tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-56070667403774985422011-09-05T01:45:41.802+03:00O-PostsA site that displays various opinions, insights, reports, etc from a host of talented writers, covering various clubs and leagues.oalmasrihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14952664613330484383thierry14121@hotmail.comBlogger280125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-78040693786750205262011-09-04T20:56:00.000+03:002011-09-04T20:56:46.110+03:00Sevilla: Season Preview<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Sevilla go into the 2011-12 season with characteristically high expectations despite failing to secure European football for the first time in eight years.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Gregorio Manzano lead the side to a fifth-place finish last term, but the season as a whole was a major disappointment as the club’s home form was comparatively poor as they lost five times at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, a place often associated with being a fortress.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The most damaging part of last season was the five match losing streak that started in November and it is essential they don’t have such a poor run again this season.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">A lot of bad-blood surrounded the side last season with players getting disciplined for partying the night before matches, several members of the squad fell out with Manzano and the manager made peculiar selection decisions.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">This season, there is an refreshed feeling at the club with new manager Marcelino Garcia Toral of the main reasons for that. Since coming in, although they have been knocked out of the Europa League by Hannover, Marcelino appears to have instilled a mentality similar to that the club had under the stewardship of Juande Ramos.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Marcelino likes to play with two genuine attack-minded fullbacks, wingers and at least one creative influence through the middle. &nbsp;The transfers made by the club over the summer fit into this philosophy too.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Coke Andujar, a tricky right-back has come in from Rayo Vallecano for €1.7 million, Piotr Trochowski represents brilliant business as the midfielder arrived for free from Hamburg, Manu Del Moral – the club’s most expensive signing of the summer – signed for €4.5m from Getafe, Emir Spahic, an experienced centre-back was bought for €2m from Montpellier and Martin Caceres made his loan from Barcelona permanent.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Ever since the sale of Dani Alves to Barcelona in 2008, Sevilla have failed to truly find a replacement for the Brazilian with Abdoulay Konko, Marius Stankevicius and Sergio Sanchez never really convincing. Coke is far more similar to Alves than the aforementioned defenders with good dribbling ability and loves to attack.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The other key transfer was that of Spahic. The 31 year-old Bosnian international arrives to help bolster a defence that was among the worst in the league last season. Julien Escude was the only centre-back who was a true ever-present last term with Sevilla decimated by injuries at times with Caceres, Sanchez, Federico Fazio and Ivica Dragutinovic all spending much time out injured, whilst Alexis Ruano struggled for form in his debut season at the rojiblancos.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Escude and co. conceded 61 goals in the league, a record only beaten by Malaga (68), Real Sociedad (66) and relegated Almeria (70), therefore the defence had to be strengthened.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The minimum expectation for Sevilla this season will be fifth-place, but that would be a disappointment for the club with a firm belief that, when the squad is at full-strength, they are at least the fourth best side in Spain.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">A Champions League finish is what the side are really looking for however having not played in Europe’s elite competition since the 2009-10 season. However, they aren’t going to be the only side looking for a top four finish. Presuming Barcelona and Real Madrid occupy the top two places, Sevilla will have several sides battling with them.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Malaga, who have spent €58m this summer, will be there or there-abouts with the Europa League their minimum expectation, whilst Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Villarreal will also have a lot to say about who gets into the Champions League. Meanwhile, Espanyol and Getafe are dark-horses for European qualification.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Competition for European places is arguably at its biggest since the early 2000s this season, therefore Sevilla won’t have it all their own way and something they could be made to regret is their decision not to sign another striker.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Manu came in from Getafe, however the Spain international’s best asset is his versatility. He can play on either wing or through the centre, but he has never been, and never will be a clinical centre-forward. Sevilla sold Luis Fabiano, one of the greatest players in the club’s history, back in February, a very strange time to sell as it was impossible to sign a replacement before the summer.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Now, if Alvaro Negredo suffers a serious injury, the Andalucian’s will have to make-do with the aging and injury-prone Kanoute or Manu, a situation far from ideal.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Last season the side had Sevilla Atletico striker Rodri to play back-up if needed, but he has since been sold to Barcelona B, therefore, should Negredo get injured, Marcelino could have a bit of a selection headache.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Player(s) to watch:</span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Normally, only one player would be mentioned in this section, but Sevilla have two players that should be watched closely by those unfamiliar with the club.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">These players are Jose Campana and Luis Alberto. Campana, 18, is a cultured central midfielder who possesses brilliant passing ability, vision and impressive ball control. He is in the mould of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez as he is quite tall, keeps his head up when in possession and is always looking for a forward pass. The right-footer is set to play second-fiddle to Rakitic in the centre of midfield after being named in the first-team squad and being awarded with the no. 16 shirt, once worn by Antonio Puerta.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Luis Alberto, also just 18, is another product from Sevilla’s highly regarded academy but looks set for a career more along the lines of Navas than Kepa Blanco. Alberto is an attacking midfield who thrives in his role just behind the striker(s). His main asset is his ability to ease past opponents, possessing silky dribbling skills and close ball control, whilst he also looks for clever passes in behind the opposing defence. The Spain Under-19 international made his debut last season as one of two La Liga appearances, but he looks set for many more this term.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Transfers In:&nbsp;</span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Martin Caceres – Barcelona - €3m</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Piotr Trochowski – Hamburg – Free</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Manu Del Moral – Getafe - €4.5m</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Jorge ‘Coke’ Andujar – Rayo Vallecano - €1.7m</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Emir Spahic – Montpellier - €2m</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Antonio Luna – Almeria – End of Loan</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Tom De Mul – Standard Liege – End of Loan</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Emiliano Armenteros – Rayo Vallecano – End of Loan</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Transfers Out:</span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Ivica Dragutinovic – Released - Free</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Renato – Botafogo – Free</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Didier Zokora – Trabzonspor - €6m</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Sergio Sanchez – Malaga - €2.8m</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Jose Carlos – AEK Athens – Free</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Diego Capel – Sporting Lisbon - €3.5m</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">David Prieto – Cordoba – Free</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Juan Cala – AEK Athens – Loan</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Lautaro Acosta – Racing Santander – Loan</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Christian Romaric – Espanyol – Loan</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Arouna Kone – Levante - Loan</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Ryan Benson</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter: @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/RyRyBenson">RyRyBenson</a></span><br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-7804069378675020526?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>oalmasrihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14952664613330484383thierry14121@hotmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-8575168295537858902011-09-04T20:49:00.000+03:002011-09-04T20:49:22.707+03:00Brasileirao Serie A: Week 21<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">My three big matches of this weekend:</span></b><br /><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Palmeiras vs Cruzeiro</span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">There isn't any big matches this weekend but there some intriguing matches just like this one. I honestly think this could be one of those matches were the game is wide open and chances are on a plate to be taken. Palmeiras have been pretty solid this campaign, 6th in league and win can take them to 4th. They don't have a star player to look to but all the players have a job and they do it to perfection. If they're playing there football I expect them to win 3 nil. Cruzeiro having played some great football lately, having gone 3-0-2 in there last 5 league games. But that didn't stop Cruzeiro from sacking there manger. This will define there season.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">With a new manger will they get on a role and win more matches or will they fall from mid table to bottom of the table? <b>The Man to Watch: Palmeiras's Tinga.&nbsp;</b><b>This young Brazilian is a talent and with time will grow into a great CM and has got game changing ability.</b></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Corinthians vs Coritiba</b></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I expect there to be lots of goals but not for Coritiba. Facing the league leader who are coming off a win in mid week with 9 men. It's one thing going down to 10 men and getting win, but going two men down and still getting 3 points is absolutely fantastic for them. That shows courage and determination shown out of the players. Coritiba is laying mid table and are pretty happy with there position seeing that all they truly can do is go up from here.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">They're a pretty solid squad, they won't make many mistakes but they will miss several opportunities.&nbsp;<b>The Man to Watch: William Gomes.&nbsp;</b><b>This striker isn't the best in the world but when the time winds down, he will get that crucial goal.</b></span><br /><br /><br /><br /></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Gremio vs CA Paranaense</span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Gremio coming off a loss to 9 men Corinthians mid week will be seeking some redemption for that setback. Some teams lose and are gutted by a loss like that, but that mid week loss hurts more than &nbsp;they can explain. I'm expecting a thrashing from them, not many writers say that this week that they predict a thrashing, but I do. If you lose a game you should have won, you will be angry and want to prove to yourself that you can overcome a result like that. CA has been drifting around mid table for the whole season and I expect that this will be the week were they say "let's go for it." But will end up facing a tougher and strong side looking for a much needed win.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I think if they're going to get the job done this week, they will need to counter attack as much as possible.&nbsp;<b>The Man to Watch: Douglas of Gremio.&nbsp;</b><b>He lead his team in goals and he plays attacking football and will help his team to victory.</b></span></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The other fixtures </span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, clean, sans-serif; font-size: large; line-height: 16px;"></span><br /><table class="matches " style="-webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 0px; border-collapse: collapse; width: 557px;"><tbody> <tr class="even expanded match no-date-repetition" data-timestamp="1315162800" id="page_competition_1_block_competition_matches_8_match-1094235" style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: #f4f4f4; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; display: table-row;"><td class="team team-a " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.7em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: right; width: 150px;"><br /></td><td class="score-time status" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; width: 75px;"></td><td class="team team-b " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.7em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: left; width: 150px;"><br /></td><td class="events-button button" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0px; width: 18px;"></td><td class="info-button button" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0px; width: 18px;"><br /></td></tr> <tr class="odd expanded match no-date-repetition" data-timestamp="1315162800" id="page_competition_1_block_competition_matches_8_match-1094237" style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: white; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; display: table-row;"><td class="day no-repetition" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; width: 25px;"></td><td class="date no-repetition" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; width: 70px;"></td><td class="team team-a " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.7em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: right; width: 150px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/teams/brazil/clube-de-regatas-de-flamengo/" style="color: black; cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" title="Flamengo">Flamengo</a></td><td class="score-time status" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; width: 75px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/matches/2011/09/04/brazil/serie-a/clube-de-regatas-de-flamengo/esporte-clube-bahia/1094237/" style="background-color: #e0e0e0; color: black; cursor: pointer; display: block; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0.17em; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0.17em; text-align: center; text-decoration: none;">14 : 00</a></td><td class="team team-b " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.7em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: left; width: 150px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/teams/brazil/esporte-clube-bahia/" style="color: black; cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" title="Bahia">Bahia</a></td><td class="events-button button" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0px; width: 18px;"></td><td class="info-button button" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0px; width: 18px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/matches/2011/09/04/brazil/serie-a/clube-de-regatas-de-flamengo/esporte-clube-bahia/1094237/" style="background-image: url(http://s1.swimg.net/gsmf/272/img/soccerway/info_icon.gif); background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; color: black; cursor: pointer; display: block; float: right; height: 15px; text-decoration: none; text-indent: -5000px; width: 16px;" title="More info">More info</a></td></tr> <tr class="even expanded match no-date-repetition" data-timestamp="1315162800" id="page_competition_1_block_competition_matches_8_match-1094239" style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: #f4f4f4; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; display: table-row;"><td class="day no-repetition" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; width: 25px;"></td><td class="date no-repetition" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; width: 70px;"></td><td class="team team-a " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.7em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: right; width: 150px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/teams/brazil/gremio-foot-ball-porto-alegrense/" style="color: black; cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" title="Grêmio">Grêmio</a></td><td class="score-time status" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; width: 75px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/matches/2011/09/04/brazil/serie-a/gremio-foot-ball-porto-alegrense/clube-atletico-paranaense/1094239/" style="background-color: #dadada; color: black; cursor: pointer; display: block; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0.17em; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0.17em; text-align: center; text-decoration: none;">14 : 00</a></td><td class="team team-b " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.7em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: left; width: 150px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/teams/brazil/clube-atletico-paranaense/" style="color: black; cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" title="Atlético PR">Atlético PR</a></td><td class="events-button button" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0px; width: 18px;"></td><td class="info-button button" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0px; width: 18px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/matches/2011/09/04/brazil/serie-a/gremio-foot-ball-porto-alegrense/clube-atletico-paranaense/1094239/" style="background-image: url(http://s1.swimg.net/gsmf/272/img/soccerway/info_icon.gif); background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; color: black; cursor: pointer; display: block; float: right; height: 15px; text-decoration: none; text-indent: -5000px; width: 16px;" title="More info">More info</a></td></tr> <tr class="odd expanded match no-date-repetition" data-timestamp="1315162800" id="page_competition_1_block_competition_matches_8_match-1094242" style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: white; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; display: table-row;"><td class="day no-repetition" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; width: 25px;"></td><td class="date no-repetition" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; width: 70px;"></td><td class="team team-a " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.7em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: right; width: 150px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/teams/brazil/coritiba-foot-ball-club-parana/" style="color: black; cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" title="Coritiba">Coritiba</a></td><td class="score-time status" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; width: 75px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/matches/2011/09/04/brazil/serie-a/coritiba-foot-ball-club-parana/sport-club-corinthians-paulista/1094242/" style="background-color: #e0e0e0; color: black; cursor: pointer; display: block; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0.17em; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0.17em; text-align: center; text-decoration: none;">14 : 00</a></td><td class="team team-b " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.7em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: left; width: 150px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/teams/brazil/sport-club-corinthians-paulista/" style="color: black; cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" title="Corinthians">Corinthians</a></td><td class="events-button button" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0px; width: 18px;"></td><td class="info-button button" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0px; width: 18px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/matches/2011/09/04/brazil/serie-a/coritiba-foot-ball-club-parana/sport-club-corinthians-paulista/1094242/" style="background-image: url(http://s1.swimg.net/gsmf/272/img/soccerway/info_icon.gif); background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; color: black; cursor: pointer; display: block; float: right; height: 15px; text-decoration: none; text-indent: -5000px; width: 16px;" title="More info">More info</a></td></tr> <tr class="even expanded match no-date-repetition" data-timestamp="1315162800" id="page_competition_1_block_competition_matches_8_match-1094243" style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: #f4f4f4; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; display: table-row;"><td class="day no-repetition" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; width: 25px;"></td><td class="date no-repetition" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; width: 70px;"></td><td class="team team-a " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.7em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: right; width: 150px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/teams/brazil/america-futebol-clube-belo-horizonte/" style="color: black; cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" title="América Mineiro">América