Really slim pickings this morning because ENGUUURRRRLLLLAAAAANNNNNDDDDD played last night. I didn’t watch that game, sounds like that was a good choice as well (GREAT GOALS WELBZ). We’re nearly there. Only a week to go until we take on United at home in a battle for top four supremacy! Regardless of how the season is going, I’m still really looking forward to that game. United Arsenal is always special and of late, always disappointing!
I’ve just been catching up with the Ched Evans story. A player convicted for rape, jailed and out on licence after serving half of his sentence.
The not so much of a shocker? A football club steaming in there to pick up his contract and let him train with them.
Should he be able to work in the game again? It’s a tough one on the ethical front. We live in a society that is about rehabilitation. You serve your sentence, then you’re free to resume your life because you’ve paid your debt. If we wrote off every person who served time, we’d have a pretty big problem.
However, football is different. Your professional conduct is about community conduct. Whether footballers like to admit it or not, they have role model status. The trade off between being a mere mortal and a superstar is that there are rules you follow. For me, something as severe as a rape charge should be met with an exclusion from the game. If a referee can be suspended from the game if they have substantial personal debt, then there should be scope to ‘disbar’ footballers who commit disgusting crimes.
I think what’s made this whole situation ever worse is that he has a campaign running to discredit the victim. The muppet brigade on Twitter are sending vile messages to people like Jess Ennis, who are standing up for the right decision… and there’s been no compassion or remorse through the whole process.
The idea that a football club would dirty its name by taking him on doesn’t surprise me. The people who run these operations are hardly dynamic. It’s just sad that there’s a debate here. It’s sad that the discussion can create so much hateful commentary. It’s a shame no one jumps in to make a decision.
But hey, we’re working in a game when open corruption at the highest level dictates where the world cup is held.
Football is about the community. People who run clubs are custodians. They have a responsibility to their community. This whole debacle is disgusting and unnecessary. It’s selfish and I feel sorry for the victim and the fans who have to support a club with no moral back bone.
There’s literally so many bollocks players being linked to us at the moment, I can’t even be arsed to talk about them all.
The player that does interest me is the potential of bringing in Petr Cech. I said ALLLLL summer that our number wasn’t good enough and I think he’s proved it so far this season with some very dodgy performances and a shot to save ratio a hospital patient in a coma would feel embarrassed by. Ospina doesn’t appear to be cutting it on the fitness front which means there’s been no action. Petr Cech would make sense. World Class keeper who needs a move to get some game time. I’d be all over that. A leader, a winner and much better than our current offerings.
Joel Campbell is rumoured to be a target of Everton. A really perplexing player situation there. He’s gone away, worked hard, put in some great performances around the globe… yet he can barely get a game. Bizarre. He’s a bit raw, but he’s a beast and can be sublimely skilful in spurts, a great player off the bench. But Wenger doesn’t believe in him. So that’s that, no chance for him.
Another player doesn’t agree with is Lukas. He’s dropped this amusing comment…
“I’ve spent the last four months making brief appearances. I’ve had to wrap myself up warm in my winter coat with my hat and scarf on to watch the others playing.”
As I said at the start of the week, players are pissed off because they’ve been shut out. If Wenger didn’t want Lukas, Rosicky and Campbell, he should have flogged them in the summer. Instead, what he’s done, is keep 3 relatively costly players with no intention of playing them… to the detriment of the squad. We’re three players down. It’s a shambles, it really is. Indecisive squad building. A staple trait of Wenger over the last 5 years. It happens every year… ‘what with the youth coming through I see no reason to purchase.’… followed by September 4th loan of all the youth he’s talking about.
What I don’t get with Wenger is the compete lack of interest in building a squad that can compete. He said recently Chelsea were too strong. Sure, they are, but that didn’t happen by accident. It was a simple two year plan that would have been affordable for us. Why is he so bad at building a squad? I mean, honestly, I think even the most basic of fan can see what’s needed… why can’t a man with no hobby outside football see?
Right, that’s your lot. See you tomorrow. x