That's the advice from a Liverpool fan who knows a thing or two about joshing from rival fans. Plus, Andy Townsend as eye candy and answers to Martin's question...
Yes, that means we have some cracking mails on Andy Townsend. We also have a selection of the dozens of retorts from Gunners to a Liverpool fan and much more...
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It Needed To Happen
Arsene said that we got what we wanted.
Hes right. As an Arsenal supporter for 38 years, I did want them to get stuffed by the Villa. This whole "groundhog day, reactive, last minute panicky management in September and a mad dash to scrape 4th and still trouser wad loads" has to stop. We need a new paradigm. The modus operandi has to change, in whatever way necessary. Its for the good of the club.
And here is the thing. As a supporter of 38 years, I want whats best for Arsenal Football Club. Kroenke, Gazidis and Wenger mean little to me. They are the custodians of our club, nothing more. The jury is still out on the first two, but its now clear that Wenger as manager is no longer in the best interests of our club.
365 was incorrect. Wenger is not paranoid...Because we really are all out to get him.
Mark "going down like the Forest" Johnson
...I have been fully against the Wenger out brigade for the past two years but today finally pushed me over the edge.
We start the season with no back up to Arteta and no one in midfield who could slow the game down and take control again once Villa equalised.
Wenger's inadequacies are compounded by Gibbs' injury and Koscielny's suspension. If Gibbs doesn't recover I have no idea who will play at left back and having Sagna as a CB in week two of the Premier League is just ridiculous.
I am not looking forward to watching Arsenal conspire to throw away leads and lose to inferior teams all year, again....
What Does Wilshere Offer?
This question has been asked previously in the mailbox. After watching the midweek friendly against Scotland and yesterday 's match against Villa, his role on the field appears non-descriptive. He doesn't create enough, score enough, defend enough or tackle enough.
The team functions better in his absence which was proved in the fantastic run to secure our annual 4th place trophy. Tipping this to be a make-or-break season for our made-up legend at 21 or so.
The players should grow some balls even though Wenger is clearly losing it. The decision to release or sell so many back-up players may backfire.
Francisco from Lagos Nigeria (Top 4 battle has begun)
...Rosicky hasn't made a bad touch all game-watch for him to be benched or "rested" against Fenerbahce.
Getting tired of Wilshere's angry Eminem act. What's more frustrating is that he's everyone's darling. Doesn't the media usually degrade English-born players? Excellent players like Rooney, Carrick, Lampard, some time decent players like Garreth Barry and Scott Parker are all butt ends of a joke. What makes Wilshere special? He runs about a lot with no purpose like Raheem Sterling; like Cleverley, he will never score a goal in his life. So what's the big deal?
Cazorla should have started, Ecuador or North Pole-doesn't matter. This brings me back to Rosicky. Playing good earns you a spot on the bench in Wenger's present-day reign of lunacy. I don't want to hear the crap about resting a player. Play your best. Don't overcoach or overthink. Either that or footballers are the biggest sissies among all athletes. In most sports, it's an honour to play through injury or fatigue. Athletes hide their injuries from coaches in order to play.
Don't tell me ice hockey or rugby is less physical than footy. If he's good enough to start for Del Bosque, he's good enough to start for Arsenal. Don't worry about the jetlag. Similarly, if Podolski was good enough to start for Low, he should have been good to play for Arsenal. I don't care what Arsene and Arsenal fans say about there being no position for him on the wing. Just find a spot for him and name him to the starting 11.
After Cazorla hit the bar (deflected by Guzan), Sagna decided to lob the ball back in, instead of playing wide open teammate (Ramsey?). Stop playing Sagna already.
Blaming The Ref
Only one of the worst displays of refereeing ever seen in the Premiership reduced the amount of vitriol hurled in the direction of Wenger and the Arsenal Board as the crowd vented their displeasure at Taylor's diabolical performance. He completely ruined the game which had started off well and for which thousands of people had paid big money to be entertained by blowing his whistle for the slightest contact by either side thus constantly interupting the flow of the game. The fact that there were 10 or 11 yellow cards in what was not a dirty game just shows how he had absolutely lost control. This is not the first time he has failed miserably in his job and he really should not be allowed to referee another Premiership game.
The trouble is that the boss of referees is the man who was, without doubt, the worst referee of his generation, namely Mike Riley, so it is unlikely that any action will be taken! None of this should obscure the blindingly obvious fact that something must be done about the Arsenal team and management as they are simply not good enough. Wenger was, of course, a brilliantly successful manager but since his glory days the game, both on and off the pitch, has changed dramatically and he is just not up to the task anymore. Many supporters at the game were actually hoping that the team fails in the Champions League and starts to lose regular league games (except of course to Tottenham) so that the money men will see their riches ebbing away and finally realise what 60,000 in the stadium and many others have known for ages BUY SOME ESTABLISHED QUALITY PLAYERS.
Macca (Yet another frustrated Gooner) Herts
Dear F365, I've e-mailed in many times and never been published, but never have I before done so at 5am following a night out spent drowning my pathetic sorrows.
First of all, I want to say well done to the Villa fans at the Emirates on Saturday. You were bloody fantastic, and the majority of Arsenal fans can definitely learn a fair amount from you. You're proper football fans, something I hate to admit my beloved Arsenal are sorely lacking.
