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Podolski bags a beauty

Arsenal have overcome an early one goal deficit, and lead 5-1 in the 60th minute. Lukas Podolski’s wonder strike tied things up in the 22nd. The Gunners started the second half like a house on fire, going ahead thanks to Olivier Giroud’s goal in the 47th minute. Tallies from Cazorla, Walcott and Giroud (again) have made this one a laugher. Four goals in ten minutes means all is right at the Emirates — for a few days at least.

Arsenal have dismantled Southampton at the Emirates. 6-1 tells the story, but Lukas Podolski’s maiden strike at his new home is worth noting. So far so good for Wenger’s men.

Yes, I was one of them. Doubting the Gunners would ever score is ridiculous – but the irrational fan in me was starting to believe. Spurned by Nuri Sahin, no deadline day deals and the thought of Spurs doing better business was enough to send even the most sane Gooner over the edge. In the course of two weeks optimism morphed into dour, petulant cynicism.

Thing is, Arsene Wenger had already made his acquisitions – preferring to add the likes of Podolski, Cazorla and Giroud weeks before August 31st. While fans and media types lament the departure of Robin van Persie and Alex Song, Wenger remains steadfast:

“There are still miles in my legs,” he said ahead of Sunday’s English Premier League meeting with Liverpool at Anfield. In life it is like you are going on a mission and it does not cross my mind to finish. You work as long as you can.”

For at least one day this summer’s turmoil was forgotten. Lukas Podolski was immense – scoring on a counter attack in the 31st minute and more importantly, helping Carl Jenkinson stem the tide defensively. Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta bossed the midfield, though Joe Allen was once again outstanding.Luis Suarez did Suarez type things – his reputation may have sunk him as Howard Webb was reluctant to reward the Uruguayan striker throughout.

For Liverpool a sour day was marred by another Pepe Reina howler. Santi Cazorla’s goal in the 68th minute should’ve been stopped. The goal against Hearts was worse, but at this point it’s looking grim for the Spanish equivalent of Andy Roddick – Casillas, Valdes = Federer, Nadal. Brendan Rodgers honeymoon is effectively over – this is the worst start for Liverpool since 1962-63.

Via the always amazing @bubbaprog

Nuri Sahin’s lack of playing time at Madrid was on full display – removing the ball from one’s foot as soon as possible is not a good sign. For Arsenal, Steve Bould’s influence has been the biggest takeaway three weeks into the season.

This from ESPN on the Modric “ultimatum”, from a source presumably linked to the club (and not just some guy):

An ESPN source says: “A year ago Daniel Levy could have sold Modric to Chelsea for £40 million but turned it down, believing that in a year’s time he would be worth £50 million.

“Well, the feeling was that he couldn’t possibly have such a brilliant season as he had the year before, and his price has not gone up. Even if one of the big-spending clubs came in, they would be wasting their time as the player has made it clear he only wants to go to Real Madrid.

“Unless something gives, and it doesn’t look that way at the moment, then Spurs are stuck with Modric.”

The story here is basically Real lumped a giant mattress full of sweaty Euros, €30 million worth, toward Tottenham for the services of the Croatian midfielder, and Daniel Levy smirked and said “No.” He wants 40 million POUNDS for the player. If Real seriously thinks Tottenham are “stuck with midfielder who doesn’t want to be there,” they haven’t been following the economics transfer market for the last five years. Because Cesc Fabregas’ campaign to play terribly for Arsenal in the summer months after he strongly intimated he wanted a move to Barcelona sure worked. Methinks Villas-Boas will have few problems motivating Luka.

RM bungled this one fairly badly…