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By Walter Broeckx
Who on earth invented this kind of stupid week ?
All over the world the leagues are moving towards their last few games. All the players in top teams are facing a very difficult and overloadeded agenda. Most of the top clubs face a schedule of a weekend game and a midweek game till the end of the season.
And in case we have forgotten, the Champions’ League is about to start in earnest.
And this in the year when the best players after that competition have to go to South Africa to play the World Cup in order to make more and more money for FIFA.
On the issue of the World Cup I just want to say that I don’t give a toss about who will win it at the end. And if I had to pick a winner I hope Honduras wins it. The only reason why would even look at the world cup would be to cross my fingers whenever one of our players comes on the pitch and from that moment on I will be praying to every possible God to prevent him from injury.
But back to the present and in that present some highly enlightened person has ordered that this midweek a lot of friendlies should be played by national teams.
And at Arsenal we all know what this means. In the EPL we lose about 2 players each game. If it is not by violent attack from opponents then someone will pull a muscle somewhere and be out for a few weeks.
Playing for a national side has caused us also a lot of injuries. Last season Van Persie fell out with a knee injury sustained on duty with Holland. This season once again he got a very bad injury when playing for Holland. So who will be next? It will be another week of sitting waiting in fear for another player to get injured.
We all know how Man IOU deals with this. Their top players all will have a sudden injury and at the weekend they will have visited some kind of wonder doctor and they will be fit and run on the field as if nothing has happened. R Giggs, the hero of Wales, went for 10 years without playing a single friendly for the country he is so proud to represent, being injured on each and every occasion.
We on the other hand are too honest to do such things. We send our players out, wish them the best and hope they come back in one piece. Usually they don’t.
So who on earth has invented playing international friendly’s in this time of the season? It can’t be anyone who has any common sense in his body. So it must be one of the big guys from Fifa. They are the only one who can come up with this kind of nonsense.
There are 3 months before the world cup and you can be sure that some of the players who are fit now will miss the world cup because they get an injury between now and the end of the season by playing for their club teams.
And between the end of the season (May 9th) and the start of the World cup there is one month for the national teams to play as many friendlies as they wish to play. So how on earth is it possible to play those games now this week?
If I found the English refs, the FA and the EPL guilty of perpetrating the injury that has happened to Aaron, I think Fifa will be as guilty as hell if one of our players, and even if a Chelsea or Man IOU player, gets a serious injury this week and messes up the rest of the season for his club.
You have to be a mental, delusional, and desperate to try and ensure that your latest crooked ticket selling scheme makes you another few million, to come up with a system like this.
ARSENAL IN THE PAST…
The days when football journalists could write, entertain and make us laugh (a true newspaper report about Arsenal in the 1930s)
Charlie Buchan’s first appearance for Arsenal.
ARSENAL IN THE FUTURE
Predictions for the rest of the season: the start of the new golden era.
Almunia: are we being honest?
The manager’s resigned, the league’s ending… Where next for Arsenal?
Wellington Silva is the future of Arsenal
THE SHAWCROSS DIARIES…
It is time for a thorough investigation of all that is wrong with football
Tony Attwood immediately after the end of the Stoke game
Was the assault on Ramsey linked to money
Why Stoke type thuggery is not allowed in Spain and Italy
Stoke and Arsenal: the referee’s views
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