Sometimes those North London derbies don’t come at the perfect time. Today, you’d have to say, does not feel like perfect timing.
Here’s the thing. Timing doesn’t matter. I can remember plenty of times welcoming a broken Spurs only to watch David Bentley whizz a dipping 40 yard screamer over Almunia.
Damn you Al, damn you.
I don’t have much love for the Carling Cup. When it was most interesting was back when Wenger used it as a test bed for the kids. Real good kids. The kind that gave you ‘domination’ dreams. Domination dreams where the only people getting spanked were 11 men you didn’t really like.
Ok, not painting that dream very well.
Anyway, this evening should be interesting. Wenger can’t really be using Arteta if he wants to use him at the weekend for title challengers Leicester. So maybe he’ll use Flamini. Or maybe there’s a kid?
Thing with the kids is most of the great ones are out on loan. So it’s going to be a blend of children and first team irregulars.
I’m guessing Spurs will go for this. The Carling Cup is a fine tonic for Champions League disappointment. So expect a big game from them. They also have to kick start their season. Harry Kane would love to show he’s not a fraud with a big game against us this evening. Good news is he’ll likely go up against Chambers who is also trying to prove his value at the moment.
I don’t really know too much about the kids we have available. Mostly because I don’t like to get close to them. I know what happens. They end up at Birmingham and have very nice careers, occasionally popping up with a freekick screamer against us (Seb Larsson, I’m looking at you).
Good news is that Arsenal managed to get the Gabriel red card chalked off. Costa landed a 3 game ban for his Mortal Combat triple combination move. Bizarrely, there’s still a chance our man might face a ban for arguing a decision the FA admit was awful. Banter, right? Would it have taken them more than two minutes to have made the decision there and then?
Also some pretty crass stories about Wenger and his personal life doing the rounds. Who fucking cares? Really not in my interest or the publics what he gets up to after training. It’s like the David Cameron stuff. That scuzzy Oakenshott journo peddling unfounded stories about someone’s youth with all the shock and horror of someone who didn’t have many friends or wild nights out of her own. Guys putting their chaps in things is not the preserve of the rich, it’s the right of passage of pissed up teenage boys being total lads for bantz. Hell, it’s not even for the teenagers. If you’ve been on a stag do in the last 5 years, there will be at least one shot on your Whatsapp friendship group of someone passed out on a balcony with a set of balls resting on their forehead.
It’s what blokes do. If that doesn’t happen in your friendship group, good for you. Your ‘well done you’re so mature card’ is in the post.
My biggest fear centres around the sanctimonious weasels who spend their lives vocally picking on people who lived it up in their youth and made some painful mistakes (fun ones) that helped them grasp the world and become more well rounded adults.
As for Wenger, I hope he’s ok. There’s nothing a 1000 hours of Botswanian football won’t help him get over!
Enjoy tonight. x