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Sunday, 20 June 2010

Arsenal score at South Africa 2010!

It's quite possible that there would be more Arsenal news about today if there was no such thing as Arsenal Football Club. Such is the way of things when there is a World Cup on. Just about the only snippets I can glean are that Luke Freeman is off to Yeovil on loan, while Kerrea Gilbert is being released. Back in 2006 Gilbert was the man in possession at right-back and seemed to have a hell of a future. He picked up a back injury in the home loss to West Ham (the same night as Sol Campbell's meltdown) and wasn't seen again in the first-team until the Liverpool tie in the League Cup last season. A series of loan spells were undertaken in-between times, including good success at Leicester City. I wish him well.

I watched Holland yesterday in what was just about the worst game I've seen so far and, let's face it, that takes some doing. Robin Van Persie did little, but he stayed fit which is always a bonus where he's concerned.

In the other game Nicklas Bendtner was very good up front for Denmark, and provided the first Arsenal goal of the tournament. I was impressed, as usual, with Bendtner's hold-up play and he was also instrumental in the winning goal, setting up Rommedahl. Alex Song did, as reported, return to the Cameroon team and he was outstanding. I hope that, now they are out, he doesn't play in the final match, just to ensure no stupid injuries.

I've seen very little of today's action. Between Father's Day, a bit of Sunday worship and an excellent cricket match (a glorious victory for the brave boys of Tilmanstone Welfare) I haven't had time. I'm writing this while watching the second-half of Brazil v Ivory Coast. Eboue has just been replaced, Ivory Coast are 3-1 down. That guy Gilberto Silva looks like he could do a job at Arsenal - oh no, we let him go, that's right. Brazil's second goal, from Luis Fabiano, saw him control the ball twice with his arm - that sounds familiar doesn't it? I suspect, somehow, that a Brazillian will not get the same shellacking as Thierry Henry did.

Apparently the French team refused to train today following Anelka's expulsion. As meltdowns go, this one will take some beating. Evra is reported to have had a bit of a stand-up row with the physio this time, so don't be surprised if Gael Clichy gets a run-out against South Africa in their final game.

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