Commiserations, football fans.
Against my better judgement, I sat through the Champions League final in its entirety last night. 120+ minutes elapsed, and in that time Bayern seemed to be as resigned to the inevitable as the rest of us. They tried, they squandered, but evil and the despicable triumphed in the end.
I stated it before that I couldn’t think of a worse sight in professional football than cunt-almighty, John Terry, with his racist, misogynistic paws on such a prestigious trophy. I was wrong. The pictures of that colossal shite-bag lumbering around the field in his full kit, preening with self-importance, made me have to leave the room for fear of kicking the hell out of my television. I’ve already spent 25 minutes punching myself in the face to ensure that image is erased. It hasn’t worked, but the pain I inflicted on myself was a welcome distraction, and immeasurably more enjoyable than the final itself.
Chelsea have no class. Since I started supporting and following Arsenal as a boy, I’ve heard nothing but disdain from fans of wide allegiances. Fans from every variety of team, from every walk of life, rarely agree. But we all seem to unify when it comes to Chelsea. A thoroughly repulsive team, bank-rolled by the corrupt, supported by the vicious and the cruel, and lead onto the pitch by the most feculent and nefarious human being I’ve had the misfortune to cast my eyes upon. The Nazis would have made more deserving winners.
But that’s enough about that. As far as I’m concerned, the whole sorry debacle of confined the the areas of my recollection I refuse to visit.
In Arsenal related news, of which there is little, the main focus today will be on the future of Rennes’ excellent Yann M’Vila. With the French league finishing its fixtures today, they player himself has stated he’ll be making an announcement about his future. Obviously, this isn’t to be taken too literally. I don’t imagine he’ll sprint for the press conference room the moment the game is brought to an end. I’d say next week is far likelier time.
Like me, most of you Gooners will be hoping to hear a bit of good news. Since the story broke about our interest in him, I’ve tried to brush up on my knowledge of Yann M’Vila. From what I can see, and from the games I’ve seen him in previously; he looks exactly what we need – a combative, imposing central midfielder with good technique. A player to provide cover to our back four in a way we’ve lacked since Gilberto and Flamini departed. Rumours say the deal is ‘99%’ done, but until I see some form of full confirmation on the Arsenal.com pages, I’ll be assuming this is one of those occasions the 1% prevails.
The rest of the transfer gossip is mainly speculative. One thing I took from the game last night was the reaffirmation of how much I admire Bastian Schweinsteiger as a player. In the realms of fantasy football, he is one of the first names I’d be throwing money at. If I could pick one player in European football to come to Arsenal, I’d be giving serious thought to ignoring Messi and Ronaldo completely. It’s just a shame he can’t take penalties…
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Football is taking a brief leave of absence until the Euros start in June. It’s been that crazy a season, it’s been so unpredictable and down-right bizarre, that I might just have a flutter on England to win that tournament. Nothing would surprise…
I’ll be back tomorrow with more.