Morning everyone, it’s the start of the football season!
Give me a woo hoo.
No actually don’t, we’ve made no signings, so we should all sulk.
Actually, think of all the goodness that comes with the football season?
You don’t need to see the family.
You can start drinking beer at 10am (that’s ok, right?)
You can start getting into the swing of ripping Match of the Day
You can start getting into the swing of ripping Sunday Supplement
Sunday Newspapers become interesting
Conversation with friends become meangingful
You can legitimately start talking to the TV again… shouting at Songs Of Praise just never felt right
You can wear your full kit around the house…
Jeez, I’ve missed football. So f*cking much. This post is bringing a small tear to my eye, and an excitement I can’t quite control. You know what I mean.
Anyway, we’ve signed no players. The players playing today didn’t make that happen, so let’s try as hard as we can to go into the ground today with our singing voices attuned to positivity. My concern is that fans are so sick to the back teeth of a manager who is completely incapable of managing a summer period despite have a 9 month run up to plan… that it might get toxic very quickly if a newly invigorated Aston Villa turn it on and pull off a shock result.
That’s Wenger’s fault. He’ll know that. Hence these comments yesterday, where he absolves fault.
“In the example of Suárez and Liverpool, you have to calculate that if they want to get into the Champions League, who are their rivals and do they want to sell to us?
“The issue is that the club sometimes does not want to sell at any price,”
Arsene, when a club doesn’t want to sell… you move on to new targets. The issue with you is you give up and say ‘we have super quality’. That’s not good enough and it shows how unprepared you are.
Here are the breadcrumbs of placation…
“It’s impossible to give you a number. The first request is quality to play for Arsenal Football Club. After the number comes in, yes we would like two or three players, if possible more,”
This is what he had to say on the perception he’s resisting the boards attempts to strengthen.
“Of course, it’s unfair”
“Why should I resist? I just defend the idea that you spend the money you have and not the money you don’t have.”
Henry Winter then yelled from the gallery, ‘Wenger, you’re a greedy mug!’, to which he responded…
“If you want to describe me as greedy and you live with me, you would see that I am not. I am rather generous. I fought my whole life to pay players well. But we had to go through a period when we had to look at the money that we spent.”
Ahh Arsene, taking from the fans, to give the deadwood. Heartstrings stuff right there. I’m so glad we’ve spunked millions up the wall because you’re more interested in making players rich than fielding trophy winning sides. We’re only just coming to the end of that horrible spell of socialism now…
On bringing in players in general… he had this beaut of a quote.
“If you bring me tomorrow players who are better than those we have, I promise you we will look at them,”
“You cannot say that Jack Wilshere is a super player and then ask why we do not buy better players than him. There is a shortage of top, top talent, and many clubs who have money.”
THERE ISN’T A SHORTAGE OF TALENT. 27 of Spain’s best players left this summer. There’s loads of good players around, you just have to have a scouting network that is sharp enough to work outside of Youtube and the Daily Mail Sports feed. This idea that global football talent doesn’t exist is nonsense. The issue is our scouting network hasn’t been upgraded. It’s also that when they do come in with players, Arsene dithers and doesn’t have the same faith in his decision making he once did.
Also, may I point out that Jack Wilshere is super… but we’ve only got one Jack. We can bring in additional players to supplement him.
Wenger is a well of excuses. He has been for years. Trouble is, he used to be able to cover his tracks… now he’s constantly contradicting himself. The window is too slow, then clubs moved to fast, we have bundles of money to compete with Chelsea, then Chelsea are inflating the market… honestly, it never ceases to amaze me how many different excuses you can come up to the fans. When do we just look at the behaviour, the actions and the outcomes and conclude: INEPTITUDE.
Rant over people. Enjoy the game. Give the person to the right of you a massive kiss and a light squeeze, regardless of gender… and enjoy the game.
FOOTBALL IS BACK… and BLOCK CAPITALS ARE COOL.
Aston Villa Stuff courtesy my pal Tom McCann who you can follow here Follow @DownInAutumn
Unlike most Gooners, I’d wager most Villa fans are quietly optimistic about the new season, and unlike Arsenal, Villa have actually been busy in the transfer window, bringing in several new players swiftly, cheaply and efficiently. This has lead to a settled pre-season and another fresh crop of younger players keen to step up to the next level (Christian Benteke, Ashley Westwood) or flounce about looking a bit crap (Karim El Ahmadi).
We have a solid looking new centre back in Jores Okore who turned down Chelsea in order to play regular football, a 6ft 5in Danish striker to lump the ball to when plan A (or B for Benteke) doesn’t work out, a new Spanish left back (they’re all good, right?) and a couple of slick-looking midfielders to add a bit of ‘oomph’ to our midfield and wing play where players like Charley N’Somnia and Steven Ireland previously merely provided a ‘hmmph.’
Villa fans are afforded warm, wide-eyed August optimism precisely because of these relatively unknown new signings and what they could potentially bring to the team. Arsenal fans will know only too well the frustration that comes from inertia in the summer months, and in this sense Villa can also count on almost all of our battle-hardened young squad progressing and improving on from last years’ trouser-dirtying campaign of close-shave survival.
However, reality tends to sink in come 5pm on opening day, and Villa’s defence can still be parted like a hipsters’ haircut by the bluntest of forward lines, and our midfield still lacks a definite bite.
It’s in the last 3rd of the pitch where Villa really sparkle, and of course our main threat is, and was Christian Benteke, (his retracting of a transfer request was ‘like a new signing’ ©A.Wenger). Our saviour from last season may yet suffer from 2nd season syndrome as PL defences cotton on to how he plays and how to stop him, and that will go a long way to determining how effective we are. Villa fans will be counting on young Christian to continue to boss opposing backlines, and Arsenal’s defence are up in front of class first to see what they learned from last year. and whilst they’re concentrating on Benteke, hopefully Andreas Weiman can sneak up with another Emirates goal…
PS: Extra insight for the superstitious types – Pedro has had one of my Villa mugs in his room for weeks now. I think he might have cursed it.
P.P.S. I’m doing something for a client a bit later that’s based on the United game… if you see it come from my Twitter account, a retweet would be amazing! Big love xx