Do You Believe In Fairy Tales…

Arsenal 4 – 0 Cardiff City

Eduardo (20)
Bendtner (34)
Eduardo (60)
van Persie (89)

The football fairytellers had their script and rather obliginly, Cardiff decided to let it come true. Eduardo, almost a year to the day, returns to the pitch to score a brace. In fact, it was Arsene who was the spoilsport, substituting the Croat before he could add his hat-trick.

Having said that he would not be playing his Carling Cup team, Wenger did more or less that and was rewarded with the vibrancy in the performance that marked those against Sheffield United and Wigan earlier in the season. Some sort of revenge can no doubt be sought when Burnley pitch up at The Emirates for the fifth round. The way the draw has panned out, it will be criminal if the club are not in the Semi Finals come April.

The goals themselves were little more than one comes to expect from an Arsenal side which is clicking into gear, “typical Arsenal goals“. There could have been more; if Bendtner is serious about ousting current incumbents from the first team, he will need to convert chances rather than hitting the ‘keeper or woodwork from two yards. Maybe that is churlish but another goal would have helped repair his fragile confidence.

Eduardo’s first was the sort of incisive move that has been missing whilst results have been ground out. Freeing Vela on the left he moved into the area to apply the finish from twelve or so yards. The relief spread through the crowd – as well as happiness for the player, rightly so. From the depths of despair when the injury first occurred, he has been a model professional, not whinging in the press, simply getting back to full fitness. It is a credit not just to him but for the staff, family and friends who have supported him on his journey. The weight of scoring his first goal on his return has gone too. As Yazz was wont to say, “The Only Way Is Up“.

It is hard to single out any player as being outstanding; they were all on form. Why it clicked last night is a mystery that Scooby and the Gang would do well to investigate. Yes, Cardiff let them play but others have done so in recent times as well. It was one of those football things; a hammering that had been threatened was finally handed out. Passing was crisp and even, movement swift and meaningful. All that Arsene would have wanted was achieved; goals and a clean sheet.

Post match, Wenger commented of Eduardo:

Of course it is nearly 12 months out and he has been extremely strong mentally during that time, I could never see one minute of doubt in his mind or one minute where he said ‘no, I don’t want to do it’. He always wanted more and this guy is small but has the mental strength of a mountain.

It is also putting Wenger into the sort of position he has wanted to be in for a while; a surfeit of riches in the forward line. All he needs to do now is get his midfielders fit and indeed, he will be a happy man from the selection point of view. News that Cesc is expecting to return to training within ten days is very welcome, as is the possible conclusion of Walcott’s contract negotiations. Happy players off the pitch lead to happy players on it.

Yep, there will be some hyperbole around today. Cardiff are indeed “only” a Championship side. So what? The team can only beat the opposition in front of them. A good day to be a Gooner, indeed.

’til Tomorrow.

352 thoughts on “Do You Believe In Fairy Tales…

  1. It shows how stupid some people are if not being Pires, Edu or Vieira makes you crap. Such childinsh thinking has gone viral and consumed popular opinion.

  2. Frank

    You got me wrong again I’m not against foriegners playing for the Arsenal. I’m talking about crap players.

    I don’t see why AW will sell decent English players and bring in crap foreign players.

    Brazilians are known to be skilled players but we don’t see that in Denilson, he’s average at best.

    Its no English/Foreign issue; its quality. So I don’t have problem with Cesc, Arshavin, Eduardo, RvP, Clichy, Toure but I have problem with the foreign craps we don’t need in our team.

  3. ….oh you are beginning to revert again, Arsehole21…..sorry …….I know that people with your condition tend to revert to childishness when under pressure…..I shouldn’t goad you….

  4. You must use a strange definition of average, Howard, considering Denilson is the best player in his position in the league.

  5. Nah, I don’t really go on there, Arse 21. You clearly get a kick out of winding people up on internet forums. Must be very gratifying for you. Just kidding.

    I think it’s a great time to be an Arsenal fan. Everything seems to be falling into place:

    Denilson and Song are developing quickly.

    Cesc and Theo are back soon.

    We get to see Arshavin this weekend.

    Eduardo is back and looks as good as ever.

    The momentum we create now can easily carry over to next season. But there’s still a lot to play for until May. Can’t wait!

  6. ….but what if you have not been blessed with the ability to discern the skills of ‘Denilson, Song, Eboue, Almunia and Denilson’. After all you were not perceptive enough to even notice that you named Denilson twice…..you have not watched Fabrice Muamba play over the last year and a half but you are making extraordinary comments about his abilities….and you are not able to name local Arsenal lads….perhaps there is a slim possibility that when it comes to football your judgement is impaired, Howard….

  7. Denilson is no best player in his position in the league. Don’t be confused with that statistics. His passes are sideways and backwards. He has no vision in his passes like Cesc. He has no pace to track back. He has no shots. He has no physical presence like Muamba that AW sold. His touch is so poor for a Brazilian.

    He’ll be good playing for Spurs or Wigan.

  8. It’s always the same with professors. They think they know everything, not just the subject at which they are experts.

  9. Big Al,

    If you had twenty million which you had to spend on a player, which position would you spemd the money on?

  10. I don’t know what proportion of Denilson’s are sideways or backwards, but I do know that statistic is irrelevant to judging the quality of his play. By your criteria, the goalkeeper must be the best passer on the pitch, as his passes are always forwards.

    Denilson has more or less the best touch in the league.

  11. To be sold readily by AW, you need to be average and English. If Song and Denilson were English, they would be gone. English players don’t get chances as foreign players so their development is truncated.

