It’s Monday and well that means it’s time for me to climb inside “The Week That Was” machine and re-visit some stories from…errr…the week that was, it’s another edition of The Soccer List.
1. Things get a little shirty at the Emirates
Sometimes the history and unwritten rules involved in our game brings up some situations which make you laugh, and you laugh because if you didn’t you might cry. Cue the situation at the Emirates Stadium this week. Arsenal were in Champions League action against Marseille and defender and Nike Tiempo wearer Mathieu Flamini took breaking an unwritten rule to a new level. Now apparently Arsenal lore dictated that if one player wears long sleeves then EVERYONE wears long sleeves; I think it dates back to the days of Malcolm Macdonald and the boys in short pants! Well that wasn’t doing for the Frenchman who prefers to wear short sleeves regardless. So THIS occurred:
That’s right he took a pair of scissors to his sleeves! Apparently the Arsenal kit man was furious and complained to Arsene Wenger, who told Flamini that he won’t be cutting his shirts again, because it’s disrespectful to the history of Arsenal for something like that to happen, and as it was the second time Flamini had done it, he had to be publicly chided for it. Oh by the way Arsenal made short work of their French opponents and qualified for the next stage of the Champions League, but who cares about that when sleeves are being cut!
2. Arjen Robben Scores a Goal but Hits the E-Break on the Celebration
Like lambs being led to the slaughter my favourite German side, plucky little Bundesliga newcomers Eintracht Braunschweig (there’s a bit of a story why) paid a visit to megabucks table toppers Bayern Munich on Saturday. Now Die Löwen sit in last place in the Bundesliga with only 8 points from 14 matches, so I wasn’t holding my breath for a miracle. In fact it only took 2 minutes for the winner to get scored, Arjen Robben sporting the new F50 Samba headed home the first goal, and pulled out what can only be described as the WORST celebration I’ve ever seen! I was harsh on the Dutchie last week for trying to force Mario Götze into celebrating his goal against his former club, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when he tried to hot dog after a goal against the favourites for the Wooden Spoon. Luckily, karma agreed with me that a fancy celebration was bang out of order so sit back and enjoy the pitch pulling the E-break on Arjen Robben.
Robben added another after half an hour and Munich went out 2-nil winners. But the real winners were fans who don’t like red tights.
3. Aaron Ramsey PFA Player of the Year?
No attempts at humour here at all. It’s just what I feel is fact. Aaron Ramsey is hands down the run away favourite for Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year at this point in the season. The Predator LZ man has been immense in the Arsenal midfield this season and has taken to playing with Mesut Ozil like a duck takes to water. The Welshman was back on target against former club Cardiff City potting two goals to bring his totals this season to 8 in the Premier League. Hopefully I don’t jinx him but I do believe that Arsenal have found their new talisman.
4. Shocker at San Memes!
Athletic Club Bilbao 1 Barcelona nil, no need to adjust your computers. Fresh off losing to Ajax in the Champions League, the undefeated Liga champions ventured into Basque Country to take on the plucky club who’ll only sign players who happen to be Basques! Despite enjoying over 60% possession, the visitors were out chanced by the home side and 20 minutes from time the home side got their just deserts as Iker Muniain who has switched over to the Nike Hypervenom from the old T90 line, and happens to be known as ‘The Spanish Messi’ got the winner. The loss was Barca’s first of the Liga campaign and sees them fall level on points with Atletico Madrid, while Bilbao climb to fourth with the big win.
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6. Sheffield United Snatch a Draw From the Jaws of Victory
The good news? My beloved Sheffield United are now fifth bottom of the Sky Bet League One, and therefore out of the relegation zone on goal differential! I think this calls for a party! The bad news? Another draw! We just can’t finish matches off, after Liverpool loanee Conor Coady put us up with a well placed shot just after the hour mark, I thought we were done and dusted and leaving high flying Leyton Orient with all three points. But as I’ve heard so often this season that’s just not the Blades way. As 8 minutes from time O’s Dean Cox hit a wonder volley into the top corner, and the O’s nearly pinched it only being denied by two sterling saves from our George Long in the EIGHT minutes of added time. We’ve got Swindon at home on Saturday and I’m hoping that maybe we’ll be able to see a match out. COME ON YOU RED AND WHITE WIZARDS!
And, that’s going to do it for another edition of The Soccer List, I’m sure by now you know that I was you making cutting passes and scoring worldies, so just keep on doing that!