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FC Barcelona – The Complete Arsenal

Arsenal play Majestic football. I guess that is the only style of football we know. “Short passing and movement.” The modern name people use is the ”Beautiful game.” But my question is simple , ‘ Is the clubs purpose to entertain neutrals, or to win trophies?’

You see whenever we have played the simple game*, we have won. Last season against Fulham, yeah the one in which Mannone went crazy, that was a day in which we never actually played “our game.” Some called it an ugly win afterwards. But whats the bottom-line, 3 points in the bag! And most importantly, people don’t even re-call that match. Probably the fact that I have written about made you remember.

But Gooners will always remember the Chelsea game. Why? Well the Chelsea game was one in which we play well, we played beautiful football, but we lost.

*Now don’t get me wrong, its not that when we play beautiful football we don’t win. If you recall the 7-1 hammering of Slavia Prague in the Champions League, that was a match in which we played some  breathe-taking stuff. But lets look at the facts. We usually tend to hammer the small teams a lot, which is why the defeat to West Brom hurt even more and against the big teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea and the Spanish twins we tend to get whooped !

But you may ask “Arsenal play beautiful football,  and so do Barcelona.” But why has 1 club won so many more trophies than the other.” Here the bloody comparing starts. But you see there is a difference here. Arsenal and FCB are counter-parts of each other.  Now I thought about it, and then I realised. We play in one of the most competitive leagues in the world. There is a physicality the Premier League brings, which the La Liga does not. For instance shoulder barges in the BPL are not considered as fouls, but in La Liga the referees “consider it”, although they may not give it(but if its hard enough they will.) If we played in the La Liga, there would not be many problems for us. Firstly our players would not get fouled so much and receive much more protection from referees. Secondly, the tempo of the league completely suits ours. Not too fast, but not to slow either. So, when Cristiano Ronaldo went over there, its not a surprise his acting skills have developed more is it. The environment suits him completely, dribble past a few, fall-down, and repeat..

Now you may consider Barcelona triumph in the Champions league. Yes, they were victorious. But, the fact that they had derived enough confidence from sweeping their domestic league clean, and the effect on its players does prove to be an important factor to consider. Who the hell did they not have ?  Eto, Messi, Henry, Xavi, Iniesta, Sergio/Toure. Come on. I mean, a team like that, in which the front 3 alone share 100 goals between them seriously is invincible. That was the season in which the club reached it peak – 6 trophies. They are basically us, the fully evolved form of Arsenal Football Club – THE COMPLETE ARSENAL.

Its not that the game we play is not fruitful, the point I am trying to make is that it is more fruitful to undertake it against teams which are ‘ideally’ less likely to beat us. You will always hear experts say that “A team which has title ambitions, should pick up points against the Wigan’s and Blackpool’s of the game.” I mean that is what makes you Champions, Consistency. Manchester Utd won the league not because their team is the best on the planet, but because they are consistent. We did do it in the 2007-2008 season. Unbeaten for 15 games, then after losing the 16th we were unbeaten for 14 games. Well after that we drew 4 in a row, but that’s different. Consistency should not be in that sense. Or in a better way, the present Manchester Unites situation “Unbeaten but dropping points”. Rather the unbeaten Arsenal side of 2003-2004 is the perfect example.(barring that dry run of draws )

I love the way we play football, but we should have something to show for it at the end. We are not as lucky as Barcelona, that their league is less difficult than ours. Neither are we lucky financially, compared to them (in terms of spending, not debt ). Everton in the La Liga will probably give the Valencia”s and Atletico’s a tough time. That is the difference in league standards.Life is not that easy for us. We don’t have a Messi in our team,who can step up always. We do not have a world-class goal-keeper in Victor Valdes. Also if our manager ever spends more than 29 million pounds on a player, I swear to good I’ll get a heart attack ! So next time you compare the 2, think twice will you. FC Barcelona are good, no doubt, but we are no less. Look at the clubs achievements in the past 4 years. Yeah, the no trophy crap is going to start, but we have always qualified for the Champions League, we have managed our money properly, and most importantly, we have always posed as title contenders.

