I drank beer in a real pub yesterday. I was rained on. I ate real bacon, not that streaky tosh they sell in America.
I mean, I even enjoyed the deep toilet… no one needs the pan shape. However, there’s a real lack of auto-flush over here, sorry about that mum. Real sorry.
So what have we this morning? Well, Mr Wenger’s contract strategy with wantaway players appears to be paying off. The manager is convinced Mesut is going to sign on.
“I believe he wants to stay, he is not to be convinced”
“You want nobody to leave and you see where we stand on that. But at the moment, it’s very difficult.
“Until the end of the season we know what it is, but after that, I cannot tell you.”
I mean, I’m no clearer after reading that, but when you’re desperate, you’ll take anything as a sign. Alfred from the pod always points out that when Wenger is under pressure, his perfect English turns into a series of riddles… so who knows. It’s also not worth taking the manager at his word, whether it’s Cesc, Samir, or Robin… the manager always thinks his players want to stay.
My thing with Ozil is I feel we’re screwed both ways. If he leaves and goes to United, we lose a player who could blow up under better management. If he stays, what does that say about his character? What does that say about European interest in our best players? Dan from the comments made a good point, could we swap him out for Mikki at United?
I also worry we’re seeing a bit of the Theo’s in him this year (Remember we actually had an internet meme called ‘sign da ting’ for that guy?). He’s turning it on because Arsenal wouldn’t talk to him this summer, nor would any of the big clubs he might fancy in Europe. The only club that really put their hand up was Besiktas. What happens when he’s signed into his last deal? Does he slink off again? I also have concerns about the German’s ability to be effective in the back half of a season. His numbers almost always dip, how are they going to look in a World Cup year that could be his last?
This would all make so much more sense if Wenger was leaving. I’d fancy a Mesut if I knew there was a new fancy manager coming in with a visionary plan. Imagine what he’d do under Sarri, Jardim or Allegri?
As for Alexis, I’m kind of hoping Wenger doesn’t let him go in January. If his form continues to stink, how many clubs are going to want to pay mega money to him at the end of the year? I mean, does anyone understand why Manchester City need him in that squad at the moment? I certainly don’t.
Finally, let’s finish on the blackface stuff going around the cesspit of Twitters ‘RIGHT TO OFFEND’ brigade who are notoriously sensitive when the shoe is on the other foot. Griezmann of Atleti had a howler after dropping a picture of himself being ‘blacked up’ on Twitter last night, and there’s some grotty betting firm that showed off a darts fan dressed up as Dianne Abbot (blacked up, again). Standard uproar on Twitter from people dismayed at political correctness gone barmy. Here’s an idea, just don’t do it? If you’ve been hidden under a rock for the past 180 years, then please accept my apologies. But if you haven’t, and you know the historical references to blackface, then you really have no reason to defend this sort of carry on as acceptable in 2017.
If you’re a white person and you’re really up for exploring your freedom to offend. Go to the darts dressed as a Nazi, go as Ian Huntley, or maybe Jimmy Saville?
My guess, those folk wouldn’t do it. Why? Because they’d not have buy-in of those around them. They might get attacked, they’d possibly lose their job if their image was flashed on TV, and no one would defend them. It’s only safe to do that sort of thing if it’s marginalizing a smaller group. If you’re really into exploring political correctness gone barmy, take the offence to the masses. Go big. Let’s see how many retweets and sympathy articles you land in the right-winging press when you go full throttle on something proper.
Offending people isn’t a right normal people want to explore. Just be nice.
Anyway, my two pennies.
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY