Yesterday I failed to produce a blog post as promised. You might think there was a good reason for this; a family emergency or perhaps a complete meltdown of Internet capabilities. You’d be mistaken. The single biggest contributing factor was a bout of indolence on my part, coupled with the desire to play GTA5 – I get addicted very easily when it comes to shooting/blowing up other members of the online community.
So, I guess apologies are in order. There wasn’t exactly a plethora of interesting stories to write about, but, hey – I intend to jot daily and didn’t do so. I throw myself at your collective mercy (both of you).
Today is mostly scattered news without anything significant or immediately jarring – no story has leapt from the screen causing my fingers to flutter across the keyboard. Instead, we’ve the emergence of what I like to refer to as “customary dross”.
By that I mean quotes attributed to Arsene Wenger regarding 4th place:
“Our basic is always to finish in the top four and then win a trophy on top of that,
“We want always to be in the Champions League and this season it will be very difficult, because it’s very tight if you look at the table – every game now becomes a cup game.
“We have won (the FA Cup) five times during my period here,” he added.
“Nobody has won it more in the last 18 years, so we have always taken the competition seriously.”
I find the principle of what he’s saying difficult to disagree with, although some have taken it as settling for mediocrity or a case of the Club not setting it’s goals high enough. I disagree with that.
The most important word from that quote is “basic” – a minimal requirement the team and Arsene Wenger sets itself at the beginning of the season. Finishing 4th doesn’t bring with it a trophy, as well all know, but it represents stability and financial gain that can be built upon – previous recruitment over the summer shows we are aiming high.
If Arsenal finish 4th and don’t acquire some silverware, then I doubt anyone would consider the campaign a success, but it will have finished with us achieving the minimal requirement. Like all of you, I’d very much like the result to be different, but wouldn’t consider it an abject failure if that’s all we got.
Elsewhere, as the news slows before tomorrow’s game with Middlesborough, you have the usual transfer fluff. Even with the January window now a distant memory, hit-hunters and money driven sites can’t resist the urge to lure in the unsuspecting with preposterous tales of bids, swoops, deals and such.
You need only have a gander at the aggregation feeds to see that this is exactly what sells. It’s kinda sad, because amongst all that dross, it’s very easy to lose the genuinely good Arsenal writers and others, such as myself, who just enjoying rattling on everyday without actually making any salient points.
This is the world of the Arsenal blogger.
So, why not take a moment to read something a bit different, something someone has actually taken the time to construct. My recommendation would be this joint piece by Daniel Cowan and Jokman featured on Goonerspehere.
Give it a whirl, folks. It’s very good.
That’s all for today, folks. I’ll be back with more tomorrow, including a review of the FA Cup tie with Boro. The comments await you glorious digits, so make haste and send me some of your thoughts.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.