First off, I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s day yesterday. I had a kickaround, then had some beer, then indulged in some razor clams and some more beer and watched Young Frankenstein with the family.
It was nice, but I was thinking, Father’s day should be held on Saturday so that you can have a hangover on Sunday and be ready to go back to work on Monday. Just saying…
Anyway, while I was consuming my first round of beers, I had a chance to watch the Italy v. Brazil game and check out supposed Arsenal target Felipe Melo. The Brazilians played a sort of 4-2-3-1 and I thought Melo did pretty well, backing up the far superior Gilberto Silva. I’m not sure who that Gilberto guy plays for but we should sign him, he would be perfect.
Seriously though, I don’t think Melo looks the part that Arsenal need. I mean, in 90 minutes I don’t think I saw him put in a single tackle. He had plenty of opportunity, mind you, but he seemed to be coasting behind Gilberto who was everywhere, doing everything. Maybe he’s better than that and had an off night, but I’m struggling to see what he offers that our Denilson doesn’t already have. I’m looking for one of three types of players; the Gilberto type who is everywhere filling in for everyone, a destroyer, or just a solid box-to-box midfielder. The last thing we need is another slow, technically proficient, midfielder.
Oh and hey, I also caught the tail end of this one game, where the USA beat some Egypt team? Was that an important game or something? Because I read that the winner of that game gets to be Spain’s next win.
Wasn’t someone saying that Egypt was going to beat USA 7-0? Hmmm…
Anyway, enough of that International crapola, we’ve got Arsenal “news!”
Robin van Persie is supposedly going to be (like) a new signing any minute now. Yay. Bendtner’s daddy said that he’s NOT leaving the club, not for Roma, even though they are traveling to Rome. Yay. Arshavin says he wants to end his career in Russia St. Racistberg, possibly to be closer to his hairdresser. Meanwhile, the press are pushing hard for Chelsea to buy Adebayor. OMGPLEASELETTHISHAPPEN. And finally, on-again-off-again Arsenal target Blaze Matuidi has asked his directors for a sign over his future at Saint-Etienne, this totally means that Arsenal are going to sign him. Totally.
Setanta Follow Up
Setanta finally got their US site up and running and they have a statement on the US site that says
As has been widely reported in various media channels, Setanta Sports has today had its agreement to broadcast 46 Barclays Premier League matches in the UK terminated.
This development does not affect our channels and other services in the US.
Setanta Sports in the US is a separate operation that has separate agreement to show the Barclay’s Premier League. Our channels and other services in the US continue to broadcast and our subscribers can still enjoy our programming including the Lions Tour of South Africa and the UEFA U21 European Championship.
New customers are welcome to subscribe to watch some of the world’s best soccer and rugby either by contacting our cable and satellite partners or online at www.setanta.com.
We thank you for your continued interest in Setanta Sports and look forward to bringing you a wealth of sport over the coming months and years.
I guess that’s that and we’ve got another season of Setanta to look forward to over here — because even if the UK enterprise collapses, they may be able to pull off a leaner version in the states. We’ll have to wait and see. For my foreign readers, the UK rights are going up for sale and it’s looking like you all may be watching the games on Sky.
Right, that’s it for today, see you all tomorrow!