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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Bale signals his intent.

The secrets of the signs
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The Greg Meyer Column
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Derby Eve 2013.
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Gareth Bale's Goal Celebration Explained ... Sitting Next To An Arsenal Fan For 3402 Miles ...  That Match.
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Will the famous heart shape Gareth Frank Bale goal celebration feature tomorrow at White Hart Lane. Thirty five thousand five hundred fans certainly hope so. The other five hundred Arsenal away visitors desperately hope otherwise.
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 Mind Monsieur Wenger tends to suggest his hot streak has finished. As quoted at his Press Conference "We don't plan for anybody. There is nobody special ...".
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Given that brave Gallic approach the most dangerous and threatened object on the pitch at around 6 o'clock on Sunday may well be a pitchside Arsenal water bottle. Still back to that celebration.
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Bale has enacted the love heart some 15 times in the Premier since the birth of his daughter on 21 October 2012. Indeed he has demonstrated his love for Emma Rhys-Jones some 23 times in all this season. Yes of course it is an acknowledgment of his love for partner Emma.
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 However just as he has refined his abilities at shotmaking, particularly from set pieces,so has he refined that goal celebration.
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Since the 21st October there has been the crucial addition of the gesture of an A shape with index and middle finger crossed by his other index finger. So whats with the A?
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Exhaustive research carried out by our pub suggests the most plausible theory relates to the recent addition to family Bale. Our best guess is his daughter bears the very Welsh name of Alba Violet Bale. Hmm AVB.
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At the risk of conspiracy theorisation  why does it not further sit well. Ergo the ecstatic and pointed celebration with his manager after that second goal against West Ham. The bond between manager and player is plain. 
.Bale has certainly stressed his appreciation regards Villas Boas and his assistance and encouragement developing his game this year.
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A joyous celebration of family. His immediate loved ones and his football family. Love to see it tomorrow. Have a look for the A sign too.
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A 3402 Mile Spurs-Arsenal Discussion.
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Settled into my Cattle class comfy chair on a recent flight London to Dubai. Plane full. Oh well its only 5 hours and I have the latest Jack Reacher novel on hand. Polite hello to the fellow settling in beside me. He's off for a short break in the sun.
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 All is revealed shortly thereafter. The topic of football casually engaged reveals he is fleeing yet another disaster. Another desultory display by his football team. Of course I am all sympathetic and well remember those days of yore regards Spurs. Well hopefully banished says I with fingers and all else crossed.
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Who do you support. Arsenal comes the reply. You. Tottenham Hotspur. Ah the one man team. Yep he's a genuine Arsenal fan. My response. Jack Wilshere anyone. And so the banter goes.
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Indeed over the next 5 hours both of us find the other to be normal everyday human beings. A grudging respect by him for the threat that Spurs do realistically pose this year emerges. As does a disappointment that the Arsenal way and mode of flowing football is fast going down the plughole.
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And so to a North London derby that looms larger than normal regards psychological consequences in particular. Spurs can increase the gap to seven. With no heart problems. no taxation case and no England job looming then surely the New Spurs can edge past a determined enemy.
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Our pub settle into seats pre match and the first man we look at is Hugo Lloris. What a calming effect. Up there as Premier goalkeeper of the year. A shot stopper (West Ham late, Matt Taylor foiled ... Newcastle late, Amoebi snuffed out), a sweeper, hence the new found team confidence to play the favoured higher Villas line.
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 Indeed our back four seem a better quartet than Arsenal. What Arsenal do have in potential is more goals than Spurs. Without Bale then can Adebayour, Lennon, Siggy and co, match Willshire, Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud.
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As we started our descent into Dubai even my new found Arsenal close personal friend thought the derby was there for the taking by Spurs.
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Back At A Kent Pub.
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This week we celebrated the untimely anniversary of the passing of a comedic genius ... Spike Milligan ... " I told you I was ill." Surely celebration will be most timely on Sunday. Not just for Gareth, Emma, and Alba but for the entire Spurs 2013 revolution.
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Yes many a glass will be raised and as we say here ...
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" When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."  H. Youngman.

Cheers  ... Bale is Ghod ...  Greg Meyer.    coys.
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Jimmy's Video Spot.
Arsene says, 'We dont plan for anyone. There's no-one special'
Don't watch this then Mr. Wenger. Enjoy the goals and the celebrations too. Hopefully tomorrow as well.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

His name is Lewis Holtby
He's number 23
I just cant get enough I just cant get enough
He came from Gelsenkirchen when Sandro hurt his knee
I just cant get enough I just cant get enough
He scores a goal and the Yids go wild and I just cant seem to get enough of.. Da da da da da da da da da da da ..... LEWIS HOLTBY

Anonymous said...

Have a word with yourself mate. Bale is an average player who has scored a few spectacular goals.

Bale a goal for every 7.3 shots. Walcott, Arteta and Poldoski (among many others) all have considerably better than that.

Bale has one assist making him the 112th best in the Premiership for assists.

Bale's passing success rate is actually 78.4% making him 178th in the Premiership.

Bale's accurate long balls per game average 1.1 - 185th in the premiership.

His accurate through balls per game is 0% having not had one successful through ball this season (so no ranking at all there. 8 Arsenal players and 8 Tottenham players all have a better success rate than him.

For successful tackles he's 187th best in the Premiership.

For interceptions he has the 93rd best average in the premiership.

In fairness though, for dribbling he's actually ranked in the top ten..........behind both Wilshere and Cazorla!

Now I know stats don’t prove much in isolation but when you analyse the whole range of possible stats available it actually proves that he’s actually very poor at many things.

You really need to think before coming out with this “world class” nonsense. A few spectacular goals a season does not make someone a brilliant player. As for the absolutely ludicrous comparisons being made with Messi…..you don’t really need any stats to prove that’s complete and utter nonsense.

Anonymous said...

anon 13:21 - i guess you fit perfectly the classic definition of an asshole. either that or you're a refugee from the emirates.

Anonymous said...

Anon 13.21, yes it's pretty easy to get lost in the media hype of all things Bale these days, and despite being a true SPURS supporter of several decades I don't presently (mark the word presently) rank him as World Class as he has disappeared in a number of matches earlier in the season when we really needed him to step up to the mark.

However, even you in your somewhat biased frame of mind, you must surely admit that as of the last few matches he has become a "match winner" which is irrespective of all the other flotsam and jetsam stats that you might want to drag up. Stats have their place in the World but they don't always add up to a final solution...

Bales impact on the game recently and his fellow players is immense and under AvB we are seeing his game develop in a very positive way, not the finished article yet, but it's good to observe. I'm not convinced that he will be lured away any time soon, he seems very happy with SPURS in our ascendancy. Besides when I mentioned he might be off to Real Madrid my 8 year burst into inconsolable tears so he'll have me to answer to if he bloody did !!!

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