Mineiro</a></td><td class="score-time status" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; width: 75px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/matches/2011/09/04/brazil/serie-a/america-futebol-clube-belo-horizonte/club-de-regatas-vasco-da-gama/1094243/" style="background-color: #dadada; color: black; cursor: pointer; display: block; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0.17em; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0.17em; text-align: center; text-decoration: none;">14 : 00</a></td><td class="team team-b " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.7em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: left; width: 150px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/teams/brazil/club-de-regatas-vasco-da-gama/" style="color: black; cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" title="Vasco da Gama">Vasco da Gama</a></td><td class="events-button button" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0px; width: 18px;"></td><td class="info-button button" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0px; width: 18px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/matches/2011/09/04/brazil/serie-a/america-futebol-clube-belo-horizonte/club-de-regatas-vasco-da-gama/1094243/" style="background-image: url(http://s1.swimg.net/gsmf/272/img/soccerway/info_icon.gif); background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; color: black; cursor: pointer; display: block; float: right; height: 15px; text-decoration: none; text-indent: -5000px; width: 16px;" title="More info">More info</a></td></tr> <tr class="odd expanded match no-date-repetition" data-timestamp="1315170000" id="page_competition_1_block_competition_matches_8_match-1094244" style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: white; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; display: table-row;"><td class="day no-repetition" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; width: 25px;"></td><td class="date no-repetition" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; width: 70px;"></td><td class="team team-a " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.4em; padding-right: 0.7em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: right; width: 150px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/teams/brazil/ceara-sporting-club/" style="color: black; cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" title="Ceará">Ceará</a></td><td class="score-time status" style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; width: 75px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/matches/2011/09/04/brazil/serie-a/ceara-sporting-club/sport-club-internacional/1094244/" style="background-color: #e0e0e0; color: black; cursor: pointer; display: block; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0.17em; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0.17em; text-align: center; text-decoration: none;">16 : 00</a></td><td class="team team-b " style="line-height: 1.25em; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.1em; padding-left: 0.7em; padding-right: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; text-align: left; width: 150px;"><a href="http://www.soccerway.com/teams/brazil/sport-club-internacional/" style="color: black; cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" title="Internacional">Internacional</a></td></tr> </tbody></table><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, clean, sans-serif; font-size: large; line-height: 16px;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, clean, sans-serif; font-size: large; line-height: 16px;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, clean, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; line-height: 16px;"><b>Written By:Tyler Dunne</b></span></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, clean, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; line-height: 16px;"><b>Twitter:<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/MUFCALLDAY19">MUFCALLDAY19</a></b></span></span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-857516829553785890?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Wazza10http://www.blogger.com/profile/02535342716426382865noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-70136677385811290782011-09-04T20:38:00.003+03:002011-09-05T00:21:08.220+03:00United Fans Attempt to Incite Violence Between Napoli and Man City Fans Before Their Champions League Clash<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Some Manchester United fans active on the online fan forums, Red Issue, have disgraced their club by encouraging fellow fans and members of the site to incite violence between Napoli fans and City fans on the Italian club’s ‘ultra’ messageboards by impersonating Manchester City fans. Under pseudonyms such as ‘mancityhooligan’ and ‘Bluemoon’, they have threatened violence, both in Naples and in Manchester when the two clubs meet in the Champions League, as well as abusing members of the Napoli forum. A particularly vile example of which is where one United fan writes, “I hope that the Napoli fans go to town on them before and after both games.” By and large, it would appear that the majority of the Napoli fans are savvy to the fact that it is United fans appearing on their forums and abusing them, however I believe that all possible steps must be taken in order to ensure that no misunderstanding is left to fuel anger within the Napoli ultras. My hope is that, with further exposure and raised awareness, the idiots responsible will be given their deserved punishment and that any potential tension between Napoli and City fans in the upcoming Champions League ties will be diffused.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><o:p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> <br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The links at the foot of this article show first a screenshot of the Red Issue forum thread in question via a City fan site and an example of the incitement on a popular Napoli message board.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><o:p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> <br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The Red Issue forum and the instigators of this abhorrent incitement should be condemned for their disgusting conduct that has no place in any modern society. These fans have taken the footballing rivalry between City and United too far, and to think they believe that the loss of the lives of City fans would be amusing, is simply abhorrent and should be exposed as the pure evil it is. A few however, have chosen to deflect attention from these fans by saying that this happens all the time and that nothing will come of a few harmless words on the internet. I have a very strong answer to anyone who thinks that this is a trivial matter. The words of the minority can be ignored by the majority as trivial, but when these words are aired in the right place they can cause a chaos that is very real. In other words, whilst this is a minority amongst the United support, it only takes one fool to cause trouble, and where human life is in question, no risks should be taken.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><o:p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> <br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The instigator, whose name has been made very public, particularly on Twitter, and those others who were involved, have been reported to the Greater Manchester Police. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><o:p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> <br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">A Screenshot of the thread from the Red Issue Forum:<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><a href="http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/Images/redissue.gif">http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/Images/redissue.gif</a><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> <br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">An example of the incitement: <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><a href="http://www.sscnapoli.it/forumzone/default.aspx?g=posts&amp;t=132460">http://www.sscnapoli.it/forumzone/default.aspx?g=posts&amp;t=132460</a><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> <br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written Matthew Hewitt. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Please follow me @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/MatthewHewitt">MatthewHewitt</a></span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-7013667738581129078?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Matthewitthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18135470767798753228noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-33869847637671183972011-09-04T10:25:00.000+03:002011-09-04T10:25:05.999+03:00Scouting Report- Per Mertesacker<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">In the last few days of the summer transfer window, Arsenal completed the signing of long time target Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen in a fee ranging from 8 to 10 million pounds. As you all may know, Per Mertesacker is a German international defender, who has made around 75 international appearances for Germany and over 200 appearances with his former club Werder Bremen.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">In this post, I'll be making a brief scouting report on this tall and composed defender. The report will be based on my opinions and views from what I've seen of the German international.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Per Mertesacker- Nation: Germany- Born on September 29, 1984- Height: 6'6"- Birthplace: Hannover, Germany</span></u></b><br /><b><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aC7hbmJnlHE/TmLn_nVqJxI/AAAAAAAAAdw/lQ3JophS7Ns/s1600/Per-Mertesacker-Arsenal-399x300.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aC7hbmJnlHE/TmLn_nVqJxI/AAAAAAAAAdw/lQ3JophS7Ns/s320/Per-Mertesacker-Arsenal-399x300.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><b><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></b><br /><b><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>International apps with Germany/ Goals:</b> 75/0</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Club apps with Werder Bremen/Goals:</b> 207/21</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Attributes:</span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Pace: 4.5</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Shooting: 5.0</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Heading: 7.5</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Positioning: 8.0</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Tackling: 6.0</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Passing: 6.0</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Discipline: 8.0</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Awareness: 7.5</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Based on these ratings, Per Mertesacker is a composed and well-disciplined defender known for his awareness and excellent positioning. He's a player that prefers to stay back and rely on his reading of the game. He isn't the strongest of tacklers and definitely lacks pace, which has caused some to worry if he can adapt in a fast-paced league. But he is composed, imposing, reliable and a dominant center back who's superb aerially and uses his height to great advantage.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I believe that he'll form a great partnership with Thomas Vermaelen as they both have different styles of play and will complement each other very well. Vermaelen is player who likes to attack his opponent and is stronger physically, and likes to go all in on a challenge. Mertesacker is the opposite, like I said before, he likes to sit back deep and rely on his reading of the game and wait for the opponent to come to him before making a challenge. He is known for his awareness, composure and discipline which will help him succeed in such a tough league.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Mertesacker is also great in the air, as shown by his good scoring record with Werder Bremen and will be helpful at set pieces. All in all, Mertesacker is a very good signing in my opinion and can prove to be one of the best acquisitions of the summer.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://2.gvt0.com/vi/rwN3LwWo_mo/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/rwN3LwWo_mo&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/rwN3LwWo_mo&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://3.gvt0.com/vi/fD4nSP7RIwc/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/fD4nSP7RIwc&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/fD4nSP7RIwc&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Cheers and take care,</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Omar</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/oalmasri">OAlmasri</a></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-3386984763767118397?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>oalmasrihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14952664613330484383thierry14121@hotmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-18860596213672891942011-09-04T03:57:00.000+03:002011-09-04T03:57:04.210+03:00Forward Arsenal!!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Transfer Window CLOSED!!</span></b></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Soooooooooooo….the transfer window is closed, and I am super&nbsp;EXCITED. Well one of the reasons why I am exited is because our transfer activity was good and quite encouraging. And in contrast to what people say about them not being super quality, I am very content with the buys. In all honesty I would have loved if we bought Eden Hazard and M’vila, but as talented as these guys are they are not experienced and that is not what Arsenal need right now. What we need is an injection of Experience and quality which we have in the players we bought. We cannot afford to buy inexperienced players when they do not really have enough experienced and consistent heads to look up to in the team. And this might lead to talented players like Hazard feeling like they carry the team by themselves (which might lead to pride). Look at Nasri. Now that we have a number of experienced heads in the team like Captain Robin, Verminator, Mertesacker, Rosicky, Arteta, and Benayoun, younger players would be able to learn and provide good competition for these players. All these new signings along with the emergence of players like Ryo, Chamberlain etc, I can’t contain my excitement. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Team Spirit</span></b></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">After the …..*cough*… game that must not be mentioned, it is tough to tell exactly how low morale and the team spirit are despite the arrival of new players. Before that game we all saw how hard the team fought in every game, and I hope that spirit and commitment isn’t lost. If that spirit is as strong as ever then we can definitely get back on track with a big win against Swansea. I am personally hoping for a repeat of the 6-0 drubbing of Blackpool against Swansea or at least something close to that. Fingers Crossed.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Arteta</span></b></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I am quite exited that Arteta has signed for arsenal as he has the perfect mix of experience, leadership, and quality. Another exiting thing is that Arteta is good at set-pieces and he is a dead ball specialist which is something we kind of lack at arsenal. The only convincing set piece taker is Captain Robin and to add Arteta to that list is quite convincing. Because Arteta accepted a wage cut to join Arsenal some people think he is committed to playing for the Arsenal. I think that is yet to be seen. I think he took the wage cut because of the lure to play in the Champions League, and nothing more. But I hope he gets really committed to wearing the Red and White. Arteta’s arrival also takes a lot of weight of Ramsey’s shoulders, because he cannot carry the weight of our creativity all by himself. And after ‘that’ injury, he needs to be nursed back to form.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Mertesacker</span></b></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">This is the signing that excites me the most. When I heard we had signed him, I was very happy. Standing at 6ft 6in he is perfect against teams like Stoke amongst others who like to play the long ball game. I feel we will see a lot more rotation in central defense which is a very good thing because we need them to be fit and we do not want to play them in too many games because that can lead to tiredness and loss of concentration at times. One thing that bothers me is that Metesacker is not necessarily a fast defender and with the way Arsenal plaa high backline, he might be caught many times against very fast forwards. With that being said, I hope Mertesacker fits in to the Arsenal style of play as soon as possible.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Quick Side Note</span></b></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">People seem to have forgotten about Koscielny since Mertesacker has arrived. Underestimate him at your peril. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Andre Santos, Benayoun, Park Chu Young</span></b></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I am excited about Andre Santos’s attacking prowess but I still hope to see how well he will do in the defensive department. I definitely hope he won’t become a weak link in the defense.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Benayoun is one player I believe is going to surprise Arsenal fans this year. Because he really didn’t feature last year with Chelsea doesn’t mean he won’t be a good player for us. To me Benayoun isn’t really a cast away or a leftover because 2 years ago he was one of Liverpool’s top players and was just unlucky with injuries last year. I wish him the best. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Park Chu Young is a player I am looking forward to seeing on the pitch. Like many asins who play in the major leagues he is very hard-working and I feel that will be needed if he wants to break into this Arsenal team. He was the main star in a decrementing Monaco team last year and had to do a lot of work alone upfront and still managed to reach double figures for the Season, which is quite impressive. I wish him the best as well.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Theo Walcott</span></b></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I feel this is one player who probably doesn’t get enough credit in the Arsenal team. Since the beginning of last season I have notice how hard Theo has been working on improving many areas of his game, most notably his set pieces. But it seems many gooners don’t really seem to appreciate or care about that. Personally I can’t wait for Theo to also become a dead ball specialist and curl those free kicks in along with Van Persie and Arteta. Theo is trying his best to become a top forward by shaping more facets to his game and I wish him the best.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Samir Nasri</span></b></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">“I didn’t want to be a leader in a team that cannot win trophies”. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CUvyNgt8OJk/TmLKwEHiTkI/AAAAAAAAAdo/6rzKkkImrDU/s1600/What-1.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CUvyNgt8OJk/TmLKwEHiTkI/AAAAAAAAAdo/6rzKkkImrDU/s1600/What-1.gif" /></span></a></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Did he just say leader?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Tim Payton</span></b></u></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">“Per Mertesacker is a poor man’s Jagielka”. Errrr…WHAT??? That’s a fail Tim. A HUGE one.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aOUZXjF_cqY/TmLK4iGPbiI/AAAAAAAAAds/3nzvkBWZrVQ/s1600/Fail.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aOUZXjF_cqY/TmLK4iGPbiI/AAAAAAAAAds/3nzvkBWZrVQ/s1600/Fail.gif" /></span></a></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I read a view about Tim Payton here and I totally agree. All for the good of the club.. <a href="http://www.thebeautifulgroan.com/2011/09/01/transfer-business-is-being-spun-to-suit-preconceived-ideas/">http://www.thebeautifulgroan.com/2011/09/01/transfer-business-is-being-spun-to-suit-preconceived-ideas/</a></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Twitter: <span class="screen-name">@<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/beautifulgroan">beautifulgroan</a></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Park Chu Young and Captain Robin scored 3 and 4 goals against Lebanon and San Marino respectively. Gervinho also bagged a goal and 2 assists against Rwanda. Even though the opposition in those games were quite easy, I still think it is a sign of good things to come. Hopefully they bring that form whenever they wear the great Red and White. I definitely hope none of our players return from international duty injured because, you know, that happens a lot.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Overall I am very excited about the rest of the season and can’t wait for the Swansea game. Victoria Concordia Cresit. COME ON YOU GUNNERS!!!</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Ajibade Babajide</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter: @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/ajibade_jide">ajibade_jide</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-1886059621367289194?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>J_Goonerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07489048976790201411noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-274134533426657242011-09-03T23:16:00.009+03:002011-09-03T23:28:56.432+03:00The Arteta transfer: An Everton View<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">So as all of you Evertonians and Gunners fans know, the transfer window shut Wednesday evening and as part of the deadline day spending spree, Mikel Arteta left Goodison Park for The Emirates.