With Arsene Wenger’s contract running out at the end of the season. The Arsenal fans are still left not knowing know will be there manager come next season. There have been unrest amongst the fans, there’s section of fans wanting Wenger out and fans wanting the Wenger out fans to show more respect towards there greatest manager.
I believe Wenger needs to make an announcement quickly because not only the fans are left wondering but the players are too. The results have shown that they are not performing well and are in real danger of not making the top 4 and that would be absolutely devastating for Arsenal football club.
The sooner Wenger makes an announcement the better the atmosphere around the stadium would be. Right not it is unhealthy and it is probably affecting the players also. Wenger can’t keep delaying the decision, if he does decide to leave at the end of the campaign then Arsenal would not have much time to look around and approach a new coach. By then all the top available coaches may have been taken and signed up.
The 2-10 aggregate defeat suffered by Arsenal to the hands of Bayern Munich is devastating and is the lowest point of the Arsene Wenger reign. They were embarrassed by Bayern Munich and the gulf is class was clear to see. The fans are getting on the managers back and there is no where for him to hide and the atmosphere in and around the stadium has become unhealthy.
There is something seriously wrong with Arsenal right now, the players look lost and crumble when their backs are against the wall. They crumbled and folded on the biggest stage in club football in the Champions League. With all the issues and tension rising, something needs to happen. Whether that is for Wenger to announce he is leaving or staying at the end of the season, but the way it is going at the moment it is very difficult to see him staying beyond this season.
Arsenal have a dilemma regarding the contract situation with two of the pries assets in Ozil and Sanchez. If they both decide not to sign a new contract where do Arsenal go from here? They will need to rebuild and that will be tough given the financial situation they are in compare to their rivals who possess a much bigger budget. Arsenal are in danger of not getting the top 4 this season and finishing in the Champions League, this will be a major blow. This will effect them hugely, how will they attract the big names to the club without that competition? They don’t have to money to entice the players to the club.
Arsenal football club have some massive decisions to make. They need to get the fans back on their side and this is possibly the biggest challenge for the Arsenal board.
The Brooklyn Nets and Jeremy Lin fans have finally a date to look forward to and that is the 24th of February when Lin will be returning against the Denver Nuggets. It has been too long since we last seen Jeremy Lin step foot on court in the Brooklyn Nets uniform. His injury nightmare will soon be coming to an end and he will be back helping the Nets who are in dire trouble at this present moment. They seem lost and have run out of ideas and they will be turning to Jeremy Lin to get them out of their current situation.
The Brooklyn Nets have by far the worst record in the league with only 9 wins in 47 games and are breaking records for all the wrong reasons. Loosing a franchise record 17 straight games at home is some achievement and they do not look like stopping the rot without Lin.
What Jeremy Lin will be able to offer on his return, no other player on the Nets roster will be able to match. Lin offers a buzz and excitement, fans will want to tune in and watch the Nets again. Since Lin has been sidelined there really hasn’t been much excitement around the Barclays Center, it has been awfully quiet in a lot of games. The opposition fans seems have made more noise than the home fans and this is something that needs to be addressed. This is where Lin comes in, he is a player who can get the crowd going and I expect a better atmosphere when he returns and this will give the Nets a much needed boost.
There are so many aspects of the game the Nets have struggled with this season. No more so than defence and when it comes to the fourth quarter. Poor defence has been a theme all season and it’s frustrating that they have not been able to develop this part of the game as a team. A big part of this is because they lack the physicality and toughness in and around the rim. Only Trevor Booker possess both of these attributes. Another problem for their poor defence is lack of organisation and communication, too often they get dragged out of position. They also need more two way players but they are difficult to get especially the situation the Brooklyn Nets are in.
In the fourth quarter the Nets have lost pretty much all their games in winnable situations and it doesn’t help when their best player in the fourth quarter is watching from the bench. After watching plenty of games from the bench I’m predicting Lin will know what he has to do in the fourth, he knows he has to be the man that takes over for his team and pull them to victory.
