The good guys do not always win, Arsenal fans, despite what Hollywood westerns would have you believe! In fact you could go a bit further and say that when it come to competitive team sports, being bad has a distinct advantage. Only this week we had the revelation from our big strong centre forward Olivier Giroud that the Arsenal copaches were trying to bring out a bit of the bad in him.
The France international suggested that he was trying to take a leaf out of the book of the Chelsea and Spain striker Diego Costa. So what happened Olly? Instead of the cold and emotionless killer attitude, Giroud fluffed his lines and then did his usual trick of holding his head or sticking his tongue out. The only thing that was in danger of his anger was the Emirates turf which he gave a good thrashing after missing an open goal.
It is not just Giroud though, far from it. As a group, Arsenal are just not tough enough. We play nice football but when it comes to the darker and dirtier side of the game, we come up short. Referring back to the invincibles video again, it does not shy away from the fact that the Gunners of 10 years ago were not always the nicest bunch. The famous van Nistelrooy incident with Keown and others roughing up and intimidating the horse faced cheat was a prime example.
I think we need to get a bit more of that back into our game and stop being so NICE. What do you think Gooners?