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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Arsenal Fan On Bottling It, Fabregas and Finishing Fourth

It’s that time of year again. The new season is upon us. RoM has asked several top club bloggers to answer questions about the season ahead.

We kick off with Arseblog, arguably the best club blog on the internet, to talk about Arsenal’s incredible ability to bottle it year on year, whether Arsene Wenger is the right man to turn things around and whether Fabregas should stay.

Scott the Red: Were you happy with your team’s performance last season?

Arseblogger: Until the Carling Cup final, yes. We were motoring along in four competitions, should have won a trophy, but conspired to fuck it up, and the rest, in spectacular fashion. Post Carling Cup was probably the worst run of form ever under Arsene Wenger, the team bottled it, big time.

STR: Why does it keep happening? Is it an issue with mental toughness or something else?

Arseblogger: Yes, mental weakness, lack of character, but most of all lack of quality and experience.

STR: Despite the bottling, who do you think were your most important players over the course of the season?

Arseblogger: Robin van Persie, for the goals he scored, and Jack Wilshere. His emergence was one of the bright spots of the season.

STR: How do you rate Arsenal’s activity in the transfer market?

Arseblogger: Poorly (at this stage). Only Gervinho and Jenkinson in, the Cesc/Nasri sagas ongoing, no centre-half, much of the deadwood still there, and the season kicks off in less than a week. Unsatisfactory, we’re weaker, not stronger.

STR: Bearing this is mind, what are your aspirations for this season?

Arseblogger: Top four finish, maybe a cup.

STR: Where do you think you’ll actually finish?

Arseblogger: 4th.

STR: Despite not winning anything for years, there’s been “Arsene knows” and “In Arsene we trust” stuff. Is that still going as strong? How do you rate your manager’s ability to take the club forward?

Arseblogger: I think doubts over his ability to do that are increasing. It’s no longer a vocal minority who are openly questioning him and his methods. His decision making, especially his reluctance to strengthen the squad when it so obviously needs it, is almost impossible to understand. Of course we have till the 31st to sign players – but with August such a crucial month (Liverpool, United and CL qualifiers), and fans as frustrated as they’ve ever been under Wenger, I just can’t find a good reason why we haven’t added more to the squad already

STR: If not the manager then, which player do you think will most important in helping you achieve a top four finish?

Robin van Persie.

STR: Not too long ago, Fabregas probably would have been the name given in answer to this question. Do you want him to stay at the club knowing that he is desperate to join Barcelona? Do you think he should retain the captaincy?

Arseblogger: I want him to stay because he’s our best player and one of the best midfielders in the world. I completely understand why he wants to go, however. Captaincy, pffff, not fussed.

STR: Which two current United players would you most want at your club?

Arseblogger: Vidic, because he’s a great centre-half. Rooney, a fantastic forward, areas we need more strength.

STR: Finally, who will finish in the top 4? Who will go down?

Arseblogger: United, Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal (I hope).

STR: And is there anything else you wish to tell us?

Arseblogger: John Terry is a fucking cunt.

STR: You know how to win us over! Cheers.

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About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. mikekelly12 says:

    Fair comments…. Particularly the John Terry point!!

  2. Mikael says:

    Last point shows he’s not all that bad ;o)

  3. Goon says:

    With a new quality centre half we can be 2nd or 3rd with or without Fabregas!

  4. Jeet says:

    Nice to see a gooner who is not on KoolAid…prefer them in the top 4 rather than pool or city, I must say.

    And yes, irrespective of whether you love or hate Arsenal or Wenger, that picture, in the immortal words of didier, is “a fucking disgrace”.

  5. Fergie's gum says:

    Luv dis guy.outside ROM,Arseblog is the only blog i enjoy.Luv dis guy.outside ROM,Arseblog is the only blog i enjoy.

  6. Huzi says:

    “STR: And is there anything else you wish to tell us?
    Arseblogger: John Terry is a fucking cunt.”

    Top, top, comment! Couldn’t agree more! :D

  7. Huzi says:

    Sneijder: “I will still be an Inter player on August 31st. Inter have only said that if a right offer comes, they will talk.”
    Sneijder: “I am not making any transfer request. it might seem like it but it is not true. With City, United, there is nothing concrete.”
    Sneijder: “I will play for Inter and as usual I will work hard for the new season.”

    That settles it, then…or does it? :roll:

  8. moscow JT says:

    I’m in awe with the dig at terry, especially haven being a big fan of the moscow hero since 2008!

  9. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    I still cannot for the life of me imagine why Wenger is not after either Scott Parker or Joey Barton or both. For God’s sakes, these guys are fucking beasts and are available on free tranfers. They are exactly what Wenger’s team of pansies require. If that is the case, Wenger will remain an obstinate fool.

