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Old 01-24-2013, 02:09 PM   #1711
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The kid is a punk. He admits to time wasting.
Hazard is a punk.....have we forgotten the overly hyped, prima donna esque transfer saga of Hazard this past summer?
Chelsea FC didn't do themselves any favors with their initial "official reaction", which they later decided to apologize for.
None of this suprises me. The club is basically like the Kardashian's in my mind.
They do something outrageous on a weekly basis just to get in the headlines.
That being said, I don't think Hazard deserves any further punishment.

Arseanl put on a good show, But they have a tough run of games coming up.
Sadly, these games are an enigma for Arsenal. You see these types of performances from them when they play teams who don't close down on the ball in midfield, as well as teams who are subject to gettting caught on the break by committing too many slow players forward.
Liverpool is hot right now, and we've done well if we get a point out of that game.

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Old 01-24-2013, 04:28 PM   #1712
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The kid is a punk. He admits to time wasting.
Hazard is a punk.....have we forgotten the overly hyped, prima donna esque transfer saga of Hazard this past summer?
Chelsea FC didn't do themselves any favors with their initial "official reaction", which they later decided to apologize for.
None of this suprises me. The club is basically like the Kardashian's in my mind.
They do something outrageous on a weekly basis just to get in the headlines.
That being said, I don't think Hazard deserves any further punishment.

Arseanl put on a good show, But they have a tough run of games coming up.
Sadly, these games are an enigma for Arsenal. You see these types of performances from them when they play teams who don't close down on the ball in midfield, as well as teams who are subject to gettting caught on the break by committing too many slow players forward.
Liverpool is hot right now, and we've done well if we get a point out of that game.
+1 to everything you've said.

Against a team who are effective at closing down players and keeping it tight in the midfield we struggle. Passing back and forth with almost zero penetration. Then we inevitably over-commit going forward only to have a pass go awry in midfield allowing the opposing team to break with maybe 1-2 of our defenders in position. The effective tactic to stymie us is park the bus and hope to pinch an errant pass and hit us on the break. Gone are the days when allowing us time on the ball was a death sentence because we could work out a killer pass to unlock a defense.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:38 PM   #1713
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yes, yes, & yes aygov.

Have you ever noticed that when we get caught on the break, its always Per Mertesacker left alone against like 3 athletic speedsters?
I really wish we would buy a solid center back, and move Vermaelen into a defensive midfield role.
I actually cringe at the thought of our center back situation, especially when I think back on Tony Adams and the like.

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Old 01-24-2013, 04:57 PM   #1714
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yes, yes, & yes aygov.

Have you ever noticed that when we get caught on the break, its always Per Mertesacker left alone against like 3 athletic speedsters?
I really wish we would buy a solid center back, and move Vermaelen into a defensive midfield role.
I actually cringe at the thought of our center back situation, especially when I think back on Tony Adams and the like.
The reason Per is stuck back there is because he's about the only person in defense that offers precisely zero going forward. He's lumbering and slow and with our habit of sending Sagna, Gibbs, and Vermaelen up to help the attack he often times is greatly exposed. He's a decent CB, but he does not fit in with the way we play.

I understand Wenger's thinking behind buying him as we are a bit short at the back. Unfortunately we need someone with size AND speed, not size at the expense of speed.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:07 PM   #1715
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:34 PM   #1716
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Keeping up with the Chelseans.





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Old 01-24-2013, 10:35 PM   #1717
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That picture really just further proves both are in the wrong. Kid shouldn't have been laying on the ball and Hazard shouldn't have been acting like a kid to get the ball from him.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:38 AM   #1718
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Actually the "kid" is the 17 year old son of the club director. HE is there because of his dad's job. It was his last game cause really he's too old. His twitter page has him and his buddy posing with their tins of beer and him boasting about what he was gonna do at the game tonight..... the player that toe poked him is 5 years older.

Both were wrong but it should be over for the player. For the club director, I think it's just getting started. I think this "kid" has put his dad's job in unfriendly waters. UK boards of directors for professional sports are very old school. This kid disrespected his dad and his dad's job. I also wonder if this kid was a bit drunk as well.

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If hazard plead with the refs the kid and his dad would have been in a much bigger trouble.

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If hazard plead with the refs the kid and his dad would have been in a much bigger trouble.
This exactly.

Don't engage in douchebag antics with some douchebag ball boy that's looking to get his 10 seconds of fame.

How ridiculous would it have looked if Hazard had walked up to get the ball and the kid falls down and smothers it without Hazard doing anything? Perhaps the spastic ball boy would have been the headline then?
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