Arsenal: Wenger Praises His Squad and Adams Leaves the Door Open to Arsenal
When Arsenal played Everton on Saturday, the overall performance of the team was slightly above average and a draw seemed on the cards until that Van-tastic moment from the man in red-hot form. When a striker is in the form Robin van Persie is, it's only natural for goals to come in any possible manner.
This season van Persie has scored 19 goals already and he has smashed them in with his left foot, right foot and head. I'm still waiting for van Persie to score with his buttocks like William Gallas against Celtic in the Champions League playoffs of the 2009/10 campaign.
The striker has admitted his goal was a gamble that paid off but he also beat himself up by saying he wasn't happy with his performance. To be frank, van Persie was having a stinker up to that moment because he seemed to lack that cutting edge he has been renowned for all year long but in a split-second, he showed his technique, precision and class all wrapped in a big red ribbon.
"Today Robin got us a goal which was at the moment of the game where we struggled a little bit to create chances. He delivered something special and three important points. Robin has scored an exceptional goal, he said himself he was not in his best of days, but what is important is you are efficient"
It's really amazing to know how Arsene Wenger rallied his troops after such a dismal start to the season. Arsenal has become a very serious threat and are in the kind of form title contenders wish to emulate. A true test of the Gunners' ability will be revealed in the Etihad Stadium next Sunday and it promises to be a mouthwatering encounter.
However, van Persie's goalscoring exploits have been noticed by the juggernauts of Europe and media Vultures have reported that Real Madrid plans to hijack him from Manchester City. They are planning to swoop for the star in January or the summer. Van Persie has refused to sign a new deal until the end of the season and I'm sure that he'll weigh Arsenal's campaign before making his decision.
Arsenal is out of the Carling Cup and with teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich still in Europe's elite competition, Wenger will have to invoke the spirit of '06 if he wants to win the major trophy that has eluded him in his Arsenal career. The FA Cup still remains the most realistic target in my opinion though.
The Road to Paris '06 Champions League squad was very balanced and it had everything Wenger wanted as a manager—an insane commanding goalkeeper that kept 10 clean sheets in a row and a relatively unknown yet formidable defense that had a Farmer, a Flanimal, a young Swiss brick wall and Mr. Kolo Mentality.
The midfield was protected by one of the most efficient holding midfielders from Brazil that used a very "clean" style to do the "dirty" work—a young protegee that inherited Patrick Vieira's jersey, the experienced and dreamy Le Bob, the fleet-footed and efficient Freddie Krueger and the best ever Belarusian in recent times.
The striker was the greatest player to ever wear the Red and White and he was around this weekend to see how he became immortalized by the club he served from 1999 to 2007. The media vultures were tipping Thierry Henry to be resigned by Wenger but the boss has quelled those claims by saying that Henry will soon be on his way to America.
Tony Adams is a legend that has been renowned for being Mr. Arsenal. He served the club with all his heart from 1982 to 2002 (20 years) and notched up an impressive 504 league appearances for the Gunners and went on to win a boatload of trophies in his time at the club.
As expected from any footballer that had been in the game that long, he opted for club management and he got his first start just a year after retiring as the manager of Wycombe Wanderers. Adams couldn’t prevent the club from being relegated so he parted ways with the club.
Following a few coaching roles in Holland, Tony Adams returned back to management as an assistant manager to Twitchy Ol’ Harry Redknapp. When Redknapp left for greener Tottenham pastures, Adam was advanced to the role of manager but he managed Portsmouth for only 10 league games before getting sacked in February of 2009.
Adams moved to the East to manage FC Gabala in Uzbekistan but he quit after a year and half due to family problems:
“I came to Gabala with big ambitions, wanting to build a strong club and share experiences. It has been an interesting time and hoped that I could achieve something here.”
“However, due to family problems, I have to leave the club. It is hard to leave the management and players, but family is more important to me.”
He was approached by some media vultures and he was asked about his next coaching role if he returned to the UK. Adams told them that there's only one club that he'd love to go back to and be No.1 or even on the backroom staff. You don't need a soothsayer to tell you the club he's talking about.
Following the poor defensive performances of Arsenal in the tail end of last season and the early part of this present campaign, the fans have called for a new defensive coach and Tony Adams will be a perfect addition to the backroom staff because he knows the club like the tips of his fingers.
He was a legend in catching opposition forwards offside and he orchestrated Arsenal's defense for 20 amazing years.
Arsene Wenger has the final say though.
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