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  1. Usama Zaka

    I knew the mention of Bob Dylan’s Nobel award was coming 🙂 I may have or may not heard any of his songs (or probably don’t know the songs’ names), but I have seen great respect from various parts of music and arts people for him.

    About 3-4 years ago I heard Joan Baez’s song “Heres to You Nicola and Bart” which was used in the Psuedo-Historic cold war action adventure game “Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes” While tracing the details of that song I came to know her affiliation with Bob Dylan, then I started my mini go through of Bob Dylan’s life by coincidentally using “Untold-Dylan” to know that Bob Dylan is not his real name, haha what a surprise. Nevertheless what an achievement.

    P.S Just curious Tony, how many hits/view did Untold Dylan get in the last 2-3 days, since the award?

  2. Zuruvi

    We do have a very good squad. Thanks to Arsene Wenger.

    I still need to be convinced that Sanchez is the best possible solution to our central striker problem.
    I hope this Wenger experiment will once again prove that he is the genius in football management that I know he is.

    Henry scored 48 goals in his first 100 games at Arsenal whilst he was only about 22 or 23 years old. The boy was still developing as a player (let alone a striker).
    Sanchez has scored 47 goals in his first 100 games. Sanchez arrived at Arsenal as a fully developed player of international repute. Sanchez is 26 or 27 years old which is the prime age for footballers.
    This comparison is therefore rather superficial and probably falls into the group of stats that people often refer to as “Lies, damn lies and Statistics”.

    I think Sanchez will score many vital goals for us. We will celebrate. And every goal that Sanchez scores will make some of my friends say “Zuruvi, see? Sanchez is a brilliant central striker.”
    I however remember seeing Nicholas Bendtner scoring some beautiful and some important goals too. That never ever convinced me that we had a brilliant striker in Lord Bendtner.

    So what do I call a brilliant central striker?
    I judge a central striker by how many goals they score. I also look at how many brilliant chances they miss. I look at how many half-chances they “surprisingly” score.
    Good strikers nearly always score the easy chances. They achieve a high goal tally at the end of the season.
    Average strikers miss many good chances to score but they still score some important goals.
    Top, top strikers seem to convert many half-chances and seem to nearly always score the good chances.
    Thierry Henry was a top, top striker. And so was Anelka.
    Bendtner was never a good striker. Nor was Chamakh.

    Where does Sanchez fit in this scale? I think it is too early to say. His performance as a striker is to be judged at a later date.
    Sanchez is a brilliant footballer, but is he a brilliant central striker?
    Is Sanchez the best central striker that Arsenal (a top 5 or top 8 or even Top 10) club in world football should have?

    Wenger is right most of the time. I hope he is right in respect of Sanchez. I have my doubts.

  3. insideright

    Wenger inherited a 3-5-2 formation left behind by Bruce Rioch and kept it until the end of his first season having announced at the start that he would switch to a 4-4-2.
    In fact that was a ruse and he went to 4-2-3-1 and has stayed with it pretty much ever since, changing the style of player in the position rather than the position itself.
    There’s no doubt that Ozil is playing further forward this season – and he may do that even with Giroud upfront.
    It’s also worth noting from Jonathan Wilson’s excellent book Inverting the Pyramid that 4-6-0 could well become the norm in the not too distant future, Maybe Wenger (who Wilson greatly admires) has already got there.

  4. Gord

    I think at times, that there will be nothing wrong with playing a 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1. As long as each ‘1’ knows his responsibilities and duties.

    I don’t know how the heck Tony jives to Dylan.

  5. Tony Attwood

    Gord there are about four Dylan songs one can jive to, and a large number one can dance the blues to. I don’t specialise in the blues, but I can get by if a blues song comes on, on a jive night

    Usama – I’ll give it a couple of days and look it up.

  6. Tony Attwood

    Untold Dylan was running at around 3,000 page views a day prior to the announcement at noon yesterday. Got around 10,000 yesterday.

  7. Leon

    Dylan himself seems completely underwhelmed by it.
    After all what would he do with another (near) $100 million?

  8. Leon

    That should have been 1 million dollars. Even “his bobness” wouldn’t ignore 100 million.
    But it’s interesting that he didn’t acknowledge it at his Las Vegas appearance yesterday

  9. Menace

    Gord there are several melodies that one can jive to. The jive does not need to be fast – there is a slow jive.

    The slow jive is often used to dance to reggae music. Where as the Carrib dancer will wind & grind, there are those rock & rollers that will jive. It’s the tradition of Rockers to jive. Dylan was at his peak in the 60s when there was so much beautiful music around. The pirate radio stations based on boats moored outside UK waters were key to playing some of the best variety of melodic music in the history of sound. Like in football when beauty is paramount someone will destroy it with a crude tackle. The pirate radio was destroyed by changes in the law.

    I just wish that someone will change the FA & PGMO with changes in law.

  10. Gord

    I used to be good at some dances (waltz, polka, …). That was a long time ago. I don’t think jive or blues were ever on my list of known styles.

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