There’s a little bit of a lull at present. There always is between games when focus is elsewhere and the baying rants toward whichever figure/player has upset someone this week – always one, isn’t there – have calmed down. With news at premium and folks having temporarily given up on arguing with each, any and everything, there’s not much to discuss.
I’ve very briefly touched on Mesut Ozil, but only in small measure as addressing the accusations thrown his was only really serves to offer further incendiaries to already out-of-control fires. There’s no point when you understand why such insipid and blatant articles exist; those that write them and their employers can only attract hits by doing such a thing.
You need only look at Ozil’s stats and his contribution to the team to know that “stealing a living” wasn’t a fact-based, well considered piece of journalism, or even genuine opinion, but a cheap attempt to garner internet traffic because that kind of thing is exactly what attracts clicks. Think of it an obsolete writer in a worthless, insipid publication utilising the only thing they have in their arsenal. Pun intended.
We all know it’s bullsh*t, we all know why it’s written.
Elsewhere in news, Thomas Vermaelen has been speaking of his future at Arsenal:
“There has been a lot of speculation, but I can’t talk about it because I don’t know what is going on,” said Vermaelen
“My focus is on Arsenal at the moment. There is still a lot to play for – I can’t do anything about rumours.
“It is not easy, but I try to stay positive,” added Vermaelen. “Firstly, I have been injured in the last couple of weeks, but when the boss needs me, I try to play well.
“I know anything can happen, so I am happy to play when he needs me”
I’ve considerable respect for Thomas. Many players would react unfavourably in similar positions, but not our captain. With his place in the starting 11 long since taken by the formidable Mertecielny axis of stability, there has been no churlish whimpers of discontent or yearns to move immediately. Instead, to his immeasurable credit, Thomas has kept quiet and focused on the team before his personal agenda.
Should he leave in the summer, you would have to be hard of heart to begrudge him the chance to feature regualry. However, I really hope he doesn’t. When called upon, he doesn’t let anyone down and we need 3 top-class centre backs to navigate the perils of a full season. Should either of Koscielny or Mertesacker fall foul of injury and miss a significant period of time, we’ll need a figure like Vermaelen able to step in with ease, and losing him would only weaken the defence as a unit.
Heading into Sunday’s NLD, it looks like we won’t see Aaron Ramsey strutting his stuff. He has had a slight – SLIGHT – set-back and will certainly miss the game. Bad news it certainly is, but rushing him back for a game won’t help matters and is not a risk worth taking on a player of his importance in the long run.
That’s all for today, folks. Use the comments below to discuss as much of the news and other bits as you possibly can. I shall return tomorrow at the usual time with more. Until then, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.