    Another issue that keeps nagging at me is Wenger’s refusal to sell Fabregas. Yes, he is a top player and your captain, and, yes, your future depends on him being there. But the boy does not want to play for you and he is not going to wear your shirt proudly. What is the point of keeping? What message does that send to players like Wilshere/Ramsey who would be ready to step up the instant Cesc leaves. Wenger just doesn’t know when to let go. He should have more cups of tea with Sir Alex.

    That being said, I would always have Arsenal battling it out with us than Chelsea or City. There is something romantic for me about that rivalry, maybe it was the first one I got attached to when I began watching football. But they still have a special place among all the teams that I hate as our rivals.

    However, I still believe if Wenger can pull his act together and get Cahill/Parker/Barton all of whom will fall under his price range, then they should finish ahead of City.

    And that final response is simply a winner in my eyes. I love this guy for that alone if not for the other level-headed responses he provided.

  10. iceman says:

    Am Arsenal fan – just wanted to say thanks for kicking Citeh’s arses (flash mouthy bastards)! Realistically know we won’t be champs but really believe we will be in top 4 with addition of another defender.

  11. King Eric says:

    Scott fucking Parker has to one of the most over rated players in the league, hyped up beyond belief by the West Ham supporting media. Decent steady player, no more.

  12. King Eric says:

    Balaji – Sorry mate, that wasnt a dig at your comment, moreso the hype he gets from the media. Like he is a world class player. If he was that good why has no top side come in for him and didnt make it at Arsenal or Chelsea? Having said that yes he would do a job for Arsenal.

  13. Slim says:

    Last comment was spot on. He truly is a Cunt

  14. The Fly says:

    Arseblog doesn’t compare to RoM.

  15. Rax says:

    Can’t see how Parker would strengthen Arsenal. Yes he’s experieinced, but experienced in what? Relegation battles? Not really what the whingers need. Personally think anyone of Wilshere, Ramsey or Song are as good or better, so can’t see his signing as strengthening their side.

  16. aenemy7 says:

    What a realistic comments……i also hope they will stay at top 4 again this season, both United & Arsenal plays entertaining football, that’s the truth! kinda miss the Keane-Vierra rivalry era……

  17. Sir Ryan Giggs says:

    Tiny tears is the biggest cunt!

  18. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @King Eric, No issues mate, I knew what you were getting at even before you posted that response. Personally, I don’t think I would touch him with a 100-foot pole now for United. Maybe when he signed for Chelsea in 2005, but definitely not now. However, as you also said, he can do a job. That is the kind of player Arsenal have been missing. Somebody who can put himself about and make a nuisance of himself while breaking up the opposition play. Plus, I feel that he is a good enough leader – certainly better than the ones already there at Arsenal. This would not be a long-term fix for them, but in the short term, I think they could certainly use him.

    Who is the biggest cunt? Tiny Tears or Stevie Me. Hmm, that has got to be a tough one, I think. Trick question, some would say. :lol:

  19. RedDevil4Lyfe says:

    agree with the JT part 100%

  20. markynorbs says:

    View from the enemy is back for the new season.
    Love this segment. Cheers Scott.
    Bring on West Brom
    John Terry is a cunt.
    I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!

  21. Red Typhoon says:

    LOL..i like that last statement about JT……

    @iceman 11:43
    Your welcome mate!! ;-)

  22. CedarsDevil says:

    Good and sensible interview, of course like everyone else I loved his JT comment

  23. smartalex says:

    Thank you Scott the Red and Arseblogger! The ‘View from the Enemy’ series is one of my favourites on RoM, and this edition is another excellent issue.

    I think that Arsenal will come second in the Premiership this season.

  24. wayne says:

    @Balaji morning mate,what i’ve read barca are not matching gunners asking price.seems the tatics tap a player up for 2 years through the press then force the club to sell him cheaper than market value after turning the players head.

  25. Mahfuz says:

    What a top Gooner. Always nice to see someone who isn’t deluded and singing “this season is our year”. I’ve run out of foul adjectives to describe the waste of human skin John Terry is.

  26. Costas says:

    Can’t wait for the interview with the West Ham fan!

  27. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @wayne, Morning mate, hope you are well. Oh, I hadn’t read that. I thought it was more to do with Wenger refusing to sell his best player. It could still be even if Barca match the asking price, but we won’t know that till they do. It seems to me like Wenger is refusing to let go which is why I made that comment.

    I agree with you on Barca (Watch out for one of King Eric’s famous rants incoming). I absolutely hate their dealings in the transfer market. Along with City, Madrid and Chelsea, they highlight everything that is wrong with the business side of football these days. They get away with it more than anybody else because of having their hands in all the right places from Unicef to UEFA to FIFA, and they think playing pretty football exempts them from rules that apply to everyone else. Fuck them!

  28. TheCantonas says:

    Could somebody on ROM tell me What the hell is going on with Arse? I used to get laugh at them but now even i’d feel pity for them…
    GOSH! I missed our battle against them on the past…

  29. TT says:

    Top comments from our man (I’m an Arsenal fan), nice to know we can unite against the common enemy (Chelsea, City, John Terry).

