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Harry’s Departure and Euro Arsenal Player watch 14 June 2012

June 14, 2012

Morning Gooners…

URGENT foreword: Harry Redknapp has been SACKED from Spuds… How sad for his media arse licking buddies. What will Sky now do on transfer deadline day? Think back to Sept when the media were all over Arsenal/Arsene and would Arsene survive stories. While down the road the Spuds were getting all the glory. Harry was giving the media the interviews they wanted. Harry was on the verge of taking his team 13 points clear of Arsenal when 2-0 up at the Emirates on 26 Feb 2012.

Suddenly up popped Bacary Sagna and headed Arsenal back into the game. From there on in, it all went Pete Tong for wide boy Harry. The media though still touted him for the England managers job, yet Roy Hodgson got it. The media have shown their colours on this one and got it horribly wrong.

Arsenal chipped away the “Mind the Gap” the Spuds fans went on about, the GAP that Harry finally fell into. Arsenal overtook Spuds and finished third. Then to compound it all for Mr Fixit, Chelsea went and won the Champions League and not even fourth could get Spuds into the Champions league with the big boys for next season.

Then last night the axe fell on Harry and it should have dawned by now on those poor deluded Spuds fan. “Forever in our shadow you will be”

30 years as a manager and one FA Cup to show for it. What is it 3-4 clubs he ruined on the money front? How could the media even contemplate him taking over the England job? Harry did a right number on them. They believed all his cockney hype and wide-boy chatter from the driver’s seat of his various cars with window wound down coming out of the training ground.

Even now many in the media are shocked at the way he has been treated as if he were one of their own. Un-warranted articles by Henry Winter and Amy Lawrence about the shift in power from Arsenal to Spuds on the eve of the North London derby at the Emirates seem to be how the media roll nowadays. It’s not about good reporting or in-depth reporting, with a bit of decent investigative work. No it’s about headlines true or false (mainly false). many headlines picked up of twitter, where it would seem many journalists do their investigative work today.

Still all said and Done Harry does not mess about and his Sky Contacts have already sorted him out a job on Sky Sports News.

Back to the Euro’s Day five

Czech’s took on the Greeks

After just five minutes the Czechs were 2-0 up with goals from Jiracek and Pilar, the second of which came from a superb second phase pass from little Mozart. After the early storming of the Greek back line the game calmed down a little bit and save for a poor decision by the linesman to disallow a goal for the Greeks the teams went in at half time with Czech’s leading 2-0.  At half time Tomas Rosicky went off injured (lets hope it was just a precaution). The Greeks started the second half better just like in their previous match with Poland and reduced the arrears after 53 mins when a complete howler by Cech let in Gekas to make it 2-1. The rest of the game did not produce that much in the way of really good chances, save the Greeks had four forwards on for the last 20 mins but could find little penetration to grab the equaliser. Both teams are still in the mix yet as nothing will be settled until the last set of matches in this group.

Russia took on hosts Poland

Plenty to make this game interesting. Fighting before the match was a big topic as about 5000 Russians marched through Warsaw on Russia day with their blackscarfs shouting “we want our club back”. Russia took the lead when Andrey Arshavin crossed for Dzagoev to put the Russians 1-0 up. This came after Poland seemed to be having the best of the game.  Poland’s Blaszczykowski scored a Worldy after 57 mins to equalise. Once again Arshavin was playing well, making chances and running about like he gave a jot. Arshavin did fall away after about 60 mins though maybe this was more through tiredness.

Russia top the group with 4 pts, followed by Czechs on 3, Poland 2 and the Greeks holding up the table with 1  All teams still in with a shout.

Day six

Denmark took on Portugal Arsenal player Niklas Bendtner, rather large head and conundrum started in this match against the Portuguese.  Portugal went 2-0 up through goals from Pepe on 24 and Postiga on 36 and looked to be comfortable for their lead. However, two-headed goals from Bendtner in the 41 & 80th mins brought Denmark right back into the game. Bendtners 5th & 6th goal against Portugal in 5 matches and you could hear him singing “Can I play you every week”. A late strike by Varela though gave Portugal the three points.

Holland took on Germany What ever happened to Holland? One of the tournament favourites losing 1-0 to the Danes and not even really turning for the match her against the Ethel Merman’s.

Holland had a few early chances the best falling to RVP where you feel he should have done better with a Songhino type ball put over the top for him to hit on Volley. Yet he got it all wrong.  The Germans came more into the game and Schweinsteiger’s nice through ball found Gomez who made no mistake and put the Germans 1-0 up. Germany should have gone 2-0 when Lieutenant General Badstuber headed straight at Stekelenburg when it looked easier to score. Gomex made it 2-0 after 38 when the Schweinsteiger/Gomez combination worked again. The Dutch looked finished. Robben was playing for himself and so frustrating. He just never passes the ball and right glory boy. After taking some stick for the chances he had not been taking RVP finally hit the target to reduce the arrears to 2-1 on 73 with a good run at the area and shot. I thought RVP played well. Hardly put a pass wrong all night.

The Ethel’s are top dogs in this group with 6 pts, followed by Portugal on 3, Denmark on 3 and Holland propping up the group have zilch. 

Cheers 

@harlowgooner

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