I hadn’t seen the Football Pools website until today, when I stumbled on a column from Tony Cascarino. If you don’t have instant recall of every footballer from the 90s, Cascarino was an ex-Chelsea striker who went on to achieve cult status at Marseilles. He was also Ireland’s top goalscorer despite not actually being Irish.
He reckons we’re the perfect way for Arsenal to brush aside that inspid performance against West Brom. And what unrefutable reason does he give for this? Well:
Roy Hodgson is more of a European style coach as he likes his teams to get it down and play. However, that falls right into Arsene Wenger’s team’s hands as they are better at it. Craven Cottage is a nice place for the Gunners to go and play in their own style and they’ll win.
It’s not that I disagreee that Arsenal play better football than we do, but Hodgson’s a European style coach? Couldn’t you say that about Benitez, Scolari and Wenger? Perhaps the way to prove Cascarino wrong is to deploy some mean guys in midfield (like, say, Leon Andreasen) and try outmuscle Arsenal’s teenage midfield. Worth a shot, isn’t it?
While we’re on the subject of this website, I also came across Mark Chapman tipping us to go down. Chapman, a supposedly funny Radio 1 DJ and occassional host of 6-0-6, doesn’t give a reason for our nine months of struggle but still tips us to be ‘around the bottom’. He’s also a Man Utd fan so what he knows about football can be scribbled on the back of a beer mat.
I’m not buying it. Despite what we didn’t show at the KC, the boys proved last season that they’ve got the stomach for the fight and I think Roy’s added plenty more quality this season. It might be wise if someone showed Zoltan Gera how to score in an open goal between now and Saturday night, though.