Welcome to Wednesday. Turns out Robin is having his meeting today. Whoops. My theory about his contract came a day early. The problem with that is now I don't really have anything to talk about today. Which is irritating to say the least.
Well, as it's the end of the season, in traditional Le Grove fashion, it's time to start testing the water for Le Champ and Le Chump of the season. Our annual awards celebrating the best and worst of the season that has just past.
Today, we'll be talking about Le Champ because the weather is sunny and I want you to think about all the good things that went on last season. It's important that you realise this is just the nomination stages. I'll be taking your thoughts to a panel of experts before deciding on the final line up. So your suggestions for Le Champ need to come in today...
Here are some ideas. Remember, it doesn't have to be a player of Arsenal, it doesn't have to be a player at all.
Robin Van Persie
I thought I'd get the ball rolling with a real curve ball of a suggestion. I'm just thinking he scored quite a few goals this season. He was the captain. He was pretty much 80% of the reason we qualified in the third place this year.
Signed on deadline day at the last minute, the Spaniard came with high hopes. He didn't replace Cesc, but added a steely discipline to our midfield. He sacrificed a bit of his game going forward to ensure that our midfield was stable (and sadly, not exactly spectacular). Our win ratio without him speaks volumes for the impact he has as a player and a personality in the starting 11. He single handedly demonstrated what we've been saying on here for years... experience is often more important than talent.
The Medical Team
It's a miracle that the staff kept Robin healthy all season. That's the first time he's ever managed that. A lot of praise has to be given to the way they've managed his fitness. The fitness of the squad overall has been pretty good in comparison to seasons past. Alex Song was fit all year, Vermaelen was fine once he returned, Koscielny played most of the games and Ramsey was fit most of the time. It was also impressive that Yossi and Arteta in the main stayed fit... two players who have struggled with injury most of their careers. Most of the full back issues we had around January were of our own making... Kieran Gibbs is a fitness disaster, Santos was taken to Greece for a worthless game and Sagna had a broken bone.
We play golf together. He's not very good but the man loves to gamble. He owed me a pretty serious backlog of unpaid bets. I didn't directly approach him, but I hinted.
'Martin, you know I do this blog thing on the side about Arsenal right?'
'Well, let's just say my readers would be pretty over the moon if we beat you on Saturday. If they're pleased, I'm pleased... and forgetful. You know what I'm saying Martin?'
'Martin... do you know what I f*cking mean?'
I wish it hadn't been quite so obvious he was doing me a favour, but what can you do? The lad isn't the sharpest tool in the box...
Spurs were flying... they were having the greatest half season of all time. Winning games, pulling away from Arsenal, talking about taking the title. Then Fabio Capello gave himself his marching orders after the FA took JT's captaincy away without consulting him. Harry was the media's choice for the role. He couldn't contain his excitment, he refused to deny he wanted the job... the Spurs players showed that they weren't fazed by the speculation by destroying Newcastle... then going on an incredible run of loses and dropped points... culminating in conceding a 10 point lead to their nearest and dearest rivals... namely, us.
Hilarious. Fabio, your stubborn disregard to the ramifications of having a racist pig of a man as your captain have worked wonders for Arsenal. For that, all I can do is salute you in a totally inappropriate way... a way that you'd like.
So there we have it... that isn't the list... that's the suggested list. You can add yours through the day and I'll have a rummage through later tonight and work out which suggestions I can add into the mixer.
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Have a great day Grovers. If you see Robin at a Petrol station, give him a hug and tell him you love him. Buy him a whisper gold as well... it's off season now... treat him.
P.S. We'll be taking on guest posts on in the summer. If you've got something to say, it's well written and interesting. We'd be happy to take a look at it. Anything on the finances, potential transfer targets that are a little bit curve ball... or something on the history of the club will be welcome.