Dunn thinks Blackburn aren’t thugs
With the Arsenal players preparing for their midweek international fixtures there has been a shortage of any big news surrounding the club at the moment. However, Blackburn midfielder David Dunn – who is unsurprisingly not preparing for international duty – did find time to criticise the comments made by Arsene Wenger about the Northern club being overly violent.
“It’s getting a little bit funny because every time we play Arsenal, they’re the ones who say we’re violent. But we’re not, we’re committed and that’s what you would expect from any team. It always seems to be the Arsenal camp who come out with that kind of comment. I wouldn’t be so sure Alex Ferguson would say that and he would expect that from his team as well.”
Now, honestly, that is one of the least intelligent things I have ever heard. What a joke. There’s a reason why Wenger said that Blackburn had a desire for violence – because they did! Anyone who watched the game would agree. And if you don’t believe me, check out some of the comments left on yesterday’s post by some of the readers of this blog.
“Thugs! From the start it was evident what they were up to. They were interested in roughing up our players rather than play football.” – NicktheGooner
“There was no game at Ewood Park on Sunday. Blackburn do not play football. You can’t even say they play crap football because they don’t play football at all. It is entirely their fault that there were so many stops to the game, so many cards.” – marcus
“I feel bad for the 10 outfield players who battled a violent Blackburn side.” – sam nix
These readers and many, many more – however biased they may be (sorry guys, we all love Arsenal too much to be completely unbiased!) – are not wrong. It is David Dunn who is wrong and I don’t think there would be a single neutral supporter who watched the game on Sunday who would disagree. Robbie Savage aimed a kick at virtually every Arsenal player on the park, Christopher Samba was laying into Robin van Persie with some awful challenges and Morton Gamst-Pederson’s stamp on Cesc Fabregas was disgraceful. It is true that van Persie retaliated with a debatable challenge and Fabregas and Clichy in particular were less than angelic but really, the Arsenal players were not in Blackburn’s league when it came to playing the man rather than the ball. Quite frankly, if David Dunn thinks that his side weren’t violent then he is an absolute idiot.
Walcott getting quicker
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has commented that he expects English forward Theo Walcott to soon be back to his best following a recent shoulder operation. Wenger suggested that Walcott’s speed has been badly affected by the lack of mobility in his shoulder following the injury, but has seen signs that he is rapidly improving.
“Even when they are back for four or five weeks, when you test them in normal training they have not recovered their speed. It is because of your co-ordination. Only then do you discover how much a player needs his arms and shoulders to play football. It is unbelievable.”
I have to admit that, not being a physiotherapist, I had no idea an injured shoulder could affect a person’s running speed so much. If what Wenger is saying is true then it provides a pretty clear indication of why Walcott has been looked a little sluggish at this early stage of the season. I still think that too much pressure is being applied on Walcott by the club’s reluctance to purchase another winger, but if he can reach the heights that Wenger is expecting sooner, rather than later, then it might prove to by the right move. Fingers crossed.
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Arsenal FC Blog Fantasy League – Round 3 Update
The second and third round of Fantasy Premier League has been completed and some gaps are starting to form at the top of the table. Pakorn Chayamangkala’s Kornie FC had an absolutely massive round compared to a lot of the front runners, scoring 61 points to take to win the 3rd round and take the lead at the top on overall points with 141. Pakorn scored well thanks to Jermaine Jenas and Antoine Sibierski’s 11-point performances and Micah Richards Man of the Match against Manchester United. Pakorn is followed closely by Alistair Laugharne’s Barca-loner with 141 and then there is a decent gap to the next group of players starting with Todor Nenchev’s guNna’ on 132. My woeful second and third rounds of just 21 and 34 has seen my side drop to 20th spot – a little bit embarassing, to say the least. Hopefully my boys can do a little better after the international break. There are now 59 players competing in the Arsenal FC Blog League which is absolutely fantastic, but remember that there is always room for more if you’ve yet to join. Good luck!
And just to finish on an even more positive note, this is awesome. It also begs the question, should Manuel Almunia start in goals next weekend?
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