Rovers Round-Up, Pulis Wants A Bundle, Wilshere Gets One
A great win at Blackburn, the players nullifying the physical threat offered by the hosts before imposing their passing game to take the three points. The Rovers goal was a poor one to concede, Koscielny found out the hard way that bluff does not always work, feinting to make a tackle is no substitute for a well-timed version of the real thing. That is a hard lesson to learn but in no way signals that he is not good enough. To cast aside an Arsenal career on the basis of one minute of action is a bizarre mentality.
Almunia provided an answer to his critics, confident under pressure and turning his ‘Mr Nice Guy‘ on its head in his confrontation with Diouf. It does not provide a permanent answer to the belief that Almunia is the solution to the goalkeeping conundrum; that will need a number of equally assertive performances. Even then, I suspect that the Spaniard to is too far down the road for that to happen.
Hopes of Shay Given joining have evaporated with City refusing to loan or sell him to a rival. Continental European teams have long held no qualms about selling to rivals, knowing that those clubs are the only domestic source of inflated transfer fees. English teams are reluctant to do so, that mentality showing no signs of abating with moves these days between top six clubs still the exception.
It means that Wenger is still heavily linked with Mark Schwarzer, ground covered by everyone in the past. The manager though offered some ‘comfort’ to Almunia that his days may not be as numbered as the media might like to think:
It is dead at the moment. But maybe not finished. At the moment I would say, as it is today, it is finished.
It must be uncomfortable for the manager sitting that much on the fence! Rare is it that the Frenchman says anything which indicates a new player is about to join, so that lack of commitment is not unexpected. That the door is left ajar is interesting; it suggests that Wenger is not as comfortable in his bed of laurels as his critics would have us believe.
With the bank holiday in England and Wales today, the window remains open until 5pm tomorrow and I wonder how close to the limit and move will be pushed with several right on the deadline – hints of subterfuge in some cases with paperwork confirmed well past cut-off in the past.
Talking of his detractors, Tony Pulis is upset over Wenger highlighting their roughhouse tactics – as are their intellectually challenged supporters – and is threatening to sue all and sundry over the slur. Quite why the tactical pygmy is getting bent out of shape is beyond me. Stoke are a dinosaur in footballing terms, their manager unable to develop the players beyond the dying art of ‘kick and rush’ with a touch of ‘thud and blunder’ thrown in. Only Blackburn still consistently employ the tactic to keep Stoke company in the top flight, Owen Coyle trying to move Bolton away from a reliance upon the ‘hoof’ to survive.
Away from the pitch, Jack Wilshere increased his England credentials with a first run-in with newshounds rather than sports reporters. It was an interesting tactic by Wilshere, to go clubbing close to a tabloid HQ and one that appeared to be working until a fight broke out. Wilshere is being cast in the role of peacemaker and apparently not facing charges. Welcome to Premier League football, young man. You must get your legal eagles working quicker though, chat to your three England colleagues who have taken out ‘super-injunctions’ for guidance on that one.
Posted on August 30, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 145 Comments.