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Three weeks of glory for who?

As the great and good of Fifa along with their wives, acolytes, partners and concubines prepare to enjoy another luxurious summer junket at the expense of football fans the world cup which gets underway in a little over a week will at least provide a diversion from the cripplingly tedious charade of the transfer market.

The final cut of national squads for the upcoming world cup has been made and those players missing out on the jamboree can look forward to benefiting from a summer spent more productively in readying themselves for proper football in August. It is that and that alone that earns them the opportunity of frivolous indulgence in national tournaments. Meanwhile, amidst all the flag waving and painted faces, footballing nations will attempt to prove the superiority of their nation state over other nation states. An endeavour that becomes more amusing with each tournament as national purity gives way to pragmatism and Germany lines up with 3 Poles a Bosnian and a Brazilian, Portugal include 2 Brazilians a Venezuelan and a Canadian while Italy also smuggle in an Argentinean as the adopted sons of Africa help support the French squad and the Swiss take a similarly liberal attitude to nationality.

International tournaments have long seemed just a carnival to me but it does provide a platform on which reputations can be enhanced even if often falsely. "Anyone can have three weeks of glory" Wenger observed recently.

So there is an opportunity to bask in the potential reflected success if one of our own has a great three weeks. If I`m honest I suppose that is the only reason I`d show much interest in any of the games other than the hope that, as Brazil have done in the past but look less equipped to do now, at least one team can provide an exhilarating display of football that makes the whole event stand up and applaud the beautiful game as opposed to Jorge Valdano`s 'shit-on-a-stick` affairs. Let`s hope someone produces some samba football to cheer.

So who currently wearing Arsenal colours for their proper job will prosper in the summer`s holiday camp football tournament? Though a couple may have one foot in or out of the club we have a few to look out for: Vela with Mexico, Sagna, Gallas, Diaby and Clichy with France, van Persie with Netherlands, Bendtner with Denmark, Song with Cameroon, Eboue with Ivory Coast and Fabregas with Spain. Technically Senderos is still an Arsenal player until the end of June so something of a shop window opportunity for him. Is there anyone there that might achieve their 3 weeks of glory? I wouldn`t put too much money on Mexico or Denmark going too far which might limit Vela and Bendtners opportunities to impress. My interest in them is compromised just a little by Cesc`s disloyalty but Spain has enough obvious quality to do well. Though the African nations are a bit of a wild card they are playing on their home continent and maybe Cameroon or the Ivory Coast might provide the opportunity for Song or Eboue to prosper in the carnival. If he can stay fit then van Persie has the world class talent to make this a bit of a showpiece for him but that rather depends on the team around him going far enough and for him to stay uninjured. Not a combination you`d expect too good odds on I fear.

That leaves our French contingent then. Unless Evra gets nobbled we won`t see too much of Clichy I suspect and class defenders though they are Sagna and Gallas could perform really well but defenders tend not to capture the glory moments in the way that midfielders and forwards do in these competitions. That leaves Diaby and with Diarra out his chances of playing must have increased. While Domenech is rightly ridiculed in many quarters he has a pretty experienced squad which, though it might have to rely on the 'fewest mistakes` theory, is capable of going a reasonable way in the competition in which case Diaby, who is capable of eye catching moments, may catch the eye so it could be worth keeping one out for him.



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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 2 2010

