So little going on in the world of Arsenal. I’m not going to lower myself to hammering through pictures of the players at training camp like some sort of pervy school girl.
I don’t care if Robin didn’t go in the pool, nor do I care about Andrey Arshavin’s cellulite problems. They’re of no interest.
As you may have guessed, I don’t have a lot to write about today. Someone made a suggestion that United are going in for Robin Van Persie as a way to boost their IPO. Much in the same way Facebook spanked out an ill-advised billion on Instagram. I’m not sure I buy into it, but it was certainly worth telling you.
I could also tell you me and a pal ate £28 worth of Chicken Cottage last week and were applauded by the chef when I
we left. I know, mad props to us two. A truly awesome feat of eatineerring. Olympian some might say.
Wow, this really is hard work.
Oh no, wait, I do have something interesting to talk about. Nick from the Executioner Bong has written a blog about pressing and passing. The conclusions are interesting. We’re the 5th fastest passers of the ball in the league behind Swansea, City, United and Fulham! That is shocking. We need to up that pace. We’ll never be better than Barca if Fulham are tanking us for speed. What might please people is we’re the fastest pressers in the league when not in possession.
That kind of flies in the face of many people’s views that we don’t work very hard on the pitch! What it does tell you is that we’re not very good at pressing. Blue assed fly springs to mind.
Wenger has been making astute predictions about China.
Yes [it can grow as fast as its economy],”
“In my experience economical power always attracts football power. Why? Because it is mathematical.
“For a country to be successful you need an elite but you also need the basis of [future success to come from within] your own country.
“If you want to build a forest and you only take trees from Europe, the forest will never grow. You need some trees from your own country.
“Therefore it is important that while [China] brings some great players in and create an elite, the basis comes from your own country through education.”
Football in China in 15 years. I’m not sure I totally agree with what he’s saying there. The thought of our footballers over there with their behaviour doesn’t quite work. Nor does the assumption that being a power house equates to having a good league or national set up. Look at the USA, Australia and India. I think you need more than money to make a league work.
Two other bits of news. Oyakzup has left us. Shame. I had high hopes for him. Someone else who has left is Carlos Vela. No more hookers for the boys on tour. Not a shame for me, but definitely always a gutter to lose the life and soul of every party. First Eboue… now Vela. Being fun does not go down well at Arsenal. Imagine Theo Walcott arranging a stag do? I mean, bar the tour around the kitchen of McDonald’s, it’d be pretty poor.
Games line up
- Who can eat the most Maltesers in a minute
- Strawpedo (with Fruitshoots)
- Strip poker (down to your t-shirt / no girls allowed / poker played with match sticks)
Anyway, that’s it for Saturday. Have a good one!
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P.S The Star reckons Song has agreed terms with Barca.