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Thursday, 20 May 2010

Why we need to stop jumping to silly conclusions.

After a very eventful few days I think it’s time I give light on this situation concerning one Arsenal Captain and some Spanish Football Giants.

Not long ago, a certain Francesc F├ábregas i Soler said he would like to return to Barcelona, a club he came through the youth ranks with, with players like Lionel Messi, Xavi etc. To me, this is no surprise, we all want to play for our boyhood club, ask one Cristiano Ronaldo. I am the same, as much as I am an Arsenal fan, if I was a pro-footballer playing at Arsenal, I’d love to play at Wolves where I was born and raised. I mean, Cesc never got the chance to play for them. Yet, despite this I doubt he’d be going just yet.

If you examine the words of Cesc, he says “..one day…”. One day as in one day in the future, the distant future, it’s almost like he’s saying he would want to finish his career there in 5-10 years time, like Thierry Henry wanted to 3 years ago.

Cesc is the current captain, of a growing side who WILL win something soon, and he will be the first to lift that trophy above his head as captain. Why would Cesc give up captaincy to be a bench-warmer?

Look at that team, Xavi and Iniesta will probably always be ahead of poor Francesc. I mean, they are the same Spain team-mates he can’t beat to the head of that squad. As much as Cesc shouldn’t be a bench-warmer, I see it that for most weeks he probably will be. Look at Thierry, one of the best in the world at Arsenal, soon as he left he is losing out to Francis Jeffren (I made that up).

Not to mention, Cesc’s current long-term deal, a deal with 4/5 years left. A deal, with 100million get-out clause, Barcelona are rich but not Manchester City rich, and that’s before bidding for Cesc himself, something Arsenal will push to the end, besides, if you look at Cesc’s character he’s no Joleon Lescott, he’s not going to flick the V’s to Arsene when he says, “you’re too important to his squad to be their super-sub.”

I feel, that Cesc will stay, which is great, and if he does go, then that’s life, Manchester United have not degraded into oblivion when they lost their man last Summer like we all thought. In fact, it’s let Wayne Rooney shine through, something it could do for say an Aaron Ramsey, Samir Nasri or Jack Wilshere even more.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Why Video Technology is needed in Football…NOW!

How many more decisions must we get wrong before FIFA realise the referee’s are only human. I mean if they got some amazing Terminator’s as referee’s I’d understand, but what 4 officials see, is not always what a camera sees.

Football for many of us is a passion, a lifestyle. But it’s hard for any of us to carry on watching when so much is missed by average referee’s. To be fair, most of the time, a referee is not always to blame for a poor decision, he doesn’t have eyes in the back of his head (he’s not a teacher). Yet, as he is in charge of the game and because he is the only one to blame, we blame him when our team should’ve got a penalty and yet we lost 2-1.

I hate the excuses, “Well it’s unfair on the small teams on the hackney marshes”, I forgot how much was at stake at Windsor Vs Penn Rovers last month compared to you know an FA Cup Semi-Final.

When you have the technology why not employ it. Maybe just for a trial season would work, even your 2 extra officials are only human.

I don’t think it hurts the game to stop it either. It took ITV less than 15 seconds to determine the was it a goal, was it not for Portsmouth/Chelsea, and that’s two men. You could employ a whole team of officials to watch over decisions like that. From different angles and make them say yes or no.

I think this has to be trialled or better yet have a motion sensor on each goalpost and the ball and make it beep if the ball crosses the line.

Anyway, just my views.