</span> </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">This is a transfer that had been rumoured on and off for a couple of years, when Arsenal have been hit by injuries, and once again when Fabregas had left for Spanish and European champions Barcelona. For Everton fans, they were happy with this being just a rumour, until a £10m bid for their midfield maestro became reality.</span> </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">Arteta spoke with David Moyes advising he wanted to leave for this fresh and bigger challenge, wishing to play on the Champions League stage. A couple of hours later, after the transfer window shut, it was confirmed that the Spaniard is now an Arsenal player.</span> </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">There is no question that Arsenal have got a very good player, at a good price, who will do a good job even if just a stop gap until a bigger signing happens.</span> </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">For Everton and it's fans however, this does leave a good number of questions hanging in the air. Does this transfer leave a gaping hole in Everton's midfield? Where will the creativity now come from? How much of an effect will this have on team morale? Was the transfer necessary to keep the banks quiet? What does this say about Everton's ambitions?</span> </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">It is no secret that Everton's creativity over the last couple of seasons has come from Mikel Arteta and Leighton Baines. With one of these creative forces leaving Goodison Park, you have to wonder where that cutting edge will come from in Everton's midfield. David Moyes will no doubt turn to English youngsters Jack Rodwell and Ross Barkley. There is also the possibility that Russian Diniyar Bilyaletdinov will finally get a chance to live up to his price tag by moving in field and showing some creativity.</span> </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">At the moment it is hard to gauge how the rest of the squad will react to this transfer however when faced with difficulties and having their backs to the wall, Everton have always come good and finished strongly. This is something that David Moyes and the fans will be hoping for in the coming weeks.</span> </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">There has been some mixed reaction from the Everton fans to Arteta's transfer with a large number thanking Arteta for his time at Goodison and wishing him well with his new club. There has however been some negative reaction with fans questioning Arteta's motives. The Spaniard said in an interview this week that it was the best thing for the club, and whilst finances aren't great, the transfers of Jermaine Beckford (Leicester City) and Yakubu (Blackburn Rovers) have freed up cash which could have kept Arteta here without pushing finances.</span> </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">There has been other negative comments around the transfer, however more aimed towards chairman Bill Kenwright in his approach to running the club in terms of the finances and his ambition to build on Everton's recent league positions.</span> </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">With dust still flying in the air following this transfer, it is probably best letting this settle after the transfer window before we can read too much in to this however it is certainly interesting times at Goodison Park, one way or another.</span> </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">What are your thoughts? Do you feel the transfer was good for Everton? Do you feel Everton will now struggle to perform in the league or do you feel this spur the team on to better things? Let me know.</span> </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">Written by Sean Barratt</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: arial;">Follow me @</span><a href="http://twitter.com/Seanbv1" style="font-family: arial;">Seanbv1</a></span> </div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-27413453342665724?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>S.Barratthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00817994818530878809noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-30348639702529496302011-09-03T22:53:00.000+03:002011-09-03T22:53:13.564+03:00Sevilla vs Malaga: Match Report<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Sevilla 2-1 Malaga:</b> Money-bags Malaga crash back to reality as Sevilla show they mean business.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Attitudes couldn’t have been much different between the fans of Sevilla and Malaga before kick-off. &nbsp;The hosts came into the their La Liga opener on the back of a demoralising 3-2 aggregate defeat to German side Hannover 96, a result that saw the two time UEFA Cup winners crash out of the Europa League.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The defeat was seen by many as a humiliation and morale was understandably low, but their visitors couldn’t have been more impatient for kick-off as a new era took-shape for the Anchovies after a summer of heavy spending.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">However, despite this match being built-up as representing a power-shift in Andalucia, Sevilla took the lead with the very first attempt on goal in just the second minute and last season’s main-man; Alvaro Negredo, got himself off the mark for the season.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Jesus Navas, who was sorely missed for much of last season, picked the ball up on the right-wing before jinking past the attentions of Apono and Eliseu and delivering an inch-perfect cross which Negredo buried with a powerful header.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Malaga were rocked, but they started to come into the game, pressurising the Sevilla defence sensing that the central-defensive duo of Alexis Ruano and Julien Escude were prone to mistakes.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The problem for the visitors was the link-up play between Ruud van Nistelrooy and Saloman Rondon as the two strikers looked on completely different wave lengths.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Joaquin was causing problems down Malaga’s right, giving Fernando Navarro a difficult evening, but his crossing never met the desired target, whilst their strikers failed to get into dangerous areas.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Malaga were made to pay for their inability to carve open clear chances just shy of the half-hour mark as Negredo grabbed his second of the evening.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Argentine winger, Diego Perotti did well down the left, avoiding Malaga right-back Jesus Gamez before sliding a left-footed pass back towards the edge of the penalty area where Negredo was waiting and he duly found the bottom far corner, giving Willy Caballero no chance.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The rojiblancos were looking good value for their lead and looked full of potential on the counter-attack with Piotr Trochowski instigating some clever moves from the midfield, whilst Malaga looked relatively toothless in attack.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">After half-time, Manuel Pellegrini’s men came out with purpose after making a couple of changes, but Sevilla weren’t on the back foot for long as their midfield started to dictate the tempo.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Malaga looked like exactly what they were; a new team. Their players seemed uncomfortable and unfamiliar with their teammates and their inability to get Santi Cazorla involved was evidence of this.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Negredo should have put the match beyond Malaga midway through the second half as he put a golden chance wide from just seven yards following more impressive wing play by Navas who delivered an inviting cross along the floor.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Ten minutes from the end, Cazorla gave his side a lifeline. Martin Caceres gave away an unnecessary free-kick thirty yards from goal and the former Villarreal man stepped up and curled it brilliantly into the top corner leaving Javi Varas helpless in the Sevilla net.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">That goal served as a catalyst for some intense late pressure from the visitors, but they could not capitalise on it and Sevilla held out for the win as they maintain themselves as top-dog in Andalucia, at least for the time being.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Ryan Benson</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/RyRyBenson">RyRyBenson</a></span><br /><br /><br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-3034863970252949630?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>oalmasrihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14952664613330484383thierry14121@hotmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-77367650733545831652011-09-03T19:33:00.000+03:002011-09-03T19:33:18.173+03:00Scouting Report - Andre Santos<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xqzJ62KAoGA/TmIg2ndcPJI/AAAAAAAAACc/GpXbq8QLcME/s1600/Andre+Santos.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xqzJ62KAoGA/TmIg2ndcPJI/AAAAAAAAACc/GpXbq8QLcME/s1600/Andre+Santos.jpg" /></span></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Santos attacking with intent !</span></td></tr> </tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://0.gvt0.com/vi/iXUatcvSkfg/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/iXUatcvSkfg&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/iXUatcvSkfg&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Arsenals new left back is a 28 year old that can play at left back, wing back and left mid. He is a extremely versatile player that is full of attacking intent and loves to stride down the by line and whip a smooth cross in the 6 yard area. The left footer has huge experience playing in major competitions for club and country. Personally I rate Santos highly simply because he has achieved a lot and is a motivated and dedicated in every game. Arsenal will be a big step for him but his physical attributes will help him get used to the intense pace of the English League. The Brazilian will add less pressure on the left winger because he will always be looking to support on the outside, he is the modern day full back who loves to get forward and deliver the match winning cross. His partnership with Gervinho could be fantastic because Gervinho likes to link up and Andre Santos can pick a pass.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The only concern with Santos could be his defense, it will be interesting to see how he copes with the different style of wingers the Prem possesses. Santos will bring a sweet left foot, attacking intent and experience to the club. Not only does Santos represent a modern day full back, he also scores a lot of goals something that Clichy did not have while being at Arsenal.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">In my opinion Andre is a similar player to Jose Enrique if not even better. Both players have the right state of mind but Santos has that extra edge personally and for the price that Arsenal have signed this top class left back I'm sure the price will prove to be a bargain this time next year. We all know Wenger brings out the potential of his players and makes his players into world class superstars and I think Santos could turn out to be one of the best left backs in the Prem. Kieran Gibbs will also learn from Andre Santos's shadow and take on board his skills and put them into place.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Arsenal's style of play will fit perfectly for the Brazilian, he plays on one touch and plays with swagger and flair. Andre Santos could make his debut against Swansea.&nbsp;</span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b>Mohseen Chowdhury&nbsp;</b></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter: @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/Mohseen14Honda">Mohseen14Honda</a>&nbsp;</span></b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-7736765073354583165?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Mohseen14Hondahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16448632179085672365mohsman316@hotmail.co.uk0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-37930867557676005522011-09-03T19:29:00.000+03:002011-09-03T19:29:25.581+03:00Germany v Austria: Match Report<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: large; line-height: 18px;">Mesut Ozil sparkled and Miroslav Klose edged closer to Gerd Muller's goal scoring record as Germany sealed their presence at Euro 2012 with a 6-2 victory over Austria in Gelsenkirchen.<br /><br />Klose scored his 62nd international goal, leaving him six behind Gerd Muller's record for Germany. Ozil and Lukas Podolski both joined him in etching their names on the score sheet within the opening half hour, as the DFB team took a commanding lead. Marko Arnautovic pulled one back for Austria before half-time, but there was no return for the visitors.<br /><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: large; line-height: 18px;">Ozil and Martin Harnik traded goals early in the second half, but substitutes Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze rounded off Germany's win with a pair of late strikes.<br /><br />It took just eight minutes for the hosts to break the deadlock. After a cross was cleared only to the edge of the box, Ozil volleyed low towards goal, and the ball took a slight deflection off <strong>Klose</strong> on its way into the net. <strong>Ozil</strong> turned scorer a quarter hour later as he played a one-two with the centre forward, stormed past goalkeeper Christian Gratzei, and finished into an open net.<br /><br />Germany made it 3-0 on 28 minutes as <strong>Podolski</strong> received Holger Badstuber's cut-back and drove a low effort past Gratzei. In one of Austria's rare moves forward, <strong>Arnautovic</strong> pulled a goal back on 42 minutes, ghosting into the box to nod Florian Klein's cross just inside the left post.<br /><br />Ozil restored Germany's three-goal lead just two minutes after half-time as he finished well from Thomas Muller's inspired header. Seconds thereafter, Arnautovic played in <strong>Harnik</strong> with a clever overhead ball, and the Stuttgart forward hammered a thunderous volley into the net.<br /><br />After an extended scoreless period, Muller played a one-two with Klose and <strong>Schurrle </strong>pounced on a loose ball to make it 5-2. Still not satisfied, Germany got a sixth in the 89th minute as Muller crossed to <strong>Gotze</strong>, who volleyed home from the centre of the box.<br /><br />The result sees Germany seal their qualification for Euro 2012 in style. Austria still have a slight chance to reach the tournament via a play-off, but will have to make up a six-point&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: large; line-height: 18px;">gap to Turkey in their final three matches.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: large; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: large; line-height: 18px;">Written by Amir Nawaz</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-3793086755767600552?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Amir Nawazhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10598765994703857711noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-86176958702440624992011-09-03T19:24:00.000+03:002011-09-03T19:24:36.124+03:00Have Rangers strengthened over the summer?<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Let's face it, no one really expected Rangers to be bringing in multi-million pound players to the club, but has the squad been strengthened as a whole? I would say yes. Rangers currently have 27 first team squad players, with Andy Little out on loan at Port Vale, and fellow youngsters Kyle Hutton and John Fleck getting some first team experience at Sheffield United. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Goalkeepers: Allan McGregor, Neil Alexander, Grant Adam, Scott Gallacher</span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">In the goalkeeping area, Rangers are in the exact same situation as last year, although you could say they are stronger having Allan McGregor tied up for 5 years, and Neil Alexander tied up for another 3. Grant Adam is also there as backup, as is Scott Gallacher who is back after a loan spell at Forfar last season who will battle with Adam for that 3rd choice keeper spot.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Defenders: Steven Whittaker, Kirk Broadfoot, Jordan McMillan, Dorin Goian, David Weir, Kyle Bartley, Carlos Bocanegra, Ross Perry, Lee Wallace, Sasa Papac</span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">In defense Rangers have severely strengthened the back line, the signings of Dorin Goian, Carlos Bocanegra and Lee Wallace on permanent deals, as well as the return of Kyle Bartley on loan from Arsenal are all impressive signings, and signings there were much needed. Sasa Papac and David Weir signing a new 1 year deals have also helped give the squad a much needed depth. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Goian arrived in Glasgow the same day as Rangers Champions League first leg clash with Malmo, and although he couldn't play in that game, he soon settled into the side and won the side a penalty at Inverness as well as having an important role in the backline. Lee Wallace signed from Hearts two days before the opening league game of the season, also against Hearts, but never left the bench in that game, however his performances since have left fans saying that at £1.5m, we have a huge bargain on our hands. Carlos Bocanegra has perhaps shown the most commitment to his new club, flying to Slovenia to play in the first leg of the Europa League match against Maribor, his second game also came against Maribor, and he only got permission to land in Glasgow the day before the game, when he again showed great commitment to get to Glasgow in time for the match. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Also having youngsters Ross Perry and Jordan McMillan breaking into the first team already this season will have given Ally McCoist more of a headache over who he plays, further improving the backline. Rangers may have lost Madjid Bougherra, but they have replaced him with players who actually want to play for the club.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Midfielders: Lee McCulloch, Maurice Edu, Steven Davis, Juanma Ortiz, Alejandro Bedoya, Matt McKay, Jamie Ness, Gregg Wylde, Salim Kerkar, Thomas Kind Bendiksen</b> <i>Kyle Hutton and John Fleck out on loan at Sheffield United</i></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">There has been some major disagreements over whether Rangers have strengthened their midfield having lost on loan Man City midfielder Vladimir Weiss, but I would say they have strengthened that area. 3 midfielders have came into the squad, Juanma Ortiz was McCoists first signing, followed by Aussie international Matt McKay from Brisbane Roar, and Alejandro Bedoya from Swedish outfit Orebro. So far we haven't seen any of Matt McKay, and we only have had a short 15 minute appearance from Bedoya. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Many would say we've also seen little of Juanma Ortiz despite the fact he's played in the majority of games this season, he hasn't exactly set the heather alight yet, however, people need to remember that he's coming to Scotland having played his whole career previous in Spain, he also isn't yet fluent in English. Coming to such a physical league from one like Spain, means he will take time to settle in, I say we must give him a season at least before properly judging him.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Forwards: Nikica Jelavic, Kyle Lafferty, Steven Naismith, David Healy, Kane Hemmings</span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">As for the strikeforce, we haven't particularly strengthened this area over the summer, but thankfully, we have held onto Nikica Jelavic despite a £9m bid being rejected late on deadline day. Jelavic, Lafferty and Naismith will all prove to be hard to deal with over the season for the defences of Scotland.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">So on that, I firmly believe Rangers have strengthened the squad and will look to win 4 in a row.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">What my team would be:</span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">McGregor</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">McMillan Goian Perry Wallace</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Bedoya Davis McKay Wylde</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Jelavic Naismith</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Mark McDougall</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/MMcD1873">MMcD1873</a></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-8617695870244062499?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Mark McDougallhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00316464684438647639noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-78877888665881178362011-09-03T08:10:00.000+03:002011-09-03T08:10:42.680+03:00Looking Back At The Window: Arsenal & More<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Well, we can never say Arsene doesn’t make deadline days interesting anymore, not after this one at least. Rumors running rampant, Arsene sat down and found the key pieces he needed to improve the team. Arteta may not replace Cesc Fabregas the player, but he certainly is able to at least duplicate his great ability to set up plays, and that’s really all you can ask for. Per Mertesacker not only adds depth to our defense, but also allows us to have Koscielny come off the bench (why hello there depth!), and Andre Santos gives us a far needed improvement at the left back position over Kieran Gibbs. Then, there’s the unknown South Korean Captain, Park Chu-Young. What’s there to say, he is a solid striker who scored 25 goals while on an inferior Monaco team. Not only that, but he is a kick specialist, something we haven’t had since RVP&nbsp;suddenly&nbsp;lost his golden left foot.