Screw the match reports
I normally link to other paper’s match reports but today I’m doing my own, it goes like this: Arsenal played well in the first half, keeping a team that cost £250m to build at bay for 45 minutes through a combination of hard work and good defending. The second half got chippy and when the game gets chippy Arsenal always pick up the cards. As the yellows started to flow, Arsenal started giving City space, and they took advantage.
Add in some pretty appalling defending by Silvestre and Song in the center of defense and some absolutely brilliant goals from City and Arsenal were undone.
If Arsenal had spent £250m in transfers over the last two seasons and then fielded their first team against a bunch of kids, you’d be heartbroken if we didn’t wipe the floor with them. Credit to the Arsenal Youth for holding filthy mercenaries like Bellamy, Adebayor, Tevez, Barry and Lescott to a 0-0 draw in the first half.
- Adebayor didn’t score and didn’t stamp on any of our players
- No one got injured
- The Carling Cup exit means that we can play the Bolton game in hand on Jan 6th.
Song, our muscle in the midfield, picked up his 5th yellow. He had to get it sometime, but we’re really going to miss his steel against Stoke on Saturday. There may be a silver lining here because last night he looked pretty tired. That “tackle” he put in was miles from Carlos Tevez and looked like tired legs to me. Tevez still made an admittedly incredible, unstoppable, shot but Song going down like that gave him the space he needed. Schoolboy defending which I am chalking up to him being tired.
It also explains why he’s a stopper and not a central defender: that’s the kind of mistake you can make when you know you have two more defenders behind you.
The Cult of Carlos Vela took another blow yesterday as he found himself on the ground more often than with the ball. I know that everyone loves Vela but I’m quickly getting sick of watching him go to ground every time he’s got the ball. He’s certainly getting lumps, but that’s something that happens in the EPL and he needs to keep his feet because I’m afraid he’s going to get a reputation.
In particular, that whole rolling around on the ground after a challenge and then popping back up once the attack is back on is just a bonehead move. Watch Drogba, when you fake an injury, fake the injury! Make them get the cart and the magic spray.
You have to create doubt in the mind of the referee, make him wonder “did he really get hit?” Because when you pop up like a jack in the box after feigning injury you make it very easy for a referee, especially an English referee, to dismiss your penalty claims. Basically, if you’re going to lie, keep lying.
Either that or keep your damn feet a little bit. Not every time, but gods damn man, you can’t go down like a sack of beans under every challenge.
The exclusion of Senderos from the lineup has caused an explosion of news stories linking him away from the club with Athletico Madrid currently being touted. Despite the fact that a “mystery club” had a bid rejected for Aguero I don’t think that we’re after him. Rather, I hope we’re not after him, Aguero is 5’7″ and the last thing that Arsenal need is another Lilliput.
There is a player who Wenger has scouted that we might be interested in; Nacho Camacho. He’s a holding midfielder, he’s almost 6′ (180 cm), and he’s fairly strong. Both he and Raul Garcia would be viable options for Arsenal in the midfield and the perfect signing for Arsene: off everyone’s radar, young, and not English. As I always say about transfers, we shall see, but if we can get a holding midfielder for cash plus a player who Arsene is clearly not going to play then that would be a good bit of business.
Now, add a robust hold up player, like Gignac for £12m, and we might be on to something.
I’m sick and tired of Arsenal players/managers/etc. shaking people’s hands. On Sunday against Chelsea our players kept helping their guys up and shaking their hands during the game. Why are we being nice to people like Drogba and Mark Hughes? Fuck those people.
Yesterday Mark Hughes pretty much walked wherever he wanted, screamed expletives at Arsene Wenger over every petty little foul and basically made a prat of himself and an embarrassment of Manchester City. Then he has the temerity to call Wenger out for not shaking his hand. You know what shaking his hand would have done? It would have legitimized and forgiven Hughes’ boorish behavior.
The same thing on the pitch. When I played sports my coaches always forbade me from helping up the opponent so when I see Arsenal players being “gentlemen” to their opponents it drives me crazy. A guy like Drogba or Terry will use every advantage, they will gleefully cheat us out of any call in order to win a game, so why would we every offer a hand to them, except in some post-match B.S. ceremony?
Now, me? I would have gone over to Mark Hughes, grabbed his hand, pulled him in and whispered “you really are a huge cocksandwich” in his ear with a big huge grin on my face, waving to the crowd, as if to say “look at what a big sport I am.” That’s about the only way I’d shake that man’s hand.
It’s the Carling Cup. Arsene doesn’t just use the CC to blood his players he uses it to bring in youth players by promising them first team football in the Carling Cup. Besides, it’s not like Arsenal need the League Cup to get into Europe, we leave that to small clubs like Manchester City. It’s their only hope.
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Cheers, and keep the chins up, we are The Arsenal.