So we’re not playing Milan tonight? Thanks for telling me. I’ve packed my Arsenal bag and everything. What a muppet.
So how have the last 24hrs treated you? I hope you’ve had fun. I have. I’ve been called all sorts of horrible names by Spurs fans… and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. I couldn’t be smugger. The best thing? We own North London bragging rights over the summer. Superb.
Looking back on the game, it’s hard not to be over the moon. Rosicky was imperious. His work rate was tremendous, as was his tenacity and drive to score that goal. We really knocked the ball around with some authority. I just hope the manager can bottle that up for the run in and I hope Rosicky can show a bit more of that on a regular basis.
Now we don’t have any cup matches to worry about, we should be able to concentrate our efforts on making the most out of our downtime. Arsene is right when he said its about injured players now. If we can go the next two months without succumbing to any major problems, we’ll be in a very healthy position. With players like Santos rumoured to be back running… we should have a crop of very fresh players to choose from. Vermaelen is a half season man. Gibbs has played hardly any games. Sagna has only been playing a month. Keepers don’t get tired. Up top, Theo looks fit. Chamberlain has hardly played and hopefully a rested Gervinho will turn in a bit of form.
JD is hamstrung though… big loss.
That’s why Milan is interesting. Do we go all out with a strong first team knowing an international break is round the corner… or do we throw caution to the wind? It’s a tough one and I don’t want to close the door on a miracle, but at the same time I don’t want to see tired players clutching ankles and hamstrings if it can be avoided.
Liverpool on Saturday feels like it could be an epic. They’ve just won the Carling Cup Final, they should be on a high, but I’m not so sure. They were garbage most of the game and they’ll be tired after the extra time. It also has to be noted that the Carling Cup has been something of a curse over the past few years. Spurs went on a horrendous run after winning it under Ramos a few years back. Arsenal went on a terrible 26 game, the worst in living memory (that’s about 12 weeks these days) for me and Birmingham found themselves relegated. Let’s hope the curse continues and we dish out a spanking of glorious proportions.
The financials came through as predicted. We made £41mill from player sales and our wage bill has gone up £8mill or so. We break even before player sales, which is worrying… but it’s also worth noting we’re selling players, so we’re turning in a profit that we’re not spending. I always wonder what the tax burden is on not spending your profit before you declare it? Wouldn’t it be better to invest in players rather than the taxman?
Anyway, Ivan is world class at filling the back pages without saying anything at all. He asked the fans to back the manager, he praised our away support and he spoke of there being money available if we went out of the Champions League, though he wouldn’t say how much as it might affect negotiations. Well Ivan, I’m pretty sure that big fat profit figure you’re talking about with the worlds media will give Lille a clue when you fax over a £3million offer for Hazard this summer.
From what he was saying, we can kiss our £100mill transfer budget dream goodbye! PR guff in the extreme.
Still, he did predict the whole of football would move towards self-sustainability. I’m so glad he brought that up… there was a moment when I wavered, then bang, like a bullet from the blue… he said it. Thank the lord the club still believes that all clubs will one day work to a model where they sell their best players to serve up a fat profit every year.
We’re ahead of the curve people… footballing visionaries.
It’s funny, saving for a rainy day has nearly become a self fulfilling prophecy. Perhaps someone should ask Ivan if frugality is commercially sustainable at the end of the year. If we’re breaking even with Champions League money… is that sustainable? Who knows. I’m hoping we make 4th and we can sweep awkward questions like that under the carpet.
Just so you know, I’ll have a financial post from one of the regulars over the next week or so. In the mean time, I’m sure the Swiss Ramble can satisfy your financial lustings.
Finally, Harry Redknapp has told a close friend he loves Theo and he’d dearly like to manage him with Spurs or England. Good for you Harry. Good for you. I’m pretty sure Theo wouldn’t want to cross the divide. He seems a bit too smart for that. He writes childrens books for gods sake. Who wants to play for a manager who can’t read them? PSG are rumoured to have an interest in him as well as Juventus. If he did leave, you’d have to hope he had higher ambitions than a one season wonder club…
A player rumoured to be coming into the club is Oliver Giroud. His main hobbies are scoring goals, making assists and having a tremendous leap. Seriously. The guy can jump really high. He scores loads of headers. Loves getting in the thick of it and possibly brings the sexy back we lost when Petit and Bobby P left the club. I’m sold.
Enjoy your day and make sure you catch up with all those Spurs fans who called in sick yesterday…