I love the summer... especially when I know the best manager in the world has a mini war chest at his disposal.
Too many party poopers frequent the net lambasting any transfer rumour as idle tittle tattle, or the work of evil hacks.
Hacks apparently split their time between torturing small puppies and devising the next best way to anger Arsenal fans.
Simon NoTW: Gerry, I think what you're doing there is pretty out of order...
Jon Daily Mail: What, you think the washing up liquid in the eyes is over kill?
Simon NoTW: No Gerry, I mean the rumour you just put on newsnow... getting Arsenal fans hopes up over a £20million transfer is quite frankly disgusting... but the evilness is unparalleled... mwhahaha!
Personally, I love the roller coaster ride of the summer when we know there is a good chance that some of the players touted could be heading our way. Who knew about Felipe Melo before the hacks announced him on the scene? Not many I bet... I wonder how many people subsequently tuned into the Confederations cup to perform an armchair scouting report after? A fair few I reckon! I'm sure that is what football is all about... Idle gossip never killed anyone... well, maybe Dr David Kelly... but in the footballing sense... all I see it doing is enhancing the global brand of football.
For 2 months, it diverts our inward looking selves away from the Premiership and gives us a chance to survey what's going on elsewhere in the world, it gives crap websites the chance to up their hit ratings and it give the Grovers plenty to chew over!
Transfer speculation is part and parcel of the modern game; if the internet was about way back when, I'm sure people would have enjoyed it just as much. All the people who can't stand to read a bit of idle speculation and try to suck the joy out of everyone else's summer by constantly moaning about it need to lighten up and stop taking themselves so seriously. Enjoying a rumour isn't a sin... you've not been fooled if you get excited about a player joining... no one is laughing at you, I promise. If you still want to bury your head in the sand and base your whole summer around what Arsenal.com are saying... enjoy yourself, I know I was desperate to find out what Nasri's moment of the season was... Zzzzz!
Long live speculation, long live the 40 goal a season sensation from Mozambique and long live warm summer days stuck in an office clicking refresh on the newsnow feed!
I wouldn't change it for the world!
Have a great day Grovers!