“Form like this could make Giroud an Arsenal legend”
So it says in the Daily Telegraph today, and I wondered where they got that notion from. Surely not Untold. For since the S Robson, P Morgan, the black flaggers and the anti-arsenal Arsenal in general started attacking Arsenal, we have been comparing Olivier Giroud with Thierry Henry.
Just to see if Giroud really is as bad as the negativists have said, I like to keep a little eye on the two men’s progress. So far Olivier Giroud has scored 34 league goals in 69 league starts. Thierry Henry got to 34 league goals in 66 league starts. Fairly close, but undoubtedly not close enough for the aaa.
And the result yesterday was the Telegraph doing one of its things where it suggests that it was never the media who were on Giroud’s back but us silly people who sit in the ground. “Some fans are still unconvinced” they announced which is a bit like saying “Some journalists are still down the pub.” True, but so obvious it is hardly worth mentioning.
Still they have said it, and yes indeed not all the trolls have shut up. On Soccer SMA (a web site) last week there was a “fan” saying “Sure don’t need Giroud, just not good enough” and another commenting “thank God Giroud is on bench”. Actually those were the only comments it got to an article that had the word CONFIRMED in capitals at the start of the headline. Hey ho.
But it is not all good news after our cruise into the next round. Apparently “Santi Cazorla has agreed personal terms on a return to Spain with Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Cope.es
(But not to worry we are going to buy James Milner on a Bosman, according to the Daily Mirror).
Of course the report is in the “seen at the airport” style of reporting, and he’s not going – certainly not when in this form, captaining the club, and playing in a team with Ozil, and Alexis. Indeed if you look at his travails over the years you’ll see just how this is the peak of his career.
Interesting to remember that when he was bought the purchase was seen to be of no interest, since at the time Málaga had been deserted by their benefactor who had troubles elsewhere, and Santi was seen as just a cast off. Just like Monreal.
Of course when it comes to knocking talent and success, the aaa is still lacking a lot. In Spain the league table is
- Arsenal v Lens: the team, the home/away form and the strange coincidences
- Arsenal v Lens: they had a poor start but are now flying
- Where there is power, money and greed there is corruption
- Why do Tottenham players get fouled more than those of any other club?
- The media, the League and PGMO. An insidious agreement rears its ugly head