I’m not saying Lin will do miracles with this Brooklyn Nets roster when he comes back after the All Star break but I do expect the level of performance from the Nets to rise. Lin is a point guard who gives his team mates confidence and with a bit of confidence the Brooklyn Nets will be able to turn those close loses into wins. The Nets should all be looking forward to the return of Jeremy Lin and fingers crossed he can see out the season healthy.
The two great rivals meet again at the finals of the Australian Open. Rafael Nadal will once meet the all time great in Roger Federer. Not many people would have thought that these two players would be in the finals for the first slam of the year after both having disappointing seasons last campaign for various reasons.
Roger Federer has just come back from injury which cut short his season last year and Nadal has been out of shorts in recent years. This final on the hard court is going to be a mouth-watering match up, pretty much a fantasy match up for the tennis fans. When these two meet they always give the fans a treat and I’m expecting the same this time round.
The match up between these two is like power versus finesse the closest comparison I can come up with is the difference between Ronaldo verses Messi. Both are very different players but both are just as effective in their own way. It is just great to see these two players finding their feet again and playing at a very high level and still a force in the mens game. Whatever the outcome of this tennis match, this is just a massive story around the world and many people will be tuning in.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is just continuing to show why he is still the best in the game and why he is one of the greatest snooker players of all time. He beat Joe Perry 10-7 in the Masters final today and he didn’t have to get out of third gear because his talent took him through the line. It was a tough slog but once Ronnie started to find a little rhythm, he took the match away from Perry. With that tournament victory, Ronnie now holds the record for the most Maters trophies accumulating 7 altogether.
Ronnie O’Sullivan did not play his best snooker to win the Masters, it was more of a grind and taking his chances when presented to him which was something he did better than his opponent on the day. No doubt he is a legend in the game and is up their with the Messi’s and Federer’s of his sport. He is an icon in snooker and he is the most entertaining player that has probably ever picked up a snooker cue. The way he plays is just fun to watch, he doesn’t take much time, he just gets down and pots. There is no word to describe him but “genius”, you watch him play and you know you are watching a very, very special player, once in a lifetime type player.
The things Ronnie can do on the snooker table, not many people in the world can do because of his vision and break building. He is like an artist painting a picture with his snooker cue, potting the balls and making high breaks which gets the crowd of their seat. His break building is his strongest part of his game but his all round game such as safety play and tactical battles does not get talked about enough. He is just as good as the best players in those area’s. He just makes things look so easy and effortless compare to the rest of his rivals and that is why he is such a fans favourite. He is the face of the sport and without him snooker would be a much more boring place.
With five world titles to his name he is still two behind Stephen Hendry and I’m sure that is still very achievable to match if he continues playing and dedicating himself to the game. Surpassing seven world titles is a tough ask but if Ronnie manages to achieves that there is no debating who is the best ever. Whilst Ronnie is still playing snooker we should all enjoy watching him whilst he is still playing because this will not continue forever.
Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is a vastly becoming a superstar in the game. Last season was the rise of Giannis and this champaign he has taken his game to a whole new level and it is turning head arounds the league.
Milwaukee is a small market team but with a lot of talk on Giannis they are getting more recognition and are becoming more popular. They have some very good young talent such as Jabari Parker, Malcolm Brogdon and Thon Maker who will be able to compliment Giannis. Giannis may not have the easiest name to spell or pronounce but he sure does have the popularity in the NBA all star votes. He sits just behind a future legend in LeBron James in the Eastern Conference big man voting. This proves that people are taking notice of him and his great performances this season.
Giannis has many weapon’s and can play in different roles. His jumper is improving and once he nails his form he’ll be pretty much unplayable. His ability to play make for his teammates is what is impressive, the vision and the skills that he possess for a big man is extremely rare. He is playing as the point forward for the Bucks, a similar role which LeBron James does for the Cavaliers.
The more experience Giannis gets the better he’ll be. He is not the finished article but give it a couple more years and he’ll be dominating games and against the top teams regularly. The scary thing is that he is still only 22 and is a baby in the NBA and he is already this good. It’ll be interesting and exciting to see what he’ll be like in a couple more years. If his stock keeps on rising he’ll become one of the faces of the NBA.