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  1. Standard member mr carlsberg
    probally the best
    02 Nov '08 16:59
    are arsenal REAL title contenders? no doubt they play attractive football and zip the ball around nicely, i doubt they have the stength in depth which is required to maintain the pace, also they look vulnerable at the back with the tempremental gallas,as for their attack bentdner looks a little weak up front with adebayor, so i ask the question are arsenal really title contenders or are they just a 4-5th placed team? opinions.........
  2. Standard member Fleabitten
    Love thy bobblehead
    02 Nov '08 17:18
    As a follower of the team for close to twenty years, it pains me to say this. But no, this iteration of the Gunners are not legitimate title contenders. For all of their talent and panache, the results speak for themselves:

    Loss to Fulham (inexcusable)
    Draw with Sunderland (that required last minute heroics from Fabregas)
    Loss to Hull (no slight meant to the Tigers, but Chelsea handled them easily)
    Draw with Spurs (when leading by two with little time to play)
    Loss to Stoke (that's two losses to newly promoted teams)

    Entertaining and artistic as they are, this team lacks something that makes champions. Call it heart, call it character, call it leadership; whatever it is, teams like Chelsea and Man U possess. This current Gunners team does not.
  3. 02 Nov '08 17:22
    No their definitely not, if Fabregas gets injured where's their midfield? They have to buy at least 2 top players in January to have any chance! Both Chelsae and Man U have a far better squad!
  4. Standard member mr carlsberg
    probally the best
    02 Nov '08 17:33
    so why the continual talk of "the big 4"? should it not be "the big 3"....
  5. Standard member Fleabitten
    Love thy bobblehead
    02 Nov '08 17:43
    Originally posted by mr carlsberg
    so why the continual talk of "the big 4"? should it not be "the big 3"....
    I think the talk of the 'Big 4' stems more from the dominance of Chelsea, Man U, Liverpool, and Arsenal in the CL places than in the actual title chase. In spite of Arsenal not being being title contenders this year (or Liverpool not being strong contenders in the last couple of years), the talk of the Big 4 is still valid, Fergie's current enchantment with Villa aside.
  6. 02 Nov '08 20:22
    Yeah the "big 4" is down to how well all 4 teams have done in the CL in recent years. For all city's money theirs still a huge gap between these 4 and the rest of the premiership!

    One thing Arsenal lack is the ability to play badly and still win, something you'll see Man U and Chelsea doing quite often this season!
  7. Standard member mr carlsberg
    probally the best
    02 Nov '08 20:30
    seeing what football chelsea are playing this season, ill be suprised if they have an off-day at all!
  8. 02 Nov '08 21:03
    Originally posted by mr carlsberg
    seeing what football chelsea are playing this season, ill be suprised if they have an off-day at all!
    well there was the game against LIVERPOOL
  9. Standard member mr carlsberg
    probally the best
    02 Nov '08 21:05
    Originally posted by spurs73
    well there was the game against LIVERPOOL
    yh see ya point spurs73, great comeback by the way must have put a wee smile on your face
  10. 02 Nov '08 22:49
    Originally posted by mr carlsberg
    yh see ya point spurs73, great comeback by the way must have put a wee smile on your face
    more then that mate... i 'bounced' all the way home after the game..like Zebedee
  11. 06 Nov '08 01:14
    Arsenal's season entirely rests on how well Bischoff will perform as a replacement for Flamini. He's coming back from injury pretty well, so watch this space...
  12. Standard member mr carlsberg
    probally the best
    08 Nov '08 14:50
    so anyone harbour any thoughts now after the result against man u?
  13. 08 Nov '08 15:13
    Originally posted by mr carlsberg
    so anyone harbour any thoughts now after the result against man u?
    2008/09 premiership champions............chelsea.

    wait....thats what i thought before the game.
  14. 08 Nov '08 15:18
    Originally posted by trev33
    2008/09 premiership champions............chelsea.

    wait....thats what i thought before the game.
    Chelsea are still the clear favourites. Hopefully, Arsenal will give Liverpool the pasting they deserve.
  15. 15 Nov '08 18:35
    Arsenal 0 Villa 2...that's them definitely out of the title race...considering how well they played against Man U, been an Arsenal fan has to be a very frustrating, soul destroying experience!