Wilshere: Believe


As any football fan knows, “It’s the hope that kills you.”

But with 22 games down and Arsenal still top of the league, a position we’ve had a stranglehold on since 12 September, it’s time to believe. So says Jack Wilshere.

Speaking after the Gunners latest win, the 2-0 victory over Fulham at the Emirates, the midfielder stressed that his teammates will only win the title if they start thinking like champions: “We must believe. If we don’t have belief, we have no chance.

“We take each game as it comes, but in the back of our head we are top of the league and we want to stay top of the league.

Casting an eye on the challenge presented by the huddle of teams tucked in behind Arsenal, the 22-year-old continued:

“It is there for four or five teams to take, it is that tight, if anyone drops points it can change.

“Manchester City are very strong at home and their away form has got a lot better as well. They will be one of our main rivals, but we have to play them here still.

“As long as we keep going, take it game by game we have a chance.”

Elsewhere Lukas Podolski sent a message to fans via Facebook echoing Wilshere’s desire to stay top of the table while reiterating that he’s won his fitness battle.

“Five victories in a row – we’re on a good way! I was out for 4 months. But I worked hard and now I’m fit again!

“To be a Gunner is a fantastic feeling. Our aim is to stay in the top!”

Perhaps the German was buoyed by Arsene Wenger’s positive post-match comments about his status in the squad, in which he made clear the attacker will feature more regularly.

“Every player who is on the bench is frustrated,” the boss told his post-match press conference.

“Lukas has a fantastic spirit and attitude and he showed that when he came on. He will play. he has been out for four-and-a-half months and it takes time, but he looks sharp.

“When he comes in he gives us something. First of all his occupies the flank well, his left foot is intelligent and dangerous. He is now physically ready.”



    • he seems like a really loyal guy, still loves (and is beloved) in his old club in Germany. seems like a great person all around.

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  1. “his left foot is intelligent and dangerous” – I like the idea of Poldi’s left foot being a self aware autonomous being.

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  2. We believe! How can we not believe after all these fine team performances. It’s a very fun and exciting time for our supporters and the club. COYG!!

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  3. We’ve got very winnable games till the first week in Feb. After that come City, Chelsea, United, Liverpool, Spurs, Everton and Bayern (twice). I don’t see us beating City or Bayern, but if we win all the others, none of which should be beyond us, injuries permitting, we ought to be fine. Our run-in in late April-May is relatively easy.

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      • No wonder the bookies get rich from football supporters. But I disagree, it’s not a requirement for fans of any club to take leave of their brains. And anyway what they choose to believe won’t make an iota of difference to the scoreline. Players of course need to think they can win; fans can just hope to. Sure, I hope we’ll beat a side who put six past our reliable defence earlier in the season, but it’s not something anyone with half a brain would put money on.

        Fans who boo – now they really do make a difference to the outcome of games, but as often as not the booers are the believers turned surly because results have betrayed their belief. Booers-believers – two side of one coin, and not a very bright coin or one that does much good to the club.

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        • Oh my word agree. its one thing to support but its another to support blindly.

          I differ with you as i think we can beat city at home but get no points at the bridge. out of these 6 point if we are to have a chance for the title we should get atleast 3 points.

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    • To be honest, I can’t see us beating Bayern over two legs either; but I’m not too bothered: a long CL run could drain the squad and cost as the PL title. And we’re not good enough to win it, anyway.

      As Miranda says, we are now approaching crunch time. If we are going to win the title then we must start doing what we haven’t recently and beat the best: the head-to-head games are now massively important considering that ourselves, City and Chelsea are now routinely beating the bad sides.

      And where’s our new signings?

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      • It’s honestly expressions like “we’re not good enough to win it anyway” that are truly inane, in my opinion.

        So you’re saying, since clearly everyone at our club has less established reputations, smaller paychecks, etc. that we should just give up on the tournament? No goddamn self-respecting title side would do that, nor would they ever justify – “oh well, don’t worry, I left behind the CL so I could get the EPL title.” These title’s aren’t tennis sets – you don’t give up one just because the odds are against you.

        You take those odds, shove them up some Bayern ass, and take home the silverware.

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        • And if it doesn’t go that way, you go down trying as hard as you can. That’s what competition is all about.

