Arsenal

Top 5 Footballing Rebirths

Having formerly evoked the type of exhilaration usually experienced during a protracted conversation with Dave Jones, Tomas Rosicky is now lighting up the Emirates after rediscovering his ability to play football.

Watching Arsenal battle for a well deserved three points against an impressive Newcastle side, two things struck me. Firstly, Theo Walcott can actually cross a ball, he can actually make it to the byline without falling over or drilling the damn thing against some unfortunate fans face.

Secondly, Tomas Rosicky is a genius. Not because his performance on Monday was one of super natural proportions or even due to any particular breathtaking moment of brilliance in the game. No, Rosicky is a genius because only a month ago the Czech Republic captain looked no more at ease on a football pitch than a pensioner armed with an entire weeks shopping. Now he’s the life and soul of an Arsenal midfield buoyant after four Premier League wins on the spin, as he strives to propel the Gunners to an incredible 3rd place finish.

Rosicky has ghosted through most of this season, and I mean that as literally as possible. Dead in the eyes, shoulders slumped, Arsenals number 7 possessed about as much life as a Terry Connor inspired survival bid. But it wasn’t a blip in a plain sailing career in England, far from it. In fact since a mysterious injury in 2008, the 31 year old looked like he’d never kick a ball with conviction ever again, until now.

Having endured roughly three seasons of being crucified at the hands of copious midfield generals, and with the Easter holidays aptly approaching fast, we must stand in awe at Tomas Rosicky. Praise his name as he emerges victorious from the tunnel, bathed in the glow of the Emirates lights, and salute one of the greatest second comings ever witnessed on these shores.

Oh, and there’s four more pretty good one’s to have graced us..

 Diego Forlan – Reborn in 2004.

Forlan arrived at Manchester United burdened by a certain weight of expectation. Armed with long golden hair and the ability to do quite hilarious things on the ball, the Uruguayan soon transformed into a national joke. However, as is often the case with skillful strikers prematurely spat out by our ever increasingly demanding league, Forlan became a revelation at Villarreal after scoring 25 goals in his debut season.

RonaldoReborn in 2002.

During a comeback from yet another horrendous injury in 2000, Ronaldo managed only 20 minutes of a Coppa Italia final for Inter Milan before smashing his knee up again. People doubted whether THE Ronaldo would ever return the same player, but in 2002 the Brazilian did just that, and just about managed to take it all in his stride by winning the world cup and securing a lucrative move to Real Madrid.

Jay Jay Okocha – Reborn in 2002.

It’s incredible to think that in 1998 PSG splashed out around $24 million dollars for the Nigerian, making him the most expensive African player in history at the time. But his Career in France tailed off, prompting Sam Allardyce to once again rummage through the bargain bin like a rabid dog to secure his services in 2002. Though his debut season was affected by injuries, Okocha endeared himself to football fans everywhere with his enormous grin and world class skills, and relegated West Ham in the process.

Juan Pablo Angel – Reborn 2003.

After a promising start to his career for Aston Villa, then record signing Angel began to look a lost soul under Graham Taylor, possibly due to the fact it’s impossible for any living organism to lose the will to live in the company of the former ‘manager’. But riding the crest of a David O’Leary shaped wave, Angel blossomed and hit 23 goals during a season in which he led the line superbly for the 6th placed side. This particular rebirth unfortunately proved to be nothing but a brief miracle, as the Colombian flattered to deceive ever since.

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