Arsenal finally made a long term signing I’m delighted with, although it’s a lot of money (not by Ashley Cole’s standards) he is worth every penny and it shows he won’t be going the way of a lot of Wenger’s English kids, good move, Jack Wilshere will be a real legend!
I read an interesting piece in the Metro this morning by Mark Bright, the colourful character that used to be Ian Wright’s partner at Palace, he said that in his day a lot of these so called stars wouldn’t have held a candle to the players of old, he mentioned new England boy Kevin Davies and compared him to Mark Hateley, Peter Beardsley and Gary Lineker.
It’s a conversation I have often had with Pedro, we are always at odds on this one, for me the players of old had to play on pitches with no grass, squads of 17 players and tough, hard fought games against teams with the likes of Bremner, Charlton, Webb and Story, we compare those with so called hard men like Joey Barton and Didier Drogba. Are we having a laugh!!!
We now have players like Cesc and Wilshere, but in years gone by we had the Brady’s of this world, not to mention the Maradona’s, the Pele’s and the Cruyff’s.
I think all eras have their top players and it’s difficult to compare but I remember playing in the days when the ball went over the top, you had to guess which way it would go when it landed on the bumpy cow pasture of a pitch, nowadays you know where it’s going, Theo’s last three goals wouldn’t have happened 20 years ago, but what I can’t understand is why they get injured so often, if they are fitter, better protected, playing on billiard tables with treatment rooms to rival top hospitals why do our stars get so much sick time?
I know in the old days the player would get a cortizone injection and told to man up, I also know many of them are now crippled as a result, but many aren’t, I also think that we play them too young, but I would like you all to tell me what you think, I am putting down my favourite Arsenal team stretching back to when I started supporting them, what’s your team?
Dixon Adams McLintock Sansom
Brady Cesc Overmars
Blimey, any idea how many times I re-wrote this? I could write another ten teams, I loved them all, I still think Theo and Jack will be greats, I left out Wright, George, Armstrong, Cole, Parlour and Pires, you try it, we all have our favourites, but if you tell me Wreh and Stepanovs I’ll know you’re having a tinny!
Have a great day, keep it light hearted, tomorrow we qualify for the knockout stages and we can relax for a while.