Ball Harambee By Bagga Wilks
Manchester City, trailing Manchester United by seven points, faced the
once mighty Arsenal devoid of YaYa Toure tour de force in mid-field and Kolo
Toure’s sometime presence as a substitute central defender, came along with 2-0
victory and coveted 3 points.
Down 2-0, Arsenal gave a better account of themselves in the second half.
Young Wilshire was his old penetrating self. The injury-prone Diaby returned and
played sixty minutes without sustaining another injury. To return to form, Diaby
needs time on the pitch.
Arsenal will not bring any new players in the transfer market. A player like
Falcao would be a great addition but Wenger and the Arsenal management are
not risk takers. All signs point to Arsenal ending this season below fourth place
and losing money by not qualifying for the lucrative UEFA Championship League.
Brandon Rogers Reconstruction of Liverpool
Liverpool is in the throes of a makeover and is still far below the elite clubs.
They acquired Daniel Sturridge in the January market and he did not start but
came on in the second half and finished off a goal after a well struck ball by their
skipper, Gerrard. Liverpool’s mid-field is quite ordinary and Garrick, Cleverly and
Welbeck simply out-wizard them in the first half.
Even before the whistle blew to start the game, we knew that Skertel and
Agger could not contain Van Persie who opened the scoring with a Van Persie-like
finish. Evra scored the second goal from a Van Persie free kick, the 5 ft. 8 in.
defender leaping above the opposition. That was his fifth goal for the season,
quite a remarkable record for a left back.
Rogers lost much of Johnson’s ability by starting him at left full back.
Johnson is not as effective going forward from the left side as he is from the right
side. Their leading goal scorer, Suarez, was not a factor in the game. The
substitutions that Rogers made to the Liverpool team did not change the game.
He took off Sterling and kept Downing in the game and Downing has the
distinction of playing for ninety undistinguished minutes.
QPR vs Tottenham
Harry Redknapp faced his old club and for ninety minutes for the first time
this season kept Tottenham scoreless. Queens Park Rangers managed a point but
remained poised for relegation. Mark Hughes was a disaster as a manager but
old Harry used some old tricks to extract the best from his new team since his
debut. Sean Wright-Phillips has returned to form and the team is defensively less
porous. Harry has a steep hill to climb for Queens Park Rangers to avoid