</span><br /><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Now, Arsenal aren’t the only team who were in this window. Let’s take a look at some of the top signings of this transfer window:</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>5. Arda Turan-</b> signed by Atletico Madrid from Galatasaray- While he didn’t have a very impressive 2010-2011 season, Arda Turan has shown over his career that his potential ceiling is very high. This 24 year old left winger has excellent control, pace, and a lethal right foot. Along with Falcao (mentioned later), Turan adds a threat to Atletico that can potentially replace Sergio Agüero.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>4. Ashley Young-</b> signed by Manchester United from Aston Villa- We Gunner fans have already seen what Ashley Young can do in a Red Devil uniform (…sucks doesn’t it?), but the reality is, if some huge names hadn’t changed hands this window, Young would probably be a lot higher on the list. He adds speed, excellent ball control, and a lethal finisher that Manchester United needed on the wings. This will allow Nani, Wayne Rooney, and Dimitar Berbatov to have someone to play off of and score plenty of goals. I can easily see a 20 goal season for Young this year, a great signing by Alex Ferguson.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>3. Phil Jones-</b> signed by Manchester United from Blackburn- Another quality piece of business by Alex Ferguson, this gave Man U added youth and depth to an aging backfield. With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both out injured, Phil Jones can now step up and prove that he’s the future of the Red Devils backfield, and so far I’d say he’s proving that VERY true.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>2. Sergio Agüero -</b> signed by Manchester City F.C. from Athletico Madrid- As much as I HATE to admit it, Mancini got a GREAT buy here in the Argentinian Striker. Agüero has the ability to change the game at the strike of a foot. Along with Samir Nasri (*vomits*), Edin Džeko, Carlos Tevez, and Gareth Barry, Aguero gives Man City the potential to win the Premiereship.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">1. Tie as I honestly couldn’t choose between the two of them:</span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Nuri Sahin-</b> signed by Real Madrid F.C. from Borussia Dortmund- Now, this is an interesting signing. Real Madrid in all honesty got a STEAL here in Sahin for 10 million Euros. He was not only Dortmund’s best player last season, scoring 7 goals and 8 assists, but also won Bundesliga's Player Of The Year for the 2010-2011 season. How on EARTH did Madrid only have to pay so little for him!? That’s the 10 million euro question, isn’t it? (Sorry…)</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Radamel Falcao-</b> signed by Athletico Madrid from FC Porto- Well, it certainly didn’t take Athletico long to find the replacement for Aguero. Falcao is an excellent signing for Madrid, as it gives them a leathal striker that will allow them to compete for at least third or fourth place in La Liga (If only they didn’t play in the same league as Real Madrid and Barcelona…). While in Porto, Falcao scored a total of 73 goals (that’s league, cup, Europa goals combined) , including 17 in Porto’s incredible run that led them to winning the Europa League this past season. This gives Atletico Madrid someone to build around, as Falcao is still only 25 years old.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">What does it all mean?</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I know what you’re thinking, what do I expect to come out of this transfer window (I don’t care if you weren’t thinking that, HUMOR ME)? Well, there were plenty of other solid signings out there, some that could very well shake up their respected leagues. Here’s how I feel it will go down:</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>La Liga-</b> No change here, I think Atletico are taking a step in the right direction, but they still can’t compete with the juggernauts named Barcelona and Real Madrid. I see Barcelona winning the League, with Madrid coming in second, Athletico in third, and Malaga coming in fourth with Sevilla just coming short of the top four.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Ligue 1-</b> See, this is a more interesting situation. Lille certainly lost a great player in Gervinho, but they managed to hold on to Eden Hazard for now, we’ll see if this is true come January. But for now, adding Joe Cole on loan from Liverpool gives them depth at the midfield, which might be all they need. It’ll be interesting to see if Montpellier can keep up this run of good luck through-out the entire season, but I just don’t see it happening. Meanwhile, Paris St Germain went on a spending SPREE this window, buying Argentinian playmaker Javier Pastore for 42 million euros, midfielder Mohamed Sissoko, and defenders defenders Diego Lugano and Milan Bisevac. PSG spent the second most amount of money this window, spending 86.2 million euros on players, but will it pay off? I believe despite their sluggish start, eventually the team will start clicking, and PSG will win Ligue 1 for the first time since 1994. Lille will finish in second, Lyon will finish in third, and Olympique Marseille will round out the top 4 in fourth place.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Serie A-</b> Like Ligue 1, there’s multiple teams that could compete for the title. As always, Internazionale have bolstered their squad with the signing of Diego Forlan to replace Samuel Eto’o, who has run off to Russia. But other then that, they really haven’t done anything else. Then there’s Napoli, who completely revamped their team, adding some GREAT talent in the midfield that was certainly lacking last season. AC Milan, although they drew the unfortunate task of being in the same Champions League Group as Barcelona, have a good chance at taking advantage of a weakened league and win the title, but they have to beat Inter and Napoli, a task not as easy as it sounds. In the end, I see it being a tight race for the top three, with AC Milan winning by a slim margin, with Napoli finishing second, and Inter finishing third, with Roma as the odd team out due to the Italians losing a Champions League slot to the Bundesliga.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Bundesliga-</b> Ah, the Bundesliga. It’s growth over the past decade has been enormous. Last season, Borussia Dortmund stunned the world with their squad of youngsters winning the league. League favorite Bayern Munich underperformed greatly defensively, costing them many points. This season, Bayern’s team is a year older and hopefully a year smarter. Meanwhile, Dortmund lost their playmaker Nuri Sahin, which leaves it all up to the wonderkids Mario Götze and Shinji Kagawa to lead the offense. Werder Bremen lost their captain, Per Mertesacker to Arsenal during the window, which means that new captain Clemens Fritz will have to step up in the backfield if Werder Bremen are to compete this season. In the end, I see Bayern Munich being too much for the other teams and winning the league. Borussia Dortmund will finish second, Werder Bremen will finish third, and I see FC Schalke edging out Hannover 96 for fourth place. &nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Barclays English Premier League-</b> Well, I’m going to be blunt Arsenal fans. I don’t see us competing for first place this season, honestly. At this point it’s a two horse race for the championship in Manchester, and barring a huge collapse I don’t see anyone changing that. Now, third and fourth place are wide open in my eyes. Liverpool have improved, but it’s a long season, and we’ll see how their side progresses as the year moves on. Chelsea have certainly improved with the addition of Juan Mata, but as we’ve seen so far this season, they are prone to making some questionable decisions defensively. Their offense is as lethal as ever, but will they be able to captialise on weaker teams, and survive against teams such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal?&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Only time will tell…Here’s how I see it: Manchester United once again will win the Premiership this year, they are too strong of a team this season and I can honestly see them advancing far in the Champions League again as well barring a huge upset. Second place will be Manchester City, they’ll keep close to Man U, barely losing to them. Third place will be Chelsea by a minor margin, with Arsenal winning fourth. But in all honesty, I could easily see Liverpool finish third or fourth, same with Arsenal, and I could easily see Chelsea fall out of the top four if their defensive miscues continue all season long.</span><br /><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Well, that’s all the time I have folks, enjoy the next week of international friendlies and Euro 2012 qualifiers!</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Joshua Kakluskas</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/GunnersFan89">GunnersFan89</a></span><br /><br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-7887788866588117836?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>oalmasrihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14952664613330484383thierry14121@hotmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-58219630475501694112011-09-03T06:34:00.000+03:002011-09-03T06:34:06.881+03:00Roundup of Arsenal's Transfer Acquisitions<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Hello everyone,</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">My apologies for not posting in a while, I've been busy with university duties and work so I didn't have the time to write articles. But I'm back now and excited to write again and for this post, I'll be doing a roundup of Arsenal's summer transfers. This roundup will be based on my own personal opinions, views, and knowledge of these players and whether or not they can make the desired impact to rejuvenate and help the team this season.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">As you all may know, ever since the 8-2 drubbing the Gunners suffered at the hands of Manchester United, Arsene Wenger made a number of acquisitions in the final days of the transfer window. These transfers have excited, not only me, but many Gooners out there and without further ado, here is my roundup of the club's acquisitions.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Gervinho-</b> The biggest buy this summer is Ivorian international and former Lille star, Gervinho, who was in my opinion Lille's most influential player last season with 15 goals and 10 assists in 35 league matches. Gervinho is a player known for his pace, dribbling ability, movement and his good eye for goal. He does have a problem with decision-making, but improves all the time and in my opinion is an absolute steal at just over 10 million pounds. Gervinho will be a star for the Gunners and is definitely a player to keep an eye on this season.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Grade: A</span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://1.gvt0.com/vi/rDBLgxSjgrE/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/rDBLgxSjgrE&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/rDBLgxSjgrE&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain-</b> One of England's brightest prospects who starred with Southampton in League One last season, helping them get promoted to the Championship. The 17-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, made the headlines this summer with his relatively big money to the Gunners. Reports vary the fee between 6.5-12 million pounds, but despite the expensive fee, Chamberlain is a very bright prospect. Known for his versatility, pace, dribbling and passing ability, and his good eye for goal. I believe that he has a big future ahead of him and will be worth his transfer fee in a few years time and maybe sooner.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Grade: B-</span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://3.gvt0.com/vi/U0bXkvQ0Gkc/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/U0bXkvQ0Gkc&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/U0bXkvQ0Gkc&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Carl Jenkinson-</b> A relatively unknown prospect to many before his move to the Gunners. Carl Jenkinson only played a handful of matches for Charlton in League One, but certainly was enough to impress Wenger and to be acquired by one of the biggest clubs in the world. Jenkinson is primarily a right back, but can also play on the left and from his few matches with the Gunners, he looks a bright prospect. He has shown ability to cross, make good runs and to defend stoutly. For a relatively low fee, Jenkinson looks like another steal and a great find by Wenger.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Grade: B</span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://3.gvt0.com/vi/J61-X1DRcNc/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/J61-X1DRcNc&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/J61-X1DRcNc&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Per Mertesacker-</b> One of the most highly-rated defenders in all of Europe, Mertesacker has been linked for years with the Gunners and with other big clubs around Europe, on the basis of his excellent performances for Werder Bremen and the German national side. Mertesacker is player known for his height (stands at 6'6" tall), aerial ability, excellent reading of the game and positioning and tackling ability. There are worries over his lack of pace and whether he can cope in such a fast-pace league like the Premier League. But I believe that he's a good buy and will prove himself, and that he can forge an excellent partnership with Thomas Vermaelen.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Grade: A</span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; font-weight: bold;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://2.gvt0.com/vi/rwN3LwWo_mo/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/rwN3LwWo_mo&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/rwN3LwWo_mo&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Andre Santos-</b> A surprise signing and an experienced left back, Andre Santos is a full back known for his attacking qualities and has made 22 caps with the Brazil national side. Santos has excellent technique, dribbling and crossing ability and makes excellent forward runs, and isn't a slouch defensively. He does make the odd mistake, but I believe that he's definitely an upgrade over Kieran Gibbs and even Gael Clichy. He's a&nbsp;shrewd&nbsp;signing and I expect him to make an excellent impact with the Gunners.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Grade: A-</b></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://3.gvt0.com/vi/UEhlvsHF1L8/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UEhlvsHF1L8&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/UEhlvsHF1L8&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Yossi Benayoun-</b> The Israeli international arrives on loan from rivals Chelsea in a deadline day swoop. Benayoun has been written off by many, but I believe that he can be one of the smartest signings of the summer. He is a player known for his creativity, dribbling and passing ability, and excellent movement. Benayoun produced some excellent performances in the Premier League with West Ham and Liverpool, he has a hard time with injuries at Chelsea which is my only worry for him. But if he stays fit, he can turn out to be a fantastic signing.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Grade: B</span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://3.gvt0.com/vi/2sPKqmrlLgc/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2sPKqmrlLgc&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2sPKqmrlLgc&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Mikel Arteta-</b> The former Everton star arrived in final moments of the transfer window and has excited many Gooners, including me. Arteta is one of the best players in the Premier League and is known as an excellent playmaker who's style of play is similar to Cesc Fabregas. He is a player known his excellent passing and dribbling ability, creativity and has an excellent right foot. Like Benayoun, he has had trouble with injuries, but if he stays fit then he's a great signing for the Gunners and an absolute steal at 10 million pounds.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Grade: A-</span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://0.gvt0.com/vi/FbpOKmxIupw/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FbpOKmxIupw&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FbpOKmxIupw&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">All in all, I think Wenger made some good signings especially in defence and I believe they'll make a good impact with the Gunners. I hoped that he would've done these transfers earlier, but as some say "better late than never".</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Possible Line-Up</span></u></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp; &nbsp; Szczesny</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Mertesacker Vermaelen&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Sagna &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; A.Santos</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Song &nbsp; &nbsp; Wilshere</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Arteta</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Walcott &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Gervinho</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Van Persie</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">What do you think? What is your take on the&nbsp;acquisitions?</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Cheers and take care,</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Omar</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter: @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/oalmasri">OAlmasri</a></span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-5821963047550169411?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>oalmasrihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14952664613330484383thierry14121@hotmail.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-65331492473011212102011-09-02T06:53:00.000+03:002011-09-02T06:53:30.964+03:00Interlull Week For Mexico<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The Mexican League will take a break this week and instead the focus will be on the National Team's matches against Poland and Chile.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The three league matches that will take place this weekend are fixtures pending from Matchday 3.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Poland v Mexico</b></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">This will be the first match against a European team under José Manuel de la Torre, an important milestone for this new era of Mexico's Senior NT.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">On the last match against a European team, Mexico defeated Italy 2 - 1 in Belgium before the 2010 World Cup.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Mexico has played Poland 7 times before, only one in an official competition (1978 World Cup) where Poland won 3-1. The other 6 games have been friendly matches, Mexico has won 2, lost 2 and tied 2.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Mexico v Chile</b></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Mexico U-22 NT is preparing for the Pan American Games, which will take place in October, and next year's Olympic Games. As part of this preparation they will play Chile U-25 NT.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">This team will be coached by Luis FernandoTena, the same coach who took Mexico to Copa América. The team is almost the same one who went to Copa América and had a very poor performance, there are some new name but none that stands out as of yet.&nbsp;Let's hope this time they do better. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Tijuana v Chivas de Guadalajara</b></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Tijuana hasn't won at home yet and is fighting to stay away from the relegation zone.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Chivas arrives to this match without the players that were called for the U-22 match against Chile and also without key players due to injury.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">A win against one of the "Big Teams" could be the confidence booster that Xolos needs.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Jaguares v Santos</b></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Jaguares tied with Toluca last week. Santos lost to Monterrey. Both teams need to win this game.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The stats predict a draw so it will come down to which team is more motivated. If Jaguares wins they could be 6th on the table. If Santos win, they would be 8th.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">From these two teams, Santos is the one who will be missing the most players either because of NT calls or injury. Will Jaguares get over-confident and miss this chance to take the three points?</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>San Luis v Morelia</b></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">San Luis hasn't lost any of their games as a local; however, Morelia is not an easy rival, they haven't started strong enough this season and only have 4 points but they still have one more pending match, the one that got suspended after the incident at Santos' stadium.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Morelia hasn't won any of their last 4 matches, losing 3 and drawing 1. Winning this match will put them back on track but with the absences of the NT players it won't be easy.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Gabriella Monti</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/gabsci">gabsci</a></span><br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-6533149247301121210?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Gabriellehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05465062151814664086noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-33684016848137730592011-09-02T05:05:00.005+03:002011-09-03T01:00:42.300+03:00Window Shut: Are Arsenal Ready to Contend?