There is a pep to my step brought about my the onset of warmer climes. Whilst Spring and Summer may not be upon us yet, the scent is in the air, wafting across the wind pleasantly like the sensation of passing a decent burger joint at 3 in the morning. I hate the cold, you see; I’m not built for it and become less-than-enamoured by the concept of moving from the warmth. Cold breeds indolence in me.
Warmer temperatures mean more time for blogging as I’ll be inclined to sleep less. Those of you that have stuck with this site throughout the winter should see some improvements and small changes across the upcoming months.
The news out there seems mostly focused on as much negative spin that can be put on Mesut Ozil’s current ‘plight’ – for want of a better word. I’m sure our German friend himself would admit that his form isn’t where he would like it to be and he’s had a few bad games recently. Hardly the end of the world when you look at it in the simplest of terms. I see it that way, I see no other way to view it. The media, those relentless merchants of skullduggery, like to find the smallest piece of negative information and send it spiralling out of control as it suits their agenda and enables units/clicks to double/triple. In short, bad news and misery sells, so perpetuate it ad nauseam.
The saddest thing for me is that all this dross has obviously found its way to Ozil’s door and prompted both him and his teammates to speak up. For what? A few bad games in a season that, statistically, has produced a lot of good and only very little reason for concern.
Lukas Podolski recently stated:
“I think Mesut is a fantastic player. He’s going to give a lot of joy to Arsenal and to Germany.
“He’s still young and a good friend of mine. He’s played many great games and he will play many more. I think some of the criticism was a bit exaggerated and unfair at times.”
Sums the whole thing up perfectly, doesn’t it. Too many Arsenal fans (not the majority, mercifully) want results quickly. Patience is certainly not a virtue possessed by the minority and their opinions get given greater exposure because they court controversy. In a environment as saturated as Arsenal’s online community it’s very easy to allow what appears popular to become what you assume is truth – my friend Daniel Cowan wrote a very good piece on exactly this kind of thing – when, invariably, nothing has absolute clarification, just personal viewpoint.
Elsewhere, discussions have taken place about our ‘double pivot’ in the absence of Jack Wilshere. Both Aaron Ramsey and Kim Kallstrom are nearing availability, but neither is expected to be fully prepared to play for another week. With games at home to Everton and away in the Allianz Arena, the two central roles in front of the back four are an area of a little concern.
In my opinion, Flamini and Oxlade-Chamberlain are the two ideal candidates. The Flame will sit and do the dirty work whilst Th Ox can charge forward and get into the box. It’s almost impossible to predict what Arsene will do for the FA Cup fixture, but I’d hazard a guess it will be that and not the dreaded ‘Flamteta’ axis so many find disagreeable – incidentally, I hate that term. I hate like I would a mortal enemy.
That game against Everton approaches quickly, and I can’t say I’m not nervous. We all know that blunders in the Premiership mean a Cup is now our most likely avenue for glory. Whilst true, statements such as that add a little extra spice and pressure to proceedings. I’m nervous thinking about it now, but have the ideal coping mechanism: Chocolate Digestives.
I spoke about my love for those biscuits treats when I guested on the Suburban Gooners Podcast, and in that context they were talked of as a way of relieving glumness after a miserable defeat. Crunching your way through packet after packet when the chips are down might seem like a bit of a grotesque method of dealing with Arsenal and all their wonderful dramas, but it is one I’d recommend fully.
I love ’em, and will be expecting substantial sponsorship from McVitie’s in the not-so-distant future once my antics reach their head offices. At least that’s the plan, folks; global domination one packet of biscuits at a time.
I’m going to end things today on that note. The comments patiently await all your thoughts on the day’s subjects. Don’t be shy, drop me a line. Interacting with all you lovely people is fun, even when you call me names.
Tomorrow I’ll be back at the usual time with a preview of the big game. Until then, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.