March 31, 2010
The big day has arrived.
We will finally gain some fascinating pointers vis-a-vis how good the football Arsenal play really is.
Who were the last team to come to the Emirates and have a straight out, toe-to-toe rumble with us?
Guardiola has already stated he did not want to play us due to similar styles… he understands there is a real possibility that as a team we play better football.
They certainly have the best player on the planet in Messi, but he is only less than 10% of the starting eleven.
Former Arsenal and Barca player, Alex Hleb, described what he thought might happen when two tribes go to war…
“I’m not going to say who will win, that’s difficult. But the way I see it, Arsenal have a real chance against Barcelona.
“Arsenal’s style is quicker than Barcelona’s build-up and passing is less direct. Arsenal move the ball faster. That can make life difficult for Barcelona.
“Against Barcelona you need to try and hold onto the ball, be ready to break, and keep yourselves compact and it’s important not to go out there scared when you play against Barcelona.
“I don’t think Arsenal will do that. I believe they can take on Barcelona and do well, and win.”
The Belarussian sums the conundrum up nicely by stating Arsenal play quicker, less direct, passing football.
Barcelona have slowed down their game this season, the introduction of Zlatan I to the forward line has also meant a more direct approach on occasion.
Tonight we learn how well we can really play against a superb team who will not come to stifle our play, there can be no excuses concerning rough play, parking the bus, poor pitch etc
The stage is truly set for a crowning moment in the lifetime of Wengerball.
For there is no other team in Europe who could come to the home of football and believe they can outplay the hosts… every other team that travels to the Emirates thinks about stopping us play.
No excuses. No Fear. Time to deliver.
So, for the thousands in attendance ( a lucky me included ), and the millions watching on TV around the world…
LET’S GET R-R-READY TO RUMBL-L-L-E
March 22, 2010
“Arsenal were the very last team we wished to draw”
Why did Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola, state this to Spanish media over the weekend?
Barca cannot defend.
They prefer to play teams who are tactical and spend time and energy trying to stop them play, as opposed to what The Arsenal will do to them.
Namely, attack them at will, with rapier like passing and movement.
The age old cliché of “this will probably end 4-4” is too widely used when certain teams come up against one another, but in this instance, it more than likely will end up being a similar scoreline.
Because in most examples, one team will bottle it, and employ tactics to counter the other team’s build up play, at the expense of a proper rumble.
This will not be the case when Barcelona come to London, and when Arsenal go to Catalonia.
Both managers have supreme confidence in their own players and style of football, and will send their respective team’s out to have a street fight to the death.
The countdown begins, there is not a hope in hell this game won’t live up to all expectations.
Thankfully, the meeting of the two best footballing sides on Earth will give us 180 minutes (minimum) of pure entertainment.
A final showdown is always classed as the dream meeting, but too much rests on one single 90 minute game to allow us complete viewing pleasure.
A two-legged Quarter or Semi final was always going to produce the kind of glorious sporting magic that so many are awaiting.
The ages have given us many great sporting head to heads including Borg V McEnroe, Prost v Senna, Coe v Ovett, Hagler v Hearns…
Arsenal V Barcelona 2010, will provide us with yet another legendary moment in sporting history.
March 16, 2010
Came the cry from the ex-Chelski gaffer, José Mourinho, following a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona, a game which saw Mourinho accuse Lionel Messi of play acting to get his full-back Del Horno sent off.
The man causes commotion and controversy wherever he goes, he is a most divisive individual.
Win or Lose tonight, I want more of the same… chaos, commotion, emotion, scandal, immoral behaviour… I wish to see cages well and truly rattled, complete and utter unrest in West London.
Just look at the press attention he has openly courted since he landed back in London yesterday, police escorts, the works.
A full day before a ball has even been kicked in anger, his vitriol against his “beloved” Chelski commenced.
“I keep winning important things. They keep winning something , I think they won the FA Cup,” he said.
“I feel at home, I go to the second floor where there are people I know. I go to the third floor where there are people I know.”
“To be back at an old team, to be back at an ex-club and feel how I feel is a beautiful thing.”
“If we reach the quarter-finals tomorrow it will be a special moment for Inter.”
“I have nothing to prove to Chelsea, to Chelsea players, to Chelsea fans, to the Chelsea board”
The self-styled Special One, is public enemy number one in Italy, even 50% of his own Inter fans want him sacked according to a recent online poll.
His days in the Lombardy region of Italy are definitely numbered… he harbours a return to the Premierhsip, his final interview for the City job, to replace the man he replaced at Inter, could herald a tonic to our title hopes.
The perfect evening would be capped by a late controversial winner for Inter, or maybe a hate filled game that sees a plethora of cards and the odd pulled muscle.
Personally, I cannot see Chelski qualifying.
Drogba is not the half the player he is week in week out in the Premiership, when up against the likes of the formidable Lucio or the human brick-wall Walter Samuel, he struggles to gain any physical advantage.
The Champions League is clearly the prize the club’s owner wants, this is the last season for them to win it.
Aside from Essien, they have no other player sub 30 who would get in to a world XI… when did the Russian gangster last spend some big money on a player?
Has he had enough? A final chance to take the big prize… snatched away by a team managed by the Special One… sounds magnificent to me.
Perfect symmetry… and a perfect kick in the nuts for the philandering boys in blue.
I don’t buy the crap about going out of the Champions League at this stage helping the chase for the Premiership… fine you get extra rest days, but the demoralising effect of losing such a big game would negate the rest. Tenfold.
The benefits such a crushing defeat could have on Arsenal’s chase for their first league title since the Invincibles season of 2003/2004, would be phenomenal.
I hate Chelski with a passion.
I won’t even name them, but you all know the players I also hate with unwavering passion.
I took huge pleasure in watching Iniesta score that wonderful late goal to knock them out of last year’s Champions League.
I want and fully expect more of the same pleasure this fine sunny evening in London SW6.
“To feel envy is human, to savour Schadenfreude is devilish”
Maybe I am the devil incarnate!!
January 20, 2010
Amidst reports of many alleged transfer targets during this window, the actual signing of one Wellington Silva has gone a little unnoticed.
I like most of you know very little about this young man, again, like most of you, I too have seen his goal at Old Trafford in some youth competition.
The U15’s tournament was held at the Theatre of Dreams back in 2007 and hosted teams from all over the planet.
Our new Young Gun was voted both the player of the tournament and the most valuable player (yank for top notch)
However, a new YouTube video has hit our widescreen laptops.
The video below was taken from a youth team game involving Silva’s current team Fluminense.
It depicts a wonderful comeback that was orchestrated by in large by our new Brazilian wonderkid.
I bring to your attention the pathetically wonderful, urine extracting piece of skill and pure impudence at 2.20 on the clock.
He looks to be a frightening mix of Henry, Anelka and Wrighty… with maybe a bit of Limpar wing play added to the mix.
Silva has blistering pace, perfect technique for Wengerball, and plenty of tricks and skills to excite the Emirates faithful for years to come.
He displays a massive hunger and desire to be on the ball as much as possible and then make things happen.
Very reminiscent of a player oop norf. A Brazillian Rooney?
Ladies and Gentlemen… January 2011 will hail the introduction of the Second Coming.