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Ordem e progresso by Anicoll.

A step back from the battle in the PL today, we can get return to the trenches tomorrow.

Today however wander with me in the warm sun, along the sunny beaches, blue sky  and verdant greenery of Brazil.

I confess I am old enough to have watched the 70 World Cup. I saw the finest football team ever and I realised they were not English. I have in my life bought but one replica football shirt ever – yes – the 70 shirt worn by Pele, Tostao, Rivelino and Jairzinho. The shirt has conferred no more magic skill on me than it ever has on a Norwich player.

Until Arsene arrived at our club the proposition of a Brazilian footballer playing for AFC club would, in my opinion, have been absurd. We did not do what Brazilians do, we were strong, organised. Our strikers were disciplined and effective. Flicks and tricks ? Bending a ball ! Pah – nonsense. When an Arsenal player kicked the ball it stayed kicked. We would not have known what to do with Zico or Socrates despite their talent. Like Mirandinha on the Tyne in the late 80s the poor soul would have shrivelled and died (although that unfortunate chap had the services of Gazza as an interpreter to contend with too).

Enter our French conductor however and the best qualities of movement and skill were demanded of every one of our players. He brought in Frenchmen, we had a Dutchman who was in that class already, another followed. They came from Africa. Inevitably when we required the best they also came from Rio, Sao Paulo and even one from Lagao da Prata (where?).

And over the years Gilberto, Edu, Sylvinho, Denilson, Baptista, Andre Santos  (and  don’t forget the Brazillo-Croat Eduardo) have added to the quality of our football. Now don’t misunderstand me. I do not claim any of our recruits from Rio were on par with the gods of Brazilian football from times past. Thus far, and I will come to that presently, we have not had a Pele, a Ronaldhino or a Ronaldo. Each player who has signed however has added a dimension to Arsenal and, in some instances, provided some of the best moments of the season.

Who can doubt the relentless efficiency of Gilberto across the centre of the park, tracking, tackling, moving the ball with a short pass to the position of maximum advantage. Fit, alert, season after season – oh Arsene say you did not flog him for just a £million ! Nooooooo

Edu – he took time to settle, and had a bit of a talent for the spectacular own goal, indeed he allegedly took time to find a passport. But when he came good he was very, very good. My favourite game of the modern era was the squeezing of Chelsea at the Bridge in the February of 2004. 0-1 after a Gudjonsson goal in the first minute. We ran out winners 2-1 with Paddy, Gilberto and Edu grinding Chelsea to dust in midfield.   With the trip to the Bridge done the unbeaten season was downhill thereafter. Another one who left too early and at the same time as Paddy.

Baptista – the Beast – pursued but slipped away to Madrid then landed on loan. Well his close control at times was most   unBrazlian I admit, more a blind man in diving boots. The Carling Cup night at Anfield in January 07 though, the first Arsenal player to net fourgoals at the old stadium, in a 6-3 win was a night long remembered by me. I thought you might enjoy this clip of the Beast on the rampage including the two he scored at the neighbours.

Brazilian bulldozer indeed !

Eduardo, Sylvinho, Santos and Denilson, – I could give then all a paragraph, all good players who scored good goals and added to the club. Chelsea know well the threat of a full back at the Bridge. The latter two endured abuse that it disappointed me to hear.

What now though ? Santos and Denny on loan with clubs in their home country, both doing well and barring civil war in South America likely to stay there. Are we Brazil free and likely to stay that way ?

Well in February 2013 Arsene brought over a young midfielder from the Rio club Vasco da Gama by the name of Matheus da Cunha Gomes, or as he is known on a football pitch ‘Indio’ – He was sixteen years old, has a formidable reputation in youth football in Brazil already and was spending a few days with us, as he said, “It will be a good experience. I want to learn.” His visit paseed me by tbh. Here is a clip of Indio playing for the national u15s last year.

As the Brazilian commentator says “Goooooaaaaaaallllllllllllllllll’ The option to sign him comes when he turns 18 in early 2014.

We shall see.

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  1. Denilson was particularly hard done by,by the baying hoards

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  2. Denilson was hard done by. He played the deeper role, Song initially seemed to come in for Abou(please indulge me if my memory is off) as an 18/19 year old in he PL for a team that came fourth.
    There are not many teenagers that have achieved or will achieve that.
    But I dont like to think that his decision to leave was ultimately down to the mob. There was also discord in the dressing room and Denilson’s comments about the Captain which were derided at the time we can now see from up here in Castle Hindisght (lovely views) as being prescient. He came back from injury, played well, but had lost his starting berth at the time, and he seemed to run out of the desire to stay (not asked to play much after that last winter) just as he seemed to complete what must have been a difficult transition from being a Brazilian teenage footballer to a PL player. Two games I’d like to reference for my thoughts above: his first and last games against the tinies up there in the Middlesex. First game, amazing skills, very impressive. Last game in tandem with little Jacky, again in the position of D**M. And he was outstanding. Plenty of gr*t in that performance. A shame then that he chose to leave at the that time but it happens.

