Great week for Arsenal & Man Utd

by Jack Hayes

Monday, March 15th, 2010

This week we’ve seen the good the bad and the ugly sides of football. As always we start with the good, firstly Arsenal demolished Porto then United gave the OAP’s from Milan a good spanking and both followed these with victories of varying difficulty in the premiership.

Moving on to the bad; Liverpool sunk to a new level of low by losing firstly to Wigan, but then to Lille, how long till Benitiz breaks down and cries?  How intelligent do you have to be to realise that playing TWO defensive midfielders ISN’T WORKING and just relying on Torres and Gerrard to bail you out time and time again is ridiculous. For me, Mancini has the same problems, against Sunderland a team with about one win from 14 he lines up with not one, not two but three holding midfielders. First half City had absolutely nothing going forward and Mancini seems to expect one of his players to pull off something special to rescue his team. Against Chelsea, City were very very very very very lucky, if Hilarious hadn’t been in goal I could very well see Chelsea winning the game 3 or 4 nil.

The ugly was on show at the KC stadium as Arsenal scraped a win, however had the officials been adequate the win would have been far more comfortable. With Arsenal in control of the game at 1-0 Vennegoor of Hesselink is played in by Craig Fagan while a good yard offside. Then he proceeds to throw himself down from the slightest touch from Campbell and Phil Brown has the cheek to say Campbell should have been sent off. But hang on a minute Tango, your player was offside to begin with? Surely Arsenal were hard done by the horrendous decision to let play go on? Moving on swiftly, George Boateng shows why footballers have a reputation for not having much between the ears, for firstly poking Bendtner in the eye then going in around the crown jewel area on Sagna. However even with 10 men, Hull proved difficult to break down, Boaz Myhill wasn’t bothered by a shot till the 80th minute when Clichy hit a speculative effort. Arsenal persevered and kept probing and Denilson’s 30 yard drive proved too hot to handle as the Hull keeper pushed the ball straight into the path of the onrushing Bendtner how gratefully tucked it home. Having previously slated Bendtner I have been impressed by his positional play in the past few games, as he has got himself in the right places. His movement reminded me of Ruud Van Nistelrooy, shame his finishing isn’t of the same calibre.

My highlight of the week was seeing Robbie Savage don the gloves for Derby in their 4-1 loss to Reading. Surprisingly Savage was not a bad keeper and did pull off a few decent saves, but couldn’t stop the two goals that gave Reading a comfortable victory. After watching Reading play against Villa, I’m still struggling to understand what they are doing near the bottom of the Championship table. Their first half display against Villa was superb, with Shane Long particularly impressing but also Jimmy Kebe showed promise down the right wing. For 45 they dominated a very good Villa team and I can’t fathom why they can’t reciprocate that form in the league.

Golden Balls must get a mention after donning a green and yellow scarf after AC had been well a truly hammered by United, to the delight of the Glazer haters. Its funny however, I don’t remember these same fans complaining when United spent £30million+ for each of Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand, not one of these fans was thinking “Hmm maybe we’ll have to pay this money back some time”. Admittedly I’m not the Glazer’s biggest fans, however I do think this protest has come about due to vast wealth available to the ‘noisy neighbours’ across the road.

Anyway that’s enough from me, thanks for reading.

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  • Paul

    unbelievable, you write something positive about Arsenal and not one of their moany old childish fans says a thing!!!

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