Writer: Mike Field
Date:Wednesday January 27 2010
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.
Date:Wednesday January 27 2010
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