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The Bradyesque7 Weekly Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up.

First up is the tragedy that is Abou Diaby’s injury situation. He has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will soon have surgery. This terrible news only serves to compound the theory that if you continue to smash players’ legs in half, only some of them will ever recover. It will be a reported ‘eight to nine months’ before Abou will grace our midfield again which is comfortably enough time to meticulously plan and carry out the ending of one Dan Smith. Chin up, Abou.

The finals of the Next Gen tournament were on at the weekend. The four remaining teams were The Arsenal, Sporting Lisbon, Aston Villa and the Russians. Each game was to be played in one stadium, over one weekend. It wasn’t the worst Italian pitch an Arsenal team has played on in recent years but this thing was sub-par. It was three over par! Despite an exciting first half, the young Gunners eventually lost out in the semi-final to Chelski and again to Sporting Lisbon in the third-place-playoff. Aston Villa went on to win it and we congratulate them, but only to maintain the appearance of graciousness.

It was announced this week that the team will go to Japan as part of this year’s pre-season Asia tour. Having seen the dancing on last year’s tour, one may safely assume that there will be more activities. This could see the team learn about extreme focus as they attempt to master the ways of the Samurai. Arsene Wenger said: “I have many good memories of my time working in Japan and the success I enjoyed with Nagoya Grampus. Yes, I have a little bit of regret for selling Thomas Cruise to Torquay. He’d have love it.”

The international break finally let up and Arsenal were at home to Reading on Saturday in what turned out to be a masterclass of passing, movement, spirit and flair. The cycling official did what he could to assist our hapless opponents but it was going to take more than denying Giroud a clear penalty and refusing to book Reading players for nasty fouls to curb the Arsenal enthusiasm. Rosicky was perpetually in motion, Ramsey was sharp and efficient and Arteta was the boss in the most dynamic display we’ve seen from an Arsenal midfield in quite some time. The first goal came from Gervinho’s natural prowess as Santi drove a low ball across goal. The Ivorian’s run was perfectly timed to tap home the first goal. In true goofy-weirdo style, Gervinho hit the roof of the net. 1-0 to the Arsenal! It was about how many from that moment on as Santi and Giroud were assisted by Gervinho runs and simple, square passes. Santi bent his around two players and into the bottom corner while Giroud allowed the ball to run across his body and thumped it low and back across the keeper. Reading got one back in what must have felt like a win on a scratch card but the game was up. The Ox came on and almost immediately won a penalty which was calmly, yet forcefully slotted home by Arteta. 4-1 to The Arsenal! Gervinho was as directly involved in almost everything threatening as Tomas Rosicky was in almost everything beautiful. A tough away fixture against West Brom will be the next task to negotiate as the march to third continues.

And finally, club captain Thomas Vermaelen has declared himself willing to “give everything” to win his place back in the Arsenal team. The skipper may however have inadvertently roused the interests of Manchester City when he said: “I’ve played many games in my career, and spending two on the bench does not mean the world is on fire.”

That’s all for this week, thank you for reading.

Up the Arsenal!

25 comments on “The Bradyesque7 Weekly Round-Up

  1. thank you for the great round up bradyesque7 ..i think abou will be ok in 5-6 months…the reported 9 is too much of a stretch i think…maybe they are just being careful though…

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  2. On the pitch it has been not a bad week at all
    Abou’s injury is yet another set back for the chap but at 26/27 he still has time to get his career back on some sort of track
    It seems we did not suffer any serious injury problems during the international break so that sets up nicely for the Baggies – winnable certainly but not a game for any less than 100% concentration

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  3. Nice one, bradyesque.

    Yes, WBA has banana skin written all over it.

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  4. Yeah that was a fun round up, thanks
    I hope Abou will be ok.

    Was interesting to see glimpses of Munich mullering Juventus last night.
    No wonder the squad has been on a high since they beat Bayern!

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  5. Nice one number 7.

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  6. In the spirit of Bradyesque and before the media and pundits weigh-in, I will be brave and make a mighty prediction; next game will define our season.

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  7. I hope Diaby is able to get his career back on track. If he were to leave the game, we all will have been deprived of watching one of the greatest footballing talents in recent times. And I’m not saying this to be hyperbolic or overly dramatic. If Diaby had been healthy all these years, I have no doubt he would’ve been at the level of a Cesc or Van Persie.

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  8. another great weekly review b7 although there was no comment about our brilliant fans(who apparently deserve a trophy ever year) not being able to applaud and sing for seven minutes for one of our greatest.
    sorry about the whinge but when these fans go on about being let down and paying loads of their hard money you wonder whose fans they really are?
    there was also no mention from merse and Charlie of Rocky something I will never forgive them for.
    on villa winning the next gen, it was not that long ago that ARSENAL beat villa at all eight games ( four played at villa and four played at hale end ) at all age groups below reserves. Although we may not have one the competition I think we have a big crop of youngsters who with the right application all stand a chance at representing the club at the highest level.
    on our own Tom cruise, apparently he went to play in the u.s. but it all went pair shaped, on his return his agent was touting him around to all the scouts watching at one of our reserve games at underhill. I normally sit on the left hand side of the stand there (away end ) and the things you hear sometimes are very interesting !

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  9. Thanks for the comments folks.
    You’re absolutely right A_or_B. Shame on me for not including Rocky. It was a proud moment for the club and I hang my head for forgetting. Bad Bradyesque!

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  10. I wasn’t commenting on you but on the fans damp squib at the game

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  11. Merse and Charlie have both turned out a waste of space.

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  12. Merse was my guy at Arsenal when I started supporting. He is now a constant source of disappointment.

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  13. Yeah how could you not like an over emotional drug crazed alcoholic?
    Seriously,that is describing some of my best friends

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  14. You’ve just listed Merson’s redeeming qualities, George.

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  15. I know ,I was being serious

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  16. im sure we all have or have had friends who are greatly affected by drugs, like merse they have massive memory blocks. when merse says this is the worse ARSENAL team for decades he forgets he was in the worst ARSENAL team for decades.

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  17. I don’t think people realised it was supposed to be a 7 minute tribute to Riocky a or b. The photograph of him came down off the screens well before 7 minutes were up; where I was there was fulsome applause until the photo was taken down.

    Nice write up B7, btw; your column is a weekly dollop of delight I always look forward to.

    I worry for Abou, I really do. How hard will it be for him merely to regain the fitness required to play at the highest levels, aside from effecting a full recovery from the actual injury. Here’s hoping.

    WBA absolutely has the hallmarks of a key game but I also think we’re nicely set to beat Manure, too, when the time comes.

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  18. each game is critical as we deal with the last, we just need to win all or as many of possible. we just have to collect more points than chelski and the spuds after 38 games

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  19. I was at the game and didn’t realise the plan was 7 at 7. I just thought it was a minute at 7 doh! At least I wasn’t moaning about it like the maroon next to me!

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  20. Passenal – ditto.

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  21. 7*3 = 21.

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  22. i mean 8*3 = 24 😀

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  23. I was being sarcastic in my comment about the WBA game to be truthful. Every game in the run in is vital. Just that the media will hype all of them as make or break.

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  24. Sorry Shotta – my bad, taking you literally there!! But an early Saturday win for us will indeed pile the pressure on those around us with Spuds and Chavs playing tough games on Sunday.

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  25. Great stuff as always, mate. Deft touch.

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