Apologies for a slightly late blog. I have to come clean and say that it’s because I’ve just played an epic game of FIFA09 with my housemates (well, two housemates + one extra).
For those that care, in an epic contest myself and Alan Goat – who played as Arsenal – prevailed in a 4-3 win over SettaKeys and my other roommate Annie and their Liverpool team. Our boys went 2-0 down before half-time but pulled level through two goals by Andrey Arshavin before we fell behind again. Then two late goals from substitute Eduardo (yay!) and a cracker by Samir Nasri from the edge of the area won the match in the 85th. I feel tired just explaining it.
Anyway, onto Arsenal.
First up is the hot topic on this blog (due to yesterday’s post), Nicklas Bendtner. The Danish striker has once again been speaking to the official Arsenal website and admitted that Arsene Wenger’s decision to regularly play him as a wide striker has helped his game. He also spoke about Arsenal’s Carling Cup game again Burnley and conceded that he was partly responsible for our poor result. In his own words:
“I was very disappointed with myself after that game. I had three clear chances from which I should have scored two, if not three. When your finishing is not as good as it should be it annoys you, especially when we have six or seven one on ones and don’t score any of them.”
I have to say that I appreciate the Dane’s honesty. I mentioned yesterday that he is often portrayed as an egotist but these comments add more weight to the argument that he’s simply a realist, as happy to criticise himself as much as anyone else. I for one enjoy Bendtner’s frank opinions and hope he can make up for what was undeniably a poor performance to help knock Burnley out of the cup.
Moving on and the man that Bendtner is currently replacing in the Arsenal team, Emmanuel Adebayor, has been speaking about his goal tally for the season. The Togolese striker has admitted that he couldn’t care less if he didn’t score again this season as long as the club wins a trophy. He said:
“I know having scored 30 goals in a season that people will always be waiting for more this season but the most important thing is to keep on going and to progress. I have 12 already but to score another 18 now would not be easy. But I don’t care if I stop on 12 goals if we win something with the club.”
They’re admirable sentiments but, as he points out later in the interview, it’s more likely that he’ll have to score more for the club to win something. I have to say that like many I’ve been a little disappointed with Adebayor’s efforts for Arsenal this season. While I think it’s unfair to label him as a useless player who has gone missing since his big pay-day, I can’t ignore the fact that his workrate and attitude seems to have dropped off as the season has worn on.
As long-time readers of this blog will know I do have a soft spot for Adebayor and as a result I remain hope(less/full)y optimistic that he’ll come good. I think his injury combined with Eduardo’s return and the improving performances of Bendtner will force him to refocus and lift his game to the appropriate level. Fingers crossed, anyway.
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Anyway, that’s really it for today. If I play any more crazy FIFA09 games let me assure you that you’ll be the first to hear about it.
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