Monday, 19 September 2011

Three Things We Learned This Weekend

Modric's Head Has Not Been Turned By Chelsea

The will he won't he move to Chelsea saga had us all bored this summer as nobody truly believed Daniel Levy when he said that Modric was not for sale.  But contrary to reports, Modric really was 'not for sale' as Spurs proved to the Premier League that they were serious 4th place contenders and not a 'selling club'.

Many of us wondered what this meant for Modric's career at Tottenham this season, as his determination to move to Chelsea was clear for all to see.  Harry Redknapp claimed that he had no worries, calling Modric a model professional, and after his performance against Liverpool on Sunday old 'Arry was vindicated.

It wasn't just the way he took his goal that was impressive.  Modric, alongside Parker, tore Liverpool's midfield to shreds as Lucas and Adam chased shadows for most of the afternoon (well until Adam was sent off that is, then it was Jordan Henderson who became the headless chicken).  They played triangles around Liverpool's middle two and dictated the game from the first minute until the end.  His touch, vision and all round game was world class and it is no wonder why Chelsea and Abrahamovic were so keen to recruit him this summer.

Whether Modric moves to Chelsea at the end of the season or not it is clear that, for the meantime at least, his heart is at White Hart Lane.

Arsenal Fans May Need Those 'Sack The Manager' Banners Left Over at Ewood Park

The start of the game saw over a thousand Blackburn Rovers fans protesting against under-pressure manager Steve Kean, but by the end of the game the chants of 'you're getting sacked in the morning' were directed at Arsene Wenger in the opposite dugout.

Since losing against Birmingham in the Carling Cup final Arsenal have won only 3 out of 16 Premier league games and have squandered numerous leads.  Against Blackburn on Saturday they were clearly the better team and had enough chances to win the game by three or four goals.  But in typical Arsenal fashion, the self destruct button was pressed and they managed to lose the game 4-3 after leading 2-1.

These are troubling times for Wenger and, if Tottenham turn in a performance like they did against Liverpool two weeks from now in the North London derby, many Arsenal fans will finally lose their patience.

Wenger's time is running out.

Torres is Back.....Maybe

For 80 minutes on Sunday at Old Trafford Fernando Torres looked back to his best. His touched looked settled, his link up play with Mata and Sturridge caused Man United's defence numerous problems and his confidence seemed back as he started to take on defenders again.

And then he missed that chance.  Make no mistake about it, it was such a bad miss Ronnie Rosenthal must have even laughed.  But had Torres slotted the ball into the net, which even an out of form player would do nine times out of ten, all the back pages today would have proclaimed the return of the prolific striker.

But the main thing is that he, and the papers, didn't.

Whether that miss will have an effect on his recovery remains to be seen.  But on the evidence of yesterday's performance, from Torres as well as the Chelsea midfield (which did seem more dynamic and fluid), Fernando Torres will begin to start scoring goals once again.

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