For those of you assuming I write and post on the day – I don’t. I’m at home now at 4.30pm on Thursday beginning what will be today’s post. When this eventually gets published, I’ll be at work getting annoyed and giving serious consideration to punching people/products/animals in the face.
I find that it’s always best to write when inspiration or desire takes over – or, more often than not, when I get a bit of free time. Oddly enough, watching The Hunt For Red October has compelled me to knock-up today’s entry – I have no idea why. Maybe it’s the pleasing idea of Sean Connery saying things like, “Ar-shen, you shite, you should be shacked“…
As is so often the case on Thursday/Friday; Arsenal news is dominated by the upcoming fixture on the weekend. Spurs and their grubby minions head to the Emirates for the North London Derby. One player certain to miss out is Kieran Gibbs who, rather alarmingly, has seen what was initially described as a “slight knock” transform into a place amongst the long-term absentees.
It does beg the question what goes on behind closed doors at Arsenal? Are players with small and innocuous ailments beaten viscously by the medical staff to make their jobs more demanding? Possibly. Perhaps it’s all one large maelstrom of misinformation where no one wants to admit they placed faith in someone as prone to damage as Gibbs. That’s far more likely…
Whatever way you look at it, he’s not going to be available for, well… god knows how long – I predict the club’s official stance will be the usual “2-3 weeks” – a period that defies all logic when you consider Diaby was out for that duration nearly 2 months ago.
As for Tomas Rosicky? I’m starting to debate whether or not I’ve dreamt him up, such is his lack of appearance. Does he exist in this universe, or is he a construct of my over-active imagination? Someone clarify that for me.
Elsewhere, our bombarding Corporal, Carl Jenkinson, has seen his gallant exploits at right-back bring the reward of a delicious new contract, and Jack Wilshere has been quoted with an effusive and slightly worrying statement regarding his manager and the parsimonious choices in the transfer market many of us frequently lament.
“It is strange because last time I played was with Cesc Fabregas,Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Robin van Persie,”
“Now there’s the likes of Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla and Mikel Arteta.
“The boss has done excellently. He’s bought well. These players are proper footballers – they understand the game and they’ve been around.
“You look at someone like Lukas Podolski, he’s got over 100 caps for his country.
“They’re top players and it’s easy to come into a team where they understand football so well.”
“To play with someone like Santi Cazorla is so easy.
“He understands football, even little things like the pace of the pass he gives you, and his movement is outstanding.”
Lovely words, I’m sure you’ll agree. However, I can’t help but think there’s a slight subtext where Wilshere is screaming out, “Where the f**k has everyone gone?!”. Perhaps that’s just the pessimist in me…
Of course, no daily bout of Arsenal stories would be complete without some speculation. There are the usual suspects named in the litany of deals that won’t ever happen. Of those names mentioned, the one I’d move hell and high-water to sign is Fellaini. He’s 23, and he’s a monster in the centre of the park – and his hair is funny.
Who’d you like us to sign? New defender? New keeper? New striker? all 3 and more? Let me know your views in the comments section below – go on, it makes me feel all important when you do.
That’s all for today, folks. Tomorrow will bring with it a preview of the Spurs game. Until then, thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.