Monday Morning Round-Up
The weekend’s football panned out pretty much as expected with West Ham and Fulham capitulating on their respective visits to Chelsea and Manchester United. The upcoming weekend could see Arsenal return to the top of the table with our nearest rivals playing on Sunday. Whilst United appear to have the trickier match of the two, I do not expect anything from Liverpool, no matter how much they may wish to win the match. Quite simply, they are not good enough. And yes, I am really hoping that I have to eat those words.
Andrey Arshavin is rapidly becoming a surreal footballing experience; sublime on the pitch and frankly talking as if he has dropped a tab of acid off it. The latest ‘gem’ from his website concerned the visit to Hull:
Unfortunately, we missed a penalty kick. Hull played a bit rude.
I am not sure but I don’t recall Arsenal missing a penalty but Hull playing rudely? How brilliant is that translation. Boateng proved it I guess by poking Bendtner in the eye but I suspect Arshavin is more than a bit peeved with the lack of manners shown when Hull put their tackles in, inspired by that ragamuffin ruffian Jimmy Bullard, legendary prankster, Oliver! reject and Johnny Come Lately street-brawler.
Talking of bizarre statements, one of the weirdest came from Stan Collymore. Noted for his dogged penchant for violence, Collymore’s tongue has regularly been turned on the Arsenal squad, telling everyone who has the misfortune to listen that they are simply not good enough to win the league. Not content with that, Collymore defended Nicklas Bendtner against his critics. Bendtner’s that is, not his own:
It is about time Arsenal fans ate some humble pie over their treatment of him. Bendtner’s heroics go to show that, of the 60,000 fans at the Emirates, only the 30,000 or so who would have got into Highbury appear to know anything about football
Good to know that half of the stadium has a better knowledge of football than Collymore. Actually so do the other 30,000 which says it all really.
He did get one thing right though:
Arsenal supporters can continue to dig me out about a number of issues, but I have seen enough strikers and played in that position myself to know way more than some of the plonkers who criticise Bendtner.
Not the bit about him knowing more, the other part.
Bendtner not only has a knack of scoring goals, but also of netting vital strikes. How dare any Arsenal fans suggest Bendtner isn’t a top-quality forward in the making?
He has scored international goals for Denmark and has already shown huge potential in English football, so what more can Arsenal fans expect from a rookie who is barely 22 years old?
His assessment of Bendtner (and Walcott for that matter) is rather more spot on than most of the comments I have read recently. Bendtner’s confidence and willingness to learn serve him well, being able to put himself into a position where he misses time and again without flinching is a trait all of the top strikers have. His goal at the weekend showed that he is concentrating for the full time he is on the pitch, following in shots from distance in the hope of capitalising on mistakes. He has done well and should be confident of being able to score 20 goals a season if given a run in the side.
Bendtner is better appreciated than his English counterpart whilst that is still a step up from the abuse Almunia and Denilson receive. His timescale on Bendtner improving to become a top striker in the English game might be slightly out. I know football fans have to berate someone – actually they don’t have to, but they do – on their own team, Arsenal has had plenty of those players in the past and will no doubt have them in the future. However, when the team is challenging for trophies, it is because of the collective efforts of all players. Being in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League and the top three of the Premier League has not happened in spite of some players, no matter what you may think.
Posted on March 15, 2010, in Arsenal, Champions League, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer and tagged Arsenal, Champions League, Football, Premier League, Soccer. Bookmark the permalink. 200 Comments.