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Everyone seems enamored with the idea of the Arizo

first_imgEveryone seems enamored with the idea of the Arizona Cardinals landing wide receiver Braylon Edwards to play next to Larry Fitzgerald if it’s for the right price. That last phrase may be what keeps a deal from getting done.It seems that Edwards is valuing his services a little — OK a lot — more than most teams — including the Cardinals — will be willing to pay. As a matter of fact, the Washington Post is reporting he’s demanding Santonio Holmes type money. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Multiple teams are rumored to be in the mix for Edwards including the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings. But so far, no one has landed the mercurial wideout who will likely demand something close to the five-year, $50 million contract former teammate Santonio Holmes got in New York.While Edwards may sound like a bargain on a one or two year deal for four or five million, the idea of the Cards giving him a five-year contract is almost laughable. Especially when said five-year deal would pay him roughly $10 million a season.As they always say, it can’t hurt to ask. Let’s just hope when Edwards does, the Cardinals answer is a resounding no. That, or it’s met with just laughter on the other end of the line. Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

Forget Milan Anfields a different ball game

first_img 0 1 4 Apr 2008 16:32 Share on Facebook recommendations Share on Facebook | Pick Report | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter JACF7 Facebook 0 1 Read more Share on Twitter Topics Share on Twitter Share via Email Share | Pick Champions League Soccer Share on Facebook Report Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share 0 1 4 Apr 2008 16:15 Facebook Twitter 4 Apr 2008 15:31 Share on Facebook Comments 347 | Pick Share on Messenger Share Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Reply Twitter 0 1 4 Without a doubt, it’s an uphill battle. A score-draw at home is a pretty terrible result in the CL knock-out stages because it basically means you need to outscore your opponent away from home to have a realistic chance of going through.Still, of the other English teams, right now, Liverpool is the best chance we have of winning through to the semis (Man Utd will wipe the floor with us on current form, and Chelski are too used to grinding out the results against us). I still feel technically they are weaker than us overall and more vulnerable to our passing-with-pace movement than the other 2 English teams.If we can actually up the quality again and play our own game, I believe we can get at least 1 goal. Extra time might well beckon in this tie. Report Threads collapsed Reply 4 Apr 2008 14:51 Report Report Share on Facebook Bri Got any spare plain flour, mate? Share on Facebook Twitter When a team can play with the distinction of Arsenal, the players’ memories are a sanctuary. Following the 1-1 draw with Liverpool, Emmanuel Adebayor found solace in the thought of the 2-0 win at San Siro that settled the Champions League tie against the holders, Milan, only last month. Deep down, all the same, he will know that the comparison is superficial.An old or jaded Milan had little idea what to do when Arsenal were outplaying them, and succumbed with good grace. Nothing like that will happen at Anfield. Arsenal can expect to be harassed with ardour by a Liverpool side, whose batteries are continually recharged by the electric atmosphere of the home crowd.Arsène Wenger’s team will only prevail if they can show a ruggedness of body and spirit that sometimes seems alien to their style. On occasion, Arsenal have appeared to write off games, and the 4-0 clobbering at Manchester United in the FA Cup on February 16 has had repercussions; the team has enjoyed a mere two victories from the subsequent nine matches.The line-up that afternoon had not been composed of striplings whose natural habitat is the Carling Cup. William Gallas, Kolo Touré, Emmanuel Eboué, Cesc Fábregas, Alexander Hleb and Eduardo da Silva started. Jens Lehmann and Gilberto could scarcely be written off as novices either. Arsenal simply did not care all that much, but the effect was still crushing as, presumably, the ignominy of the loss struck deep in retrospect.Against other English clubs, the side did not recover obstinacy until the fightback to beat Bolton at the Reebok last weekend. There was further resilience on Wednesday after they had conceded an equaliser