Happy Thursday morning to ya’ll!
Suffering. But Back. Nothing quite like a 13 hour trip back from Croatia.
Actually, nothing worse than a London Tube Strike. Every fucker in the 3000 strong building I work in is playing the… ‘I couldn’t possibly get in today, so I’ll
go to the park work from home of that’s ok?’… clever. Real clever.
So what’s been going on?
Well, I learnt Alex and James don’t understand the concept of link bait titles. Nice one lads. Nothing like a title to an article that tells you nothing. However, I did enjoy being kept in the loop with some very interesting posts.
After the Tory budget yesterday, it was fitting Alex took on the Living Wage (he’s a left wing ‘Owen Jones is my god’ melt, just so you know). On this subject, I really do wish Arsenal would just suck up that cost and pay people what they need to survive in London. It’s not like we’re struggling for cash. I’d take some of the lowest paid workers getting a boost in their pay over a reduction in ticket pricing any day of the week. The only way this happens is if people keep on talking about it. It’ll certainly be a question I ask at the AGM.
There might be a small cost involved in paying temporary staff more than you think they’re worth, but for me, when people feel like they’re valued, you get more from them. Also, there’s a civic duty when you’re in power to do the right thing. Usually, it’s scumbag shareholders that kibosh such moves, but look, the remaining shareholders we have at Arsenal would wholeheartedly support the Living Wage, the ones that have mega money aren’t using Arsenal’s dividends (which total zero) to pay the mortgage.
There’s no reason to not do it (I’m sure there is, but I refuse to believe there are two sides to any story because that’s how I create tension with my work).
Some interesting transfer news floating around. Angel Di Maria to Arsenal? Pretty mental story right there. Not sure I can see that happening. He wasn’t even that terrible last season. He just wasn’t the Di Maria we know him to be. Pretty sure he’ll be exceptional this season.
— Mayo News – Sport (@mayonewssport) July 6, 2015
Arsenal made another addition to the back room staff taking on Mayo GAA (think that’s the name) strength and conditioning coach. Pretty exciting stuff as far as I’m concerned. Ireland seems to do rather well in this arena, so snaring one of their best is always going to be a bit of a coup. It adds yet more experience to the backroom team and it hopefully gives our players a better chance of being fitter, sharper and healthier longer into the season.
GOOD NEWS, thanks to all those who mailed in with that story.
One player who seems to have a bit of the Abou’s about him is WELBZ, he’s injured for preseason with the same problem he had before. Come on Danny, pick it up a bit!
Some interesting opinions on Abou leaving (James and his left wing views on Abou disappointed). As far as I’m concerned, it’s sad that he wasn’t able to fulfil his potential, but at the same time, it’s a shame lots of people can’t work because of injury. I’d save more of my sorrow for people who have to take pittance that is disability allowance than a guy who still has control of all his faculties and a bunch of health most can only dream of. We get very wrapped up in footballers and their plight, it’s just a game, it’s a luxury to even have a sniff at it let alone experience all the trappings that come at the highest level.
Life is good for Abou. He’ll set up a charity, have a load of fun in Dallas and he’ll have a very sweet life.
I’m just glad I don’t have to talk about him anymore.
There were some people in a panic that summer is over for us. Can’t help but think that fear is misguided. I’d be very surprised if we didn’t stock up. Interesting that very few clubs have moved for anyone of note so far. I know Arsenal are making a big push to get rid of players…
Abou – £65k
Lukas – £90k
Flamini – £65k
Chezzer – £90k
JC – £40k
That’s £350k pw in salary we could use smartly. I really hope the rumours about Matty going are true. Bit surprised to see Arteta stay on. You need a bit of experience in the side, for sure, just not sure it’s smart having him anywhere near close to taking over if we pick up injuries. He’s far too slow and injury prone. Hopefully we go big for a DM, because we need one. Morgan or Carvahlo would be perfect. Think we also need to have a serious think about a striker. Again, I’d be surprised if Wenger didn’t move there… he knows he needs better and the squad have been reasonably vocal about the same problem.
We can’t head into another season praying on players making the step up in class. We need to buy some ready mades.
Right, that’s all I have for you today. This is going to be a long one.