Archive for November, 2008

Captain Cesc

Since my last footie post, Arsenal had lost 4 more league games and  I can safely say we’re already out of the title race. It’s sad, really. Long gone were the days when we used to play that delightful free-flowing Arsenal-style football that could put abang-abang Manure and Chelski to shame.

But they say every cloud has a silver lining, and rightly so that William Gallas was (finally) stripped of the Arsenal captaincy! That call should’ve been made since the infamous Gallas blow-out last season at Birmingham. Of course it’s always nice and easy to be the captain of a winning team. To captain a struggling Arsenal side is no mean feat though. As Hantubola puts it, the “Arsenal MSSM Boys” are still very young (average age of 19?) and clearly a much experienced player like Gallas has the responsibility to help nurture the boys.

But he did precisely the opposite. A skipper is not made of someone who trashes another teammate to the press, and definitely not someone with such poor defending that even teams like Fulham and Stoke could score against. Ohh and let’s not forget that he was caught smoking outside a club some few months ago. Pffftttt.

Enough about Gallas. So as expected, Adik Fabregas was made captain!

The armband looks good on him, no?

In a way, I suspect that this is part of Arsene’s strategy to retain him at the club, safe from those greedy Catalan giants. But hey, if this is what it takes to make him stay, then by all means let it be. If there was ever the question of him being too young, let’s take a trip down memory lane to the days of the great Tony Adams. He was also made captain at a tender age of 21, and had gone on to wear the armband for the next 14 years with multiple silverwares to boot under his captaincy.

Cesc may be young, but with vast experiences under his belt complemented by the right Arsenal spirit, our Adik could go very far. We all know how fond he is of the club, and there was no doubt that he always gave a hundred percent on the pitch (despite his recent poor form). He had learned from the best in business – the likes of Vieira, Pires, Henry; and for God’s sake he’s one of the best midfielders in the world! I have full faith that he’ll lead through example and will someday take Arsenal back to the level of greatness we once possessed.

The road may be long, but let this be a new beginning for the Arsenal Football Club.

Hail Captain Cesc!

And come on you Arsenal!

P/S : I’m back from Kuala Pilah. That Godforsaken place deserves an entry of its own, so wait up till I’m done with my exam!

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