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      • Agree with everything you say.. the fact is the champions league is a step to far imo last season we was at our very weakest only just scraping top 4 but we have reversed that and to be stop at this stage of the season compared to last season is unbelievable its unheard of and for me just premier league and FA cup games will give us a huge advantage especially if City want to be all they can be and try to win all 4 competitions that will work to our advantage if we have less games to play..

        Signings will come im sure patience is key Wenger normally signs atleast 1 or 2 players young experienced etc doesnt matter he normally does make a signing of some sort.

        One thing i will say about the big games is we have to beat man u we should be ashamed we didnt beat them the last time it was a mental issue, if we dont beat them this time then we dont deserve to win the title no excuses its at home FFS..

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  4. Still loving the fact people are talking us down and tipping Chelsea or City to do us. Plays right into our hands as it takes the pressure off our boys and heaps it on our rivals. Long may the idiotic, short sighted, stubborn punditry continue.

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  5. Jack is getting back to his best.

    It’s a bloody shame that some fans are so fucking quick to give him stick and completely dismiss his talent and passion when he was going through the rough patch recently. Same people who were giving ramsey a hard time last season.

    It so unbelievable how quickly these people can form and change their opinion on players. I was at the emirates for the everton game(my first live match) and I was really shocked by some of the supporters. They spent the whole game cursing and moaning at every bad touch by jack and some of their insults got so personal. He’s only 21 for fuck sake.

    Sometime I fear that when a big club comes in for Ramsey, him choosing to move will be justified as people were so unsupportive during his bad times so why should they expect him to stay loyal during the good times. I know it’s just a minority of fans but players do get affected by these cunts.

    I just hope that people don’t let their emotions and frustrations get the better of them to such a extent that you abuse your own players. Always show support no matter want because you can never predict the future and some of these player you abuse may end up saving our season (bendtner vs cardiff).

    I apologise for the long post but I really had to get this off my chest and I don’t know how I ended up pouring everything out when I just wanted to say ‘jack is back to his best’

    Rant over.

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    • All clubs have them kind of fans.

      I remember being in the Chelsea home stand a few years back & the abuse to their players & towards their own fans is a lot worse than Arsenal.

      One guy keep shouting “your all one ticket wonders”, two friends got into a real fight & had to be dragged away & one guy made Brian Moore leave at half time because he kept at him.

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  6. “He is now physically ready.”
    I almost had to change pants thinking of Poldi with more play time. There’s a reason that my newly aquired third kit has the number 9 on it. #aha

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  7. The ref in the Chel$ki Manure match is poor again. Luiz should of had two yellows in the 1st half, the first for running into Jones when Oscar had the ball, instead the foul was given against Jones! And Welbeck should of had a penalty. Shoddy! I’m glad to see Manure go down, but I hate Chel$ki much more.

    Anyway, I’m itching to see Poldi play more. Nice words from Wenger. However, the way he’s used Poldi this season and last…well, let’s wait and see. One poor game at CF and he seems to be in Wenger’s bad books, that’s how it looks to me when you consider how Wenger has stuck by Giroud through all his bad form this season and last. Of course, I don’t know what exactly is going on at the club, and Giroud gives us that extra bit defensively, but still. Waffle over, thanks.

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    • It looks that way to the fans because we don’t actually see the players day in day out, but only on match day. And so many people have gone through this but Giroud’s form isn’t really bad in my opinion. Positionally, he puts himself directly into defenders, with his back against goal. It’s honestly a very self-sacrificing and difficult position to bag in more goals. On the other hand, undeniably he could be more clinical, but sprinting back for the defense, sprinting forward for holding up the play, or going for the break as against AVFC, Giroud has to be one of the hardest working and fit CF’s in the league atm.

      Podolski is clinical, and it was great to see him track back against Fulham yesterday, but he was a late late sub, and usually the guy can’t be bothered to do it all game long.

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  8. You can observe that there was no painting of words by Wenger. He was as honest as a dog. That said, it’s good news. Was a little worried about him.

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    • If that ain’t the smuggiest retard in the whole wide world then am a white dwarf that’s a monk. I really have to change my avatar.

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  9. Vick Akers needs to ease off the pies. Noticed this yesterday when I said, “why is Phil Dowd wearing an Arsenal trainer?”