    Only slightly nervous about tonight’s game. Not happy to see Moyes on MoTD, our CBs will need to be careful when they breathe upon the evertonian strikers.

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  3. Brilliant Anicoll, Gilberto did indeed leave to early,don’t think there would have been an ‘invincible s’ without him. I keep my powder dry when it comes to all these wonder boy players,anyone know if Wellington is still one of ours? Anyway off to the game tonight,gonna be tight but Arsenal win 2-1, COYG!

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  4. Mel,I dont think My nerves will hold out.
    I feel sick already.
    10 minutes in I will be screaming at the telly like Fat Sam on Colombian marching powder.
    I am everything I dislike in a fan when watching it as it happens.I can play better than the players and manage better than the Boss.
    A bit of an annoying twat if truth be told

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  5. Denilson had a very good 08/09 season -more than 50 games and he was just turned 20 then – the following season he started brightly but an injury put him out for a couple of months in the Autumn and after that he never got back in the team regularly

    Odd distinction is that of the goals he scored for us all shots from outside the box – including a belter in the 6-1 thrashing of tonight’s opponents

    A sign ?

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  6. Nice one Anicoll.

    What Finsbury said about Moyes, seeing him on the MOTD sofa questioning the penalty decision immediately set my alarm bells ringing as well. Nevertheless, I’m still quietly confident we will get a result tonight.

    Who am I kidding, I’m a bag of f*cking nerves this morn, same as George there.

    C’MON ARSENAL

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  7. George,I must admit I’m nervous already, at least being in the ground I feel like I can do something it about,at least it’s on telly tonight for you boys,I nearly spontaneously combust watching the West Brom game on a stream! The good thing about us at home is we seem to be scoring goals in clutches I suppose and a draw for Everton is pointless-not the end of the world for us though?

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  8. Denilson’s career at Arsenal was wrecked as much by injuries as the xenophobia in the Emirates and beyond simply because he was regarded as standing in the way of Ramsey and Wilshere. Arteta is simply Denilson Mark II, the more mature and experienced. Wengers’s vision of a cultured, possession oriented, defensive midfielder was initially bequeathed on young Nieves. Unfortunately the baying hordes would have none of it.
    For holding this opinion, I have been ridiculed and belittled elsewhere. These are the same people, in general, who despite the enormous performances by Arteta underlined by the bulging statistics, continue nattering that we need a defensive midfielder. I rest my case.

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  9. I am of a mind that Aaron will be our next deep sitting MF lynchpin.
    He ,in the continuing absence or the mercurial one,has been promoted to Vice favorite player behind the genius that is Tomas

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  10. There was a juicy sliding tackle against Norwich in the first half that got me thinking the same. I guess Aaron might have been inspired by that lightweight Jonny Foreigner Rosicky. Maybe Arteta? So far Rosicky has influenced Fabregas, Song, Wilshere obviously and possibly action man Rambo too. I’ve said it before and ill say it again, Tomas Rosicky: worth every penny. I hope he’s ok for tonight, a bit of stealth rotation induced by a minor niggle. So I may yet again be lucky enough (a friend has plied me with a ticket for my sins) to have the joy of watching Rosicky play tonight. That Carzola, he’s not bad either. COYG!

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  11. George at 11:07 am
    Agreed re Aaron’s destiny as the deep lying midfielder. But there is currently a lack of experienced cover in that position with Diaby’s recent injury. Just imagine if Arteta goes down injured during this run in. I am not dooming, just something on my mind for quire a while.

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  12. That Brady guy could bend a ball or two!

    Good writing A5.
    Totally agree with you about Edu and Gilberto Silva, without them 03-04 would have turned out far different. it seems like they Adebarndoor’s penalty just landed in my back yard nearly erased from the arsenal collective memory, a bit North Korea is that.
    Denilson was a victim of Wenger betting the farm on Cesc, who looked the better prospect at the time. Most fans seem to think he just didn’t have the bottle to play in England. Look at Reyas when mufc kicked the living shit out of him at one game and the ref just laughed. No wonder he thought to himself adios amigos I’m going back to my mama.
    Without getting to starry eyed i see a bit of an Edu type player in Ramsey but time will tell.

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  13. Excellent article Anicoll, enjoyed that very much.

    I too can remember the 1970 World Cup; probably still today my favourite of all that I have seen.

    Satellite technology was still very much in its infancy back then (check out the footage of Neil Armstrong from the moon) and as much as the action on the pitch, I can still hear the sound of the tournament, the memories of the commentator just saying the names of the Brazilians and the English – Rivelino, Jairzinho, Bobby Moore, Pele and BANKS – GORDON BANKS SAVES FOR ENGLAND! Even now, 40+ years on the hairs on the back of my neck rise when I see the best save the world has ever seen played through again in my mind’s eye …

    Starting to feel a bit edgy now ahead of tonight’s encounter; may be a case for a precautionary beer or two ahead of going into the stadium. As Mel says, a draw not the end of the world, though no good for Everton. But a win for our lads will likely give us unstoppable momentum, in my opinion. Could be quite a high scoring game if we score first as I can’t see the Toffees going for damage limitation, somehow …

    Good luck everyone, wherever you are watching!