<div style="TEXT-ALIGN: left" dir="ltr" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Ah, the transfer window. It’s a time when all clubs in Europe are rumored to be linked with dozens of players and supporters feel they’ve already won the league if their club can make that big money signing. It’s been a time of year recently where Arsenal have not been too incredibly active, leaving supporters wondering why Arsene Wenger didn’t open the checkbook. The Gunners have been reluctant in recent years to add too much to the squad because, as the boss says, they only look to bring in “super quality.” </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Well, that has all changed this summer. In total, the Gunners made 29 moves (in and out) between June 1st and August 31st. The Gunners suffered through another trophyless year in 2010-11 (their sixth straight). Quite frankly, it was time for some of those “super quality” changes. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">On the morning of February 27th last year it seemed Arsenal had a legitimate shot at four trophies; the Gunners ended up fourth in the Premier League and without silverware. Injuries, lack of depth and defense woes haunted Arsenal from March through May. After this summer’s dealings, are Arsenal ready to contend for silverware now, or are the Gunners still the fourth best team in England? </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><strong>Are the Goalkeeping Problems Sorted? </strong></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Goalkeepers: Manuel Almunia, Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone </span></div> <br /><div style="TEXT-ALIGN: left" dir="ltr" trbidi="on"> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">If I’m comparing my emotions regarding the goalkeeping situation to this time last year, I have to feel like it’s a serious improvement. The strange part about that is Arsenal hasn’t added a goalkeeper during that time. Rather, it’s been the emergence of Szczesny that allows me to look at this position as a potential strength. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Szczesny has proven over the last few months of last season and the beginning of this campaign that he has the make-up to be a top goalkeeper in the Premier League. He’s certainly confident and has shown he is not prone to mental errors (let’s call him the anti-Almunia). </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Fabianski also improved over the course of last season, no longer always playing the role of “Flappy-hand-ski.” If he can continue his improvement, Arsenal will have two capable keepers in the squad, pushing each other for playing time and to improve. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">With Szczesny in goal and Fabianski as his back-up, the most important fact is that the likelyhood of ever seeing Almunia in goal again for Arsenal is very slim. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><strong>Goalkeeping Grade: B - </strong></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">If Szczesny stay consistent, this grade can improve. Fabianski is a capable back-up. I expect at some point Mannone will go out on loan again this year. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><strong>Will Defending be the Downfall? </strong></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Defenders: Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Andre Santos, Sebastien Squillaci, Johan Djourou, Carl Jenksinson, Kieran Gibbs, and Ignasi Miquel </span></div> <br /><div style="TEXT-ALIGN: left" dir="ltr" trbidi="on"> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">There will be few people who won’t agree that defensive issues were the undoing of the Gunners last term. The backline was crying out for reinforcement. With first-choice left-back Gael Clichy off to Manchester City, and the center of defense already having issues, signing new defenders was a must over the summer. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Kieran Gibbs, though talented, has not been able to prove that he can stay in the lineup for any extended period of time. Gibbs is too injury prone to be relied on as the first-choice left-back. Santos provides durability and experience in defense. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Santos is a large improvement over Gael Clichy going forward. Clichy scored just two goals in his Arsenal career, while Santos averaged one goal every five games for Fenerbahce (10 goals in 52 games). </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Though Santos is known for his attacking style, he is still solid at the back. Let’s be honest. He can’t possibly have as many mental lapses as Clichy. Or for that matter, play as many players onside when the rest of the line has moved up. Therefore, this is an overall upgrade to me. I always liked Clichy, but it was time for him to move on. Santos provides an experienced alternative. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">With the signing of Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny is likely to move to the bench, as Mertesacker should partner Vermaelen when both are available for selection. The German’s size will compliment the athleticism of Vermaelen. Mertesacker will finally be the answer to the long standing Arsenal problem of giving up goals from headers on set pieces. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Arsenal still have to take a look at their defensive tactics. Adding quality players was step one. But if Arsenal continues to play their defensive line as high as they do, they will still be beaten over the top for scoring chances. When you keep your line that high, one mistake can lead to a 1-0 loss. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><strong>Defensive Grade: B </strong></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">The defending will be much improved over last year, provided that the new first choice back four of Sagna-Vermaelen-Mertesacker-Santos can stay healthy. Koscielny will still be vital, as he will be the main coverage for Vermaelen and Mertesacker. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><strong>Midfield Shake-Up </strong></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Midfielders: Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Song, Jack Wilshere, Andrey Arshavin, Emmanuel Frimpong, Craig Eastmond, Yossi Benayoun and Francus Coquelin </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Looking at the midfield this season, obviously there are glaring omissions: Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. I won’t go into a tirade about Samir Nasri leaving for money or a depressing story of how I will miss Cesc Fabregas. That’s been done enough. We need to move on. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">The question is: did Arsene Wenger do enough to replace those players? In the case of Fabregas, if I’m honest, there really was no player the boss could have brought him to replace him. Fabregas is that good. Nasri on the other hand is very much replaceable. During his Arsenal stint, he was really only in excellent form for about six months. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Arteta is a playmaker whose skills should fit nicely into the Arsenal system. Some questioned his ability, citing his lack of assists as a playmaking midfielder, but you have to remember he played at Everton. He was passing the ball to Jermaine Beckford. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">I envision a midfield of Song, Wilshere and Arteta when all are available for selection. In my mind, Arteta will remain deeper in midfield and distribute from there and Wilshere will be the one pushing forward the most. This will take advantage of the strong points of both players. Arteta’s signing will allow Wilshere to become the offensive midfielder he is destined to be. Wilshere will step out of Fabregas’ shadow and become the face of Arsenal. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><strong>Midfield Grade: B – </strong></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">I worry that Wilshere will be out of the lineup for an extended period of time with his Achilles injury (remember Vermaelen?). Ramsey will more than likely replace Wilshere in the line-up while he recovers. Ramsey needs to step up, as he has been basically non-existent so far this season. This is the year Ramsey needs to show why Arsene Wenger brought him in. The other question is whether or not Arteta will create enough scoring chances to make up for the loss of Fabregas. I have my doubts about that, but he will still be a key contributor. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><strong>FORWARD </strong></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Forwards: Park Chu-Young, Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, and Ryo Myiaichi </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Scoring goals has never been the problem under Wenger, and it shouldn’t be this campaign. New captain Van Persie has scored two goals in his first four games this season, picking up his fantastic scoring record from last season. Walcott has also been scoring so far this year, with three goals. Walcott has also been able to actually survive an entire month without picking up an injury. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Oxlade-Chamberlain’s purchase is based on the vast potential of the young wing player. He joins Myiaichi as teenage wing players who need to gain experience before they will be major contributors to the side. The question I do have with Oxlade-Chamberlain, is why are Arsenal buying “the new Theo Walcott” when Walcott himself has not yet become what is expected of him? </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Then again, who am I to question Arsene Wenger, he did buy Cesc Fabregas at age 16. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">In the case of Park, if you were to rely on the fans initial reaction to his signing, you’d be disappointed. I chalk that up to most people never seeing Park play and that anytime a player is signed for less than £10 million anymore, fans believe quality is lacking (Robin Van Persie was less than £3 million people). </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">I have to remind everyone that there have been many players Arsene Wenger has brought in with names that they had not heard of that became great assets to Arsenal. Though he is hated now, Emmanuel Adebayor comes to mind. He didn’t cost much when he came from France, and be honest, you didn’t know who he was. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Well what he became was a 30 goal scorer and a major profit for Arsenal upon his sale. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">If you do know Park’s name, you may remember his free kick goal in last summer’s World Cup against Nigeria. He is adept at free kicks, which is a skill desperately needed at Arsenal (can you remember the last time an Arsenal player scored from a free kick?). </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><strong>Forward Grade: A – </strong></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">If the midfield can play up to its potential, the forwards in the squad will have no problem scoring. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><strong>Can Arsenal Compete? </strong></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">With the window closing, we now know what Arsenal’s squad will look like, at least until January. If everyone is available for selection, I imagine the Gunners lineup will be: </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">GK: Szczesny </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">LB: Santos </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">CB: Mertesacker </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">CB: Vermaelen </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">RB: Sagna </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">MF: Song </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">MF: Wilshere </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">MF: Arteta </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">FW: Gervinho </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">FW: Van Persie </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">FW: Park </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">I feel a lot better about this lineup than the one that took the field against Manchester United. The squad now has some depth, and the major issues with it were at least addressed by Mr. Wenger (defender, creative midfielder and left-back). This squad can challenge for a trophy, and will certainly by in the running to secure another year of Champion’s League football. A week ago, I don’t think I would have said that. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Can Arsenal compete? Yes. However, I reluctantly have to admit that despite the great acquisitions made on deadline day, Arsenal still may be the fourth best team in England. </span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> <br /></span> <br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Follow Jimmy Gossard on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/JimmyGossard">JimmyGossard </a></span> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-3368401684813773059?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Jimmy Gossardhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07966685129641048596jimmygossard@hotmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-38464461387222740432011-09-02T01:40:00.000+03:002011-09-02T01:40:53.189+03:00Top 5 teams that improved the most in the summer<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">So the summer transfer window is over. With all the transfers done and dusted we can now fully concentrate on what is going on on the pitch. From all the clubs that were buying players, 5 did the best. These clubs bought wise, filled their problem areas and are ready for the season ahead. This is not a list of clubs that were spending the most or bought the biggest number of players. This is a list of club that are most improved on what they look like last season, so don´t be surprised that Real Madrid or Barcelona are not on the list.</span><br /><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">5.Atletico Madrid</span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Atletico sold their star players De Gea, Aguero and Forlan and spent the money wisely. Falcao was a sign of intent, but the rest of the signings were very good, filling the problem areas andadding to squad debth. Getting Diego on loan is a masterstroke by Manzano, as is the signing of Arda Turan. The rest of the signings like Pizzi were also very good, leaving Atletico with a very good squad for the first time in a few years. </span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Prediction: Fight with Malaga, Sevilla and Valencia for 3rd and 4th place.</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">4.Manchester City</span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Woow! That is the only thing i can say when i look at City´s squad. Aguero, Nasri, Clichy and Savic are all great signings, Hargreaves not so much. City filled all their problem areas and now have arguably the best squad in the world. Altough it is yet to see if these signings will be worth the money they cost, early impressions seem to indicate they will. Aguero scored a brace on his debut, Nasri made three assists in his debut... If they manage to continue their form, the Premiership will be City´s to take.</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Prediction: Strong title challenge.</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">3.Liverpool</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Damien Comolli is a magician! That is all I can say after such a transfer window for Liverpool. Getting rid of all the deadwood, lowering the yearly wage bill for 30 million, buying PL proven players, not being affraid to spend big when needed. Liverpool are a totaly different team than they were last season. Dalglish has strenghtened every part of the squad, from the goalkeeper to the attack. A few more players next summer, and Liverpool will finally have a team capable of challenging for the title.</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Prediction:Top 4 finish, possible surprise title challenge.</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">2.Malaga</span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">These Sheikhs really are ambitious. Buying a average Spanish side, investing huge money in it and making them a contender for a top 4 finish. This somehow sounds familliar. Altough they probably won´t spend as much as the City owners did, they are building a side capable of defeating teams like Sevilla or Valencia for a CL place. Bringing Pellegrini is Malaga´s best deal so far, as he is a manager that is capable of transforming mediocre teams into top ones.</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Prediction: Fight for a top 4 place.</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">1.Roma</span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">What to say about Roma´s deals this summer? Fantastic! Stekelenburg, Bojan, Lamela, Gago, Pjanic... Luis Enrique has build a very decent squad that is, compared to the team Roma had last season, a huge improvement. Convincing De Rossi to sign a new contract is also a big victory for Roma. Altough they had a bad start to the season, being thrown out of Europe by Slovan Bratislava, when these signings gel, Roma will be a major force in Italy.</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Prediction: Possible title challenge.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Ivan Stanic</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter: @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/stanic007">stanic007</a></span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-3846446138722274043?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>stanic007http://www.blogger.com/profile/04186843573569630667noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-88095542586585069882011-09-01T15:36:00.001+03:002011-09-01T18:06:27.609+03:00We’ve had a nice big dose of Arsene Wenger’s rescue remedy. But where do we go from here?<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: #f9f7f5; color: #444444; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 22px;"></span><br /><div style="line-height: 1.385; margin-bottom: 18px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><em><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Remedy:&nbsp;<strong>(n) something that cures or relieves a disorder.</strong></span></em></div><div style="line-height: 1.385; margin-bottom: 18px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><a href="http://positivegunners.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/alex-oxlade-chambe_1967162c-234x190.jpg" style="color: #4265a7; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-99" height="121" src="http://positivegunners.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/alex-oxlade-chambe_1967162c-234x190.jpg?w=150&amp;h=121" style="border-bottom-style: none; border-color: initial; border-color: initial; border-left-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-top-style: none; border-width: initial; border-width: initial; float: left; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 15px; margin-top: 0px;" title="alex-oxlade-chambe_1967162c-234x190" width="150" /></a>Before a few days ago (just after the Man Utd disaster) there wasn’t a lot I could say apart from “utter disappointment”. Despite the signings, our squad isn’t as strong as it could have been and the window is shut. Before the last two days of the window, all we had done is signed a kid (a very talented Mr Chamberlain&nbsp;<em>pictured left</em>) from nPower League One side Southampton for £7million (eventually rising to £15million), Gervinho, who took 9 weeks to sign (but a bargain at £10.7million), Jenkinson (another League One hotshot for £1million), and then flogged the rest of our chalk. Eboué went for £4million to Galatasaray, nobody bats an eyelid, suddenly our whole squad leaves and you think “was £4million worth it?”, never mind, what’s done is done. Then there’s the hot-out-of-hell Arsenal villain Nasri who picked a spot on the bench at Man City for £200K a week, transfer fee of £24million. Losing Nasri seemed fine, but that was with the expectation we would replace him with someone of similar, if not better, quality, cue Eden Hazard. As for Fabregas, it only seems like common sense that we signed an adequate replacement BEFORE we sold him, yet that never happened. It was inevitable that Fabregas would leave this summer so why spend so long dallying over an outbound transfer and spend no time at all looking on bringing players in.</span></div><div style="line-height: 1.385; margin-bottom: 18px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">But then, inbound… &nbsp;Two of our left-backs have gone (Clichy and Traoré), leaving Kieran<a href="http://oddschanger.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Mikel-Arteta.jpg" style="color: #4265a7; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;"><br /></a>Gibbs on his own with who as back-up? George Brislen-Hall (<strong>who we re-signed after releasing</strong>)? I thought: “****” we’re flapping our arms in the deep end now, but then out of nowhere appeared André Santos, not bad for some. We “supposedly” planned a £12million bid for Baines,&nbsp;<strong>but like 95% of all Arsenal transfers, nothing materialised so we went for the cheaper option.</strong>&nbsp;Park Chu-Young as a replacement for Bendtner? I don’t see why not, although I’d rather lose Chamakh than Bendtner. The point is at least we signed someone, even if he does have to leave for military service when he’s 28 (look it up if you don’t believe me). Per Mertesacker, 6’6” and has a good disciplinary record, why not? The deal was done fast and he’s only 26, good move for the future.&nbsp;Benayoun? &nbsp;Fair enough it’s just a loan, but it is a “panic buy” and this is what we need to avoid if we are going to continue to grow as a club, decent squad player, though.</span></div><div style="line-height: 1.385; margin-bottom: 18px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><img alt="" class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-101" height="79" src="http://positivegunners.