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  10. Lol the bbc are reporting that Chelsea’s victory dents manures title chances – seriously you couldn’t make it up – manure will be lucky to get forth!!! Yet top of the table arsenal, according to these cretins, don’t have a chance!!! What planet are these Muppets on?

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    • Like I stated on another thread, the media are bunch of idiots. They claimed the scums were going to wipe the floor with us because of the money spent on their post monkey boy squad, well we know how that went. Arsenal bashing seems to make them a lot of money. I’m sure once we win the league, they’ll try to spin it in a way that will spare them some blushes.
      They are a bunch of cunts.

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  11. Easy Jack, focus on the next match, and beat them fuckers. That’s where your belief needs to be. Keep on keeping on…

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  12. I love podo and I love that fact the team are finally beliving we could drag this over the line. When I think back to RVP when he stated Arsenal have no ambition plus his inner child told him to join manu the boss has shown people like him and in some cases our own fans we have the team but now we have the belief.

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  13. Serious question, would we be half the team we are now, or in the position we are now if we had RvP instead of Giroud ? I think not.

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  14. Rvp is a grade a Muppet and deserves to fade in football history as he no doubt do – he won jack at arsenal and then sold his soul to the devil (red devils) when he could have stayed and now be on his way to something special!!!

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  15. Two more games (Soton and Palace) to bank maximum points. I have a feeling we can register a big win with one and make up the goal differential to City,

    Thereafter a very tricky patch including the CL games with Bayern.

    We will need Jack, Santi, Ozil on top form, the defenders fully available and Podolski to start firing alongside Giroud. Ramsey and Ox should return into the fold and add depth. Maybe we will get an additional striker on loan (in addition to Bendtner) to add capability.

    By this stage 24 games in, we will be in the business end of things.

    Doesn’t matter how convincing City or Chelsea are, so long as we do our bit to keep at it, we will have every chance of winning something end of season.

    Belief is key. We have to play with a bit more authority and EVERY game is important.

    Some naysayers blabber on about how we don’t deserve it cos we haven’t won in emphatic style and are beating poor teams like Fulham.

    Well, they said Southampton were the form team and we beat them. When Everton was on form, we beat them. etc etc. The teams like Fulham are equally important to beat and City/Cheslea find themselves where they are because they have not done their end against these minnows.

    We fully deserve to be where we are, in a good position for the run in.;)

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  16. I really like Wilshere yes he has a attitude problem, yes he can cause problems in his social life and causes problems on the pitch but hes young and more importantly hes passionate and loyal.. theres a reason he does the press conferences hes not as dull as he makes out he knows what to say he is a future leader if not already and what i like most about his is hes loyal i remember last season when we was really struggling and he was coming out defending the Manager to the media and taking the blame off the Manager he was one of the bright sparks keeping us going till we clicked as a team and went on that unbeaten run.

    So I have a lot of time for Wilshere technically a great player and no English Bias here im Welsh

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    • Props to you Jason, i’m a returned to the roots Aussie who spent twenty years living in England, one parent from each country, so any kind of national bias I may have had went out the window around the time Milli Vanilli got busted.

      Not only that, but these days we get sold the lie of what an intelligent ambassador Frank Lampard Present has been for the English game, conveniently glossing over any gang – sex misdemeanors of Lampard Past.

      Then again, we’re all smart enough to recognise the hypocrisy of the press.

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  17. And dont forget the other goalscorers:santi, ramsey, giroud, wilshire, chamberlain, Ozil, BFG ETC. And I still believe we havnt hit our best form yet. Only when we have TOTAL belief (coming soon) will that form arrive! !!

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  18. Don´t really like this talk of believe and have faith. Makes me feel that I´m in a cheesy American family flick where a bunch of ugly kids beat the cool team. Mighty Ducks or whatever..

    Think about that for a second, those shitty films teaches kids that it doesen´t matter how much you train and prepare for games, it´s all about “believing in yourself”, utter, utter bullshit.

    Let´s just fucking hammer every team that comes our way, it´s not about believing, it´s about doing!
    Hows that for a inspiring motivational speak at the final part of a crap movie, eh?!?!

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  19. I love the lack of faith we get in the media. Everyone saying Arsenal won’t win it gives the team an extra incentive to prove themselves.

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