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I guess Spain were worthy winners of what was a dull tournament. They had the best balance to their team and a decent bench. The big guns disappointed with Brazil and Argentina falling short while I suppose the Germans surprised more than most. The Dutch were solid throughout but lacked the creativity to excite as much as the 'total` footballers of the past. Most teams were pretty well organised and were capable of getting a result as the Swiss did against Spain early on in the competition.

There have been times in the past when these tournaments have influenced the playing styles of club football but there is little to adopt from the rather mechanical fare offered in this competition. We have learned something though, Thierry Henry isn`t the only nor the worst cheat in international football and with enough egg on their faces Fifa can be made to see some merit in technology after all. Not all technology was appreciated by 'keepers in this competition though as the technology of aerodynamics supposedly applied to the Jabulani ball is apparently the reason for even the best of keepers being made to look a bit suspect at times.

We have also learned that appointing a coach because of his success in European club competition doesn`t guarantee an improvement in international fortunes. Despite his reputation Capello has been uninspiring and possibly one of the most conservative coaches the England side has had. A braver man than Capello is needed if England are to earn any credit in these tournaments.

But with the carnival over we can return to real football. Maybe some vuvuzelas will now appear in the club shops and if so the first chance to use them at an Arsenal game will be the friendly against Barnet this coming Saturday and with a couple of games in Austria beforehand the Emirates Cup gets underway a couple of weeks after at the end of this month. We should get to see Chamakh and Koscielny in action in Arsenal colours for the first time. Shortly after this short pre-season we are away to Liverpool in the first game of the season. Will we have done enough by then to strengthen the defense as was intended?

The transfer window doesn`t close until the end of August though so even without the vuvuzelas there`s still plenty of annoying noise to come but you do get accustomed to it after a while.

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Date:Monday July 12 2010
Time: 10:24AM


It is nice to have the focus back on the club stuff again, though I can't pretend I was anythign other than delighted to watch so much football in June and July. My anticipation has got the better of me this time and I'm actually going to Barnet this Saturday for the first time in eight years. I did ban myself from pre season games unless it was a ground I wanted to visit, but the thought of being reunited with the Gooner brethren in the sunshine and with the likes of Nasri, Walcott, Arshavin, Eduardo, Chamakh, Rosicky, Denilson, Djourou, Gibbs likely to be on display, I couldn't resist this time.
Little Dutch
12/07/2010 12:39:00
Even though on .com it says first team players are likely not to feature, i still fancy you may see a couple if go to the likes of Daggers/ACF Wimbledon/Welling (?!)
12/07/2010 12:42:00
I know it says Arsenal XI v Welling with that caveat. But as I understand it. no such declaration is made on the Barnet game.
Little Dutch
12/07/2010 12:54:00
Hansen & shearer are complete to**ers. They berated holland for their tactics and said they would of been unworthy winners yet when teams do the same to Arsenal it is apparantly the right way to go about it. Cant let Arsenal get in to their stride, got to get up them, let them know your their etc. Disgrace they both are. I want to see when we play Blackburn, stoke etc if they change their tune again.
12/07/2010 13:44:00
Yep saw that & agreed when reading arseblogger n all. nothing we didn't already know though eh.
12/07/2010 14:15:00
No, it does not suprise me but is still a disgrace. Makes you feel paranoid that the media is anti Arsenal, oh wait they are.
12/07/2010 14:47:00
Your condesending & patronizing does not go un noticed either shewore. Well done
12/07/2010 14:54:00
Think Hanssen is still bitter over us winning the title at Anfield seeing as he made a right tit of himself with his *****e defending that day. Dont know what Shearer's problem is though. I am used to these typical double standards from these two tossers. Hanssen was saying that a Dutch win would have been bad for football because of the physicality that they employed, yet when Shawcross broke Ramsey's leg, he leapt to Shawcross' defence instantly. Are tackles like that not bad for the game? He is a bitter old ***** who cannot be objective to save his life.
12/07/2010 15:03:00
Are we the most well-rested top team? Only RvP could claim he's tired to be honest. I also hope the poor guy picks himself up, which I believe he will, he's a tough boy.
12/07/2010 15:17:00
shocking news regarding the new season... chavs preaching financial responsibility and having a 'one in, one out' transfer policy, never thought i'd never see the day...
12/07/2010 15:25:00
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