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/mikel-arteta1.jpg?w=150&amp;h=79" style="float: right; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;" title="Mikel-Arteta" width="150" /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">And to top it all off, we get MIKEL ARTETA who I am OVER THE MOON about signing. Arteta<em>&nbsp;[right]</em>&nbsp;is, in my opinion,exactly what we need; Arteta is creative, experienced, and hungry to play (in Europe, we know he wasn’t starved of football at Everton). The icing on the cake: he took a £10k per week wage cut to play for us, shows how much he wanted the move, shows how much he wants to be an Arsenal player. However, despite the signings, we’re still left with this weakened squad and a mountain of cash stockpiled on a varnished wooden table in the boardroom. I guess we’ll have to wait until January to see our money get fully spent.</span></div><div style="line-height: 1.385; margin-bottom: 18px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><a href="http://positivegunners.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/alisher-usmanov.jpg" style="color: #4265a7; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-102" height="105" src="http://positivegunners.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/alisher-usmanov.jpg?w=150&amp;h=105" style="border-bottom-style: none; border-color: initial; border-color: initial; border-left-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-top-style: none; border-width: initial; border-width: initial; float: left; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 15px; margin-top: 0px;" title="alisher-usmanov" width="150" /></a>As for the lack of drive behind the scenes, I’m not sure who to blame here, is it Wenger? Yes. Is it the board? Most certainly yes to that as well. We’re left with one big problem which Wenger and the board are big parts of. Wenger is (arguably) too stubborn to change his ways when, let’s face it, his ways aren’t working anymore. The board lack any sense of direction whatsoever and only seem to care about lining their pockets with our money. It’s all a bit too much, and with Danny Fiszman no longer with us, it only seems right that we bring back David Dein to the board as well as giving a place to Usmanov (Red &amp; White Holdings). There would be nothing wrong with having those two on the board, why? David Dein was always an influential figure in driving the club forwards (when he was here) but with him gone, everything seems to have taken a turn for the worst. Dein was known for backing Wenger’s transfer wishes, but with Silent Stan &amp; Co not caring at all, there appears to be a chasm of separation between Wenger and the board and it’s hurting us, Dein and Usmanov&nbsp;<em>[left]</em>&nbsp;could bridge that gap. Why Usmanov you ask? Why on earth not?! He’s been quoted saying he “loves” Arsenal, as well as making a statement of intent by&nbsp;<strong>not selling his 29% stake in the club (Red &amp; White Holdings)</strong>&nbsp;to Silent Stan during his brisk takeover of the club. The fans need a voice on the board, and that voice is Usmanov. Make it happen.</span></div><div style="line-height: 1.385; margin-bottom: 18px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><strong><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Thanks for reading, Myles (@<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/MylesBurrell">MylesBurrell </a>on Twitter).</span></strong></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-8809554258658506988?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Myles J. Burrellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17108457175560606926noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-20544904243289608602011-09-01T14:35:00.000+03:002011-09-01T14:35:44.660+03:00Serie A: There May Be Trouble Ahead<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The Serie A is a marketing miracle whose case history should be a mandatory part of every course in business schools around the world. 'Why?' You may, or rather should ask and consider what follows.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Almost every year, a match-fixing scandal erupts, leading to point deductions, bans and a general feeling that what we see out on the pitch - especially results from March onwards - should not be trusted in its entirety. The Lega Serie A, the top-flight's governing body, is a fractious assortment of owners and directors who should be sued for improper use of the term 'league' by bona fide organisations like the NFL, as the clear goal of most of them is to create an uneven playing field and a financial divide with the others. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Most games are played in dilapidated, uncomfortable grounds where access is complicated by a general lack of advance information about something as simple as how to get a ticket - and you do not even need to get off the couch anyway, as the Lega's complete sell-out to television networks means you can access every game on one of the two available platforms. On the pitch, the influx of world-class talent the media anticipates with bated breath at the beginning of each summer has, predictably, not materialised. In fact, the Serie A has lost a young talent like Javier Pastore and it's not clear, yet, who will replace him as the holder of the not-so-coveted title of "player most likely to be overrated following a couple of good seasons", although there's never a shortage of candidates for that role. And yet... despite this appalling scenario, millions around the world will be counting down the hours until Siena and Fiorentina (hopefully) kick-off on Saturday at 6pm local time.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Such is the reputation Italian football still carries throughout the world. Years of decline in European competitions and in the race to sign, or at least retain, the best players have dented and twisted our <i>calcio's</i> name, but not to the point fans are looking for other things to do next weekend. There are, after all, several highly interesting issues surrounding the new season.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The most intriguing one centres around Inter, who are in the process of sealing the sale of Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi. New manager Gian Piero Gasperini has so far failed to achieve any sort of consistency with his side, amid the unsettling transfer news concerning not just the Cameroon international but also Wesley Sneijder and other names that seem to come out of the blue - like the latest, Kaka. Pressure on the <i>Nerazzurri</i> is always intense and theirs is not a tradition of handling it well: their policy in the transfer market, while being nominally inspired by UEFA's Financial Fair Play laws, sometimes seem to be based on whims and short-term planning, and this does not help them achieve the respect they deserve among many media pundits.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Especially with Milan, who are not on the other side of town as much as the enemy within, looking good while planning for a second consecutive league title and a better run in the Champions League. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's recent injury, which may keep him out of the opening game at Cagliari, may expose Milan's lack of a like-for-like replacement, but coach Max Allegri is confident Pato's improving awareness in perfecting the centre-forward moves will keep the overall skill level up, and when the need arises, Pippo Inzaghi, despite a recent setback, will make himself available again after last year's knee injury. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">With the transfer window approaching its end, Alberto Aquilani appears close to being announced as the much-vaunted Mr X, the now wearisome nickname that top official Adriano Galliani had bestowed upon the midfielder the <i>Rossoneri</i> were looking to sign. Amid all attempts to dislodge him from the <i>trequartista</i> position he played with panache and energy last season and push him wider and deeper on the left of Milan's 4-3-1-2, Kevin-Prince Boateng has been brilliant in pre-season and his struggle to retain a starting place is among the top stories surrounding the defending champions.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">A monumental task is awaiting Antonio Conte at Juventus, who are, confusingly, in the second year of their second rebuilding stage, having cleared the decks by dismissing everyone involved with last year's seventh-place debacle. Conte has brought along his trusted and successful 4-2-4, which won him promotion to the Serie A with both Bari and Siena, with the promise of attacking football based on ball possession and sudden bursts from the flanks. This approach may be inspired by Andrea Pirlo, who despite the arrival of several new players - among them Arturo Vidal and Switzerland full-backs Stephan Lichtsteiner and Reto Ziegler - may still prove to be the most crucial. Pirlo's emergence as a key player would surprise Milan fans, who have seen him struggle with injury and loss of form in the past year.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Anyway, Juve's attempt to climb all the way up into the title reckoning or at least a Champions League place - remember, Italy will only be allowed three now - is given more urgency by their momentous move to a new stadium, which they own. Despite the propaganda you've been hearing, it's not the first time an Italian club has built and owned a football ground: Reggiana had the Stadio Giglio built for them in 1992 by a consortium of firms linked to the club and played their first ever Serie A game there against, you guessed it, Juventus. Reggiana, though, were never as good as the ground was nice, and that's a mistake you feel Juventus will not make. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The<i> Bianconeri</i> sold 50% more season tickets for 2011-12 than last year and will cut the ribbon on their new 41,000-capacity palace with a glamour friendly with, er, Notts County: an excellent way of linking the present with the distant past, as it was the Nottinghamshire club who provided Juve with their original playing kit more than a century ago. While the new stadium is nothing football fans of more modern countries won't have seen before, that it was conceived <i>and</i> built in a nation notorious for having an ancient and backwards-looking mentality is a huge step forward, and Juve must be commended for it. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Allegri, 44, and Conte, 42, are just two of the crop of emerging young managers who have been given a chance in the top flight. Among the others - all former players - are 44-year-old Pierpaolo Bisoli at Bologna, who is young by Italian standards, 37-year-old Vincenzo Montella at Catania, 41-year-old Eusebio Di Francesco at Lecce and, of course, Luis Enrique, who takes charge of Roma at 41. Several more, like Mimmo Di Carlo - back at Chievo after a bad year at Sampdoria - Cesena's Marco Giampaolo and Stefano Pioli - already in the hot seat at Palermo, but who hasn't been? - are in a similar age range but are already on their second or third club and as such are perhaps not seen as being part of the same category. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Not everyone of them will make it through the season without getting the sack: last season, Cesena probably avoided relegation by sticking with coach Massimo Ficcadenti - who is 43, by the way - through the worst of times, but chances are one of the debutants will have to walk the plank as soon as the losses pile up and fans, in that shameful routine perfected in this country, begin showing up at the training ground asking for a "chat" with the manager. Cagliari, after all, did not even need that excuse to sack Roberto Donadoni 15 days before the Serie A started, and replace him with Ficcadenti: Donadoni was apparently less than enthusiastic about the club's lack of hustle in the transfer market, and there was always going to be one outcome when that came out.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">None of the new managers will have an easy time, but Luis Enrique might have walked into the most explosive situation. Roma officially became part of Thomas DiBenedetto's portfolio of properties in mid-August, after a drawn-out round of negotiations, and the Italian-American swiftly moved to change the culture at the club, which may prove to be even harder than assembling a championship-winning side. As <i>Corriere dello Sport</i> reported last month, while surveying the scenery in the VIP area of the main stand at the Stadio Olimpico last season, DiBenedetto asked what the price of those tickets was, and the answer startled him: "They're giveaways." This is not completely unusual <i>per se</i>: most grounds in Italy are council-owned and this means a number of free passes are given each year to local politicians and authorities as part of the rental deal, but Rome being Rome, the number of freeloaders is swollen by MPs, officials of CONI (the Italian Olympic Committee, whose HQ is just a flare's throw away), hangers-on and their friends. <i>Corriere</i> noted at least 2,500 tickets for each Roma home match are given away for free, which results in a loss of potential income of €5 million each year for the club. Good luck to DiBenedetto, then.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">While violently arguing against each other most of the time in parliament, politicians will surely unite to defend their privileges, should Roma act on their threat to rectify the situation. And talking of privileges, it seems Luis Enrique has already rubbed Francesco Totti up the wrong way by naming him on the bench for Roma's defeat at Slovan Bratislava in the first leg of the Europa League preliminary round. Totti, who then trained on Saturday wearing a T-shirt with the word 'Basta!' ('Enough!'), is as much a fixture of the Roman scene as the politicians and their sycophants, with the crucial difference that he's worked hard at his profession, has rare skills and earns his money in a honest manner. However, it sometimes seems his larger-than-life character has an overwhelming bearing on whatever happens at Roma, and it will be interesting to see how the situation evolves, as Enrique's 4-3-3 has him playing deeper, as a centre-forward, than he's become used to in the recent past.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">And with Lazio having improved by acquiring Miroslav Klose and Djibril Cisse and perhaps soon making an addition-by-subtraction deal by selling Mauro Zarate, you can be sure Roman derbies will again be among the highlights of the season in the capital. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Travelling further south, Napoli's grandiose plans for world domination might be tested this year, as they will not be able to sneak up on anybody and will in fact be expected to repeat or improve on last season's third-place finish. Meanwhile, owner Aurelio De Laurentiis' antics have already made him a love-or-hate figure throughout Italy: while his quest to bring more business sense to the Lega dealings must be commended - he's already said many times the Serie A international TV rights are undersold - his penchant for outrageous remarks threatens to undermine his good intentions and turn him into a local folk hero with little gravitas outside, despite the huge success he's had as a brilliant movie producer. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">His latest quip about trying to establish a youth system mixing Barcelona's structure with Napoli's noted if stereotypical '<i>scugnizzeria</i>' ('urchinism') immediately became a hot topic in the world of social networking, for example. Ironically, while he's trying to grab Italian football by the collar and drag it into the modern world, De Laurentiis belongs to a fairly typical class of Italian entrepreneurs, those who basically got a head-start in business by trading on their family name. Among the top Serie A clubs, only Milan are owned by someone who was not born into wealth, though there are of course some here who wish it had stayed that way for Silvio Berlusconi.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">You can then see how hard it is for outsiders to break into the big time and stay there. With all his contradictions, De Laurentiis is truly pushing hard to keep Napoli at the top, and a set of new midfielders - Gokhan Inler and Blerim Dzemaili - plus jack-of-all-trades Alberto Santana will now provide excitable coach Walter Mazzarri with more versatility within a unit that had become predictable and lacking in resources last year while making Napoli one of the more entertaining sides in the Serie A.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Udinese may struggle to repeat last season's fourth-place finish, having sold their backbone of Zapata-Inler-Sanchez for €44 million, but the club's extraordinary ethos and ability in establishing a 'next man up' mentality may see them surprise a few opponents again. Udinese tend to receive little respect or, worse still, patronising media coverage, with the media keen that they don't threaten the big clubs they rely on to sell copies and attract viewers. It's a sad part of being a club like Udinese, Bologna, Fiorentina, Chievo, Parma or Lecce - and the 2011-12 season will be no exception for Francesco Guidolin and his players. </span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">You'd still rather be in his shoes than Stefano Colantuono's, though. Atalanta will kick off the season with a six-point deduction and the loss of captain Cristiano Doni following this summer's match-fixing probe, and the manager's task, which was always going to be tough, has now been made even harder. Their home match against Cesena, who themselves must be wary of a sophomore slump despite acquiring some good players including Adrian Mutu, can already be described as - ironically - a six-pointer. And that is no marketing gimmick.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Timmy</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/TimmyBossEnt">TimmyBossEnt</a></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-2054490424328960860?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Sir Timmyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02839314001124707595noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-16998889287169504752011-09-01T11:09:00.003+03:002011-09-01T14:27:22.129+03:00Every Premier League Summer Transfer Inc Deadline Day<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Having trouble keeping on top of the frantic summer transfer activity? Here's our handy guide to who YOUR side has signed...</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">ARSENAL&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Players in: Carl Jenkinson (Charlton, undisclosed), Gervinho (Lille, undisclosed), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Southampton, initial £12million), Joel Campbell (Deportivo Saprissa, undisclosed), Park Chu-young (Monaco, undisclosed), Andre Santos (Fenerbahce, undisclosed), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen, undisclosed), Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea, season loan), Mikel Arteta (Everton, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Players out: Gael Clichy (Manchester City, undisclosed), Denilson (Sao Paulo, season loan), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Ipswich, undisclosed), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona, undisclosed), Emmanuel Eboue (Galatasaray, undisclosed), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad, season loan), Pedro Botelho (Rayo Vallecano, season loan), Samir Nasri (Manchester City, undisclosed), Armand Traore (QPR, undisclosed), Joel Campbell (Lorient, season loan), Gilles Sunu (Lorient, undisclosed), Henri Lansbury (West Ham, season loan), Nicklas Bendtner (Sunderland, loan).</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">ASTON VILLA&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Players in: Shay Given (Manchester City, undisclosed), Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan, undisclosed), Alan Hutton (Tottenham, undisclosed), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham, loan), Enda Stevens - Signing in January from Shamrock Rovers.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Players out: Nigel Reo-Coker, John Carew, Robert Pires, Moustapha Salifou, Isaiah Osbourne (all released), Brad Friedel (Tottenham, free), Ashley Young (Manchester United, undisclosed), Stewart Downing (Liverpool, undisclosed), Luke Young (QPR, undisclosed), Jean Makoun (Olympiacos, season loan).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;BLACKBURN&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: David Goodwillie (Dundee United, undisclosed), Radosav Petrovic (Partizan Belgrade, &nbsp;undisclosed), Simon Vukcevic (Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed), Scott Dann (Birmingham, .&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Players out: Jason Brown, Benjani Mwaruwari, Zurab Khizanishvili, Maceo Rigters (all released), Phil Jones (Manchester United, £16.5million), Frank Fielding (Derby, £300,000), Nikola Kalinic (Dnipro, undisclosed), Brett Emerton (Sydney FC, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;BOLTON&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Darren Pratley (Swansea, free), Nigel Reo-Coker (unattached), Chris Eagles (Burnley, undisclosed), Tyrone Mears (Burnley, undisclosed), Tuncay Sanli (Wolfsburg, season loan), Dedryck Boyata (Man City loan), Gael Kakuta (Chelsea, loan), David Ngog (Liverpool, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Johan Elmander, Jlloyd Samuel, Joey O'Brien, Tamir Cohen (all released), Ali Al Habsi (Wigan, undisclosed), Matt Taylor (West Ham, undisclosed), Sam Sheridan (Stockport, free).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;CHELSEA&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Thibaut Courtois (Genk, undisclosed), Oriol Romeu (Barcelona, undisclosed), Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht, undisclosed), Juan Mata (Valencia, undisclosed), Ulises Davila (Chivas Guadalajara, undisclosed), Raul Meireles (Liverpool, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Michael Mancienne (Hamburg, undisclosed), Gokhan Tore (Hamburg, undisclosed), Jeffrey Bruma (Hamburg, season loan), Jack Cork (Southampton, undisclosed), Yury Zhirkov (Anzhi Makhachkala, undisclosed), Slobodan Rajkovic (Hamburg, undisclosed), Ulises Davila (Vitesse Arnham, season loan), Patrick van Aanholt (Wigan, season loan), Gael Kakuta (Bolton, loan), Yossi Benayoun (Arsenal, season loan).