Friday morning snuggles, you wascaly wabbits.
Perhaps inevitably, Arsene Wenger has spoken out about The FA’s recent moronic review panel decisions. In light of a bizarre ruling that saw Shaun Derry’s appeal go unturned, and the horror tackle from Balotelli go unpunished, Wenger had this to say:
“If you put those two incidents together, it looks absolutely unbelievable that one is suspended and the other isn’t.
“It doesn’t make sense.”
Great. I sense a touchline ban on the horizon. If UEFA are happy to hand out idiotic bans for our manager’s words about their officials, then I’ve a feeling The FA might do something similar – sods law, and all. And I imagine it’ll be something farcical. In all likeyhood, Arsene will be banished to the stands for the remainder of the season, and his only permitted means of communication will be the universal language of dance or a Pat Rice hand puppet.
Everyone knows he’s right. Anyone with a pair of eyes can see the evidence is indisputable. But because of a baffling inability to overrule an incompetent official who saw the tackle and deemed it not even worthy of a booking, The FA have come across as complete fucking idiots. And it wouldn’t surprise me in the least in they ban Le Boss for pointing it out publicly.
There has also been a little dribble of transfer news. No great exclusive of a major incoming of superstar status, though. Yossi Benayoun returns to Chelsea on June 30th, and his future at Arsenal will be sorted out then. I like him. When he first arrived, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little dubious. Since then, his workrate and constant endeavour have impressed me. He’s got such energy, and a keen footballing mind to accompany it. He may be entering the final years of his career, but as a squad player we can call on when injuries strike, he’d be an excellent choice. I hope we keep him.
The other bit of news concerns our drug-addled Moroccan ponce. Bordeaux would be willing to take Chamakh back to France, but only if he’s willing to take a pay cut. I can’t see that happening. He’s accustomed to his current lifestyle of shisha pipes, wet-look gel and frequenting seedy dens of iniquity. I can’t see him taking a drop in salary when he’s earning big-bucks here for doing practically nothing.
I’ve defended him in the past as best I can. When he started at Arsenal he looked a half-decent signing who was good in the air. Since then, he’s gradually become more and more ineffective. If the manager can’t put him on at Wolves when we’re 3-0 up, then that should give you some measure of the confidence he has in him. For all parties concerned, he should move on in the summer.
That’s all for today, folks. I’ll leave you with a heads-up to my weekly column at Arsenal Vision, which was (deservedly) eclipsed yesterday by a thoroughly interesting Q&A with the controversial Piers Morgan. Whatever you may think of the man, the interview is a good read. Be sure to check it out here.
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