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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Walcott vs Lennon. Goalkeeper Takes No Prisoners

Now you see 'em, now you don't.
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The Greg Meyer Column
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 Some Interesting Birthdays ... 16 October 2012.
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Goalkeepers Take No Prisoners  ... Lennon vs Walcott ... A Big One Coming Up.
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 Goalkeepers take no prisoners. Neither it seems do accountants. Signore Aldo Junior Simoncini trained in San Marino as a bean counter but just lately has specialised in pitchside train crashes most notably at Wembley against England on Friday last.
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 If only Theo had nodded the ball on rather than trying to loop it over the onrushing freight train then perhaps his ribs might not be bruised and temporarily battered. Even so the collision may have been inevitable. And even more inevitable a window of opportunity opened for Theo's arch rival one Aaron Lennon.
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It certainly catalysed those of our pub patrons gathered round the big screen into revisiting that ongoing debate ...
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Walcott vs Lennon.
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Lennon at 25 years is older by almost 2 years. Yes 25 years but to some at our pub he's been 21 for quite some time now. Walcott too has threatened to blossom but continues to frustrate many an Arsenal fan. Even more so given the latest debate over whether he's staying or going usually to Manchester City. Contract negotiation rumours revolve around money, his preferred position,or the proverbial lack of Arsenal silverware.
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 Of course there may also be another children's book due out which may give us a clue from the budding author. "TJ and Theo Go To Manchester."
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Lennon is out of English Jamaica by an English Irish mother raised in Leeds. Walcott was born in London but grew up in Berkshire. Given his heritage he could have played for England  .. at cricket. His grandfather is the West Indies great, Sir Clyde Walcott.
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Each has had significant bouts of injury. With Lennon it was his groin. With Walcott primarily shoulder problems. However both seem very fit and dare we say it very fast thus far this season. Of course that leads to the eternal question ...
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Who Is The Fastest.
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A straw trawl of the web by our pub accountant produced a plethora of opinions and studies. It seems Lennon was fastest with the ball and Walcott the speediest without.
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Aaron's little legs (5ft 5 in) are a familiar sight in full flight. Theo (5ft 9 in) is visibly more deceptive for obvious reasons.
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An objective pundit might say Theo has more goals in him but tends to leave the ball behind him too often on those breakneck runs. Aaron does tend to bring the ball with him and the end product has improved even this season. A manager comfortable with technique more so than the past incumbent best known for his " Just run about a bit" philosophy might have something to do with that. Surely says our lawyer not quite that simple.
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Certainly there has been a welcome hint of maturity about Lennon this season. The captains armband was worn proudly. Astute man management by AVB. We hope so.
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Walcott on the other hand is still wrestling with his Thierry Henry aspirations. His preference is forward in the middle. Monsieur Wenger does not seem to agree. There will be only one winner there then. Lennon has no such distractions.
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Look I don't think a Spurs fan would swap Aaron for Theo and I'm sure your average Gooner would prefer to persevere with Theo, hopefully beyond this season.
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Still it being the madness of the International break and given it was Paul Simon's birthday last Saturday our pub took another slant ...
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Paul Simon Says ...
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Paul and Art Garfunkel certainly are legends musically speaking. Not sure of their football leanings but surely they had Aaron and Theo in mind perhaps by extension.
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A quick look at their back catalogue reveals ...
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One Trick Pony ...
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                         equally applicable to both Aaron and Theo. Neither known for tricks but rely quite understandably on switching on the afterburners.
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Can't Run But ...
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                       as well can't pass but springs to mind . Neither known for outstanding end product although improvement from both is more threatening this season particularly.
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Slip Slidin' Away ...
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                      no comment needed ... bleedin' obvious.
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Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover ...
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                    for Aaron and Theo more likely One and Only Way to Leave your Defender. That's when the former can be forgiven for remarking to the fast receding full back ... Call me AL.
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Apologies for that last from a mob who can't wait for Saturday, yes all ...
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At A Kent Pub.
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Jermain to start. Ade to start. Seems he is back in form scoring in Africa and more important not getting shot. Yep a big one without being season defining just yet. Chelsea at the Lane on Saturday.
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Excitement building here. Only one more International to go for now. Thank goodness. As for who is at the birthday table.
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Oscar Wilde who turns 148 today would have had a succinct quote. Davina McCall is 45, not so succinct but eminently more watchable. Falcao has a birthday. Oops not the man reputably going to Chelsea in January but the Brazilian midfield maestro, also legendary for his smoking habits.
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Before we go with goalkeepers in the news surely it is Hugo Lloris France's Number one to start against Chelsea.
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 Cheers ... after all in the words of Oscar .. "Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." ... go Hugo ... Greg Meyer.   coys.

Jimmy's Video Spot: Tottenham v Chelsea
This is a previous encounter, not the last one obviously, I'm not a complete sadist.
Time stands still for the Berbatov penalty, Jenas flaps his hands and then delivers.
Woodgate is brave; Terry is not best pleased. But for Juande Ramos that was as good as it got.. Another day: another opportunity.

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