Ahhhhh, Friday is here. A lovely England game to look forward to I believe. How exciting. I know I spoke about it last time, but having the occasional Arsenal game on a Friday would be nice. You know, mix it up a little. Take the German approach to teams playing the Champions League. It’d also spread congestion on public transport for the London clubs… and beers after work then a football game has a lovely ring to it!
Anyway, onto the Arsenal news. Szczesny had to take a moment away from international duty to make a grovelling apology to the club and the fans. Rightly so as well. I can’t imagine how awkward his dad has made things for him at work. He didn’t just complain about the decision, he totally destroyed the manager with his quotes. Whether you agree with them or not, as a manager, you can’t tolerate stories like that in the press.
‘I would like to apologise for the comments made by my father which have been used by both Polish and English media,’
‘I’d like to make it clear that those were the views and opinions of my father and not mine, and although I respect his views I cannot accept them as I find them disrespectful to the club I truly love.’
The love comments are always pretty free and easy when a player is under pressure. Weren’t we talking about Barcelona last year?
Anyway, he’s apologised which was the right thing to do. Will he recover from those comments? Well, I’m not sure he’ll recover his status this season anyway. Hopefully the stories about Adler, Reina and Valdes are true and the manager really is going to make a decisive move between the sticks this summer. I’m not too sure about Valdes. He’s a good keeper, but I’ve always found him to be a touch error prone. Anyway, he’s won a few more trophies than our boys, so he’d certainly represent an upgrade.
Reading around the web, it’s amazing how the script for the season has been transformed after two wins on the bounce. It feels like we’re being built up in the media before we’ve managed to sustain a winning streak of even 5 games. Sure, Spurs look like they’re imploding… but there’s still a long way to go, I’m not sure how people can be talking about a turnaround? Interesting to read more familiar March stories cropping up…
‘Ruthless Wenger finally set to make the big decisions’
… type stories floating around the digital ecosystem. That story is almost as popular as the ‘warchest’ story.
‘Wenger finally loses patience and plans to kick out 342 players’
Heard it all before. If he manages to make 4th this season after dropping key players, it’ll only move to reinforce his opinion that he has a world class squad capable of challenging with ‘one, maybe two, super, super signings’.
Anyway, it is what it is, 4th is the priority this season. I’ll worry about managerial vindication every single day during the summer.
I’ve not really covered too much of the NextGen series, but it appears we’re doing pretty well in it so far. So well, Arsenal are hosting the next round of the under 21 competition at the Emirates on Monday, facing CSKA Moscow. If you’re feeling starved of football, head down to the Emirates, tickets cost between £2 and £4. I’m going down there to see Jack Jebb in the flesh. I can’t wait.
Right, that’s all I’ve got time for on this freezing Friday, enjoy your evening!