If Heriodias, the wife of Herod in ancient Galilee was an Arsenal fan, she would have requested for the head of Gervinho or Arsene Wenger on a platter instead that of John the Baptist. That the situation at the emirates as the managerial seat is getting hot after that shameful lose to 4th tier Bradford in the League Cup.
Despite fielding a strong side, Wenger couldn’t win against a side 65 places down the FA ladder. Gervinho missed that glorious chance and many supporters are questioning the rationale for playing as a top 9 when he can’t score such chances.
The board would always back Wenger, because of the quids he rakes in. His attribution of the defeat as not humiliating is an indication of the downslide of our beloved Arsenal.Gazidis may have apologized but seeing RVP win the Manchester derby and Chelsea showcase in Japan is agonizing.
For some moments, I got caught up with the record breaking Lionel Messi of Barcelona. It is no more news that he broke Gerd Mueller’s 1972 record of scoring 85 goals in a calendar year. He scored his 85th and 86th 2012 goal against Real Betis. Few nights ago he added a brace against Cordoba to make it 88 goals in the Copa Del Rey.
Interesting to know is that a certain Godfrey Chitalu had scored 107 competitive goals in 1972, same year Mueller scored 85 to set a so-called record. Chitalu was a prolific goal scorer for Zambia and played for Kitwe United and Kabwe Warriors in the Zambian League.
Born on the 22 October, 1947, Chitalu, nicknamed UCAR, grazed the Zambian League and African continent with his goals and temperant. His disciplinary records were questionable in his early years. He overcame his demons and moved from Kitwe United to Kabwe Warriors in 1970. He had scored 81 goals in 1968 with Kitwe United before he was banned for about half a season.
According to Soccer Laduma, Zambia’s FA is seeking to prove this record by securing evidence of Chitalu’s goals, including where and when he netted each and every one of his 107 strikes. The archives are being perused as you read this and a report is being compiled. Zambia’s FA is hoping to finally convince the Confederation of African Football and FIFA that Chitalu should be credited for his incredible achievement.
Unfortunately, Chitalu isn’t alive to lend a voice to this saga. He died in the infamous plane crash in Gabon on 28th February 1993 which killed 18 Zambian players and six officials.
As the debates, searches and verifications go on; Brazilian clubFlamengo had added more pieces to the record puzzle. On Wednesday, they claimed that they have records showing that Brazilian legend, Zico, holds the record of the highest number of goals in a calendar year. Zico is attributed to have scored 89 goals in 1979; 81 in Serie A, 7 for Brazil and one in a World XI match.
We await the Zambian FA and FIFA for a final declaration on the actual record holder. Don’t be surprised if Messi is pronounced European record holder but Zambian football will reach even greater heights if Chitalu is deemed as the World record-holder and will top an exclusive list of some of the most extraordinary players to grace the world’s football pitches including Brazil’s Pele.
Back to Arsenal; with our form, can we win the FA cup? Can we make top four in the League? Can make progress in the UEFA Champions League? Would Wenger sign anybody in January? Can Wenger continue? Who would answer?
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