Is it just me or is the world glowing a little brighter than it usually does today?
A wonderful win, Eduardo’s return and the promise of Andrey Arshavin making his debut on Saturday has got me feeling mighty fine. Judging by the comments from yesterday’s post there’s a feeling of optimism bubbling within our fans that I’ve personally not felt since beating Chelsea. It’s quite exciting, really.
Much of that excitement has stemmed from Eduardo’s successful comeback. I mentioned yesterday that the Crozilian called Monday the best day of his life and since then there have been comments from numerous others about his return. Arsene Wenger in particular praised his mental strength while the man responsible for his injury almost 12 months ago, Martin Taylor, said he was relieved to see Eduardo play again.
There’s also a story about the Crozilian saying he’s yet to hear an apology from Taylor but in all honesty I really don’t want to go down that path again. Regardless, it’s just such a great thing to have Eduardo back and I get a real feeling that his return might rejuvenate our squad in much the way his injury deflated the mood in the camp last season. And as far as I’m concerned, any sort of optimism from players or fans in a season that has been as strange and difficult as this one is most welcome.
In other news floating around today, Nicklas Bendtner has moved to deny reports saying that he stated that he deserved to play every minute of every game. Speaking to Arsenal.com via the Official Arsenal Magazine, Bendtner commented on the reports, confirming that he was misquoted from an interview with the Danish press. In his own words:
“I’ve never said anything like what they put in the newspapers. And it makes me upset because it comes across really bad. None of it was said like that. Basically I did a long interview for the Danish press recently, they asked me a lot of questions and the press over here have taken my answers and twisted them out of proportion.”
In all honesty I could see that coming a mile off, which is one of the reasons I didn’t comment on the original articles about Bendtner’s ‘statements’. I know that sometimes the big Dane doesn’t help himself with the stuff he says but my experience in speaking in English to a lot of Scandinavians is that they’re very matter-of-fact, straight to the point and can sometimes come off as arrogant as a result.
I get the feeling that Bendtner is very similar in that way and when he says something in Danish like “I shouldn’t need Adebayor to be injured to play for Arsenal, I want to make it on my own” it’s likely to come off as “I’m better than Adebayor and I should be played all the time”. In a very typical way the press have jumped on his comments, using previous statements made by the Dane as a way of getting people to believe them and he’s been misquoted as a result.
Just sticking with Bendtner for a moment, I want to add that I think the big fellow has come a long way this season. A lot of people have written him off and said he’s not good enough to play for Arsenal but there’s very few tall strikers in football who are world-beaters at 20 years of age and I feel he’s done very well this year. In saying that, I also think he’s got a huge amount of potential to fulfill and I for one will be remaining quite patient with him.
When you think he’s effectively our fourth choice striker behind van Persie, Adebayor and Eduardo (potentially fifth with the arrival of Arshavin) I think it’s unfair to expect him to bag a huge amount of goals – even with the extensive amount of playing time he’s received this season. In my opinion he’s doing well and has made good strides over the past couple of months and deserves to be considered for Adebayor’s spot even when the Togolese man returns.
Anyway that’s it for today. Try to steer clear of any Eduardo v Taylor propoganda and I’ll speak to you tomorrow.
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