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Monday, January 07, 2008

Some footie stuff from midweek

I was cracking my head, thinking of what to blog and the FA Cup matches over the weekend somewhat made my mind. The FA Cup, the oldest running football tournament. Thou its only within England, the passion for that competition never seems to die off. Passionate fans from professional teams and semi- pros come together to support their teams to the finish.
I save something over the show Nokia Football Crazy last Saturday, stating football is not about the game but its about the passionate fans, which can make or break a team. Which is why i think our national teams aren't doing so well....

Burnley - Arsenal is a match where the winners are already expected even before the game starts.
But as we know, football can be a very unpredictable sport as Burnley was the first to create clear chances, with Laferty crashing a header into the crossbar, who was later sent off later in a game for a 2 footed stud showing tackle on Gilberto which happened just in front of the ref. not too hard to a decision huh? Maybe it was a little harsh...

A chip through ball from Toure , among the 3 first teamers to start, to Eduardo; given his hot form, the ending was inevitable. No power, just timing for the perfect run and slotting it to the right on the keeper. He then put through Bendtner to put Arsenal 2-0 and that is how it ended.
Going through to face either Stoke or Newcastle. A game which saw Wenger fielded a side of mostly players who often sit on the bench with the likes of Fabregas, Hleb, Rosicky and Adebayor on the bench. It seems the rotation came out fine this game but it nearly backed fire when Spurs came visiting the the Carling Cup semis.
Again Arsene fielded a teams of youngsters with only Gilberto and van Persie, back from injury; the only first teamers. in fact only van persie as gilberto seems to have already lost his place to Flamini, who seems to be turning to another one of Wenger's diamonds. Fabianski who came in for Almunia made superb saves before surrendering to Jenas tap in after a lapse in the defence. Without the likes of Toure and Senderos and Djourou seems to be carrying injuries, it does not seem to good nest month.. Arsenal was really lucky to escape with a draw, which Walcott equalizing with a shot that was saved by the keeper only for the ball to bounce off Walcott's chest to roll into the net. 1-1.
With the African nations cup, arsenal lose 2 of their main players in toure and eboue. There is cover for both of them, but senderos or djourou dont look like they can fill toure's boots. i guess we will have to find out in a matter of weeks.

arsene is planning for a last minute pounce on ex-gunner nicolas anelka. it may be good news but they already have 5 strikers with carlos vela returning from Osasuna. Theres lots of rumours going around but as we know wenger, he does not spend a lot and will usually wait till the closing weeks of the transfer window. but with the 40M warchest, he may be tempted to spend. Perhaps on luka modric, jeremy menez and some defenders. Hopes to see the likes of benzema and ben arfa donning the arsenal kit during summer thou...which i think is most unlikely...


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