Seldom does it happen that two perfectionists, in a field, lock horns and bring the best out of one another. One of its fine examples is showcased in the goliath standoff between the Portuguese star Christiano Ronaldo and the Argentinean wonder Lionel Messi.
As New Zealand and Australia pulled up their socks and locked horns with each other in the final, the main question according to me was not who was going to take the much coveted trophy but my concern was regarding a controversial decision taken by the ICC, which has decided to limit the participation of the so called “minnows” or in other words associates to only two from the next ODI world cup in 2019. This decision taken from Dubai has created lot of hue and cry regarding the motives of the world cricket’s governing body.
At the start of the season, whenever Man Utd played a match (especially at old trafford), there was always a sense of exasperation among the Man Utd fans. The reasons were plenty: is it going to be 4-4-2, 3-5-2, 4-3-3? And the most common expression used to be ‘Now who is injured!!’ Van Gaal was given the resurrection job after the disastrous Moyes era. Van Gaal said that he would require a period of 3 months for Man Utd to play his way. There were constant comparisons to the Fergie era which have continued and need to be stopped. The time has come for Manchester United fans(Yeah me to!!) to let go of the Sir Alex Ferguson reign and stop judging this new era by former glories. There was no way Van Gaal was going to come to Manchester United and adopt somebody else’s philosophy.
This seemingly appalling question arises only because of the insurgence of the social media into every nook and cranny of the modern game. After almost 19 years into his job, Arsene has faced a barrage of criticism, vile abuse and anger. In recent years, fans and rivals have called for him to be sacked alleging a lack of success and trophies in the last 9 years and some humiliating results to bitter rivals and lower ranked opposition like the West Broms and the Derby Countys of England. But for a man of his stature and record is this justified? Or is Arsene’s time really up at Arsenal?