Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday March 13 2007
1) How has your season been so far.
Surreal. Highs, lows, lowers. Beating Man Utd at Old Trafford AND at Ashburton Grove was spectacular, indeed I even ended up with a bloody nose after over exuberant celebrations, the finest moment at the Grove to date. Also beating Spurs (Twice), Liverpool and a few late late shows meant we've really been entertained this season.
It was evident for everyone to see that Wenger's third great team was almost upon us, but three simple error's put paid to that. A quick lapse in concentration from Senderos in the League Cup final saw Drogba power a header home (forget the offside goal, **** happens), a mistake from Wenger putting Senderos at rightback in the game at Blackbrun saw us exit the FA Cup, and then a silly foul against PSV cost us dear. Had we not made those daft mistakes then everyone would still be raving about Wenger's young team (which the press couldn't get enough of prior to the Carling Cup final)
I fully believe, no scratch that, I KNOW that if hadn't had another ridiculous injury list this season we'd be still in with a shout of a couple of pieces of silverware.
2) Are you in transition or has the halo of Wenger slipped.
You're kidding right? Wenger's halo can never slip. Everyone has seen the players coming through our ranks, it just takes time and patience that's all. We may see another season without trophies next season but that's no reason to doubt the players we have now.
The team that went unbeaten only three years ago has been ripped apart, indeed of the usual starting line up only Lehmann, Toure, Gilberto & Henry remain, and Lehmann might not be here much longer (how I'll miss his antics). Great teams don't just materialise over night, they take a lot of hard work. There's barely a player in our squad who any of the top teams wouldn't take in a flash.
Team's are not born with the divine right to be a big club and win trophies (are you listening you silly spuds?) you have to earn that right (unless you can afford to buy it!!) and right now, Wenger's youthful army are still earning their stripes.
3) Who do you hate the most, Spurs fans or Chelsea fans and which do you want to win (if forced with a gun to your head to choose) in the FA Cup replay?
Chelsea fans are arrogant, but then again which set of fans aren't when they are Champions, after all they've been through I can't deny their true fans the right to brag.
The Spuddies on the other hand are a different kettle of morons. With the exception of a few (and there are some) most of them have had their minds warped by living in our shadow for a million years. They spend all their time hoping other teams beat us so they can take the mick just because they don't have the ability to do it themselves.
I hope Chelsea beat them because if they do win the competition we can always say they bought it, right?
4) Settled into the Emirates yet?
Yeah. I love it man. It's a beautiful arena and a great place to watch football.
Historically, any team who moves home always struggles in their first season so I think we've done ok considering. I'm positive we'll finish 3rd and I can't even see how we could finish outside the top four, so assuming we have Champions League Football next year I couldn't ask for more.
However that long walk to and from the boozers doesn't get any easier. I'd suggest nicking the Drayton back from the away fans if it wasn't such a dump.
5) What do you think of Villa and do you worry that our new owners could give your lot a run for their money?
I'm still unsure about your owners, to truly compete I think you need to revamp your whole squad and I'm not sure they have enough money to do that. At the moment you're closer to relegation than you are to Europe, but as I said earlier, it takes time to build a great team.
This summer will see Martin's first real big chance to bring in some top quality players, and who he brings in will be vital. I think the signings of Ashley Young (bastards you are) and John Carew (You only signed him to play against us) shows that O'Neill is gunning for a big future at Villa, but he needs balance all over the pitch. A commanding midfield general and a beast of a centre back should be your next signings in my opinion.
6) Any opinions on Martin O'Neill.
I love him man. He's a true character of the game who isn't afraid to speak his mind. He has a great sense of humour too which I always like to see in a manager (unlike miserable Mourinho and Martin 'negative' Jol).
I really hoped he would be named England manager because I see him as a great motivator and tactically sound.
7) Who do you fear in the Villa team and who should we fear in yours?
Need you ask? Carew. He's got a cracking record against us and I would not be surprised in the slightest to see him bang home a 90th minute winner.
8) Prediction please sir?
Do I have to?
Oh alright then, a dull 1-1 affair.
With thanks to Paul Mustchin from . Vital Arsenal
Date:Tuesday March 13 2007
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