Monday, 12 July 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Monday July 12, 2010

The final of World Cup 2010 took place and drew no surprises, especially after Paul the Octopus had picked Spain to win.
Lets hope don't buy him up and use him as a new feature prior to each home game.
Anyway back to the football. I am one of the few who seemed to have enjoyed the game.  For all their early pressure, Spain didn't put the ball in the back of the net and the game became more open with a number of chances in the second half.
Yes, there were countless fouls by the Dutch, but I think Spain gave as good as they got.
The number of bookings - 14 yellow cards and one red card - wasn't the highest in a World Cup game which is 16. It wasn't the easiest of games to referee.
Robin Van Persie, who started the game for Holland, had a tough game. The Dutch game doesn't really suit him as a lone front man. The midfield and those playing wide don't get close enough to him to be effective.
He didn't get the service to make an impact on the game.
Whilst team mate Cesc Fabregas started on the bench for Spain and was brought on as a 87th minute substitute for Xabi Alonso.
Fabregas had more chances in front of goal than his Arsenal team mate. He went through one on one with the goal keeper, but shot wide.
But he made amends in the second period of extra time when his pass played in Andres Iniesta who scored the only goal of the game.
Obviously great joy for Cesc, who has now won the European Championship and now the World Cup. Great disappointment for Robin.
With the tournament out of the way, we can now get on with the real football looking ahead to our pre-season opener against Barnet which is just six days away.
A few other things going on this morning.
The Daily Mirror report that Arsene Wenger didn't meet with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell yesterday to discuss Cesc Fabregas' future.
I always thought it was odd that he had agreed to meet with them. But the thought I had was that he'd meet them in person out of courtesy,
But really from Arsenal's point of view there was no point in the meeting taking place. We had said everything we needed to in our well crafted statement.
This one you know will run and run. It will now only get worse now the World Cup has finished.
On to other matters Arsenal related. The Daily Telegraph report Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil will honour his contract at Werder Bremen.
He has only 12 months left on his deal so it makes perfect sense for him to re asses his options at the end of the coming season.
He said:
"Bremen want me to fulfil the contract and so do I. I have always said that I want to fulfil my contract. That is important to me."
The Telegraph meanwhile say well look at signing Mark Scwharzer and Joe Cole when Arsene Wenger returns to London this week.
And The Guardian has quotes from Arsene Wenger about the possible signing of France midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.
Wenger told the French television programme Téléfoot:
"We are not interested and we were never contacted.
"He's a player I like a lot, but we are sufficiently covered in midfield."
And that's it for today, barring any exciting developments. If there is any to discuss, I'll be doing so on Twitter.

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