Archive for the ‘Follow the Arsenal’ Category

It’s hard to be disappointed in the result, of course, but the three points really would’ve been nicer.  Today’s match gives great creedence to my theory that as goes Gilberto so goes Arsenal since once again he had a remarkable showing and, aside from the damn makeshift back line, so did most everyone else.   Highlight was definitely the Drogba-Lehmann slapstick revue.  Ok, and I hate to admit it but the Essien goal really was beautiful.  I’m pretty impressed that we managed to hold it together despite lacking Toure and Henry and Gallas, and all in all, it was one of the most fun matches I’ve seen in a while.  A 1-1 draw with second-choice center halfs?  Not too shabby.  I do hope this is a sign of things to come.

I do continue to be concerned with Freddie’s tendency to lose his footing with some regularity.  Is he not fully fit yet?  It’s been steadily downhill for him since last season and while clearly some of his difficulties were explained by his various injuries (and rushing back before fully fit) I am concerned that he has simply lost pace.  In his old form, he was a real asset to the squad because of his pace and versatility.  These days?  I sort of cringe when he comes in off the bench.  Whether it’s fitness, a feeling of fighting with Rosicky for a job, or simply being too keyed up, it’s hard to watch him these days.  I hope he’s able to work out whatever is going on because he used to be one of my favorites to watch.  I think it all started with pushing himself through injury for the Champion’s League and continued with rushing back to play in the Cup.  I was surprised when none of our commentators noted the ankle-twisting in the game against Paraguay (I think it was Paraguay.)  To that end, when he was unavailable for the beginning of the Premiereship because of an ankle injury it struck me that the injury likely was a direct result of compensating for the original foot injury.  The calf?  Likely a result of the ankle and foot.  I’d bet he pushed himself because of the signing of Rosicky and Pires’ departure and I’d bet he has himself all wrapped up in proving his worth now.  It doesn’t work that way, especially when your asset is speed.  And what we need on the wings right now is speed.  It feels like a lot of Arsenal’s old magic passes down the wing are lost because no-damn-body is up there to receive.  To be sure, the 4-5-1 has not helped that situation either (and so help me, I can’t figure out Arsene’s thinking on *that* because I distinctly recall him calling out Domenach during the Cup for playing Henry in a 4-5-1.)  No matter what, the passity passity is fun to watch but I’d like some results in addition to pretty football.   Hells, I’d take results instead of pretty football sometimes.  No denying that defense is our biggest weakness, but the stuff happening up front isn’t great either.

This post brought to you by my FIL commenting on how much better Chelsea played than Arsenal.  There’s no reason to have to hear that sort of thing in one’s living room.

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I’m so bummed they don’t have an Arjen Robben one of these.  We were going to affix it to the floor of our entry hall. Maybe we can go with this one instead? Get it? Somewhere, right now, someone has made eye contact with Arjen Robben and he’s writhing on the ground? Har.  Wait, I have one for Ronaldo too–step over this, Cristiano!  Hear that?  It’s the sound of one hand clapping.  I can’t even applaud myself.  It would spice up our foyer, though.

Arsenal-Porto isn’t being broadcast here in the States until 5:00 so my job for the next few hours is to avoid checking any sort of scores so that I can see it firsthand. This, of course, means that I won’t want to see it. It’s pretty much guaranteed that any match that is televised is a horrible catastrophe (ok, it’s just a football loss not an actual disaster) to watch. Especially with the decimation of the back line and Adebayor’s somewhat spotty performances aside from the trouncing of Spurs. Off to pace, and maybe agonize through the Man Utd-Benfica match without peeking at the streaming results. Come on Arsenal.

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…and boy do the dead dream weird shit.  I was passed out enough to not really remember the circumstances of my dreams, but there was something to do with Robert Pires and blogging.  Perhaps I have gotten stressed out enough about coming up with daily entries that my subconscious is doing my legwork whilst I sleep?

For the eventuality that I get folks popping by from The Google looking for information about Pires’ parents–dude, I have no idea.  Nor do I know anything about Ronaldinho’s grandparents or house, or what high school Zidane attended, or what *his* parents’ names were, or the names of Pele’s parents, or information about Ronaldinho written in French.  Try this site for a start.  It’s not that I don’t like the hits, but my OCD compels me to have answers for these questions and to be quite honest, I don’t need to know the names of footballer’s parents.  Unless, of course, all of y’all want to pay me to do your Googling for you.

