Gooooood morning everyone. How you doing? Has anyone asked you that this morning? No? Don’t worry about it. All you need is me and this Arsenal blog. I’ll make the loneliness of office life ok with a delicious serving of Arsenal goodness.
Let’s crack on…
What have we in the news today?
Well, we have an interesting article from Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph to talk through. Why are stories from him interesting? Well, because from where I’m looking he’s the journalist with the most Arsenal trust credit points. I think he’s the only UK journo to have had access to Stan Kroenke… not to mention he writes for a paper that is so big, poor people who have to get the train are excluded from reading it. Chaeffeur driven reader only…
Anyway, news this morning is that Arsenal are prepared to break the bank to bring in some mega talent this summer. Now, we’ve heard this all before and it rarely happens. I think the first time we heard this was way back when Samir Nasri was talking about signing for Arsenal before the Carling Cup final. Word had it that he was offered £120k a week. Now, whether that was true or not remains to be seen. However, it’s about time Arsenal bit the bullet and accepted that if you want to play with the big boys, you have to pay big boy wages. United, City and Chelsea all have at least one player on above £200k a week. Now, I’m not saying those be the rules if you want to compete… you need to have the right sort of player to pay that… however, you can’t constantly grow players. Sometimes you have to just go out and make a statement.
Interesting that the article in question says Arsenal will look to break the wage structure and go to £140k a week. I’m not sure you’re really breaking a wage structure when all you’re doing is offering players the same compensation the manager gets. The fact Arsene is the highest paid man at the club still baffles me. I mean, how many sports clubs operate with a system like that? Anyway, rumours are still strong for Gotze, Capoue and Jovetic. Players that on paper would certainly give us a massive kick up the table in points. Trouble is, the problem still remains that you can have the best players in the world… under a Wenger management system, you’re always going to get found out against teams who have a plan.
It’s funny, we’ve gone from a situation 4 years ago where all we needed was depth to compete… to a situation now, where we need depth with players, we need more advanced technology, we need better coaching staff, we need a more efficient scouting network not only for new players but for tactical scouting reasons… basically, the club needs a refit.
All these stories are nice, but we’ve been here before. Sure, we might be interested in Jovetic and Gotze… will we break the bank for either? Will we compete with United or City for either? If we miss out on them… will that be game over? Just like it was in January. Let’s not forget, we were in for David Villa, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Mark Schwarzer… what happened when those deals fell through? Nothing. Or something so substandard I don’t want to say it here for fear of messing up your day.
In other news, there’s talk of Dennis getting a statue. Brilliant news. Remember, the signing of Bergkamp signaled the end of the general sale Arsenal season ticket. Big money signings don’t work? Do me a favour Arsene, he was and still is one of the most exciting transfer memories of my childhood. In fact, I think I was almost more excited about David Platt. Remember those days people… when Sampdoria were a massive deal? Wow… so many good transfer memories. Anyway, the statue is well deserved. People are batting around lots of old names from the past… jeez… get over it, if I can’t see a colour video of them, it’s clear to me they didn’t exist.
Onto the Spurs game.
Who is excited about the build up?
As much as I hate Spurs, it’s great to go into these games with something on it. For Spurs, it’s the chance to knock about with the elite of Europe. It’s the only way they’ll keep Bale. It’s the only way they’ll be able to expand as a club. For Arsenal, it’s about long term security. It’s about the future of the manager. It’s about the caliber of players we’re in for this summer. Sunday is massive. So massive, if it were a man vs food challenge… Frank Lampard would walk away with a stream of urine trickling down his leg.
So what’s your prematch routine? I mean, if you’re going… that’s brilliant, but there are plenty around the world not.
If you’re in the States or India, do you have local Spurs fans to banter with?
My pregame routine involves a weekly build up of text messages to my nearest and dearest Spurs fans. In the work situation, it’s all about the postit notes. Keep them immature and regular. It really builds the tension. Look at the fury on Bob’s face. That’s his fourth of the week.
Is this an HR issue yet? No. When he sees what I did in his packed lunch box, we might be having a different conversation.
My point here people is this… it doesn’t matter if we’re not the favourites going into this game. It’s all about stoking it up with the Spurs fans before. Why? Because if you win… the glory next week will be double what it was had you not put on the big show.
So do yourself a favour, get out those postits, start laying bets… start acting like a bit of an arse. It’ll all be worth it in the end.
Feel free to share you preSpursgame routine in the comments. How far have you taken the betting? How far have you taken the mad LOLZ? How far have you gone to upset a North London rival.
I know what you’re thinking… I didn’t just go and do another podcast with Alex Fynn? Well, yeah I did. I promise I’ll bring in some new guests very soon.
Anyway, the reason I bring Alex on is because I think he’s really interesting. Churning out podcasts on a schedule isn’t of interest to anyone. This podcast has some great anecdotes, a really poorly delivered attempt at a joke from me… plus a load of insight into Arsene, David Dein and the commercial deals we’ve just struck with Emirates.
Well. Worth. A. Listen.
Also, remember that Alex (Along with Kevin Whitcher) penned one of the defacto books on Arsenal that has appeared over the last 20 years. If you haven’t read it, you must. Especially fans of Arsenal who’ve only been around during the Wenger years. It’s great to understand what went on pre-Wenger. Even for me, because I was only a kid then… I actually loved ‘1 nil to the Arsenal football’… interesting to see the parallels between Wenger and GG now.
Anyway, there’s a discount code you can use ‘GROVE’ and you can get the book here