Arsenal start with a draw + Nadal out of U.S Open + S.A are No. 1

Arsenal started their 2012-13 Premier league season with a draw on Saturday. I thought we played well. Cazorla was lively although he had a defender on his tail throughout the game. Diaby played well enough on his return from injury, but he was guilty of getting dispossessed too many times. Arteta played the defensive midfielder role and did very well. Never had a loose pass and was great in tackles.

Sunderland sat back defended throughout the game and they made it hard for us to find space in the final third. Gervinho tried to dribble his way into the box lots of times and although his final pass was lacking in quality, he did a better job than Theo Walcott did (who’s contract issue hasn’t been settled yet). We saw Podolski substituted for Giroud in the second half and he missed a good chance to grab 3 points.

So a little frustrating start to the season but on the whole, the game was played at a good tempo and the quality was good. Hopefully we will improve over the next few matches. In other news, we sold Alex Song to Barcelona yesterday. I’m not sad to see him go. He was a little over-rated and at 15 mil, its good business for Arsenal. Among other fixtures, Man U lost to Everton (haha), so did Liverpool and Tottenham. Chelsea and Man City won though so we sit at 11th position after Week 1, below Stoke to where we travel this weekend. Should be an interesting game.

 

Nadal pulled out of the U.S Open starting this month end. That’s bad news and the injury must be really bad for him to be out of the tour for 2 months. He was runner up last year so he’ll lose a load of points and will definitely end up below Murray in rankings after the end of U.S open. I hope he recovers before the end of the season. Federer won the Cincinnati Open to extend his lead at the top of the rankings by a thousand points. He is now tied at 21 masters titles along with Nadal.

 

South Africa beat England in the last and final Lords test to take the number 1 ranking in tests. They have shown consistent performance over the last few seasons and deserve the position. England couldn’t hang on to the numero uno position for even an year and with the tour of India to come, they will struggle to come back on top. I get the feeling S.A will be number one for a while. India’s 2 match test series with New Zealand starts on the 23rd and should be an interesting contest.

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