Daily Archives: March 29, 2012
The quarterfinals of the Champions League reached its halfway point and no eyebrows were raised when the Dark Horses of the competition swept past their French hosts in the bid to play the final in their own stadium. The Marseille goalie should’ve done better from Mario Gomez’ effort but Arjen Robben’s sweet finish was certainly the icing on a half-baked cake.
The “other” game promised much but AC Milan’s experience shone through as they halted Barcelona from scoring for the first time in 30 Champions League games or so. The old hags like Alessandro Nesta, Massimo Ambrosini and Clarence Seedorf stole the show but this tweet was worth sharing in today’s post:
When Arsenal went through that bad patch of form that saw them capitulate in AC Milan’s cattle-grazing center, fingers were pointed at Arsene Wenger and his squad for such a putrid performance.
Ex-Gunner Emmanuel Petit singled out some players in the team and stated that they were not good enough for a club of Arsenal’s calibre. Petit added that the club revolved its football around Francesca and $amantha and said a thing or two about the defense.
Petit continued to express his rage as he reiterated that the young players haven’t done enough to justify the confidence that Arsene Wenger has in them. He singled out Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey for some harsh yet deserved criticism and ended his interview with this quote:
“What is needed is five or six players of real stature, great experience, players who are 27 – 30 years old at most. Players with technical qualities, obviously, but also strong character. A group of guys who refuse to accept defeat, who inspire confidence in the rest of the team”
The Gunners went on to lose the next game (Sunderland, FA Cup) but they picked themselves up and kick-started a consistent resurgent run that can make the club change its official website to wwwwww.arsenal.com
The legend is overjoyed with his former side’s return to a rich vein of form but he’s frustrated that the Gunners have suffered the ignominy of yet another trophy-less campaign:
“The performances since the criticism have been magnificent. But I am disappointed as well.”
“Why did they have to wait for the criticism to show people what they can do? I am quite frustrated because it proved they can do more”
Emmanuel Petit remains a true ambassador of the club and he like other legends, hold the club dearly to his heart.
In his youthful days at the ASEC Abidjan academy, Gervais Yao Kouassi was so good with the ball at his feet, his Brazilian trainer fashioned a catchy nickname for him, Gervinho.
Like Farmer Emmanuel Eboue, he got his breakthrough in Beveren of Belgium before snapped by Le Mans for £575,000. Two seasons, 59 games and nine goals after LOSC Lille Metropole came knocking on Le Mans’ door and the multiplied his initial fee by 10 to sell him for £5.75m.
He dazzled the Lille faithful with 13 league goals in 32 appearances in his first season and followed it up with 15 goals in 35 appearances inspiring the French outfit to their first League and Cup double since the days of Napoleon Bonaparte.
He was snapped up by Arsenal this summer for £11m and he became synonymous with the starting lineup before traveling to Gabon to represent the Elephants of Ivory Coast in the 2012 African Cup of Nations.
Since his return, Le Forehead has been faced with the threat of an exuberant Ox and he’s working his way back to the first team. Gervinho says that he has done well at Arsenal but he can do better.
He said that his career has gone a long way since his switch to the Emirates and he’s pleased because he has improved himself as a player. He also believes that Arsenal win will lots of trophies next season and he ran out of superlatives for captain Van-tastic.
To wrap it all up, Denilson is eager to extend his stay at Sao Paulo, Real Sociedad is keen on sealing a permanent move for Carlos Vela and Mathieu Flamini the Flanimal could be in line for a sensational Emirates comeback.
You can follow Gooner Daily on Twitter @goonerdaily. I’ll follow back
Feel free to visit Gooner Daily’s Facebook page and click on the like button.
You can also join Gooner Daily’s Mailing List to get notifications of new posts by email by clicking on the Follow button