Alan Green - does he look like a football expert?
After the game on Tuesday I was listening to Radio 5 Live again on the way home. As ever I found myself getting annoyed with the nonsense being spoken. The culprits on this occasion were Lee Dixon and Alan Green.
Lee Dixon has annoyed me a lot in recent times. He seems to be one of those Arsenal legends who is determined to make it his business to slag the Club at every turn. His target after the Marseille game was Andre Santos. Dixon has decided that Santos isn't good enough and can't defend. He is "always out of position" according to our Dicko. Some of what Dixon says is not without merit - Santos is not a full-back as English fans would understand them. However, he is exactly the same sort of player as Roberto Carlos, Maicon and Dani Alves. When did you ever see any of those three in position at the back? Santos has also been in England for less than two months, and has been thrown in at the deep end following another injury to Kieran Gibbs. People like Dixon should be defending Santos, not slagging him. Give the bloke a chance to settle in, for God's sake. Perhaps that's a luxury only afforded to those who play at Old Trafford or Anfield.
Alan Green, if you didn't know, is the fat Northern Irish commentator who insists on commentating on everything at a football match except for the game itself. I think he must see himself as football's Henry Blofeld. He actually looks more like Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the James Bond films. He decided to close the show on Tuesday by slagging the Arsenal supporters for the way the Emirates falls silent if the team is not playing well. I can't argue with that, as it's true. However, he then went on to tell us that at Old Trafford (his beloved Old Trafford - he doth protest too much about his non-support of the Mancs) it is so much different. I'm sorry? Old Trafford? The Old Trafford where Man Utd play? The stadium where opposing fans are clearly heard at every game singing about 70,000 muppets? You couldn't make this stuff up. Maybe I imagined Roy Keane's "prawn sandwich" outburst. People like Green will clutch at any straw possible to get at The Arsenal, and that is why such cretins should be banned from our stadium. He is going on the soon to be published cretin list. Our place lacks atmosphere at times, that is true. But it is honestly no worse than Anfield, Old Trafford, White Hart Lane, Stamford Bridge or St James' Park - just ask those who go away to watch Arsenal every week.
This is the 300th post on this site, so I thought it only correct that we should celebrate. What better way than to see 226 glorious Arsenal goals? More specifically the 226 goals scored by the man who holds the Arsenal record.
To view all of Thierry Henry's Arsenal strikes in just 14 minutes please click on this link. Enjoy.