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ZINEDINE ZIDANE, LAURENT BLANC AND ARSENE WENGER. A DREAM CAST. IN GENEVA, LIKE A MOVIE, SPORT & STYLE AND THE WATCHMAKER IWC BROUGHT TOGETHER THREE LEGENDS OF FRENCH FOOTBALL. THE IDEA? STOP TIME TO TALK ABOUT THE GAME, FRIENDSHIP, BLUES, LIFE.
That morning, in the quiet lounges for the Geneva hotel The Richmond, the machine back in time in full operation. On the sidelines of the International Exhibition of Fine Watchmaking, where the trio makes a pilgrimage each year under the auspices of the IWC house, these three superstars have accepted the invitation of Sport & Style. Attracted like a magnet by the flavors of this game madeleine, Laurent Blanc likes to mimic the Brazilian breeders. In two stages and three movements, it redials - smile - game strategy auriverde: a goalkeeper, a defender and nine players in attack. Arsene Wenger laughs. And sets out to reconstruct illico the tactical scheme of the France team of punching balls. Arsenal manager then makes the choice of security: a goalkeeper, nine defensemen and one striker. General laughter.
“The guys up front alone, it’s Karim Benzema” , slides Laurent Blanc. “We’ll need him to score goals. At the same time, alone in front, it will not be cotton. This is what might be called the great loneliness of the modern striker. ” A little aside, as always, Zinedine Zidane said nothing, as if inwardly reliving the final of 1998. He observes and Arsene Laurent a watchful eye, almost remote. His hand rests gently on the table, as if to ascertain its reality, touch wood, this false stroke lawn returns to his childhood when he only played on grass stabilized earth neighborhoods north of Marseille. He then takes a small player in his hand and grabs the ball, no bigger than a ball. Kick for Les Blues. Zizou is still silent. Everyone stopped talking. His eyes are fixed on the ball and the opposing goal. In front, the guard is still, as unperturbed as a tin soldier. In a flick, Zizou propels the little ball into the net with such force that the cage is dropped. Laurent Blanc and Arsene Wenger in a knowing look. A zero for the France team. Zizou laughs. Laughter, yet.
I always appreciate it when three of the wiser figures in football get together for a casual discussion about absolutely anything. You can watch the Making Of video here…
10:43 am • 7 May 2012 • 220 notes
Forget Cesc, This is Arsene Wenger’s Defining Moment
By Fidel Leblanc
Arsenal fans, why are we so devastated by the protracted departure of Cesc Fabregas? Its not like we haven’t had three years to mentally and emotionally prepare ourselves for this, right? Yet, the idea of Arsenal will at the Emirates and abroad without Cesc Fabregas in the squad, let alone leading it, will seem very foreign, perhaps as foreign as it was not seeing Thierry Henry in the starting line up.
But at the end of the day, everyone and their mother (and their great-aunt and grandfather) knew this would happen. Barcelona are, as painful as it is to admit it, the best club side in the world, arguably in the history of football. Arsene knew they were too good to turn down.
3:28 am • 15 August 2011 • 212 notes
Because Arsenal-Newcastle was so epic this past Saturday, here’s Jon Horner’s “The Goal Fairy”
If you needed an explanation for the weekend madness, here it is. Jon continues his run of good form with another classic strip.
1:16 pm • 7 February 2011 • 62 notes
Arsenal Injury List Adds Two More
It was smooth sailing for England as they celebrated a Wayne Rooney goal in the first 10 minutes of their Euro 2012 campaign against Switzerland, which ended with a 3-1 win. However, for Arsenal fans the main focus was on Theo Walcott’s injury.
The Arsenal winger assisted with the opening goal by finding Glen Johnson who then played a low ball across the box to Rooney who easily tapped it in. While the celebrations went on worrying signs appeared as Walcott remained down in the box. Replays showed that the Gunner was tripped by Steve Von Bergen.
These can’t just be coincidences. RvP is injury prone to begin with, but I’ve been asking myself if the problem doesn’t come from the Arsenal medical team, or the way training sessions are conducted…I don’t know. Wenger has spoken about this before and said that since the injuries were all of different nature , it had to be bad luck. It indeed makes you wonder what Arsenal would be capable of with a healthy squad…Drogba get injured already!! (just kidding)
Not sure it’s the training but rather the type of player Wenger goes after. He’s always after the finesse kids that are incredibly skillful but not exactly built for the rough and
tumblr tumble of the Premier League. Ramsey is an exception to this, and what happened to him was unavoidable, but in general when you have guys like Walcott, RvP, Clichy that don’t have much muscle on them you’re bound to be more injury prone. Just look at other players like Arjen Robben, they have all the skill in the world but one clumsy tackle makes them useless. I suppose this crisis always arises because of AW’s value of idealism over practicality. He envisions that perfect team (which he essentially already had) that just plays gorgeous football. The problem is maintaining a perfect team through 50-some-odd matches.
2:48 pm • 8 September 2010 • 43 notes