he needs to allow players like Cesc & Wilshere to go forward and do their Job.
  • He had the highest passes attempted and completed in ‘08/09, way ahead of other players like Cesc/RVP.
  • Does not track back – Denilson is always the deepest of our midfielders. He never crosses the halfway line. As a matter of fact, he never was a DM, but a more creative player. He can easily go on and attack, but sacrifices his natural game for the team by sitting back and allowing players like Wilshere to go ahead (fact acknowledged by Arsene himself). Surely Wenger knows more than most others.
  • No energy/effort – Denilson has the dubious distinction of being 11’th most fouled / 7’th most fouled player in ‘08/09 and ‘09/10. Also the most fouled Arsenal player in ‘09/10. Wins plenty of free-kicks and is ready to stick his foot in. Thus retains possession.
  • Does not tackle/intercept well – Denilson won the highest interceptions in ‘08/09 in the league. Most of his tackles were safe and didn’t result in a free-kick; sign of an intelligent player. Won 45 tackles – 7’th highest in the league.
  • No Assists/Goals – Denilson despite being defensive midfielder had 3 goals in ‘08/09 (aged 20) and 7 goals in ‘09/10. He had 7 assists in ‘08/09, more than Cesc, although Cesc was our main attacking midfielder (in 4-4-2). Completed all 72 of 72 passes attempted against West Ham.
  • Is disinterested/does not run enough – Denilson covered the most distance in the Arsenal team in ’08-09 (stats by Opta). He ran almost 10 kms against Wigan (away), played the best. Still he was criticised in that game.
  • Is not influential in big games – Surprisingly his performances have come up in big games. His best games have been against Chelsea (‘08/09), Liverpool, United (away), Barca (home/away ‘09/10), City (‘10/11), Spurs (‘10/11), etc.
  • We often lose when Denilson plays – In ‘08/09, in our unbeaten run of 21+ games, Denilson played in 21 of them. He was subbed off only once at Anfield, on the 65th minute. When he was on the pitch, we conceded 13 goals in 2045 minutes (1 goal in 157 mins); when he was off it, we conceded 6 goals in 115 (1 goal in 19 mins).
  • Wenger does not trust him – Wenger kept Denilson at Arsenal, in fact Denilson started the most games in ‘08/09. Wenger acknowledged that Denilson is a highly ‘UNDERRATED‘ player and said it’s because of him that creative players can attack.
  • He is not ‘Arsenal material’ – Overall, Denilson has managed on an average 59 accurate passes a game in ’08-09, Flamini made 47 whilst Song just 38. Number of interceptions made by him was 146 for the full season, 57 for Flamini and just 51 for Song.
  • Has been ‘piss poor’ in ‘10/11 – Played superbly against Spurs (all 3 Goals were not his fault). Against Wigan again he was great, ran his socks off. Helped the team so much defensively. Won the highest interceptions in the entire side. Against Manchester City, it was because of him that Song could score as Denilson stayed back allowing him to go forward and was very influential in that game.

So its upto you all to decide – Should we remember for his rants against The Arsenal? Or the aforementioned?

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Keep The Faith As Arsenal Look Ahead To The Next Season

Keep the faith Gooners..

It’s been a long time since I blogged. Lots of travel (both personal and work-related), plus a change in job (which included a hell lot of transition) and most of all, Arsenal’s poor form, kept me away from 11G, something I feel very apologetic about. I sometimes doubted my allegiance towards the lads, as the trend suggested I kept away at a time the team wasn’t doing well. But I’m sure that’s not the case, it’s never been, and it never will be.

Infact the end of this season marks my decade as an Arsenal faithful – a decade filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, the speed of Henry and the skill of Silvestre (remember his 1-2-1 with Messi!?), the vision of Bergkamp (who btw celebrates his birthday today!) and the strength of Eduardo (and Diaby, and Ramsey, etc), the invincibility of Vieira’s men and the ineptness of Cesc’ charges, the calm on Arsene’s face (first half of the decade) and the callousness in his demeanour (offlate) – I’ve been through them all.

That brings me to Arsenal’s recent loss of form, and how! I won’t bore you with the stats or an entailing account of the games, but I can still recall ‘that’ moment of madness between Koscielny and Szczesny. From being the only team in all 4 competitions at the end of February, to the only one which repeated the same mistakes for 6 seasons running, it’s been quite a tectonic journey.

I can go on and on with the likes of FC Barcelona and Manchester United and their dubious ‘winning ways’, but I leave that for my more experienced peers. Either way, history will remember season 2010-11 for who won the European Cup, and not who stuck to his principles come what may; so what he (ref: le boss ofcourse) ended up facing failure all over again.

