Well howdy everyone? How was last night? Good? Did you drink a lot? Did you text all the numbers on your phone? Dealing with that regret right now?
Good. We have much in common.
Apologies for the tone of the post yesterday. A bit spikey for a Friday. I’m ill. You know how it is.
Anyway, enough of that. What’s going on with Arsenal?
Let’s firstly talk about the sad news that Kenny Samson has hit rock bottom. Boozed up, pennyless and homeless. Tragic eh? An Arsenal great I never had the pleasure of seeing, ruined by the beast that is booze. Arsenal are involved, hopefully he gets all the help he needs. Alcoholism is a nasty disease and one that for footballers, is all to easy to succumb to. I think George Best summed it up quite nicely when he said something along the lines of… ‘Everywhere you go people want to buy you a beer’… if you’ve got an addictive personality, that’s a bad situation to get yourself in. Especially if you don’t really have a job.
Anyway, Le Grove and the Grovers wish you all the best.
Onto transfer news. Arsene Wenger came out with some typical press conference pearlers yesterday. When I first saw them, I got the fear… you know… that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach, like when a girlfriend says, ‘we need to talk’.
Here are some of the lines that give me that…
- We have a large squad that I believe in
- If I buy XXX it kills the careers of a young player
- The average age of my squad is 14
- Diaby will be like a new player
Here are some of the lines from yesterdays presser.
“These players can have a special bond and they are on the way upwards, they are not over the hill.
Shut the back and front door… we have young players. Superb.
“We have signed Sanogo, he has not made the headlines. Why? Because he is not £50m to £100million, but I am quite confident he will make them soon on the pitch, and that for me is the most important,”
Get in, Sanogo will be worth £50m in 3 seasons. How will we know that? Because he no doubt has Madrid DNA and we’ll sell him. I love that Arsene is upset a player we snapped up on a free, who has played 8 senior games in the French second division, didn’t get headlines.
The worst line is this one… because of the total madness of it all.
“If you can give me names that are better than who we have I am ready to talk about it,”
Errr… really? Is this some sort of invite to embarrass you? Jeez… someone should collar the manager on quotes like that. He is intentionally inflammatory. I hope all the journo’s in the room laughed.
The rage could set in after reading the above. But then he did say some interesting things.
“I don’t want to speak about Suarez, because that is between Liverpool and Arsenal,” said Wenger. “We will completely respect what Liverpool wants to do. We want to (sign the player) if it is feasible in an amicable way.
“I am a great believer you have to keep as much confidentiality as possible, which is quite difficult in the modern world.
“But we work very hard, not only on the case you name, but on other different cases.”
Yeah, I’ll take those quotes. He’s acknowledged that we’re talking to Suarez. So that’s not dead. He’s also said we’re working hard on other names. Which is also reassuring. Wenger isn’t stupid. I’m positive he knows the ramifications of a summer of failure because Ivan has bundled so much pressure on him… he can’t not know.
“We can still strengthen the squad, there is one month to go. We are at the beginning of August, the transfer window finishes on August 31 (Sept 2).
“We are working very hard to strengthen our squad.”
“I am confident. You look at many teams around us. Nothing has happened until now.
“At the moment the market hasn’t moved a lot. Apart from Man City, nobody has done anything.”
Again, all pretty true. Spurs have made a couple of decent moves, but against the back drop of losing their best player? Well, there are no guarantees they’ll be any better off than last season.
So all in all, bar the silly churlish comments about naming players better than he has, we have a lot of positivity to grab hold of…
People keep telling me I’ve been had by the club. I’d accept that, if the transfer window were closed. I think it’s a bit premature for the ‘I told you so’s’ to be raining in. Let’s see where we are by the end of the window. If it goes down the sh*tter, then I guess I’ll have to hold my hands up. The up shot of that is that the club will have ruined a relationship with me. In the grand scheme of things, that might not matter to them… but it’ll also, by proxy, mean they’ve soured their relationship with you… as essentially, that’s who the club care about communicating with when they get in touch.
Basically, if they’re mugging me off, they’re mugging you off. You mugs.
Which is why I don’t believe we’ll have a bad summer. No executive worth their salt wants the fans offside all season.
Anyway, Emirates Cup today. If you’re heading down. Have loads of fun and throw a Mexican wave for me!
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