Ughh, international football, particularly the qualifiers, are beyond boring. I’m currently watching Denmark vs Armenia, because I can’t find a good stream for Big Sam’s new and rejuvenated England team that is based on merit unless your name is Joe Hart or Wayne Rooney.
Apologies for being loose for the last few days, sometimes life things get in the way… plus, it’s international week. Not much to report on anyway.
Great turn out for the Arsenal Legends game yesterday. My family purchased an executive box for the game and insisted on plastering images on their social all day, just to really make it feel extra average being stuck in America away from all the beautiful football.
I didn’t catch the game, but the general purring online and the massive turnout seemed to indicate it was a day to remember. Almost one tinged with a bit of sadness… you’d not be able to run the same game in 12 years time with this current crop. You’d have about 50 people turn out.
Gotta say, big thumbs up to the club for raising all that cash for the Kids in war zones. Real classy. A part of the being an Arsenal supporter that makes me prouder than anything. Bravo.
Interestingly, Arsene Wenger was booed by a section of the crowd. Can’t work out whether that’s the same as Bacary Sagna getting booed in Norway, or whether it was home fans venting on our shoddy summer.
For me, the summer is over now, whatever you want to say about the horror show it was, it’s done, we did some business, we strengthened to the tune of £100m… it’s time to #ShutUpAndSupportTheLads. We know how valuable the home support can be and we don’t want Wenger having someone to blame outside himself and hair pills come what May. So let’s nip the negativity in the bud and cheer like the secret sycophants we were at the end of the season.
What, you still can’t muster some love, ok, watch Arsene do some #BrandedContent
It’s so funny watching people clap like an overly trained seal to stuff like this.
‘Did you see him? Honestly, PETE DID YOU SEE HIM?’
‘I did yes’
‘It’s like, I dunno, he can have a full blown conversatation and things?’
Yes, yes. It is amazing to listen to Wenger answer questions like a human being. I refer back to the Janan Ganesh tweet the other week, Wenger is fast replacing Stephen Fry as the stupid person’s intellectual.
News hit the wires that Ozil wants Jack’s number 10 shirt.
“It has become free and I will definitely have it,”
“I did a few years ago have this number [with Germany], but Lukas Podolski wanted it. He had more matches than I did. Now I have access.
“Of course I’ve previously given those in charge [at Arsenal] a signal. The number is right for me and my position as playmaker.
Feels like a cheeky ask. But then you say to yourself, why is it a cheeky ask? Because Jack is from London? Because he plays for England sometimes? Realistically, you have to say Jack should be giving that up for the man who is never going to deputise for the him outside a terrible injury. Harsh, but fair. You live in a meritocracy in sport and at the moment, there’s only one name who deserves that number 10 based on playing and off pitch behaviour.
Part of me really does wonder if it’s curtains for Jack. He’s surplus whichever way you look at the situation. I have my doubts he’s good enough for a 10 role. I have my doubts he’ll displace Xhaka anytime soon. My big doubt, is whether he’ll ever be fit enough to be anything more than an Abou Diaby like enigma. If we can shift him on for £40m, would you say no?
Hopefully I’ll be proved wrong there. All down to him really.
One player who felt the brunt of the broken meritocracy was Joel Campbell, he said he deserved more at Arsenal, which is totally true. To move him on instead of Ox or Theo was a pretty bold decision from Wenger. The 24 year old rocked it in his debut for Sporting, showing off his power and fancy footwork. Never going to be a world beater, but certainly a player with courage to show up when you need him.
Finally, before I leave, just to make you feel good about your standard life… Gareth Bale is being offered e465,000 p/w to stay on a Madrid. For a boy who had to go back to Wales at the weekends because he was home sick, that’s not bad. That is many IWC watches.
Meanwhile, I’m sitting in my pants eating 3 week old Cheetos.
On that note, have a bloody good day!
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