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The Full Time Whistle on Arsenal and Wenger…

So the title race comes to something of an early conclusion, despite the attempts of many at making this fight till the very end. Manchester United beat Chelsea convincingly to put all questions as to where the trophy will be at the end of this season to bed. Rather expectedly so, United will be handed the trophy, a reward for their determination and unwillingness to give up.

In recent weeks however it looked as if things wouldn’t be decided so easily. Arsenal did their best “what could have been” impression by beating Manchester United with ridiculous ease. The way in which Arsenal were triumphant was a shame to see really. This was a season where everyone expected Arsenal to have a realistic chance at winning the league and they did their best to maintain their heightened chances, only to crumble dramatically.

Wenger’s men were chasing silverware on all four quarters. First, the Carling Cup final, a glorious chance for this youthful team to truly experience success rather than just play pretty football with no reward.

As it were though, Arsenal were beaten. A game that was signposted as a stepping stone for greater things for the young starlets ended in despair. And, in turn, the game proved to be the catalyst for Arsenal’s season to fall into a downward spiral.

Having already been beaten at home by Barcelona, they were layed to waste once more at the Nou Camp. Leaving the F.A cup and the league the only things left to chase. To add insult to injury, Arsenal travelled to Old Trafford to try and maintain their hunt for silverware. Yet again, they travelled home a losing side.

In just three weeks, their chances of glory fell dramatically, they just had to keep their heads and stay within reach of the premier league crown. Their season depended on it.

Many people had marked the showdown between Arsenal and United to be crucial in their quest, but by the time came around, it was nothing but a victory tainted by thoughts of what could and should have been.

As Manchester United lined up against Chelsea at the weekend, Arsenal were at Stoke knowing that the only thing they could do was continue to pick up points and hope that a highly unlikely slip up from Chelsea or United were to happen. Arsenal lost. The Britannia stadium turned out to be the stage for everyone to witness the death of Arsenal’s title hopes.

Sir Alex Ferguson bowed down to Manchester United faithful knowing that only a point from their next two fixtures would secure a record 19th title. A remarkable achievement and a deserving reward for himself and United, an image of a man with no intentions of retiring anytime soon.

Arsene Wenger could only hold his head in his hands. A symbol of his team’s inadequacy when called upon, an image of a man who’s time and persistence might just be running out.

Submitted by Dale Benton from Football Friends



  1. nlio

    May 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    get your facts straight before posting your views on the net. we were not beaten at home by those barca scum. we beat them 2-1.

  2. Grimbo

    May 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    You need to copy edit better:

    “Having already been beaten at home by Barcelona, they were layed to waste once more at the Nou Camp.”

    That was last year – this year we beat them 2-1 at home and were holding them back 0-0 playing the same tactics, which would have seen Arsenal go through until Van Persie’s ridiculous 2nd yellow card.

    Pay attention.

  3. bc

    May 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    dale benton – that is the last post i read of yours, factless = pointless

  4. goon4life

    May 11, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Grimbo, We didn’t lose at home to them last season either!!! It was 2-2.

    Dale Benton, You’re a fucking disgrace if you don’t even know that we beat Barcelona at home this season. Go write about another sport!!!

  5. Sam gooner

    May 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Vert sloppy journalism. Poor. Does this article make any points or reveal any opinions not already widely known in the football world.. I think not. Waste of time. yawn.

  6. steve.

    May 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm


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  8. Andy

    May 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    whats the point of this article?

  9. Rupert

    May 12, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Give an idiot a keyboard and hey presto.

  10. head

    May 12, 2011 at 12:41 am

    my dog could write better than this

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  12. mohamed

    May 12, 2011 at 1:13 am

    the message is clear wenger out!!! wil he ?so what is the board doing?

  13. Dan

    May 12, 2011 at 1:21 am


  14. James Wong

    May 12, 2011 at 2:51 am

    No more promising kids or wc teenagers if Arsene/Arsenal really want to fight for the title.Heaven help the gunners if it’s more of the same old medicine which shows it aint working.
    If not,Arsene will be hastening his departure.He can go to other clubs where he can play his ballet soccer.He will find that the board don’t waste time in sacking bosses who don’t win matches. They aint intersted in pretty soccer with a million and one passes.

  15. venky

    May 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Do you even know what journalism is ?,This is what it is, providing fresh information

  16. Qudzy

    May 12, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Good post! The truth is our season started to crumble after our Carling Cup agony.

  17. volpino

    May 13, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Pointless article and devoid of facts. You just made some of this up.

    Apart from the Barcelona error, you say there were expectation os Arsenal winning it this year. Before the season began every pundit were predicting Arsenal struggling to finish in the top 4 with Man City and even Aston Villa pushing them out of the top. I would say, then, despite the disappointments arising from a strong middle of the season where we were indeed competing on all fronts, Arsenal exceeded the expectations of many, not the other way around. Still not good enough but get your facts right.

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