A New Dawn, A New Hope And A New Player Or Two
LIE NEWS TICKER…Police have trapped Arsène Wenger in a mountain top hideaway. Lie News understands that detectives leading the investigation into the kidnap of Cesc Fábregas have named Wenger as head of the League Of Really Nice Kidnappers. Sources claim that LORNK victims have enjoyed five-star luxury and inflated wages but there are rumours that they are injured quite frequently…LIE NEWS TICKER
The second game of the tour takes place today, lunchtime in the UK and for those outside, well, you work out your own kick-off time! One of the benefits of the Far Eastern tour is that the media have a lot of access to the players, curtailing the mischievous stories to a certain extent. Those of a negative persuasion though will enjoy this morning’s Sport.
Not entirely though as Barcelona’s desperation is such that they have even enlisted the help of the Mayor of Simpleton to release Cesc from his ball and chain. This story brought XTC to this blogger, I’m just waiting for the Generals and Majors to call on Sgt. Rock all the while they are making plans for Nigel (the codename for Cesc) [Thwack…get your senses working overtime on this post otherwise you’ll have to move out of Respectable Street…Ed]. And I never even got to poke fun at Daily Star claims that Barcelona have kept a shirt number for Cesc…
So to the proper stuff. Even though he was busy evading The Sweeney, Arsène found time to reflect on the coming campaign using the pain of the past to drive the players forward,
The last part of the season was [the hardest]. That was certainly the toughest because, emotionally, it was very difficult because we were on a low. And then you could see that the last three or four weeks were very difficult.
I believe that the real destiny of this team is now there. They know as well as I know that we were very, very close. You say, OK we missed our chance or you say, in our position, let’s show everybody that we can do it and come back stronger. Which is what I think we can do because we are a young team and we can only be better. It demands the strength of character that champions have. That’s what we want to show.
So, how long will it be before the first complaint comes in because someone takes the manager’s words too literally. We all know that is going to happen because the complainant either wilfully ignores the nuances or is painfully witless.
Crucially for Arsenal the opening game at Newcastle offers some redemption, a chance to erase bad memories. Robin van Persie agreed,
It’s very important [to make up for that] because if you throw away a 4-0 lead, it’s mad
I can think of other more appropriate descriptions of that performance, mad never figured very highly in the choice of words. A new season brings new hope and new motivations. The performance at St James’ Park ought to bring enhanced motivation, the scene of the crime revisited.
Will it give any indication of a strengthened desire? Not in itself. That will be evident from the opening games, the toughest start to a season in Wenger’s reign. van Persie is looking forward to the new season,
I was 27 last year and everyone would think that you have an amazing start to the season and then maybe grow from there. But I had an injury and needed time to get back to fitness. The second part of last year, I scored 18 Premier League goals so it’s strange. You can’t really tell beforehand whether you are going to have your best year because you don’t really know what is going to happen. If it goes your way, I do believe that this could be a really good year for me.
Many people question optimism on the part of supporters who believe that the squad can achieve something. If that is the case, take a look at van Persie’s words. He missed a third or more of the season and must look back on that campaign, wondering what might of been if he had played more often – more goals for Arsenal? More points? Who knows.
Yet he has still come back believing that the new season is full of promise of hope. That is surely the essence of this time of year?
Reason did creep in but it was good to see he recognised his own part in all of this,
The way I see it is that I am halfway through my career now. I have been playing for ten years and I’d like to play for at least ten more years. Of course I want to win things but winning things doesn’t come from out of the blue. I’m just a part of the whole story, it depends on many things.
That’s it for today – let’s hope that Arsenal Player is up to the job at lunchtime rather than the expected shambles it was on Wednesday.
Posted on July 16, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 505 Comments.