Happy Friday to you all.
Did you get your FA Cup Final ticket? I hope so. I still feel bitter about the process. It’s not the fault of Arsenal. However, I feel like top clubs should put more pressure on the FA to dish out less tickets to ‘volunteers’. At the very least they should put pictures of people on the tickets like they do at Glastonbury. You know, ensure these ‘volunteers’ don’t feed the black market.
So what else has happened in the last 24 hours?
Well, I took some slaggings online for my views on the protest.
The comments section was pretty fruity as well.
‘Geezer is a cunt, middle class twat, had loads of run ins with the moron before I got banned, prize pillock’
‘Cunt wouldn’t last 5 mins back in the 80s/90s’
‘He’s a cunt – pure and simple’
Now, the point here is that I’m not fussed about another Arsenal blog slagging me of. My point here is that the types of people talking about the ‘eighties’ are the type of people that will be present on Sunday. I’ve disagreed with the protest and taken a pretty aggressive pasting. Now, I can handle it, it’s nothing worse than I usually get. But if the attitude of the protest is similar, what do they think they’ll achieve? Who will sit down and pay any attention? If I was a football exec, I know I wouldn’t.
Social media eh? What a laugh.
In other news. The rumours are hotting up about the summer. Cesc Fabregas is rumoured to be back on the market. This summer, all the clubs will be in for him. So what’s he thinking? City? United? Or… Arsenal.
I adore Cesc. He’ll always be one of my favourite players, but simply put, where does he fit in our system? Can you have an Ozil and a Cesc? Who sits in the hole? £35m is probably better spent on someone with speed and goals. Not that Cesc doesn’t have goals. He’s a machine, I’m just not sure bringing him in would be best for the team. It’d be more about sentimentality.
The other bit of interesting news today? Mario Gotze has taken his tears to Bild to tell them he’s upset that he’s not playing. He could also be available. Again, another superb player that has a shed load of potential. But is he what we need? Or more of what we have. He’s not particularly powerful and speed isn’t exactly his strong point. If we’re going big in Germany, I think Draxler and Bender are more the sort of players we need.
FFP. What a joke (article here). When the rules were drawn up a few years ago, we wrote that they’d be bent and largely ignored. Last summer I wondered how the French clubs could spend so much without sanction. I was also interested in City, who hadn’t sold any big names. Well, they had both fallen foul of the rules and it’s turned out that the likely sanction is going to be a fine… which they can haggle.
Ok, so let’s have a think about that.
1. Clubs with billionaire owners spend all the cash, inflate transfer market
2. This means little clubs and big clubs alike overstretch themselves to compete
3. Clubs beg for FFP so clubs can only spend within their means
4. First time a club flouts them…. they get a fine.
FINING CLUBS WITH UNLIMITED CASH
Can anyone see the flaw in this? A fine. What about a Champions League ban? What about a player transfer ban that is actually enforced?
First hurdle on this and UEFA wimp out. Sponsors won’t have Barca pushed out the Champions League. Platini’s son is the top lawyer at PSG. The great white hope of Arsenal, obliterated first time round. What an absolute joke.
Still, that’s not to say other clubs haven’t been trying to get onboard with it. Chelsea have had to play with the books to make the grade. The great news is that they won’t be able to spend the £400m Mourninho will want this summer. They’re on a level playing field with us.
… and Arsenal? I think we’d have to spend the GDP of China to fall foul of the rules. We’re like, the goody two shoes of this. In class, we’re putting an apple orchard on the teachers table.
Our sort of behaviour deserves a trophy. Then we’d have won the treble this year. Wouldn’t that be great? The damn treble.
News for the weekend, Chambo is out along with Jack and Gibbs. I’m sure that still won’t impact on our performance. A fresh Rambo and a fresh Ozil usually means a win. I’m looking forward to celebrating the last game of the season.
I’m also looking forward to seeing the new kits? When does that happen?
Right, on that question, I shall leave you. Have a good one!