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Arsenal: The Way You Play vs. The Trophies You Win

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It was a big match for one of these sides ... and it wasn't Chelsea.(Source: http://soomaalidamaanta.net/)
It was a big match for one of these sides … and it wasn’t Chelsea.(Source: http://soomaalidamaanta.net/)

At the Emirates yesterday, Chelsea played Arsenal. A lot of observers suggested that the neutral would be right behind the Gunners against the apparently dreary and boring side from Stamford Bridge. That did not apply to this particular neutral.

There are those who criticise Newcastle United for perpetually failing to be in anyway ambitious other than retaining their status in the Premier League. For a club of the passionate fanbase of the city their remarkable lack of trophies and anything approaching potential to challenge for a regular top 8 place is frustrating. What cannot be denied, though, is that those running the club have by one way or the other stumbled upon the way to meet their minimum objective. That sucks if you believe the game is about winning.

He's the villain of the piece for what he's doing to Newcastle United. But in essence what's the difference between him and Arsenal? (Source: http://static.guim.co.uk/)
He’s the villain of the piece for what he’s doing to Newcastle United. But in essence what’s the difference between him and Arsenal? (Source: http://static.guim.co.uk/)

What’s the real difference, though, between Newcastle United and Arsenal? A club the size of Arsenal and the infrastructure for consistent success sees a regular target of achieving Champions League qualification and has consistently met that target. Is that really something worth boasting to children and grandchildren about? In another season that saw rivals dip out of form and an opportunity to seal their credentials as proper contenders for the titles that matter, what have Arsenal done?

This game against Chelsea may not have necessarily changed the course of the Premier League title, but it would have certainly made a statement that this wasn’t another Arsenal side that flattered to deceive. While others refer to parking buses and the usual boring thing with Chelsea, there’s little in the way of addressing again why Arsenal have failed again to show anything like the qualities to be Premier League champions. You can build the squad, you have the resources, the stadia and the reputation – why can’t that be converted into a title fight to the end? Why can’t that be seen in a promising run in the Champions League?

Sure criticise him for the way his teams play. But when he's producing the goods what can you say? As opposed to others. (Source: http://worldsoccertalk.com/)
Sure criticise him for the way his teams play. But when he’s producing the goods what can you say? As opposed to others. (Source: http://worldsoccertalk.com/)

Meanwhile Mourinho has managed to get a top squad playing closer to their potential and on the brink of sealing that with two trophies – one of which is a main one – this season. The way you play might be nostalgic and wistful and get you all excited about the beautiful game. Yet it doesn’t mean anything if at the end of the season you end up with little to show for it.

Retaining the FA Cup is not a sloppy achievement, it’s not insignificant if they manage to do it. This is Arsenal, though. This is Arsenal who were challenging for the Premier League title .. ten years ago. This is Arsenal who made it to the Champions League final … ten years ago. Is this good enough for Arsenal … ten years on? Seriously?

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

A Decade Of The New Doctor

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I have not ignored the celebrations of the ten years since Dr. Who returned to television.

There have been some outstanding videos posted in tribute to this and it has been beautiful being reminded of the journey from Eccleston and Piper to Capaldi and Coleman.

This is just one of those superb videos – the colour effect is excellent and the flows from one scene to the other is masterful. Enjoy.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Feel Like Making Love – D’Angelo

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As I understand it, this track was first rendered by the soft voice of Roberta Flack.

When someone sent me to this cover, though, I was duly blown away with what the man, D’Angelo has done with it. This is his track as far as I’m concerned. What we get with the horn section and the vocal arrangements is simply superb. Enjoy.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

“Do I Have The Right” – Excellent Moments in Dr. Who

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I was told about the epic part of the Genesis of the Daleks story, but I thought it was over-hyped. Until I watched it.

It’s always good to come across something that meets the expectations given from others raving about it. It helps that you have the best fit for the role pulling off an aspect of his character requiring a degree of angst and conflict rather than the jovial approach for which he was known.

It’s really clever slipping in this piece of philosophy and thought in a programme watched by children as well as adults. Good writing and well portrayed.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

HISHE – Super Cafe: Versus

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The news of a DC film featuring both Superman and Batman has been hot news for a while now, but this take on it from the brilliant people at HISHE still has me rolling with laughter!

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C. L. J. Dryden

Honest Trailers – The Spider-Man Trilogy

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I recently watched Amazing Spider-Man 2, so it was interesting coming across this spoof take on how to best describe the trilogy of the original Spider-Man series. It’s funny work. (Though for the benefit of the exercise, I prefer that series to the rebooted one.)

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Fallin’ – Al Jarreau

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There is no doubt one of the most talented male vocalists of the last 50 years is Al Jarreau

What he applies to any song can make a definitive sound that evokes emotion from the depth of the being, whether it’s of exhilarating joy, or sombre reflection. He’s a masterful singer, who I still believe is underrated!

A song like this is typical of what the man puts together to leave an audio imprint for you to ponder. Enjoy.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden