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Martin O'Neill intimated that Arsene Wenger's comments after tonight's match were one of the most 'ridiculous' things the Frenchman has said since coming to England.

Wenger was obviously disappointed to see his side draw with us, but he happened to comment that we play 'a very long ball game', that we closed them down and stopped them from playing football, along with commenting that we are a physical side.

O'Neill ignored the rest and just responded to the 'long ball comment' as now quoted on the Arsenal official site.

'He has made a few ridiculous statements in his time here, that is as good as any.'

Monny continues to defend the team in the after match interview talking about the saves we forced their goalkeeper into (all two of them) and talked up Ash's crossing, commenting that despite them hitting the post and the crossbar we had enough good crosses into the box (that nobody, not even our two so called strikers could get on the end of) to consider ourselves as good enough to have not lost.

Maybe we did play well tonight, maybe better than normal. But to really class a comment about our long ball style (which we all know is the only other way we play during a match when we don't get the ball down and counter attack properly) as an 'appalling insult' seems strange in the extreme.

I know the media don't think we play long ball, but the media also think we permanently play beautifully counter attacking football and have a young squad, so they can't be relied on.

But I suppose there's a reason the majority of fans have used the word 'hoof' over the last two seasons, it could quite possibly be because we in fact do 'hoof' it a lot, from defence through to Heskey or Carew or down the channels for Gabby.

I'd never considered the truth to be an appalling insult before to be fair.

Either that or Monny realises how impotent we are in front of goal, realises we haven't scored in the last 4 league games (maybe we used them all up in the Cup?) and have, despite all the talk of Top 4, actually slipped to 7th which has all nicely been ignored because of our Cup run.

Maybe, knowing all that, and the fact Wembley histeria is over for a couple of weeks - we need something else to fill the papers with so a good old slang about saying we play 'long ball' covers us for a few days?

What do I know though....I'm only a fan who doesn't even play people out of position, or only make one sub per game (regardless of the game, the score, the circumstances) when living the dream on management sims.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday January 27 2010
Time: 11:33PM

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I don't think we mean to play a long ball game, it is just that every time Cuellar attempts a 5 yard pass he over hits it by 80 yards
ant1ant1
27/01/2010 23:44:00
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I don't think we mean to play a long ball game, it is just that every time Cuellar attempts a 5 yard pass he over hits it by 80 yards
ant1ant1
27/01/2010 23:44:00
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He's always been a bit of a nutter, but Martin has completely lost it here. Villa played very well and deserved a point, but we had the best chances.
gunnerkid107
27/01/2010 23:45:00
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He's always been a bit of a nutter, but Martin has completely lost it here. Villa played very well and deserved a point, but we had the best chances.
gunnerkid107
27/01/2010 23:45:00
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Slipped to 7th, but still within 3 points of 4th (5th with goal difference), with a game in hand . I dont think we need to be negative here. Yes we haven't scored in 4 games and yes we have been impotent in attack (league cup ignored). But tbh I think we played well. At points we did keep the ball down, when we long balled it.... it put arsenal back, stopped them from playing.. whats wrong with that? Lets not forget the total harassment of Heskey... When on the pitch he as always on the ball getting fouled by les arse. I do feel tonights result is bad, I feel we should have won it. But. 0-0 against arsenal isn't too bad all things considered. Delph looked bright when he came on, looked like he wanted to make a name for himself. That man needs 90 mins. Maybe let Petrov have a breather with his injury?
Instrumental
27/01/2010 23:55:00
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Slipped to 7th, but still within 3 points of 4th (5th with goal difference), with a game in hand . I dont think we need to be negative here. Yes we haven't scored in 4 games and yes we have been impotent in attack (league cup ignored). But tbh I think we played well. At points we did keep the ball down, when we long balled it.... it put arsenal back, stopped them from playing.. whats wrong with that? Lets not forget the total harassment of Heskey... When on the pitch he as always on the ball getting fouled by les arse. I do feel tonights result is bad, I feel we should have won it. But. 0-0 against arsenal isn't too bad all things considered. Delph looked bright when he came on, looked like he wanted to make a name for himself. That man needs 90 mins. Maybe let Petrov have a breather with his injury?
Instrumental
27/01/2010 23:55:00
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Not sure Arsenal had the better chances, maybe got their two good chances less off target than our good chances.
I was quite frankly dissappointed with the standard of Arsenal, very little of that stylish football was dispalyed.
As for the long ball game I don't think so, nothing wrong with a good hoof every now and then but we don't play the long ball game. We play the crossing game.

Prblem is, we still need strikers to put the chances away. Would have been nice to see the Fonz.
RiF
28/01/2010 00:02:00
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Not sure Arsenal had the better chances, maybe got their two good chances less off target than our good chances.
I was quite frankly dissappointed with the standard of Arsenal, very little of that stylish football was dispalyed.
As for the long ball game I don't think so, nothing wrong with a good hoof every now and then but we don't play the long ball game. We play the crossing game.

Prblem is, we still need strikers to put the chances away. Would have been nice to see the Fonz.
RiF
28/01/2010 00:02:00
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Good game in the second half. I'd like to wish you guys the very best for the Carling cup final and the rest of the league matches.
deltaforce
28/01/2010 00:07:00
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It is not all doom and gloom, Dunne looks great, Collins, Warnock, L Young are all solid, the midfield works hard and creates a fair amount of chances against any side, but we are terrible at finishing, that Heskey shot tonight from distance, everyone around me was laughing this resigned hysterical laugh as the ball ballooned about 200 yards from the goal, wasn't even towards the corner flag as it was about a 100 yards to high for that, but it is beyond a joke now
ant1ant1
28/01/2010 00:07:00
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