Time: 1:53PM

Your Comments

I think Vela may impress in whatever stint he gets at the World Cup. In truth, I think he'll look at it as a shop window and football at a pace he would be more accustomed to might give him a chance to shine. Other than that, I would expect van Persie to come back with a) his reputation enhanced even more and b) a broken ankle.
Little Dutch
I hope Alex Song has a good World Cup with Cameroon and that they have a decent run in the Tournament. For my money, they are more consistent than the Ivory Coast and Ghana without Essien will not be the same, so I can see Cameroon being the most productive African team in the W/C. Other than that, I hope RVP has a great W/C. After the injury season he had, he deserves it.
True-Gooner-Blood
You need to start calling Theo Mr T from now on,as seen as he is "not getting on no plane!"
BigBadBobbyC 9
Three weeks of Glory for football fans the world over!
HuddersfieldYiddo
Surely the only way there wouldn't be any Arsenal involvment in winning the world cup would be if Argentina didn't win it ... and I hear we're signing Messi next week so that will change then too.
Rocky7
Bet Diaby has a storming world cup! :)
iceman10
you lot must hate the transfer windoe. you never buy more than one player a year. haha
nel yid
Thats the Cesc controversy over! Now sign a contract extension for 10 more years at Arsenal Cesc.
gronedrone
Unfortunately it is just a cat and mouse game....barca offer 30m - arsenal reject..barca offer 35m - arsenal reject..arsenal reveal they want 45m, barca offer 40m - arsenal accept. Once a player makes it clear he wants to step up to a bigger club it is certain that he will move. It is just a game of getting the most money they can for him. Irreplaceable player though.
CGan1
The Cesc drama has only begun. The Times speculate that Barca's first offer was a piffling 29 million pounds and was rejected in an instant. Before the WC starts there will be another bid or two for sure from Barca who know that Cesc's value after the world cup may go into stratosphere. This battle is going to go down to the wire it seems.
Deltaforce
"Barcelona have publicly stated that they will respect our position and we expect that they will keep their word." Nice little ending to chip in there. We know they won't keep their word, but let's give them some of the bad press that they deserve.
ArsenalRob
Maybe there will be another bid, but the Club has finally come forward and planted the flag firmly on the ground. If Cesc leaves we can expect at least 60 million, and I don't think Barca would spend that kinda money but considering they let go of bought Ibrahimovic for 40 million plus Etoo, it wouldn't be that surprising. Wenger and Gazidis have main aim has been to keep and develop players in the past year so letting Fabregas go in the last minute would be a huge contradiction and blunder. So I think there comes a time where it wouldn't matter what price they were willing to offer. Cesc stays whether he or Barcelona likes it.
gronedrone
CGan, you have underestimated the levels of resolution at the club which is not surprising. Gronedrome has made a few good points. The regime change at Barca is causing this desperate behaviour. When Laporta walks on June 30th, will his successor have as much of a will to draw Fabregas? Even if he does, 40 million is too little for Arsenal who are in better financial health than Barca themselves.
Deltaforce
Amos: "An endeavour that becomes more amusing with each tournament as national purity gives way to pragmatism and Germany lines up with 3 Poles a Bosnian and a Brazilian, Portugal include 2 Brazilians a Venezuelan and a Canadian while Italy also smuggle in an Argentinean as the adopted sons of Africa help support the French squad and the Swiss take a similarly liberal attitude to nationality." -- LOL! Well said. The nationalistic part of these tournaments means less and less, yet still people cling to it desperately. Mexico under Aguirre is so much better than it was under Sven, I've always had a soft spot for Mexico, they've been playing well lately. Vela is usually quite good for Mexico, tho in his 2 recent games he's underwhelmed. As for samba football, don't look to Brazil for that. Look to Spain, Holland and--gritting my teeth--Argentina. And Mexico. Paraguay are also quite entertaining. (BTW, it wouldn't surprise me if Maradona shocked everyone and won the whole thing.) I've been hoping to see an African team go far in the tournament and I figured Ivory Coast, the strongest African team, would be the one to do it. But ever since they chose Sven as their manager, I've lost any hope that could happen. I both want Cesc to shine and don't--the Barca thing has spoiled my hopes for him. And PLEASE, for once, RVP really deserves to shine on the big stage WITHOUT getting injured.
jaelle
Before the Cesc situation ruined my summer and appetite I did have the nightmare scenario of RVP star of the tournament as he was so fresh scoring the last minute extra time winner against England in the final and as he knocked the ball over the line he was hit by a desperate saving tackle form England's "find" of the tournament Ryan Shawcross putting him out until the end of April (or mid April if you are optimistic).
grouvillegooner
Of the Arsenal players, RvP looks most likely to play a big part. His finishes in one of the friendlies were top class, and I'd really like to see him do well in general.
prits
Great isn't it? RvP injured all season but fit for the World Cup, all Chelsea's players get injured in June.
Little Dutch
Right LD. Ballack, Essien, Drogba, Mikel......and counting. Someone wondered how you'll expect the WC to be played in AFRICA without some witch doctor putting a spell on some influential captains, ostensibly to pave the way for a South African victory. I don't believe in that, mind you (s*******s).
Naijagunner
Hey! That word was S-n-i-g-g-e-r-s, as in to chuckle.
Naijagunner
Time for England to finally win a game on penalties. That would make a damn big boost for morale.
SFC Forever
 

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