A quick blog post this afternoon as I wait for my taxi on route to the airport – am leaving Cape Town after a bitterly disappointing trip (in footballing terms) which saw a terrible game from my beloved England against an Algeria team who before the match said a 3-0 loss would be a good result… Ouch. In non-footballing terms – Cape Town is amazing and one of the best cities I’ve visited in my life – without a doubt – the stadium was fantastic and the general atmosphere in this town is second to none.
Tonight I’m off to the Brazil vs Ivory Coast game, which promises to be an exciting game, with two teams on form and looking good. Eboue is set to start and former gunner Gilberto Silva and potential target Felipe Melo are both looking to marshal the Brazilian midfield.
In Arsenal news, we’ve been linked with Jan Vertonghen, the former central defensive partner of none other than Thomas Vermaelen. See what Arsene is thinking there? We’ve also been strongly linked with the completion of the Laurent from Lorient transfer and Arsene has also confirmed the next signing will be announced before the end of the World Cup:
“There will be something happening before the end of the World Cup – certainly on the defensive side.”
Simple and to the point, that’s Arsene. The Lorient defender looks the dead cert as his agent has been in the news saying that an agreement is close. We’ve also been linked with the AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper,the Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero – but then again, we’ll probably be linked with any and every goalkeeper and defender that are available – until of course, we sign a defender or goalkeeper.
I’ll hopefully be back tomorrow post Brazil and be able to post a proper overview and maybe some more pictures from my travels….
For now my friends, my cab is here, my time is up and it’s time to depart for Jo’burg…
PS, congrats to Niklas Bendtner for scoring the first goal of the competition from an Arsenal player… commiserations to Carlos Vela and Philippe Senderos who will both not play any further part in the tournament… With Cesc and Song not first choice for their countries and half our squad not selected or not going, we’ll be the freshest team out there at the start of next season.