Posts Tagged ‘Arsenal’

A Cescy Tale

Maddy’s Note: Our Journo pal Swaroop is back with his typical style and eloquence. Here’s an Arsefan with an honest, tells-it-as-he-sees-it assessment. Of course his views are his own you may not agree with them. At least not entirely.

Goodbye Kiss?

It was September 2003. And I was watching Football Mundial – back then it was not clichéd and used to come in Star Sports/ESPN. They used to have a five-minute section dedicated to profiling upcoming youngsters. It was Cesc Fabregas’s first celluloid moment in India – and not coincidentally my first ever opportunity of watching the youngster play football. (more…)


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Now I can joke around about it, but the fact remains that Arsenal players have had a stinker of a World Cup. But while Vela flitting around like an inconspicuous Mexican Cochineal before getting injured is not entirely surprising, one sight which has raised quite a few eyebrows is our captain cooling his heels on the bench for almost the entire tournament so far. Spending time sitting next to luminaries like Llorente and Jesus Navas has changed Cesc into a grumpy, bearded man.

And no Snow White as well. Gah!

Now, one thing needs to be clarified, which is the undeniable fact that Del Bosque is mental. (more…)

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Musings On Cesc

Now I know the World Cup, which is the greatest sporting event in the history of mankind and other assorted one dimensional and pan dimensional beings if you believe the news channels, is going on. And I’ve tried to enjoy it, I really have. I’ve sat in front of the television willing it to entertain me somehow. But frankly, it’s by and large been a load of cack. When people talk about balls which have minds of their own and plastic trumpets being blown by those who obviously think Lady Gaga doesn’t suffice as a treat to the ears, one can only assume that the football isn’t worth talking about. While the competition does have its moments like Quagliarella scoring a beauty of a goal, and to top that off, Quagliarella crying like a little girl, the mind can’t help but wander back to pastures red and white.



And the topmost thing on most people’s minds is the uncertain future of Cesc Fabregas. (more…)

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Maddy’s Note: Ladies and Gents and disgruntled commenters, Presenting Nickspinkboots, our latest Arsenal err correspondent. He claims he loves Arsene Wenger more than his Mom and worships that Goal Scoring machine of an Ivorian we have. He is quite satirical in his take on things and the reason I bring this up right here right now is because of the bashing the poor fellow has been taking in the comments section. So before the rest of you irreparably damage his sanity by calling him a Spud, let me stop you right there. He’s kidding. And hopefully, he’ll give us a lot more of these posts in the days to come.

Author’s Note: These stats are until June 18th because some Arsenal players have actually done something useful since I haven’t had a chance to update it since.

Following is a comprehensive list of the invaluable contributions made by some Arsenal players to the 2010 FIFA World Cup so far. In order to keep the length under control, I have left out unimportant stats like goals and assists in a few cases.

Carlos Vela

  • Minutes on the pitch – 99
  • Minutes spent making some useful contribution to the game – 7
  • Minutes spent treating the pitch like Central Park – 62
  • Minutes when I don’t know what he did because I didn’t notice him (like the defenders) – 30
  • Goals scored – None
  • Chip shots scored – None
  • Chances of making the Arsenal starting line-up next season – None


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