Sunday, October 28, 2007
Goal Harvesting Week
What a goal scoring jamboree it was this past seven days? Arsenal stamped their authority on European football by thrashing Slavia Prague from Czech Republic 7-0. Arsene Wenger boys’ margin of victory equalled the biggest win in the Champions League in which Juventus demolition of Olympiakos in 2003.
And it was a week of victorious history. Manchester United appear to rediscovered their form by scoring four goals a piece in their last four matches. That is a feat the Reds only managed 100 years ago.
Chelsea crowned the historic week by humiliating Manchester City 6-0. Anytime the powerful Drogba scores, echoes of Mourinho would reverberate at Stamford Bridge albeit in loud silence for fear of spoiling new Manager’s (Grant) party. Boy, the Jew relished every second of his first real sweat victory. Hi smile from ear to ear on camera attested to his silent resolve to bury Jose's ghost.
Arsenal’s rise this season is phenomenal. Their form is testimony to what measured experience can achieve. While last season all the Gunners had cow under Thierry Henry’s towering shadow, Emanuel Adebayo and Cesc Fabregas are brilliant this year. Those who rushed to write Arsenal’s epitaph when Theirry decamped to Barcelona last summer are having second thoughts.
Considering that Adebayo and Cesc are only 23 and 20 respectively, Wenger’s must have celebrated his growing younger strategically last Monday on his 59th birthday. And if Wenger boys’ topping the Premier League table was attributed to mute opponents, then Cesc’s late equalizer for Arsenal against Liverpool this evening is enough proof the boys have matured into men.
Meanwhile Sven Erickson’s honeymoon at Manchester City’s could as well be over. The thrashing by Chelsea was a product of COLLECTIVE INEPTITUDE among his new signings. Once his new kid on the block Elano was man-marked, City’s goose was effectively chased, cooked and digested.
As the Premier League enters the penultimate stage approaching crazy Christmas fixtures, the championship is shaping with new threats like Blackburn emerging from the shadows of the traditional big four.
Meanwhile Bottom(Totten)ham Spurs’ fate is still up in the air and proof that no amount of money can buy history nor legacy. Spur’s new boss Ramos who costed £6 million from Savila, lost his first game against Blackburn today.