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Fergie, The Prediction King

Now I won't say that our Scot has strange psychic powers. Arsenal were facing two difficult away games and a very tough December with several key players injured - wasn't exactly rocket science to say they are bound to drop points.

Yet the great calmness with which he responded to questions about Arsenal's form and our title prospects was telling: this was a man who was confident about his own team, possibly more than even some of the fans. Arsenal started in blistering fashion but that could not rattle Fergie, the only thing that really got him out of his stride was that Gallas equaliser.

I won't say we're gonna win the league, especially that Arsenal are still top of the table. However, some pundits already suggested they are unbeatable, comparisons with their 2004 team were up and running... surely someone should have realised that they just can't sustain the form of the first three months of the season?

Journalists were impressed with Arsenal's first-half performance at Villa Park yet, their vision clouded by their love towards Arsenal, failed to see that they were run ragged in the second half which did not bode well for them.

Judging by their performances in Newcastle and Middlesbrough, Arsenal clearly find it more difficult to deal with injuries than any of their rivals. United, with absolutely staggering number of injuries, and with key players not in particularly blistering form, still managed to keep the pace with an Arsenal side firing on all cylinders. It is a bit like the autumn of 2002 - the pundits had as good as crowned Arsenal that autumn, only for the Gunners to collapse spectacularly in the latter stages of the season.

I'm not trying to suggest that something like that will happen. Arsenal have the ability and the nerve to bounce back - but the real test is here and now, staring at them. And it's amazing how short-sighted journalists can be: they proved that yet again with the shameless hyping of Arsenal during all the autumn, claiming they will walk away with the league with their wonderful players... But unlike Richard Williams of Guardian, I did not think and still don't think that Emmanuel Adebayor is better than Wayne Rooney. You know what I mean?




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 9 2007

Time: 8:04PM

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give him a knighthood - mystic Fergie :-)
merlin
Hi, Arsenal fan here. I definitely agree with most of what you said. In my opinion we are plain rubbish without Hleb,Fabregas,Flamini, and van Persie. If we are missing all 4 of those for a long time, then we will be lucky to make 4th spot. We struggle with replacing injured stars more than any other 'top 4' side. That is all down to Wenger and his infuriating reliance on youngsters. In my mind, Fergie has always been a better manager than Wenger because Fergie has the balance right between developing youngsters and buying stars. It gives a bigger squad depth. Arsenal just don't have a good enough squad. Plus Arsenal always seem to react badly to Fergie's mind games - they are a part of the game these days, and Wenger is awful at it. Anyway, I don't think we'll win the league this year. Probably finish 2nd or 3rd. Maybe next year we'll win it. Good luck to you. :)
ser_pounce
Zae, saying we are going to drop points is abit like saying I'll take a ***** tomorrow morning. OF COURSE I'LL TAKE A ***** TOMORROW! If not morning, sometime. How about telling us something we don't know.
The thing I find funny about you other title challengers (Gerrrad was on that same ***** a while back) is that you people think that what you've seen of Arsenal is as good as Arsenal can get. You know, like since you guys ostensibly haven't been playing to your best, and since we have been playing to our absolute best ever, and seeing as we are a solitary point above you, that once you start playing to your best, the title is going to be a stroll, we are going to fall by the way side, nyef nyef nyef. It's called wishful thinking, and while I understand that that is what you want, it's folly to to put down your own thoughts as if they are bonafide facts.
And are you the only Manc over here who can write? All articles on "Vital" United are almost always by Zae.
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