within three minutes of Adebayor’s opener. Wenger will remind his men that they reacted by packing the second half with their best football for months. Share Reply 4 Apr 2008 16:40 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 0 1 Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Facebook Share Order by oldest Report Report wonk 4 Apr 2008 15:14 4 Apr 2008 16:04 | Pick 4 Apr 2008 16:37 kiwired Liverpool Reply Banana and oat muffins will do nicely I think, served this evening with warmed mulled apple and green figs. 2 oldest Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter guest1977 Share Twitter Share Reply pierrelemer Share on Twitter | Pick Report Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 0 1 Facebook TheMangog Report Facebook Before the insults start to fly, both Arsenal and Liverpool supporters should take pride and encouragement from a fantastic match on Wednesday. It had everything (ehh apart from a penalty) and was a pleasure to watch. If the Anfield tie is half as good, and I think it will be, we’re in for a treat. Arsenal and Liverpool should respect one another: two proper teams, two great sets of supporters, two memorable quarter final ties. Report 4 Apr 2008 16:48 2 Kevin McCarra Email (optional) Facebook 0 1 Twitter Reply Forget Milan, Anfield’s a different ball game Twitter Twitter Report Share Report englandcanwin JeremyinOz 4 Apr 2008 15:21 Share on Facebook Liverpool’s CL bubble has to burst some time, it’s not as if they’re a particularly good team. Next week could be that moment. Also, connecting Arsenal’s dip in form to the FA Cup game against United is pretty tenuous – the small squad, injuries (particularly Eduardo), consequent late season fatigue are more relevant. I’d prefer to see Arsenal go through simply because of the spirit in which they’ve played the game this season. Share on Twitter next 1 Share on Facebook Twitter Reply Report 3 smifee Share on Twitter 0 1 Reuse this content,View all comments > bornblue The tie will be over after twenty five minutes.Torres and Liverpool,roared on by a passionate crowd,will score early and kill the game. 2 – 0 to Liverpool. crustinho Just one line on the match at Anfield in the league?!”They did come back with a late Fábregas goal to draw the Premier League match 1-1 in October”This was a game that Arsenal totally dominated, hit the post twice, missed at least 2 open games, and pretty much ran the game.Whilst I don’t believe that Arsenal’s task will be easy next Tuesday, and Liverpool do have the away goal advantage, we do know the task in hand – simply we have to score. Then the advantage will be ours.The game is very delicately balanced, with the first goal being crucial. Unless of course Liverpool shut up shop. Report Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Reason (optional) Facebook Twitter Report Facebook Share Share 4 Apr 2008 16:39 Share on Facebook 4 Apr 2008 16:03 offsideintahiti | Pick | Pick Show 25 0 1 Reply DKP4 Share on LinkedIn Report Share Twitter 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook madbobwillis Share Share on Facebook 4 Apr 2008 15:46 | Pick Crustinho….you’ve stolen the points on your last 2 visits…and..neither of these was a European night.Corny as it may seem,something galvanises the redmen on such occasions which is why Arsenal will be feeling a nub of anxiety about not converting their possession at the Emirates.How would Chelsea cope with failing to overcome Benitez for a third time? Reply Reply 0 1 Share on Twitter All Twitter Facebook 4 Apr 2008 16:36 4 Apr 2008 15:31 4 Apr 2008 15:48 0 1 Reply | Pick Share atanarjuat 0 1 Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick bornblue Twitter unthreaded niamhgeorgie Bob…Providing a fascinating spectacle of English teams competing at the highest level of European football? Giving both sets of supporters worldwide something to get excited about?Showcasing two of our best stadia for possible future World Cups?Apart from that, not much, I guess. Share on Twitter 25 Share on Twitter Personally I think the Guardian should have devoted a blog to this story…http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=308998It all happens here, you know. Milan’s home record this season in serie A:4 victories (Napoli, Siena, Cagliari, Palermo) 7 draws (Catania, Parma, Torino, Livorno, Juvenuts, Lazio) 4 losses (Atalanta, Empoli, Sampdoria, Roma)According to this, how would people rate a victory in San Siro with Milan this season?Now, have a look at Liverpool’s record.Arsenal can clearly make it, but