It’s a rather tired post today – a result of two early mornings of sleepy Champions League viewing.
* yawns *
Thank goodness there were some good games though. Indeed, just when I thought Manchester United’s result was a surprise, up popped Chelsea to stick a dagger (well, three actually) into Liverpool at Anfield. Brilliant stuff. And Barcelona isn’t looking too bad either, are they? Bloody hell.
I was fiddling around on the official Arsenal site earlier today and listened to the post-Villarreal interviews involving a number of Arsenal players including Denilson, Emmanuel Adebayor and Lukasz Fabianski. The general consensus from the camp seemed to be that 1-1 was a good result and we are looking good for the return leg, which I certainly agree with.
I found the interview with Fabianski particularly interesting. I thought his personality really shone through as he discussed everything from his reaction to coming on mid-game (“I wasn’t really, like, ready”) to the pressure he surely would have felt when on the pitch (“Honestly, I didn’t feel it”). He came off as a really relaxed guy throughout, particularly when asked whether he felt prepared to play the away leg and the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. He answered simply, “I don’t know”.
And despite his cool demeanor and Arsene Wenger’s endorsement, I’m not sure he is either. While I’ve got no doubts in Johan Djourou’s ability to come in for William Gallas, I do have some worries about Fabianski.
My impressions of the Pole is that he is a strong shot-stopper who is not short on confidence and despite his willingness to command his area is prone to making more than the odd aerial mistake. I have no lack of confidence in his ability to save shots but from what I’ve seen from him this season – mostly in the FA Cup – he’s still a fair way off becoming a polished, confident goalkeeper. As such, I’ll be very interested to see how he handles this opportunity.
There’s very little else going on today aside from this little assessment of Villarreal’s wide players by Wenger and the news that 17-year-old Luke Freeman has signed a professional contract at the club. Well done Luke.
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Cheers and a happy Thursday to you all.