Anyway, it was a really f**king strange game. Arsenal managed to lose without really looking that bad, Villa managed to win without really looking that good. Although I don't agree with the amount of vitriol often directed at referees, Anthony Taylor's performance was diabolical. He gave the first penalty after giving an advantage to Villa that they promptly f**ked up, and in any case, if he's going to give that he needs to send Szczesny(sic) off. Which he didn't. Second penalty, I'm sorry, but I was sat at the opposite end of the stadium and I saw Koscielny get the ball, and subsequent replays have proved me right.
Furthermore, how Vlaar stayed on the pitch is beyond me. Although Wenger is rightly being criticised for his comments in the press after the game, any fan at the game will tell you that Taylor never really had control after the first penalty. He dished out an inordinate number of cards to both sides, looked to be winding up the players unnecessarily and I would not be surprised if he is put on a couple of weeks hiatus after this weekend.
The result aside, we are seriously looking at the prospect of going into the first leg against Fenerbace with three fit defenders and Johan Djourou. In the second game of the season. Aaron Ramsey played the last half an hour at centre-back. Seriously, Arsene, that is not cool. Do something about it, please. Also, please tell me somebody else saw Sczcesny(sic)'s little performance in the first half. We need an experienced keeper. And judging by the amount of chances we failed to convert, someone who can score goals too. I know it's a mailbox cliche, but we're only about six or seven players away from having a competitive team in comparison to the rest of the big boys.
As a final note, having watched the Liverpool game before heading on my ill-fated voyage to North London, chaps, what luck. Yes, you may be singing Mingolet's praises now, but the fact remains that Stoke could have put five past you.
STOKE could have put five past you.
Think about that and re-consider your performance.
Matt (angry young man) AFC, London/Lancaster
Rare Praise For Shearer
I just wanted to say well done to the BBC, Alan Shearer in particular, for some great punditry pertaining to the Arsenal v Aston Villa match. Whilst the vast majority of people would have readily accepted that Villa's second penalty was harsh on Arsenal, it took Shearer to clearly demonstrate why the referee was correct. Koscielny's knee caught Agbonlahor before he got to the ball so it was a definite pen. I've never been Shearer's biggest fan but credit where credit is due. It's insight like that which makes me think that the match analysis can be informative not just an excuse to go to the fridge to crack open another beer.
Sky didn't call it, he did. Take a bow, son.
Fan Mail For Miller
Terrified is he? Wow, the egg on your face today makes you look like an omelette.
...Football365 was right, Moyes certainly looked absolutely terrified as he watched Welbeck dink home United's fourth to win away by 3 goals in his debut match at a team generally considered to be rather good. He's not ready you see.
I'm sure the anti-Moyes agenda will continue just as before, but it's so satisfying that we have given people absolutely nothing to get their claws into with an incredibly comfortable opening day victory in a potentially tricky fixture. One game does not a good season make, but it's certainly a hell of a start for a manager who is apparently so out of his depth.
I know how it will go though. If we win, it was just the squad Ferguson assembled, and if we lose, it's because of Moyes. Typical
I bet all the staff at F365 will be praying we slip up against Chelsea on bank holiday Monday so they can write more of the type of petty, childish, tabloid-esque headlines which are more regularly found on Mediawatch.
I love Football365 because normally, you are much better than this.
Tom, MUFC (Cheshire)
Too Soon To Judge
I anticipate there will be a lot of people writing in saying things like 'See, Moyes is the right manager for United after all, this one win proves it', or words to that effect. They're all wrong.They said that he needed to be judged over a season, they need to stick to that. If United had lost they would have said 'settle down, give him a season (or more)' so I would say that applies equally now. I remain to be convinced and a win in August does nothing to change that. I shall be judging in May and not before, whether things are going well or badly. s Avram Grant at Chelsea has shown, a group of players used to playing a certain way successfully under one manager will continue to do so, up to a point, under a new manager.
It's only with a satisfactory period of time we can assess Moyes' tenure, unless it's a complete disaster and United are in the bottom three by Christmas, which isn't going to happen. Moyes is a good manager so the team shouldn't completely collapse, but he isn't good enough for United in my opinion.
How many of those watching the Swansea v Man U game noticed Wayne Rooney sitting on the bench in a leather chair sponsored by 'Regaine'?
Probably the finest product placement I've ever seen. At least Wayne still has a role left in the game - albeit helping advertise men's health products...
What a great first day eh?
Ross Barkley is at the start of the media circling him to make him England's future. Scored a thriker in a beaut of a game v newlook Norwich, with Van Wolfswinkel with a peach of a header.
Benteke scored two, second season syndrome looks like it will be deterred by a great start. Great performance by Villa, predictably overshadowed by the end of Arsenal football club.
The hammers welcomed Cardiff to the top league and showed them that mid table's not easy to beat.
Fulham, Southampton and Pool came away with 1 - 0 wins.
Van Persie showed his world class ability once again, and even that terrible player Danny Welbeck got a couple of goals, with Wilfried Bony taking a nice first touch shot in the offing.
Football baby, football
Opening day of the season, away at the Emirates. You are a 22-year-old defender making your debut and your team are leading 2-1 with 5 minutes to go.
A) Hold a strict defensive line to protect what you have?
B) Rush up the field to find yourself one-on-one with the keeper?
We're not going to win the league and I'd still be quite happy with a top-ten finish. But I really enjoy supporting this Villa side.
Being a Villa fan is now really good fun for the first time since about 1996, and wherever we end up finishing I'd take that over any number of grafted 1-0 wins.