The fact remains that Arsenal have now spent 6 trophy-less seasons – the day is not far when the idea of a ‘trophy cabinet’ at the Emirates is permanently shelved! On a serious note, although I am saddened by Arsenal inability to close seasons and emerge champions in whatever little capacity, I can still quote enough reasons to keep believing. Again, I would refrain from giving a telling account on how we’re now financially stable (and others are not), we have a robust youth set-up (a lot others don’t), we ‘make’ players (others ‘buy’ them), referees save their worst for us (never against our oppositions), and lastly how we play the game beautifully (and not cheat occasionally to get the job done). A bagful of reason to keep the faith I say.

Moving on, I would ideally want to see wholesome changes at my club. Changes which include doing away with atleast 5 of the first-team starters including Denilson (simply not good enough), Rosicky (respect him, but never been the same post-injury), Diaby (too injury prone for a club as big as ours), Almunia (no point having both him and Fabianski in the squad – ain’t one calamitous player good enough?) and Eboue (love him off the field, but seriously not him please, no offence!)

Off-loading 5 squad players’ raises the obvious question, ‘whom do we replace them with?’ Fellow bloggers (with much better insights than yours truly) have been pitching in for the likes of Samba, Cahill, Parker. Not that I’d sidetrack them, but going for them would supersede the bigger question. Experts, pundits and former players alike, have unanimously pointed out a lack of ‘winning mentality’ being Arsenal’s biggest nemesis over the past 5-6 seasons.

We’ve lost proven winners like Vieira, Henry and even Gilberto – players who know how to inspire fellow team-mates and up the ante when the going gets tough. I doubt if the aforementioned Englishmen are armoured with the pre-requisite credentials. Agree that they know the physical nature of the English game inside-out, and have proven themselves with lesser sides, over a period of time. But pre-assuming that they alone can guide Arsenal back to winning ways would be too naïve a thought in my earnest opinion. The eventual decision rests with boss himself, and in him I’ll always trust.

In Arsene We Trust. Period.

This brings me to Arsene himself. First things first, exactly how many of you want him out? I’ve got just one sentence for you all, ‘I pity you.’ The man is a legend and sticking to the routine, I’ll avoid going into the details. I just hope he turns a little flexible and slightly does away from the ‘all-for youth policy’ for once. A right balance of exuberant youth (mind you likes of Cesc, Nasri, etc are still in their early twenties) and proven winners (hopefully a couple of new signings) will take us afar.

Amen to that..

Here’s to Arsenal returning to winning ways before the season bids adieu. Then lets gear up for changes galore. Cheers!

PS: A decade as an Arsenal fan is simply not good enough. I want a lifetime more of red & white! Fingers crossed x x

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Proud To Be A Gooner. Ashamed To Be A Football Fan.

 

Robin, no point pleading in front of a deaf douche.

I hear Alex Ferguson has recalled Howard Webb to his squad for the game against Chelsea on Sunday! In all seriousness though, the whole world knows how referees are biased towards the elite clubs in the world. You can’t see why someone in charge of FIFA or UEFA has not done anything about it. Watching the ‘El Classico’ on Tuesday night made me very frustrated at the blatant cheating from the Barcelona players. People talk about the infamous Eduardo ‘dive’ against Celtic in the Champions League a couple of years back and then Javier Mascherano goes down under the slightest challenge from Cristiano Ronaldo like he had been shot, when really he just scraped him and denied Real Madrid a goal which would of changed the game completely.

Another few facts for you:

  • 2009: Chelsea should have had at least 2 penalties against Barca in the champions league semi final.
  • 2010: Thiago Motta sent off after Busquets pathetically dived.
  • 2011: RVP sent off for not hearing the whistle and then kicking the ball away under 2 seconds after!
  • 2011: Abidal should have also been sent off for aggressively holding RVP from the neck.
  • 2011: Pepe given harsh red card, Mascherano, Pedro and Busquets dived throughout the match as well, not to mention Barcelona players surrounding the referee for every decision like a pack of dogs.
  • All of these decisions have influenced the game and in the end all of them apart from one Barcelona have got to the final of the Champions League. You could say from UEFA’s point of view their laughing as the bigger teams get to the final to create a more glamorous final which will bring in more money for them.
  • We now are set up for an intriguing final, United vs Barcelona, the two teams that will always get decision’s from a ref so how is the final going to go because the ref can only be biased or neutral and I can’t imagine it been the latter.

