Any Of The Current Squad In Your Dream Team & Gossip
World media attention is on Wembley for the Champions League Final. Do not come here expecting a jingoistic support of Manchester United. I hate them every day of the week, feelings that do not disappear in times of European football.
It is a tough call though. Barcelona and Manchester United are the two evils; if someone can come up with a foolproof notion as to which one is the lesser, please let us know. (Thwack! My mother was born in Barcelona. That’s a good enough reason – Mrs YW) Thank you dear, always good advice.
Arsenal have launched their search for the all-time XI to play for the club. It is an enjoyable exercise but comparing players through the ages is fraught with difficulties. The Golden Age of the ’30s exists in diminished memories or on black and white film.
Their playing equipment would probably cause serious injury to many players of today. Arsenal are not renowned as great headers of the ball at the moment, they would be even less inclined to do so were a ball from that era to be coming in their direction today.
It is a quest that brings into sharp focus the current squad’s quality. How many have a genuine case of inclusion? Not many.
Before you get all hung up on this, look at the squad. Fabregas and van Persie are World Class. Nasri and Arshavin lack the required consistency to be considered so occupying the hinterland between ‘Very Good’ and ‘Exceptional’. Walcott and Wilshere have the potential whilst Song is reliable.
Sagna is the best right back in the country bar none, one of the best in the world. The centre backs and goalkeepers? How come no-one wants to buy them? Not even the media can be arsed to link them with a club abroad, no matter how ludicrous such attachments might be.
Yet you do not expect them all to be ‘stars’, nor should they all be. Age is against some , ability others but a team of ‘stars’ does not win much – ask Real Madrid. Even Chelsea’s megabucks teams consisted of reliable professionals and ‘stars’. The Invincibles also highlighted that. This is the balance Arsène must find, one that is not too far away, one that a summer of activity might resolve.
For those who were wondering, my XI would be:
Seaman; Sagna, Adams, McLintock, Sansom; Armstrong, Vieira, Brady, Pires; Bergkamp, Henry
Subs: Wilson; Rice, Keown, O’Leary, Cole; Rocastle, Williams, Fábregas, Limpar; van Persie, Wright
Tempting as it is, a second substitutes bench might be pushing it a bit so apologies to Jennings; Anderson, Bould, Storey, McNab; Ljungberg, Davis, Talbot, Nasri; Radford, Kennedy for your omissions. Fine players one and all.
The key thing to remember is that these players did not all play in the same team. Each era has its star players, the current incumbents time may yet come.
Yesterday saw Arsenal transfer dreams shattered. First of all Pep Guardiola might leave Barcelona and the poster boy of the “Wenger Out” campaign looks to be heading to Stamford Bridge if he does. Or he might take a year off. Which with the age of the Chelsea squad might well be the same thing.
Meanwhile, Karim Benzema is not for sale. At least he doesn’t think so. The story’s credibility is summed up by the media. Yesterday The Sun had Gael Clichy being sold. Their heart was not in it though, only three sentences in the story. This Benzema denial is given the same short shrift. Karim, Hell hath no apathy like a hack scorned.
Charles N’Zogbia was apparently coy on his chances of a move to a big club. He wasn’t really, more embarrassed that his agent had forgotten to plant the story before a journalist asked the question. Christopher Samba is another one constantly linked with the club. Somewhere between a lummox and monster, he will cost somewhere between £8m – £12m which is somewhere between £8m – £12m too much. Arsène rates him though, so who am I to argue?
Elsewhere Aaron Ramsey scored for Wales in their 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Dublin yesterday. Cannot tell you about the goal as I did not see it. Nor did many others as the official attendance is listed as 529. And no, I have not missed a zero or zeroes out. 529. A pointless international if ever there was one.
Posted on May 28, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 250 Comments.