Date: 3rd February 2013 at 10:57am
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Not only is my intense dislike of Tony Pulis well known in our Vital Arsenal community, but I believe it is shared by many.

I was a firm believer that it was his sole intention to get under the skin of Arsene Wenger, the players and our fans in a bid to claw back a bit of the advantage Arsenal have over Stoke by actually being able to play football.

It appeared as though that worked for a while, however now it`s clear that Tony Pulis is not attempting any mind games, he`s just a horrible little hypocrite.

Yesterday`s 1-0 victory over the Orcs didn`t come without controversy, Lukas Podolski`s second half winner had originally been ruled out for offside after the strike had taken a deflection off a Stoke player.

After a hearty appeal from the Arsenal players the referee conversed with the linesman and reversed the decision after which Tony Pulis had a good old whinge.

‘The disappointing thing for me was the number of Arsenal players that surrounded the linesman. I thought that was something you couldn’t do. ‘If he has given the right decision, he has given the right decision. You take it on the chin and get on with it.

‘I haven’t got a clue what offside is now. When the linesman gives it offside, the way that Arsenal players surround the linesman, and the referee then goes over, I thought if there were more than five players, you’re not supposed to do that. The referee has reacted after that.’


I`m never a fan of players hounding the referee, but when a goal has so clearly been ruled out for a wrong decision it`s impossible to expect players not to react, especially someone like Mikel Arteta who was staring right down the barrel of the free-kick and clearly saw no Arsenal player intervened and therefore could not have been offside.

Of course once the decision was made to award the goal Pulis continently ignored the Stoke players making their feelings known.

Then there was the Michael Owen, Mikel Arteta “punch” which could see the former England striker in hot water. Now I personally don`t have a problem with the incident, Owen didn`t punch Arteta, he thought about it, but it was nothing incident.

Tony Pulis did concede that Owen might find himself in trouble with the FA, however he claimed the incident was sparked by a “poor challenge” from Mikel Arteta. Poor challenge? Honestly? That was a beautiful tackle, one which his players would have been proud to have made.

The baseball capped bell-end is forever bleating on about Arsenal not being able to handle the physical game, yet he`s now complaining about excellent abd perfectly timed tackles, whilst at the same time completely ignoring the studs up leg breaker on Koscielny delivered by Ryan “he`s not that type of player” Shawcross.

He’s nothing more than a vile hypocrite.

Ok, now I have my own Sunday morning whinge out of the way I can go about my business.