Fans of other clubs, lets be honest here. (Especially the United and Chelsea fans.) You know Arsenal has not won any trophies in the last 5 years, you know we do not spend as big as you all. But you also know that the club overall is better managed than any of your respective clubs. Neither do we have a 1 billion debt, nor do we have a very very very humble owner !

Respect the Arsenal. Why do pundits not talk ever about the good things about Arsenal. Football is a business ain’t it. Why is it always that “Arsenal play beautiful football, but they don’t win trophies.” That is the pissing of thing about people. They judge only on results, and not on the way you got there.

Anyway, we have been playing well recently, and hopefully should continue ( touch-wood ) in the same manner. We have drawn Ipswich, and Leeds in the Carling and FA cup(s), so provided we don’t screw up our game as usual, we should progress even further in these 2 competitions.

December dawns upon us and I can’t wait……





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  2. nonsense

    December 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

    who wrote this nonsense?
    if arsenal were in la liga we would be ripping it up.
    i dont think barcelona would survive in the EPL playing 3 matches a week away to the likes of bolton and blackburn.
    leave the sunny ol barca boys in the sunny ol league theyre in.
    the EPL consists of great teams such as arsenal, chelsea, manu, man city, liverpool, tottenham, aston villa, everton.
    the la liga have… real madrid and barca? 2 legged horse race.

    • armourysquare

      December 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm

      that is my point, u call it nonsense and u agree with the same thing…

    • Nill-Zone

      December 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm

      Jajaja your funny, and Barca and madrid are the best clubs in the world thats why its a two legged race if one of them were in the premier they would be ripping them apart by the fact clubs like Valencia, Villarreal, athlentico Madrid, Bilbao and Espanyol could beat all the premiers clubs
      but common arsenal is a filthy club that got shut down by Barca in the champions

    • Taimoor

      December 4, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      la liga>epl

  3. Manu

    December 3, 2010 at 11:03 am

    C’mon.You can’t comapre Arsenal to Barca..Barca are miles ahead.Accept it & Live with it.You could clearly see the diff in the First Leg of the Champions League semi finals,last year.If it was not for ur luck u guys could have been 5-0 down in first 20 mins..

  4. dino

    December 3, 2010 at 11:21 am

    well done great publicised ..

  5. abel

    December 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm


    tell me where u studied and i take my son there!

  6. eoizzzy doc

    December 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    if you say arsenal are equal to barcelona then, how come barcelona hammered arsenal 4-0 last season? There is no doubt arsenal have tried to copy FCB’s style of play, but not to the same effect. If Real Madrid and Barcelona played in the English premier league then, I would have no doubt arsenal wouldnt finish in the top 6, and FCB would certainly win the league as pure physicality doesn’t win you anything!

    • gooner32

      December 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm

      Arsenal got hammered 4-0 you say?? First of all, it was 4-1. And exactly which Arsenal players were on the pitch that night?? Just take a look at the absentees:
      1. Cesc Fabregas
      2. Robin van Persie
      3. Alex Song
      4. Andrey Arshavin
      5. William Gallas

      With the spine of the team taken out, any decent Champions League side would have beaten us.

      Take away Messi, Xavi and Iniesta and let’s see how Barca would perform against a full strength Arsenal team.

      • footylove

        December 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm

        Well said mate !!
        If you remember 4-0 , don’t forget the first leg when, arsenal came back from being 2 goal down. Even in that match, we had a number of key players missing.
        Put in a strong center back with Vermaleen and a world class goalie, We’ll rip apart any time . Madrid, Barca or anyone ….

      • eoizzzy doc

        December 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm

        I will say the score would not change nowadays as, Can u honestly say Van persie is Better than David Villa, if you can then you have never watched football. Even with Messi Xavi and Iniesta missing there would still be the same result!! A BARCELONA WIN. Pedro, Busquets, Macsherano, Villa, Pique, Valdez – A solid keeper!

