Globally, it is now chic for young men to keep beards. While some try to keep it trim and dapper, a selected few go a long way in leaving their’s bushy and wild. Whichever category one chooses or fits in, he must ensure to make the most of it – if you know what I mean.
Football being predominantly a male sport, we are used to seeing all kinds and shapes of beards on matchdays. Be it stubble, bristles, goatee or even five O’ clock shadow, to mention but a few. If you think you are getting the value for your more money, perhaps a week of baseball action could put you in perspective – James Harden, i see you.
Football has a history of accommodating everyone – including hairy-faced men from the likes of Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, Gattuso, Xabi Alonso to Tim Howard. The latter dramatically shaved his weird-looking beard ahead of the game against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium back then in 2013. They went on to savage a draw.
Not to worry about the kind of beards footballer keep or even that of the English Premier league players because that might give one a migraine. Instead, let concern ourselves with the Arsenal players’.
Although none of the Arsenal players can boast of having a beard like that of ex Kilmarnock player, James Dayton, who kept a wild one for some period before trimming it. However, the likes of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Even Aaron Ramsey are all jostling it out for the prestigious ‘Beard of Fame’ award.
Upon deep reflection and observation, one can observe that Ramsey and Coquelin are taking this so personal, with the duo looking hoarse and bullish. Perhaps that’s why we conceded an average of 0.95 goals per game this season.
It seems that having a monstrous looking face is just what is needed to be a successful DM. One begins to imagine if this was what the Arsenal fans have been seeking for all these years – just a hairy-faced Defensive midfielder.
Quoting William Shakespeare:
” He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. He that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not not for him”
Wenger will totally agree with this quote. The manager seems not to be concerned with what anyone wears in as much as he doesn’t show up with a short sleeve jersey on the matchday or scare away the girls.
Who cares? If all it takes for us to win the EPL next season is for the players to keep their beards. so be it.