Quick post this morning, I’ve been out meeting ship designers. You know how it is, when you’ve got cash to burn… who doesn’t need a ship in their life?
Anyway, first up.
- City boy goes to Paris for an AWAY DAY WITH THE FUCKING TOP BOYS #Lads #Banter #StoneIsland
- City boy gets totally smashed
- City boy does a racist and gets captured on video
- City boy is front page news today
Yep, racism is back on the agenda again, because a Chelsea fan shouted at a black man in Paris. A horrible video. A horrible person. A horrible embarrassment to England and it’s football.
… but here’s the thing. It’s not about it being a Chelsea fan. Racism has nothing to do with football. It’s not about their club. It’s not about aways fans.
It’s about racism.
Football doesn’t make the racist.
It’s a societal thing. So let’s not focus on Chelsea like it’s a club thing (I know, John Terry is a racist as well before you tweet furiously that Chelsea made him the man he is). Arsenal have their fair share of scumbag fans. One sat behind me for about 5 years. I’ve heard them at Spurs, Liverpool, United… Newcastle. It’s a problem we have as a country. It’s a problem all countries face. It’s sad we’re still talking about things like this in 2015, but it is what it is. I don’t know what the answer is, but I know it’s not to blame football.
… and that guy. Imagine, one day you’re making mad dollar in the city, the next day, you lose your job, your life, possibly friends, partners. All because you drank too much and said something f*cking stupid. I feel almost feel for the guy. His life and prospects are over. Google never forgets.
To get a little taster of what this guy is about to suffer, take a read of this on Justine Sacco. It’s a harrowing read when you put to context into perspective. There isn’t a better read on the web about how to conduct yourself in your life.
Wenger gave some insight into why Alexis came to Arsenal over Liverpool.
“Alexis had a few options and he chose us because he felt that’s where he wanted to go. Sometimes a player moves somewhere and it’s not the choice that he deeply wanted. In his case, I think he really wanted to join us.”
“On the pitch, the player has his needs. I felt that he came into a team that plays in an [attacking] way, where he can express his talent with freedom. It works out well for him. That helps.”
Also, Liverpool is hole.
Just jokes. There are nice bits around Liverpool. But come on, LONDON is where it’s at. Am I right? Damn straight I’m right.
I also think being the absolute jewel in the crown is major. Why be a cog when you can be the engine? He’s a hero. We love him. We let him get on with his life. We allow him to be the best he can be.
He’s the finest signing in years. I love him. I mean, I’d literally take a bullet for that man (soft tissue, minimal damage, not the face, or near arteries). He’s the best.
Jack Wilshere has been upskilling in the kitchen.
Gotta say, as a single man, I can’t help but admire the craft there. That looks like a fabulous meal. I’ve not seen a jacket potato like that in years.
Well played sir.
Finally, the sad news that the BBC have ruined our quarter final against United by moving it to a Monday night. It’s a horrible decision for the fans that have to travel there and possibly take two days holiday.
I don’t even get it. It’s the BBC. They don’t advertise? What purpose do they serve here? I get that if you pay a load of cash for something you want to maximise its impact… but look, it’s Arsenal vs Man U people will get up to see it.
The worst thing is it kills the vibe of the game. The FA Cup is about the weekend. Monday night football is for the league or replays. The FA Cup is struggling for interest as it is, pissing the fans about is a sure fire way to kill the vibe even further.
No one ever thinks about the people who go. The fans are pissed about so often at the mercy of global scheduling times. We don’t even get a kickback or a sweetener for it. Just more expense our way. It’s amazing. I wonder if this will ever bite football in the arse? I wonder if we’re past the tipping point of failure? Is football too big now to ever need to fans in the ground?
Who knows. It’s sad though. It feels like no one has our back.
Sorry, before I go, big thanks to Dan for e-mailing in this petition aimed at the Premier League giving ALL their staff a Living Wage. When 80% of clubs have a wage bills over £40m, it’s unacceptable to plead poverty that you can’t pay your labour a living wage. Football clubs are not proper businesses. They’re taking £11m a game moving forward. The time is right to force this on clubs.
When you’re often the focus of a community, you need to behave like a role model for the rest of society. Arsenal do many great things, they have a team of caring staff who love what they do… this should be top of the agenda. We support charity, which is great, but to compliment the charity work, we should look after the people who are trying their hardest to craft a living. Give them what they deserve. Arsenal should take a lead. That’d be something to be proud of.
Anyway, I trust we’ll do the right thing, even if it takes a while to get there…
RIGHT. Have a good day you total rascals. x