My good friends will tell you that I’m not very good at comedy, being a girl I almost never remember even the funniest of jokes but I did think we needed a bit of cheering up today.
It occurred to me that Arsene always has a sound-bite and like every good politician he can roll them out for similar situations hoping that no-one will notice ‘hes used that one before’. I did some searching and after an hour and a half of reading through hundreds of quotes a pattern emerged, and the realisation that many of his gems that had been used over the years can still be applied now – why was I surprised?…………
“I really can’t remember having as many injuries as this but it is not a crisis. We have enough good players in the team to win the game.”
“We should not have lost. Our side played with a team spirit showing some great quality, but we were punished for a lack of experience and maturity.”
“I think we have the best defense in the league and you don’t do that with a bad goalkeeper.”
Plus who can this be referring to…………….again?
“It does not stop him from moving or playing. He can play with an anesthetic in his hand but we will monitor him in training tomorrow morning.”
Arsene relishes his battles with the other top teams in the Premiership and there were lots of quotes about Fergie and Mourinho and Arsene’s desire for Arsenal to be successful in winning the title.
The opposition love the fact that he is always ready to declare how positive he is and my spud friends delight in telling me at every opportunity that we aren’t going to win anything. But there is a way that Arsene worries the others with his sincere belief, his cold grey eyes staring into the camera declaring that even with half a team we have the character and the spirit to win the battles.
“I have got more important things to worry about. We do not even talk about the title. The most important thing I am concerned about is winning our next game.”
“At the moment it does not look likely that we can catch Chelsea. Lets get our injured players back first, but right now Chelsea are not even a worry for me,”
There are times when even he lets his guard slip, shows some humility as he recognises that no team can win everything all of the time. This from the man that predicted his team could go unbeaten for a whole season and then they did.
“It is a miracle we are still in the competition but we are up for this game and I think we will go through.”
“What’s good about football is that it’s not predictable, … I feel we have the needed cohesion, the belief and the quality to beat them.”
“What’s important for me is that Arsenal are the best team in the country. At the moment we are not. That is the real worry for me.”
“There’s something happening in this team and it’s growing in confidence. It’s young and showed resilience, attitude and not just quality, but character.”
As you could possibly predict there were so many accolades to Henry, Vieira and Bergkamp that I just couldn’t choose which to include but there were also some quotes about players that we can all have a guess who they refer to……….
“You can compare him a little bit to Vieira, who has a similar stature. He is a little bit of a different player but Patrick is a good role model for him. To model himself on Patrick would be a good idea because he has that kind of stature and strength.”
“Unfortunately for us, he has made a good decision. But he has played 14 years for Arsenal, so he could not turn down the opportunity to have two more years playing than he could have had here.”
“Don’t forget, he started out as a centre-forward when he was young and sometimes he reminds people of that.”
“Wayne Rooney has achieved a lot, and I want to be cautious with comparisons. But he has the same ingredients at the same age to be a big prospect for England.”
This has to be my favourite – its such an understatement
“It is a big blow to lose the two players, because our squad is a little short.”
And this was the most topical quote of them all
“We need to be more consistent in the championship, … Hopefully, you will see that against Sunderland on Saturday. We have a good opportunity at home.”
A good opportunity Arsene to keep up the pace on the leaders and ensure we don’t get sucked into the chasing pack.
I shall be there – maybe Sol will play ……………