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Arsenal News 22 April 2012

April 22, 2012

Morning Gooners… Well not a bad weekend on the “What do points make?” front.

After the home defeat by Wigan and home draw to Chelsea the table showed Arsenal six points clear of Spuds and Newcastle and seven ahead of Chelsea. Spuds & Newcastle having two games in hand  and Chelsea with one game in hand. It could have been so much better by at least beating Wigan as would normally be expected.

I had to laugh at Martinez, (who I like BTW) yesterday. He said in his interview “Obviously we had three very challenging games in eight days and today was probably a game too many. You could see that in spells”  That was Wigan’s 37th game of the season, they got knocked out of both domestic cups early. They must have been for the most part of the season playing one game per week. Their players should be well fresh and it might have some bearing on their recent good form in getting results against teams that have played 50/60 games already this season and just beginning to tire. I would still like them to beat the drop though.

By 4.45 pm yesterday, Newcastle has dispatched Stoke RFC 3-0 at home and continued their fine run of late to bring themselves within three points of Arsenal. However, their final matches are Wigan (a) Chelsea (a) Man City (h) and Everton (a) and that is as hard a run as you could expect for any team right now.

By 7.15pm Spuds had lost at QPR.. QPR.. QPha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! 1-0… Spuds finding themselves outside the top four for the first time in ages. Time for a quick game of Spot the Spud fans…

Did you spot them? If so let me know in comments page

Harry started his Spuds career with 2 pts in his first nine games and currently has 6 points from his last 10 games. This left Spuds three points behind Arsenal with only one game in hand. The Spuds remaining game are Blackburn (h) Bolton (a) Villa (a) Fulham (h). I see ‘Arry is bemoaning his current lack of squad depth due to injuries, welcome to the real world ‘Arry. One wonders how far you would have been behind us had Arsene been able to call on a first choice back four for many games this season?

Chelsea seven points behind and have QPR (h) Newcastle (h) Liverpool (a) Blackburn (h) Of course they still have the matter of Barca (a) in Champions League and Liverpool in the FA Cup Final.

Right now nothing can be taken for granted, but a top four place at least looks good for Arsenal. If we win only one game that would put us six clear of the Barcodes, nine clear of Spuds and 10 clear of Chelsea. Newcastle and Chelsea have play each other so one of them can only get a max 10 pts from their remaining games should they win all their remaining matches.

It’s very close still, but at the same time very exciting and makes the run to the end of the season worthwhile rather than have half-a-dozen dead rubbers.

The match as mentioned in my report yesterday was strange one, you could almost think both teams were happy with a point each and settle for that at 12 noon yesterday.

Walcott has joined Arteta who will not wear the shirt until next season. I see Wenger is hopping mad at Walcott not coming off when he got injured. Strange I though he came off after 2 mins 🙂 Theo is the most frustrating of footballers. His stats in goals and assists add up. Yet he has the ball taken from him like candy from a baby many times during matches. His final balls are mainly terrible, he would have to produce 20 crosses to get one to his intended target. everything good he does is instinctive, yet given time he cannot make anything work, he looks to gets confused on the ball.

I see there was still some anti-Ramsey feeling amongst Arsenal fans before, during and after the match yesterday. Yet did he play that poorly? He got robbed of the ball four times yes, but I am not sure the rest of the time he was that bad, in fact he had a very high percentage of successful passing and ran his heart out yesterday.  I thought TV5 and K6 were superb and when they are side-by-side they are keeping clean sheets. Would Wigan have got their two with K6 in the side? Right now RVP, Arteta and K6 are the stand out players for Arsenal this season… S13, Songinho and TV5 not far behind.

In other news…

Last night Real won 2-1 in the Nou Camp. Barca and Messi picking up two defeats in two games in one week. Both playing second leg ties at home this week in the Champions League and both a goal down on agg… Mr. Fabregas, maybe the sun does not shine so much on the other side.

I saw this in the mail this morning “La Liga debt crisis casts a shadow over on-pitch domination” This shows that Ret al Madrid, which lead the Spanish league by four points, has debts of £477m, while Barcelona’s stands a£473m. Surely with the Country also in so much debt that these two clubs and the rest should be allowed to carry on like this. They must pay back their taxes, even if it takes time. Why should others bail their country and yet watch these two teams dominate by getting into debt. Would anyone be surprised to see either club, back spending a fortune this summer. How can they afford and how can they be allowed to. This is not just about UEFA FFPR’s here. This is about two clubs owing the country almost £1b in unpaid taxes.

Real are currently on 88 points scoring 109 goals and a +GD of 79. Barca have 81 points scoring 97 goals and +GD of 71. While the third placed team Valencia has 52 points scoring 50 goals and +GD of 8. The third placed team with a few games left 29 points behind the second placed club and 36 points behind the leaders. Surely season after season this cannot be good for the Spanish League as a whole. Most games are just cannon fodder for them. Yet they do also perform in the Champions league.

Is it any wonder Messi and Ronaldo score 50 goals each a season. Clubs in France, Germany, Holland, Britain, have to pay their taxes, so why should Spanish clubs be any different. Is it any wonder the Countries in a mess, If they are not collecting taxes from football clubs how many businesses must owe money?

I would put a stop to clubs in Spain buying any news players and only transfers that can take place would be within their league. No foreign imports for at least a couple of seasons.

Up next a game at football’s only professional rugby club and that strange bloke in the baseball cap they have for a manager. Tin hats on, bunkers to be built and 25 thousand locals baying for scalps.  Yes it’s Stoke RFC away.



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