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Arsene is human, Eduardo may be ruined, but Arsenal still tops the table. by groundsman
February 23, 2008, 8:43 pm
Filed under: Arsenal, football, Footballers, punditry, Video

Arsenal 2-2 Birmingham City  In a post match interview,  Arsene Wenger said Martin Taylor “should not play the game again”.  All of the media headlines then read, “Arsenal Boss wants Leg Breaker Banned for Life”.  That’s not what he said- Wenger said Taylor shouldn’t play again, and if the poor excuse his coach gave is really portraying this guy’s skill level (McLeish: “…[Eduardo da Silva] was too quick for him“) then he really shouldn’t be playing at that level, should he? 

 He’s too poor.  It brings us back to that disasterous World Cup when other players couldn’t get ’round Pele’s technique, so they were content to hack him down whenever possible.  Wenger later rescinded his earlier comments, saying they were made in the heat of emotion.  Nice to see there isn’t coolant or faerie dust in his veins- but I agreed with his first assessment of the foul.

 What’s possibly more disgusting is the apathy from the English media.  Eduardo’s 25th birthday is tomorrow, and he is set to miss the rest of the season with Arsenal, a trip to Euro2008 with Croatia, and “possibly more”.  Had this lad been English/Scottish/Welsh/part-Irish, the English media would have been positively LIVID at his “foreign” attacker.   A studs up tackle on England’s Brave John Terry?  The offending player is burned in effigy.  A studs up, possibly career ending injury on a player not from The Home Countries?  One commentator on BBC suggested it wasn’t even a foul, even after seeing the boy’s shin being snapped literally at a right angle.  Old coaches, pundits, crazies on 606, all rushed to the defense of Taylor, saying it was possibly Eduardo’s fault for “taking too many touches and being too quick”.  Martin Taylor broke Eduardo da Silva’s leg.  Broke. It.

I’m already tired of the over-use of the word “foreigner” in the English vernacular (I’m an American, we’re all foreigners here), and the prejudice spills over into sport far too often.  Commentators and minute by minute reporters were more disgusted with Cesc Fabregas’ emotion at just seeing his teammate suffer a horrific injury, and captain William Gallas’ display of frustration at the end of the match than they were with Taylor’s incredibly poor tackle and smile toward his teammates as Eduardo lay crumpled on the pitch.  Think I’m overreacting? Maybe I am! But what does this picture say to you?

All that said, Arsenal should not have tied the game- even under extreme stress.  Birmingham City were down to 10 men for the next 90+ minutes (the injury happened within the first few minutes of the match),  and the young, yet talented squad’s performance was a shambles.  It’s unfortunate that it appears one young star’s light went out, eclipsing another’s achievements, as Theo Walcott finally scored a pair of goals for his team.

Tubular Roundup: 

Remember the good times, and hope Eduardo da Silva takes his time coming back from being knacked so he can fully heal.

The future is Theo Walcott.  How much have we heard this? It’s likely to be true.

-Some of my friends say soccer isn’t a hard man’s sport, but somewhere on a Hollywood studio set- Vinnie Jones still disagrees.  Disclaimer: I clearly don’t condone any type violence and thuggery, but VJ is just such a cariacature.

[Photo: AP Photos]

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[…] dandelionsalad wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptArsenal 2-2 Birmingham City  In a post match interview,  Arsene Wenger said Martin Taylor “should not play the game again”.  All of the media headlines then read, “Arsenal Boss wants Leg Breaker Banned for Life”.  That’s not what he said- Wenger said Taylor shouldn’t play again, and if the poor excuse his coach gave is really portraying this guy’s skill level (McLeish: “…[Eduardo da Silva] was too quick for him“) then he really shouldn’t be playing at that level, should he?  He’s too poor.  It brings us back to that disasterous World Cup when other players couldn’t get ’round Pele’s technique, so they were content to hack him down whenever possible.  Wenger later rescinded his earlier comments, saying they were made in the heat of emotion.  Nice to see there isn’t coolant or faerie dust in his veins- but I agreed with his first assessment of the foul.  What’s possibly more disgusting is the apathy […] […]

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[…] Javy Mascherano is getting another two matches tacked onto his one match ban and fine for yelling at the referee when he was sent off for dissent during the match against Manchester United.  It’s obvious the man is just being made an example, but to give him the same punishment as a fellow who broke another player’s leg?  […]

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