WE ARE BACK! LAPORTA RANTS ON + HEY, IT’S PEDRO’S BIRTHDAY!
Hey peeps, we have been off the blogosphere for over a month. This was due to circumstances really beyond our control: exams, ill health, major connection problems and other stuffs. All that is in the past, the good thing is that we are back… and better too!
So onto better things, the World Cup kicked off last week and it’s been lots of fun and surprises. It seems most teams are contented with just getting a goal and sitting back to defend their advantage. There have been some shocks too including defeats to Spain and Germany suffered in the hands or do I say feet of Switzerland and Serbia respectively. And as we conclude the second round of games, the tournament is beginning to “take shape”. The big guns doing their things and dispatching weaker teams in style. The result of the tournament so far came in this afternoon with Portugal destroying North Korea 7-0.
Arsenal players have played their own part too with our biggest shining light being Nikky B. That dude is having a good tournament, getting a goal and an assist, eliminating Alex Song’s Cameroon in the process. Robin VP has started both of the Netherlands games so far and has struggled to hit the back of the net. He’s playing well though, and while his game should not necessarily be measured by the number of goals but his unbelievable ability to bring others into play, a little bit of sharpness and patience will do him a lot of good. Surprisingly, or is it?
Cesc played no part in their loss to Switzerland and felt quite bad indicating his intention to work harder and prove himself. Gallas, Sagna and Diaby have been a major part of a fumbling french side who haven’t scored a goal yet and are on the edge of elimination. Clichy hasn’t even kicked a ball yet and frankly it does not look likely considering who he’s up against. Vela had a decent opening match but got injured and is now out for 8days.
Onto more Arsenal stuffs, it looks as if the deal to bring in Laurent Koscielny from FC Lorient will now go through, with his manager, Christian Gourcouff admitting that he expects the defender to leave France for North London this summer.
“Laurent will leave,” Gourcuff told L’Equipe. “If Arsenal really want him, they will pay the right fee.
In all honesty, I have hardly heard of this lad and have not seen him in action before. But if he is as good as You Tube videos and the media say he is, then we have a dynamite on our hands. Let’s just hope the 24-year old one of those “Wenger buys”.
Meanwhile, outgoing president Joan Laporta believes it is inevitable that Cesc Fabregas will leave for Barcelona this summer and the man seems confident this time around. Barcelona have openly admitted to tapping up Cesc but it seems Arsenal have decided not to respond and insist our captain is not for sale. I have a gut feeling, he’ll leave but I hope he doesn’t because we all love him and the kind of love we have for him can not be replicated anywhere…not even in Spain. So shameless Laporta needs to shut it and let this young man concentrate on the World Cup.
Let me use this opportunity to say a happy birthday to my mentor, my “boss” and a fellow gooner. Pedro of Le Grove celebrates his birthday today and we at Memoirs of a Gooner wish him a fun-filled day and a success-drenched life ahead. Also congrats to a fellow Nigerian blog, The Online Emirates on your award as the Nigerian blog of the year. This is belated I know, but better late than never innit?
So the transfer window hasn’t really exploded yet but be sure to get the latest news and posts on all things Arsenal as they happen.
From wherever you are reading, have fun.
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