Howdy to all you Arsenal FC Bloggers.
I’m watching the Brazil v Egypt Confederations Cup game as I write this so if there are any spelling errors in this post you can blame Kaka, Dani Alves and Co. And just by the by, don’t Brazil just have the best kits in world football? Meanwhile, Egypt look a little bit too much like Manchester United for my liking.
There’s very little Arsenal stuff to speak about today. However, I did read a couple of interesting articles from The Guardian that do have some relevance to our dear football club.
The first is a news piece on the imminent signing of Ricardo Carvalho and Deco by Inter Milan. In the article, Inter’s president Massimo Moratti gives a very intelligent explanation of why they want to sign the pair from Chelsea that I couldn’t help but compare to Arsene Wenger’s “it will kill the young players” perspective. In it he said:
“We are interested in Carvalho primarily for the Champions League. He has the right experience, he is calm under pressure and brings experience in the defensive line. Deco will have two tasks: to do well immediately and to help Coutinho (a young, 17-year old Brazilan playmaker) mature as a player. Coutinho will arrive next season and plays in the same role as Deco.”
I can’t help but admire those comments by Moratti. Not only does he correctly identify the need to bring in experience to assist with big Champions League games, but his statement that Deco would be an ideal role-model for the youngster Coutinho is spot on as well. I have no doubt that the idea to bring in a Portuguese-speaking role-model for the young Brazilian is no coincidence, it’s clear that Jose Mourinho and the Inter bigwigs understand that it takes more than just talent to turn exciting young prospects into successful players.
Wenger could certainly take a leaf or two out of Inter Milan’s book when it comes to looking for a defensive-minded midfielder to partner Cesc Fabregas next season. While Alex Song developed superbly in the final third of last season and Denilson remains highly-regarded by the Arsenal coaching staff, it’s hard to argue against the logic that an experienced defensive-midfielder would provide the role model required for the pair to fulfill their potential as footballers. Gilberto Silva undoubtedly played that role in his time at the club but the Brazilian’s departure, combined with that of Mathieu Flamini, certainly left us light on experience in that area for last season.
At the end of the day it’s up to Wenger to decide what is best for the club, but he could do worse than follow Moratti’s path on this issue. The news today is that Real Madrid’s Mahamadou Diarra is up for sale. At 28 years of age and with a decent amount of experience on the big stage, surely the French-speaking Malian is worth a look?
The other interesting article I read today in the Guardian was by Portsmouth and England goalkeeper David James, who wrote a detailed piece on the role that club medical staffs’ play in contributing to footballers sustaining injuries. Personally I don’t have the knowledge to make any firm opinion on his criticisms but I did find it an interesting read, particularly given the persistent soft-tissue injuries our players seemed to be plagued with. I dare say that the Tomas Rosicky’s and Abou Diaby’s of the world might nod along in agreement with James if they read the article.
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