I know for a fact there are several people who would not know what that ‘H’ word in the headline means. Joke’s on them, I guess. The day dawns with some vultures circling the club after losing their nine-year stranglehold over their old rivals, and everyone forgetting that it was a largely inconsequential league cup match.
The news story that everyone is talking about today is Arsenal’s transformation into the new Newcastle United, with it now revealed that Adebayor headbutted Nicklas Bendtner which caused all the handbags that we spotted on the telly against Spurs.
It was all caused by a sly remark on Bendtner’s footballing ability by Adebayor, who came on with the side 4-1 down. There are a number of blogs who have already covered the story: A Cultured Left Foot and Arseblog do a good job in their commentary, so for now I’ll just wade in with my thirty-three cents.
It obviously all comes down to the FA’s panel, where they will sit down and decide for how many years Adebayor will be banned from appearing publicly, or some such thing. The best that Arsenal can do (and will be expected of Wenger), is to keep the punishments all in-house. Bendtner is young and ‘still maturing’ (euphemism alert), while Adebayor cannot be faulted for his passion and devotion to Arsenal (see his celebration in the 2-2 draw against Spurs last year for evidence).
Make no mistake, it was a disgraceful thing to see, and to do it in front of the Spurs supporters is like parents having a fight in front of their kids. It’s not something they should be seeing. It’s all added to Spurs delusioned belief that they are now better than Arsenal – which frankly ignores the fact we have double their points tally in the league and that Man Utd in all likelyhood will walk all over them in the FA Cup – and Arsenal now have to shut up shop.
Criticisms of Gallas’ captaincy (he handled the Bendtner/Adebayor incident very well, I thought) have been founded not on analysis of his track record thus far, but only upon a reactive crowd of Arsenal ‘fans’ who have probably only watched the side since the 2000’s – losing to Spurs is a very new experience, I am sure, but it’s not the first time you’ve seen a cup loss, neither. Get a grip.
The other news that has been spurred on by the Tottenham ‘fallout’ is the angle of Theo Walcott being shipped out on loan as his form continues to dip. Simply put, this will not help Theo or Arsenal out at all. How much more pressure could you possibly put on an 18 year old? It’s a credit to Theo that he has not booked himself into a clinic of some sort without the mad fanatics hounding him constantly in the media.
All he needs is time. There is no guarantee that he will make it at Arsenal, but he is talented enough to forge a career somewhere in the Premiership. It’s high time fans started ignoring the transfer fee that brought young Theo to the club, and started putting about as much expectation on him as we do on, say, Fran Merida. Moderation, please.
And with that, I’m off to pack my bags for a little drive tomorrow. Nothing like the trip Joey Barton is about to make, but nearly as important. Hopefully there’ll be time to stew over all the low news surrounding the club, and get on with the FA Cup fixture on our doorstep.
More tomorrow – peace out.