Green and Mark Schwarzer, two ‘keepers regularly linked with a move to the Gunners, have recently shown that they are capable of some absolute howlers. It does make you wonder whether Arsene will stick with his current batch of goalies – who else out there is available and good in enough to be Arsenal No.1? It became abundantly clear last season that we desperately need a new ‘keeper. We now have a perfect opportunity to examine the best ‘keepers in the world and I can honestly say that so far nobody has won my vote. Thankfully that’s Mr Wenger’s job and not ours, and he does have a huge task on his hands.
With the World Cup taking place it seems as though everything else in the world of sport, and Arsenal, has gone into a temporary coma. In case you weren’t aware, Lewis Hamilton restored some pride in English sport today by winning the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Congratulations to him, but I can’t say it comes close to neutralising the big downer caused by yesterday’s goalkeeping calamity.
Enough about England. Arsenal-related stories are quite bare, however. A few ‘papers have linked us with a move for Steven Pienaar after Arsene revealed his admiration for the player and that he has been following his progress since his Ajax days. Make of that what you want. Barcelona continue their public tapping-up of Cesc and if you’re not already bored of it…you should be. On that note I sent a message to Sepp Blatter on twitter (yes he really is on there) asking him what FIFA were going to do about the illegalities of Barca’s attempts to lure Cesc to the Nou Camp. You won’t be surprised to hear I am yet to receive a response. These Spanish sides really do have their own set of rules (or lack of) don’t they? As Dev likes to keep his blogs clean I won’t go into some of my true thoughts about FC Barcelona at this time.
It’s still early days in the World Cup and there will be a good number of Gooners on show out there this week. Tomorrow sees the potential line up of RVP against Nik Bendtner as Holland take on Denmark, although I hear B52 is struggling with fitness. You would imagine that Alex Song will also feature in Cameroon’s game against Japan. Portugal will be soiling their pants on Tuesday at the thought of facing Ivory Coast’s answer to Jesus. We know him as Emmanuel Eboue.
On Wednesday you can watch Cesc being chased around by Xavi, Pique and Puyol who will smother him with Barcelona shirts while their Spanish teammates try to take on Switzerland, and on Thursday our strong French contingent will face Carlos Vela’s Mexico. If France’s last game is anything to go by then it could be quite the sedative. You know something isn’t right in their team when Abou Diaby is calling the shots.
Then on Friday England take on Algeria in the second group game in which promises to be a classic England meltdown the turning point in their World Cup campaign. Fingers crossed all the Arsenal lads come out injury-free. Really looking forward to that Spain game though, and of course Brazil’s game on Tuesday. The World Cup certainly helps to soothe the pain of Arsenal withdrawal. Let’s hope there are some exciting games ahead in the coming days. Have a good week.