September 16, 2010
Have you noticed the difference in the team morale this season?
I certainly have, they all celebrate together, no big sulksters mooching around playing for themselves.
No bawling at your left-back and killing his confidence.
Gallas was a liabilty, he might have been a handy defender, but was he not at the heart of the defence that leaked all those goals?
So how good was he exactly?
He was detested at the club, ever since Brum 08, he has not been liked by the main men… i.e Cesc, RvP and Toure at the time.
Wenger was right to flog Kolo, his game looked dead, and nothing he has done at City disproves this fact, but do not for one minute think Wenger chose Gallas over Toure in the personality stakes.
Gallas was a totally disruptive Chavski melon, end of story.
I was delighted he left the club this Summer, and hope to dear god he has an awful season with the pikeys down the poor end of town.
In Kos and Squil, we have a pair of hungry, determined, and team friendly players who will help to unify the spirit at the club, and certainly help to increase communication at the back.
The reason there was no communication in the past is simple… nobody wanted to talk to Gallas, in any shape or form.
Good bleeding riddance, and a warm welcom to the fabulous new pair of defenders at the club.
February 28, 2010
The outlandish, spooky, surreal, bizarre, unbelievable similarities of Birmingham 2008 and Stoke 2010!
The day before the 2008 Carling Cup final, a future great Arsenal team died in Birmingham following one of the worst injuries to a player to have been witnessed on a football pitch.
The game ended in a 2-2 draw after a terrible refereeing decision to award a 90th minute penalty to Birmingham, which they duly converted.
We led the league by 5 points before the game… the rest is history, as they say.
The team that day included Senderos, Flamini, Hleb and Adebayor… who all have subsequently taken backward steps in their careers.
The day before the 2010 Carling Cup final, a future great Arsenal team were truly born in Stoke following a very serious injury to our young star, Aaron Ramsey.
The game ended 3-1 to the Arsenal, following a 90th minute penalty, correctly awarded to the us… which was then converted with aplomb by our wonderous young Spanish captain, Cesc Fabregras.
I asked yesterday whether or not this team had reached a level of maturity in order to seriously push for the title… we got our answer in no uncertain terms.
Plenty has been written viz-a-vis our decline following the Eduardo injury in 2008, let sleeping dogs lie.
I want to talk about the here and the now.
The next great Arsenal team was born amidst a harrowing double leg break suffered by Ramsey, the team then sought to pull together, fight like warriors, and finally win the game in the closing minutes of the match.
On a day when Chelski were soundly beaten by Manchester City, the 3 fabulous points gained in Stoke were a god send to our title aspirations.
Those last 20 minutes of football, after Ramsey was stretchered off, will go down in the annals of history as the minutes that saw the launch of Arsenal the Super Club.
The financials that were published by the club on Friday clearly highlight the incredibly stable and prosperous nature of our club today and going forward for decades to come.
We needed an event, we needed some sort of comeback, some kind of spirited team effort, some kind of rip-roaring victory in the face of yet more adversity to really show the footballing world, and some of our very own Nuevo goons, that we were the real deal.
The celebrations following the winning goals displayed more than 100,000 words could ever describe the feeling the players felt… they knew, they now truly believe.
Stand up and hold your head up high… the future is no longer something to await.
We are there.
This team will now be Champions. This team has finally made that final step towards greatness.
Aaron Ramsey will recover, Aaron Ramsey will captain Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey will go down as a legendary Arsenal player.
I have no doubts about those statements becoming fact.
February 8, 2009
An afternoon that will leave many a Gooner spitting fire with regards to the antics of our least favourite Ivorian, namely Emmanuel Eboue.
Strangely enough, up until his daft sending off, the young African was having a decent game for his standards and even had a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out for an alleged foul on Woodgate.
He aint pretty and he will not be starting many games down the Arsenal right hand side of midfield again, thankfully Arshavin will be deployed there.
He will serve a one match ban, hopefully there will be some kind of F.A action and they increase the ban to 5 matches.
Emmanuel Badebayor now faces the real prospect of playing second fiddle to either Nik Bendter or the quite brilliant sharp-shooter, Eduardo da Silva.
Prior to going off injured, he was woeful beyond belief. He won zilch in the air, and continued to display his pathetic attempts to trap a football. One of the basic, most essential skills required when leading the line for a top European football club.
Wenger certainly made a mistake in believing this chap would ever have another season like the freak one that occurred during 2007/2008. Coincidentally, a season in which he scored 25% of his season’s tally of league goals against the worst top flight defence in many a year, take a bow Derby County Football Club.
OK, lets step away from the Bad and the Ugly and focus more intently on the Good, because there was plenty of good to be taken away from the lane this afternoon. To play as we did, with 10 men for the majority of the game, away to the old enemy was most inspiring.
Anybody else get the feeling that Captain Kolo and Billy G are getting back into the same groove that helped take us top of the table last season?
The defense was immense, apart from a lapse from Kolo late on to allow the walking disaster, Roman Pavlyuchenko, a strike at goal. I believe he hit a Spuddie in Row Z with the ahem “shot on goal”.
Almunia was very solid, and capped his display with an awesome save in the dying seconds of the match. The Spaniard has definately got a lot more solid as the season has progressed, I particulalry like the manner in which he will marshall the defense in front of him.
Alex Song is never going to be Patrick Viera or Reno Gattuso, but he can do a job protecting our defence and giving simple balls to the more creative midfielders in the side. He was poor at times today, giving the ball away too easily, but on the same hand he showed glimpses of what he could do.
He battled well and can only get better following a decent run of games, there is no doubting his height and ability to defend the high ball from set pieces is a major plus if Djourou is not in the side.
Give him a chance fellow Gooners. He has only recently turned 21, and has plenty of scope for developing his game, there is every chance he can become our midfield enforcer. Like any player he needs to build up his confidence, being booed by his own fans certainly won’t have the desired effect.
We have slipped further behind the Villa, but have closed the gap on the faltering Chelski following our valiant draw today. There is a long way to go, Villa have a UEFA cup campaign on the boil and have yet to really get any prolonged, consistent injuries or ANY poor refereeing decisions go against them…. but they will. It’s the law.
Mark my words.