“Where the bloody hell have you been?”
Sorry. I’ve had tasks of more pressing concern to attend to. It’s a tricky thing, managing your daily life with the urge to blog on a daily basis. Occasionally, what I have to do gets the better of what I want to do.
“So James, tell us – what’s new?”
Well, in my small absence, nothing of substantial interest has happened. There are no startling revelations or astonishing rumours to get my teeth into. It’s as quiet as can be out there at the moment.
As a regular blogger around the Goonershpere for some time now, it’s nice to be able to use my position to help those who are just starting. Philip Allison has just put together a new Arsenal blog named Wrong Foot Pele, and it’s well worth a look. Good luck to you in the future, and welcome to the vast, sprawling universe that is the Arsenal online community, Philip.
“You mentioned money and spending in the title. Talk about that. We want transfer news, at once!”
Jesus. Calm down. I was getting to that.
Talking at a Q&A with fans and shareholders, Ivan Gazidis has put his usual spin on what will happen with the funds at Arsene’s disposal. The slippery so-and-so had these words to say when quizzed about potential splurging:
“Arsene is not scared to spend money but he has to believe they are top-class players who will add to the squad.
“Can I guarantee he will spend all of the money available to him? That depends on the talent.
“Arsene has done an outstanding job to make sure Arsenal stay in the mix with the top teams – not where we want to be, but in the mix – on a relatively limited budget.”
If I had a shiny new fifty pence piece for every time I’ve heard a variation of that quote wheeled out by the Board, I’d be some way closer to realising my dream of recording my debut Hip-Hop album – It wouldn’t be “Gangsta” as I don’t own a “9” and I’m yet to experience “smoking a punk-ass crack ho”.
Regarding what we will do in the window; I have a very simple take on it. I believe we may see something big happen, and that there is some weight to the promises this time around. Call it blind optimism, or raging stupidity, if you so desire, but I genuinely feel that way. Fact and evidence are not two things I posses that can back up my feeling. Nope, afraid not folks. I have a little thing called faith, and that’s something that’s always open to criticism.
We enter this summer free from tiresome speculation surrounding our best player/s, and revenue seems to have increased to such an extent there is a plentiful wad of cash at the manager’s disposal. Gazidis mentions the miracles Arsene has accomplished “on a relatively limited budget”. The money is available to the manager now more so than it has been for a while. It’s up to him to do something with it, and to make it count.
I believe he will.
And that’s yer lot today, boys ‘n;’ girls. The comments section below is practically gagging to be used. Do you have any thoughts on how we might spend over the next couple of months? Feel free to jot down one or two of your thoughts. I’ll look forward to reading through a few.
I shall return tomorrow. As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.