How’s it going there?
My day is snow filled. I like sharing updates on my Facebook about the snow. It makes me happy. It also makes other English people happy to see what snow looks like. We’re simple like that.
So, what’s hot off the press today?
News of Mesut’s contract has been leaked by a football site called… Football Leaks. It’s a bit like WikiLeaks, except it’s not really doing anything to free the world from tyranny.
Anyway, the contract is interesting. We actually paid £36m upfront. We pay a little bit extra for Champions League qualifications for a few years, totalling £3m or something. The interesting part is 1) Madrid whacked in a buy back clause. So if Barca move for him, they have first dibs. 2) If we sell him for £38m, they get a chunk for the sell on.
So basically, it’s not really worth our while to sell him.
News, but not news.
I love Mesut. Do you? Oh right, when he pulls his finger out in big games? I like that too.
Anyway, that’s what his deal looks like. I’d link to the site, but there’s some weird PDF sharer thing that’s probably just stolen my credit card details and sent e-mails to my nearest and dearest asking for money to bail me out of a kidnapping.
Still feeling pretty upset about what happened at the weekend. Another loss against Chelsea. I really don’t understand how Wenger allows himself to get his teams into ruts like the one we have against Chelsea.
Does there come a point where you just lose your tactical mind and do something mental?
‘Right, we’re going to play a slightly different game, here’s what we’re going to do… kick the sh*t out of them, all ninety minutes, like madmen.’
I mean, how many games do we have to watch ourselves get bullied by the same old characters? I don’t think we’ve had a side since 2004 that actually goes to war. We have players who have more fight, for sure. But we don’t have a warrior mentality. When was the last time you heard Arsenal described as bully boys? Or dirty? Or too physical?
It’s a familiar missing ingredient when you rack up the… ‘what went wrong?’… excuses for the season. We just need some nasty. We don’t even have it in Gabriel. I mean, he had it all to be a madman. But he actually seems quite nice and very focused on being a good guy.
Give me a bastard. Please. Someone who will take his boot off and smash someone occasionally (my pal did that once, total banter in the 8th minutes). Ok, maybe not that extreme. But you get what I mean. We don’t have any loose cannons out there.
NFL has plenty of them. I watched a player for the Bengals use his head as a weapon to such effect, I thought he actually broke the guys neck. We don’t really have that in our blood. Not that I like it. But where is Martin Keown when you need him?
Where are people that care about winning so much, they’ll comfortably take things WAY too far.
Dortmund want £100m for Pierre-Erick. Maybe not this week.
Right, that’s your lot. HAVE A GOOD DAY X