I post seldom these days. But forgive me for not being so regular when there is nothing actually concrete to talk about. And when I say nothing concrete I mean it with my entire heart (fuck the bottom).
I read other posts pondering what to make out of articles. Irrelevant articles written with no objective or purpose. Its not that these blogs are bad, they are good, but I mean come on, you have to have something to happen for you to blog about.
At Arsenal, nothing is happening or as we Indians would say : Ghanta ho ra ha he ( It wont make sense if you read it in English, you need a hindi accent !)
The rubbish in the media is something to behold. I mean, normally we classify some reports as ‘jokes’ but sometimes when you read garbage like ‘Suarez to Arsenal, is done in principle’ one feels like telling the author to just go fuck himself.
But lets forget Arsenal for now. (This will be easy as there is nothing to remember in the first place)
Lets go global with the rise of power in France most notably from 2 clubs who quite frankly nobody gave a shit about(actually some people still considered PSG a threat) till last year. AS Monaco have spent roughly 125 million pounds acquiring an arsenal of talent for themselves – Falcao(52.8), Joao Moutinho(22), James Rodriguez(39.6) and Jeremy Toulalan(4.4) most notably apart from Abidal whom they got on a free transfer. The other powerhouse represent Lique 1 champions PSG who have slashed out 55 million for Edison Cavani, 27 million for defender Marquinhos and 13.2 for Lucas Digne.
PSG will pose as the main threat in the champions league and under manager Laurent Blanc they are expected to cause a few upsets having been unluckily eliminated from the champions league last year against Barcelona.
Manchester City having learned from their mistakes last year have gone and spent roughly 100 million pounds acquiring and replacing players. They learnt from the hammering United gave them last year by signing ‘Jesus’ himself, followed by Fernandinho, Negredo and Jovetic, the latter 2 being brought in to replace Balotelli and Carlos Tevez. United on the other hand have responded well by signing Guillermo Varela, a 20 year old Uruguayan fullback.
Liverpool and Arsenal are in the same situation as last summer, the only difference being Arsenal are now doing the dirty business by bidding 40+ for Luis Suarez, the Cannibal. As a player even I would be an idiot to say no to Suarez. He is to Liverpool what Van Persie WAS to Arsenal. But as a person its will be difficult to adjust to defend him. Especially if he comes to Arsenal having said that the reason for him to leave Liverpool is the English media. But I don’t expect this transfer to go through because I don’t see Wenger tabling a 50+ million pound bid for the player.
Wenger has his eye in South America where it has been widely reported that he will pay 21 million to acquire 20 year old midfielder Bernard from Atletico Mineiro. I have never heard of this player, so I will comment on him after I see him play. Correction, I will comment on him IF he EVER plays for Arsenal. And come to think of it, I guess I will be with-holding my opinion on him for EVER.
Chelsea have made some shrewd signings this summer, most notably their manager – Jose Mourinho, who I expect will provide some shape and balance to the team. This is very important because a team without a shape is like a building without pillars. One of the best examples of a team with proper shape and balance last season was Bayern Munich, and looked what they achieved. They also have Lukaku who to be honest is like a surprise package in my opinion. For West Brom last season he was brilliant, now imagine how much he can achieve with the players that surround him currently. Chelsea have also acquired other players such as striker Andre Schurrle, GK Mark Schwarzer and midfielder Marco van Ginkel.
Also in the news, David Moyes continuously goes on bidding for Fabregas. This transfer seems very unlikely and practically speaking Moyes should go for Fellaini, a man who can actually provide stability to the United midfield. I am not saying Fabregas is bad, all I am saying is that I don’t think he will come especially after his move to Barcelona from Arsenal was compared to a soldier returning home from war !
Speaking of Manchester united, their ex-talisman player Wayne Rooney seems to have taken a stand in wanting to be sold this summer. This is the best time for foreign clubs to capitalise on the situation, and if Rooney does move its probably going to be to Spain. Well, I hope it is, because if he moves to Chelsea as I have heard they have already had an initial 23 million pound bid rejected, then all the clubs in the PL are fucked.
