Thursday, 14 March 2013

A Legend In The Making At Arsenal?

The term 'legend' is thrown around rather loosely these days. In fact the word legend is almost on a par with being as loose as Katie Price's muff. 

Some footballers are given that accolade well before they deserve it. And some aren't even given the status when it's clear they should have it. 

For example, was Cesc Fabregas a legend at Arsenal? In my opinion, no. Was he an icon? I think yes, but he certainly was not a legend. 

I hear people all the time say that the Spaniard was a legend at Arsenal Football Club but I don't know why. I'm not having a dig. I love the man like he was my own brother.

Fabregas could have been one of the biggest legends in Arsenal history if he had stayed at the club. 

He could have been up there with the likes of Bergkamp, Henry, Adams and the chef who worked at the Marriott Hotel, Canary Wharf, in 2006.

Instead Cesc left us and he now spends a lot of time plucking splinters out from his buttocks that have cruelly been inflicted from the Barcelona bench.

Nowadays at Arsenal we need a hero. Well, we have one I suppose in Jack Wilshere. But he can't carry all that hero status on his back. It'll weigh too much.

We need more heroes and one man who I think is fast developing into a fans favourite is Carl Jenkinson.   

If a year ago I would told you that Jenko should be first choice over Bacary Sagna I would have been shipped off to the funny farm, given an umbrella, had my head shaved and told to beat up a car.

Well now that doesn't seem so doolally does it?

Jenkinson has easily become the most improved player at the club and when I see him wear the Arsenal shirt I feel prouder than the time I drank 22 bottles of Budweiser in Lloyds Bar, Bexleyheath.

I love the fact he is a Gooner living the dream. Playing for Arsenal. And I also love the fact that he is fast becoming one of the best right-backs in England.

When he first played for Arsenal I felt sorry for him. It was like he had been thrown in at the deep end without so much as a 10 metre swimming lesson in the shallow end.

Jenkinson looked well out of his depth. But he worked at it. And worked. And worked. And that work has paid off.

You just know that Carl Jenkinson would run through a brick-wall for Arsenal. He would put his head, legs and bollocks on the line for the club because he loves Arsenal. Like us.

I've always said don't judge players straight away. I went against my own advice because in Jenko's case I was concerned. But I shouldn't have been. He's a top player who will only get better.

I'm not going to say Carl Jenkinson is a legend. Although him telling that interviewer last night to pretty much f*ck off could give him a case to be called one!

What I will say is here we have a legend in the making. A Gooner, playing for the club, getting better all the time who will, and I say will, have a long career with Arsenal.

In ten years time we might be saying that Carl is an Arsenal legend. In fact I think we will be. And who would have thought that a year ago?

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Friday, 1 March 2013

I Love It When Gooners Play For Arsenal

Bacary Sagna has been ruled out of the North London Derby this coming Sunday after busting two of his dreadlocks and there seems to be a mass debate (not masturbate) as to who will replace him.

I'm seeing plenty of opinions about the subject and one bloke even went as far as saying that Arsene Wenger should bring Lee Dixon or Lauren out of retirement as a one-off.

Of course whoever plays there could be in for the ride of his life. Gareth Bale has been playing out of his skin recently after AVB, the gravelly voiced S*urs manager, offered him a lifetime supply of bananas if Bale managed to help them finish above Arsenal.

Now I don't think its fair at all that monkey's as talented and fast as Bale are allowed to play in the Premier League but there's nothing in the rule book to stop it apparently. 

So we have to stop an in-form primate without using a tranquilizer and we have our 'best' right-back ruled out. Triffic.

People have said that Bale won't play down the left because he has this new free-role but if S*urs had any sense they would use him there because our number one right-back is out. It could be our weakness.

That said, funnily enough, I'm more than happy for our supposed second choice Carl Jenkinson to start on Sunday. And I don't think it would be too much of a weakness either.

Jenkinson is a Gooner. He is one of us. If he didn't play for Arsenal then I've no doubt he would be in the stands with us telling AVB to suck on a strepsil or tormenting Bale about that Orangutan who banged his sister.

He'll want to play more than anyone in that Arsenal squad because he knows what it means to play against them. He had Arsenal bed sheets for crying out loud. 

Not only is Carl a Gooner, but he is a decent fullback too who started the season in more decent form than my pal down the bookies last Saturday.

He may only be young, and has a lack of experience in this type of game, but he is fast, athletic and could be just the type of player who should start because he will want to win so bad.

I've seen it said that Laurent Koscielny or even Aaron Ramsey might start at right-back on Sunday and in my opinion that would kill Jenkinson. Having someone playing ahead of you in your position who doesn't usually play there would be soul-destroying. 

Arsene Wenger bought Jenkinson into this Arsenal squad to fill in when needed and to learn from Bacary Sagna. He should be used against Sp*rs this weekend. He can cope.

I love it when actual Gooners play for the club. It fills me with a lot of pride. Jenkinson is living the dream and I wish someone like him all the luck in the world. 

Imagine playing for the club you love? How good would that be? I could have played for Arsenal but I was too good and banned from English football. That's a true story. I swear.

There won't be as many players in the Arsenal squad pumped up as much Carl will be for this game. Play him.

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