Onto Manchester United, I will start with the ‘Fergie Time’ that seems to appear every time united are in need of a goal. What should only be 2 minutes of added time turns into 5 minutes of added time and most times United will go on and get the goal after playing 7 minutes of added time.

After the Arsenal game, Ferguson was quoted ‘We never get the big decision’s in games’. Bollocks to that; Nemanja Vidic practically turned into superman to stop Robin Van Persie getting his head to it and the ref or linesmen (who had a perfect view) failed to spot this amazingly and that’s just one of the many decisions that went against Arsenal in that game.

 

The image sums it up.

In the Carling Cup final, United vs Villa when Gabby Agbonghlahor was clear through on goal as was mowed down by Vidic and the ref didn’t not give a penalty or the red card again, yet Mr. Ferguson thinks they don’t get the big decisions.

The English FA continuously promotes this FA Respect Campaign and tries and urges more referees into football but why would anyone bother respecting ref’s when they constantly give the wrong decisions. People might criticize me for slagging off the ref’s by saying they have a hard job. I ref myself and know how hard it can be when you have everyone on your back, that’s why I have to do my job properly so this doesn’t happen.

Bias towards Arsenal, I can’t think of too many reasons why referees don’t like us or reasons for the FA not to like us; we consistently finish in the champions league spots and usually play with good sportsmanship. The FA they might not like us because we lack English players and know that if they give decisions against us they won’t lose any English players to play in their pointless friendlies against poor nations and then get injured. But that’s racist right? Discriminating against someone/something because of their ethnic/religious background and yet they promote kick it out of racism projects. Hypocrites.

Mr Van Persie’s red card in Barcelona, seriously it’s the most pathetic red card I’ve ever seen given and I watch a lot of football. Kicking the ball away, 2 seconds after the whistle has blown and that’s before your ears and brain register the noise in a noisy cathedral like the Camp Nou, like the man himself said an absolute joke.

The goal that was denied against Sunderland on 5th March 2011. The linesmen flagged Andrei Arshavin offside when he had run from behind the defender and finished the ball, the man was nowhere near off side and ironically he wasn’t booked for kicking the ball away(unlike MR Van Persie, 3 days later in Barcelona!). The two points Arsenal would have got from that victory would have put them 1 point behind second and 4 points behind Man united at the top, that’s without the confidence booster this result would have given the Arsenal players to go on a win more games in the coming weeks.

In August ’09 when Van Persie scored an injury time equalizer against United that was ruled out for offside when he wasn’t (oh look who we were playing against!) and the Arsenal ended up losing the game 2-1 (also ill say it again van Persie wasn’t booked for this incident)!

So you make up your own minds on everything but in reality the refs are Manchester United or Barcelona supporters in disguise and while corrupt governing bodies are in charge who knows what good happen!

So all in all, referees these days need to be properly tested and make sure they stick to the same principles not changing their policies to suit one particular player or club because they may have more money than the other club or might have won more trophies. The next time you see someone get booked in the Camp Nou for kicking the ball away please let me know. To end, some ref’s need to take a long hard look at the way they officiate game because in all honesty it is ruining the game we all appreciate and love dearly.

Thanks to 11Gunners for allowing me to write this and displaying it and Thanks to all those that took their precious time to read it!

Keep Supporting the Gunners and keep the faith through the good and bad times.

Victory through Harmony

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The Best Anti-Manchester United Jokes: Part3

 

Now that's what you call a rock solid team!

If there’s one club with all the luck in the world, its Manchester United. If there’s one club with all the refs, etc (ie FA, Uefa) on its side, its Manchester United.  If there’s one club all Gooners love to hate, its Manchester United. Here are few jokes compiled from all over the internet, hope you like’em!

Also Read:

The Best Anti-Manchester United Jokes: Part 1

The Best Anti-Manchester United Jokes: Part 2

Q. What is the difference between Manchester United and a triangle?

A. A triangle has three points.

Q. What do Manchester United Fans and sperm have in common?

A. One in 3,000,000 has a chance of becoming a human being.

Q. What’s the difference between listening to Alex Ferguson’s after-match interview and childbirth?

A. One’s an extremely painful almost unbearable experience, and the other one’s just having a baby.

Q. What has ten arms and a IQ of four?

A. Man United’s subs’ bench.

Q. What do you have when 100 Manchester United Fans are buried up to their necks in sand?

A. Not enough sand.

Q. You’re trapped in a room with a tiger, a rattlesnake, and a Manchester United Fan.You have a gun with two bullets. What should you do?

A. Shoot the United Fan. Twice.

Q. How many Man Utd fans does it take to change a lightbulb?

A. Seven, one to change it, five to moan about it and Ferguson to say if the ref had done his job in the first place the light bulb would have never gone out!

