Well, well Ivan. This is interesting. If I was to make analogy, this morning, it feels like you’ve been caught out by your wife (see fans), and to make it up to her, you’ve left £100million transfer fund on the kitchen table, frozen her season ticket price and flown in her old man who hasn’t seen her since October.
Romantic, yes. Enough? Well, no. The season ticket question shouldn’t have been on the table. If we’d had a good season I’ve no doubt it wouldn’t have left the table. The £100mill? It’s just a broken promise until the cheque has cleared. The old man coming over? Well… we all know he doesn’t like being here.
How did they coerce him into coming over?
‘Stan, guess who’s in London this weekend?’
‘Well jeez, I have no god damn idea?’
‘Try Billy Beane, Stan.’
‘No freaking way Ivan? Call me a jumbo… I’m coming over!’
I appreciate the sentiment, I don’t appreciate the circumstances. It shouldn’t take a crisis at the club for Stan to come to a game. Freezing season tickets shouldn’t be a PR coup and leaking £100mill transfer budget stories to the press really isn’t cool off the back of similar promises over the past 3 years.
There’s not point in moaning. Though I will say I’ve heard mutterings of us moving for targets now. Big targets that will warm the cockles of your aching, transfer staved hearts. The names are not confirmed, but figures wiser we’re talking in the M’Vila / Gotze price range. We’ll see though. I’m not sure the club knows what it’s doing half the time.
The England squad was announced yesterday. I’ve never been less inspired. I was pleased Chamberlain wasn’t included. He’s a great talent, but please, he’s had two good games and his inconsistency at a major tournament would only see him pilloried by the media.
Still, at least Frazier Campbell is in there… just like David Villa! Theo also landed a call up. Wow… good times. He has to be careful though, old Pearcey messed up his confidence a few years back and he’s barely progressed since.
Your fault Stuart. Your fault. (By the way, nice shirt tie combo. You look like my Grandma dressed you)
In other news, there’s a little something called the North London Derby at the weekend. I’m totally psyched for it (<- for the Americans). Back in the day, it was a standard 3 points. Thierry, Bobby, Freddy and Paddy loved the occasion. They felt our passion and shared our disdain for the bad men of north London.
Now? Well. I’m not so sure. Does Alex Song really care? Will Arteta be able to connect with Sunday like he did for the Merseyside occasion? All big questions. You’d have no doubts around Frimpong, Jack, Robin and Thomas… The rest? Well, it’s up to them to show some fight.
Sunday is also a massive day for the home fans. We’ve been deflated this season. Sometimes singing and making noise has felt like the last thing we’ve wanted to do… that can’t happen on Sunday. We need to tear the roof off the stadium. We have to show the same effort off the pitch as we’d like on it. It’s going to be massive… and I’ve got a good vibe about the result. One of the best.
Finally, two bits of whoring to tell you about. 1) I did a podcast with the Arsenal America team last night. Myself and Tim Stillman from Vital Arsenal spoke about the club and the troubles we’re facing up to. 2) It’s not confirmed yet, but there might be a piece on Soccer Saturday to look out for…
Right, that’s it. It’s Friday… that means you let the jokes roll… get going!
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