Morning Gooners! There’s not an awful lot to talk about this morning, so I’ll crack on and see where this takes me. Please be aware, I have a meeting at 0930 so this is a rush job on my phone.
The good news is the water spraying incident between Arsenal target Kevin Mirilles and Jack Wilshere has been deemed too embarrassing by the FA for them to muster up any sort of punishment. That’s major news at this time of the season. Retrospective banning orders was not what the doctor ordered. Amazing that I’d be more worried about our players picking up a suspension for something a trivial as that… versus something more serious, like nearly snapping an opponents leg in a horror tackle. The FA really is a mess of an organisation.
In money news, Arsenal are the 4th most valuable Franchise, sorry, I mean club… In world football. We sit behind Madrid, United and Barca. United and Madrid are substantially more valuable than us. Interesting that we’re worth more than Bayern Munich. Only slightly. Also, we’re worth slightly less than Barcelona. So in the grand scheme of world football, we’re on of the mega clubs.
Acting like a small club is no longer acceptable… Well, we all know the only person who hasn’t moved their mindset into the bigger, better, richer Arsenal is Arsene Wenger. Whoever takes over from him has an exciting project on their hands. Turning us from a paper mega club, into and on pitch mega club.
… quite a lot of work is needed to make that happen.
The Mirror has a piece about Thomas Vermaelen. The captain has found himself out in the cold and he’s not happy. He wants to stay and fight for his place. The boss wants to flog him off to Barcelona. A treat for most, not if you’re an Arsenal player. I think the demise of Thomas is a sad one. He has many of the ingredients needed to be a top defender. I just don’t think we did much as a club to bring the best out of him. Maybe he’ll become a better player elsewhere. Seems a pretty extreme way to treat a player who has been nothing but committed. There you go… I guess club power comes into consideration when players are out of form.
It was amusing to read that Alex Song is unhappy at Barcelona… he’s not respected or a leader over there. What a shocker! Let that be a lesson to people who play mind football above their station!
Right, that’s all I’ve got this morning. Have a good one.