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;EVERTON&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Denis Stracqualursi (Tigres, loan), Royston Drenthe (Real Madrid, loan).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: James Vaughan (Norwich, undisclosed), Iain Turner (released), Shane Duffy (Scunthorpe, loan), Mikel Arteta (Arsenal, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;FULHAM&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Csaba Somogyi (unattached), John Arne Riise (Roma, undisclosed), Marcel Gecov (Slovan Liberec, undisclosed), Pajtim Kasami (Palermo, undisclosed), Zdenek Grygera (Juventus, free), Orlando Sa (free).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, undisclosed), Diomansy Kamara (Eskisehirspor, free), Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), John Pantsil, Eddie Johnson, Matthew Saunders, Pascal Zuberbuhler, Zoltan Gera (all released), David Stockdale (Ipswich, season loan), Keanu Marsh Brown (Dundee United, loan).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;LIVERPOOL&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Jordan Henderson (Sunderland, undisclosed), Charlie Adam (Blackpool, £6.75million), Alexander Doni (Roma, free), Stewart Downing (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Jose Enrique (Newcastle, undisclosed), Sebastian Coates (Nacional, undisclosed), Villyan Bijev (California Odyssey, undisclosed), Craig Bellamy (Manchester City, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Paul Konchesky (Leicester, undisclosed), Peter Gulacsi (Hull, season loan), Milan Jovanovic (Anderlecht, undisclosed), Tom Ince (Blackpool, undisclosed), Daniel Ayala (Norwich, undisclosed), Sotirios Kyrgiakos (Wolfsburg, undisclosed), Daniel Pacheco (Atletico Madrid, season loan), Alberto Aquilani (AC Milan, season loan), Emiliano Insua (Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed), Joe Cole (Lille, loan), Christian Poulsen (Evian, undisclosed), Villyan Bijev (Fortuna Dusseldorf, loan), David Ngog (Bolton, undisclosed), Raul Meireles (Chelsea, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">MANCHESTER CITY&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Players in: Gael Clichy (Arsenal, undisclosed), Stefan Savic (Partizan Belgrade, undisclosed), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid, £35million), Costel Pantilimon (Timisoara, undisclosed), Samir Nasri (Arsenal, undisclosed), Owen Hargreaves (unattached).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Patrick Vieira (retired), Javier Garrido (released), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich, undisclosed), Ben Mee (Burnley, season loan), Shay Given (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Jo (Internacional, undisclosed), Kieran Trippier (Burnley, season loan), Michael Johnson (Leicester, season loan), Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham, season loan), Dedryck Boyata (Bolton, loan), Roque Santa Cruz (Real Betis, season loan), Vladimir Weiss (Espanyol, season loan), John Guidetti (Feyenoord, season loan), Ahmed Benali (Rochdale, season loan), Shaun Wright-Phillips (QPR, undisclosed), Craig Bellamy (Liverpool, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;MANCHESTER UNITED</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Phil Jones (Blackburn, £16.5million), Ashley Young (Aston Villa, undisclosed), David De Gea (Atletico Madrid, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Edwin van der Sar (retired), Paul Scholes (retired), Owen Hargreaves (released), Bebe (Besiktas, season loan) Ritchie de Laet (Norwich, season loan), Nicky Ajose (Peterborough, undisclosed), Wes Brown (Sunderland, undisclosed), John O'Shea (Sunderland, undisclosed), Corry Evans (Hull, £500,000), Gabriel Obertan (Newcastle, undisclosed), Oliver Norwood (Scunthorpe, loan).</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;NEWCASTLE&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Yohan Cabaye (Lille, undisclosed), Demba Ba (West Ham, undisclosed), Sylvain Marveaux (Rennes, undisclosed), Mehdi Abeid (Lens, undisclosed), Gabriel Obertan (Manchester United, undisclosed), Davide Santon (Inter Milan, undisclosed), Rob Elliot (Charlton, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Players out: Sol Campbell, Shefki Kuqi (both released), Kevin Nolan (West Ham, undisclosed), Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton, loan), Wayne Routledge (Swansea, undisclosed), Jose Enrique (Liverpool, undisclosed), Joey Barton (QPR, free).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;NORWICH&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: James Vaughan (Everton, undisclosed), Steve Morison (Millwall, £2.5million), Elliott Bennett (Brighton, £1.5million), Ritchie de Laet (Manchester United, season loan), Bradley Johnson (Leeds, free), Anthony Pilkington (Huddersfield, undisclosed), Kyle Naughton (Tottenham, season loan), Daniel Ayala (Liverpool, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Luke Daley (Plymouth, undisclosed), Tom Adeyemi (Oldham, loan), Stephen Hughes (released), Cody McDonald (Coventry, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;QPR&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff, free), Kieron Dyer (unattached), Danny Gabbidon (unattached), DJ Campbell (Blackpool, undisclosed), Brian Murphy (unattached), Joey Barton (Newcastle, free), Luke Young (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Armand Traore (Arsenal, undisclosed), Tommaso Trani (unattached), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City, undisclosed), Anton Ferdinand (Sunderland, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Mikele Leigertwood (Reading, undisclosed), Angelo Balanta (MK Dons, five-month loan), Kaspars Gorkss (Reading, undisclosed), Antonio German (released).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;STOKE&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Jonathan Woodgate (unattached), Matthew Upson (unattached), Wilson Palacios (Tottenham, undisclosed). Peter Crouch</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Abdoulaye Faye, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Ibrahima Sonko (all released), Carl Dickinson (Watford, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;SUNDERLAND&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Ahmed Elmohamady (ENPPI, undisclosed), Keiren Westwood (Coventry, free), Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham, free), Connor Wickham (Ipswich, £8million), Ji Dong-won (Chunnam Dragons, undisclosed), Craig Gardner (Birmingham, undisclosed), Wes Brown (Manchester United, undisclosed), John O'Shea (Manchester United, undisclosed), David Vaughan (unattached), James McClean (Derry City, £350,000), Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal, loan).</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool, undisclosed), Boudewijn Zenden (released), Cristian Riveros (Kayserispor, season loan), David Healy (Rangers, free), Steed Malbranque (St Etienne, undisclosed), George McCartney (West Ham, season loan).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;SWANSEA&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Danny Graham (Watford, £3.5million), Steven Caulker (Tottenham, season loan), Jose Moreira (Benfica, undisclosed), Leroy Lita (Middlesbrough, £1.75million), Wayne Routledge (Newcastle, undisclosed), Michael Vorm (FC Utrecht, undisclosed), Gerhard Tremmel (free).</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Darren Pratley (Bolton, free), Dorus de Vries (Wolves, free) Gorka Pintado, Cedric van der Gun, Albert Serran (all released), Shaun MacDonald (Bournemouth, undisclosed), David Cornell (Hereford, loan), Ryan Harley (Brighton, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;TOTTENHAM&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Brad Friedel (Aston Villa, free), Cristian Ceballos (unattached), Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City, season loan), Yago Falque (Juventus, season loan), Souleymane Coulibaly (Siena, undisclosed) Scott Parker (West Ham, undisclosed).</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Jonathan Woodgate (released), Jamie O'Hara (Wolves, £5million), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy, £3.5million), Steven Caulker (Swansea, season loan), Paul-Jose M'Poku (Standard Liege, undisclosed), Kyle Naughton (Norwich, season loan), Bongani Khumalo (Reading, season loan), Nathan Byrne (Bournemouth, season loan), Ryan Mason (Doncaster, season loan), Jonathan Obika (Yeovil, five-month loan), David Bentley (West Ham, season loan), Callum Tapping (Hearts, nominal), Wilson Palacios (Stole, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;WEST BROM</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Gareth McAuley (Ipswich, free), Billy Jones (Preston, free), Ben Foster (Birmingham, season loan), Zoltan Gera (unattached), Marton Fulop (Ipswich, free), Shane Long (Reading, undisclosed).</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Abdoulaye Meite (Dijon, free), Giles Barnes, Dean Kiely (both released), Borja Valero (Villarreal, undisclosed) Scott Carson (Bursaspor, undisclosed), Gianni Zuiverloon (Real Mallorca, undisclosed), Boaz Myhill (Birmingham, season loan), Ishmael Miller (Nottingham Forest, £1.2million), James Hurst (Blackpool, season loan), Marek Cech (Trabzonspor, undisclosed).</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;WIGAN&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Ali Al Habsi (Bolton, undisclosed), David Jones (unattached), Nouha Dicko (unattached), Albert Crusat (Almeria, undisclosed), Shaun Maloney (Celtic, undisclosed), Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea, season loan).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Steven Caldwell, Daniel de Ridder, Jason Koumas, Mike Pollitt (all released), Antonio Amaya (Real Betis, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;WOLVES&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players in: Dorus de Vries (Swansea, free), Jamie O'Hara (Tottenham, £5million), Roger Johnson (Birmingham, undisclosed).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;Players out: Marcus Hahnemann, David Jones (both released), Steven Mouyokolo (Sochaux, season loan), Danny Batth (Sheffield Wednesday, loan), Andy Keogh (Leeds, loan), David Davis (Inverness, loan). Transfer deadline day was quality. Everyone was glued to their tv's, big deals was Arteta, Bellamy, Hargreaves, Jenas, Hutton, santos, Mertsaker, Bendtner.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Add @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/24_7footylovers">24_7footylovers</a> &amp; @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/midlandsfooty">midlandsfooty</a> on Twitter and facebook - <a href="http://www.facebook.com/247footylovers">www.facebook.com/247footylovers</a></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-1699888928716950475?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>24_7 Footy Lovershttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08354390416193041007247footylovers@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-45301081425747204092011-09-01T05:15:00.000+03:002011-09-01T05:15:01.728+03:00The Top 5 Signings In This Transfer Window<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Alright people let's go through how I picked my top 5 signings.</span></b><br /><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">1. The price.</span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">2. The ability of the player.</span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">3. The effect the player can have on the team.</span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>5-Joey Barton</b> </span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I know tons of people are thinking you got to be kidding me. I also know lots people that read this blog are Arsenal fans and hate him for what he did to Gervinho which got him a red card in the first game of the season. Joey cost QPR nothing and he is a great midfielder with anger issues. He plays great football and he can help a club that probably would get relegated, if they didn't buy in the transfer market. He and Shaun Wright Phillips can have a huge effect on the lads at QPR and help them maybe finish 14th or better.&nbsp;</span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Expectation for him is to get 10 goals and 8 assists.</span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">4-Wes Brown </span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">This guy was one of the best defenders in the world at a time and he fell out of favor in the last couple of years &nbsp;with Smalling, Jones, and Evans in front of him, so he left for Sunderland. The presence he can have in a weak midfield is brilliant. His fee was undisclosed but people guessed it was a million pounds. A former England International who hasn't played in over 30 games since 07-08, has something to prove and I think he will help Sunderland greatly.&nbsp;</span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Expectation from him is to keep 15 clean sheets and to help Sunderland get placed in the top 10.</span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">3- Ashley Young</span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">How did Manchester United get him for only 18 million? Aston Villa had a great player in Ashley Young, he can play wide and also can play as a second striker. He was Aston Villa's best player, an England regular and he's only 25 years old. He's also a great free kick taker, he can score goals, and also set up goals. I really think they could have sold him for about 23 or 24 million. He's already had a great start to his Manchester United career, scoring 2 goals and 6 assists.&nbsp;</span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Expectation is for him to get 11 goals and 15 assists. </span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">2- Shay Given</span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">This guy would have been the buy of the season for me if the number one guy wasn't bought. Getting a good keeper these days is hard and as a Manchester United fan, I loved having Edwin van der Sar as I knew every game we played, I knew something special would have to happen for some one to score. Now Aston Villa have a guy like that, Shay Given only cost 3.5 million for keeper of his&nbsp;caliber&nbsp;and that's just amazing business for Aston Villa. He an international player for the Republic Ireland before the rise of Joe Hart, was City's number one and was solid as a rock at the back.&nbsp;</span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Expectation for him is to keep 18 clean sheets and to help Aston Villa finish in the top 10.&nbsp;</span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">1- Nuri Sahin</span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">How did Real Madrid steal Borussia Dortmund's best player and Bundesliga's Player Of The Year last season? He was bought for 10 million euros which makes me want to say things that I can't say on here. If Mario Gotze is wanted for 35 million, how did you let your best player go to one of best teams in the world for 10 million? Borussia Dortmund could have sold him for 30 million easily. This kid is going to help Madrid in the future and will help them this season, as they will try to conquer Barcelona and win La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.&nbsp;</span><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Expectation for him is to get 23 appearances and grab 5 goals and 8 assists.</span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by:Tyler Dunne</span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Twitter: @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/MUFCALLDAY19">MUFCALLDAY19</a></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Please leave a comment on your top 5 signings.</span></b></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-4530108142574720409?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Wazza10http://www.blogger.com/profile/02535342716426382865noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-71336321345874455482011-08-31T05:47:00.000+03:002011-08-31T05:47:59.746+03:00Mexican League: Matchday 7<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><b><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Monterrey 2 - 0 Santos:&nbsp;</span></u></b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Fresh air for Rayados</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Tecnológico stadium was quite a sight on Saturday. Fans wore white shirts as a silent protest against the violence that the north of Mexico is living daily.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The game did not start with the best rhythm, both teams were hesitating to take the ball, neither team seemed to want to go forward. Little by little, however, the game picked up pace and Monterrey started attacking but Santos didn't lose control and settled on the pitch looking for counter-attacks.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The first goal came via a corner kick in the 28th minute: De Nigris smashed it into the crossbar but the rebound was still favorable to Rayados, Luis Pérez shot with his right leg from outside the area and sent the ball into the net.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Monterrey had another chance shortly after that but Santos' keeper cleared the ball.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Then, near the end of the first half, Rayados' José María Basanta gets red carded for a foul on Peralta and is sent off.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">In the second half, Santos looks more decided to attack, but Rayados, didn't show they were down by one man and instead of falling back trying to defend the lead they had, they never stopped going forward, looking for another goal.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">At the 66th minute, De Nigris passed the ball to Delgado who crossed into the box and Suazo scores a nicely headed goal.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Santos' subs didn't have much of an impact, after the second goal the team fell in disarray and couldn't find their way back to the game, wasting a last minute chance smashing the ball into the post.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Great result for Rayados, this will certainly give Vucetich a vote of confidence.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Poor performance from the ref (Genaro Medrano) allowing a lot of fouls, unfairly sending off Basanta and not giving a second yellow to Baloy.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><b><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Pachuca 2 - 0 América:&nbsp;</span></u></b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Borja brace gives his team the win.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Enjoyable night at Hidalgo stadium, well, at least for the local team. América is without question one of México's "big teams" but let's not forget Pachuca has won the title 5 times in recent years and can be a very complicated rival, particularly in their stadium.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Fifteen minutes into the game, Félix Borja found the back of the net, giving an early lead to Pachuca.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">For the rest of the first half, América seemed to have control of the ball, but it's all possession, no finishing. This encourages Pachuca to press and go forward in counter-attacks.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The second half started with América trying to equalize, on the second minute Pachuca's goalkeeper makes a great save. Carlos Reynoso (América's coach) takes out Sánchez for Vuoso, and from that moment on América starts to fade.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Add to this the red card Valenzuela got and the team was all but lost.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">At the 64th minute, a great cross by Elias Hernandez finds Borja who smashes in his second goal of the night.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><b><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Pumas 1 v 2 Cruz Azul:&nbsp;</span></u></b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Cruz Azul reaches the top</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">This is the second defeat in a row for Pumas, who hadn't lost a game before last week's match against Puebla. Last Sunday, as locals, they lost to Cruz Azul. Incidentally, this is Cruz Azul's first away win.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Cruz Azul started the game decided to attack. Both teams had good chances in the first half but it was Cruz Azul who opened the score in the 17th minute (Gerardo Flores).</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">However, only five minutes later Pumas equalized thanks to Martin Bravo.</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">In the second half Fuentes was sent off, leaving Pumas with ten men for a good part of the game and Cruz Azul made the most of this advantage and scored a second goal (Adrian Cortés).</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Pumas didn't have 4 starting players available (Cabrera, Cacho, Palacios and Palencia). However, the three players of the U-20 World Cup that were on the pitch had a good game: Orrantia (assisted the goal and had a chance to equalize the score on injury time but his shot hit the post), De Buen (nice shooting from outside the box) and Izazola (a couple of good shots, one that went over the goal and another one saved by Cruz Azul's keeper).&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The future looks bright for Pumas but this week they were on the losing side. Cruz Azul left Estadio Universitario with three points reaching the top of the table. For now.