Happy St Patrick's day to one and all. It's a day where Irish people have another excuse to get lashed up and it's a day where English people pretend they have Irish ancestry as an excuse to get lashed up. Sadly there's no football for Arsenal this weekend as we're not in the FA Cup. That means plenty of rest and relaxation for the boys whilst our rivals go into games against weaker opposition. Why is that important? Well, it means Chelsea and Spurs should both win, which adds another game into their fixture list.
I'm not saying I'm happy about not competing for a trophy again. It's a very sad situation, but after hearing all the horror predictions of us missing out on top 4, I'm willing to take it on the chin this season. The league is our focus for the rest of the season and I'm quietly confident we can make something happen there.
Wenger is on the main site this morning saying there's no easy run in. I'd beg to differ, Spurs have an easy run in. Chelsea do not. However, I totally accept that we're going to see points dropped by both teams over the next few months. There are some exciting games coming up at home, not least the one we're playing against City. That'll really tell us how far we are away from them in terms of quality. The result might also go a long way to helping Robin make up his mind about his future.
Harry Redknapp looks like a man who is about to implode. He's under immense pressure at the moment and the cracks are starting to show. He spent a portion of his press conference talking about our keeper...
'I'm a big fan of his, he is a fantastic goalkeeper and he could end up being one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League but he does come out with some stuff doesn't he?'
He certainly does come out with some stuff Harry... but he's got you riled, which I suppose was kind of the point. Harry claimed the players don't read the papers. Errr, Harry, the players read the papers, read the blogs and they're so egotistical, they'll even wade into radio chat shows if they're getting too much grief. Players are absolutely aware of what's going on around them. As dim as most of them are, I'm pretty sure they've mostly got a grasp on reading and writing unlike their manager!
The Spurs game today is against Bolton which gives us all a unique opportunity to see how good Ryo Miyachi is. He's been earning rave reviews in the North West. He's creating chances, scoring goals and making assists. He's invigorated a flagging Bolton side and he's showing some real character. The Bolton fans are over the moon about his impact and Arsenal fans should also be excited about him. Whether he's ready for a full season with us is up for debate... for me, he's doing the right thing playing at Bolton at the moment. Owen Coyle has worked wonders on young players recently... Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere two of the most promising talents to emerge from Bolton as superstars. There's a great article on him from the Telegraph...Gretar Steinsson had this to say on him.
“In training we have big, strong physical players and he just gets on with it. He has real ability, he is so fast and he will definitely be one of the big players.
“All the Arsenal players have been raving about him and I know why.”
I mentioned back in October that he was top draw in training and the coaching staff were excited about his potential. I can only assume we sent him out on loan to toughen him up. A great move.
In other news, Podolski is now talking about moving to Lazio. An odd club to consider moving to what with their tolerance for all colours, creeds and ideologies. When stories like that start creeping out, you have to assume we've gone in and offered him £14k a week and a flat share with Johann Djourrou. Come on Arsenal, give him what he wants and don't drag out his move until August 31st.
That's pretty much I have for you today. Enjoy your day, make sure you bust out your finest Irish accent if you're non-Irish... all, day, long. If you're Irish, don't let England beating you in the Rugby ruin your day!
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Have a good one wherever you are!
P.S. I know this is off topic, but it's amusing all the same because it's the sort of thing you'd expect from Jermaine Pennant. The below video is the most viral video of all time. It's for a great cause. It highlights the atrocities Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony has been inflicting on his people. The video is a powerful watch.
So is the story about what happened to him last night. Al Fresco masturbation during video launch week is something I always recommend my clients don't do.