When Juventus were relegated thanks to Calciopoli, Vieira did what any good mercenary does. He left for their biggest rival, Inter. He joined a list of names such as Ibrahimovic and Cannavaro in leaving the Juventus ship, neither of whom is particularly known for their loyalty. Nedved, Buffon and Camoranesi, not exactly one-club players, stayed, and became immortal. Immortality was never quite what Vieira was aiming for. He could have been immortal at Arsenal had he stayed. He could have been immortal at Juve for being loyal. He didn’t do that. When he played for Inter, he sounded out Wenger for a return, firstly as a player, and then as a coach. Wenger at that time didn’t have space for another coach and Vieira decided to play for Man City, and when he offered himself to Arsenal again
It got pretty bad. Vd Vaart at one point, having been told he would be a backup, a reserve player, this tournament, had his bags packed and was ready to leave the Dutch training camp at Hoenderloo. It took many hours of talking with management and fellow players (of a certain clique) before decided to stay. The next few days he spent time leaking info to the press about the issues within the squad, and voicing very loudly his concerns and why he felt he had to be in the squad. A large majority of the staff and the squad felt him to be a pariah, a problem, yet by the end, he was captaining and starting. Absolutely insane. The same thing goes for Huntelaar. Huntelaar had a good
Not that he did not know how to score. From his league debut against the Spuds on, he was a very decent goalscorer. He never really fit at Arsenal, where the tempo was too high and he was forced wide too often. With the new Arsenal, the Cesc and Na$ri-less Arsenal, the play is much slower, more direct, and seems to me to be more the sort of play Bendtner would thrive in. I always thought that in the German or Italian league, were there is just a little bit more time on the ball and generally more crossing into the box, he would do very well indeed. It is for that reason that I hope we don’t sell him too
Now recruiting girls, that can be quite different. Unless your daughter is super-sporty, the target age for indoctrination is in their early teens. They are boy-crazy. Guess what football teams are full of? Girls mix lust and football freely. We boys think this is terrible. We ridicule Twitter names like Mrs Ramsey, Mrs Wilshere, etc. as not being true fans. WE think they miss the point of the beautiful game. Yet, we spend almost as much time tweeting about girls and sex as we do about football. What hypocrites we are. When we go to a game, we
If we were to bring in Yann M’Vila, I struggle to think of the role Song would fit in. Is he a better playmaker than Wilshere? No. Is he better at linking up midfield than Arteta? No. Is he a better holding midfielder who keeps things simple than M’Vila? No. I am sincerely struggling to see why we would sign M’Vila. Sure, we could vary our options with him, but would any of the aforementioned players have any interest in being a backup? And this without the OX, Rosicky, Ramsey and Coquelin thrown in the mix. Naturally, I want us to sign
Qualitatively, I disagree that one offsets the other. A team striving to be the best should be able to both hold their own leads and comeback from being a goal down. However I will concede that statistically in terms of league points, they balance out. And emotionally too; for as soul-destroying a lost lead is, nothing stirs the blood like snatching a draw from
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