So this is it then, the end of a strange season, one that started with no hope, filled with injuries, then massive hope, then nothing, but we still continue to qualify for the champions league and as you saw from the spuds celebrations, it is a very much sought after tag, top four.
Rumour is that we are after Robert Green, although I would have him over what we have, I still want us to sign Hart or Buffon, we should stop trying for bargain basements buys, and Green is not a big keeper, remember when the great late Brian Clough bought Peter Shilton for £1million 400 years ago? I do, and people thought it was a lot to pay for a keeper, but as George Graham proved with David Seaman, a great goalie is worth what you pay and as Arsene Wenger has proved a cheap one will always cost you eventually.
We talked briefly yesterday about centre backs and who we should go after, inadvertently I stumbled on where I think we go wrong and what we should be after.
We seem to sign athletes that can play football, players like Gallas that try and play there way out of trouble. Our history has showed us that players like Adams, Bould and Keown were top stoppers, where having the ball in the stands was more important that threading a silky pass through 9 players, defend first, play the offside trap and everything else will fall into place.
Many great defenders started off as forwards, players like Campbell and Cole started off as centre forward and left winger respectively, so they know how to bomb forward and they know when to hoof it into row X. So my feeling is lets go for a big lump, someone who can get in the way and terrorise the forwards coming at them.
Don’t forget they used to call Tony Adams the Donkey, and he was one of the worlds best.
Onto today, the talk is that Roy Hodgson will field a weakened team, so what? So will we, I think they are dangerous no matter who they select, we need to get in their faces and score early, the longer we go without a goal the more nervous we will get, it kind of reminds me the last time we had this type of game, it was our last game at Highbury (I think) we were playing Wigan and the spuds were at Upton Park, the Boleyn ground, this was the famous Lasagnegate game, this time though we only need a draw.
I think we’ll spank them, so I am going for a 5 nil win, something to cheer us up over the summer, this will be a summer of speculation, let’s hope it not one of disappointment.
Yeah sorry, it was a prediction!
We’ll be here all summer as usual, but enjoy today, this is it until the pre season friendlies against the Austrian giants, then the Emirates Cup.
Don’t forget to take your Wenger-notes and let him know that we want him to spend some money, after all it’s ours, not his!
Have a great day Grovers, it wasn’t a great season, let’s hope the team gives us a send off to remember!