Frederick Bolageer

Frederick Bolageer

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I was born In Jamaica and Currently reside in Washington DC . I am a senior majoring in International Affairs at the George Washington University. I was born and raised as a fan of Soccer and Cricket , upon moving to the US, I became a fan of the Football, Baseball and Basketball. I have been a fan of Arsenal FC for as long as I can remember . I lived through the great years of Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, from titles and FA cups , to the invincible season and the agony of losing the 2006 CL Final. I am also a fan of the Jamaican National Football Team and I consider myself to be an expert on CONCACAF football and Football in the Caribbean. the other teams I support are the New Jersey Nets, Indianapolis Colts and New York Yankees.

My dream is too see soccer take off in the US and become one of the Major sports in this country . I love the sport and it is a pleasure to see the growth that the game has undergone here in the United States since Moving here in 2002. I have taken an vested interest in the MLS, and despite having a long way to go, I believe the league contains exceptional quality and has potential to become a high level league.

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  • steve sinclair posted 1057 days ago

    steve sinclair

    So we are not allowed to have a critique even though we believe what we say to be true. How sad. We fought facism in Spain, Italy and Germany. Sad that it's alive in your part of America. Obviously we are not allowed to raise a critique. Critique is freedom. Remember 50% of fans feel Wenger is getting it wrong and 100% of Ex-players, Pundits, Commentators and other Managers. Freedom of speech. Sad I had to send this to your bulletin board in response to yours. We on the Arsenal Bleacher report can debate each other without the necessity to get personal. Obviously you cannot.

  • Robin S posted 1057 days ago

    Robin S

    I read some of your comments so now I know where you're coming from... It's ok you're entitled to your opinions... You know everything about football... Is that ok? I don't want to hurt your pride or criticize your opinions... You talk about being factual so at least attempt to write comments based on facts rather than bigoted opinions... The only thing you want is bash me or writers of my ilk and at least do it properly like so many other ill informed wenger partisans...

    "looking at your previous article , written after the draw at newcastle saying that its clear Wenger has lost the plot. Shows that you are an opportunistic parasite who spews hyperbolic opinions" - Did u even see the preseason games? It was a continuation... not after just one game...

    I don't think you have watched enough of Arsenal over the last few seasons... My sincere request is before coming over here and interacting with me or wrangling with me do make sure that you know as much as you talk... :)

    At the end of the day what you have to understand is I am not here to appease the fans of any particular club... a bit more levelheaded than you're... know when to praise and when to criticize... I am not asking you to read my pieces am I? It's your choice and none of us can frustrate you without your permission... So if you feel you're having a torrid time reading the "fourth most visited sports media site on the net" then plz stop it...

    "How about attempting to write a well thought article based on some factual information?" - How about removing the rose-tinted glasses? :)

  • Robin S posted 1057 days ago

    Robin S

    Blah blah... anything more? Whoever praises wenger knows everything about the club? And whoever questions his conduct knows nothing? The last thing I need is a SOCCER fan teaching me what football is... This is what bias towards a particular person or institution does to one... I can understand your love for the club but love sometimes clouds the imperfections... What you have to ask yourself is whether you're a fan of Arsenal or Arsene...You seem to be under the delusory spell of Wenger.. Get out of it... Everything's there in front of your eyes... You don't simply have to accept the follies of your manager just because he manages your favourite club or has achieved a lot in the past... It's your choice and you're entitled to do what you want... But don't come in my way with such derisory bollocks as long as I don't come in yours... Come up with the points to argue in comments section such bleating won't do... or totally ignore if you can't stand it...

  • Robin S posted 1057 days ago

    Robin S

    Blah blah... anything more? Whoever praises wenger knows everything about the club? And whoever questions his conduct knows nothing? The last thing I need is a SOCCER fan teaching me what football is... This is what bias towards a particular person or institution does to one... I can understand your love for the club but love sometimes clouds the imperfections... What you have to ask yourself is whether you're a fan of Arsenal or Arsena...You seem to be under the delusory spell of Wenger.. Get out of it... Everything's there in front of your eyes... You don't simply have to accept the follies of your manager just because he manages your favourite club or has achieved a lot in the past... It's your choice and you're entitled to do what you want... But don't come in my way with such derisory bollocks as long as I don't come in yours... Come up with the points to argue in comments section such bleating won't do... or totally ignore if you can't stand it...

