Last year was, according to the muddleheaded, the year of going backwards. We entered league match number 3 with and win and a defeat, plus a comfortable saunter into the Bent Cup (as I’m now forced to rename the Champs League).
Match three was Arsenal 3 Newcastle Zebras 0.
Line up was
Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy
Eboue (Walcott), Fabregas, Denilson (Song), Nasri
Adebayor, Van Persie (Vela)
This time for the little matter of game 3 it looks like being
Sagna, Vermaelen, Gallas, Clichy
Denilson, Song, Diaby
Arshavin, Van Persie, Bendtner
Improvements are clear. Vermaelen for Toure (that is Toure of a year ago) is a clear step up. You could actually say the same of Gallas 09 against Gallas 08, Denilson ditto and Song ditto. And having both Denilson the Older, and Song the Older on the pitch together is another bit of progress.
As for Nasri, VP, and Ade against Arshavin, VP, and Bendtner, I’d say improvement is there too, so overall quite a step up. Last year VP got two goals, Denilson one. Bendtner’s ability to take a ball at height and control and then beat is extraordinary. He keeps looking like he has missed it and lost it, and then he goes on.
What’s interesting is that this is one of the few Sir Alex F-Word years in which we can honestly say Manchester IOU have gone backwards as Mr Dive-Without-Banishment has now gone to be really mad, and no one really seems to have taken his place. Giggs celebrated his 85th birthday last week, and the whole squad is looking a trifle passe.
Arsenal have been greatly assisted by the insane, cretinous, pathetic, stupid, ignorant, inept, ludicrous, bizarre, twisted, warped, dishonest UEFA backed by their lickspittle lackeys in the SFA, and their allies in the media. We cannot but be so much stronger than we were.
If you want to know how close the SFA is to UEFA read on…
On 12 May 2009 the Scottish Football Association lobbied UEFA to allow appeals against referees decisions. I don’t think the papers have gone back and reported this – but the signs are there – it was reported at the time as part of the ceaseless pro-Man IOU feel before the Bent Cup final.
The idea of overthrowing the ref’s rule retrospectively is an SFA plan, long laid and carefully thought through and carefully pushed before its pals in UEFA (pals who have looked after the SFA for years and years, giving it influence way beyond its real position in football). More on this another day.
In this case Darren Fletcher was due to miss out on a Champions League final place because of a sending off in the semi.
Corrupt SFA chief executive Gordon Smith and the even more bent UEFA General Secretary David Taylor (who is also Scottish) used this as a staging board to weedle his way inside UEFA by demanding a change in the rule that would allow the overthrowing of ref decisions.
“I’m on a European football committee and it’s certainly an issue I will raise,” he said (quoted in the Scotsman).
UEFA then said IN PUBLIC that they had a “steadfast refusal” against overturning referee decisions. UEFA’s rules say that only a case of mistaken identity can lead to a referee’s decision being changed.
UEFA also said that there were no grounds for overturning decisions in any case.
A UEFA statement said of the request for appeals prior to the final: “Even if they had been admitted they would have been rejected as unfounded as there were no grounds for contesting the referees’ original decisions.”
There it is: the next piece of evidence showing both the utter corruption of UEFA and the deeply worrying and sinister links with the SFA who are proven through recent history to be so bent that corkscrews come to them to take lessons.
Although it will take me some time to do, I have a feeling my next book will be called “This is Not Football” and will be a revelation of the corruption within the game, covering FIFA, UEFA, FA, SFA, EPL and anyone else I can think of.
You’ll have to wait a bit. though I have only just finished writing “Making the Arsenal” which is out in October. But I have added a new category to my list of blog categories (corruption) so I can trace the stories as they develop.
So, back to the minor issue of the score. 1-2 to the Arsenal – how does that sound? Arshavin to get both.
(c) Tony Attwood 2009
Four reports from this site appeared on Team Talk yesterday – all claiming to be written by other people. Makes you proud to be original, doesn’t it?
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- 2022-23 WSL Arsenal v Spurs – Match Preview – part 2 comments from the manager and team news
- 2022-23 WSL Arsenal v Spurs – Match Preview – part 1 the head to head record and comments on Spurs summer signings
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- Fans are getting a bit more uppity, but who’s fault is that?