Date:Thursday January 24 2008
Have you got over the CC defeat to the spuds yet? No???
Heeeey, c'mon, lighten up - you wouldn't begrudge a spud (I'm sure you know one...) the one victory over us - I mean, let's face it, Halley's Comet is a more regular occurrence, is it not?
Well, it's happened now, anyway, so you'd better over it, and look forward to the rest of our season - a trip to wembley in the CC would have been nice, but once again, it's served to be a very useful blooding ground for the young players again, and hopefully will have enabled Arsene to see more clearly who looks like they're made of the right stuff.
And anyhows, here's some good news to cheer you up. Various news sources quote Matty Flamini as saying that his first priority is to stay at Arsenal. The Flamster was quoted from an interview with Arsenal's official magazine, and said,
I'm talking with the club. I am very happy and have some close friends here, I really hope that I will be staying and I'm very optimistic about it.
Arsenal is my priority and I hope that everything gets sorted out because I love this club - the atmosphere is amazing, the new stadium, the supporters, everything.
We are creating a new story here and I want to be part of that story.
What we are trained to do is attack together and defend together, but I'm more defensive than Cesc, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Hleb. I stay behind them to clean up.
It is important for every team to have someone like that - if you win the battle in midfield, you can win the game.
The midfield does the transition of the ball, it turns it over.
I see it as a compliment to be seen as a defensive midfielder, protecting the defence so that we can win the ball and use it. I do it with pleasure.
In my eye, he's somewhat more than just a 'water carrier'. That phrase suggests and carries with it the image of the player who is adept at receiving the ball, before moving it on again, and well, pretty much what Matty said. But he's got a real dynamism to his game - such tenacity, and he carries that goal threat that I constantly refer to.
Good news though, I'm sure you'll agree - it's a little more definite than the previous utterances when the subject was first raised a couple of months ago.
As ever though, optimism should be displayed and felt with a degree of caution - nothing, as we know, is certain in football, and today's statement is tomorrow's fallacy. Anyone remember TH14 saying he'd be at Arsenal for life?
Whilst the Flamster hasn't made such a proclamation, here's hoping he puts pen to paper real soon and prolongs his stay at the club by the reported five years that Arsenal are supposed to be offering him...
Date:Thursday January 24 2008
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