Why Rosicky was better than Fabregas, Cazorla, Arteta at Arsenal

Date published: Friday 16th October 2020 2:55

Also... more cult heroes, Big Six Eurovision, earned glory and the Arsenal hoodoo...

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Cult heroes

I am writing in Response to  Mikey, CFC mail from this morning mailbox.

His mail was about cult heroes I.e players popular among fans but didn’t quite achieve legendary status, this really is decent topic of discussion and a distraction from the tedious Manchester United mails we have been made to endure of late

I am an Arsenal fan and when it’s comes to cult heroes we have had quite a few, from the Nasri(s), to the van Persie(s), to the santi Cazorla(s) of this world

But when it comes to the ultimate  ultimate heroes then it’s very hard to look past this two players,  Nwankwo Kanu and Thomas Rosicky

Kanu achieved his status as cult hero with the performance he gave Against Chelsea in the early 00s where he came from the bench to score two goals with the second one being a worldie, he had a decent Arsenal Arseanal Career where he was also part of the invincibles

Rosicky on the other hand achieve his status as a cult hero with his numerous outstanding performances against spurs in 2010s, his return to fitness coincided with the Arsenal FA cup win in 2014 which ended Arsenal’s trophy drought, He was a beautiful man who plays beautiful football so much he was nicknamed The little mozart and would have achieved so much more if not for the injuries he suffered at the early stages of his Arsenal
Personally I rate him more than Cesc Fabregas, santi(and I love santi), and Arteta
On his best days Thomas Rosicky the little Morzart was world class.

Jason Jace


Thanks Mikey, for giving me the inspiration to wax lyrical about a certifiable Liverpool cult hero.

A man who struck fear into the hearts of defenders. Whose mere physical presence caused opposing players to lose their wits. And whose aura of magnificence would paralyse goalkeepers and leave them watching on helplessly as the ball sailed beyond them into the top corner.

No, not the legendary Divock Origi. No, not the wonderful Dirk Kuyt. And no, not even the magnificent David Ngog.

I am of course talking about the one and only Luis Garcia.

For exactly 2 seasons between 2004 and 2006, he was devastatingly good. Signed alongside Xabi Alonso, who was more of a slow burner that went on to become an actual legend, King Luis made an immediate impact by scoring bloody brilliant goals in bloody huge games.

Okay, so he didn’t even really have a position. He kinda sat in the no.10, but wasn’t especially creative. Nor was he particularly fast or strong. Alright, alright, he basically wasn’t good at much except the one thing we really needed in a team spearheaded by the likes of Milan Baros, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Neil Mellor.


He always showed up in the right place at the right time to thwack the ball into the net. For evidence – see his winning goal in the CL Quarter-Final first leg vs Juventus – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vItaJtaAgEY

Now you’ve watched it, go back and watch it again. Why is he even taking on this shot? Had he really calculated the appropriate loop and dip necessary to beat Gigi Buffon from such a distance? Who knows. But since he pretty much did this all the time, we have to assume yes.

He also bagged a couple against Leverkusen in the last 16 and, of course, netted the infamous ghost goal against Chelsea in the semis. He would dump the same opponents out of the FA Cup semi-final a year later with another outrageous volley. In his first 2 seasons, he scored 13 and 11 goals respectively from whatever his position was before his superpowers finally began to wane.

But we had seen enough of that little jump and thumb-sucking celebration in those first 2 trophy-winning Benitez years to permanently cement him as Hero.

And because any good cult hero mail should end with a song:

Luis Garcia,
He drinks sangria,
He came from Barca to Liverpool
He’s five foot seven,
He’s football heaven,
So please don’t take our Luis away…

Ryan C, LFC


Mikey CFC, nice topic for a Friday. Being a Liverpool fan, my cult hero is Igor Biscan. For no particular reason other than I think he was severly under-rated.

Here is a list of players I think I would call cult heroes from some other teams:

Chelsea – Ed de Gooey
Everton – Davis Unsworth
Arsenal – Manu Petit
Man City – Shaun Goater
West Ham – Dean Ashton

Just to get the ball rolling.

Culk the Younger (not looking forward to the derby. Scared of the toffees)


I’m sure you’ll get a lot of Liverpool cult responses, but here are mine.

The obvious one is Dirk Kuyt. Missed the big trophies, didn’t really score or overtly do much, but put such a virtue into trying hard and using his brain.

The more left field one is Patrik Berger. A tremendously stylish and occasional ethereal player vaguely in the mould of Ginola, who would float around the pitch and occasionally uncork a marvellous crossfield pass or thirty yarder. Part of the Bad Times, and a luxury player, but luxury players are the thing I miss about how football used to be. Also great hair.

