The Week: Easter City Breaks
Godfather Knows Best
It has all happened to Manchester City this season. Players in turmoil, Roberto Mancini going crazy and just to add to it, player’s families are now getting involved in the club. Sergio Aguero has had a fantastic start to his first season in the Premiership, becoming a fan’s favourite on his début and scoring 21 times in 41 appearances. Now his famous father-in-law, Diego Maradona, has suggested to Sergio that his move to Manchester City was not the right move for him and that he should have gone to Real Madrid.
“It would be the perfect take-off for him. Even though he is flying at City, the best thing for him would have been to sign for Madrid, he made a mistake”
Now if your father-in-law, one of the greatest players of all time, states that you have made a mistake in moving to your current club, then I think you might have to take his advice on board. Especially with all the problems that are going on at the club, he might want to wait to see which manager is at the club during the summer before deciding where his future lies.
Title is well and truly Red.
Earlier in the week, Mancini predicted that the title race could be over by the next week.
“If we go eight points behind then it is finished…It’s clear we are disappointed. We have made some mistakes, me and the team. We have also been unlucky, like losing three or four key players at an important moment.”
Having drawn against both Stoke and Sunderland and needing three points against Arsenal to keep up the pressure on United, they have monumentally ballsed this up in the grandest of fashions. Over in the other half of Manchester, United have gained maximum points in their last four games to put them eight points clear at the top. This could be down to a range of things, but one thing is for sure, Mancini has to be held partly responsible for letting a lead like they had in January slip away.
I will confess now, Mario is still in my good books for being a breath of fresh air to the Premier League. Granted, his methods on and off the pitch have been a bit on the crazy side, he has just got that little bit extra which is needed to be in the league. With a record of a goal every other game so far this season, why is he not getting more game time? With the aforementioned turmoil at the club and many of the club’s star players not hitting form, why do they not play him more often?
You do run the risk of him being sent off, or missing the following game with a suspension after getting a yellow card, but with him being able to score from nothing you must play him if you want to bring the results. Would you rather have him in your team or Carlos Tevez, who at the start of the season had no intention to be involved in the club during their push for a title?
Yann M’Villa moving to Arsenal?
You hear it all the time. Clubs and managers want to sign a player and speak openly about it in the press. We also hear about players wanting to sign for these high profile clubs so that they can play in the best leagues against the best teams. But a former international wanting one of his country’s hottest properties to play for one clubs who was a rival during his playing days? Now that is something unheard of.
Wanted by a host of clubs this summer, M’Villa is bound to be on the move with clubs like Real Madrid and Arsenal already being linked. Marcel Desailly has openly said that he would suit Arsenal.
“I would just say that if I was the chairman of a Premier League club I would just close my eyes and put the figure on the cheque to get him.. Arsenal is probably a stable club where he can have a bit of time or (Manchester) United where he has time to assimilate the changing of clubs and start slowly to perform”
M’Villa has even said that if he was to move to another club, it would only be to play for a French manager. Arsenal have this one in the bag. If I was Arsene Wenger, I would look to bring him into the squad for the summer and especially before the Euros. His battling midfield displays are something that have been needed at Arsenal for a few years now and with a good run of games in the competition then it might drive up his price tag.
The Ox to The Euros?
The Euros are coming up and everyone in Europe are looking to book their places on that short haul flight to Poland and the Ukraine. The one name that has been on everyone’s lips this season has been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. There is a lot of English wingers in the Premier League which have been not been playing or have not been playing well at their parent clubs, but with the emergence of The Ox at Arsenal, there are two wingers out there in himself and Walcott. Not only has he been able to develop his own talents this season but he has also been able to help that of his club and national team-mate.
There is a massive difference in both players and the big thing is pace. Walcott is fast and we know that, but what Chamberlain lacks in pace, he makes up in abundance of technical ability. If I was the interim manager of the National team I would be very interested in his performances and what he will be able to bring to the squad.
Sometimes mid-season signings stutter when they move and we only see glimpses of moments with them. However, David Moyes has done it again. Bringing in Jelavic from Rangers, has seen them perform their usual post-Christmas wonder run which has propelled them up the league and looking to fight for that coveted fifth place in the league.
Having scored five goals in eight games, he has brought something to the team that they have not had for a while, which is a creative, technical player up top which helps others and himself to goals. Looks like a signing they should have made in last summer.