Daily Archives: March 5, 2013
With FA Cup action going on this weekend, Arsenal’s crunch fixture against Everton has been postponed till further notice, which also ensures that the Gunners won’t see any football till when they travel to Munich next week Wednesday.
Memories of Sunday’s North London derby is still fresh in my memory and as expected, many Gunners have starting doing the talking off the pitch, when they were silent on it.
Wojciech Szczesny says that the Gunners have to pick themselves up quickly (via Arsenal.com), if they want to secure a top-four finish at the end of the season. He’s also tipping his teammates to do the impossible in Munich but judging from the team’s performances, I wouldn’t put any dime on Arsenal getting a result in Bavaria.
Carl Jenkinson believes that there are many points to play for (via Arsenal.com) while Per Mertesacker wants his teammates to use the break wisely (via Arsenal.com). This has been a very disappointing campaign by our standards, and anything less than a fourth place finish could signal the start of a negative downward spiral as Andre Villas-Boas predicted (via BBC Sport).
Arsene Wenger stated that his team wasn’t efficient where it mattered (via Arsenal.com), and you’d have to review our starting XI to see if some of these folks deserve a place in the team. I don’t know whether it could be attributed to fatigue or what have you, but I feel that it’s high time Laurent Koscielny gets a decent run-out in the team.
In recent times, Lukas Podolski has also been relegated to the bench and the manager knows his reasons for doing it, but every defeat comes hand in hand with some reflections of what could have been done here and there. The game against Bayern is a week away so this rest is highly welcome in my honest opinion.
Meanwhile in Denmark, the world’s best striker, Nicklas Bendtner, can’t just get away from controversy. When he’s not seen pants down in a club, claiming he can buy a pizzeria or advertising Paddy Power on his undies, he can be seen doing his own version of Grand Theft Auto.
The Dane was loaned to Juventus last summer after stating that he wanted to leave the Emirates for good. He was linked with a host of clubs according to his fagent (father / agent) and no concrete move came to fruition. His time in Italy hasn’t fared so well, with the Italians claiming that he had gotten “fat”.
He has managed to notch up nine appearances thus far but he suffered a thigh injury that required surgery (via the Independent). Bendtner was arrested in Copenhagen for drinking under the influence of alcohol and driving the wrong way up a main road (via Football Italia).
Fortunately, there were no casualties involved.
Bendtner is a player that was tipped for great things and his loan spell with Birmingham City proved how good he could be. The striker was always considered as a back-up to the top dogs in Arsenal, much to his dissatisfaction.
His loan spell at Juventus expires this summer and I’m sure that his future will be reviewed by the manager.
Time to pull the plug in today’s post, I have a meeting in a bit.
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