I have a rule; don’t post anything unless you have something to say. Today I’m breaking that rule. I’ve scoured the Interweb for inspiration, only to be left empty handed and sporting a furrowed brow. I’ve consulted Big Ted, hoping for some pearls of wisdom, and all he could muster was silence and a glare that made me feel unsettled (I realise talking to my bear might make me sound mentally unstable, but I don’t especially care).
Most column inches and blog posts are taken up condemning Santi Cazorla’s dive with the kind of misplaced self-righteousness you only find from football fans. I myself wouldn’t deny he dived – I didn’t yesterday – but I’d be lying if I said it bothered me. The whole debate strikes me as a little silly; there aren’t many clubs that can claim to be free of simulation, so why the indignation when an opponent does it? It’s the joys of being biased, I guess. I’d scream bloody murder if such a thing happened to Arsenal, but I’ll gladly admit one of our players dived, and then carry on not caring about it.
Those column inches not dedicated to excessive writhing in the hope of penalties are filled with rumour and gossip. January isn’t far away now, so the speculation juggernaut is going up through the gears. From beneath the rocks they’ve hibernated, the ‘ITKs’ will resurface. You know the type I mean; they try to appear important by stating things like this:
“Walcott having medical at Anfield. Arsenal will make one last bid to keep him. The player favours Liverpool. My source at the club is rarely wrong”.
“Arsenal have signed Klass-Jan Huntelaar for £7m. Deal to be announced Friday. If it doesn’t happen, I will never post again”
I’ve been around the Blogosphere long enough to know the spurious accounts on Twitter when I see them. My mind’s eye pictures those responsible as wretched creatures sat in a darkened room desperately trying to obtain some level of attention and notoriety by praying on the many fans out there who just want news – Caught Offside is the worst example of this I’ve ever seen.
There’s no avoiding them. They’ve already started their tales of “insider knowledge” and false declarations of being football agents. If you are someone looking for news, my advice would be this: don’t believe anything you read unless it come with a confirmation on the Club’s official site.
All I’ll ever do is discuss the merits of some players mentioned. What you won’t find me doing is purposefully providing you with false information, or inventing things to get my lovely site a few more hits. I’m a considerate fellow, I am.
Right. I’m off to bed. That may sound odd given the time this post will go live (8am), but I’m writing and scheduling the night before.
I’ll finish with a question: What the most ludicrous transfer rumour you’ve ever heard? The comments below await a few of your answers.
Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. I shall return tomorrow with a preview of the big one; Bradford in the Capital One Cup.