Monday, 13 September 2010

Shock as Graham Poll agrees with Arsenal and Bolton fans, New investor to come aboard?

Morning Gooners.

The fall out continues following Stuart Attwell's shocking display of refereeing at the Grove this morning.

Our old friend Graham Poll has been writing about why he believes the official shouldn't be working in the Premier League.

As I pointed out in my match report, I think the referee's performance was one of the reasons why I didn't enjoy the game very much at all.

This is the same official who awarded a goal after his linesman signaled the ball had cross the line despite never crossing the goal line and being six yards in play.

It isn't very often, if ever, I agree with Graham Poll. He ruined an Arsenal game himself when he officiated our match with Newcastle at Highbury in December 2001 - something I will never forgive him for.

But I do agree with him when he writes that Attwell has been promoted to the Premier League too soon.

It's not because he's 27-years-old that he's not good enough. Age as every Arsenal fan knows has nothing to do with how good you are.

It's his decision making. Kevin Davies should have been sent off before we scored our first goal. His two 'challenges' on Rosicky and Wilshere were each worth a yellow card, yet the official only awarded a booking for the second.

''At the Emirates, he harshly sent off Bolton's Gary Cahill for a cautionable challenge on Marouane Chamakh just seconds after he and his assistant Phil Sharpe missed an obvious foul on Lee Chung-yong. 
"I wonder whether Attwell's over-reaction to the Cahill tackle was an attempt to respond to criticism of his handling of Wolves against Newcastle a fortnight ago."
He also failed to award us a penalty for a trip on Arshavin in the first half and also when Eboue was felled in the box late in the second. His assistant signaled for a spot kick to be awarded by placing his flag across his chest, yet the referee failed to give it.

There was obviously serious errors in the referee's performance, as you wouldn't normally get fans of a team who have just won 4-1 calling the BBC's 606 phone-in programme to complain about an official otherwise.

I wonder what, if any, fall out there will be for Attwell himself from the Football Association. I would guess and suggest none. it wouldn't surprise me at all.

Elsewhere the only other bit of news this morning seems to surround the possible investment in Arsenal by rapper Jay-Z.

There was a story which originated in the official Arsenal magazine back in March which has seemed to resurface yesterday. I don't know where from.

It goes much along the same lines as the previous piece did, in which the rapper is quoted as saying:
"We would have to spend much more time in London. Bey knows how much I love sports and has known about my interest in Arsenal for a while.
"I never want to be a back-seat investor. I want to be on the board, involved in the decision-making... I'm at the stage of my career where I am ready for another investment like this.
"I have really got into soccer over the last 10 years and I've been saying for some time I want a percentage of Arsenal."
There are shares on the market. Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith's holdings are said to be up for sale. But I can't really see Jay-Z sat around the board table at Highbury House with Peter Hill-Wood and Stan Kroenke. But who knows? Rather the rapper than Alisher Usmanov.

And that's about it. More later.

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