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A Brittle Career

A Brittle Career

Out with the girlfriend yesterday, we were out to grab some brekkie, and stopped in at a greasy spoon.Our full englishes had just arrived when a mate phoned me, to ask what I was doing that evening, and we had a quick chat about the Brum - Arse footy match which was just about to kick off. After we'd scoffed our grub and gone back home, and were laying down to let the grub go down, I had switched on the radio to listen to the game, and my mate phoned again to ask me what I reckoned about the Eduardo game, to which they had only just alluded to on the radio since I had switched it on. The commentators spoke of a subdued, disinterested group of Gunners. It all began to fall in to place.

We came out in the second half and ripped into them, theo grabbing his first two goals, and I am so happy for him, I hope this is the starting point of hi Arsenal career. Ultimately we walked away after conceding an unfair penalty. But I'm afraid I cannot bring myself to lament two point dropped in this game, or indeed two points ceded to ManUre in the title race.

All this pales into insignificance when you think of that guy laid up in a hospital room, having just had his left ankle smashed to bits in just the third minute of a match.

I have since seen the stills and some video footage of the incident, and whilst i do not want to enter the 'was it deliberate' debate, I will say it was a fucking disgraceful tackle, the ball was a mile away, and if that is the extent of Martin Taylor's capabilities, all I can say to Birmingham is that I hope that was a one-off tackle, as if he's normally that late, he doesn't deserve to be anywhere near the Premier League, due to lack of talent, regardless of any malicious intent or not.

It makes you think though, doesn't it. Players, their careers, their wages. I'm sure everyone's been involved in one of those conversations about whether players earn too much money, and whether they dedicate themselves strongly enough to their profession, or spend too much time buying expensive cars, stumbling out of nightclubs with some trollop on their arm. That kind of thing.

And there are quite a few players in the Prem who do fall into that category. I'd hazard a guess that at least 85% of those that are like that, are English.

it angers folk that these people get paid so much money, 'just for kicking a ball about', and then act so with so little grace, flaunting their money and lifestyle.

But when you see an injury yesterday, like Dudu's, it puts everything into perspective.

Eduardo is a player of some note. With a goalscoring record in his adopted homeland of Croatia that any striker would envy, both at club and international level, he is still only 24, and his best years lay ahead of him. In the summer he had moved to Arsenal, and with no disrespect to Dinamo Zagreb intended, earned himself that move to one of Europe's top clubs.

More than just his talents, the outpouring of well wishes from fans of not just Arsenal, but from up and down the country, suggest he was a player who other fans well respected. The croatian fans who have spoken up with their well wishes for Dudu speak of a man who they believe to be a genuinely nice human being. Not one of said flash harry's.

And now he is recovering from an injury which threatens to curtail his career and bring it to an abrupt end. Indeed, his first battle on his road to recovery may be to ensure that he is able to walk properly once more.

Down the years, there have been some truly horrific injuries in English football. We've seen Abou Diaby suffer a very similar leg break to Dudu's, to an assault whilst playing away in the northeast. The worst I have seen still remains the David Busst incident, who suffered a truly horrendous leg break whilst playing for Coventry away at Old Trafford. His leg shattered so badly, that the game had to be stopped and the blood washed off the pitch. Much the same as yesterday's game, several of the players, including ManUre players, were visibly distraught, finding it hard to come to terms with what they had seen.

So whilst there are some players who do not deserve the fortunes they earn, and pay little respect to the game, the fans, the responsibility they may have to young people who aspire to be like their 'heroes', there are others there who serve as a reminder that the career of a top-flight footballer, whilst fantastically well paid and held up as that of a rockstar's, can be a brittle career - a fragile thing, that, like the left ankle of Eduardo Da Silva, can all too easily be taken away prematurely.

My thoughts and hope are with Eduardo Da Silva - I hope he makes a full and complete recovery from an injury that gets worse every time i see it.


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Date:Sunday February 24 2008
Time: 9:05AM


Still feel as gutted today as I did yesterday. What a terribly sad day all round it was for us Gooners, you almost couldn't have dreamed up a worse script.
24/02/2008 09:36:00
well the script will hopefully get better today with the chavs mauling spurs to an embarrassing defeat ! still gutted for eduardo, the papers today are shocking !
24/02/2008 09:44:00
this was soooo sad i didnt watch the rest of the game im hoping with the good orthos and doctors we have today he can recoer and play again because there is something magical about this guy and im sure like me most of you guys were anxious to see him finally settle and explode onto the world stage...all the best to dudu
24/02/2008 09:50:00
24/02/2008 10:10:00
True, this couldnt have happened to a nicer guy in the arsenal team, and that only makes this whole thing worse. This lad just goes about his football, I havent seen him disrespect even the ref, let alone the fans. In the FA Cup game, there was a foul on Nani, and he simply listened to the ref, arms folded, got his yellow and then went over to check on Nani. Give his tough history, moving to a different country at 15 to make a football career, and going through some tough times, it only makes it even more tragic. There is no ******** justice in this world.
24/02/2008 11:00:00
Me too Vin, couldn't sleep till 6am, that's how gutted and sad I was. The way some members of the press spent more air time / column inches berating Arsene for his post-match comments and Gallas for his behaviour on the pitch than questioning and reflecting on the horrible tackle itself was nothing short of disgraceful for football and England as a place. The average normal fans saying stupid things here and there I can (just barely) understand, but those 'pundits' should really be more professional than that. I don't know if this 'siege mentality' or 'win it for Eduardo' thing can spur the team on. But I'm very confident, judging (positively) from Gallas' and the team's performances yesterday, that the lads can do it together - just the way they did it to honour Robert Pires before. Now I, after spending a whole day (stupidly) trying to put things in perspective, arguing with idiots and stuff, will focus on getting behind the team. Now that's what we as fans should do in difficult times like these. I'm sure you'll do the same.
Lou the Gunneress
24/02/2008 11:16:00
Thanks Merlin. It's good to see footballing rivalries are put to one side at times like these.
24/02/2008 11:51:00
he will get better. Henrik Larrson broke the same leg thrice and played ten more years and is still playing, and Dudu is a fighter, he will be back..
24/02/2008 12:39:00
I hate to be the bearer of more bad news but did everyone know that it is his birthday today? Absolutely awful, does anyone know an address I can send something to?
24/02/2008 12:51:00
Without wishing to be too morbid, it's not just a brittle career, life itself is brittle. Think of how many times in an average week you crossa busy road, you only have to do it wrong once. A bit like leaping into tackles with your studs up, you only have to catch someone at the wrong angle and..............
Little Dutch
24/02/2008 12:54:00
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