So the summer is here and the rumours are starting to spice up.
Raheem Sterling is apparently taking an interest in working under Louis Van Gaal. I love this story, because it’s like the agent of the young Liverpool forward has nothing else in his mind outside the pay deal that’s coming. I mean, United, really?
You get into the Ashley Cole zone when you do things like that. Never really loved by the fans because you’ve crossed an unacceptable divide. Sol Campbell did it at Arsenal, but he did it when his contract was up and he didn’t cause much of a fuss when he was leaving.
Anyway, would be a cheaper move for United than Gareth Bale.
There’s a lot of talk surrounding our interest in Geoffrey Kodogbia. A brutal midfielder with Champions League and international experience. I’m pretty sure we had an interest in him when he was over at Sevilla. An Arsene signing for sure, and a pretty good price if £25m is in anyway accurate… he’d also probably represent better value than Schneiderlin considering he’s 4 years younger.
Bad news on Paolo Dybala. The pocket rocket from South America chose Juventus over Arsenal. A real shame, I reckon he’ll be a bit of a superstar. He has so many of the ingredients you look for in an Arsenal player. Explosive off the mark, very strong pound for pound with buckets of skill. You can’t blame him for joining the Juve project. I mean, they’re building / they’ve built something pretty special over there. If they keep Paul Pogba, they’ll be contenders for years to come.
The view that I really can’t stand in football, is this idea that you can only compete if you’re Manchester City. Failing to note that City have spend all the cash and still haven’t got close to the Champions League final. Juventus have spend net £27m over the course of 3 seasons. They’ve built an unbelievable side that’s on the verge of an unlikely Champions League glory.
They play a brand of technical football that’d put Arsenal and most of the Premiership in the shade. Smart, tactical and clinical.
They haven’t spent huge sums to get where they are. What, 8 years ago, they were relegated?
Money buys you players, employing the smartest brains wins you the trophies. You’ll always have the Madrid’s there, but money doesn’t always mean you win out. You have to fight the battle on your terms, not theirs…
Also, what the hell is going on with FAI? Apparently, after Thierry hand balled and scored to knock Ireland out of the World Cup, Ireland took €5m for silence on the matter.
Well, not really. I mean, if Ireland were bitching to me about taking legal action, I’d tell them where to go. Since when can you take legal action against a bad decision in a game? What sort of fucked up precedent does that set? Amazing. They’re like the Celtic fans who tried to get a replay when Eduardo cheated. Or Steve Bruce that time we scored a goal that was naughty and he walked his team off the pitch… total banter.
This whole FIFA thing is so amusing. Jack Warner has come out and snitched so bad on Sepp Blatter. There’s no loyalty in the underworld crime scene it would seem. I just can’t believe how beautifully this is all unfolding. All the pigs scrambling to escape the bolt gun of the US.
I love that the US will ignore many things, but corruption in sport? They’re on it. Good for them. It’s just embarrassing how pathetic Europe has been around the situation. Cosying up to Sepp like he actually ran something more important than a globally loved game.
Those Sepp with politician pictures… a bit like getting caught in a picture with Jimmy Saville, right?
Finally, more corruption in sport as Mo Farah’s trainer has been embroiled in a doping scandal.
IS ANYONE NOT CHEATING
Sport is so messed up. I read about that and thought, oh, maybe it’s isolated, then I saw Justin Gaitlin, at 33, is scoring 9.75s in the 100m and is talking about breaking 9.6.
I mean, sport, come on!
I’m just waiting for the mega football scandal to drop. You know it’s coming, don’t you?
Right, have a good day. Big love to ya’ll!
Finally, big thanks to @ManelyFoToes for sending me in a load of pictures he took around Arsenal during the cup final. They’ll be making up my headers for a while!