The Spain vs France game hardly lived up to the billing. The French never came out of the blocks and Spain rarely stepped out of 2nd gear. It was just a bit of a run of the mill game. We didn’t really see anything too spectacular from M’Vila. It didn’t help he was playing in quite an average midfield set up to begin with. Koscielny played well in the main. Good to see him getting a spot against the best team in Europe.
Also good to see Clichy has been taking very poor hair style tips from Mario Balotelli. An absolute shocker of a barnet.
Tonight we’ll get to see him strutting his stuff for Italy. Hopefully he gets sent off for something really stupid. John Terry can always be trusted to wind up the opposition. Hopefully he keeps his racial opinions to himself. Just tell him you know his bird John.
Theo and Chamberlain might get a run out against an aged Italian team. There’s not a whole lot of pace for us to worry about them. All we need to be aware of is that they have far more quality than us. Any mistakes we make will be pounced on and they’ll be quite happy to play the long game with us and wait for the sucker punch. That said, we’re playing with great discipline at the moment. If we can shut them out for an hour, who knows what could happen. I’m not a massive fan of the Italians. I don’t think they’re amazing. I just think they’re better than us. Beatable though.
The spirit of a late night up north should see them off… let’s pretend they’re Arsenal pre-2004 and we’re one of many disgusting North West teams from that era. Maybe even a super scum 11. Kevin Davies leading them out with Phil Brown managing. What a criminal thought. So violent. So anti-football. But so capable of a win.
In other news, Arsene Wenger has been running his mouth about money, ex-players and how much cash he could earn elsewhere.
“Sometimes people try and destroy your work, I lost Nasri, Clichy and Fabregas at an age when they could have made the difference for Arsenal.
“I could move to clubs for more than 10 times [the amount of money] but I didn’t do it,”
[I’ve had] 16 years at Arsenal and I stay here because of my philosophy and vision.
“Money is not my motivation and that’s also the way for [Johan] Cruyff at Ajax and [Wim] Jansen at Feyenoord.”
Seems a bit odd that a man who demands to be the highest paid person at a club that struggles with wages can sit there and claim money isn’t a motivating factor for him. Even more surprising when he’s tying up lucrative sponsorship deals with big oil companies like Castrol. I don’t believe for a second his only motivation is money. He loves all that great good stuff. He truly does believe in making the world a better place with pretty football. But he loves money as well.
When people say he deserves the cash he gets for his exploits off the pitch, I wonder what books they’re looking at. The £140mill wage bill that we can’t chop down because of how reckless we’ve been with crap players deals?
The chat about being able to earn more elsewhere grates as well. He’s always been well paid with us and he wouldn’t be able to get close to double anywhere else. Even PSG. Who’d pay him? Mourinho is on e14.8 million and he’s won the Champions League 3 times. I understand what a figure of speech is… I also understand that it’s insulting to make out he’s being paid a pittance where he is now.
He’s a bit like Bono. On the one hand he’s telling the world they’re wrong for keeping countries in poverty… and on the other he’s raking in billions from investments in tech firms and dodging tax like the best of them. Wenger does this but in football. He’s telling the world football can’t sustain the wages that are being doled out whilst at the same time taking £135k a week… £55k a week more than his best player. That just seems a bit hypocritical. Not saying I wouldn’t take what I could get… I just wouldn’t be digging out people who like money when you’re part of the same gang.
Wenger was particularly praisful when it came to Robin Van Persie.
“Robin van Persie was the best striker during the tournament. He’s much better than strikers from other countries and he’s also better than [Klaas-Jan] Huntelaar.
“You’ve got two types of strikers. You’ve got the ‘striker-striker’, who only plays in the box and waits for the ball. And you’ve got more footballing strikers, like Van Persie, and in the even more extreme Karim Benzema at France.
“Van Persie makes sure that a team plays football all the time. I’ve analysed his performances during the group phase. If you watch really closely, you will see that he made some brilliant technical actions and runs.
“On crucial moments he didn’t get the ball. That he couldn’t score at a few moments had to do with tiredness. But still he’s the most perfect striker.
Quite amusing to read him say that Robin is better than Huntelaar. He’s absolutely right. I’ve never rated the Milan striker. It’s also nice to hear him come out and back the striker. Secretly though, he’ll know there was a lot of value in Robin tanking in the Euros. Not so many people will be knocking on Ivan’s door right now.
Talking of strikers, apparently Olivier Giroud let slip where he was moving next.
You bad man. He deleted it pretty sharpishly, but it does look promising.
Can I be bothered to check if the account is real? No. Fleet Street take care of minor stuff like that right?
It’ll be great to get him in the squad. He came on for a bit last night, he looked very French. Huffing and puffing like Thierry. Let’s hope he bangs them in like the great man! His team mate Yann M’Vila hasn’t done anything this tournament to raise his stock. If we want him, word has it we might be able to get him as low as £12million. What I like about him is how deep he sits (last night at least). He didn’t have much interest in bombing forward last night. If he can do that for us, we’d be in a far better position. Could he do that for us without losing us the advantage we have going forward? He also doesn’t hold onto the ball for too long. It’s out of his feet nice and fast. A great asset in a team that has Theo and Chambo in it.
That’s all I’ve got. Have a stupendous day. If you’re English, have a victorious one!
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