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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Arsenal Need a Striker

You might as well count Arsenal out of the title race. When it came down to the two most crucial weekends in their pursuit of the English title, Arsenal lost against both Manchester United and Chelsea, managing only a goal between both games.

At times, Arsenal looked brilliant, in both matches, but the problem is simple--if you can't score, you can't win, and that's precisely the Gunners' issue right now. Arsenal play a beautiful brand of football, one I really admire, but at the end of the day, possession statistics don't get you any points.

Arsenal need a striker, someone who isn't afraid to hit a bomb outside the box. They can't expect to hold possession, and pass the ball into the net all the time. And with a striking trio of Theo Walcott, Andrei Arshavin, and Samir Nasri, three attacking midfielders, there's no one capable of consistently finishing a possession.

It seems, though, that Wenger is poised to hold out on buying any more players for the rest of the season. Good for him (he's an economist) but expect Arsenal's place in the table to now steadily decline.

Monday, February 1, 2010

John Terry is the Scum of the Earth

John Terry is once again making headlines for the most unimpressive of reasons. The Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper, reports that John Terry had an affair with the wife of his ex-Chelsea and England teammate, Wayne Bridge, while Bridge and his wife were undergoing a divorce about a year ago.

Of course, Terry, in his irrational, celebrity-like state of mind, thought he was privileged enough to exempt himself from basic, natural laws of mankind: When he discovered that the Telegraph was about to publish a story on the affair, he paid them off to keep the news secret. (Only three days ago was the ban on the story lifted and the news consequently released.)

This sure isn't the first of Terry's low moments. In 2001, a day after the September 11 terrorist attacks, he drunkenly mocked American tourists and an English pub (along with Frank Lampard, who, may I also add, is scum). Terry has also allegedly had affairs with over nine different women, including a 17-year old, since his marriage in 2007.

Bottom line: Terry needs a boot in his mouth, and England need a new captain.