Archive for August 30th, 2011


Manchester United- 8, Arsenal- 2. After such a humiliating and hopefully an eye-opening loss last Saturday, Arsene Wenger did what he does best- swinging in last-minute signings before market-transfer deadline.

It has been confirmed Arsenal have acquired striker Park Chu Young from AS Monaco this Tuesday. In addition, BBC Sport reports Brazilian left-back Andre Santos and Werder Bremen Per Mertesacker are close to completing moves to the Emirates.

A bit of relief after Arsenal’s colossal defeat at the hands of a very deadly Manchester United. For every loss there is a an excuse. In fact this scoreline did not come as a surprise because Arsenal’s excuses were very apparent. Before this game, Arsenal were cruelly exposed. Injuries sidelined consistent players Sagna, Vermaelen, Song, Wilshere and Gibbs. Red cards to Frimpong and Gervinho took away steel and quality from our game respectively. The loss of game-changing players such as Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri didn’t help either.

What followed during the game was nothing but pure disaster. A helpless Arsene Wenger watched dumbfounded from the decks. Arsenal fans sat in the stands hopeless in a frustrating and ego-crushing game as they watched Rooney, Young and company belittle a struggling team of inexperience and low-morale.

What is more frustrating other than this game was the fact that Wenger could have avoided major squad depletion if  he had brought in much needed experienced and positional players earlier in the summer. After losing Gael Clichy, Fabregas and Nasri, we were going to need a left-back to cover for Gibbs and a center back to compete with the inconsistent Djourou (widely deemed so after his poor display at Old Trafford)

The media reports Arsenal are closing in on the players they need now but why did it take for a 8-goal throbbing to happen before Wenger and the board realized they had to be active in the market? Other than that, there’s nothing to do but move on. It’s only the third game of the season so all is not lost.

Objectively, new signings such as C.Y. Park will add depth and versatility experience alongside Robin Van Persie. He is a regular competitor with experience coming from Ligue 1 who has bagged 25 goals and 8 assists in 91 appearances. In addition, he has bursts of creative flair and pace thus fans will see what he brings to the squad.

To that, fans can finally be happy with Wenger bringing in players to the team. If reports are true we will also see Santos and Mertersacker in Arsenal shirts Wednesday.

You will know what the big deal is once you’ve had your first Pronto-pup, or over-sized bucket of home-made french fries. Out in the mid-west, Minnesota is a place that takes its State Fair foods to heart- and arteries.

The food at the Minnesota State Fair is as crazy as it sounds- chocolate-covered jalapenos, pizza kabobs and cheese curds, the lines between normal and absurdity are blurred. Even the vendors themselves know it as one sign in front of the Bacon kiosk reads, “Deep-fried and chocolate covered bacon. It’s bad for you but tastes fantastic, any questions?”

Just for the fun of it, you have to indulge yourself in such ridiculousness. Other than the rib-sticking foods, there are other noteworthy attractions, There’s Minnesota’s largest pig that’s almost bigger than a tractor and weighs 1160 pounds and The Grand Stand- an enormous dome with vendors and features performances from big artists such as Weezer, Train and Maroon 5. Fair warning, the State Fair can get overwhelming with an ocean of people crowding on Underwood St- so be prepared to do a lot of walking.

With 1.7 million visitors annually, The State Fair is one of the most anticipated events to hit home and is also a symbol of tradition that is The Great Minnesota Get-together.