In a new feature here at Footy-Boots.com we’re taking the opinions and thoughts from across the web on the biggest stories in football and giving you a chance to throw your hat into the ring alongside them.
First up is the most haunting image of the weekend, the sight of Aaron Ramsey’s Adipure III hanging at a horrific angle after suffering a nightmare leg-break during Arsenal’s 3-1 against Stoke at the weekend.
Former Liverpool & England Striker Stan Collymore writes:
' “If Wenger, or any Arsenal fans, think there is a connection between Abou Diaby, Eduardo and now Ramsey all getting seriously injured, they are deluded. And I think Wenger was completely out of order with his post-match comments about Shawcross. But if he doesn’t like English working conditions, whereby players are physical and try to win the ball, then maybe he should disappear to La Liga or Serie A”
Whereas Martin Samuel over at the Daily Mail, argues:
“Wenger believes players are told to get at Arsenal by roughing them up, and the evidence, while circumstantial, suggests he has a point. Shawcross did not seek to injure Ramsey but he will no doubt be aware of the theory that Arsenal don’t like it up them, and may have responded accordingly. Perhaps he heard it in the dressing room before the game.”'
Over here at Footy-Boots.com we’ve been discussing the incident, and we think that Mr. Samuel is onto something. There can be little doubt that Shawcross went into the challenge wanting to do that sort of damage to 19-year old Ramsey, but you can’t help but think that somewhere down the line he’s heard that when playing against Arsenal, especially at home, the only way to beat them is to be aggressive and physical to stop them playing they want to play. Still, for what it’s worth we all wish Ramsey as swifter recovery as possible and hope to see him in an Arsenal shirt as soon as possible.
Next on the chopping block is the off-pitch-spat-turned-tabloid-media-field-day that is John Terry vs. Wayne Bridge/Chelsea vs. Man City.
Manchester City’s Gareth Barry told the Manchester Evening News:
“I think it helped to galvanise us, A lot of people feel sorry for Wayne and what has gone on, and as a club we have all supported him. Saturday was a great team performance. Wayne won’t give much away, but in training and in the game, he performed as a professional person would.”
And the Sky Sports Insider adds:
“Such had been the frenzy whipped up by agendas of the heart, the game was a mere sub-plot. As Bridge lingered over Terry’s outstretched hand before ignoring it and giving him the stinky-eye from close range.
A cheer went up in the office as every Sky+ box in the country was rewound in unison.”
So, with Gareth Barry extolling his teammates professionalism and Sky Sports enjoying the whole thing as top-drawer entertainment, we think we’re alone here in the Footy-Boots office when we think it was slightly unprofessional of Bridge to snub John Terry in the manner he did. We’re not asking Terry to write 100 lines on the blackboard and a full letter of apology, and we’re not asking Bridge to give big JT a cuddle and whisper to him “Let’s never let a woman come between us again”
What we are asking is two grown, married men to look each other in the eye and shake hands. Let the media know that this chapter’s over. It’s no secret that Terry’s performances have been on the slide since this whole debacle started, maybe knowing that Bridge is being a man about it and the tabloids aren’t haunting his every step might bring him back to form. And with the World Cup being 3 months away, who can deny that a mentally- fit John Terry and a purposeful Wayne Bridge wouldn’t be an asset to England?
Finally, we look at the big decision in the Carling Cup Final, should Manchester United Centre-Half Nemanja Vidic have been sent off?
Vidic himself doesn’t seem to think so:
“I got in front of him, not behind and did a tackle. If I had been behind, then yes. He was away from the goal. That is my opinion. We’ll see better on the video.”
And former Referee Graham Poll agrees…Sort of:
“There was a technicality that allowed him to keep Vidic on and he used it. The player must be heading towards goal, it’s a stupid technicality, but he [Agbonlahor] loses control of the ball and it goes behind him and at the moment he goes down he is heading six or seven yards wide of goal.”'
At our end, as soon as Phil Dowd pointed to the penalty spot, we assumed that was Vidic’s signal to take an early bath. But to concede a penalty for a tackle and not even receive a yellow card is entirely unusual. After hearing about this ‘technicality’ that Graham Poll brings up, Dowd’s thinking sort of makes sense – Vidic was the last man but as Agbonlahor was moving at an angle that was taking him away from goal when Vidic’s Puma Powercat scythed him down – he gets away with it. Do we agree with it? No. Would it have been a more exciting game if United only had 10 men? Absolutely!
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