Arsenal members day yesterday, the chance to see a bit of training. Lovely. I didn’t go on account of being in a state that wouldn’t have been conducive to underground or overground travel.
Looked good, but nothing too exciting to report. We should open the whole event to the kids (Black Scarf mentioned this) and use it to showcase our new signings. Kind of like Madrid and Barcelona do. Would be a great way to kick off seasons proceedings and it’d give those pesky kids something to do outside petty crime and loitering during their Summer holidays.
Amusing some of the derision usually aimed at sites like Le Grove being aimed at the ‘superfans’ on the internet with the emergence of fan shows and podcasts. It’s interesting, the ‘real opinion, from real fans’ strapline that everyone takes is probably going to hit a crescendo at some point. Well, I think it might, because actually, opinion is generally only interesting if it comes from interesting people. We take down the BBC for its dull as dishwater presentation of football analysis, and rightly so, because it’s boring because it’s delivered by boring people with no real insight. It’ll happen with fan opinion as well… unless there’s a quality filter.
… or maybe it won’t. Maybe there’s a reason lowest common denominator works on TV. Who knows… Personally, give me the European Football show on BT over MOTD everyday of the week, regardless of whether it’s showing English football. I watch football on TV to learn. I learn nothing watching Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage talking shop.
On the marketing grapevine I heard that Gazidis personally called BT to make a complaint about their recent advert (reliving our horror show at Liverpool) asking.
‘Are you taking the piss’ (allegedly, maybe, not definitely, don’t fucking sue me Ivan)
Not sure calling 192 in a phone box after an evening on the lash with Jack was the best way to communicate his angst, but whatever, Arsenal made a fuss about it.
Ties in quite nicely with the deal we made after though. Wonder if we’ll see anymore slaggy ads like that?
There are also mutterings that we’re gearing up to sell the training ground rights shortly. Another move in to direction of ‘sell it all’. Good times. Only about £100m of United commercial revenue to catch up on. If I was really rich, I’d sponsor it and name it after myself. If you’re rich, do it. What a LOL. All the players wearing your name on their training top.
Word on the street is that Arsenal are refusing the sell to United with the Arsenal captain set to follow legends Alex Hleb and Alex Song out the back door to the catalan giants in a £10.3m move. It’s great news for him, would be even better for us if we had a replacement lined up licked with experience.
Go on Arsene, sign Hummels, you know you want to. Winston Reid is probably a consideration as well especially considering his contract issues at West Ham.
More chat on Calum Chambers becoming our holding midfielder this season. I’m not sure about that, I feel like we’ve bought a talented player who is versatile, so let’s see where that takes us. I was told he’d be used more as a centre back this season. He’d suit that role considering his frame and experience at the back. I don’t really care where he plays, providing he’s offering us value and we don’t throw him under the bus by letting him flounder as a key player for 4 years.
Aaron Ramsey has been in the press as part of a sponsorship deal with McDonalds. He had this to say about his vision for the perfect future…
“I see myself as that midfielder who can score goals for Arsenal and I think that’s important,” said Ramsey. “It’s proven over the years to be important for successful sides to have goalscoring midfielders and, hopefully, I’ll do the same this season. The likes of Gerrard and Lampard have done it for many years on a consistent basis and that will be my aim now to do that.”
Yes Aaron, we’ll have a bit of that. What we really need from the Welshman is a season of fitness. Frank achieved what he achieved because he was usually fit for the majority of a season. Aaron feels like he could be a 20 goals / 20 assists type of player. With the additional quality we now have up front, his stats should really benefit. Could be a great 5 years for him.
The Champions League draw is today, I have a Bilbao season ticket holder in my office, we’re going if we draw them. I saw a terrible tweet from Arsenal earlier stating ‘lots of fans want Bilbao’. Who might those be? I’ll tell you who, the crazy ones. We don’t want them under any circumstances. Give me Copenhagen, all, day, long.
Right, that’s me done. Have a great Friday!