HAPPY GOOD MORNING TO YOU.
I write morning, but actually it’s my night. I’m just giving the UK the respect it deserves for inventing Arsenal.
Anyway, what do we have today?
We have cold weather. It’s f*cking freezing. I went walking in Central Park not believing that the cold could get me, now I’m ill. So much weakness to my cold-adaptability game.
But what about football?
Well, Stan Kroenke is borrowing a cool billion dollars to fund his move from St. Louis over to Inglewood. What is interesting is that Stan is a Missouri native, he apparently told the city he’d no interest in moving the Rams, they put $720m towards a 30 year loan, now Stan is leaving 9 years short of the loan completion and lumping that debt for an empty stadium on his home state.
I think so.
Fancy that, we haven’t been able to spend money on players for years, again avoiding doing so this summer, yet he can go all lahdy dah spunking out a reported $2.2b on a new fancy dan stadium (who was fancy Dan btw?).
Billionaires, what are they like?
Anyway, in other news, there’s talk about Sanchez being excited about linking up with Guardiola again. Not a problem, because Arsenal are going to land Pep, right? Probably wrong. But here’s the thing, I thought Pep didn’t rate Sanchez because he gives the ball away so much? Not pure tika-taka is he?
Tony Evans raised and interesting point in The Standard, one that we’ve touched on… that if Arsene wants to be a true legend, maybe he should think about handing the baton over to Pep, rather than wait for someone substandard to take over and fail like Fergie did.
For shame Sir Alex.
Trouble with men in power is they never know when to let go… Arsene will go on until the milk turns sour and lumpy I’d imagine.
BUT, it’s not sour right now. It could be by the end of next month, but let’s not go negativo just yet.
The interesting thing is going to be whether players coming back to fitness are going to boost our game. Or whether they’ll come back and choke it up like has happened before. We’ve flunked out a few times over the years in pretty strong positions… 2007-08 5 points off the top at the end of Feb (we didn’t by a CB or a striker), 10/11 4 points off the top by the end of Feb (think we needed a keeper that season) and 2 points off the top at the start of Feb two seasons ago (didn’t sign a striker or a body that wasn’t semi broken).
I mean, we have had some GOOD chances. In the years we’ve been at the top, we fall behind, the years we’re massively behind, we summon the courage and surge forward.
This year, it’s different. Why? Because it just f*cking is, ok Dan?
I mean, on the face of it, it’s quite similar, we have a weaknesses in our squad, we have players out of form and we’re suffering injuries.
On the positive side of things, we have some very special talent, we have a good defence, a good keeper and a world-class wideman coming back into contention.
I’m totally torn about what’s going to happen… this league is just so messed up, it’s really hard to call it.
No doubt in my mind that this is one of the toughest leagues ever, so less of the nay-saying that it’s a weak league this year. It’s a strong league this year, it’s just stronger across the board, rather than the focus being on two teams like it is in other countries.
HERE IS A SUGGESTION: Petr Cech is the best keeper in the Premiership this season. Second best in the world now. Behind Neuer? Let me know what you think…
HERE IS SOMETHING INTERESTING: Brendan Rodgers said he had no say on the players that were signed for Liverpool.
Crazy that this can be the case. Happy that you have a committee of people that help make a decision, but surely the manager makes the decision, or at least leads it? Madness. I wonder if Klopp is going to take that kind of nonsense… I mean, he’s going after Shane Long. WHAT IS THIS COMMITTEE DOING.
Anyway, enough from me, enjoy your morning and I’ll see you a bit later on… hopefully not ravaged by New York manflu.