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Other results:</span></b></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Estudiantes 2 v 1 Pachuca</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">San Luis 2 v 0 Chivas de Guadalajara</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Atlas 0 - 1 Tigres</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Atlante 2 - 1 Estudiantes</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Tijuana 1 v 1 Querétaro</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Morelia 0 v 0 Puebla</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Jaguares 1 v 1 Toluca</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Helvetica; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">In transfer related news, Ulises Dávila (Chivas) is now a Chelsea player, although he could go on loan to Vitesse and Taufic Guarch (Estudiantes Tecos) has joined Espanyol B.&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Both players had a remarkable performance in the U-20 World Cup.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Gabriella Monti</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/gabsci">gabsci</a></span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-7133632134587445548?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Gabriellehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05465062151814664086noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-5261507353386830872011-08-31T05:26:00.000+03:002011-08-31T05:26:58.088+03:00Take your medicine, it's deadline day at Arsenal<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><style> <style> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style> <div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Well now, </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I started writing an article the moment after the horrifying loss we had at United, but I just couldn’t finish it. Luckily the last couple of days have given us Gooners some good news to dwell on, so that’s what I’ll be talking about today. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The transfer deadline draws ever nearer and Arsenal have finally begun to flex their muscle when it comes to signing new players. As of today it looks like Per Mertesacker, Chu Young Park and Andre Santos have all signed for the club. As of this moment only Park has been officially announced on Arsenal.com but you can expect the other deals to be finalized this morning (UK time at least, it’d be tomorrow for us Yanks). As far as other transfer targets, most of the usual names are being suggested as Arsenal continue to search for a CAM and maybe one other midfielder. Yoann Gourcuff, Eden Hazard, and Marvin Martin all seem to be targets that would bring the creative spark we so desperately lack right now. However, both Clint Dempsey and Juan Manuel Vargas have been linked just yesterday, and in my opinion they would both be great deadline day signings. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I don’t know a whole lot about Vargas, in fact I’ve never heard of him if I’m being brutally honest. Gauging by the reactions I’ve seen to this particular link, he’s a very good player. He seems to have temperament problems; his nickname is <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">El Loco</i> (the crazy one), so that should clue you in. I don’t know if this would actually happen and players with off the field issues don’t seem to last long at Arsenal, players like Adebayor.&nbsp;</span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I, mainly just because I’m American, am very excited about the prospect of Clint Dempsey joining us. He’s tough, creative, and a very hard working player. He loves to play in the hole directly behind the striker, a central position, and has very good technical skills. He’s proven internationally as well as in Europe. He was very pivotal to Fulham’s run to the Europa League Final just two years ago. I don’t know if Dempsey would start every game, but he would be a fantastic option to have off the bench. Another thing that could help seal the deal is Dempsey’s desire to play Champions League football. He has been linked with PSG and Sevilla recently, but if it came down to a choice he would undoubtedly pick us, now it just depends on whether Arsenal put in a bid or not. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">As far as filling up our empty midfield, I’m stuck on whom I would rather have come in. My opinion is that the midfielder that is bought must be a major improvement to what we already have, improving other player’s abilities by becoming the creator for the team. A big name like Hazard or even M’Villa doesn’t seem to be that for Arsenal. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Eden Hazard. I’ve wanted him at Arsenal for over two years. That said, he doesn’t play the central role at Lille, Florent Balmont and Benoit Pedretti occupy the central of the pitch for Lille OSC. Hazard has all the skills to become something truly amazing, but he would have to adapt to a new role in a bigger and faster league. Not something that is easy for anybody, especially with the weight of almost being required to win a trophy in your first season. No, if any midfielder were bought I would wager that it would be one of Gourcuff and Martin, both if we’re lucky. Both player’s posses excellent vision and technical skills to make any pundit drool. Don’t believe me? Watch this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxbbRh1F-ZI">goal</a> scored by Gourcuff, tekkers like you won’t believe. </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">I don’t see any Central defenders being bought apart from Mertesacker, who by all means is no easy way out for Arsenal. The tall, and I mean tall (he’s 6’6’’), CB has loads of experience for both club and country. Possessing 75 caps for Germany, he has more experience than any other CB we’ve been linked to all summer. He also costs less than all the other CB’s, being bought at a cool £8m. Cahill could still yet arrive, but I doubt it. The tension between Bolton and Arsenal has become very high, and in all honesty Cahill would not be first choice even if he did arrive. Kos and TV5 both still rate above him, not mention Mertesacker. Many fans have called out for Cahill, which I’m not quite sure why. Maybe just having an English CB brings back memories of Tony Adams, pleasant nostalgia if anything. I don’t see it happening though, but would gladly be proved wrong.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Santos is another signing that has been met with much skepticism. Opinions vary from him being world-class to him being crap. I hope it’s the first, and from what videos I’ve seen, Santos possesses enormous confidence on the ball. Something that will definitely aid the attack this year. I can see Santos winning the battle with Gibbs for becoming first choice, mainly because of Gibbs’ track record with injuries. I believe that Wenger wouldn’t have suggested him to be bought unless he was actually good, and Santos also brings experience with him as well. So all in all, for the price of £7m, not a bad buy. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The last transfer I’ll talk about is Chu Young Park. He comes from Monaco for the price of about £3m, rising to £5m million potentially. This is a signing no one saw coming, mainly because Park has already agreed to sign for Lille and we basically stole him in the middle of the night. Park captains South Korea, so he brings a lot of experience as well. He won’t be preferred to RVP, but potentially can offer Wenger the ability to change formation if he desires. Allowing RVP to sit in the hole behind Park and act more like a true #10. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Either way, business seems to be good at Arsenal FC. With the last few hours of the transfer window ticking away there is still business to be done, so watch out for some last minute blockbuster deals. I’ll be back tomorrow to look at the final verdict. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Till then, </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Thaddeus </span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/thad4dified">thad4dified</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"> </div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-526150735338683087?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Thad_Is_Whats_Up04http://www.blogger.com/profile/12233920254937458837noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-30742022278707295732011-08-30T23:47:00.000+03:002011-08-30T23:47:22.328+03:00Liverpool:from relegation fighters to title challengers<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yiR4IZTTwOM/Tl01PKNHGAI/AAAAAAAAAAg/ZFbr3AVVz4c/s1600/shankley_gates_203_203x152.jpg"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5646728042346125314" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yiR4IZTTwOM/Tl01PKNHGAI/AAAAAAAAAAg/ZFbr3AVVz4c/s320/shankley_gates_203_203x152.jpg" style="cursor: hand; cursor: pointer; float: left; height: 152px; margin: 0 10px 10px 0; width: 203px;" /></a><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">We all remember October last year, it will be in the memories of Liverpool fans forever. With the club on verge of financial meltdown and the club being near the relegation zone the whole season, there was no hope for the Liverpool fans. But, as our famous anthem "You´ll Never Walk Alone" says, "at the end of a storm there´s a golden sky." John W. Henry´s FSG bought the club, repaid its debt and promised investements in the squad. </span><br /><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">In January the under-fire manager Roy Hodgson was sacked and replaced by club legend Kenny Dalglish. Kenny lead Liverpool to a great finish of the season, with victories against Manchester City, United and Chelsea among the good results. The captures of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll showed that the owners will fulfill their promise of investing in the team.</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">This summer was a summer of big expectations for Liverpool fans. They were not left dissapointed. Captures of talents like Jordan Henderson and Sebastian Coates, buying proven Premier League players and getting rid of the deadwood mean that Liverpool, now have a team ready to compete for the title. With Arsenal being unable to replace Fabregas and Nasri, it seems like Liverpool won´t even need to fight for a top 4 place. In fact it has been served to us on a silver plate, we just have to take it.</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">If Liverpool manage to get back to the Champions League, they will be able to lure higher profile players. With the owners willingless to invest, Dalglish's great managerial skills and Comolli's eye for talent, Liverpool fans have all the rights to be excited. The Premiership may soon sail into Liverpool's hands.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Ivan Stanic</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/stanic007">stanic007</a></span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-3074202227870729573?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>stanic007http://www.blogger.com/profile/04186843573569630667noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-43253684219703056962011-08-30T23:32:00.000+03:002011-08-30T23:32:00.927+03:00Wenger Still the Man for Arsenal<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>Barely two days after his side were humiliated, embarrassed and destroyed Arsene Wenger has the biggest challange in his managerial career; rejuvenate his squad by </i></span></b></span><span style="font-size: large;"><b><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>buying 4-5 player</i></span></b><span style="font-family: inherit;">s</span></span></span><br /><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: black; color: white; font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">With Andre Santos and Mertesacker to be announced today, it leaves Wenger needing another c</span>enterback, and some fresh blood in the final third of the pitch to open up defences.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: black; color: white; font-size: large;"><br />With Arsenal fans questioning the manager for the first time in his 15 year regime, the next 48 hours will define Arsenal's season; by 31/08/11:01 Arsenal could have bought 5 new players which would change the gunners prospects for the season, or Arsenal will sign Santos and Mertesacker, but not buy the extra defender they need or the world class creative midfielder that is so desprately needed to fill the boots of Na$ri and Fabregas.</span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: black; color: white; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit; font-size: large;">Arsenal fans should keep calm and see what Wenger does in the next two days that's the least he&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">deserves</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit; font-size: large;">&nbsp;for his wonderful contribution to Arsenal FC, 14 years in the champions league with an average net spend of £1.6million per annum, to go with being a 3 time league winner with Arsenal, and a 4 time FA Cup winner, which makes him the most successful manager in the clubs history.</span></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: black; color: white; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit; font-size: large;">Only United and Madrid have longer streaks of Champions League&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">qualifying</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit; font-size: large;">, there is a reason why in the summer of 2006/7 Madrid offered Wenger £11million pound per annum to manage them yet he remained at Arsenal, even though he could of earned £7million more at the Bernabeu. Yet some Arsenal 'fans', don't repay the loyalty he showed to the club.</span></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: black; color: white; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white; font-size: large;">With the international break taking a bit of heat off Wenger, he'll be pleased to see that his next opponents are Swansea, and the word backlash springs to mind if you thought the 8-2 drubbing of Arsenal was horrific, which it was; then the Swans will be squashed . Maybe Wenger and his team will regain the confidence in their next 3 games, if not a long season awaits for Arsenal, and a increasingly fragile looking Arsene Wenger.</span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white; font-size: large;">With Wenger in France you would imagine that Marvin Martin is the man he wants to replace Fabregas, and ignite the frontline. And with Mertesacker adding height to the Arsenal defence, Wenger has started his 36 hour spending spree well.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: black; color: white; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: black; color: white; font-size: large;"> </span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span class="body" style="background-color: black; color: white;">"Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind"&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span class="body" style="background-color: black; color: white;"> </span></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span class="body" style="background-color: black; color: white;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: white; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span class="body" style="background-color: black; color: white;">Thanks for reading this post. Cheers.</span></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span class="body" style="background-color: black; color: white;"><br /></span></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: white; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="body" style="font-size: large;"><span style="background-color: black; color: white; font-family: inherit;">Written by Abdi Hussein</span></span><br /><span class="body" style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: black; color: white;">Follow me on @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/Rooatov">Rooatov</a></span></span></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-4325368421970305696?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Abdi Husseinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13975626514401765730noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-87854562382595690332011-08-30T23:24:00.000+03:002011-08-30T23:24:42.718+03:00Lille 3-2 Olympique Marseille: Ligue 1 champions seize initiative in thrilling encounter<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Ligue 1 giants Lille and Marseille played out an enthralling game which saw the Dogues pick up all three points, despite OM taking the lead at Stadium Lille Metropole on Sunday night.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Both sides found out their Champions League opponents in midweek, with Rudi Garcia’s men facing a tough trip to Inter and to Russia to face CSKA Moscow. L’OM will be taking their vociferous support to London (Arsenal), Dortmund and Athens (Olympiakos) over the winter months.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Lille were hoping not to implode as they spectacularly did in July’s Champions Trophy clash in Morocco. The hosts were up 3-1 with 85 minutes played, when five goals in the last five minutes saw Marseille steal the trophy 5-4 within normal time.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">That result must’ve still irked the home faithful, and it showed when Moussa Sow slid in on a cross and direct the ball past Steve Mandanda for 1-0. L’OM normally are slow starters to the league season, and after three consecutive draws, they were desperate for a first league win.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Deschamps’ team-talk must’ve done wonders at the interval. Straight after the break, Loic Remy, who has been enjoying a fine run of form, saw his effort bounce back off the post. It didn’t matter though, as Mathieu Valbuena got the break they needed when his long range effort was deflected over Mickael Landreau in the home goal to equalise.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Le Petit Velo, courted by Arsenal, pounced on a rebounded shot from Cheyrou to double the visitors lead after the hour to turn the match on its head.&nbsp; The Dogues response was great, as they peppered the visitors’ goal with unsuccessful efforts before Auerlien Chedjou’s equalising goal came five minutes later.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The game winning moment arrived with fifteen minutes to go as Rod Fanni felled Eden Hazard in the box. Moussa Sow stepped up to grab his second of the evening – the Senegalese was last year’s top scorer in France.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Marseille are now winless in four games this season, and face Europa League hopefuls Rennes after the international break.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Mohammed Ali</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/mohammedali_93">mohammedali_93</a></span></div><br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-8785456238259569033?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>Mohammed Alihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08603631521311353606mohammed93@hotmail.co.uk0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5607066740377498542.post-77989894211943900652011-08-30T08:48:00.000+03:002011-08-30T08:48:18.273+03:00Togetherness & Patience<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">After what we all Gunners suffered this past Sunday, I decided that it was the moment to write my first article for this great blog. I want to share with you all my thoughts about what we should do as fans of such a great club. First of all yes, I do consider Arsenal a great club, not just because is my favourite team, but also because it is simply great. We just need to look back and remember all the things it has achieved. Also it doesn't matter if have had bad moments, Arsenal has always found the way to get over those times and that is what makes us a great club. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">So that makes me want to tell you this, I think that there are two things that are important and we must not forget, to be together and supportive with the players, and have patience. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Let's talk about the second one, which most of you might say or think: "how can we have any patience if haven't won anything in the last 6 years?", "how to be patient if we don't bring enormous signings?" and so many more reasons. I believe that, even though you are right in saying such things, we must try to understand the fact that the team is young ( as it has been for the last seasons, I know) and although we have had great players as Fabregas and Nasri the "greedy", they didn't have patience, they didn't believe on the team that is growing, and contrary to them we have to be patient, because we have a bunch of players that are not just good and have incredible qualities such as Ramsey, Jack W., Chamberlain, etc, but they believe in Arsene W. and have put their hearts in Arsenal. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">And with that last thing said is that I connect the two reasons, patience and togetherness. We must show them that we won't turn our backs to them, we will show them our love to the club and that we believe in them. We all want to forget about the last game, we all do and we will because this team has given us so many great memories and they will keep on coming, we have 125 years of history and a bad, really bad game shouldn't make us believe that a catastrophe is coming. We must, indeed, believe that with patience things will come, they always come and let's not force for a change, instead let's sing: "We love you Arsenal, we do..."</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Written by Antonio Martinez</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Follow me on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/tonomuniz">tonomuniz</a></span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">A blog that talks about random stuff, issues, topics, anything that comes into my head. I speak my mind and I express my thoughts in my own unique and passionate way, I hope it's a good read and that you fellow readers notice my passion.<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5607066740377498542-7798989421194390065?l=www.o-posts.net' alt='' /></div>oalmasrihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14952664613330484383thierry14121@hotmail.com0