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It’s Arsenal vs United day. A terrific, glorious… not usually too victorious day.
But it’s here.
… but before we get into that, let’s jump right into the news that Barcelona might be looking to sell Cesc Fabregas onto a club who’d be willing to pay a small fortune so they can fund a rebuilding strategy. Now, as Arsenal have first refusal on his signature, that opens up the delicious possibility we’ll all be extremely disappointed when he ends up going to United or City.
Just kidding. But kind of not.
If there was a player I’d like at Arsenal more than Cesc, I haven’t seen him yet. A dream player with skill and vision by the bucket load. He’s still young, he might come back slightly humbled and we’d get the best years from him. I guess the only way we’d land a player of his calibre back off Barca is if we could show him we actually mean business.
Apparently, the mother of his new child mostly hangs out in London… which makes the story… or the news… that little more tantalising.
What about the finance news? What about the Sunday Times Rich list? Sadly, despite a great run of Walkers ads (so sorry about those), I didn’t make it. However, the table topper this year? It was Alisher Usmanov with a staggering £13billion to his name. Quite the sum of money you’d have to say. Ignoring his past and looking at his business portfolio, you’d have to say he’s the ideal person to run Arsenal. He’s not a one trick pony with Property man Stan. He’s an manufacturer, he’s a metalist, he’s a telecoms guys, he’s a tech guy… he’s an incredible businessman. Most importantly? He has this ingredient all businessmen who own sports clubs need.
Now, I’m not saying Stan isn’t ambitious. I’m not saying he’s not a great businessman. Jeez, what have I achieved compared to him bar a really good bit of beard growth last week? Nothing. However, you have to tally it up… compared to Alisher, he’s no where near his level. He has us set up as an investment, versus someone who’d have us set up a channel to drive success and pride.
What can we do though? You can’t force someone to sell up their shares… especially if they have the idea that Arsenal represent some sort of family heir loom. What would Josh do if it weren’t for Arsenal?
I’m hoping that the whole running a Premiership club thing will become too much. I’m hoping that Usmanov will have to pay over the odds for us… but he will in the end and Stan will walk away with a big fat profit.
That’s the dream. The reality at the moment is that this summer, if we want Cesc, we’ll not be able to buy in other more important positions. That my friends sucks a massive about of Arsenal.
Onto today. United come to play. Robin Van Persie returns to the club. Spurs dropped two points yesterday. I think that still leaves 4th place in their hands, but it does make things slightly tougher for them… especially if we win today.
The game will be hard, I don’t think there’s any chance of United letting their foot off the gas. They’ll come with a game plan that’s ready to stifle us and I suspect it’ll be a frustrating afternoon. I can’t really see a situation where Robin doesn’t score. We always do poorly against our ex strikers and it’d just be the icing on the headline if he banged in a winner today.
We have the ability to pull off a result. Our players have to be at their sharpest and our defence have to play as a unit. That’s why the game is so important from a midfielder perspective. We have to keep things disciplined but at the same time, we can’t sacrifice ambition going forward, which does tend to be the bi-product of a solid display when it comes to Arsenal this year.
I’m hoping we have a front three who decide to turn up. I haven’t noticed Theo in a while. Now would be a good chance for him to establish himself as a player worth of a mega contract. I have no idea who is playing centrally, but I’m guessing it’ll be Gervinho (though the rumour mill suggests it’ll be Lukas up front today). If it’s Lukas, what a great game to showcase your striking pedigree. If it’s the Ivorian. God help us.
I’ve no expectation of a win today, if something happens, it’ll be a bonus. If we lose, well, it’ll be a nail biting finish to the season.
Whatever happens, if a Poznan erupts today… I’m all over it.
Have a great day regardless.