Isaac Lundall Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Congratulations are in order for Sydenham's "Mr Liverpool", Craig Gouveia, for winning the third gameweek in our mini-league. He scores ZAR 5 and rockets up to third place overall. Ilhaam Geduld is still comfortably in first place overall, with Yasien Jaffer and Craig Gouveia hot on his heels. The complete standings for the gameweek are as follows:
|14||Irfaan Allie Jaffer||49|
|26||Cedric De Wet||44|
|29||Matt Van Heusden||42|
|34||Kevin van Staden||39|
|41||N K Ncube||37|
|48||Wessley Van Der Nest||29|
The transfer window has finally shut, and there were a couple of sad departures in Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. I feared that the advent of Kolasinac could lead to Gibbs' exit, and it came to pass. We wish him the best at West Bromwich Albion. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's signing for Liverpool is also a big loss. He seems to be finally fulfilling his enormous potential, and it would have been nice for him to continue doing that at the Arsenal. He has left, though, and we need to look to the future. His aggressive, direct style of play will be missed, but on the other hand, his exit allows the emergence of such exciting prospects as Alex Iwobi and Reiss Nelson, who must now step up and fill his shoes.
A pleasing aspect of the transfer window was the refusal of clubs to bow to the whims of star players. Our Alexis Sanchez, Liverpool's Phillipe Coutinho, and Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk were all denied moves away from their clubs. I see this as a positive development because continuity is important to the success of football clubs. We hope that Sanchez performs professionally and to the standard that we have come to expect from him. However, no player is more important than the team, and if he leaves at the end of the season, we will continue without him. Better players than Alexis Sanchez have played for the Arsenal and better players than him will play for the club in the future.
More importantly, we return to action after the international break this week when we host Bournemouth. This is a chance for the lads to put an abysmal start behind us with an imperious victory against a team we historically prosper against, given their positive tactics, and a usually open game. Let's get back on track with a resounding victory.