I wont blog often now. I mean, what am I supposed to write on – Arsenal’s possible transfer targets ? Why Arsenal need this man ? Or should it be why Wenger should do this or that ??
I rather see turtles racing than see Arsenal doing something in the transfer market. The former is so much more interesting as compared to the latter which IS non-existent at the moment.
I have better things to do than waste my time speculating that this and that will happen. And I rather gladly do them.
A Gooner emailed this to me on Sunday, hours after we were ‘officially’ dumped out of the title race…
Last week was very bad for Arsenal fans. First there was the price hikes for season tickets holders. Then there were the ticket membership scheme price hikes and misc. price hikes and then to top it all off, we play utterly crap against Stoke.
Is that really what we can expect to see after these hikes ?
I mean, it’s bad enough that we already pay a fortune to watch Arsenal in TV subscriptions let alone the vast prices for tickets, but moreover to watch our beloved Arsenal could cost an average fan £1500 a year if you hold the cheapest season ticket and you subscribe to all sports channels. For the membership scheme it could even be around £1200 per year. Then on top of that you have petrol, train fares, food etc…. And Arsene wonders what is there to moan about? It’s a lot of money to watch fancy football Arsene!
It’s not like the old days where live matches were on the free channels and it only cost you a fiver at the north bank turnstiles. Losing was part and parcel of being a fan and we accepted it. Nowadays not only do we have the pain of losing but also the pain of feeling cheated by the club you love. And in all fairness, the club couldn’t care. I mean, it’s too big as there are years of waiting lists, so even if ‘you’ gave up your season ticket or membership, the club will not give a rats *** as they know someone will fill the gap you leave behind.
It’s good to see that a group called Black scarf is doing something about this…
AN OPTIMISTIC POINT :
Now if we won trophies would we still moan?
In my opinion, no we wouldn’t. Of course you would get the odd few who would but if we had the type of players we had in 2002 and 2004 and won competitions I don’t think we would moan, I think we would consider it money well spent.
So what is the answer to all these problems? One idea I propose is that if the players underperform like they did against Stoke and so many other teams, they should give the ticket paying fans 10% of their ticket price out of their wages.
Will it work? Yes I think it would. I wonder how many poor performances we would see it if that was introduced? Plus the fans won’t feel so cheated.
Will it ever be introduced? Not a chance in hell.
What about sacking Arsene Wenger before the summer break? The new man can get the players we need in before the new season starts. And there will be a huge amount of rebuilding…A point worth discussing indeed.
How about one more season? Because there’s no point sacking him once the season starts as the new man won’t be able to sign any new players as well as having the no pre season to install his training plans and ideas. That’s a difficult one on so many grounds. Who would we want as a replacement? Would he fit into the philosophy of Arsenal FC ?
Personally, I think the problem is with Arsene. It’s that he knows he is ‘un sack able’ or invincible. If I owned Arsenal, I would call in Mr Wenger to the board room at the end of the season and tell him this season was not good enough, if we have the same thing next season, then we will have no option but to give you a gold watch, a painting of a spitfire and offer you a seat at this table. You have been warned Arsene!
Another idea I have is to call George Graham back to Arsenal to either act as a defender scout or a defensive coach. Yes he took a bung but I think a lot of managers did back then and he was made a scapegoat. Plus he handed the money back to Arsenal, so what did they do with the money? Anyway that’s another topic. He at the end of the day is a proven defensive manager and a massive Arsenal lover who knows the history and beliefs of Arsenal unlike some of the players we have today.
But as football fans we are all great football managers and all believe we can do better than the current boss.
Arsene, you have been given a final written warning, see that this does not happen again!
I am not sure AW comes to this blog and reads what is written, hell I bet he has no clue what are blogs. But the point is that through this letter I can see what some section of the GoonLand feel, and that is what is important.
Remember the saying “United we stand divided we fall.” Kinda feels that way now…