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Chico bala de cañón

By Gerry Quinn :  19/02/2010 :  Comments (4) :
To start with, I'm sure that the Spanish-speaking Evertonians will correct my translation of "Cannonball Kid" — my knowledge and experience of the Spanish language has never taken off... French was the big thing when I was at school all those years ago — and I was shite at that — aussi!

However, to get to my point, a short while ago I read the following article about Mikel Arteta in the Echo:

http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/everton-fc/everton-fc-news/2010/02/20/everton-v-manchester-united-preview-why-mikel-arteta-believes-he-is-one-of-the-lucky-ones-92534-25874294/2/

As I read through Mikel's obviously painful and heart-breaking list of setbacks, I realised the sacrifices and hard work that he has gone through to be able to pull the Royal Blue shirt back on.

Strange, but my thoughts kept wandering to a certain Dave Hickson and his statement: "I would have died for Everton, I would have broke every other bone in my body for any other club, that's how I look at it, you know, if it was that much I would have died for this club."

How the hell, you'd think, could I compare a deadly and lethal striker of the ball from a bygone and almost forgotten age with a mild-mannered, artistic midfielder of the modern money-grabbing era?

Easy to see why, the common threads were so obvious....

Honesty, Integrity, Humility, Dedication — but... most of all — they were Everton through and through.

Mikel Arteta Amatriain — in my eyes you used to be a great "player".

Today, I'll admit, I was wrong.

Today, in my eyes, you have now deservedly earned the right to have joined the great "legends" who also believed and gave their all for Everton.

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Christopher McCullough
1   Posted 20/02/2010 at 14:45:16

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Gerry, thanks for a great post. He just proved it again today-full 90 minutes in a great team performance.

Fantastic.
Conor Waters
2   Posted 20/02/2010 at 18:34:01

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The lad is still clearly a long way off full match fitness — but i’ll never underestimate his love of the club. And tie in that with his awful injury and prolonged rehabilitation over that last year, it's really great to see Mikel back on the field. It must have been mentally challenging to keep positive with all the setbacks he suffered, so I tip my hat to the man. Legendary status no doubt awaits you, sir.
Keith Glazzard
3   Posted 20/02/2010 at 21:47:23

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Thank heavens Señor Arteta isn’t a legend — yet. We need him here right now.

I could write my own essay in praise of the man, but will just add a note about the Spanish. Although it comes from the bad old feudal days, Spanish people are still happy to confer the title ’Don’ on someone they respect for good reason.

Don Mikel it is then, although from what I know about him I’d guess that he would be embarrassed as hell to be referred to in this way.

And Gerry, my heart is in exactly the same place as yours, but when he eventually becomes the legend we remember so fondly it will be San Mikel.
Andy Crooks
4   Posted 21/02/2010 at 16:48:57

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Don’t know too much about Spanish football... so, who has kept this fine player out of their team for so long?

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