My morning rolled a little bit like this:
See a headline I like the look of:
Thinking to myself: ‘stupid agent wants our man to leave, but Alexis wants to stay and he’s my god damn hero!’
Reads sub headline.
Not what I was expecting. So he’s basically quitting either way, but his agent is looking for the mega pay deal next year, versus now. I’d guess the reasoning behind the agent’s plan is that no one wants to buy him right now and pay the salary when they could weigh in next year.
So it’s simple yeah, we just go in and buy Lemar, because, you know, Monaco are selling all their mans. Amirite Mr Monaoc vice-president Vadim Vasilyev?
“Fabinho and [Thomas] Lemar are essential players, they will stay with us,” he said on Wednesday. “We have kept all of the key players we intended to keep.”
Now, that could be playing mind games, or it could be real because Monaco need players and they’ve shat out a lot of good stuff so far this window. My concern with Arsenal here is that we’ve waited so damn long, and we’re playing silly little games with our incremental bids again, and as usual, other clubs have come in and just paid whatever the asking price is.
Usually, this ends one way.
We sell our major name to a rival.
Fail on our number one target.
Settle for converting Léo Dubois to a left winger because he has an exceptional leap and met Neymar once.
Summer is looking pretty amateur again. This is one where we really do have to hold out until the end before we know what sort of shit sandwich we’re being served. If we keep our star names, motivate them to play like heroes, we’ve improved. But not enough to win the league. Not enough to seriously change the outcome of the year or close in on the teams above us.
You see, regardless of how Wenger wants to play it, you can’t paint our two signings as progress when City, United, and Chelsea have all gone out there and bolstered with more bodies, adding quality to quality they already had. Not just that, you have take into account that Pep, Jose, Klopp and Conte are all heading into their second full season when you can really judge. Their ideas will be settled and we’ll see the true quality of their coaching merits.
What are we bringing to the table? 3 at the back and a whole bunch of unaddressed problems we had last season.
It really is painful to watch, because this year more than any, I can’t give us a single hope. We’re just too slow out of the blocks and the changes we implement are either too marginal to matter, or they’re actually just a PR stunt to convince people Ivan has balls.
Finally, it was interesting to read some of the commentaries on a semi paid model for blogging. I really don’t think some understand that effort that goes into writing and producing content on the regular. I’m not asking for poor me status, I love writing for you melts everyday, but it’s an hour of writing most days of the week, plus 2 hours recording, and 2 hours editing a podcast. Then there’s the twitter stuff, e-mails… blah, blah, blah.
I’m not going to ever ask for money to do this, because it’s not my living. But it’s not a revenue generator. Most of the people reading this site block that adverts, which is fine, that’s your choice, but when you hit the little men with that shit, it means the cost of hosting the site falls on the person writing for free. Again, not such a big deal when this is a hobby, but if it’s your livelihood, it must be depressing.
I read one of my friends say that blogging is just conversation you could have down the pub for free. Which is kind of depressing. Distilling a craft to something you can get for free elsewhere degrades the skill of written word. I can make a sandwich, why go to a restaurant, it’s just food? I can listen to the radio, why pay for music? There’s a faux Banksy down the road with a killer message about austerity, fuck the Tate, it’s just pictures. Now, I’m not saying coming here is eating at Eleven Madison Park, chatting with Bowie and Basquiat over negronis, with Radiohead playing an acoustic set in the background, but if you’re reading blogs on the regular, you should at least entertain the possibility that a small donation is fair.
MOAN OVER GIMME MONEY.