Here’s the next installment of Headers & Volleys alternative look at the Premier League table. This week, Tevez upset after bench row, Out of the frying pan, into… another frying pan, Lost in translation, Warnock’s finger on the pulse, Three defenders does not a back-four make and Follow the Ewood Park Road….
Here’s the next installment of Headers & Volleys alternative look at the Premier League table. This week, Geographically speaking, The Perfect Game, He killed them with their love, What’s in a striker?, Efficiency not productivity the key and of course, the latest instalment of Who is Martin Jol?
Tune in later today for our window watch where we will probably watch a window.
Here’s the next installment of Headers & Volleys alternative look at the Premier League table. This week, You can’t win anything with kids…, Kick a man whilst he’s down why don’t ya?, Just don’t tell Roman, What week is this? along with the latest installment of Just who is… Martin Jol?
Chrometophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of money. Sufferers experience anxiety, despite the realization their fear is irrational, and worry they may mismanage money.
“In Arsene We Trust” the Arsenal fans have always sung. As the singing subsides to be replaced by jeers, fans of theNorth Londonteam are left in disgruntled resignation, hoping their manager, so successful in the past, manages to reinvent himself and his faltering young team. The travails of the team from the Emirates stadium have been widely reported and analyzed as key players have left, and squad players who the manager finally appears to have lost faith in, simply can’t be shifted. Whilst the loss of captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and Samir Nasri to Premier League rivals Manchester City are indeed body blows, more prevalent would seem the lack of willingness of the manager to engage in spending the money that, according to the board of directors, is available. Has Wenger lost confidence in his ability to sign a player who is ready for action now, rather than in five years time? Or is he simply too stubborn to pay over the odds, in an over-inflated market?
Welcome to our new weekly Premier League table update. We’ll be posting the team standings each Wednesday and also imparting some really thorough insight into what is going on behind, in front and to the side of the scenes at each of England’s top clubs. This week; ‘Aguero in ‘can play football’ shocker‘, ‘Military Intervention-on-Trent’, ‘Liverpool’s Tactical Revolution’, ‘Wenger Sees’ and ‘The Steve Bruce Whispers… Episode 1’.
If I had to compare Arsenal’s summer so far to anything, I would compare it to the actual summer so far: the occasional sunny interval but mostly grey; lots of pissy rain and nothing but clouds on the horizon. Back in May, Arsene Wenger said he would be ‘very active’ in the transfer market. Now, unless he’s keeping everything back for a monstrous August transfer extravaganza, trading players like a slave driver in Roman times, it would be fair to say that we’ve yet to be anything other than vaguely active.
The rumours abound; this player is desperate to leave, that player desperate to sign. For footballing reasons, for personal. He’s not for sale, of course he can go – but only at the right price. The close season always initiates the elongated, mind numbing transfer sagas the likes of which we have seen in the past with Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo and, this year, with Cesc Fabregas (not to mention last year, and the year before) and Samir Nasri. Add to this, Manchester City’s captain Carlos Tevez’s stated desire to leave to be closer to his family and you have a developing narrative to satiate the lonely hearts of football fans, throughout the cold hard months between seasons. What though, is the best way to manage the exit of – or cling on begrudgingly to – these disaffected players?
Arsene Wenger has today responded to those fans who deemed his side’s recent results a “considerable disappointment” by claiming that their second place is not a “disaster”. On Thursday Arsenal’s Supporters Trust released a statement declaring their discontent with the recent performances of their beloved Gunners, which have included defeats to Birmingham in the Carling Cup Final - a game in which they were heavily favoured – to bitter rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup Quarter Finals and over two legs to Barcelona in what amounted to a stern lesson in the fragility and fallibility that Wenger has not yet driven from his squad.
It has been billed as the match - for two consecutive seasons - between the two teams that play the beautiful game, the way it should be played. Barcelona with their famed tiki-taka, versus Arsenal, with their Wenger/Fabregas inspired intricate and measured style of play. In a pulsating first leg, Barca looked to be just too good for a hard-working Arsenal team, who somehow contrived to secure a 2-1 victory with which to approach the ominous second leg at Camp Nou. Last night’s return leg however, turned out to be more one-sided than many we have seen before, with Arsenal seemingly abandoning their quick passing attacking game plan that has seen many a team swept aside in the past and opted instead, to “park a bus”.
As the ball broke to him at the far post, Robin van Persie looked up to survey the options for a cross into the heart of the Barcelona penalty area. As so often the case throughout their Champions League first knockout match last night, Arsenal were lacking bodies in support. With a cursory glance telling him his team-mates were again nowhere to be seen and a further flick of the eye at Victor Valdes’ positioning designed to cut out the expected cross, van Persie drilled the ball from an almost impossible angle, inside Valdes’ near post and into the inside of the side-netting in the far side of the Barcelona goal. So started Arsenal’s comeback from one goal down, to win their first-leg home tie 2-1, thanks to Andrei Arshavin’s winning goal.