Welcome to Tuesday best friends, tomorrow we take on Swansea for the 3rd time this year. Can't wait.
Before writing, what will be my fourth preview (yeah, I wrote one a day early so had to power out another), we'll run through the rubbish that's been hitting the newsfeeds since Saturday.
First up, I've got to take on some sections of the Arsenal fanbase. Why? Because they're boring. If you go to the games, you'll know what I'm about to talk about. Yeah, the moaners. Now, I'm a moaner. I'll moan to anyone about Arsenal. The club occupies my mind and my life. I love the club though. If I go to the games, my first instinct is to be positive. I know that irks some people who say I don't have a consistent tone one here... here's the deal... I'm a fan, not a scientist. If I see some light, as a fan, I'll hunt that out. I've said it's time for a change for years... but don't ever expect me to bang the 'Wenger Out' drum like a mad man on a day to day basis.
1) It'd get boring very quickly
2) It doesn't make a difference
We know Wenger is past it, nothing I can do online will speed up the process of getting him out the club. If you want to protest, get off you backside, join a supporters group and rally the troops. I get sick of reading people criticising other groups when they're doing nothing themselves. Even worse, the people who say they'll turn up to a march, walk or whatever then don't show. It's all well and good being militant online, but if it doesn't turn into something actionable offline, you're just a militant moaner online.
Annnnyway. Back to the point about boring Arsenal fans. I'm talking about the guys who give Theo Walcott grief after three minutes. Sure he's a little over average, sure in most people's eyes he's probably not worth £100k a week... but it is what it is. He's going to sign so we have to support him. What is the point in shouting how terrible he is after 3 minutes? What does that give to the atmosphere? What does that do for the player. It's so dull and people who partake in it are responsible for killing the vibe at the ground. It's never young people either... it's middle aged men who look a touch thuggish mostly leading it. It's horrible. We saw a fight kick off a few rows in front of us during the City game. I can see how it happens. The negative comments get worse and worse during a game... not even in a constructive way... and people snap.
The fact this is spilling out into video action has spilled out into a fan squaring up to Samir Nasri outside the ground makes it even more worrying. A cowardly act. I mean honestly, how pathetic a person do you have to be to try and attack a footballer on the way to the ground. It's embarrassing. It's not funny. It's utterly shameful. Seeing that video on Youtube made me feel ashamed to be an Arsenal fan. We're supposed to be a fanbase of class. I just hope if anyone knows that guy, they tell him he shamed the club.
Onto something more amusing. How about Arsene Wenger and his comments on Chelsea and their £80m pursuit of Pep Guardiola?
“Is £80m too much for Chelsea? I don’t know, even for them, but I do see Pep working in this league.
“He started with caviar at Barcelona, having all those world-class player to choose from'
What a funny comment eh? Some publications have pointed to Wenger being part of the push to bring Pep to London. Don't believe it. Can you honestly imagine that scenario with the current board?
'Hey Arsene, I know things are going to sh*t at the moment, I just wondered if you'd take this call from Pep? You know, try and convince him he should come to Arsenal should we have the ammo to bomb you out this summer?'
An unlikely conversation. Ivan Gazidis isn't stupid. The one thing I'm almost sure he'll want to avoid with a new manager is a power vacuum. So that would immediately rules out the possibilty of 1) Arsene choosing or having any say over his successor 2) Ivan bringing in a manager who is so powerful, he could take the power from the board 3) Arsene becoming a Director of Football.
Once Arsene goes, he's gone. Why we'd want someone who is no longer a trailblazer in top level football running rule over the future of our club is beyond me. We need a fresh start. We need a young manager with something to prove. We need someone who can help ignite our push to become one of the best in the world.
Another person I don't want at the club. Niall Quinn. It's clear to me he's pushing for a job at the club. Sorry. No thanks. We can do better. Everyone slated Stewart Robson for having an agenda, for me, Quinn has the opposite agenda. He's not the man for the footballing role at Arsenal. That's if there's one available.
As for players? Not too much going on. Newcastle have had their bid for Loic Remy gazumped by QPR. They've offered £55k... QPR have offered £80k. Big money for an average player... still, if he bangs in 12 goals and keeps them up, it's money well spent. I'd like us to take a gamble like that. Why don't we offer Fellaini £80k a week? Why don't we offer Capoue £30k a week? Two players more than capable of improving out squad. Two players who look like they'll be joining clubs alternative to Arsenal.
One player we seem to be double keen on chasing down is Zaha. The Time reported we'd lost out, Sky are reporting we're back in. I'm not against his signing. We're trying to replicate the lack of success Villa had way back when... signing up all the English players money could buy in the hope they'd come good! In fact, Leeds did the same thing? Anyway, I'd be fine with Zaha coming in. Sure there are better players, but if he's better than Moses was at that age and he's a Gooner, he's a punt worth taking.
There's a story floating around about Arsenal, United, Spurs and Liverpool penning a letter to the Premier League to enforce tough sanctions on clubs that have rich benefactors. Hardly news eh? I think we're all aware of the stance Arsenal have on this matter.
The final piece of gossip is around Diame and that £3.5m buyout clause. Is he super, super quality? Maybe. Is he cheap? Of course. So there's a chance!
That's your lot for today... see you in the comments!