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The Adebayor Cliche Collection

Really, all you Arsenal guys out there who will jump to my throat after seeing the headline, I mean no offence. But read the big man's comments, they serve as a classic example to why the Sky-era created a predictable media world.

'The most important thing was to do a good job and win the game - but to be back at the top is great as well,' he said.

'It is very important going into the international break. It gives us a lot of confidence.

'We wanted to stay ahead of Manchester and show them we are strong - and we have done that.

'Of course, it is a long title race - and it's where you are at the end of the season that matters. But we are very happy with how things are going.'


Long race, good to be top, important was to win. Hardly a classic Ron Atkinson or Brian Clough comment. And I don't mean to show disrespect toward Adebayor. It's not his fault - this is what is expected of him.

An average Alan Hansem column consists of stating that X team are good while Y team also have a good chance of being good. Z team, on the other hand, have a little bit of a problem at the moment though they are good enough to get out of the trouble.

The time of controversial comments have gone. Twenty years before Fergie's attack on Arsenal after the game at the Emirates wouldn't have provoked such a reaction - after all, it was very far from the 'visiting teams often choke in their vomit after refereeing decisions at Anfield' style he had once possessed.

Today you are bound to tell the reporter that you feel good and though it was a good performance the season is very long and your rivals are also good. When someone says he thinks the other team are weak in some aspect, the papers say 'controversy!'. It's a bit dull, really. Many people suggest English football is dull but no - Sky, BBC and co. are dull. And it has an effect on our own mood.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 13 2007

Time: 6:41PM

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wait for the onslaught but I have to say you're perfectly right :-)
merlin
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13/11/2007 19:09:00

Spamming spree tonight Merlin? Mind if I join you? Sober and bored here tonight...Was thinking about ManC next... :)
Blue is the colour
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13/11/2007 19:37:00

You'll et no onslaught from me. In these days of saturation media coverage and ridiculous overhype, miniscule statements mindfully being taken out of context and twisted to provoke reaction (a bit like this headline... ;-) ) it's no real surprise that so many sports figures trot out the same bland, lifeless, 'say-the-right-thing' statement to the media, for fear of the slightest chink in their verbal armour being twisted to say 'x is a tosspot and he eats babies'. »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
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13/11/2007 19:39:00

Foreigners dont speak good english, so what can you expect from these guys, and lets face it, all (unlike any other club) Arsenals team is foreign. They should not evben be in the prem.
Markymark
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13/11/2007 20:50:00

Actually Adebayor speaks extremely good English, Marky. And the only thing that Fergie said that i had a problem with was that he was being emotionally abused by Arsenal supporters. When at OT 70000 people chanted that AW was a pedafile. Everything else was just him speaking his mind from a Man U prospective.
gunnerkid107
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13/11/2007 23:06:00

nice, balanced view gunnerkid107..if only all gunner fans thought the same
united4life
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13/11/2007 23:11:00

plus markymark i completly DISagree, the whole england over club thing is bollox! i know SAF said that too, but he was wrong, and in all honestly i think it was just a heathy gripe in the direction of AW. arsenla is a club, and in that very senwse has no obnligation to england, lets face it, the best players are abroad, and the good players from england are either too expenive (ala, bent) or already key members of teams and therefore not able to transfer. i have no problem with arsene wengers transfer policy, and lets not pretend we dont all do it aswell. markymark, i do not know who you suppport, but i can gurantee the best plalyers at your club are probably foriegn, how would you feel if they were taken from your team? and to say arsenal shouldnt be in the premiership is justr idiotic and a pathetic swipe at a truely good team. rant over. ps -arsene wenger IS a pedophile gunnerkid!!! :)
united4life
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13/11/2007 23:16:00

u4l, blew it in the end :)))
G4L
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14/11/2007 02:03:00

So, what should Adebayor should say? "ManUre are crap and they won't win EPL?" Maybe, Ade should take advice on how to do an interview from the Canadian, Hargreaves, after he's all sore because his team couldn't hold. You talk about there's is no Arsenal fans who have a balance view, pfft, I think Man Utd, fans should do the same. Before the season started, I never heard so much arrogance than from Man Utd fans. Speaking of pedophiles, Alex "Red Rose" Ferguson bought more young players than Wenger this season. The only difference is ol' Red Nose thinks just because he paid several millions pounds (around 40 millions, if heard correctly) for players, they will be an instant success. Both Nani and Anderson have the potential to flops like Kleberson, remember him?
BMF
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14/11/2007 07:10:00

i just presumed that it was a general script that the interviewer passes the player just before the camaras start rolling! all teams get the same thing to say!! it'll never be the same without Jose!! he was the only one who was unpredictable in interviews!! the rest is all regurgitated
SMOKIEJACK
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14/11/2007 16:03:00

I think they must draw straws for who is the unlucky player to read out the scripted paper for the waiting reporters.
dazza71
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18/11/2007 13:48:00

 

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