What Next for Arsenal? Zlatan, Adebayor and more from #FootballThisPastWeek

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What a week!

It’s been a fantastic week of football and I’m sure yet again the beautiful game has not ceased to entertain – and surprise you. I don’t know about you but I definitely did not expect to see Edwin Van der Sar “come out” of retirement… to play for a fourth division side in Holland.

You didn’t know? That and more happened during the week.

There was the case of Ibrahimovic seeking revenge against Chelsea – you should have seen his pre-match and post-match interviews; he looked like revenge before, during and after the game! Then there was Benitez, the Saviour of the Toon Army. Then the Biters – or not? And a certain club that won the league… with 8 games to spare! Cue: I love Paris!

So, who else?

Oh yes!…

– Adebayor’s Refusal to join up with the Togolese National Team
Was more like a rejection if you ask me. Whoever the coach of the West African side is, he must have felt Adebayor was important to Togolese football, important enough to be called up to the squad.

But Adebayor had other plans.

So he called their bluff and rejected their call. Wondering why? Well, he claimed to want to focus all his energy on helping his clubside, Crystal Palace. How loving! The love for a club paying his wages. Can’t blame him though but I don’t think efery other Togolese will share my view. I mean I’d want his head on a plate if I was from that part of the world; for making a club more important than my country – even if the country is Togo. WTF bro?! You could have given a “smarter” reason for not coming; feign an injury or something!

But then again, that’s how smart Emmanuel Adebayor is.

Moving on

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– English Football is a Dying Specie… In European Football
The English Premiership is currently a beauty to behold (has always been). No other league in the world – I stand to be corrected – would have a team like Leicester top the table… and lead the pack with 5 points! Only the Premiership can serve that kind of dish. It’s that crazy there.

Step out of England and into European football, the chef stops cooking and the servers stop serving. The “crazy ones” bend to the will of both the big boys and, sadly enough, the small boys. They can’t seem to find a way to survive the onslaught on the big stage and get to the final – the Champions League or the Europa League – at least not since Chelsea.

Want proof?

PSG has knocked Chelsea out – welldone Zlatan. Arsenal has stepped out of the competition already – with a game to spare! Tottenham too! Liverpool and the Red Devils, at the end of the day, will remain just one. Man. City’s still in there… for the main time. English football in Europe?

Oh please!

– The Coach’s Twitter Account was HACKED… by his Wife!
Interesting right? I know! So Sam Collins, coach of Hartlepool United, an England League 2 side, was having an affair, despite being married. He probably thought his wife did not know – tough guy! – until he saw his own Twitter TimeLine. See:

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Drama: Hell hath no fury...

By the way, his wife, Claire, admitted to being the hacker. Story of the week if you ask me!

Worthy Mentions
Was nice to see Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah talk.about his club, one of the four privately-owned football clubs currently in the Nigerian Professional Football League. He spole about how his club has players from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali and even Brazil! Talk about a local club with international standards

Have I mentioned how weird it is to have Wolfsburg and Benfica in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals? The Europa League has invaded the Champions League!

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Another addition: Zlatan and his match ball after scoring 4 goals

Zlatan, after scoring a nine-minute hattrick and helping PSG win another league title – with 8 games to spare lol – wants to leave PSG, but will stay if the Eiffel Tower is replaced with a statue of him. Only Zlatan can say that right? #DareToBeZlatan

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Huge impression. Lasting impression? Photo credit: Goal

Now to the questions (make sure your answers are as honest and as crazy as possible):
– Benitez or not, is it now TOO LATE for Newcastle?
– What next for Arsenal? Now that the FA Cup is gone, is it finally time to win the Premier League title? Or let me, like @ireteeh, ask: Can Arsenal beat Barcelona?
Drop your crazily honest answers in the comments section. Looking forward to it!

P.S: If you haven’t seen Guedioura’s goal against Arsenal for Watford, you should see it. Will be a great way to start your week! – if you’re not a Gunner of course.

Cheers to a great week ahead!

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Rotimi Daramola is a full time footballing polygamist that loves watching football and is in love with writing about the beautiful game. You can keep up with all of his writing and engage him on Facebook (Rotdavdara) on Twitter @rotdav and on LinkedIn

Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola

Rotimi Daramola aka Papi the Great is the owner of ForTheGoal.

A freelance sports writer who focuses on football, Rotimi is also a freelance writer, a copywriter and a football analyst who regularly appears on radio and television to talk football. You can follow him on twitter @papi_thegreat to keep up with his writings, engage him and also find out about how you can secure his writing services.

Rotimi "Papi the Great" Daramola
Rotimi Daramola aka Papi the Great is the owner of ForTheGoal. A freelance sports writer who focuses on football, Rotimi is also a freelance writer, a copywriter and a football analyst who regularly appears on radio and television to talk football. You can follow him on twitter @papi_thegreat to keep up with his writings, engage him and also find out about how you can secure his writing services.

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