Tag: Arsenal

Liverpool vs Arsenal

This is serious. This is BIG. A clash of the titans. The greatest show on earth. Star wars. The Battle Of Britain. The Day Of The Triffids. It’s the quarter finals of the European Cup, and it’s all back to Anfield after last week’s underwhelming draw between Liverpool and Arsenal. The two sides, of course, also played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday (though Arsenal deserved to win that one), but tonight is different. It’s winner takes all. The final countdown. And so on. actually, these all-English European Cup matches are considerably less exciting than they used to be, in no small part because they seem to come around every year now, and because it’s always the same four teams involved. I’m taking a guess that Manchester United supporters will be rooting for Arsenal tonight, while Chelsea supporters (and this is presuming that they’re not preoccupied with their own team’s needlessly tricky home match against Fenerbahce this evening) will presumably be supporting Liverpool. Me? I couldn’t care less, really. The winners will be playing Chelsea in the semi-finals, so the neutral should probably be getting behind Arsenal, if for no other reason than at least it gives the semi-final a tenth of a chance of not being a complete and utter shitfest in the semi-final should Chelsea do what they should do this evening and see off their Turkish...

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Milan vs Arsenal

Well, good evening, everyone. Here’s something strange. I switched on the television at 7.30, and (lo and behold) ITV1 is showing Manchester United vs Lyon – a match which is surely a nailed-on home win. Fortunately, the considerably more interesting match between Milan and Arsenal is on ITV4, so we’re not limited to watching Rooney and Tevez (or whoever) smashing in a hat-trick each against the hapless French champions, and can instead settle down and, hopefully, learn a little more about whether Arsenal are genuine contenders to be the champions of Europe or not. To be fair to them (and this may be the only time that I manage that all evening), they’ve got their work cut out against the current world and European champions. Milan may be faltering somewhat in the league at the moment (they dropped points at the weekend, allowing Fiorentina to open up a bit of a gap in fourth place, and meaning that Milan may have to win this competition in order to qualify for it next season), but they’re packed with experience and, you could argue, save themselves like this. The teams line up as follows: Milan – Kalac, Maldini, Kaladze, Nesta, Oddo, Ambrosini, Pirlo, Gattuso, Pato, Kaka, Inzaghi. Arsenal – Almunia, Clichy, Senderos, Gallas, Sagna, Diaby, Fabregas, Eboue, Hleb, Adebayor. There are also three other Champions League matches, as well as a...

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The Worst Tackle Of The Season?

Saturday lunchtime’s match looked, on paper, like a run of the mill Arsenal vs The Rest Premier League fixture. With Birmingham sitting just above the relegation places, it looked like a comfortable three points for the league leaders, but what followed was an incident that could have long term ramifications for The Gunners and, more seriously, has thrown the entire career of one of their young players into doubt. You have, by now, almost certainly seen Martin Taylor’s tackle on Eduardo Da Silva. Upon first viewing, it looks like a typical clumsy Premier League tackle. A second or two late, catching him just above the ankle. First impressions, however, aren’t always right, and the replay highlighted Eduardo’s leg bending at a sickeningly unnatural angle. Questions over whether he’ll be able to play for his adoptive home country, Croatia, at Euro 2008 are largely irrelevant. As time has gone in, it has become more and more apparent that the real issue is whether he’ll be able to play again at all. In the meantime, the incident has been picked to death in the media with numerous accusations and counter-accusations having been made. The rush was on to make try and make sense of an incident that, to an extent, could be put down to carelessness on the part of Taylor and merely exceptionally bad luck on the part of Eduardo,...

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Alisher Usmanov: A Brief Update

I went on holiday a couple of weeks ago, half-expecting this little blog to not be up here when I got back. Not only had I left it in the hands of Little Dotmund (though he did a very sterling job of keeping it running – largely through following the instructions that I sent him to the letter), but also because I had posted this little post on Alisher Usmanov, Schillings solicitors and Craig Murray. Given the way that the threatening letters had been flying around in the few days before I went away, I was half expecting there to be a big blank space where my incessant warblings about football on the television, radio shows from nine years ago and non-league football used to be, but no. In the last week or so, it has all been going off, and what might have been a minor news story that was of interest to the few of us that take an interest in such things has become this season’s freedom of speech cause du jour. It takes quite a lot to unite the left and right in British politics, but if there is one place that this may happen, then it’s over freedom of speech. Blogs as diverse as England Expects and Bloggerheads have united in an unprecedented show of defiance in response to legal threats made by Schillings...

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Freedom Of Speech?

Now, I know that the picture to the left of this might not be the sort of thing that you want to see first thing on a Monday morning (it’s certainly doing a good job of putting me off my bacon sandwich), but it is kind of necessary, because the iron fist of legal threat has been banging about over the weekend, and it is my duty to report on heavy-handed legal threats being bandied about by the doubtlessly charming firm of Schillings, the law firm that defend the rich and famous from false allegations on the press (amongst their clients are such role models to us all as Glaxo SmithKline and Naomi Campbell), who have issued stern letters to Craig Murray, a British journalist and former British ambassador to the central Asian state of Uzbekistan and Tom Dunmore, our very good friend from the excellent blog Pitch Invasion. In view of the various legal threats being thrown around, I have to be a little careful in what I say here, but here is a brief synopsis of what has been going on over the last few days or so. On Thursday, Murray wrote a damning article about Alisher Usmanov, questioning whether he was a fit and proper person to be getting involved in Premier League football (he recently bought a 14.5% share in Arsenal, and said at the...

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