Daily Archives: June 4, 2011
It’s another Saturday without Arsenal football. That’s understandable because Arsenal football does not take place by this time of the year. England hosts Switzerland right now so we the gooners will have another chance to see our Player of the Season and the PFA Young Player of the Year strut his stuff. Arsenal’s handsome Usain Bolt will also be on show today. I’ll start with a brief roundup of the Gunners that were on international duty yesterday.
Aliaksandr Hleb’s Belarus beat France in their home turf months ago so Les Bleus had another chance to plot their revenge in front of the Belarussian fans but it was not to be because the game ended in a stalemate. Eric Abidal gave the hosts the lead with an unfortunate own goal but that Chelsea left footed bloke that spends a lot of time with his hairstylists popped up with the goods as he curled the ball home from the edge of the box. Arsenal is known for its high amount of French contingent but only 3 were in display yesterday night. Sagna was Arsenal’s best player on the pitch with his trademark surging runs down the right hand flank. He also put up quality crosses and supported Malouda and Ribery because the wingers were switching roles. Arsenal’s newest greedy boy in the block, Samir Nasri didn’t put up a stellar performance but he had a good day at the office. Abou Diaby was a nightmare.
In the other game that involved an Arsenal player, Thomas Vermaelen had to settle for a place in the bench when Belgium hosted Turkey. The striker that scored Belgium’s goal is a player of Nigerian descent called Marvin Ogunjimi. Yesterday’s game was his 4th for Belgium and the match opener was his 4th for his new country. Ogunjimi literally went on paper to beg for a Super Eagles call up shortly before the World Cup in South Africa but his plea fell on deaf ears. Nigeria is a country that has a shitload of strikers so we won’t break sweat now that the bald bloke has a new nationality. Turkey equalized through a chum called Yilmaz Burak. Belgian captain Vermaelen came in as a halftime substitute for Jan Vertonghen. However, the game was marred by clashes with fans and police that saw up to 30 people get injured. No deaths were recorded though. Vandalism needs to be stopped in football so I hope that footballing agencies beef up security and get things right.
To Arsenal news, I’ll start with my first headline. Nicklas Bendtner wants to be 100% out of Arsenal. He has now followed the likes of Denilson who says that he’ll go back and play in the Brazilian league if he doesn’t get a club that plays Champions League football. I thought that beggars can’t be choosers. He said that he’s unhappy at Arsenal, weeks later Sevilla comes up with an £8m offer to offer him an escape route out of his misery now he says that he wants to play in the Champions League because he wants to “maintain his shirt in the National team”. This Brazilian escorting bloke surely has a mouth on him but I wouldn’t care less what happens to our Samba boy at this point in time as long a team brings money for him; he should feel free to go. I’ve written before that if he still wants to play for “Arsenal”, he could play for Arsenal de Sarandi in Argentina or Arsenal Montevideo in Uruguay. As for Nicklas Bendtner, I wouldn’t like to see Arsenal’s range Great Dane go but if he wants AW shouldn’t stand in his way. We all know that he’s a big strong centre forward that can make a nuisance of himself and be a thorn in the flesh for defenders but his new deployment on the right wing this season didn’t do wonders for him. Anytime I think of Bendtner playing on the right hand side, the 0-0 draw against Blackburn comes to my head. Bendtner gave a 93rd minute cross to rVp but he nodded over the bar but if it was vice versa, Arsenal would’ve gone 1 up because Bendtner would have nicked it for us. In a club like Arsenal, patience is a virtue that serves a long way but if Bendtner can’t wait for his chance, he should tell his fagent to get him a new club. His father/agent says that he can command £10m but I hope that we can get more Bendtner. He may have a mouth that probably bites more than it can chew and a level of confidence that can be compared to Messi and CR7 put together but on his day Bendtner can be a quality striker. At the age of 22, Bendtner has his best years way ahead of him so if I’m AW, I won’t sell the striker but that’s left for the boss to decide.
Robin van Persie has taken a dramatic turnaround after telling Chelsea and Spain to shut the fuck up. He says that the media Vultures are ‘misleading his claims’. He summed it all up by saying,
“I respect my colleagues of Spain and Chelsea and look forward to playing against them for many years to come. I sincerely hope that all football fans worldwide don’t take these misleading reports seriously. I wish you all a great summer!”
Football is a unifying sport and a language every nation understands. When Arsenal visited the Britannia Stadium on the 27th of January, 2010 and incident happened that changed some player’s lives. A dimwitted oaf that can’t hurt a fly snapped Ramsey’s legs like a wooden toothpick after a decent meal. Glenn Whelan was the closest to Ramsey when the incident happened but he held Ramsey’s hands till the physio team arrived on the scene. I know that Whelan and Ramsey are compatriots but the point I’m making is that he put the Stoke-Arsenal beef aside to stay with Ramsey. Let me take you back to the 2007 Carling Spoon final between Arsenal and Chelsea. When Diaby kicked that ex-girlfriend shagger in the face, he stayed with him till the orderly arrived with the stretcher. Robin van Persie has taken a professional approach to quench any beef that might come up from his words do I’m very cool with that.
I’ll give a roundup of today’s matches and amongst other topics in tomorrow’s post.
Time to continue my England vs Switzerland match because it’s halftime right now. The English goalkeeping jinx goes on and on. From Arsenal legend Seaman’s flop against Ronaldinho, Robinson’s flop from Gary Devil’s back pass, Scott Carson’s howler against Niko Kranjcar, Robert Green’s blopper against Clit Dempsey. Joe Hart just joined the list with a double delight against Tranquillo Barnetta.
Thank God Manuel Almunia didn’t get the chance to join that list.