Posts Tagged ‘Adebayor goal video

04
Jun
08

Come on, dude

Ljungberg goes down injured

Former Arsenal great and current West Ham sick room bench warmer (and part time underwear model) Freddie Ljungberg has lost his freaking mind. The press are portraying it as “having a go” at Arsene Wenger or “ripping” him but look at this quote:

While I was being treated for an injury they went out and found a different player for my position. After I recovered I was given a chance in the typical Wenger way – I was expected to run and intercept and score just the same as before.

What exactly did you want them to do? Play with 10 men while you recuperated, then hand you back your job regardless of whether you are the best man for it, and hold up the progress of other Arsenal players like Theo Walcott?

He just didn’t give me enough time to do it properly.

Sorry Freddie, you had two full seasons to perform and you turned in 4 goals and 4 assists in two full seasons. Moreover, this season with West Ham has seen you suffer multiple injuries and turn in a paltry 2 goals and 3 assists.

Freddie has to know that football is a cutthroat business. Players have maybe 5-10 years of playing time if they are lucky. Injuries happen and when they do teams cannot afford to have dead weight on the roster. Freddie’s salary was one of the largest on the payroll, he was demanding starts ahead of other players because he felt his history had earned him a spot, and he wasn’t performing. Sorry Freddie, you had to go. The only shame in all this is the way you have chosen to act since you left.

I went to West Ham in order to play against Arsenal as often as possible. I wanted to prove that Ljungberg hadn’t had his last word as a player.

And Arsenal let you go to West Ham because Wenger didn’t fear that you’d be a threat.

I feel bad for Freddie. This is a horrible way to end his career. I mean, it’s pretty clear that he’s done and just is refusing to give up and sort of lashing out at anyone and everyone he can on his way down. And after what he gave Arsenal this is a real shame.

UPDATE: Freddie says Freddie never said such things and Freddie loves Arsenal.  That’s better, the world makes more sense now.

Speaking of giving youth a chance, it seems that Arsenal are one of three clubs that are in the running for Cardiff City’s Aaron Ramsey. United and Everton are the other two clubs, with Liverpool reportedly forwarding a bid this morning some time. Ramsey’s the one who will choose the club he goes to, so let’s hope that the opportunity that only Arsenal can offer will be enticing. Besides, it’s looking like Man U will be busy trying to save their want away “midfielder” Ronaldo from “fulfilling his dream” of joining Real Madrid. It’s funny, I have that same dream Christiano (you going to Real).

Arsenal, meanwhile, have locked up surprise sensation Bacary Sagna until 2014 or when he has 2 years left on his contract, turns 28, and pulls a Webster. Actually, according to my maths… huh, guess what? I think Sagna will be with Arsenal for at least three years! It’s a contact coup!

And finally, it’s looking like Adebayor’s stunning goal against Tottenham is going to win “goal of the season.” Want to see the goal in question again? Here:

[livevideo id=8643A453D63B4C57B6C9000720E30A21]

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02
Feb
08

Citeh v. Arsenal and video recording

mmmm 5am kickoffs, I love em. Last season Doyle’s would open at 5am for these Shitanta early matches, and even once or twice opened at 4am, so I could watch these games live.   But the liquor control board took a dim view of a bar opening before 6am and asked them, politely, not to open that early.  They weren’t serving alcohol mind you, but the liquor control board didn’t want to have to get an inspector out there at 5am to do spot checks to make sure they weren’t serving.  Doyle’s solution was to record the matches and play them on tape delay which meant a 9am replay today.

So, now I’m relegated to either catching the replay at 9am or watching via Sopcast because I’m sure as hell not going to sit here and read the damn match on BBC! The 9am replay was right out as I have practice at 10am. So, I Sopcasted it. And I have to say that the quality of the broadcast was good, the commentary was English, and it had a built-in recording feature so I was able to record a goal and upload it to YouTube.

Sure, it’s the last goal… It’s no Eduardo masterpiece (from Arsenalist.com) but it’s my first video so I’m excited! Expect to see more videos from me in the future now that I can record them so easily.

Anyway, about the match. Last night we learned that Almunia had suffered a thumb injury and so Lehmann would be his replacement. I have to admit that my butthole puckered at the thought of Jens in goal. But as Jens has done his entire career, he surprised a lot of folks. He was pretty solid at the back, he didn’t have a single freakout (of course City only had 1 corner), and he didn’t go apeshit on his teammates when they weren’t absolutely perfect. He looked a humbled man which is not something I thought I would ever say about Jens Lehmann.

The rest of the squad looked so good today I don’t even know where to start. Cesc looked his old self, patrolling the middle of the park and opening up the defense with great passes. Some credit for that has to go to Man City who play an open, attacking brand of football and Arsenal always play so much better against those teams than they do against shit-kicking cunts like Chelsea. Maybe it’s a chicken and egg thing. I’ll have to think on it a while. Whatever the cause, Cesc was great. Here’s to him keeping that form for the rest of the season.

Eduardo had that brilliant goal that I mentioned earlier and that’s exactly what he was brought in to do: score insanely good goals. He hadn’t scored in six matches so it was good to see him get off the snide. Here’s to him getting back into goal scoring form in such a spectacular way.

And then there’s Adebayor. I think this might have been the perfect match to sum up Adebayor’s season. He displays some bad touch, got fouled a couple of times that could have been penalties, displays some poor passing, but then scores two goals. What I think we all need to remember is that this is only his first full season as the starting striker on one of the best teams in the world. He’s playing football against defenses comprised of the world’s top footballers. And he keeps getting better. Some of the criticisms of him have died down but I’d like to appeal to his detractors by simply saying: give him some more time. He’s gotten better every season and I think we have to wait at least one more season until we can fully judge him. Here’s to us all just enjoying what Adebayor is doing right now; 12 goals in 8 consecutive matches.

So, three points and Arsenal are back on top of the table with a well deserved win against a squad that hasn’t lost a match at home all season. Quite a performance and what a way to start the day!

Until tomorrow, Kickers.




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