A bit of an Admin note here to start things off. Yesterday, reader Dave M asked in the comments why Arsenal FC Blog haven’t been covering the Laurent Koscielny news. It’s a good question, and there’s a simple answer. Rather an Occam’s Razor-type thing, really. Before Andy took off on his wild, Football Nomad World Cup adventure, he asked that we keep the blog focused on Arsenal players who are engaged at the World Cup. Andy didn’t want to have the blog spend the summer hashing out all the transfer potential ins & outs as a running topic of the articles. But, we did agree that when any transfer is officially announced on the dot.com, we’ll give it full coverage. Now, that’s not to say we don’t want to discuss transfers, especially seeing as how we’re down to the last two Arsenal players at the World Cup now. So, while I might not write any articles concerning the 119 players or so who’re linked with a move to the Emirates, I am just as interested as everyone else. If you’ve got a viewpoint, comment, news or what have you on transfers, by all means let ‘er rip in the comments section and we can have our deliberations there. 🙂
Spain met Portugal yesterday in an Iberian slug fest. Well, there wasn’t too much slugging from Portugal, really, as David Villa put them to the sword midway through the second half for the 1-0 Spain win. I was really hoping for a display of attacking football excellence from this match. A scintillating visual orgasm of positive football. Instead we got a rather tepid affair after a promising opening to the match. Ronaldo was almost nonexistent for Portugal, Spain were content to consume as much time as possible by keeping possession at midfield and looking for the opportune break on occasion and in the end, an Oscar-worthy bit of acting by Capdevila to draw the red card against Portugal’s Ricardo Costa. Looking at the statistics, Spain should have had this in the bag early, controlling 61% of the possession, out shooting Portugal 19-9 and leading 10-3 in shots on goal. The lone goal came on 63 minutes by way of some very nice link up play between Xabi Alonso, Iniesta and Xavi at the top of the box, with Xavi having the final touch to David Villa who put home the match winner after his initial shot was thwarted by the Portugal keeper. Spain now move on to face Paraguay in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Cesc Принимает Роль Как Более теплая Скамья
You can stop rubbing your eyes now. The headline above reads, loosely, “Cesc Assumes Role As Bench Warmer”. In Russian. Hey, how many times can I write that Cesc didn’t even get on the pitch and have you not fall asleep? I have to spice it up somehow! In any event, yes, Cesc again was surplus to requirements for Spain. And while I’m sure he’s happy they’re advancing to the quarterfinals, it’s got to be grinding his last gear that he’s played roughly 60 minutes of football so far in this World Cup. Hardly the marquee performance we all know he’s capable of.
The first foto below is the only proof that we have of Cesc actually being at the match. Or so I thought. The second foto clearly shows that Cesc has been tasked with the uber-important role of helping the Spain supporters keep good spirits in the stands.
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