WORD UP MY PEOPLE!
I am in sunny Washington state / Oregon this week making nice things for the internet, so these blogs are going to intermittent. I’m writing this from a Holiday Inn in Everett listening to a couple hammering so hard they might break through the wall into my bedroom.
What do I love about the last 24 hours?
We snapped up the Leicester City scout Ben Wrigglesworth. He apparently identified Mahrez. I mean, that’s what people are assuming. He’s come in as a first team scout. We need better scouts. Ours have been pretty poor. Steve Rowley is on the home stretch of retirement and let’s be honest, he hasn’t really hit a home run in a while.
I mean, Gabriel hasn’t really done much of note. He’s been pretty unimpressive when he’s been allowed a chance. I’d say early days, but it’s been a year. We brought in Elneny, so good he can’t displace Flamini. Sure, he isn’t that bad, but the options put on the table in the last two January’s haven’t been good enough to help in the ‘now’. So bringing in some fresh blood, new ideas and with some excellent success to boot is a really smart move from Ivan and his team.
It’s also a psychological blow to Leicester for next week. Am I right?
Yeah, I’m right.
Arsenal put a ticket freeze on for at least next year after threatening to raise the price by £28 odd quid. You have to celebrate that they listened to Twitter. However, you do have to wonder what goes through their minds when they’re even considering it. More money than ever before, less expenditure than ever before, but fat cash piles and they still wanted more.
The AST has penned a letter to them asking them to freeze until 2019. They also asked that the club looked at helping 18-21 year olds get on the ticketing ladder. A smart ask. I think generation ‘live stream’ is coming through hard and they’re not fussed about the live games. Expensive, time-consuming and if you’re a global football fan you miss all the other games.
The Premier League is king at the moment. Problem with being in a position of dominance is that it’s very easy to take your eye off the ball and assume things are going to be incredible forever. Arsenal need to be careful they don’t kill the flow of new fans coming to the ground by shooting for short-term games. When you have the TV money Arsenal do, it’d be worth investing some of that into bringing young blood into the ground as well as investing in making the game experience a bit better.
Palace have a wild atmosphere. How did they do that? Different breed of fan? Don’t be daft. They’re all from London as well and that part of London is no different to any other. They just put more effort into making every game a party.
We don’t seem to care much for it. No singing sections. No flags. No party.
Anyway, I must shoot. Lake 22 today. SO MUCH INSTAGRAM.