not because of the fact that they won in San Siro, unless you think that even a team like Atalanta, that recently won in San Siro and outplayed Milan, could clearly go to Anfield and win hands down… Reply 0 1 Report comment | Pick Share Share Arsenal 4 Apr 2008 15:19 Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply FAB4 | Pick 0 1 1 Crème anglaise on the side for me, please. Share on Twitter McCarra’s comment on Eboue – “But the Ivorian’s muscle would be valuable in defence, rather than midfield, at Anfield.”This is clearly not the case, he may have muscle, but he has a bizarre temperament that Arsenal fans detest and his positional play at right back is absolutely shocking, so I’d be very surprised if they play him there next week; Torres and Gerrard will drift to the Liverpool left if so. There’s a lot more to right back than mere muscle and Eboue falls short in all other areas. Sagna has been the best right back this season, with an excellent balance between attacking verve and defensive nous (something Carragher will never aspire to even if Liverpool were more offensively minded in this tie).I think it’s interesting that in the last 15 mins the other night, Liverpool looked fresher than Arsenal and less fatigued.They have clearly benefited from the rotational policy earlier this season, in terms of fitness. But the significant downside to this is that they are fighting for 4th place, miles behind Man U. As for Arsenal, they seem to lack the depth to rotate sufficiently, as the intricacy of their football does rely on the same players largely playing regularly together; however, the downside is general fatigue (Toure although playing out of poosition seems to have lost the zest that should make him a forceful full back pushing forward) and Hleb seems particularly affected, as Rosicky and Van Persie, who would cover for Hleb, proving to be so injury prone. Clearly Arsene needs to strengthen to provide support to his relatively young charges, rather than have such recruits stifle their progress. 0 1 4 Apr 2008 15:21 Facebook | Pick upthedale Reply 4 Apr 2008 16:17 Sportblog newest 0 1 The Kop. Anfield. Liverpool. Attrition. Special nights. Yawn, yawn. What I’ve seen of L/pool in the last couple of years, well I’d sooner go and pick cat hairs out of me cardigan than watch them. What are these teams doing in the CHAMPIONS league anyway? Reply upthedale Share on Facebook Report Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Twitter Report upthedale destinyawaits Share on Twitter 0 1 [Deleted by moderator] Oh, what!? How many blogs on this subject?I’m off to bake a cake! Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Report The manager would have to avoid reference to the fact that there was no finishing power. Wenger had every right to deplore the denial of a merited penalty, but he was also happy to keep that topic to the fore rather than discuss any of the intrinsic handicaps within his team.Arsenal, for instance, have less power than they did in the days when, say, Sol Campbell and Patrick Vieira were prominent. On Merseyside, the side must nonetheless be durable against Liverpool, the masters of attrition. Wenger has to address the frailty at right-back that ensued once Bacary Sagna had hurt his ankle at Chelsea.Justin Hoyte no longer seems to be in contention and, on Wednesday, Touré floundered in the position. The physical presence of Eboué might be productive in the role, although he did fail to make the slot his own, provoking the move for Sagna. But the Ivorian’s muscle would be valuable in defence, rather than midfield, at Anfield.So long as Arsenal are resilient the return leg will test Liverpool’s nerve. Under Rafael Benítez, they have never been in this precise situation after the first leg of a Champions League tie. The nearest equivalent was in their encounter with Barcelona last year. Liverpool had been predatory at Camp Nou in taking advantage of a muddled showing by Frank Rijkaard’s line-up to beat them 2-1 with goals from Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise. Then, as now, Benítez had a second leg at home when a clean sheet would guarantee progress to the next round. Liverpool sought to keep the Barcelona match at Anfield under stern control and did so, rather well, without huddling too near their own penalty area. However, Eidur Gudjohnsen scored for Barcelona with 15 minutes left and the stadium trembled until the close of stoppage-time.It had been a fine achievement for Liverpool to prevail, but these are fixtures played to fine