… no he hasn’t, he’s pulled up. SOMEONE CALL COLIN!
Big thanks to Geoff for wading in with bombastic post yesterday. Everyone clearly enjoyed it!
The blogging world is starting to dry out, we’re like California… so could everyone stop filling their f*cking pools up.
The big news today is that Arsenal have released Abou Diaby. This caused much consternation in my ‘Arsenal Banter’ Whatsapp group. Mainly because people have such an absurd viewpoint on Abou.
Here’s the deal, 15 starts in 3 years. £676K per start people. Think about that as you’re asked to clear the mess in trap two today just before your average Pret lunch.
Now, I totally get that he signed a contract with us for that long.
But here’s my slight issue with it all. Abou Diaby, even before his horrendous challenge, was always an injury nightmare. He’s never been a 50 game a season player. We gave him a new deal, on massive money, basically as a ‘sorry you got injured’ offering. That’s fine… BUT A 6 YEAR DEAL.
It’s kind of one of the worst contract offerings we’ve ever dished out and look, we’ve dished out some monsters.
Some say it’s a sign of class, I’d say it’s a sign of manager who’d lost grip on reality.
He’d not have landed that deal with any other manager in the world. We gave him £3.5m a year. I don’t mean to harp on, but that’s more than most people will ever earn. I don’t see it as a class act… there are plenty more people who could benefit from that. Local hospitals, local charities, local schools… or how about we look even closer at the poor bastards who work at the club and don’t get a living wage?
So, on the one hand, you can see that Wenger is just looking out for his boys… on the other, you can see that he’s done it in a hugely grotesque manner
This is sport. Not charity. If it was charity, then it’d be a majorly elitist fucked up charity.
Anyway, he’s gone. He’ll still get a deal elsewhere. He’ll never need to work together. Sweet that we’ve looked after him, but sweet like a bunch of mega rich stockbrokers getting together to make sure their ill colleague can pay off the mortgage on his £6m house and pay his butlers salary for the forseeable.
Right, in other news, there’s loads of desperate news sites trying to pull in you in the vortex that is the transfer window.
Sanchez was not pleased with the season.
“It was an OK season, but it was bittersweet. I would have liked to have been in the Champions League final, to have won the Premier League title,
GOOD NEWS. We don’t want players pleased with a cup win. We want players who want to win it all. We need to be taking the Premier League. We need to be competing at the highest level in the Champions League. The whole reason clubs exist is to win things. Those trophies are indelible imprints on fans lives… we need more of those marks. Hopefully next season we’ll line up and be able to compete.
Had a chat with some pals the other day about the Lionel Messi trial for tax evasion. What are the chances of him being put away if he gets found guilty? If he was a normal businessman, he’d be gone… but would a government throw away the key on a player that great? You kind of feel there’d be a way of making sure his best years weren’t wasted in prison. Which is kind of shocking, but I accept this… you can’t jail world class talent. Isn’t that an odd way to think?
Finally, you thought our stewards were bastards, United taking it to new levels by taking Arsenal fans walking sticks…
Have a bloody great day! See you in the comments!