Anyhow, I’d write about Arsenal at this point but I missed both of their games last week due to travel.  I did catch the Man Utd-Chelsea match today, and honestly the only result that could’ve possibly been satisfying was if somehow points were taken away from both.  Why did I watch?  A week without football is like a day without shitting.  Or something.  Watch, that will show up as a search engine term and I’m going to remove all references to sports entirely.

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It’s only marginally worse to physically attack an opponent on the pitch than to toss around insults. Brilliant. I am rather disgusted at the whole Zidane 3-match ban-Materazzi 2-match ban, but I really can’t say any more about it than I already have. Suffice it to say, I think FIFA shot itself in the arse with this one. I expect a spate of tribunals every time a player has an altercation with another. Either that or they’ll have to set up an elaborate microphone system with interpreters so as to catch every ‘fuck off’ that’s uttered. Can you imagine? And then the eventuality that millions of dollars worth of equipment would be destroyed the first time someone went for the headbutt to the sternum. Perhaps FIFA could hire some church ladies to police. You know, washing out mouths with soap, tugging players off the pitch by their ears. Paul Doyle at the Guardian has a really good piece about this, but I can’t be arsed to link it as I’m awaiting a houseguest and ever so slightly hung over.

Thuram to Barcelona, which is not so great for Arsenal. Here’s hoping he’s on tour this summer so that I might bask in his majestic presence.Of course, I’ll have to wear my Francia shirt now.

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Thuram Thuram Thuram Please, M Wenger.

No Senderos for three months? Heaven help us. How long is Clichy out for? Please, I don’t ask for a lot, but Thuram would be nothing short of perfect. Perfect abilities, perfect attitude, perfect intellect. What a boon he’d be. I’m sure I’m preaching to the converted though.

I do agree that getting more forwards or wingers would be a bit…Chelsea of us.

Everybody and their brother has been on about ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ Cole. Frankly, I come out on the side of don’t let the door hit you in the arse. What good is a player, no matter how talented, who doesn’t want to play for the team he’s on? No heart, no glory.
In my (admittedly far-fetched) daydreams, I would convert Sulley Muntari of Ghana to left back. He’s young enough to make the switch, capable of those gorgeous sprinting runs that Ash makes, and can defend as well. Am I crazy? Probably. Alls I know is that if Flamini can hold things down ok, Muntari can as well (and probably better.)

Have I mentioned the husband and I are taking our liebling to see Barcelona play Red Bull in August? We’ll be sporting our Arsenal shirts thankyouverymuch.

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Early reports have Juve, Fiorentina and Lazio relegated to Serie B, with AC MIlan staying in Serie A but barred from the Champions League.
Points docked are reported to be:
Juve -20
Fiorentina -10
Lazio -6/-7
AC -10 – -15

No word yet as to how Real and Chelsea will be dividing up their haul of the players (har)

Of course, I am crossing fingers and toes that Arsenal can pull off getting Lillian Thuram. I think he’d be a fantastic asset not only in defense but also for bringing Eboue along. Of course, I’m definitely biased to Thuram.

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Yes, I am a woman. I am in fact an American woman who likes what the rest of the world calls ‘football.’ I also rather enjoy baseball. As such, most of my posts will center around the aforementi0ned subjects.
To answer a few questions that may come up:
1. I am a Yankee fan. No, not because Jeter is hot. I’m sure he’s a perfectly attractive fellow, but I’m more concerned with his ability to get on base than his choice of dates or where he went clubbing last night.

2. I am an Arsenal fan. And, again, not because I’ve seen Freddie Ljungberg posing in his skivvies for Calvin Klein. Again, I’m sure he’s also an attractive man but I’m more worried about how his calf is healing.

3. I also follow
Juventus, Liverpool and Fiorentina. I love Ronaldinho, Vieira and Pavel Nedved, Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch, and I’m quite happy that Luca Toni has emerged as a player to watch so that people don’t look at me funny when I wear my Fiorentina jersey.

Orioles and Twins. I love Tejada and Mora, Torii Hunter, El Duque, Jose Contreras, Dontrelle Willis, Kerry Wood and Mark Prior (when they aren’t broken.)
4. I am against (football edition:) Diving, coming on the pitch late, Jose Mourinho and his ‘blame anyone but me’ attitude, Ronaldo calling out Pele, racist chants and banners, Paolo DiCanio and the jackbooted fans of Lazio and AC Roma, and the Joga Bonita ad campaign that is played every five minutes on Fox Soccer Channel.

5. I am against (baseball edition:) The notion of Bonds breaking Hank Aaron’s home run record, the Red Sox, stupid graphics during games, migrating strike zones and players who don’t run hard to first on flies or run hard to catch flies.

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