Ball Harambee By Bagga Wilks
The race for the winner of the EPL 2012-13 title is virtually over.
Manchester United continues to be the elephant in the race trampling over lesser
prey. Manchester City has recovered its form but are too far back to displace
Manchester United from the coveted title that City stole in the last day of last
season by goal average.
The excitement in the EPL is over which three teams will finish below
Manchester United and qualify for the UEFA Champions League where there is
the big pay dirt and top players crave to be part of that super league.
That was the reason why the London derby between Arsenal and
Tottenham attracted the world’s attention. Victory could be very decisive about
the fortunes of which London club would obtain sufficient points to finish behind
Once again with the season on the line Arsene Wenger’s aggregation failed
in the crunch. In moments of magic within the space of five minutes, Bale and
Lennon, Tottenham speed balls, broke down the square Arsenal defensive line
and made it 2-0. Bale and Lennon revealed the importance of top flight players
coming through in the big games.
Giroud and Walcott could not be found. Wilshere was persistent but not
really effective. And Ramsey, Wenger’s anointed, was his old disappointing self.
Diaby was again injured.
It is unlikely that Arsenal will qualify for UEFA in 2013-2014. At this stage, it
appears that the four teams will be Manchester United, Manchester City,
Tottenham and Chelsea.
Arsenal is now slightly above the mediocre and below an elite team. It will
become increasingly difficult for them to sell out their newly magnificent stadium.
There is just nothing magnificent about Arsenal’s play.
Manchester United would not be in their exalted position were it not for
the acquisition of Van Persie. Tottenham would not have been contenders for
the top four position of the EPL were it not for Bale. The Welsh striker is proving
that he is one of the top forwards in the game at this moment and can change a
game in a jiffy. Tottenham has also strengthened its back four and their central
defender, Dawson is having an awesome season.
Arsenal is in a quandary. The club is financially sound but their team is
creatively unappealing. What may have worked in the past has now become
anachronistic. Arsenal is on the verge of becoming the dinosaur of English
football. As the soul singer, Sam Cooke stated, “a change is got to come”.