Arsenal have angered Belgium and delighted Greece with Arsene Wenger’s selection of 10 teenagers to travel to Olympiakos for tonight’s Champions League match.
One of those teenagers, Thomas Cruise, has been the subject of many a “Top Gun” headline pun and you will notice that this site has instead opted for class and decency over cheap laughs.
For his part, Arsene Wenger sees this group of Young Guns as distinct Outsiders but as having the class to compete at the top level. In Aaron Ramsey, Wenger is already pegging him for great things, he’s played in 40 first team matches for a top four club, plays for his national team, and he’s only 18. Not quite Legend, but getting there quickly. He will start tonight.
Jack Wilshere is another player who’s Days of Thunder are just on the horizon. There’s some talk of Arsenal loaning him out but Arsene Wenger’s not going to do that with Eyes Wide Shut and let him languish on some other team’s bench. No, he wants Wilshere to actually play if he gets loaned out saying that he’d rather the youngster practice with the Arsenal first team than sit on the bench at some place like Hull.
Surrounding this core of British talent are A Few Good Men looking to get into the first team, or just plain ending their careers: Mikael Silvestre pace may be Losin’ It, but he will provide experience and will captain this side. Up front, the Minority Report sees Carlos Vela getting a much needed run in the Center Forward spot paired with possibly Theo Walcott and the aforementioned Wilshere. Fingers crossed that Walcott doesn’t pick up any Collateral injuries today.
In the back we could see Kyle Bartley, who has more stripes in his eyebrows than first team appearances, and Kerrea Gilbert at right back. Anyway, it’ll be far from Lions for Lambs as this young Arsenal team have a lot to play for and Olympiakos will be needing at least a point to ensure qualification. Arsenal have only one way of playing, all out attack, and combined with Olympiakos’ need for a point it should be a cracking game. Not Mission Impossible, mind you, but a good game to watch over a Cocktail.
No pun intended.
Sol Campbell to play for Man U?
It would be strange to see him in a United shirt, but hey, whatever. I’m actually intrigued to see if Ferguson can get any blood out of that 35 year old turnip.
Soccer Ball (In the Face) Requires Knee Surgery?
Arsenal supporters sometimes moan about our injuries but you really need to check out this incredible story about Tottenham’s Ledley King. Apparently he was playing in a friendly in order to regain fitness from his last knee problem when a Soccer Ball to the face caused him to fall awkwardly and pick up a fresh knee problem!
Which reminds me of this video:
Man City Gets Swine Plague
What is that old proverb “If you are greedy like a pig don’t be surprised if you get swine flu.”
Something like that.
ESPN Wins FA Cup and Super League Rights
As far as I can tell, the deal only covers the British broadcast rights to about 25 FA Cup matches but the fact that ESPN is aggressively getting into the market for rights to any and all FA matches is a good sign.
Their broadcasts in the States have been nothing short of magnificent: High Definition is second only to seeing a match live and beats the pants off of Fox Soccer Channel’s broadcast. My only complaint so far has been that they canned the lovely Georgie Bingham and brought in Human Caricature Tommy Smyth. That was a sad morning, getting up at 5am, flicking on ESPN2 and seeing Tommy Smyth’s face on the television when I was expecting another low cut number from Georgie.
Plus, Tommy Smyth is a moron.
Right, the match is live at 11:30 (PST) and is available to Direct TV subscribers which means that I will be headed off to Doyle’s after a very important meeting. Join me if you like, nothing less than the future of Arsenal will be on display. Who wouldn’t want to see that?