Saturday Is Gone & Review: The Pocket Book Of Arsenal
The morning after the Saturday before brings little relief from gloom and despondency in some quarters. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, one result in November a season does not make. Well, unless you are eternally pessimistic which surely makes following any football club an entirely pointless exercise; the bedrock of support at any level is hope. To give up so soon is beyond me.
That is not to deny that the performance was not good enough on Saturday. Some perspective though may be needed. Sunderland drew with a below par Manchester United at Old Trafford and beat an equally below par Liverpool not long ago. Arsenal will have been aware of those results and should have been at their best, aware of the consequences of failing to meet their own standards.
The media reaction exacerbates moods. Chelsea put four past an inept Wolves and are deemed to be world-beaters on that basis, hacks ignoring Arsenal’s win at Molineux. I am not complaining of media double standards since that is all we expect from them. Or should do. A little more independent thought ought surely to put Saturday in the wider sense of a run of games, rather than isolation. If defeats form that run then there is unquestionably a problem. If it is a blip on an otherwise unbeaten spell, is there real cause for concern? Tomorrow and Sunday will give answers to those points.
Having lambasted the performance, the usual sideshows begin with Lionel Messi believing Cesc will be the best midfielder in the world within three years of joining Barcelona, essentially telling Cesc he is crap but Barca can make him better, an unusual tactic in trying to tempt someone to join your employers. Crazy.
Kolo Toure is doing an Adebayor but in a more understated manner, telling the world that there was one person he did not get on with at the club, failed to have an on-the-pitch relationship with and that player denied him playing time since he had the manager’s ear. Still no names but it is pretty safe to assume that it was Cesc…Perhaps KT ought to look at his own form before pointing the finger at others as a reason for his absences, as well as injuries because as I recall, Toure played pretty much all of the time that he was fit.
Anway onto brighter things and a Christmas item for your ponderance:
The trivia market is saturated with Arsenal books, the number increasing each year. It is refreshing to have a small book about Arsenal that is not focussed on the weird and wonderful but instead a mini history of the club. Published in a style that covers just about every football magazine since the 1940s, the book bridges the gap between the youth and adult markets quite nicely, steering clear of twee without being too intellectual. A book for the masses.
The book is nicely sectioned rather than being a straightforward run through of the club’s existence, no-one era getting greater importance in the timelines, 1886-1924 being given as much attention as 1925-65, 1996-95 and 1995-2009. Within each segment, the important events are outlined with depth given where necessary.
Nestling comfortably between these chapters are histories of the club crest, The Invincibles, stadia, important goals in the club’s history, managers, tactics used in winning trophies and memorable matches, including the Battle of Highbury, 1934s encounter between the then World Champions, Italy, and England, who at that time deemed participating in such trivalities as a World Cup as beneath them. Forty years later, such things would be beyond them.
This is the perfect introduction to Arsenal Football Club for young and old, both may enjoy the comic strip reminiscent of Roy of the Rovers magazine. A worthwhile Christmas stocking present and a nice accompaniment to The Official History. You can purchase the book herePocket Book of Arsenal, The