Morning, delicious readers.
Out there in the world of Arsenal’s interwebbing communtiy, there appears to be more focus on who’ll be lining up for us next season. Yes, the rumours and speculation surrounding players coming to the club are always entertaining, but there is something of far greater importance ahead. We do have the small matter of a trip to The Hawthornes and a game for third place on Sunday.
It’s a game that I don’t think for a second will be easy. If you take into account the occasion for Roy Hodgson, and add to that our spectacular propensity for suicidal defending, we’ve a nerve shredding 90 minutes ahead of us. This morning, I awoke from my slumber with a curious feeling of serenity about the fixture. Somehow, something is telling me to remain calm and hopeful, and all my worries will disappear. Admittedly, the same feeling is likely to be replaced with a gnawing terror once the game draws closer.
I guess at present I’m hoping the penny is finally going to drop with a few of the players. It absolutely must. West Brom can be tricky opponents on their own turf. Anything performance-wise that’s devoid of concentration and application will see the same abhorrent blunders from the Norwich game show their unwelcome faces. We have had a massive stroke of good fortune to still be in the position of control, we might not be as lucky this time around if we approach the game in a similar we-can-beat-these-anytime-we-want manner.
Collectively, as supporters, we should make sure our focus is in the right place. Transfer gossip is fun for a little while, but It can’t impinge upon matters of greater concern. Instead of furiously debating with one another how much we can get for Almunia is the market (not a lot), I think we should look ahead to who will be in the starting line up for Sunday. If we win -God, let us win – then we’ll have an entire summer of delirious bleating and speculative waffle to look forward to.
Thanks for reading today, you beautiful bastards. And thanks to those of you that contributed to yesterday’s poll. The resuluts were interesting. In excess of 850 of you voted, and the unanimous choice was Jan Vertonghen. I’d really like to see Marek Hamsik, personally. (I realise I’m talking about transfers, and therefore a hypocrite, but this is in relation to yesterday, Okay? Leave off, or I’ll box your ears…)
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Wasn’t it fucking wonderful to see John Terry make a complete tit of himself last night? I’m no fan of Liverpool, but I did enjoy their victory.