Hey guys and girls... guess what we're talking about today?
Or the lack of a Hig.
Madrid haven't appointed a new manager yet so they've so far failed to release their striker. Quite absurd that a club the size of Madrid haven't a new manager lined up. Anyway, I think that's the issue. It does however seem like Juventus are out of the running for his name and unless Jose is feeling spiteful, that leaves us in pole position for his signature. That'd be a record breaking transfer leaving us with a cool amount of cash to spend elsewhere.
I took part in a podcast with the Steve Bald Collective last night and I was on there with Rapha Honigstein. It's a shame the pod failed to record, but one of the conversations we had last week was around the allure of Arsenal around Europe. Arsene Wenger isn't seen as the draw he once was and the club isn't the proposition it was back in the day. This was In relation to me saying the Hig should join us over Juve. My point was along the lines of... 'Turin is a bit of a dump compared to London, the League is weak and tarred by corruption and it's boring'... the counter argument was 'you're guaranteed trophies with Juventus'.
The conclusion of the conversation sat around the project. If Arsene is selling Higuain a dream of a new Arsenal... with him being the first piece in a 5 man jigsaw, then the sell is easy. The draw of our league is stronger than that of Juventus. However, if Wenger is leaving his one big signing at the Juve man... well, he's better off going to Italy for trophies.
Money is appealing... but as I've said many times before, being part of something special is more appealing. No one invites you on the after dinner circuit to talk about that time you scrapped 4th. It's not a compelling tale. Bacary Sagna doesn't have any stories to share about his time at Arsenal. Nor do any of them. That's what Arsene has to bring back to the club. Amazing stories. Because at the end of the day, that's all any of the big clubs are. That's what prestige is built on. That's why Chelsea don't really have much of it over a long period, but they've built it over the last 10 years.
Anyway, there's some absurd nonsense in the Daily Mail... again... that suggests we're going after Rooney and Higuain (I spell this guys name wrong all the time. It's a stupid name. Which is why he'll be known as the Hig moving forward). It's just too ridiculous to take on. People have been saying... well, you need competition. Yeah, sure you do... but you don't need competition at that level. You're wasting money and talent. We need a great first team striker and a great midfielder and a great keeper and a a good defender etc... spunking half your budget on 2 strikers would be stupid.
Anyway, tomorrow's post might be late, it's my 29th today. I have to accept the damn realities of life. I'm entering my prime year as a striker, I'm Robin Van Persie from last year, I've just upset a load of people, but I had to do something I didn't want to do to make the pounds while I could. That's why I'm moving over to Goal.com. They're absorbing the site and putting me on a retainer. Sorry people, but I'm done... I need a site and a community with more ambition. Goal can help me realise this.
Thanks for tuning in for another year. It's been great fun as always. Here's to another 365 posts. Any Peroni shaped gifts can be posted to my work address.
Have a great day people and remember to keep it offensively real.