Thursday, May 6, 2010

Crouchy wants to grind us while Walcott wants Arsenal to grow up

Peter Crouch ensured the participation of Spurs in the final qualifying round of the Champions League yesterday as he scored the only goal of the match to postpone City's special night hopes.

The lanky striker, I presume is still relishing the prospect of tasting Champions League football, just like his good old days for Liverpool.

Although, I think the feel-good factor is responsible for his forgiveable remarks about Spurs overtaking their prosperous and already established cousin (Arsenal) in the race for an automatic Champions League slot. He bragged about the possibility of ending the season on a high by virtue of a potential Arsenal slip.

Maybe the headmaster is scared of the thoughts of being dumped out in the qualifying round, perhaps by a more adventurous side. Anyway, this is what he had to say: "If Arsenal lose we've got an opportunity, and there's no way we won't be up for it on the last day just because we've qualified for the Champions League," he said triumphantly

The England striker added: "We'll be going all out to finish strongly at Burnley and get a result, and see what happens.

"I've got to be honest we didn't dream about catching Arsenal. They were challenging for the title at one point, and we were never in the title race. But it's a possibility and that would be fantastic, the icing on the cake."

Meanwhile, our road-runner (Theo Walcott), has spoken of his frustration at Arsenal's inability to win a silverware in five consecutive years, especially in a season that promised so much in the early stages .

The 21-year-old midfielder said Arsenal can no longer use inexperience as an excuse for their failure in ending their trophy drought. Walcott believes the players have learnt from their successive defeats at Spurs, Wigan and painfully Blackburn.

He told Sky Sports News: "We can't use the experience as an an excuse now, with the experiences we've had as a side - we need to go that one step further.

"It has been quite hard at times. We had a lot of injuries to big players and it has been very frustrating.

"Myself as well, I have had a lot of injuries this season."

The 21-year-old, who is pushing for a place in Fabio Capello's England squad to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa blamed our inept campaign on injuries: "People say if we had had Robin (Van Persie) we would have had a bit more of a chance and I am pretty sure if we had had him we would have had more of a chance," he reiterated.

"It is one of those things where we need to hopefully try and look after ourselves a bit better.

"There is a different side when you are off the pitch and we have to look after ourselves and not suffer so many injuries."

Walcott is happy with Sol and Bendtner's contribution to the overall progress of the team: "We had a lot defensive problems as well, but the likes of Sol (Campbell) came in and did a great job.

"Nicklas Bendtner's done fantastically well. He has scored goals and that's what you will be judged on."