    There has been a slight upturn in the optimism from the Arsenal ranks over the last week or two. Defender-wise we really are not too bad, if Vermaelen returns and we also have the U19WC-winning spanish CB Miquel (Hopefully he doesnt have Barcelona DNA). We also let Bartley go to Rangers, so we must either be able to recall him, or be pretty confident we can get another CB.

    I think Nasri will go, I think Fabregas will stay. I think he will be 200% committed to the club. If he isn’t, he will be dropped and he will not be doing his career any good at all. My bet is that he will not be captain and that he will not be an automatic selection through the year, like he has been.

    My guess is that we will get Mata (for Nasri), and an unheard of CB (Wenger does have a sense of humour after all).

  30. CedarsDevil says:


    That West Ham fan was funny, we might have to wait a few years to see him here again though, unless we get them in one of the cups….

  31. wayne says:

    @Balaji think its just down to money barca offered 29mill euros + 6mill add ons,gunners want the 35 mill up front.still seems like a low price to me comparing it with other deals

  32. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    I can’t stand l’arse fans but that last comment from him made me chuckle.

  33. Costas says:


    Hi mate. Oh that’s right, I forgot. Such a shame that! Scott should interview him anyway! Imagine the mood he will be in now. :lol:

  34. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    :lol: I agree completely with the jon telly part.

    Arsenal need experience so signing
    Jose Enrique/maxwell

    as squad players should be their priority to improve but being a small club and having such a poor tactical manager means that their future in the top 4 is unlikely to continue .

  35. Chica Chicha says:

    Arsenal is just a money-making club with no ambitions on winning anything.
    Even a blind man can see that they need defenders with experience. Have they signed any yet?
    I hope they fall to Udinese and end up in Europa League. Then all the long traveling might knock them out of the top 4.

    I have doubts they can make the top 4.

  36. YorYor says:

    @King Eric, to be fair to Parker, Charlton did fantastically well with Parker during that one season in which they reached 3rd if I didn’t remember wrongly, only for Chelsea to pull their first “buy from your nearest opponent to weaken them” stunt and completely waste Parker.
    In my opinion, he was a good player then, certainly not over-hyped. Just too bad he got deceived by the roubles, probably after being fed a bottle of vodka.
    But I could see him giving Arsenal the one thing they need in midfield – a workhorse. The midfielders they have don’t have a very good workrate, and except for Fabregas, insufficient experience and mental toughness.
    I for one hope they DON’T get Parker or Barton – it would actually give them something they lack.

  37. ididnotzeeit says:

    @ “captaincy? pfft, couldn’t be fussed”

    The fuck? Couldn’t be fussed? In the same conversation as mentioning their lack of mental toughness, he says he can’t be fussed over who the captain is?

    Seems a proper bloke but the lack of leadership and a true captain to grab the youngins by the scruff is exactly what they’ve been missing for years. One of the best decisions SAF made all year last season was handing the armband to Vidic. When the chips are down you need a leader, I can’t believe identifying said person isn’t top of the list of priorities for Le Arse.

    Good read Scott. Arsenal summed up in 5 words

  38. ted says:

    excellent great to read scott

  39. North Stand Tier 2 says:

    It must be really fucking frustrating being an Arsenal fan. Good attacking football, always been let down by not having a good centre forward (except when Van Persie plays). They have some excellent young players (Ramsey, Wilshere, Chamberlain, Walcott), but cant seem to progress. I fucking hate Wilshere by the way, but have to admit he is a talented player (overhyped cos he’s English, but decent. Couldn’t get near say Thiago at Barca who looks like a world beater).

    Regardless of whether they sign another defender or forward, I actually still think Arsenal could finish in the top four. They are a good side, and always have been, they just dont seem to be able to go that extra yard to go anywhere with their talented players.

  40. Devil310 says:

    Arsene lost it. A central defender is the obvious missing link in that team.

    Also agree with the Barton-Parker Arsenal’s clique. Balls is what that tema needs.

  41. Fred says:

    Nice interview with the ArseBlogger. He talks a lot of sense. I hope Arsenal finish above Abu Dhabi United this time around.

  42. pablo says:

    good interview all comments made were spot on

  43. BajanBoy says:

    Lol John Terry is a fucking cunt! :)

  44. Eddo says:

    supporting gunners is like having an amazingly beautiful woman who is reproductively challenged aka infertile and to make matters worse u cant really adopt trophies..Or a student at college who seem to be doing really well in the course works and assignment s but when it come to final exams he finds a way to flunk it and fails to get a degree..but i guess that’s music to us,,as u keep whining we just keep winning..!!
    On the other hand though i hate shitty,blues and scousers more so thts one trophy for u..!!

  45. manutdthebest says:

    Arseblogger: John Terry is a fucking cunt.

    I like him now.. lol


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