Morning people. Today, I’ll be handing over posting duties to James of Armchair Gooner. Before though, just a bit of amusing gloating at Spain. Didn’t they look awful last night? Half a yard off the pass, their passing was poor and they took a spanking from a hardly stellar Brazil side. Throws next years World Cup open eh?
Fluff ‘n’ stuff: The wonderful world of Arsenal transfer gossip
Hello everyone. We may not yet be fully aquatinted, so allow me to introduce myself; I’m James ‘Raul’ Stokes, and I have a little blog called The Armchair Gooner that isn’t as big as this one. Taking that into account, you might be wondering how this guest post came about. Well, allow me to address your pondering with a short exert from the conversation between Pedro and I that resulted in this:
– “James, I need a guest post. My Peroni habit has finally gotten the better of me, and I’m currently singing show tunes in a dumpster, wearing only a garish pair of underpants and a policeman’s helmet”
– “Don’t you worry Pedro. Get yourself home, have a bath and denounce your sins. I’ll take care of this”
Obviously that’s completely fabricated. For all intents and purposes it could be true, as I’m not that au fait with Pedro’s after-dark shenanigans, but it is not. It’s simply mendacious nonsense that I created purely because I thought it was funny, and that leads me nicely toward what I wish to discuss with you today, folks; Arsenal transfer gossip.
Out there in the vast, sprawling Goonersphere there is little in the way of news, and plenty in the way of speculation. With a season of bumbling, occasional sparks and substantial exclamations of the phrase, “spend some f***ing money” now fully behind us, focus has directed itself towards what Arsene Wenger and the inimitable Dick Law might do in the transfer window.
Reports have surfaced regarding ‘war chests’, Ivan Gazidis has announced we’ve plenty of cash to splurge, and that our once parsimonious policies toward recruitment will be a thing of the past. Things, for us Gooners, are looking up.
And then comes all the speculation.
Without wishing to name any of the sites in question (Think; whilst at Arsenal, Emmanuel Adebayor was constantly C***t O*****e) there are certain people out there only too happy to indulge their penchant for making things up to draw you in to their feculent creations. With actual fact very much at a premium, the average Arsenal fan hunting for a little hope has to navigate a minefield of hogwash. Even the bigger tabloid news outlets have cottoned on to the fact that shit attracts hits, and most of the stories they publish can be found wanting anything remotely resembling evidence.
You might say it all goes hand-in-hand with the time of year, that it’s to be expected. I’d be telling fibs to you all if I stated that I don’t enjoy the odd bout of gossip every now and then. My problem is the extent to which it has gone. There are many smaller bloggers and sites out there working hard to provide you with entertaining and pertinent stories that get little coverage because they are eclipsed by those who know how to draw people in. I often know full well i could treble my daily views just by changing the title of my posts to something like, “Arsenal bid £45m for this incredible talent”. I prefer not to do that because it’s dishonest.
Call me an idealist, but I prefer to fail on my terms than succeed on somebody else’s. Site’s like Le Grove manage to bridge the gap between popularity and truth, and those are the ones I aspire to be like (he said being nauseatingly maudlin). And with that, I put out a call to all you wonderful creatures to take just a day away from hunting for transfer gossip, and point your traffic towards the many sites out there that work hard to give you information that has backing, opinion that has merit and stories that come from the thing that matters most – the fans.
Those sites are out there in abundance. They are relatively simple to find. Go find them, and remember the mantra I’ve chosen to adopt on mine whenever the dubious monster of transfer gossip rears its grotesque head; “It’s not confirmed until it’s on Arsenal.com”.
Happy hunting, boys and girls. I’ll sign off with a thank you to Pedro for publishing this, and the thought of awkwardly embracing each one of you that’s taken the time to read it. I hope to speak to you all again soon.
Catch my site here… The Armchair Gooner