ok now comes an exciting weekend.
rvp is out injured...
hopefully bendtner or eduardo gets the nod...or both! hehe
Hey all, below is a summary of the Arsenal AGM for your reading pleasure
....Then Arsene, without notes, gave a nine-minute speech whose rhythm and structure was marvellous. Relaxed, expansive and heartfelt, he touched every base and pressed every button in an apparently effortless exposition. What he said, and the way he said it, was absolutely fabulous because, as he talked, it all made sense, everything fell into place, everything became simplified and clear : it was a report from the front line as well as a declaration of intent. Here was a wise leader communicating ambition, hope, pride, love, deep loyalty to the tribal family of Gooners. I was convinced that no other football manager on this planet could speak this way in this situation, and say so much in a short time. His briefing was a tonic, a vitamin injection which made everybody feel five years younger. I found myself thinking : If you were a shareholder of another club, and you saw Arsene Wenger right now, you'd be absolutely gobsmacked by the charisma and popularity of the guy.
THIS WHAT HE SAID :
"Thank you very much, it's a great gesture, and I'm personally very touched because I think it's too big an honour that you made here for me. What can I say ?
"I would like first of all to thank you very much for the support you've shown during these eleven years. I'm sorry if we could not win every game..but I promise we will try in the future.. I must thank the board as they have shown, this year, trust when they signed me. Now they cannot get rid of me! (laughter)
"I will of course try to do my best in the coming years. I extended my contract not because I wanted to see the end of the endless roadworks on the M1 (laughter), but because I want to to share with you the vision I have for this club, and for this team. It was not an easy decision because I want to do well, I'm hungry for success. I decided to extend my contract because I feel I share the vision I have for the team with you. We want to win in a modern way, with a big hunger for success, of course, but we want to win with style, with class, with respect, and with a great solidarity we have always shown through the difficult periods we have had at this club.
"I'm very proud to manage this team this season because we feel that until now we have shown it's qualities, it's enjoyable, I'm very excited to help them to improve because from game to game we have strengthened our belief and we have started quite well. We are not stupid. Because we know there is a long way to go, and we know that the competition is very hard. But the only thing I can promise, every day these boys try to improve, and we are up for every game, and we try to do well in every competition, even in the Carling Cup.
"So it looks quite promising, we have a young team, and the future of a young team is always decided by how they much they want it. Until the age of 20 you can see how good you are, how talented you are, but you can not see how much you want to win. That is when you are confronted with top-level competition. The signs our teams show are very good. They want to win, they are up for it. When their backs are to the wall, they can respond, they are not scared to play, they are not inhibited, and they are hungry to learn.
"It is quite boring, frankly, to hear about the numbers, but they are good.. ( laughter). But we know as well that the numbers are the consequence of how well we do together on the pitch, how well we play, and how many games we win.
"Because this club is so big that when the team is doing well, we always have a full stadium. So we have to make sure together that we can keep that team going and develop it, because I feel we have good work behind us as well. Good young players - we spoke about that today, the first years, the young English generation, - yes, English generation ! - is very promising, and very good.
"We hope that in a few years we'll have a very strong English base, a good mixture with players from abroad, and local players, domestic players - especially after the result last night."
Some laughter as people realised this was a reference to England's 2-1 defeat in Moscow.
"I'm convinced that football has become a world sport. Can you imagine that every game in England now, every Premier League game, is watched by a minimum of 500 million people all over the world, and some games go to a billion. And we have a responsibility to show that Arsenal Football Club can be a modern club, can live together, create the culture in the club, with foreign players, with local players, and promote support all over the world, and as well promote the way we think we should behave.
"I travel quite a lot and I must say we have developed quite well the brand of Arsenal Football Club all over the world. At the moment I must say we don't make a lot of money with that, but we are loved all over the world, and that's a great sign, a great reward for us. Everywhere you go you can be proud to say, I'm from Arsenal Football Club.
"And we have a responsibility, as I said before, to show our fans that we love them. How? By playing the football they love, and by showing them that we care about them. This club traditionally has done that. Because we have so many fans all over the world, as well in England, that is the traditional respect the club has built. And the care that we always show to our fans is essential to our future. And we want of course to take care of that in the development of our club.
"Today there is a big competition on television. You go home, you have a choice to watch - not in England maybe, but anywhere else in the world - the guy who lives in Thailand, the guy who lives in Africa, he goes home, he chooses : Do I watch tonight Real Madrid or Arsenal? Do I watch Inter Milan or Manchester United?
"Everybody has the choice to watch what he wants to see. And therefore the quality of what we offer has become very, very important. Because people have access to the best in the world, and today, to have a reputation, you have to try to be the best in the world. That's what we want to achieve. At the moment we have the best numbers in the world, maybe not the best team in the world. But we want to achieve that.
"It's special day today for me and what I've liked at this club is that under pressure we have always been very strong, resilient. We didn't give in to any media pressure. I've been in many board meetings and we just did, always, what we thought was right. And that kind of strength is very needed in a club because this is a special job, we are always under public pressure, everybody has an opinion about everything. This year we have been very strong under fire. And thats a great point because it's not shared by many clubs and I would like to keep that quality inside this club.
"I've known a few clubs in my life. And that is a special quality - faith and strength under pressure, hat I have found here in this club. I'd like to finish my speech on that. And hope that quality will remain here at this club."
He looked across at his wife
"Thanks as well, Annie, we have shared eleven years, difficult ones... I didn't expect you here today but it's very nice. I'm very pleased."
The applause went on for over half a minute and then Arsene said, "Don't forget we have a game on Saturday - see you Saturday !"
Hill-Wood then said, "As usual, it's a great pleasure to listen to Arsene's words of wisdom. That concludes the Annual General Meeting, I think. I thank you all very much for coming -
Arsenal 2 Bolton 0 ... yeah another win!
Tonite Arsenal plays Slavia Prague. If we win, then we are almost through to the knockout stages.
Then this Sunday (28 Oct) Arsenal plays Liverpool.
While some of the Liverpool fans hope that their team 'teaches Arsenal a lesson' (like how to play boring football????), if Arsenal beats Liverpool then that should put them further behind us and hopefully that will be the end of their title aspirations
Com'on you Gunners!
im looking forward to the arsenal - manu game. hur hur hur
If Arsenal beats Slavia, Lpool & Manu, then it will beat its record of 14 consecutive wins...
another one wanna go...how sad.
lack of playing time, but got to give it to him, this dude is ambitious.
But is he consistent enough to be a regular first 11? I got no cable at home, so i dun
get to watch the matches, how does he perform regularly?
i think lehmann has to go
"Almunia has not yet showed that he can win matches for us." i think almunia is currently performing better than lehmann did in the 1st few matches
Yay! Arsenal trashed Slavia Prague 7-0 with Hleb, Fabregas and Walcott scoring doubles! Let's hope we can reproduce this fine form against Liverpool and Man U!
The perfect result last night to go into a very important two Premier League games against Liverpool and Moan Utd. I predict a win and a draw respectively.
It'll be a great morale booster (actually does the team needed it?) before the next two tough matches.
The team have shown that they can thrash opponents in BPL and CL. So I think Rafa and SAF will take note and make the next two games very tight matches. Arsenal might drawn those two matches, but I am hoping for 2 wins
What a great start to my day!