Q. What do you call a pregnant Man United fan?

A. A dope carrier!

Q. Did you hear about the Man United fan who studied 2 weeks for his urine test?

Alex Ferguson finally spoke to the press and has put the defeat against Liverpool down to injuries and suspensions of several key first team players. The Scot said, “it was always going to be difficult coming to Anfield without Ferdinand, Vidic, Valencia and Howard Webb”.

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The Best Anti-Manchester United Jokes: Part2

 

Now can you dig that!?

If there’s one club with all the luck in the world, its Manchester United. If there’s one club with all the refs, etc (ie FA, Uefa) on its side, its Manchester United.  If there’s one club all Gooners love to hate, its Manchester United. Here are few jokes compiled from all over the internet, hope you like’em!

Also Read:

The Best Anti-Manchester United Jokes: Part 1

The Best Anti-Manchester United Jokes: Part 3

Q. What do you get if you see a Manchester United fan buried up to his neck in sand?

A. More sand.

Q. Which two league teams have swear words in their names?

A. Scunthorpe United and f**king Manchester United.

Q.What’s the difference between a hedgehog and the Man U team bus?

A. The Man U bus has more pricks.

Q. How do you confuse a Man U fan?

A. Show him a map of Manchester.

Q: What’s red and white and funny?

A: A bus load of Man U fans going over a cliff.

Q. What’s the difference between a Man United supporter and a bucket of cow manure?

A. The bucket.

Q. What’s the definition of “a shame” (as in, “that’s a shame”)?

A. When a busload of Man United fans goes off a cliff.

Q. What is the definition of a “crying shame”?

A. When there was an empty seat.

Q. Why do Manchester United supporters have Moustaches?

A. So they can look like their Mothers.

Q. What do you get when you offer a Manchester United fan a penny for his thoughts?

A. Change!

Q. What’s common to a Manchester United fan and a nappy?

A. P*** upfront and crap at the back.

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The Best Anti-Manchester United Jokes: Part1

 

There are few things money can't buy..!

If there’s one club with all the luck in the world, its Manchester United. If there’s one club with all the refs, etc (ie FA, Uefa) on its side, its Manchester United.  If there’s one club all Gooners love to hate, its Manchester United. Here are few jokes compiled from all over the internet, hope you like’em!

Also Read:

The Best Anti-Manchester United Jokes: Part 2

The Best Anti-Manchester United Jokes: Part 3

Q: What do Manchester fans use as birth control?

A: Their personalities.

Q: What’s the difference between Alex Ferguson and God?

A: God doesn’t think he’s Alex Ferguson.

Q: What do you call a Mancunian with no arms and legs?

A: Trustworthy.

Q: What’s the difference between a Man-U fan and a Vibrator?

A: A Man U fan is a real d*ck.

Q: Why can’t you get a cup of tea at Old Trafford?

A: All the mugs are on the field and all the cups are at Highbury.

Q: How many Man United fans does it take to change a light bulb?

A: 560,001. That is 1 to change it, 60,000 to say they’ve been changing it for years and 500,000 to buy the replica kit.

Q. What do you call a Manchester United fan with half a brain?

A: Gifted.

Q: Did you hear that the British Post Office has just recalled their latest stamps?

A: Well, they had photos of Manchester United players on them – folk couldn’t figure out which side to spit on.

Q: What’s the difference between Alex Ferguson and a jet engine?

A: A jet engine eventually stops whining!

Q: What’s the difference between a Man U keeper and a taxi driver?

A: A taxi driver will only let in four at a time.

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Match Preview: Lets End The Season On A High, Come On You Arsenal! PS: 11Gunners Is Back!

 

Verminator taming Shrek like no other

Finally there is some good news around Arsenal Football Club, Thomas Vermaelen will return to action after more than seven months on the sidelines when he starts for the Reserves against Manchester United on Thursday. The Belgian center back hasn’t played since picking up an Achilles injury while on international duty in September and subsequently having surgery to correct a tendon problem.

Apologies to all Gooners who missed us (conditions apply!) over the past month. Each one of us was going through personal turmoil of some kind, hence the hiatus. But things look stable now, so expect a regular flow hereon. Here’s hoping Arsenal manage to win all their remaining games this season. Come on you Arsenal ❤

A number of frustrating setbacks have seen Vermaelen miss virtually the whole season but the 25-year-old has progressed well since returning to full training in April and will make his comeback at Old Trafford in the second string’s final game of the regular season. Read on.. Read the rest of this entry »