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An utterly brilliant world cup for Arsenal

Until monday lunchtime (when I’m writing this) it has been an utterly wonderful world cup for Arsenal.

First, while players from other teams were getting knocked about, or knocking themselves about, none of our players went down will anything much.

Then, amazingly, the French team played, and although Sagna got assaulted and could have been out of the game for months, he managed to get up and play on.  Diaby played through without injury.  As for Gallas, I’m told that he is no longer with us, so he doesn’t count, but just in case he does come back – he survived too.

The silly being that runs the French team so wonderfully didn’t take Nasri and that’s a relief and a half.

And with the tackle of the year being the foot up, studs showing, thump against the ankle, it is obvious that any fast running forwards and wingers are really going to get it badly.  And that of course means Theo – but the great news is that although he clearly could have done a lot to sort out the mess of the USA game (by his sheer speed if nothing else) the manager hadn’t taken him – which is terrific news.  Had he done Theo would have been on a plane home by now chopped to bits.

Carlos Vela made it though an hour or so of the Mexico match, and I don’t think he got hurt and looking to the future it looks like Alex Song isn’t going to be chosen for his match, so that’s another bit of relief.

Of course some people might argue that not selecting a player for an international match is a sign that the player is no good – but that assumes that international managers are competent – which I think is stretching it a bit.

And we have the great news that Belgium didn’t qualify, so Vermaelen is safe.

There is one bit of world cup magic that has come my way thus far – apart from the failure of anyone to cripple any of our players yet.  The great Socrates of the 1982 Brazil world cup was asked about the current team.  He described it as “bureaucratic” and “conservative”.

The reporter then said to him, “But isn’t Dunga simply being sensible?” to which he replied,

“Being sensible isn’t always the best thing.  Who says that being sensible is a sign of quality?  I don’t think so.”

My view of the universe in a nutshell.

Anyway, Bendtner and Van Persie have survived the first half hour, although the running commentary from the Guardian says

“29 min: Denmark are becoming more ambitious, and the match now has a pleasing end-to-end flow to it. At least it did until Bendtner went down for treatment following a crunching tackle by De Jong. He should have been booked for that.~”

Listen, manager of Denmark.  The guy who sits two rows behind me at the Ems (or should I say used to sit two rows behind me – because as we now know 80% of season ticket holders have give up their tickets this year – official) says that Bendtner is rubbish, so get him off, let him recover from the injury he is still playing with, and let him be fit for next season.

Tony Attwood

7 comments to An utterly brilliant world cup for Arsenal

  • walter

    Bendnter substituted after one hour. I hope he is not injured or if he is just a few weeks please. Just enough to give him time to recover and come back when the training starts again. And Van Persie a yellow card. A red card would have been better and a suspenion for the rest of the tournament. 😉

  • ScottRSA

    Bendtner off injured!!

  • Scotty RSA

    this sux balls, i’m 20km from the Staduim and i have to be at work unable to watch the game, can only read running commentry!!

  • Both Van Persie and Bendtner off and substituted – no reports on the Guardian web site of injury.

  • leeroysgooners

    looking good so far but its early days… one thing you never said was how outstanding diaby was for france totally bossed the midfield and his powerfull runs forward were (dare i say it) almost PV4 like!!! hopefully this is the step up we have been waitin for from diaby and comes back fit and ready for next season just like the rest…. gooners 4 life:-)

  • DarkPrince

    Hahahaha thats is why you think its an ‘utterly brilliant’ world cup for Arsenal? Infact it would be ‘utterly disappointing’ world cup for us if our players dont win their matche. Except for Van persie, no arsenal player has won a match. Ever thought of player morale? If these guys come after a disappointing world cup season, we would not be able to get the best out of them for the coming season. Just think, what is better? Arsenal winning the league with half of its players injured or arsenal ending 4th in the league with all its players fully fit? Its a shame we’re finding excuses for our players who are not performing well in the world cup!!! 🙁

  • Ian Trevett

    Now it’s started I want to see our players on the big stage.

    In the past it was a bit of a worry in case they did too well and one of the the big boys came after them.

    Now we are one of the big boys, so that’s no longer a worry.

    Oh , and Paul Le Guen, the Cameroon manager is a complete idiot. No Song. Eto on right wing. Has he got a holiday booked at the end of June?