Football’s Back Whilst Xavi Translates As Clueless And Classless
Football for once is the starting place for a post and a very welcome return it is too. The 4-0 win in Malaysia is, in itself, not going to register on the coming season. That should not detract from a pleasing performance with new faces showing encouraging signs.
Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring with a fifth minute penalty, awarded after Jack Wilshere was unceremoniously upended following a surging run into the area. Chances to double the lead wafted wide, over and generally anywhere but the target until Ramsey’s excellent angled pass allowed Walcott to lob the onrushing goalkeeper.
Wenger made eight changes at the interval, with the remaining three starters replaced midway through the second half. One of the late incomers was Samir Nasri. Apparently it is a ‘relief for Arsenal fans‘ that he has taken the pitch, as if this appearance means he is engulfed by an Arsenal force field that will protect him and the club from any unwelcome Mancunian advances.
The second half saw more positive signs, not least that a defensive wall did not splinter or defend an early Malaysian free kick by raising their arms to concede unnecessary penalties. We got the exquisite finish against weaker opposition from the bulky Carlos Vela, who has either been at the weights this summer or has lost Jenny Craig’s phone number. He would have completed his annual quota of Arsenal goals for the season but for the (un)timely intervention of a defender.
Weighty changes to the personnel has been a theme with Andrey Arshavin looking svelte compared to last year, nimbly rounding defenders on the left for Tomas Rosicky to head home the fourth deep into injury time.
Positive signs came in the performances of Miyaichi and Jenkinson, a friendly can offer no more than hope that they will be good squad players. Likewise, the perenially injured Rosicky seems fit and spritely whilst Vermaelen’s return is a new beginning or a new signing, I can never distinguish between Yoda and Arsène’s pronouncements.
This summer has seen the support drop to a basic level; abusing players online is deemed acceptable. It is not and little wonder that only the hardy or popular remain active on social media. The abusers will no doubt complain once players stop interacting, mocking them for being aloof and moaning how they used to go down the pub with Arsenal players of the 60s. Or at least their grandfathers did.
A perverse target for criticism is Cesc. It seems that refusing to talk to the media is now a measurable sin, a signal of his disloyalty to Arsenal. The theory goes that he should have come out straight away and declined any Barcelona advances. The theory is tripe and those who espouse it ought to be ashamed.
We have known for a number of seasons that he would like to return home – to be closer to his family, to play for his ‘club’ – at some point. Yet he has never come out and been disrespectful towards Arsenal or the supporters. Despite this, it is evident some think they can be disrespectful to the player.
Not least of which is Xavi, who did his usual interfering, proving at once that he and his employers do not understand the word ‘class’ at all. Either that or they do not want to, which is their prerogative. You can understand Arsène’s growing frustration,
If I found Barcelona in exactly the same position, I believe a mutual respect between the clubs should stop this kind of comment. It is very disrespectful and it is not the first time that Xavi has been disrespectful to Arsenal Football Club.
What is important is that Cesc Fábregas is contracted to Arsenal Football Club. That is a fact. Arsenal want to keep him and all the rest is comment.
You have to hope that on Ivan’s desk there is sliding scale of penalty increases in Cesc’s fee for every indiscretion. Sadly there isn’t because it would mean the amount paid by Real Madrid for Ronaldo would have been dwarfed by Arsenal’s demands.
It is apparent that all of the comments have Barcelona’s tacit or explicit approval and yet Wenger continues to be repectful towards the institution of Barcelona. The open hypocrisy of the Catalans shows that they have little or no finesse, incapable of setting an example to all through winning with dignity and conducting themselves in an exemplary manner. The whining that they cannot afford the fee demanded is bewildering when they can opt to spend £35m on a winger. It ought to be evident to Cesc that they do not want him enough at this moment in time, a path they may regret if one of their central midfielders is out for a substantial amount of time.
In short, they are nothing more than petulant schoolchildren who think that the time when they are top will always remain, forgetting that it will not always be the case. When their fall comes, it will be of no surprise to see how many enjoy gloating over their decline.
Posted on July 14, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 433 Comments.