Boxing Day greetings.
All that build up, all that preparation, and Christmas is over in a flash. If you’re of the persuasion to celebrate Jesus’ birthday, I hope you enjoyed a merry time yesterday. At present, my bowels are furiously digesting my own body weight in turkey, and I’m sat here typing with a grimace etched upon my face. Was it all worth it – the effort, the mad scramble around the shops? Yes it was. I did have a marvellous day despite my usual humbugian attitude.
As you might expect, on a day just after Christmas when our scheduled game has been cancelled (bloody tube drivers…) the news circling around out there leans toward the speculative. Most of that news surrounds those infamous “war chests”.
Our alleged war chest was, at one time, £70m. Now that figure has drastically plummeted – £30m is now the figure being brandished by the press. If there is any truth to such stories – there probably isn’t – I can picure the scene in our boardrom:
“The manager has £70m to spend? That’s all disposable cash to invest in the team? We don’t need to release that! That’s ridiculous! We could spend such vast sums on far better things; Texas ranches, decadence, cryogenic freezing of our decaying, aged bodies until medical science can integrate us with robots. There are a million possibilities! Investing into the club we own for its benefit is just ludicrous! Give Arsene £30m, he’ll buy 24 players for that much – the rest is ours!”
There will be plenty of talk where that money has disappeared. However, such debate will be based entirely upon the assumption that £70m figure actually existed. It may very well not have. None of us have legitimate inside information pertaining the affairs of our beloved directors. That said, they are such a bunch of shits, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did decide to pocket over half of it.
The remaining funds could be used to entice supposed targets, Demba Ba, and now, bizarrely, Man United’s Portuguese winger, Nani. The Ba transfer makes sense; he’s a proven Premiership striker with a release clause that’s very reasonable. We need to bolster our attacking options, and we’re unlikely to splurge an enormous fee on one player to do so.
Nani, on the other hand, is a peculiar story. It all began with the press blowing a story of him at Arsenal’s training ground out of proportion. Now, with his current contract at United up in the air, a lot of media attention is focusing on his departure destination. Could it be Arsenal? Doubtful. Would I want him to play for us? Well, he is a good player, but he is also a gargantuan twat. I can’t stand the preening little shit.
Theo is looking increasingly likely to leave. If he does, there will be a position in dire need of filling. Nani could certainly work, and I think it would. But I find him irksome, and I always have. I’d rather it be someone else. Adrian Lopez and Wilfried Zaha would be far more agreeable options.
January is mere days away. The recruits we so covet will have been lined up – if there are any – and all we can do as supporters is wait and hope. Fingers crossed, boys and girls.
That’s all for today, folks. The comments await your responces and views. Let’s be having a few of them. We don’t play until the 29th, so lets all hope for some favourable results in the fixtures taking place today.
I shall return tomorrow.