THE OLYMPICS START TODAY. I’m so damn excited. It might be the calm before the storm, but London, despite contant rumour, did not explode this morning. It’s not even busy. I must say, I can’t wait until it’s all over and this conversation can stop happening…
‘Trains were busy today Dave’
‘Really? Can you imagine what they’re going to be like over the Olympics. I don’t know how we’ll survive’
If I had a pound for every time someone has rolled that line out over the past 2 years I’d have enough to sign Santi Cazorla and give Robin a £238k a week 4 year contract.
The Olympic spirit is in fine fettle. I went to see the flame head through Shaftsbury Avenue yesterday only to have my pocket picked. That’ll teach me for putting my girlfriend on my shoulders and for caring about seeing someone run with an enlarged gold plated Bunsen burner down the street with someone of the most cringe worthy sponsorship floats I’d ever seen. Samsung and Coke rolled along with their million pound spaceships… then the Banking Crisis Mobile rolled in. Lloyds TSB literally rolled up in something that looked like it had been salvaged from a runner up team on Scrap Heap Challenge.
Anyway, be careful with your wallets. People steal them even if they have no money in them.
Onto football news. There was a lot of talk about Jack and his return from injury. Some stating a November return date. Things change pretty rapidly on football, but as far as I’ve been told, there’s been no change to the schedule for Jack. He’ll start training when the new season starts, he’ll be treated with kid gloves and eased back in. Late September / early October should be as late as it goes, unless he’s had a relapse. I think the issue with dates from Arsenal’s point of view is that they’re tempering fan expectation and Jack’s. I’d personally be gutted if it slipped out to November. That’s a seriously long term injury we’re talking about. That said, he’s young… far younger than Vermaelen was when everyone was predicting his career being over.
The Cazorla story rumbles on. Some saying he’ll sign, some saying he won’t, others saying it’s a money issue. John Cross reckons he’s central to Arsene’s plans next year which casts doubts over Jack as that’s his role. I’m not sure about that. Jack for me isn’t a play maker in the same way Cesc was for us. If he resembles anyone at Arsenal, it’s Arteta. Maybe with a touch more flair. He’s too rough and ready to play the furthest forward, so I don’t really see Cazorla coming in to compete with him, rather compliment what he does. Great to hear that we’re still monitoring M’Vila as well. If we do move for a holding midfielder, I’d be interested to know what the future has in store for Song. If we sign Cazorla for £20mill, it won’t be behind the striker, if we sign M’Vila it won’t be as a DM… where oh where does he go? Watch this space I guess…
Arsenal take on Manchester City today, I won’t be watching, but hopefully we’ll put in a good performance. It might be preseason, but you really don’t want to be giving your rivals a one up this early on in the season!
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Have a great day, see you in the comments… and if you have my wallet, there’s an amnesty box in the comments section. No questions ask.