Good morning friends of Le Grove. I’ve been off the radar for much of the week. Things have changed. I now live somewhere new. My laptop broke. My opinions on quantitative easing have hardened and Arsenal continued their excellent run with a hard fought loss at the Emirates last week. The last point wasn’t much of a change but I needed to shoe horn something about Arsenal in.
People have been asking me if I was able to attend the game. To that, I have to say no. Why? Because one of my pals sold my ticket back to the club accidentally, so I couldn’t get in on the day. A slight irritant on the night it has to be said. However, my views on the performance are similar to Geoff’s. I thought it was fantastic we clawed back three goals. I thought it was quite incredible we managed to keep a clean sheet and I was desperately sad the boys didn’t get more out of the night. People across the board all said the same to me after the game… ‘You were tired’… yes we were. It’s a shame we don’t have a squad to deal with the season this late on. It’s a shame all we had in the locker was Chamakh and Park Chu-Nooooooo. Still, the situation is what it is. I enjoyed the game regardless.
However, all of that feeling has subsided now. I’m glad we’re out of a trophy we had no chance of winning. In seasons past, making the semi finals kind of numbed the pain of not competing domestically. It made a season of hitting 4th place all the more easy to digest. This year, we’ve been in serious danger of not making top 4. I’m willing to sacrifice the Champions League for rested players and renewed motivation… and make no mistake, beating that Milan side by 3 is most certainly a massive confidence boost.
I don’t care that it’s take this long for the team to work out that they can be pretty damn good on their day. Simple fact of the matter is that the season is never three months long. I said back in December that I thought Spurs had been lucky not to pick up injuries. I said they were due a bad run and sure enough that’s hit in like a freight train. Can it continue? Well, you’d hope so. It’s clear that on a pound for pound starting eleven, they have one of the elite line ups of European football. However, when players start dropping out of that team… they suffer. They’re falling into that trap now. At the business end of the season, we know Spurs are world class at choking like a bunch of… eerrr… not girls because that’s sexist… eerrr… not that analogy because that’s disgusting… jeez, you know what I’m getting at!
If anyone is going to balls up the run in… it’s the muppets down the road.
Chelsea will hopefully go into free fall. I can’t believe that once again, Abramovich has sided with the Chelsea power structure. He’s an absolute liability. You can tell that he earned his money through force over astute long term decision making. Anyone who can have a meeting with John Terry and take him seriously has to fall foul of the ‘fit and proper’ test UEFA put together.
In transfer news, all movements are pointing towards Podolski signing on for us. However, I have to counter this. We’ve been asking on Le Grove for years why Arsenal don’t tie up deals prior to the window opening. We’ve constantly been told that it is an imprisonable offence to sign players before the summer window opens. So I’m not sure whether the rumours can possibly be true? If they are, absolutely fantastic. Podolski is a big name, he’s powerful, he works hard, he can score goals and he’s more direct than a punch in the head.
I was told a few weeks ago that the next destination on map for the Arsenal negotiating team is France. They have a big name lined up from over there. I’m not sure if it’s Eden Hazard, but it might be when you consider his comments of late. My gut instinct is telling me it’s M’Vila, but it could well be Gourcuff or Chamakh’s Romanian half brother, Tito the beast. Apparently he’s taken France by storm with his interpretation of matt paste hair product, his head looks like block of concrete. Though it has to be said, his ability to make a 4 yard pass back to the person who played him in is not in doubt.
Arsenal are being shrewd if they’re moving for players now. It’s sending a message out to players like Robin and Theo. It’s telling them the talk of ambition this year is not total guff. It’s Arsene Wenger admitting he’s changed. It’s the club moving in a new direction. Well, I hope it is. I desperately want to know we’re in for some proper players this summer and I want to know we’re doing our business early. This squad needs 5 world class players. Once it has those players, we’ll be competing again. It would be nice if the Wenger of 98 has come back for a last throw of the dice. It would be fantastic if he left the next manager with a competitive team.
So in summation, things are starting to hot up heading into the home stretch. We might not agree how we got to where we are, but the simple fact is, this is Spurs greatest ever season and we’re 4 points behind them with more than enough games to chase them down, kick out their legs and pummel them back to their rightful place in the league. Behind us.
I’m excited. You should be excited. Let’s all get excited together. In a big room. With our clothes on.
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Have a great day!