MO2H 6: Arsenal

For this episode of Match of Two Halves our team of the week is Arsenal, and we discuss their season not just in terms of the Premier League, but also the Champions League and the FA Cup.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3w7z7b2myq4uxpy/6%20-%20Arsenal.mp3?dl=1

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To sing along with us, click on “Continue Reading” for the lyrics.

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“Alex Song”

It’s a little bit funny to play your old side
I was the one Barcelona wanted to buy
They paid a fair bit of money and took me to Camp Nou
I was signed for five years, but dumped after two

If I’d come back to Arsenal, but Wenger said no
Now their midfield’s like the Coquelin show
I’m on the wrong side of London now that I’m at West Ham
My name’s Alex Song and this is who I am

And you can tell everybody I am Alex Song
I was at Arsenal, but now I don’t belong
How can I not mind?
Well, wouldn’t you mind?
If like me you had been
An Arsenal player since aged seventeen

How can I not mind?
Well, wouldn’t you mind?
I should be at Arsenal
Instead I’m hitting long balls up to Andy Carroll

original song and music by Elton John and Bernie Taupin (“Your Song”)

“La Vie En Rose”

Hold to the plan, hold to it fast
Play each game like the last
This is La Vie En Rose
Though my choices make fans sigh
The Emirates rolls its eyes
This is La Vie En Rose

Adapt my strategy? How strange
There’s no need to make a change
Except perhaps to strengthen the squad with another creative central midfielder
And when our best players all leave for Man City
I just say “c’est la vie” and refuse to feel shi- inferior!

Nobody can change my mind
We’ll aim for fourth, that’s fine
And life’s La Vie En Rose

We’ll play the only way we can
It’s all going to plan
This is La Vie En Rose
Dites-moi pourquoi alter perfection
Let’s keep the same selection
This is La Vie En Rose

Adapt my strategy? How strange
There’s no need to make a change
When it’s all going so well
And when people say “pas mal” is not good enough
I just give a Gallic shrug and I say to them “Bof!

Nobody can change my mind
We’ll aim for fourth, that’s fine
And life’s La Vie En Rose

original song and music by Louis Guglielmi, Marguerite Monnot and Edith Piaf (“La Vie En Rose”)

“Bastian Schweinsteiger”

Staying put, at Bayern Munich
A reliable player for the Germans
He seems an okay guy both on and off the pitch
Just a man with a normal personal life (I assume)
He is Bastian Schweinsteiger, and at the World Cup
His team beat all of their rivals
His name means “pig climber”, but what the pig’s climbing up
I don’t know – anyway, never mind,
He’s Bastian Schweinsteiger

original song and music by Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik (“Eye of the Tiger”)

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