Save the vitriol over another misleading headline. This article has a point: Live with it.
Some time ago I was lambasted for ‘not rating’ Samir Nasri, which apparently is a grave mistake on my part as he is, afterall, ‘the next Zidane’.
It was here that I was thinking that perhaps we’ve been misguided by Arsene Wenger’s uncanny transfer smokescreens, who is actually going after that other ‘next Zidane’. You know, that awful step-overrated neighbour on Seven Sisters. Oh come on, what is his name?
The point of the matter is…Samir Nasri has been labled ‘the next Zidane’, mainly because he is of Algerian decent (like Zizou), plying his trade for Les Bleus. That. Is. It. That’s where the comparison comes from. Yes, he’s got some skills, but Zizou was one of the greatest players of all time. Nasri can only hope that kind of fortune comes his way.
To put it into perspective, consider how many ‘Next Maradona’s have come along. Aimar (could score, once upon a time), Tevez (because of his stocky build), Messi (will come close, but Maradona is still Maradona), plus many, many more that I am forgetting at present. Nasri’s tag of ‘Next Zidane’ by a – let’s face it – French press with a bit of patriotic hope instilled in the lad, is not a reason to sign him.
The reason we want to sign him is because he is a skillful player, with a bit of a reputation. Justified? In the end, it is up to Wenger to decide (or, before I get accused of anything childish, whoever happens to manage Arsenal) whether the player is worth his spending money, or not.
One player who I definitely cannot get excited about is the following below here. Consider the hype, consider the amount of people who have never seen this man play, and temper that all with the fact that he’s probably going to Paris St Germain, anyway. Ben Arfa is the man I’m talking about, and no-one has looked this easy-to-deal-with on youtube since…that Niang kid that Myles Palmer alerted us to a while back.
My analysis of a little youtube video:
- (0:06) A fancy flick, and then a brilliant, world class manouvre in which Ben Arfa PASSES TO THE LEFT. (wow!)
- (0:14) Outside the box, Ben Arfa SHOOTS FROM DISTANCE…spiralling it about 50 metres above the cross bar. (Ah, but I am Ben Arfa. I get a replay of that. Look at the technique! Phillipe Senderos…screw that, Johnny Wilkinson would be proud of that punt).
- (0:31) Drag back, followed by an Eboue-like pass to the midfielder in front of me. (We should be signing up the guy who recieved the pass! That’s a first touch, he has there. Kill it!)
- (0:36) Some direct running – which is great – including bamboozling Man Utd’s Anderson – which can only be expected – and the Malouda impersonater BOOMS the ball over the bar. Again. (But I am Ben Arfa. I get a replay for that.)
- (0:59) Ben Arfa…well, we’ve all messed up a one-two now and then…(finally, this guy relents!)
- (1:04) Ben Arfa…likes to be selfish with the ball! (But it’s MY ball! I am Ben Arfa!)
- (1.20) Ben Arfa can…hit a short pass! (At this point, Wenger raises an eyebrow, at least)
- (1.23) Ben Arfa…loses the ball! (again?)
- (1.27) Ben Arfa…passes the ball backwards!A
And yet, after all that, the comments (on the youtube video) still food in. I quote:
I still want this guy at Arsenal. Just see how he played Anderson
My friend, Quincy Awousu-Abeyie did the same stuff. It didn’t get him very far. Besides, Anderson is still a young’un. All that I can conclude is that people are just overly-desperate for signings. Perhaps not as Freddy-Mercury as I may have guaged yesterday, but desperate nonetheless. They want signings, and they want cash to fly! Doesn’t matter that we only have £25million to spend (reportedly), and that we really only need three players (that’s about 8million each, then). No, we are Arsenal! We have a divine right to win everything. Screw the manageable debt we’ve balanced, I want results NOW. Screw the future. The future is red and white.
But only as long as we splash out millions on a striker we dont need (it’s all about INTENT, people!), and wingers who ‘apparently’ are awesome. I’m happy with Nasri. But heavily undecided on others.
Disclaimer: This is a blog. A place for opinion. While I may be a journalist by trade, working in Australia, I am not a news-source, and have never claimed to be one.
Another Disclaimer: ‘Misleading Headlines’ are the ones frequented by Caught Offside, whereby they twist the words of a manager or player we’ve all read a million times (hence the waste of time), to imply something completely different in a headline. Claiming we’ve signed three pop stars as a parody of our desperation to sign ‘anyone, for the love of God’, is exactly that. Parody. On a blog. Which is not a newsprovider.
Tirade: Hitting F5 (refresh) on newsnow is a major source of RSS.
One more disclaimer: I have better things to do with my time than watch the French League over players we will not sign (other than, perhaps, Nasri). If you want someone who has spent their time productively watching a player who will be involved with our First XI, read Sanderson’s excellent review of Mexico vs Argentina in his ‘tele-scouting mission’ of Carlos Vela.
Play safe, now.