margins. For all that Benítez has won the Champions League once and reached another final, his caginess immediately after Wednesday’s draw was much more than a professional courtesy. He will not have forgotten that his defence of the trophy came to a halt when, instead of overhauling the 1-0 loss endured in Lisbon, Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Ronald Koeman’s Benfica at Anfield.Liverpool, of late, have had passages of assertive football and utterly outclassed Everton in the first half last Sunday before settling for a conservative 1-0 win. For all that, the side will only launch itself at Arsenal if there is no other choice.It is an occasion to prey on the mind of both sides. Should the visitors be able once more to keep Fernando Torres at bay, anxiety will escalate. Arsenal have not won a Premier League game there since 2003, but there will be a recollection on Merseyside of last season’s 3-1 victory for Wenger in the FA Cup, as well as a less relevant 6-3 spree in the Carling Cup.The emphasis from Benítez next week will be on control, of confining Arsenal to the innocuous areas of the field. The visitors, for their part, must summon up spirit as much as their undisputed skill to play the game on their own terms. They did come back with a late Fábregas goal to draw the Premier League match 1-1 in October. But with their challenge for the title nearly at an end, Arsenal have to go to Anfield with a degree of bloody-mindedness to complement the smoothness of their attacking football. Share on Facebook Reply Anfield? What, the same Anfield we visited in 1989 and won the league?Oh, but I forgot, it’s a European night. With that ridiculously cliched rendition of ‘You’ll nver Walk Alone’ prior to kick-off. Boo-hoo. I’m really scared. We’ll do the business, no worries at all. Get to used to the UEFA cup, Scousers. Your glory days are at an end. collapsed Facebook Facebook Facebook Coming out of the ground on Wednesday it was hard to find anyone who was too worried about the scoreline, the assumption being we’d score at Anfield. Liverpool only looked dangerous when they brought the ball forward through midfield, which I think they managed twice. Lumping balls to Torres from near-earth orbit simply didn’t work. Facebook “Arsenal, for instance, have less power than they did in the days when, say, Sol Campbell and Patrick Vieira were prominent. “In their days ?????????Cannot surmise from where they drag out this shite from.Vieira and Quamballs were the culprits behind Arsenal bottling up in the CL. Technically great players in the premiership level but couldn’t cut the mustard against organized CL midfields. The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football 100 Balthazars Share Share on Facebook Report 4 Apr 2008 15:19 Reply next 0 1 chelseaexile Share on Twitter Share on Twitter You’ll make do with a french fancy, like the rest of us (Mr Kipling obviously) Shares11 comments (347)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Share Report Twitter | Pick Facebook Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Anfield atmosphere?How come United always win there then? Report | Pick First published on Thu 3 Apr 2008 22.01 EDT Twitter Report Share Twitter | Pick | Pick Report 4 0 1 0 1 4 Apr 2008 16:16 expanded Twitter 4 Apr 2008 15:03 Share on Facebook Share Report Thu 3 Apr 2008 22.01 EDT So finalists from each of the last 3 years don’t deserve to be there – after knocking out one of the favourites and the defending champion. We humbly apologise for our presence. madbobwillis, “last couple of years”? It sounds like you love it. You must do, to have kept on coming back for more and more. Or, this being the Guardian, are you a bleeding heart liberal, prepared to give repeat offenders chance after chance after chance… Share Share via Email Share on Facebook 0 1 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Share on Twitter 4 Apr 2008 15:46 0 1 Facebook | Pick Reply Twitter Twitter 0 1 Reply | Pick | Pick Share Facebook … Share I can’t see Arsenal failing to score, sadly…Walcott I reckon will sneak one, and Torres will continue his goalscoring form. Oh crap…penalties it will be…. 4 Apr 2008 16:00 RedVijay Soccer 0 1 View more comments Facebook Reply Share Facebook 50 4 Apr 2008 15:52 Just popped in to see what’s occurring.Forget Milan? Not likely. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Sportblog 3 Share on Facebook … Share | Pick Close report comment form Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Share Reply | Picklast_img read more