Any Hope for Arsenal?

ImageArsenal’s recent poor performance has sparked criticism from the entire football fraternity with Arsene Wenger being on the spot light as the man to blame.

Fans around the world keep on lamenting that Wenger should go but the question still remains is he really to blame? For me the answer is no, because Wenger has managed to put Arsenal in the level they are right now.

Bringing in a new coach will take more time to rebuild the team because it will mean changing the whole system.

Has it occurred to anyone that the problem might be players’ attitude and lack of concentration? Lately they have been playing poorly, their usual entertaining sleek passes and moves are hardly seen and this means there is something wrong with the players.

Last season Arsenal lost in the finals of the Carling cup against an average side Birmingham, it was so painful because the players and also the fans believed their drought for silverware would finally be over but it was not to be.

In my outlook this is when Arsenal lost track, with their key players Fabregas, Nasri and Clichy leaving in search for greener pastures. The greatest dream of every football player is to win titles before they reach the prime years of their careers and this is what they went for.

Since then Arsenal has not got direct replacement of these three crucial players making it even hard for the team to perform well. Yes, Arteta, Mertesacker and the rest of the new signings are good but they have not made a very notable change.

The beginning of this season’s English premier league saw Arsenal as every team’s meat loosing match after match, with players such as Song and Gervinho starting off on a bad note receiving red cards in the opening match of the season.

The 8-2 torture in Oldtrafford was a clear indication that Arsenal was going down despite the long list of injuries at the time.

Recently they had their worst night in Europe, after they were outclassed by AC Milan 4-0 in the first leg of the Champions league. A score line that even magic cannot possibly overturn in the return leg considering Arsenal’s pitiable performance.

It is very sad to hear supporters saying that this is probably the worst Arsenal team they have ever seen in all their time of watching football.

I believe this is the time each Arsenal player looks directly into the mirror and asks himself, have I given my all to my team? If no, it’s time to do it and just maybe this can make a big difference.



Zambia;African Football Powerhouse

ImageZambia honoured the demise of their former players in style, after they edged out highly ranked Ivory Coast to win the African cup of nations in an entertaining two hour match in Libreville stadium, Gabon.
Chipolopolo came into this game with so much confidence and determination, which was evident from their lovely sleek moves portrayed in the game.
Zambia’s captain Christopher Katongo along with Emmanuel Mayuka, Nathan Sinkala and Isaac Chansa displayed an excellent performance tormenting the Ivorian defence.The four blended in well, producing beautiful moves only that they lacked the finishing power.They continued working hard in the set pieces but unfortunately they did not materialize.
Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard could be heard shouting from the other side urging his players to press on as the fans cheered to the high spirited Zambian side.
On the other hand, Ivory Coast could not believe they were outplayed by the Zambians as they had registered long before the tournament that they were the favorites. Chelsea talisman Didier Drogba missed a penalty kick in the normal time, after Gervinho was brought down in the box by Chansa which would have sealed the victory for the Ivorians.
Drogba was filled with emotions throughout the match, but it was clearer during the extra minutes knowing deep down that his missed penalty would have changed the game.
Tension got high in the dying minutes of the extra time, as the dreaded penalty shootout approached .Both teams switched to attacking mode but the two defense stood strong and now the only thing that would separate the two sides were the penalties.
Drama unfolded as the sides took the spot kicks, no one missed the penalties till it reached seven. The moment Kolo toure headed towards the ball, any Arsenal fan would have known something wrong was bound to happen, and indeed he missed the penalty that would have given them the victory.
Rainford Kalaba reignited the Ivorians hopes after he shot wide, but Gervinho wasted the golden opportunity that would have handed his country the win.
All Zambians hopes lay solely on Stopilla Sunzu a fact he  knew too well as he went to take the shot, he did not disappoint as he confidently shot in a wonderful kick that sent the Chipolopolos to an ecstasy.
It was a historic achievement for the Zambians who have made 15 appearances in the tournament failing to clinch the cup in the 1974 and 1994 finals.
 Finally Zambia’s great Kalusha Bwalya lifted the African cup of nations trophy in memory of his teammates who died 19 years ago in a tragic plane crash as the Ivorians watched in disbelief  Zambians jumping and dancing round the field.
The Zambians proved that big names in football is nothing, rather confidence, teamwork and hard work is all that is needed.


 High flying Arsenal winger Gervinho helped his team to secure a place in the finals by scoring the solitary goal in an entertaining clash against Mali.

 Ivory Coast accomplished their  mission  by reaching the African Nations Cup final as the tournament produced yet another surprise when Zambia eliminated highly ranked  Ghana.

An excellent sprint by Gervinho along the wing to the back of the net just few minutes in to the stoppage of the first half, sealed the expected win for Ivory Coast.

The Elephants are now considered as the tournaments favorites as they are up against Zambia who unbelievably eliminated Ghana in yet another semi-final entertaining match.

 Zambia’s Emmanuel Mayuka struck just 12 minutes from time to drown Ghana’s hopes of winning the African title after more than 30 years of wait.

Well everyone thought and also predicted an electrifying final between Ivory Coast and Ghana but that was not to be. Let us wait and see how the showdown will be between The Elephants and Chipolopolo.