Writer: Northern Gooner
Date:Thursday August 25 2011
I left the UK a peaceful and happy place seven weeks ago. Jack Wilshere was the PFA Young Player of the Season, England were making their series with India look like a summer school and Mark Cavendish was cementing his reputation as the greatest athlete in the world.
I stayed out of touch during my time away. Partly out of choice, partly because New Zealanders seem to see the internet as an expensive luxury, just used for skyping relatives abroad and checking the All Blacks team news. It doesn`t seem to offer much else to a country where nobody lives more than an hour`s drive away from either a mountain or the ocean; when in Rome and all that.
I came back to a world falling apart. Everybody was hacking everybody else. A horrific tragedy played out in Norway. That tragedy was beaten off the front page by a drug addled celebrity death. The country rioted, resembling the scene in Batman Begins when a hallucinogen was released in Gotham; no longer can the DVD piracy adverts say with confidence 'you wouldn`t steal a television.`
Could things get any worse? The first back page I saw back in the country read 'Crisis at Arsenal.`
Isn`t a crisis terrible, life threatening news?
Crisis like a killer virus ripping through the staff? Crisis like a director making off with the pension fund?
No, this crisis was playing 3 games, winning against one of Europe`s most fluid, inventive attacking teams, drawing one away and losing to a team that`s spent close to £100million.
This crisis involved selling 2 players who wanted out for £60 million. This crisis ended with Arsenal qualifying for the Champion`s League proper for the 14th year in a row last night.
It would seem in this crisis Wenger can`t win. For years he was criticised for just buying foreign players and ignoring home grown talents. This year he`s pumped over £13 million into League one clubs, put faith a youth product English left back and built his midfield around 3 young British technically gifted talents. Still not good enough.
This season may not have started as perfectly as everybody involved with Arsenal would have wanted, but unless somebody dies, it`s no crisis.
Date:Thursday August 25 2011
Scout Report: Everton (Friday December 6 2013)
Stats: Arsenal v Hull City (Wednesday December 4 2013)
VIDEO: Arsenal Linked With Real Madrid Striker (Wednesday December 4 2013)
Arsenal v Hull City Match Preview (Wednesday December 4 2013)
Scout Report: Hull City (Tuesday December 3 2013)
What We Learned in the Premier League This Weekend (Monday December 2 2013)
Cardiff City v Arsenal Match Preview (Friday November 29 2013)
Scout Report: Cardiff City (Thursday November 28 2013)
Get Well Soon Pat! (Thursday November 28 2013)
Match Discussion - Cardiff (a) (Thursday November 28 2013)
|3. Man City||14||9||1||4||+26||28|
|Drubbing Still Fresh In Clarke's Mind
» Norwich : 06/12/2013 20:36:00
|Scout Report: Everton
» Arsenal : 06/12/2013 19:24:00
|Lambert Backs Gabby To Go On A Run
» Aston Villa : 06/12/2013 19:06:00
|Duo A Doubt Ahead Of Fulham Clash
» Aston Villa : 06/12/2013 18:57:00
|Stoke host high flying Chelsea
» Stoke : 06/12/2013 18:54:00
|Liverpool v West Ham Preview
» West Ham : 06/12/2013 18:54:00
|Liverpool: Lawro Predicts West Ham Result
» Liverpool : 06/12/2013 18:52:00