July 15, 2012
….And we’ll keep on fighting til the end!!
Yes, Arsenal finally ended their search for silverware last night (Nurse, my sides!!) but unfortunately there’s not very much I can tell you about it as I didn’t see it and I’m guessing neither did you.
Apart from not knowing how we won it I’m not even particularly sure why we won it. We beat Anderlecht 1-0 but then we lost to Southampton on penalties after a 1-1 draw. So one win, one defeat. Same as Anderlecht got, same as Southampton got. Presumably they gave it to us because effectively we drew with Southampton but then I’m not sure why we bothered with a penalty shoot out. All very strange but what do I care? This is what I’ve been hearing about for all these years. It’s not about the football we play. It’s not even about getting more points than the opposition apparently. It’s about the silverware. What time’s the open top bus parade? (Oh, me! It’s a laugh riot here today I tell you)
Here’s what we do know. In the first game against Anderlecht only Gibbs, Jenkinson and Chamakh could be said to really represent the first team squad but we won it thanks to a goal from Henri Lansbury, a player who I wouldn’t be surprised to see leave the club this summer. If you can’t wait for the official Arsenal Player highlights this afternoon you can see that goal here. Nice work from Jenkinson down that right hand side and with Bacary Sagna still recovering from his leg break that’s something that we could well be seeing a bit more of at the start of the season.
In the Southampton game we fielded a bit more experience with Santos, Djourou, Coquelin and Gervinho starting. Gervinho scored a half decent goal using his pace to get down that left hand side, cutting back on to his right foot and then firing home. Good for his confidence to get his name on the score sheet whatever the game and it reminded me of the aplomb with which he was scoring goals last pre-season. Let’s hope it continues.
Want to see more? How about this short video of our boys lifting the trophy? You might notice that the trophy itself seems to be in the shape of a polar bear, an animal that’s becoming increasingly rare thanks to the unscrupulous operations of certain oil producers. What is this? Some kind of ironic comment on our lack of trophy success in recent years? Now I see why they let us win despite not actually winning. They’re mocking us I tell you!
What else is happening? The Mirror seem pretty sure that RVP returns to training tomorrow which should help to force the issue of his departure one way or the other. I’m a bit confused. I thought the Euro participants got an extra two weeks break rather than one? Might be wrong. The Mirror say he’s expected to take part in our Asia tour that starts next Saturday unless he’s been sold by then. They mention the Nasri situation last year in which he basically played every game of our pre-season despite the fact that he knew, the club knew and we knew that he was on his way out. Apart from anything that just seemed like a wasted opportunity for someone else to get some playing time and I really hope we avoid that situation this time around.
The Mail claim that with Carlos Tevez on his way to AC Milan that should clear the way for them to make a bid. Because money’s obviously something they worry about a lot at Eastlands.
Meanwhile new boy Lukas Podolski says he hopes that RVP will stay but he’s optimistic that Arsenal will be aiming high next season whatever happens.
And this was before we landed the Markus Liebherr Memorial Trophy. Imagine how confident he must be now.