FA Cup day has landed and we face a Championship iteration of Blackburn. Everyone talks about the romance of the cup… well, if today is romance, it’s the Oscar Pistorius version of it. It’ll be a tough ninety minutes for the fans if anything. Hopefully Arsene’s boys will come out of the traps and make it an easy viewing type of day.
We need to win the match, a draw is bad for the legs and bad for morale. Hopefully we’ll have a strong bench if we don’t have a strong starting line up. I hope the manager has the guts to change the side up if it’s not delivering after 60 minutes because once Blackburn are into the last half an hour you can be pretty sure they’ll be sniffing out that replay and it’ll be park the bus time.
Wenger has been talking about British players to the press. The first one is Bale, current darling of the British press and a lot of Arsenal fans which has me scratching my head. Anyway, Wenger took time out to remind people that comparisons to Messi are really wide of the mark…
“Bale has the potential to develop and become the players that you compare him to. However, Messi has won two or three Champions League, a few championships, scored 95 goals in a year, so let’s not go too quick. You are always very quick here, but let’s slow down a little bit,”
Damn straight Arsene. Bale is a talent, no doubt. He’s hugely athletic, he’s powerful, he has great skill on the ground and he’s a bit special from a dead ball. However, he’s just a very good player. He’s not on the level of the super elite. He’s just fast and direct. Sure he might go on to become world class… but I don’t think he’s there yet. Theo Walcott has better stats than him this year for goals and assists. Bale, for all his wonderment and incredible press doesn’t really deliver when you look at what he achieves each year. I mean last year was ok, this year he’s been ok… but we’re not talking Christiano here.
No one is comparing Theo to Messi… yet he has one more goal than Bale and he has 4 more assists in a team that has massively under performed this year. I’m not saying he deserves Messi comparisons… but if Bale does, then so does Theo. I’ll be the first to make the comparison.
Have you ever noticed Theo is a bit like Messi? No? Me neither, just thought I’d put it out there.
The topic of English players didn’t stop there… he went on to talk about ignored British talent.
“When you look at his record it is quite impressive.
“Let’s not forget that English football has also forgotten people like Rickie Lambert at Southampton, for example.
“You wonder today what kind of career this boy [Rhodes], would have had if he had gone to a big club at 18 or 19.
He has a point, young English players don’t come with the same polished technical ability the foreign boys do, but there’s always this assumption you can’t learn on the job. If you have the raw ingredients and a bucket load of willpower, you can achieve what you want. Wenger tends to give his time to foreign players, but pushes out the English guys. Kyle Bartley was a player he didn’t deem good enough, he was out on his arse at the first sniff of money without so much as a hint of a 10 game run. Other upstarts complain about a lack of action and they’re in the team…
There’s a snobbery in the Premiership, even from English managers when it comes to the English. Maybe we’re trouble, maybe the glamour of a foreign buy is more appealing… maybe we just ask for too much dollar. Whatever it is, I’m going to petition the government to make it stop. More English players at every team please. Perhaps we could have a quota system or something?
Today could see a fruity line up. Hector Bellerin could slip in at full back and we might be in for a treat….
AFRICA’S GREATEST PLAYER is sure to make an appearance. He’s going to dazzle us with a marvellous display of balance, power and deadly finishing. I for one can’t wait. Outside that, it could be all look pretty depleted. Rambo should play some role in the game, I’m sure we’ll see the Ox… outside that, I have no idea. As long as we have ammo on the bench, I’m cool with whatever the starting 11 is.
Have a great day people, see you down there!