So quite a few publications pointed out that Arsenal rode their luck at the weekend. I’m a bit surprised by that, I’m sure it was Arsenal who hit the bar twice? Needless to say, how we got the points is an irrelevance, they’re in bank now and we can hand the baton of pressure over to Spurs and Chelsea.
The blue part of West London took a beating at the hands of City in the semi final of the FA Cup yesterday, I’d suggest some sort of negative impact on their league run, but Chelsea are a different gravy to Spurs when it comes to squad mentality. I shouldn’t think they’ll be hitting a downward spiral anytime soon.
In other news of a transfer flavour, The Mail has us down for picking up Gotze in a £30m mega deal this summer. I think he’s the only massive outlay I believe in when it comes to Arsenal. Wenger clearly admires the young German and its rumoured we already turned in an offer for him after we lost Cesc. The only reason I struggle with the story is because he’s playing for a better club at the moment. It’d be crazy for him to move… unless the lure of crazy money is what he’s all about? Even then, I’m not sure Dortmund are a million miles away from us revenue wise. 9th in the world?
Still, I can’t deny it, he’s a seriously special player. He’d be a serious signing of intent. Probably the most serious since Bergkamp.
The other player they have us down for is Capoue. A name that’s been bandied about the Le Grove comments for years. He’s a power house of a midfielder who has added accurate passing and a few goals to his burgeoning reputation. He’ll be available for a very manageable £10m this summer. He’s he kind of player Everton usually sneak away with. In fact, they already tried.
I’m not sure what the plan is this close season (or preseason as it often ends up), all I know is Wenger likes his position at the club. He likes the power, the money and big screen TVs. If he doesn’t have a title winning side by November, he’ll either not get the deal he was hoping for or Ivan will chip away at his power grip. That’d be an annoyance for a man who dictates the colour of the tea coasters.
All these names getting fired around have the fragrance of excitement. The push to make us sign over our cash for another season. I hope it’s not nonsense. The easiest way for the club to sell out every year is to just load the squad up with players people want to see. I’m not taking so much about the normal season ticket holders, most would turn up regardless… I’m talking more about the corporate seats. Give them something to buy into… and by proxy of serving the people who put the most in, you service the poor. It’s like some sort of messed up modern day football styled Robin hood story. Except not.
Steal from the rich, spend the money on players, which satisfies the poor.
I’m not sure if anyone else mentioned it over the weekend, but it was quite disappointing to see so many people go inside when it started to rain. Just an observation.
As there’s not much going on, I thought I’d open up a debate around in game WIFI at sports clubs. Liverpool have installed access to 12,000 fans, Manchester City are starting to work on the problem and my client, Saracens, had it up in the stadium yesterday so fans could interact with the brand before, during and after the game. The big issue lots of Arsenal fans have with the concept is that it might drain the atmosphere with people looking at their phones all game.
Well, it certainly didn’t affect the rugby that way yesterday. I find the idea of being able to get access to streams of in game data a exciting one. The main difference between being at the game and being able to watch it on TV is the wealth of information you get with TV. If you could get the stats as the game went on it’d be an enhancement of the match day experience. If you could get access to replays or even the little snippets you don’t get… like on Saturday, I didn’t see what the penalty was given for. Quite often, if I don’t get home after a game, I get little parts of my match report wrong because I don’t have eyes good enough to pick out the bits you do one TV.
I understand from a purists point of view you should 100% focus on the game. But lets step into reality for a moment here. People chat amongst themselves, look at their phones, call people to find out what’s going on elsewhere… switch off. Not to mention the amount of down time that happens through a game. I know online, everyone is the greatest fan that ever did live, but in reality, looking around the ground, that’s not true 100% of the time.
You can’t fight the future… if they can web up the Underground, they’ll crack stadiums. Then they’ll start driving revenue from fans with food & beer offers, betting deals and score related merchandise offers. That said, it’d be interesting to hear what you think about it anyway?
Have a great day, enjoy the sun from your office window and start getting excited about the Everton game tomorrow night.