Cesc Fabregas became the leader Arsenal fans have so dearly wanted for so long. I won’t hear a thing about how he’s not a captain because he fucking well is. First goal - assist for Bendtner’s fantastic header. Second goal - a penalty under the most intense pressure imaginable. He had the balls to get up there, take it and score it. Third goal - assist for Vermaelen. Nor did he stand for any of Stoke’s baiting. He had a little kick at one of their players who had kicked him earlier. He Sssshhh’d Tony Pulis. He dragged his Arsenal team over the line. He led by example last night and at the end of the game our players stood in a huddle, knowing they’d shown what they’re made of, and the captain rallied his troops. Each one of them was fantastic last night. The lessons of Birmingham have been learned.
I know people all have their opinions of this team, the players, the managers and everything else but if last night didn’t make you proud to be an Arsenal fan then there’s something wrong with you. My spine is tingling even thinking about it.
Arsene Wenger addressed it already this season at one his press conferences.
"I am always absolutely amazed that people get away with it. When we get kicked and lose the game, the question I get from the press is ‘oh, you did not fancy that’. But nobody is upset or shocked by it. When we are kicked they find that it is absolutely all right."
And the assembled hacks had a little titter and off they went to do exactly that. The furore over Gallas’s tackle after the Bolton game was incredible. I don’t remember any pundit saying “He’s not that kind of player”, only slamming him for what was, I agree, a bad challenge. The Shawcross apologists are out in force today yet these are the same people who made such a mountain out of the molehill that was Eduardo’s dive against Celtic that UEFA ‘investigated’ and tried to ban him. A dive. Yet when a young man has his leg broken in bits they keep their mouths shut or come out in defence of the honest English clogger (any coincidence all three challenges have been by Englishmen?). Honestly, they make me fucking sick. This willingness to overlook acts of horrific violence yet focus on trivia like diving. Shawcross gets a three match ban, Alex Song is now banned for two matches for a booking that never was. How the fuck does that work in any sane kind of world? It’s rotten to the core, is what it is.
Former Miss “…such as…” Teen South Carolina, who is currently a contestant on this season of The Amazing Race, said “danke” to a guy in Chile. What is with South Carolinians on TAR and their ignorance toward languages? Remember the USC couple two seasons ago who thanked someone with a “gracias”…
Those slap bracelets from the 80’s are making a comeback… but this time, in the form of a cell phone! The phone is just like the way you like your women, flexible and easy to use… just kidding. You can change its form according to your needs during the day. You can roll it, bend it, or even put on your clothes like a clip.
So I know some of you saw Landon Donovan at the top of his game last night by notching an assist and winning a penalty for the Toffees, but USA fans have another thing to cheer about. In exactly four months the England - United States matchup will be kicking off in Rustenburg.
Landon, who has been playing as a winger for Everton and the US, (accidentally) took out the man who he would be attacking down the flank this summer in South Africa: Ashley Cole.
The Guardian has reported that Ashley Cole, who was in the form of his life, will be out for “approximately three months” after suffering a fractured left ankle in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park.
The injury will jeopardise Cole’s chances of going to the World Cup in South Africa with England. A lay-off of three months would see him return to actions in mid-May.
The Guardian also pointed out:
Wayne Bridge of Manchester City and Stephen Warnock of Aston Villa are next in line for England at left-back.
Uh oh. Wayne Bridge starting next to John Terry? That will surely bring nothing but chaos. Landy, it looks like the score so far is United States 1 - 0 England.