        • Gunner29

          January 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm

          Arsenal would smack the life out of Barca without xavi, messi and iniesta.. i watched the few games with xavi missing and barca looked spineless and were scraping wins with messi’s individual brilliance. I would love to see a full strength arsenal against full strength barca. and here is a few ways we would probably beat your barca.
          1. be physical: arsenal this season are yellow card experts, and have added that physical nature to their high tempo passing which is a recipe for success. if wilshere and song push messi and xavi of the ball our chances will go up drastically.
          2.let barca dominate possesion: lets face the facts, even arsenal can’t beat barca in domination of the football, arsenals passing is too quick and this leads to mistakes and barca’s pressing style when they don’t have possession will cause mistakes.
          3. press extremely well: if arsenal press barca when they are in possession along with barcas slower passing will cause problems for the catalans as they will have to make quicker passes and will result in a few mistakes which could be exploited
          4. starts koscielny and djorou: neither of these are the first choice in arsenal, but they have kept the most clean sheets, wenger should give instructions to them to play no nonsense defending, if the ball is near us, just hoof it away from our goal because messi or villa can cause havoc with the slighest of mistakes. this would be better because they are both in a way ball playing defenders and barca does not have an aerial threat in the form of ibra like last season.
          5. instruct song to man mark xavi: most people would say messi would be ideal to man mark, but he is the best player in the world and will exploit song’s weaknesses and is much quicker. stopping the heartbeat of barca’s midfield would stifle the threat of the barca midfielders probing balls and accurate passing as he would be constantly under pressure.
          6. finally, start van persie, arshavin, fab, nasri and walcott as the front 5. fab would in essence take up the wilshere roll and also act as a deep lying playmaker, and arshavin would be played ahead of fab in the russians favoured position in the hole behind the lone striker. with nasri on the left and walcott on the right. song should be deployed as an anchor and man mark xavi. a real deep defensive line should also be kept as barca are quick on the break and will expose flaws in the backline.

          i think if we do this, we will beat barca.

  7. EsGee

    December 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    We lost 4-1 to barca away and that was without 7 first team players. I would like to see a rerun of the match where Barca are missing 7 first teamers vs a full strength Arsenal.

    The Barca team is at its prime, Arsenal’s team is on the upward curve we will only get better season after season. Man U will always be there as long as they have Fergie, Chelsea are more and more looking like a spent force – i would like to see how they fare when Abramovic decides he’s had enough. City will sooner or later announce their arrival when they get rid of mankini. Tottenham are a flash in the pan.

  8. yeah

    December 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    i agree. real madrid and barcelona is top2 in the world

  9. Raji

    December 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I agree with alot of what you said however barcelona are a team that is beyond the level that arsenal can ever reach. Easiest example is last years champions league in which Barca utterly destroyed them (in both games). Sorry arsenal are good but not good enough to really challenge the top two in the Epl, pet alone barca’s B team

  10. Metten

    December 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    who the bloody hell r u 2 cmpare arsenal with fcb…ts shame 4 arsenal to be compares with small minnows lyk fcb who hd jus cm out frm the eggs!!!

    • Taimoor

      December 4, 2010 at 7:50 pm

      Lools like you don’t watch football

  11. isaac phillip

    December 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Stop comparing FCB with arsenal,we all know the depth of both team in terms player and the league they play in among other things.Barcelona were able to arsenal handsdown because they arsenal with 7 key player hardly won a matches convincingly without messi,i’ve watched some matches where barca struggle when missing messi and xavi.remember they were able to us(arsenal) in 2006 UCL final when we were down to10 men,removing one of our key player to bring in an in-experience goalkeeper.stop all these talk and let our football talk.GUNNERS 4 LIFE

    • KJS

      December 4, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      Yes u r right….STOP comparing Arsenal with FCB…because Barca is light years ahead of Gunners…that’s the sad truth my friend…accept it and live with it…and by the way pray daily for Gunners be spared of getting Barca in Champions league knock outs…..’cause u guys won’t be that lucky this time like the previous one when Barca taught u how to play ‘beautiful football’……

