Morning Gooners! Apologies for the late post, it’s Sunday, I’m still recovering from watching a lot of womens volley ball last night. My gosh, aren’t those girls athletic? So, so athletic. Oh, and technically athletic… sorry, I mean gifted.
Just on the Olympics, I thought it was disgraceful to see empty seats for the swimming. I read that it was corporate tickets that hadn’t been fulfilled. Absolutely awful / predictable. Even more disgraceful is a stat Geoff flew my way… apparently these major sponsors only funded 15% of the games. Nice one. 15% of the game and we’re talking about banning people who wear rival labels and we’ve literally bent over and rolled out the royal red carpet for them with ticket allocations and Olympic lanes. Outrageous.
That said, London is a great place to be right now. That opening ceremony absolutely blew me away. Everyone in the bar watching it with me felt the same. I’ve never known the capital so unified. I hope the rest of the world enjoyed it. Amazing how much negative sentiment you get online when you state you’re proud to be British. I’m sure if some of the verbal I’ve had in my direction was being sent out by me I’d be in the dock like John Terry. Anyway, it was a great opening, let’s hope the rest of the games can match it.
Anyway, back onto the football. We’re playing Kitchee FC this morning. Good times, I’m actually going to watch this one. The line up looks like this:
Szcz; Eastmond, Djourou, Miquel, Gibbs; Coquelin, Diaby; Walcott, Ox, Miyaichi; Chamakh.
I’m looking forward to seeing Miyachi and Coquelin. I’m also looking forward to seeing Diaby play. Has he improved by watching hour upon hour of Patrick Viera videos? He’d be have done…
This whole tour has been pointless from a playing perspective. It’s more for pushing our brand. I wouldn’t read too much into what’s going on. The real training is happening back in London. We’re watching the fringe squad playing.
Rumours that have been making me happy are that we’ve officially lodged a bid for Cazorla. Now the ball is in the Malaga court. Hopefully we can tie that up nice a sharpish. I’m also excited to hear the growing rumours around Sahin. Like Geoff has alluded to, the days of Madrid and Barca having their way with the banks are coming to an end. Spain is dying as a country, so favours and let offs will likely be a thing of the past. If we can nab him for a favourable fee, we’ll be looking like serious contenders next season… on the proviso Steve Bould can turn individual talent in a unified beast of a back four.
The final rumour of the day comes from Scotland. Apparently we’re looking at Victor Wanyama of Celtic. He’s a defensive midfielder and would come at a cost far lower than the £25million quoted for M’Vila. I’m glad we’re still being linked with defensive midfielders and this one might carry some weight as it’s from The Sunday Times.
Right, that’s it, more of a post tomorrow morning. Have a great day, enjoy the game!
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P.S. We’re one nil down already… a shocking bit of defending from Miquel.