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Slow Saturday, Ryo & ‘Arry’s Moaning

Day 2 of this brand new blog. I am still trying to come to grips with how to use RSS feeds and create links and categories and tags and choosing a theme and such sorts. It’s a little frustating right now, and I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it’s going to be a while till I get everything sorted the way I like it. Until then, it’s the content I will concentrate on.

It’s a lazy Saturday, Arsenal not playing until Wednesday night. While the extra days are surely beneficial to the players, it makes for a boring weekend for supporters.

There is one exciting prospect to look forward to this weekend. And that is to see how Ryo Miyaichi fares in the FA Cup against the enemy. Expectations are building up on a good performance from him, seeing how he’s been excellent for Bolton in the last few games.

He’ll come up against Assou-Ekotto on Bolton’s right wing. The Cameroonian is usually solid in defense and quick on the attack as well, so it will be a tough test for Ryo.

In Bolton’s last league game against QPR, the Japanese youngster provided a crucial assist and boasted a 100% pass success rate in the attacking third. Still, Ryo attempted only 23 passes all game. As Bolton’s best player, I believe he should see much more of the ball. However, with the Trotters playing a more defensive game these days, Miyaichi does a lot of running without the ball in helping out the defense.

While this is good for the development of the youngster, being a cup game, I hope Owen Coyle gives him a bit of a license to really attack the Sp*rs backline today. This is where he can cause problems with his pace, direct approach, ball control,ability to pick a teammate and he has a shot in him too. It should be good to watch and hopefully he can help eliminate the small North London club from the FA Cup.

Elsewhere, ‘Arry’s been moaning about Szczesny’s obvious delight at their discomfort. Personally,I think we’ve lacked this bit of edge over the past few years. I, for one am happy for our players to get stuck into the opposition off the pitch too. Of course, we have to maintain focus on our performances. But there’s nothing like telling the scum the way it is, eh?

Harry also claims that Tottenh*m have been ‘punching above their weight’ this year and finishing in the top four would be a marvellous achievement. Considering that just a few weeks ago he was claiming they were title challengers, it sounds suspiciously like he’s trying to boost his CV for the England job, whilst also cushioning the Sp*rs support for the inevitable implosion in the run-in.

In other news, Lukas Podolski’s not sure if he’d fancy Italian pasta or fish & chips. I suspect Arsenal do have an agreement with Koln, but personal terms haven’t been agreed yet. From all the reports, it does seem he is keen for the Arsenal move. Maybe this is just his agent trying to secure better terms for his client? Unfortunately, it looks like this will story drag on until the summer and we’ll just have to wait and watch.

Until tomorrow.

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