By Walter Broeckx
The more news that comes out in the open about Fifa and Uefa the more I hate the internationals. I have never been a liker of these matches anyway but the way we are proven right about how corrupt these organisations seem to be the more I hate them.
Of course anyone is not-guilty till they are trialled in court and found guilty but there sure seems to be some very odd and strange things happening in both organisations and the linkup person between them, in this case Platini. And maybe, just maybe we now are going to find out why Wenger doesn’t like Platini that much. Wenger who has a very strong aversion from corrupt things and well…. the least you can say that anyone who has linked itself to Fifa is more or less in it.
Would any person wait 10 years for his money to be paid? I don’t think so. So there does seems something suspicious going on with the payment of more than 1M euro from Blatter to Platini. But hey ho, probably for thos who don’t really need 1M on their bank account this is all very acceptable and normal. But I am not in circles where such payments are made so I wouldn’t know.
But because of me being an Arsenal supporter and Arsenal having too many players out on international duty I do have to keep an eye on these matches. The final result are not what I am really interested in. The thing that makes me look at these matches is: are all our players still fine?
Now of course this is not always easy to find out. You can see when a player starts or not but he might come off with an injury or even play with an injury and still go on. We have had enough of these in the past.
And how do you check Alexis in South America? Rumour has it that he would be injured and will miss our next two matches. Of course that would be a big blow for us and him but for the moment nothing is confirmed so we just consider it to be as real as the transfer rumours. Talking about playing he did score the second goal for Chili in their 2-0 win over Brazil. It seems that Chili has reached a new high after winning the Copa America against Argentina, they now also got the scalp of Brazil. Not bad for a country like Chili who won almost nothing up to now. What a difference an Alexis makes…. All the speculation about Alexis being injured and not able to play against Watford or Bayern are maybe a bit premature as he also played the 90 minutes against Peru and scored two more goals and had an assist.
The English internationals did all right I think. Theo scoring another goal with a good run, good first touch and a cool finish is great. Let us also keep our fingers crossed that this time he doesn’t get injured. And in the second match Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a goal and Gibbs played so we can think that they also will be fine when we return to real football next weekend.
When I checked it yesterday it seems that Özil is also in good shape. A penalty foul on him and an assist, that makes two assists I think in the tables where they keep the assists. I have heard that Özil now only needs 2 more assists to be the best assister in international football since they started counting such things.
Santi Cazorla is another player on international duty and doing excellent. Little Santi scored 2 goals against little Luxembourg. Good finishes. Wait till he bangs them in for Arsenal. The only thing missing from his game for the moment I would say.
Aaron Ramsey wrote football history for Wales as they managed to reach the final stages of a European championship. I would say well done Aaron but the thought of you now having to play the whole summer holds me back. But for Wales it is a big achievement one could say and so I wish him well but don’t you dare to get injured Aaron. And in the last match of his campaign he also scored against Andorra.
Our two goalkeepers had mixed days. Ospina played and won 2-0 but then Colombia lost in the second match 3-0 against Urugay. Cech didn’t play in the first match and they lost 2-0. But he did play in their last match when he won 2-3 against Holland. One of the goals for the Czechs was a great own goal from “the little boy inside”. Gooners worldwide finding it funny.
When we look at friendlies (OMG… pffff) we can see that Giroud has made an amazing start for France in a friendly as he scored 2 quick goals to kill the match off in Denmark.
And just when finished typing this article I found out that Joel Campbell has scored the only goal for Costa Rica in a 1-0 win against the USA.
And from our other players like Bellerin, Chambers we got no real news and we like to think: no news = good news.
So up to now a rather smooth way how the international break is going but I still feel bad about it.
For years we have been hit by injuries at important moments in the season. Van Persie being the number 1 victim over the years but he was not alone. It has probably cost us titles over the years.
And that is why I feel sad about the injuries that have hit Manchester City in this case. It seems that they have lost both Aguero and Silva for at least 4 weeks and the word in the street is that Aguero might even be longer. Now as an Arsenal supporter one might think that I enjoy their injuries as it might cost them points in the next weeks.
But to be honest… I don’t feel any joy at all. I only feel the same feeling that I had before when the internationasl are being played: It is sad to see players being sacrificed on the altar of Sep and Michel the money exchangers. I don’t really want other players to get injured playing international games. Not Arsenal players but also not of other teams. If they do get an injury let it be by playing in the PL. Or not get injured at all. Because the best players playing and then fighting it out amongst each other is how the PL should be won or lost. Not by matches played for the benefit of Fifa and Uefa.
PS: For the long term readers we have here I want to remind them of the fact that on this day 2 years ago our regular writer Adam Brogden passed away in a tragic car accident. May he rest in peace. We will remember him.