“Bayern v Arsenal: How we saw it”, roared the headline on dot come. At least you saw it; I was too busy enjoying tapas and Inedit Damm. The beauty of the modern age – aside from the Damm beers – is that I’ve seen Alex Iwobi’s cracking header which broke German hearts.
I’ve also lived to see a German team lose a penalty shootout, which as an Englishman fills me with joy beyond words. OK, so only one German took a penalty (and scored) but that’s not my problem. The record books show that we didn’t let a German take a penalty and won.
What did we learn from yesterday? Mainly that Nacho Monreal is our new penalty taker. I don’t care what anyone says, he is the man. There are few better sights from the penalty spot that the top corner of the net bulging. It’s better than watching Gary Lineker make a hash of things from the penalty spot against Brazil; a goal which, at the end of his career, would have drawn him level with Sir Bobby’s then-record for England.
Several of the squad suffered a dose of the ‘squitters’ and missed out on yesterday’s revenge win, as did Steve Bould, who suffered a hernia on his neck, which I’m not even going into. The surgeons weren’t so shy and he’s back in Blighty recuperating. Which is better than a dose of the ‘squitters’.
The final tour match against Chelsea remains before we get back to the proper pre-season business of signing players. Or in our case, selling quite a few. Reports this morning suggest we quoted West Ham £20m as the fee for Jack Wilshere. “You’re joking?” came the reply. “You started it by asking if we want a fee. Just pay his medical bills.”
Never Can Say Goodbye
I remember being a young boy in Poland, watching David Seaman, Thierry Henry, Dennis Berkamp and others play for Arsenal. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get a chance to play for the club I supported as a little kid. When I was approached by Arsenal in 2005 my world changed forever. I began my journey as a 16 year old boy at the Arsenal’s academy, trying to one day become a first team player, going out for evening runs in East Barnet with Jack Wilshere. Little did we know then, that couple years later we’d beat Barcelona in the Champions League and wear the no.1 and no.10 shirts. It has been over 11 years since I became an Arsenal player and I never thought the day I leave this club would come. Everything that I am and everything that I have, I owe to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Liam Brady, David Court, Bob Arber, Steve Bould, Neil Banfield, Mike Salmon, Tony Roberts, Gerry Peyton, Pat Rice and many others. Words can’t describe my gratitude to these people and love for this club. Today I move on, ready for the new challenge in my life, taking with me only the good memories and bag of expierience. I leave hopeful that those days of Berkamp,Henry, Seaman and others are soon to return to Emirates Stadium and Arsenal get back to winning the Premier League. I may not be an Arsenal player no more but I will carry the Arsenal name with me wherever I go and I will do so with great pride. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner! ❤
Boys To Men
It’s no surprise he’s left. A mark of his ability is Juventus seeing him as a long-term replacement for Buffon. What went wrong at Arsenal? Attitude, certainly; an inconsistent back defence, definitely. One thing; what were they smoking in Turin when they went with the Primark design as a club crest?
Arsène called Szczesny “an Arsenal boy”, hastily correcting it to “Arsenal man”. There is the problem. Growing up in public is never easy, less so in a club brimming with frustration.
Wenger went on to praise Martinez and Macey, with Arsène hoping the German’s rubs off on them,
“He has a demanding attitude and can give his desire to win to the players, to help them achieve their targets. That’s what you want from these players.
“He can also give good advice because he has gone through periods where it was not easy for him, where it wasn’t all going well, and I believe his rigorous attitude to his career is similar to Per Mertesacker. It’s important that a team is surrounded by people like that.
“He enjoys being involved in training as well, and to experience the pleasure he had when he was giving his best for Arsenal Football Club again. He’s still highly motivated and that motivation never goes. When you want to do things well, I don’t think that ever changes.”
Let’s hope so. I can’t help but think that when either of Cech or Ospina leaves, we’ll be moving into the market with a lot of money thrown at Stoke, for example, for Jack Butland’s services. We shall see. There are bigger problems to solve before that.
Finally, for no other reason that it is Patrick Vieira, this surfaced on FIFA TV yesterday.