Sunday, January 24, 2010
SUNDAY MORNING ........... ARSENE ARE YOU LISTENING ?
Very pleasing three from three yesterday and to be honest, once Accrington were down to ten men late in the first half, all were very comfortable winners. Once again one of my selections was a big drifter, with Fulham out to 2.25 giving up the full goal an hour or so before kick off. I am about 7 from 8 with these selections in recent months and not for the first time, this "drift" was very hard to comprehend. Roy Hodgson was taking the competition seriously and named his strongest available side, it just drives me crazy to bet and then see the odds increase, anyway, that is all history now.
The day would have been complete if my beloved Bees had picked up a point at highflying Norwich and one or two big names were getting excited when City were reduced to ten men in the first half. Brentford had chances to win the game, but both keepers, were on top of their game and all credit to the Canaries for finding the winner which took them to the top of the table, something which seemed unthinkable after the opening day 7-1 home loss to Colchester. Paul Lambert's stock continues to rise and he has done an incredible job in double quick time.
Bees on loan Polish international goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, will remain at Griffin Park until the end of the month, the 19yo is regarded by many as the best keeper in living memory at the West London giants and will surely be pushing the top two at Arsenal in the coming season or two. Personally, I think Arsene Wenger should do the right thing once more, keep Vito Mannone at the Emirates for now and let the hero worshiped Pole stay at GP Towers until the end of the season ! Arsene are you listening ? By the way, if there is a better teenage keeper in world football, I would like to see him !
Massive day today with the NFL Championship games taking centre stage and a 25-1 voucher on the New Orleans Saints burning a big hole in many pockets. We have covered our stakes, see below, but having come this far .............
Elsewhere, we have the first two African Cup of Nations quarter final games , a full football league programme in Italy /Spain and in Australia, the first grand slam tennis event of the year which is warming up nicely, so something for everyone. I do not think I will be previewing anything on here today, cannot see any value in the ACN matches atm and whilst I have very strong views on two games in the UK, I want to take "in running" positions on both. However, we have almost a full midweek domestic programme ahead, so I am certain that there will be plenty to interest us in the coming day or two.