Happy Saturday to you all! Arsene Wenger has gone on an all out attack on the television companies for their unfair scheduling practices. I think he’s specifically citing the issues surrounding the Villa game at the moment and he makes a fair point.
‘You cannot have decisive games with one team playing on Friday and then again on Tuesday and another team on Sunday and then Tuesday. That does not work. You can try and convince me that it is right but I can tell you working in football for 30 years, it is not right because it is not fair.’
I agree with what the man is saying here. TV schedules aren’t fair on the fans either. No consideration is given to the people who have to pay out to buy tickets, then have to stomach the cost of switching them over. No one cares that some of us have to work early on the Monday morning… and would prefer not to be messing about at a football ground until 20:00.
What can you do though? You can whine on that football has sold out, but the simple fact is, it’s not the fans who are a benefitting, it’s people like Arsene Wenger and his players who have. Those monster contracts aren’t dished out on the back of a good summer of selling Arsene Wenger flags… they come from the TV companies spending obscene amounts of money to do what they like with the schedule. It’ll be interesting to see what happens if the rumours about Apple buying the rights to football. I wonder if the league will have more bartering power if two power houses are going for the contract?
The manager also took some more time out to praise the efficiency of Andrey Arshavin. Apparently he has stats that he can’t share that are surprising. Now, I’ve always like Andrey, but efficient he ain’t… well, at least this year. I do agree that his game is based on confidence and we’re starting to see a bit of that creep back into his game, but the manager is kidding himself if he thinks anyone is going to tow the line that Arshavin is the wing equivalent of Gilberto (Invisible wall). I’d like to see him start tomorrow. Swansea will give us plenty of space to roam, so it should be a good game for Andrey to rediscover his form.
The manager also took time out to praise the progress of Aaron Ramsey. He’s accepting that people get frustrated with him, but he justifies this by saying it’s his first season due to the injury issues. He’s a year behind where he should be.
“What I think people forget about Ramsey is it is his first full season really. For me, he is growing month to month and people are a bit impatient with him.
I think what Wenger actually meant to say there was this…
‘What I think people forget about Ramsey is Denilson. Remember that useless clogger falling over, playing side ways passes and being beaten in sprints by players 15 years older? Yeah, I know you all do because you moaned constantly, some muppet even put him on eBay. So how about you give the Welsh lad some time or I’ll start dishing out punishment, you know, like I do to those water bottles.’
He’s played about 70 competitive games across the board. Compare where he is now to where Denilson was after 200 and I think you’ll agree that we have a very handy player on our books. Jack will be back soon, so I’d guess Rambo will compete with Arteta for a starting position.
Arsene went out of his way to quash dreams of Ravel Morrison, Mathias Suarez and Salomon Kalou… they sound like a crap boy band and they look like a really bad player unveiling nightmare. I’m not really fussed about any of them. Especially Suarez. We all saw what a unit Lukaku looked in the Belgian league last year and he can’t get a look in over at pensioner united in front of the lost Spaniard.
The only slight murmurings that may have had a hope are the ones about a left back. To be honest, we’re scrapping the barrel here so badly, I think I’d rather not. Bringing in a player from the Oman second division tells you all you need to know about Wenger and his intentions.
“It is very simple in a situation like that. You might take a player who doesn’t play at all somewhere, who is not necessarily fit quicker than a player who is injured. Or you take a young, potential player who has not made it somewhere.”
Sounds a bit like Wenger telling us there won’t be a left back coming in.
He also confirmed that he wouldn’t sell Chamakh and there was also the upsetting news that Zaragoza couldn’t afford to take on Squillaci. DAMN OUR GENEROUS CONTRACTS!
On the rumour front, there’s a nasty one doing the rounds that the club are looking to up the season ticket prices again this year. I haven’t had it on any good authority, but I don’t think anyone is going to tolerate an increase after the sh*t sandwich of a summer the club served up to us and the rumoured £75million profit we could unveil if we sell off that last bit of property before the results. If the club want more revenue, take it out of the TPA account you never use.
Anyway, I’ll be doing to digging on that front, hopefully it’s just a seriously distasteful rumour.
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That’s your lot until tomorrow! Have a great day!