    Muamba could’ve developed into a top player if he had been kept. I foresee Simpson being sold because he won’t get tries. Simpson could play RM and could be better with time than Eboue but he will get no such chance until sold.

  12. Wenger looks after the french speakers, which is only natural I suppose. He hates England, always thinks everyones out to get him and all that rubbish. Doesn’t mind taking the money though

  13. My views on Almunia are that he has very quick reactions and is very athletic…those two attributes mean that he has the speed and mobility to pull off very difficult saves…unlike Jens he has nerves of steel and is unflustered by the opposition players in the six yard boxa….he has sticky fingers and so is able to catch well….he also has a fearsome punch…..his distribution has improved this year and is up there with the best…his on-pitch relationship with his defenders looks excellent…and they clearly trust him……..

  14. Traore was hailed as the best thing that happened and would readily replace Clichy. Well, all games he played in that position was terrible.

    At White Shit Lane in CC
    Old Trafford FA Cup
    Serville in CL

    However, I foresee Gibbs chances ending when Traore is back even though Gibbs seems to be showing potential in that position.

  15. …I doubt whether he reads childrens books at all, Arsehole21…my daughter is working her way through the first one…she is nine…

  16. Frank

    Almunia? Jens said he’s poor and can’t win us anything and he’s been proved right.

    He denied us a crucial 3 points against the Spurs at the Emirates, letting in Bentley’s cheap goal and Lennon’s easy one. He’s not good to play for the club. His only advantage is being foreign otherwise he would’ve gone by now.

  17. Frank

    You don’t even read about our players on loan. He was playing as a winger when on loan in League 1 (forgotten the club) when he won the player of the season. Go to Young Guns and J. Anderson will give you the facts.

  18. Poliziano,

    We could use Adebeyor and Bendnter, we could strap torches to there heads and they could be roaming floodlights. Prabably score more just by accident.

  19. No Howard…you just want to believe that…..Gibbs will be second to Clichy…you forgot to factor in that Gibbs has been selected by Wenger to understudy Clichy several times and he has played well..you probably didn’t watch those games….you should…Gibbs is one of my favourite players…excellent on Monday night…I spent most of the game shouting encouragement to him…did you? You should have a lot more faith in English players you know….it is unfair to put them down because of their nationality……watch and learn, son…thats the best thing….

  20. No Arse2hole21…Harry Potter books are great for adults without imaginations….you just let the author do the work….it is a good children’s starter series…not good for adults at all..

  21. Frank

    You missed me once more. I was saying that Gibbs seems better to support Clichy than Traore but I don’t foresee him getting the chances because of the foreign craze thing at the Arsenal.

    Fans like you think everything foreign is the best so the locals are not getting chances.

  22. Will anyone else be embarrased if Usamov gets control. It’ll worse then Abramovich, Usamov looks like the fattest, greediest creature ever born. He reminds me of Jabba the Hut. He will infect us

  23. Naaah, Howard…..Simpson is a striker…..in the same way that Henry was a striker…when he is employed as a right winger it is as Henry plays from the left….Theo plays in that position on the right too…..Jay is not a traditional right midfield player…don’t confuse the traditional right midfield role with winger…right midfield requires you to protect the defender and play defensively and offensively in equal measure…Jay Simpson is an out and out attacker….

  24. …Usmanov won’t get control of the club, Arsehole21…you really must stop siding with the negative press and media…whose your hero…Tony Cascarino?…bet it is….

  25. …no Arsehole21…put your comic down..stop squeezing your spots….Jay Simpson…he is a footballer…a very good young footballer….nice kid too….AW has made sure that he has his feet on the ground…

  26. I imagine the argument about Denilson will only be allowed to rest by some when he has 50 caps for Brazil, and he will.

    Gilberto passed sideways more than any other way, he was also slow. He was still a very good player though.

    Thanks Flint. If you are right he won’t be a bad player will he? Watched Bob Wilson last night talking about his career. i just missed the start of that when, he says, he was forced out of the team by a dressing room revolt. they didn’t wany an amateur schollteacher in the side. had to go out and buy Jim Furnell. Always a pleasure listening to Bob.

    I told you Howard would be back G4E.

  27. Usmanov getting control of Arsenal? That will be a black day if it happens. I’ll blame the Board anyway for misbehaving to allow Lady Bracewell-Smith to leave the Board with her 15+% shares.

    She might be free now to sell the family shares to Russian criminal.

  28. Arseblogger funny this a.m about Usmanov.

    Yep – you were right about Howard, Cb; nice to see him, in small doses.

  29. Lady Nina will not sell her shares to Usmanov, Howard….she will hold on to her shares…if only to be awkward to the Board…her husband’s family kept hold of the shares on behalf of Arsenal supporters…all the signs are that she sees herself as the guardian of that legacy… she will be a thorn in the side of anyone who trys to own the club outright…..her husbands family held true to Norris’ wish to keep the club in trust for the supporters….it was the Hill-Woods who sold all of their shares….why do you think my horse is named after her….?….do try to look on the bright side occasionally, old chap….try to be an Arsenal supporter…it will make you feel better….

  30. Yes Pb. I thought that he was bang on the money about the fat Uzbecki. At his best when he is being offensive these days.

    I don’t mind Howard these days. At least he makes an argument, even if I disagree with every word that he says!

  31. Arse (hole) 21 and all the other jokers please leave this site. What was once an intelligent forum for suppoters to air their views has now turned into a joke… yogi these people have to be banned… they add nothing to discussions…. You may start to lose contibutors.. i for one will not be contibuting until you get rid of these idots…

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