Dan, Plastic LFC 


Mikey I like the question but I think you miss the point slightly.

When it comes to cult heroes the emphasis should be on the cult bit and maybe with a bit of miss spelling.

A player who you would have to be a bit bonkers to attribute hero status to and by definition places you outside the main stream and in company you would rather not keep. Think about Tom Cruise and John Travolta being at your next get together.

I am thinking of players like (for My Club) Dennis Wise, Chopper Harris and Diego Costa. For other clubs Norman Hunter and Maybe the likes of Mickey Quinn (not really sure as picking someone else’s cult hero is a bit weird). Considering the topic, maybe it should be rephrased as the likes of your Dennis Wises, your Chopper Harris’s’s’s and your Diego Costas’s’s. Why do people talk like that.

In short not Damien Duff. Everyone likes Damien Duff.

But my personal cult Hero is Micky Droy.

Limited football ability more than made up for by being huge and not adverse to getting stuck in. The perfect paradox between what I love about football pre 1992 and what I love about the fact that it isn’t seen today.

Simon, Woking



Thanks Ferg

Since 2018(according to transfer market);

1. Ole has bought Maguire, AWB, Bruno, Van de Beek, James, Telles and Pellestri for a combined £250

2. Pep has bought Dias, Ake, Torres, Porro, Cancelo, Rodri and Angelino for a combined £266 (he has also bought more)

3. Lampard has bought Mendy, Havertz, Chilwell, Werner and Ziyech for a combined £223

4. Chelsea have bought Lampard’s total plus Pulisic and Kovacic for a combined £316

so your statements;
” bar City they have the highest gross and net spend in Europe.”
I decided to spend 10mins looking into this…FALSE
Since Glazers took over United have spent £1,124m on transfers in, Chelsea have spent £1,368m. Since Fergie left, it’s £824m compared to £881m spent by Chelsea. (info from transferleague.co.uk)

“no manager has outspent Ole since he took over in December 2018”
As i said in previous email…FALSE
Comparing number 2 above to number 1.

“You also point out that Chelsea have “nearly spent as much as Utd.””
FALSE…I did not use that quote thank you very much. I stated that “Frank Lampard isn’t too far away either and has been Chelsea manager for over 6 months less” (Frank Lampard v OGS in said period – Comparing point 3 to point 1 above)

“This still means Ole has spent more then Chelsea…which was my point.”
See above and compare point 4 to point 1…FALSE

Please do a small bit of research before you mail in again. Thanks again


Big Six Eurovision

Hi, has anyone else noted that it has been UNANIMOUSLY agreed that project big picture will not be endorsed or pursued. My understanding of the word unanimous was that everyone is in agreement, which seems strange as it has been reported that the project was concocted by Liverpool and Man Utd with broad agreement with some other teams.

So why have these owners agreed to not pursue their own plan?

My guess is that they are all a bunch of greedy billionaires looking for even more money and came up with this clearly half baked plan which had so many flaws even their own supporters couldn’t back it.

I’m sure they’ll come back with a revised plan that “works for everyone” but will also manage to get them a greater share of the pie. You could argue that they are entitled to it given they bring in more to the league. But this is also the same reasoning behind the UK being immune from relegation in the Eurovision Song Contest, the “big 5” advance straight to the final without the need to compete in the semi final. Now where have I heard that phrase before?



Glory should be earned

One of the best things about English football, is the playing field.

Over the past 44 years, I’ve seen Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Everton, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Man City have sustained eras of success.

But, none of ’em stayed on top forever.
That’s the thing about eras; they end.
Which brings me to a pet hate in football.
And it’s one that fuels many a bewilderingly self-entitled letter to the Mailbox.
People who start supporting a club when it’s winning everything.
The club I fell in love with in the ’70s had just finished 17th.

It made our subsequent success all the more enjoyable and satisfying.
I recently watched us win our 10th FA Cup – who the hell gets to see 10 FA Cup wins?!
I have a younger brother, who’s been a Man City fan since the ’80s. He’s been walking in a dreamland, these past few years.

Enjoying glory as a fan, like everything in football, is something to be earned.

And it makes it all the more satisfying.
If you started supporting the most successful club of the moment, you’re not just the very definition of a “plastic fan”, but you’re doomed to disappointment.
Because, eras always end.

So, chill out y’all, enjoy success when it comes and support Lincoln City.
– Nige NZ (ruffling feathers since ’64)


The Arsenal hoodoo?

It seems that managers frequently seem to get sacked just before their teams play Arsenal (in the Premier League).
What chance does Solskjaer have of still being employed by the end of this month?

Jovan, London 


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