What a day eh? 3 posts!
First up, rumour has it that Patrick Vieira will be signing for us tomorrow at midday. Insidearsenal (the poster not the site) has claimed some insider knowledge and is positive that he will sign. I have also had a few e-mails regarding the matter and 2 separate people told me the deal was going to happen at the Grove yesterday.
Do I believe it? I’m not really sure. It seems to go against everything Arsene is about? If he wouldn’t sign Anelka, why would he sign a 32 year old Paddy?
What do the grovers think? Well, the general consensus is that our hearts say yes, but our minds say no. I was of the opinion that I did not want it to happen earlier… but then someone made the point that if Paddy was fit for 20 games last year, we would have won the league… quite possibly. He is a born winner, and age doesn’t change that.
So long as he isn’t signed as a solution the the DM issue, I would be comfortable with his acquisition.
Watch this space is all I will say… stranger things have happened (Silvestre).
Second up. Le Grove is going to start a not-for-profit-ticket-exchange. This is so season ticket holders can lend their tickets to people interested in going to the game. Many season ticket holders get spare tickets that come up, but they really struggle to find someone to take them… as witnessed last week, people quite often end up taking nobody.
Le Grove has a wide reach these days, and we have a lot of hardcore posters… What I propose is that I set up an exchange page on the site. If you have a spare ticket… e-mail me, I will post the ticket up on the exchange page and if anyone is interested in it, they can e-mail me and I can put the two parties in contact with each other.
This is not a page for touts… It is purely a tool for true gooners to recoup the cost of the ticket, and give a non-season ticket holding Gooners the opportunity to go to the game with someone they are familiar with on the net.
My hope for the exchange is that it makes the Le Grove community stronger and it will eventually give season ticket holders a network of people to loan tickets to if they can’t make a match. Arsenal win because there are bums on seats, season ticket holders win because they don’t have to worry about losing money on their tickets, and finally, the purchaser wins, because they get to see a game they may not normally have got to see and they don’t have to pay treble for the pleasure.
Let me know what you think of the idea, and if you think there is a better solution… your input would be greatly appreciated!
Finally, I will leave you with some great shots my girlfriend snapped at the game!
Have a great day!