Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up.
First up this week is the long-overdue apology from Arsene Wenger in a meeting with the press last week. In addressing Roy Hodgson’s comments on the lack of English talent in the English top-flight, Wenger, although feigning sympathy for the England manager’s woes, went on to boastfully list the wealth of English stars at Arsenal. The Gunners’ boss, in typical galling fashion, then moved to distance himself from any responsibility for the nationality of Aaron Ramsey. “It is not my fault if Ramsey is Welsh”, said the smug manager. While an admission of guilt and an apology would appease the average supporter, the more passionate and loyal fans, knows as Gooners, will undoubtedly call for the manager’s resignation for this kind of negligence.
Staying with Ramsey, he has done an interview with Arsenal Player. The unfortunately Welsh midfielder attributes his rich vein of form to playing consistently in his most natural position. Having ironed out the inevitable creases following the reinstallation of his leg, Ramsey can continue to leave the most astute observers with egg on their faces.
Jack Wilshere has been nominated for the Young Gareth Bale of the Year Award. Jack is up against Danny Welbeck, Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Bale. With Gareth Bale also being nominated for the Gareth Bale of the Year Award, there are signs the Gareth Bale could scoop both the young Gareth Bale of the Year Award and the Gareth Bale of the Year Award at this year’s ceremony. This is written in the understanding that repeatedly mentioning Gareth Bale gets you a job in media. Gareth Bale.
It was that time of year again as many Arsenal fans sailed west to the murky shores of Fulham. After twelve minutes of chasing the ball, Steve Sidwelled Arteta and got himself sent off. Arsenal controlled the majority of the game but failed to really upset Fulham’s defence. Theo Walcott’s best contributions came in the form of free-kick deliveries and it was one of these which found Koscielny at the back post who, I’m saying intentionally, nodded the ball across to Mertesacker, who in turn headed home. 1-0 to The Arsenal! Following some amount of relatively uneventful time, Olivier Giroud received a red card for going over the top of the ball in an attempt to trap it. It wasn’t malicious, and it was nothing like that prick Sidwell’s, but he caught the guy and it was a red card. Replays show that he slipped but the FA say that nobody gives a shit and he will serve a three match ban.
With our next opponents having secured the title in previous game, there has been a lot of talk about giving them a guard of obligation. If one were inclined to remove half of Arsene Wenger’s quotes on the issue of respecting their number 20, an exciting level of ambiguity can be achieved. “As a champion or not as a champion, it’s [his reception] the same.” In other words, make him wish he was back in the sanctuary his old treatment room. This is Arsenal vs. Manchester United and it is the game I have been waiting for all season.
And finally! Love has blossomed at Arsenal and communication is key. This is, of course, Laurent Koscielny’s interview with Arsenal player where he gets a bit mushy about his new centre-back partnership. Per, which rhymes with bear, is the more experienced of the two but this is a huge positive for the international player. “His experience is vital and that helps us work together. We try and talk to each other a lot and it is important at the back to have a good understanding.” I’m probably not alone in thinking that they can do what they like as long as there are clean sheets at the end of each week.
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.
Up the Arsenal!