It’s labor day here in America (or labour in England) and it’s a tradition that we don’t work. Conveniently, there’s also not shite happening with Arsenal this morning.
So, just a quick round-up of Arsenal players and their international duties. Followed by a round-up of Arsenal’s team injuries. All washed down with a bit of Thierry Henry taking the piss out of Raymond Domenech.
Now, since you’ll probably want to talk about something while at work and since I don’t want to write something I will instead just ask a question and let you all respond.
During yesterday’s kickaround I had no less than two people say that this whole Rooney/Terry/Eduardo controversy has made them so sick of the EPL that at least one is swearing off the Premier League this year. The one guy said that the English xenophobia has gotten so strong and so obvious that he’s just not going to watch it while the other guy pointed out that he felt there was also an element of race in this whole thing. I have written about this topic quite extensively; UEFA and FIFA’s seemingly pro-racism policies when it comes to Zenit, the seemingly racist and xenophobic reaction to Taylor breaking Eduardo’s leg, or Phil Neville’s insane proclamation that “foreigners” tackle dirty, and of course last week’s crazy statements by England captain John Terry that only foreigners dive. It seems like I have to write about this pretty much every month and it seems like English players and the English press love to blame “foreigners” for all of the EPLs ills (even foreign owners are to blame for the credit crisis!). Since I’m tired of writing about this every week, this is your chance to write in and talk about what you think.
As an Arsenal supporter, what part do you feel that race and/or xenophobia play in the EPL, in decisions on the field, on the comments made by iconic players, and in the post match commentary by pundits?