A short one today as this being done at work thanks to a hard drive which is, well, dead and the inconsiderate gits that I work for expect me to do something productive with my time. Well, more productive than this blog which does not raise the necessary readies for their bottom line. Plus the fact after yesterdays rant I’m feeling pretty damned fine with the weight of my Arsenal world lifted from my shoulders.
The Balon D’Or was awarded last night to Fabio Cannovaro, perhaps the worst kept secret within football thanks to his employers blabbering. Most people put that down to an overactive imagination on their part but just to make sure that the deal was sealed they made Sepp Blatter an honorary Socio. Whilst that will not have been a decisive factor as Blatter is not the most popular man with the media who rightly view him as a comedian, it is a good PR exercise.
Take nothing away from Cannavaro, he was consistent for Italy in the World Cup. Just how important that victory over France was with the scribes is shown by Buffon being the runner-up in the beanfest. Neither of them was in sparkling form for Juve as they limped through the Champions League until being taken apart by one of the Arsenal displays of last season. However, Juve did win the Serie A title before the backroom shenanigans were exposed and the title stripped from them. Neither player was directly involved nor should they be tarnished with this brush; however, the powerbrokers made life easier for them on the pitch with the “timely” suspensions of opponents and dubious penalties that were supposed to be in their favour.
For Henry though it must be particularly galling. Another season of being the top dog in the Premiership scoring charts, leading the team to the Champions League final and a World Cup final appearance. Whilst his form over the four weeks of the tournament in June was not his best and indeed he has not been in sparkling form this season, he must be wondering what he has to do to get the individual recognition his career deserves. Habitually overlooked by the coaches for Ronaldinho even when the buck-toothed wonder is underperforming in Champions League finals and World Cup matches, it seems he is destined to be remembered by the rest of Europe for the Golden Boots he was won. Which is no mean feat but must be somewhat disappointing. Still, he’ll get over it and probably sleeping well, safe in the knowledge that his place in panthenon of Arsenal Greats is secured.
Back tomorrow with the Fulham preview.