Hey, wasn’t that an aggressive headline to start the morning?
Screw you, and your toast.
… but before we crack into the main action, I was in a bar yesterday, that was actually the top floor of a car park. They pump the smell of cinnamon through the actual car park to remind you you’re not in a car park. It was pretty damn awesome. An incredible view. Then some Sporting Lisbon players sat next to us… and one of them started smoking.
Could not believe it. I was all like, who gave you those, Jack Wilshere? Then I realised that’s taking down one of my own. So I merely cracked with my afternoon desperately trying to decipher what they were saying… to no avail. For Portuguese is not my mother tongue.
Talking of Latin players, it appears Arsenal are going all out to bring back King Carlos Vela of Sociedad. Their President said…
“Arsenal have informed us that Vela would be with them next season.”
Hey, if there’s a buyback clause you want to be activating, it’s the man who throws more debauched parties the Silvio Berlusconi. The man who won’t book a party unless there’s at least 8 hookers looks like he’s heading back to the UK for £3.5m!
Am I pleased? Hell yes. He’s a far better bet than Griezmann for me. The Frenchman really hasn’t impressed me in any of the three games I’ve extensively scouted him in. Carlos has been the star this year, he scores the goals and he also makes them. Simple facts you have to digest this summer is that Theo ain’t going to be back in the side any time soon, so we need pace can trickery up top. Carlos has that and now he has experiences.
The Mexican was never a bad player, he just never took the chance to kick on at Arsenal. I also think the manager put him on the shit list a bit too soon. He was always a magic talent and I was sad to see him go. If he comes back and delivers like he did in Spain, we’ve done an amazing piece of business.
… kind of like Chelsea and Matic. Bar the £20m buy back…. and hey, if Griezmann is going for £20m, Carlos is worth that as well.
Also, I said I’d tell you this week about the name I had. I can’t, because it might still be on. Once it’s dead and buried, then we can talk about the name. Until then, feast on Carlos Vela, who wasn’t the name.
There are rumblings that Madrid are going to launch a move to bring Suarez to the Bernabeu this summer… with Benzema used to fund that move. Now, I don’t think Liverpool are going to sell Suarez and if they do, I’m guessing they’d probably want Benzema the other way. So this noise just feels quite out of place. However, if Wenger is serious about buying a great striker, then he’ll be sniffing. I’m just not sure that a Benzema is the first option, I think Wenger is looking elsewhere to bolster than front three with the ingredients he so desperately needs to kick us on a level.
There are some stories about Arsenal ‘offloading’ Santi to Atletico this summer, the reason cited is that we have many creative midfielders, so could spare one. Not sure I’m buying that, even if they do offer £18m (actually, that’d be pretty amazing). Santi is signed up to us, if we wanted to flog him, we’d have made a bigger play for Cesc.
Hey… that sounds like a plan that I’d buy into? What you saying?
David Seaman scored two goals for Portugal last night. I watched the Portugal vs Ireland game in Portugal in an Irish bar run by Portuguese people.
The game was interesting, Ireland didn’t really have much to offer, but at the same time, even though Portugal destroyed them, I wasn’t overly impressed by them. A lot of loose control. Still, can’t argue with that score line.
Also, for the gamblers of the world, I was sent this by a Gooner last night. The World Cup and Economics 2014 document is a pretty detailed overview of the world cup and a load of statistical modelling stuff.
Also, whilst showing off my data prowess, check out this interactive thing I won’t call an infographic by The Economist. It tracks goals over all the World Cups. So much fun if you’re a sh*t hot economic planner like me.
If you’d like to take a penalty against Neuer, why not go to this page where The Mirror have set up a penalty gun that’ll allow you to take a virtual shot at the German. I love nothing more than a PR effort that blends offline celebrity with online skill. The brand are targeting influeners to create a unique piece of branded content they’ll no doubt share with their followers. The ideal situation is that those followers will see The Mirror as a trailblazing brand that they’ll want to read over and over again.
I like it. I really like it. #Engagement #SoSocial #PersonalisedBrandedContent #SEOLinkz
Finally, Twitter doing some pretty cool things for the World Cup. If you click view the match, it curates against the game, which is cool. Right? Yes.
That’s all I have today, have a good one and I’ll see you tomorrow for the World Cup opener! So exciting…