World Cup, Barca Still Talking Bol…Cesc, Koscielny & Win! Win! Win!
A World Cup which was expected to burst into life suffered a severe bout of flatulence yesterday. Two moments of Brazilian brilliance shone through on a day of deflated expectations following the tedious draw between Portugal and Ivory Coast. It took Ronaldo 5 minutes, 25 seconds to complete his first dive, 10 minutes to repeat the feat and get an opponent booked. Just what the World Cup needed.
The focus so far has been on avoiding defeat with few teams going outright for the opening win which would set them up for the rest of the competition. In Group G that is understandable with Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal all having realistic expectations of qualifying, caution will dominate the matches. But what is the excuse for the rest of them?
Perhaps the second round of fixtures which gets under way tonight with South Africa v Uruguay will provide more openess?
Myong-Guk Ri of North Korea became the latest goalkeeper to fluff his audition for the reportedly vacant position at Arsenal although his claims were not as definitively sunk as others. After all, conceding a goal via a gap at the near post in a big match never did Bob Wilson any harm did it?
The passion of playing for your country shone through Tae-Se Jong’s eyes, a veil of tears and a story to tell his grandchildren of how he almost scored the first of his country’s goals in what would have been their famous draw with Brazil. I wonder if the native media would have proclaimed such as a result as a victory in the same way that New York Post headline writers reflected that the USA! USA! USA! 1-1 draw with England was a win.
On the Arsenal front, despite being told once more by a club spokesman that the captain is not for sale and Gazidis apparently bragging – the term used by the Spanish media – about how once the flats are gone, the club can buy without borrowing money, Laporta still claims that negotiations are ongoing and have an air of ‘tense calm‘, a curious phrase. Possibly the only tension is in his sphincter as he waits for Rosell to run around going, Liar, liar, pants on fire, following their meeting and the subsequent one with Guardiola.
Cesc, meanwhile, spoke about the Spanish World Cup campaign and how he also is not thinking about his own future but took time to acknowledger his debt to Philippe Senderos,
If he hadn’t lent me his Teenage Fanclub CDs, I probably would be stuck listening to Michael Buble. It is only now that I appreciate all that Philippe did for me when I first moved to London.
The Swiss international should be thanked by everyone for that for no man should be trapped in that sort of hell.
Elsewhere, apparently Joe Cole is determined to play Europa League football with Manchester City or Tottenham – you know that they will fall at the first qualifying hurdle. If Wenger is really after signing Joe Cole, perhaps he should consider pulling out all the stops in the same manner that Arsenal did for Aaron Ramsey. I am sure Cole would not mind his holiday being interrupted to watch the World Cup at someone else’s expense…
Laurent Koscielny has decided that the lure of partnering Thomas Vermaelen is too much and has told Lorient that he wants out with £8.3m being just about the best fee they are going to get. His Mr20% has offered to convince Arsenal to include a sell-on clause in the contract. Whilst I am all for helping clubs smooth the way, the inclusion of such a clause at the player’s request hardly smacks of confidence that he will make the grade at The Emirates or shows commitment to the Arsenal cause. Still, if Wenger wants him, the manager’s judgement has to be trusted. After all, it is his neck on the block if things do not work out.
WIN A HOME SHIRT
Arsenal Football Club has kindly donated a new home shirt (to be released on July 29th) to the winner of this question:
Which Arsenal managers have played in the World Cup Finals?
Send your entries, along with your name and address, here or to aclfcomps[AT]btinternet[DOT]com, changing the bits in square brackets, with ‘New Home Shirt‘ in the subject line, to have a chance of winning. Closing date is midnight, Sunday 20th June 2010.
Good Luck to all who enter.
Posted on June 16, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip, World Cup 2010 and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip, World Cup 2010. Bookmark the permalink. 181 Comments.