Well, you always have to have a few good Arsenal stories up your sleeve around March time when your Mark Gonnella. They’re like the mushrooms in Super Mario, they protect the club against the turtle shells Arsene Wenger pings the clubs way with his March / Feb antics. Anyway, we released some very good news yesterday.
Oh wow, jeez, all I’ve got this morning is a petition to free Luis Suarez from his contract at Liverpool. Yep, social media has got to the point where all it needs to do is fart and it gains press coverage. Someone has set up a campaign, which I’m sure is a joke, to free Luis ‘I just signed a £200k a week deal’ Suarez from his Liverpool hell.
What a laugh eh? I hate petitions when they’re about things that are totally unimportant. What is it ever going to do in football.
So a couple or days on from our horror showing at Stoke and more bad news piled on as Spurs beat the tragically broken Cardiff. 6 points now lie between us and them, so we really do need to turn it on against them in a fee weeks, because the top four crush isn’t a good look for a team that has dominated so much of the season.
Today I’ll talk about the manager and the concern over his new contract. He might not sign. He didn’t sign when he absolutely could have a few months ago, now we’re a few games into the collapse, the jitters have set in amongst some fans and most likely, the people at the club. Rumours are the manager might not feel comfortable at interference from the club. He might see where we’re heading as the club looks to modernise and he might realise there will most likely be an assault on his control over the duration of the next three years as the club readies an infrastructure to secure Arsenal for the next ten years.
There’s always a result in the season that comes with a heavy match report. Not because I don’t have an opinion, but because the situation totally flatlines me. Yesterday, I didn’t expect to lose. I didn’t expect to see a squad fighting for the title turn up and give nothing. I didn’t expect Stoke to be the team who would kill our season.
Yesterday was a surprise, but when you add up all the failings of the manager over the past year, it really shouldn’t have been such a big one.
In at 7pm last night. I feel ashamed and sad. What have I become? Someone who is working all weekend again. That’s the person. Anyway, enough of my woes…
First up, I read a pretty interesting article on foreign fandom on The Guardian. It’s a take on foreign football fan extremism more than anything, I quite like that they’ve found an American who laps up British culture, I’ve not met too many Americans who tell you they are English-American, so to see an article about a guy who isn’t English American, and he’s adopted the thuggish side of our culture and likes Arsenal is pretty damn interesting.
Arsene Wenger hit back at critics regarding the two day break he gave players in the week. I’m not sure why, probably because the insinuation has been there that he burns players out and he has been doing so most of his career, albeit with more success in the early years.
‘It’s not necessarily fatigue, I don’t see why that’s suddenly a problem. We’ve player without a break since December, we don’t have to justify that, it’s unbelievable. We are in a society where everybody wants to control everything. It is unusual? We are entitled to do unusual things.”
There’s not exactly an abundance of news flying around today, needless to say, I will craft something for your eyes regardless.
Alvaro Morata. Arsene Wenger is apparently looking to make the young Spaniard his number one target this summer. I’m not sure what the cost will work out at, but it looks like he’s the man the manager wants to spear head his attack next season. So no expensive superstar because it doesn’t look like there are many of them about, instead, he’s opting for young talent so he can craft him into a mega star.