Monday morning it’s raining it’s pouring.
… but hey, who cares. In some deserts, they literally never get rain. Their football bloggers curse the sunshine. Cray, eh?
So yesterday was the anniversary of Anfield 89. Apologies for not mentioning it. I get a bit bored of constantly referencing the past. Was it always like this? It seems like every other day we’re celebrating something that happened a lifetime ago? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m clearly one of the few who finds it a bit boring, not because reminiscing isn’t nice, it’s just we reminisce about everything all the time. It’s just there’s too much.
Anyway, the Arsenal social media team thrashed out the game on Twitter as it happened. Brilliant work. They dug out all the old pictures, they had a great tone of voice and they had thousands of fans partaking in the event. Would love to know how they planned that.
You know one thing that has grated me though. And lots of Arsenal Twitter people do this. Whenever there’s mention of Hillsborough, there’s always someone digging up Heysel. This is what the internet has become. One upmanship on grief. I mean, even with Hillsborough, it felt like people were competing with who could be the most devastated or who show the most respect. It’s not just football fans, though it’s definitely more prominent because of the tribal nature. Football fans will compete and snipe over anything. It’s horrible to watch. Fans forget that whatever disaster you’re pushing, people lost there lives. No life is more valuable than another. Nothing is more boring than one upmanship on something as dark as death.
In other news, papers are going transfer crazy. The Telegraph amusingly suggesting Arsenal are in for £15m rated Marshall of Cardiff. I’m sorry, but firstly, Wenger has never spent £15m on a striker, let’s not kid ourselves he’d spend that on a back up keeper. Secondly, I think we learnt with Richard Wright, don’t sign relegation fodder goalkeepers. There’s no pressure when you play for a shoddy team. You need keepers who keep clean sheets. We should push for Begovic if that’s the sort of cash we have. Not saying we won’t get Marshall, merely pointing out £15m is laughable.
… it’s always interesting to watch the stories that come out of newspapers, mainly because agents use journalists. Sometimes, you see a story, and you think, jeez, that’s mental. Well, it’s mental because it’s probably not true.
I’m quite numb to transfer stories these days. I love them, don’t get me wrong, it’s just the whole scene has been tarnished because of the dreaded pageview metric / ‘I can get my following up’ combined with football fans crack cocaine like addiction to anyone linked to their clubs. Le Grove traffic almost doubles over the summer because of transfer stories. It’s what fuels football websites. It’s probably what gives sports sites their revenue spikes as well.
That said, I think it could be a pretty big summer. If plan A comes off it’ll be major, my worry is that plan A is mega. What’s plan B? Last year we got caught up in so many plans we ended up with a soggy unfulfilled blueprint. I hope this season, we work to timelines. If X player doesn’t join by X time, we move on type thing. Otherwise we’ll end up with egg on our face again.
P.S. What has Ashley Williams been up to with hardcore gambler Michael Chopra?