  • Frederick Bolageer posted 1064 days ago

    Frederick Bolageer

    Also Wages are a big issue. Jagielka and Cahill would easily ask for 80k a week maybe more. AOC is on 20 k .

  • Frederick Bolageer posted 1064 days ago

    Frederick Bolageer

    Squillacci was not signed as a starter but as a veteran back up who can come in and play when needed , we signed him with the expectation Vermalaen would have been back last season . He is a leader and a veteran and it was a good buy on paper, too bad his performances have been poor. But that does not make him a bad signing, good players sometimes don't work out in certain clubs, ask United and Chelsea with Sheva, Veron etc. I will hold you to this point, if we have a lot of money to spend and we spend 12 on a talented youngster who will be 18 in 5 days . What is the problem? we expect Bendtner to leave, we aren't sure about Nasri and even if Vela stays or goes on loan . So he is needed and I think he can contribute. Your headline was this : AOC shows Wenger does not know what he is doing. I have a fundamental problem with that article, quite honestly its stupid. How does signing the most sought after talent in England a sign you don't know what he is doing?. The difference between signing an 18 year old winger with pace and technical ability and signing a 27 , 29 or 25 year old defender is a big one. We haven't signed AOC to be a key player and their is no pressure for him to be. Cahill would be a key player , so his signing has to be carefully calculated and to ensure that we aren't overplaying for a potential bust. We sign him , it might mean the end of Squillacci or maybe Djourou wants first team football and leaves . So signing a defender is complicated and will take a longer time. AOC has big upside, the defenders don't most are in their prime, so if we get it wrong, there is no going back.

  • Charlie Melman posted 1064 days ago

    Charlie Melman

    I agree that signings must be calculated, but let's look at it from a footballing perspective. You can't tell me that Wenger had to spend 3 million pounds on Squillaci because his financial restrictions forced him to and because he had to calculate his moves very carefully. Chamberlain will cost 12 million pounds, and that is only for the promise of future success -- in other words, a gamble. And quite a gamble at that when you consider the needs that have not been filled. Besides, Gazidis says we have a good deal of money to spend, so I don't think we still have the need to be as frugal as we once needed to be, a situation which Wenger handled very well (but remember, that was a few years ago). I can only hope that Wenger has carefully calculated how much is left in his war chest, and after taking into account the cost of a good, quality defender who can meet Arsenal's needs, decided to take a punt on Chamberlain. Keep in mind, we're not talking about massive 30 million pound signings here -- Samba would have costed as much as AOC and Cahill about 5 million more, according to reports.

  • Charlie Melman posted 1064 days ago

    Charlie Melman

    Well I appreciate your opinion, but it is frankly not up to you to decide how long one must support the club to "qualify" as a lover of the club. Just because I grew up in America and got exposed to the game later than you does not mean I do not love the club as much. I feel defeats and revel in victories just as much as the most devoted Clock Ender, and I spend hours and hours watching, reading about, writing about, and learning about Arsenal. Furthermore, I am well aware of Wenger's trophies and accomplishments since 2001. You have to understand that I did not mean for my statement to be taken literally. Essentially, what I was attempting to communicate was that we should not judge Wenger now and put trust and faith into what he is doing now based on his past successes, which were undoubtedly great and of which there were many. I wish I had gotten to love football earlier so I could have witnessed those sucesses. Believe me, I know all about the club's identity and how well Wenger has managed the debt from building the Emirates, and I believe that might be his greatest accomplishment; perhaps no other manager in the world could have managed such a tough situation as well as Arsene. But as we move further and further away from the first game at the Emirates, the stingy policy of youth first, experience a distant and neglected second is not necessary and puts the club in a worse position to succeed. Wenger is extremely wise and knows more football than I can ever hope to, but sometimes a philosophy gets a little tired as football changes, and the manager needs to change with it. That is really all I'm saying.

  • Charlie Melman posted 1065 days ago

    Charlie Melman

    Actually, I have read a great deal about the history of the club because I wanted to know as much as I could about the club I choose to support. I know what Wenger has done in the past, and I know what he has done recently, and I do not like to see the club I love stagnate and not move forward because of poor management. I appreciate Arsene Wenger's contributions to club club over the last 15 years, but there is no way any other manager would have as long of a leash as Wenger after such a long run of futility. I hesitiate to judge a man's current performance and quality on what he accomplished in 2001.