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  14. PG at 10.23
    Snap!!

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  15. Excellent stuff, Anicoll. Thanks!

    I was not born as yet but I like to browse the net and watch clips. The level of skill was unbelievable.

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  16. lovely mind wandering ancoll, the boys from brazil were indeed a wondrous thing and still are to a certain extent however you left out Juan another left back who scored an own goal in the same match as Edu against Middlesbrough, only we could have two Brazilians scoring own goals in the same game wondrous indeed.

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  17. Great post, thank you. Just like Andrew I recall that Mexico world cup with enormous fondness. It was my first and I suppose we never forget our first do we?
    Agree with everyone today. Especially George re Rambo/TR7.
    Can I just ask though, why are you all blathering on about football when it’s my show tonight? Surely that is forefront in all your minds. Non?

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  18. denilson was never the player aaron is today.

    aaron before his injury was already better than denilson..Denilson never had the heart or skill of aaron..

    i am sorry but that is true 🙂

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  19. COYG ……im now getting very nervous and excited

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  20. Me, too, a_or_b!

    I just want us to take it one game at a time. Come on, Arsenal!!

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  21. Thanks for the memories, anicoll. These are the times when I wish I had discovered the joy of football earlier.

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  22. And this game seems to have come around awfully quickly.

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  23. Arshavin23.
    You might be right.But it is not a given.

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  24. I don’t agree with Arshavin23 at all. When Denilson first came into the first team, he was something special and he had that Brazilian flair about him.

    I am trying to find a early vid and will post it when I do. Check Diaby and Denilson here in the mean time.

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  25. How comes the vids are not posting anymore…only the links?

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  26. They seem to come up eventually – Indio’s vid was just a link and now you can see the pictures.

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  27. Thanks FunGun.

    This is the vid I wanted to post. This is how Denilson played when he first came on the scene.

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  28. What does Fellaini have to do to get a yellow card?

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  29. Aaron having a good start?

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  30. Evil, I was wondering the same thing.

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  31. What kinda game is this ref playing at?

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  32. @Paul
    It’s almost like we aren’t playing at home but away with the way he has been refereeing this. ALL the 50/50 decisions have gone Everton’s way, it’s crazy. And Fellaini continues to get away with kicking anything that moves. (+ the nice rotational fouling on little Jack. Almost like Moyes is auditioning for the ManU job by showing he can do all the dirty stuff Fergie can)

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  33. Something is up with this game, Evil. Everton are getting away with nuff foolishness.

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  34. And that should’ve been a sending off. That kind of foul is ALWAYS a yellow card.

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  35. So they’ve got away with two yellow cards because the ref feels sorry for them? Either they’re a big club or they’re not, can’t have it both ways.

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  36. We’ve got to stay cool, though.

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  37. Evertons game plan was to get stuck in and then some. Disgusting play.

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  38. Paul’s right, Everton are trying to rough us up, but the boys aren’t having any of it. We started slowly but I think we have built up some momentum in the last 15 minutes. Giroud had a great chance after a fantastic Ramsey cross.

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  39. This ref is a nightmare

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  40. @Arshavin23
    Just to add my two cents. I fully agree on the heart part, primarily because I can’t think of any player that plays with more heart than Ramsey. As for skills? Now, certainly, Ramsey has become a very complete player and has got some nice moves in his locker that Denilson hasn’t. But back in 2010? No, don’t think so. Back then, the only part about Aaron’s game that was in any way remarkable was his passing and he had a decent shot. But the spacial awareness, the ability to pick the right pass under pressure, the tactical nous, that’s only come with time and his development under Arsene.

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  41. Thanks for your comments today, glad to jog a few good memories from a long while back and more recently …. Juan ?

    Predictable strong opening from Everton but we contained them well and played ourselves into control of the match

    Aaron again very good, Santi looking very sharp, bit worried about Jack – any challenge he ends on the deck

    Want to see more Theo, change sides son

    On course for the points at 45

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  42. Thats was a foul by Wilshere? this ref is a clown.

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  43. The ref seemed to get his act together after he failed to send Gibson off, probably a guilty conscience knowing he has messed up but second half, he has reverted to type. Everton getting all the decisions.

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  44. It’s a head injury but the ref doesn’t care about it….

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  45. good subs

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  46. Oh, frustration. Couldn’t take our chances, such a shame. At least we didn’t lose.

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  47. Good performance. We’ve had the rub of the green in a couple of recent games but not tonight.

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  48. Well, a point against this Everton side isn’t a bad result, though we did have the chances to win it. Overall, it’s important that we didn’t lose and at least kept our streak going. But a victory on the weekend against Fulham is a must, we can’t afford to drop points there.

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  49. Yes, realistically, it’s about who drops the fewest points. Fulham playing Chelsea tomorrow, aren’t they?

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  50. Excellent display from the team. I wish the OX would have given the ball a wack instead of trying the pass to OG.

    Anyways, I thought we were the better side.

    Arsenal!

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