  12. Hadley

    December 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I think they generally press better and defend better as a team, but take Messi out of their team and put him in ours and we’d be the better team. It makes a huge difference having someone like that, remember the difference it made having Thierry in his prime in the team, was like having an 18 year old playing in an under 14s league – if we had someone like that now we’d be 10 points top. Shame guys like that just dont grow on trees

    Anyway at least we’re not a bunch of arragont catalan c*nts, I’d cheering for Madrid if it wasn’t for that even more c*ntish manager of theirs. Up the Arsenal!

  13. silo

    December 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    stop comparing barcelona to arsenal
    barcelona are by far the best team in europe and even the world
    this barca are way bette than arsenal and the perfect example is the champions league quarter final and i’m not talkin the 4-1 game but the 2-2 were arsenal could have been 5-0 down in the first 20 min and you couldn’t match us until we were one man down
    and this barca are way bettre than your old arsenal and the champ. league final 2006 is’nt the write example were barca there are not even close to barca now

  14. Barcelunatic

    December 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Hi, good feeling in what you write and if it’s supposted to boost morale it does indeed.
    Still, there’s so much more to the Barca superiority than the easier opposition and schedule in Spain.
    Style,continuity, à generation we may not see agaim in years, and touch opposition at home. Yes! First the dominance in Spain is equal to the situation in england and italy iver the last ten years. Two team races with occasional sparkles from valencia Sevilla or Arsenal.
    Barca and real have pushed each others to extreme levels in the last teo seasons but have not dominated norr than Chelsea and man u in a longer perspective.
    Also, Barca is facing

  15. Fab4

    December 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I’m still disappointed we couldn’t put out our strongest side against Barca last year. I honestly feel that although they are the stronger side, we could have done them!

    We all know its not as easy as saying ‘those 11 players are better than the other 11 players’. Barca are consistently an amazing side, which puts them apart from the rest. But i feel a full strength Gunners side on top form could beat them.

  16. cathal

    December 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    There are always excuses – fact is Barca hammered Arsenal last year in both legs. Watch how they dismantled Real Madrid last Monday and tell me they aren’t they best team in the world right now.

    They only comparison between the 2 is the way they try to play the game. One team does a decent job of it the other team does it to perfection. Guess which one.

    I am sorry about the Fabregas stuff though. It’s created a bitterness between the two clubs that really should be on good terms. Shame.

  17. Nill-Zone

    December 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Barca is by far better than Arsenal even Arsen Wenger said it, we hammer Arsenal in the champs and we can shut them down if we play against them this again…….their playing styles are not the same because Barca has a more beautiful playing style and can humiliate any club by making them look lost jajaja
    R.I.P Madrid..

  18. Steven

    December 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Aresnal and Barcelona are similar because they play football the beautiful way. All these Barca muppets running around saying there so much better last time i checked your debt was bigger then ur ego’s not to mention you didn’t play some of your players during the recent world cup FOOLS ask Dani Alves why he wants to leave. Difference is Arsenal don’t plug in the gaps with 20million plus signings (i.e ETO, VILLA, RONALDINHO). People always talking about last years semi finals Arsenal was inexperienced hence copped a lesson not to mention having silvestre as CB against messi wasnt clever, were was the beautiful barca football in the 2006 CL final were barca didnt touch the ball for the first 20mins? went behind against 10men and scored an offside goal!

  19. Shiam

    January 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Arsenal is a joke even Patrice Evra said it. The person who said Barca can’t score without messi doesn’t know anything about football. Pedro rodriquez and David Villa can do it without messi. Barca isn’t a one man team like Arsenal. Arsenal can’t even beat spurs, much less to come up against the mighty Barca. Let’s not forget that Barca and Real Madrid are the best club in the world, and Real Madrid end up getting 5-0 from Barca.

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