It’s true Grovers. After 68 minutes of running around, Robin Van Precious has been given a few days off to rest his weary over worked brittle bones. He must be shattered and I fully understand the precaution.
I had a look over his game log for the past 6 months. Since May, Robin has managed 829 minutes of playing time for Holland. For us, he’s manage 134. He’s played 6 times the amount of minutes for his national team than he has for the club that pay him £70,000 per week.
Isn’t that staggering?
If you delve into the sums further, it works out that last season, Robin cost us £202,533 a per start. Pretty steep wouldn’t you say! This season, I can’t even value his starts because he’s made so few… what I can tell you is that so far this he’s cost us a whopping £9,068 a minute! If Holland were paying his wages for the two months they’d had him, they would have picked him up at the far cheaper rate of £732 a minute.
Basically, what I’m saying here is we’re getting a bum deal.
I’m not questioning the boy’s talent, he’s electric on his day, but when you look at the cold hard facts, he’s not £80k a week well spent. If Real Madrid came knocking with a wedge of cash, I don’t think I’d be overly disappointed if we parted with him and landed Benzema as part of the deal. Or perhaps looked elsewhere in Europe at Suarez, Llorente or Edin Dzeko.
…and please, lets not start talking about Wellington like he’s the answer to our problems.
Tonight’s game is going to be interesting, there’s no Gael Clichy which I’m absolutely f*cking gutted about. It’d be nice if Kieron Gibbs could come in and stay on the pitch longer than 4 minutes, he’s certainly one for the future and his superb crossing will be a refreshing change. Andrey Arshavin misses out on the trip giving Theo an opportunity to recapture his early season form.
Cesc has a late fitness test. Hopefully someone is going to have a quick check inside his skull, I’m pretty sure he left his brain in the dressing room at half time against Spurs. He owes us a big performance.
Wenger has been talking about releasing the tension in the side. To be honest, I don’t think tension is the problem, more a lack of it. Lets get some positive tension back in the team, I want the boys feel nervous they might lose their place in the side if they have a poor game… they need to buck their ideas up.
We’re in the 5th year of transition and I’m pretty sure I was told countless times these boys would be amazing in 5 years. Now is the time to show it because if they can’t, then their futures have to be elsewhere because judging by what I’ve been reading around the web, people have had enough of the mediocrity.
Arsenal are still in the dog house with me, tonight had better be a pretty damn impressive showing if forgiveness is to be achieved in a speedy way.
We need to demonstrate defensive awareness because Braga have some incredibly pacey players. Everyone needs to muck in defensively and Alex Song in particular needs to behave himself in the middle of the park. Tomorrow isn’t the game to go walk abouts.
Lets have a big game out there tonight boys and restore some of that red and white North London pride!
P.S. I heard on Talksport that mouthy Spud bookmaker Barry Dennis started giving it the big one towards Frank McLintock’s box during the Spurs game, the ex-Arsenal captain went mad, Barry hid in his box so Frank powered through the stewards and stormed his box!
That my friends is a true legend! I hope he whacked him with a stale prawn sandwich!
Good luck to Henri Lansbury at Norwich, stay away from Delia though, regardless of how good she tells you her breakfast is!