Thanks for everything!

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The Legend of Thierry Henry

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The extra mile!

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Envelope Pushers. When was the last time you took a risk (big or small), and pushed your own boundaries — socially, professionally, or otherwise? Were you satisfied with the outcome?

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How often do we do this? It is an amazing feeling when you are at the receiving end. It is even more satisfying when you are at the giving end. I’m talking this stuff mostly in the professional scenario. When I was new to my job I was lucky to have some really cool seasoned managers who helped me to settle in. At that amateur phase even small helps appear magnified. What I learned I applied in accommodating my juniors too. Good practices are infectious 😉

You see this in professional sports and now a days in Indian politics too. Check out these couple of videos:

(Not much risk is involved but I’m amazed at the cheekiness!)

PM Modi doing what he does the best – Top PR guy:

Next one is football related! Any Arsenal fan would have watched this 30 sec clip 1000 times. Oh boy!! I so miss these characters so much. Where are those days gone!! Now Cesc only gives me nightmares! I just want Henry to come Home and follow the footsteps of Zizou and give some respite to Wenger.

 

Love Hurts…Te Amo Arsenal

I find myself stupid when I do this talk. To keep supporting a supposedly ever bridesmaid team. I guess, many of the sane fans do think the same way. But it is saner to be insane in love. A football club that is so close to heart, not just in the playing style of football but in the way it is managed, is rare to find. The manager, the style of play, the aura around the club is simply enchanting.

As predicted by many “pundits”, the club has lost another crunch fixture. And it hurts. It hurts to get beaten by the same team again and again. It hurts to see how money can really turn the tables. It hurts to see how a home-grown player sold himself for the lure of money. It hurts to see young players playing their hearts out yet are left empty handed at the end of the match. It hurts to see a phenomenal manager bereft of ideas.

Does He deserve this? Do the fans and players deserve this ignominy? That’s an entirely different argument. I am in no mood of getting in to that now. I don’t want to point fingers at and call for heads. That can wait. Now there is pain. Feelings are hurt. I just want to stand by my club and say, I’m there. Come what may. I’ll be there. Love you, Arsenal.

Arsenal Vs Man City (Match Report)

What a game of football!! So thrilled. Could have easily bagged three points. Childish to give Demichelis so much space. Whatever, today I just want to focus on the positives.

Truly, after a long long time I am watching Arsenal playing with grit and tenacity. Jack Wilshere – boy-o-boy – what a performance. Jamie Redknapp and and other football “pundits” can shove their mikes deep into their throats. It was magical display. They passed with precision. There were several successful back heels. Put Man City out of the game for first half an hour. Thud! There was one counter attack and Arsenal was behind. Koscielny was caught ball watching. Kun Aguero, with a neat masterly finish put Gunners behind.

For the past couple of seasons Arsenal has shown their ability to consistently come back from behind. They did it again. Jack Wilshere with a deft touch took Gael Clichy out of the game and lifted it quickly over the English no. 1. Arsenal had good half an hour to go and they could organize themselves. In the mid seventies, it appeared Sanchez has sealed it for the Gunners. Superb goal into the top corner from Wilshere’s over-the-defense chip. It appeared to me that there was a deviation off Kompany. But, who cares! Arsenal lead now 2-1. Then Debuchy injured himself. Chambers came on. In the melee of things Arsenal conceded a bad goal from a corner. Last few minutes were frantic. Man CIty could have won it. Thanks to superb refereeing and saves by Szczesny. Game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Before signing off I would like to make the point that I was upset with the commentator. He was such a pessimist. He was blaming Arsenal and Ozil for everything. Some people on internet too are unhappy with the draw. Well, I don’t agree with them. It was a tight game. After internation break. Players played their heart out. Loved the commitment. I must also confess that I am worried about Ozil. He looks lackadaiscal to my untrained eye. Hope he sprinkles his magic. The positives were: Danny Welbeck looks like a real deal. Wilshere and Ramsey looking very good. Sanchez – the power house of Arsenal attack. Worries: The holding mid fielder, Monreal looked clueless, so was BFG and Koscielny. I am not concerned much cause they have played together for two seasons already. That can be fixed. Plus I hope Arteta is better holding player than Flamini.

Here’s hoping for more such intense performances from Arsenal.

SBK