Monday Night Futbol: Manchester United @ Arsenal

It took 30 years on this earth to appreciate the grace and depth of the world’s most popular sport but after watching the biggest match English soccer has to offer, it was definitely worth the wait.

I’m normally not a big fan of the Premier League. At times, the sheer physicality of it resembles rugby more than soccer. Despite this, it’s undeniable that Arsenal are one of the most graceful teams on the planet. Manchester United is a more typical British side as typified by Wayne Rooney’s bulldog demeanor and playing style (he literally looks like a British thug to me) but they have also have one of the top 5 players in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo.

This match over the weekend had everything you could ask for in a sporting contest: big stakes (1st place to the winner), top caliber play and high drama. Manchester United produced one of the prettiest scoring sequences I’ve seen all year, courtesy of the Frenchman Louis Saha but really, you must see this match for yourself.

Arsenal’s strong performance this season after losing their top scoring ace, Thierry Henry, has surprised many but it’s just another argument for the concept of non-linearity. A + B doesn’t always equal C — if people could internalize this concept, they could apply to every aspect of life.

Wayne Rooney (left) w/ David Beckham

5 Responses to “Monday Night Futbol: Manchester United @ Arsenal”

  1. Live Football Scores Says:

    Manager Arsène Wenger has earned a well-deserved reputation over the years of having one of the keenest eyes for talent in the game. He buys players when they’re young, often times in their mid-to-late teens, and cheap, then brings them through Arsenal’s youth system and, if they develop sufficiently, into the first team. If or when they play well enough at the highest levels, raising their values, and if/when Wenger sees fit, he has the option to sell them off, thus making a huge profit on his original investment. He may then takes that money and spends it on more young players, and then the cycle repeats itself again. Wenger holds a Master’s degree in economics.
    We’ve seen this type of thing recently with Lassana Diarra, who was sold to Portsmouth last winter, but perhaps most famously with Patrick Vieira (signed for $7 million, a relatively large sum by Wenger’s standards, then sold to Juventus for nearly $27.5 million) and Nicholas Anelka (signed for $1 million, then sold to Real Madrid only two years later for just over $44.5 million). We’re going to see it continue the future with players like Kolo Toure, who was signed for just $300,000 from Belgian club ASEC Mimosas, Cesc Fàbregas, who joined as a 16-year-old from Barcelona, and perhaps as soon as later this summer with Emmanuel Adebayor, who came to Arsenal from Monaco for a reported $6 million but could be sold for anywhere upwards of $50 million.
    He is loyal to his players, but only to a certain degree. He’ll stick by them when it suits him and the club, but when he believes it’s time for them to go, even if they’d essentially devoted their lives to the club and contributed significantly to the club’s success like Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pirès, and Martin Keown all did, they go.
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  2. Futbol Argentina Says:

    Muy buen blog. No veo la hora de que llegue el mundial de futbol en sudafrica 2010

  3. Estadios Sudafrica 2010 Says:

    Muy informativo, vamos argentina en el mundial carajo ! aguante el diego !!

  4. Manchester Utd FC Says:

    Tonight is champions league duel between Man Utd and Arsenal. I think that Devils must win.

  5. United Ticket Agency Says:

    Manchester United now play the better football than Arsenal and also have a very young squad.

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