Sunday morning greetings, you bunch of unfathomably delicious so-and-sos.
You’ll have the excuse today’s entry. Work has me slaving away for a pittance, and the time I reserve for the sweet relief of my blogging indulgences is small. I’m scribing this in the wee hours of Sunday morning because I’m a dedicated kind of guy. I might be tired, tetchy and a bit chilly, but my thoughts are with ensuring you’ve a post to digest. Even if it’s shit-awful…
We’ll start with Jack Wilshere, who, according to Arsene Wenger, is struggling to be fit. Speaking yesterday, our manager said:
“We are now in mid-April, the Euros start in the middle of June.
“Jack has not played for the whole season and anyone who knows what is required at the top level, in terms of intensity, it’s getting short now.”
When asked if Wilshere’s spirits were high, Wenger added:
“How can you be at 20 years of age when your only dream is to play football? He’s down.
“Jack is mentally strong. But what is holding him back is that he can’t play football, so he can’t be happy.”
I don’t think he should be selected for Euro 2012. Of course, someone as patriotic as Jack will want to represent his country, regardless of what others may think. However, I can’t see him having the level of fitness required. It’s a safe bet that we won’t see him in Arsenal colours at all this season, and with that fact in mind, I think the off-season months would be far better used as a means of ensuring his readiness for our next assault on the major honours.
Speaking of major honours and ‘assaulting’ them – note the splendid segway – in the same interview – I can’t remember where, probably the club website – Arsene spoke of our need to continue spending money on players in an intelligent way. I’m sure some will read that as his insistence we remain parsimonious in the transfer market, but I’m inclined to agree.
Spending wisely is important. Would you rather we took the Kenny Dalglish route and blew a fortune on second-rate dross, and then watched in horror as our manager become a snide, morose, vagrant pickling away in a whiskey-stained tracksuit that looks as if it could use a good wash? No. Me neither. I’d rather we purchased wisely, addressed the areas of the team that require it and didn’t do anything rash or idiotic.
His exact words where:
“What has not changed at all is our policy that we will be as ambitious as ever and spend the money we have available, if possible in an intelligent and a wise way.
“We have always spent money because we are ambitious for top-class players and if you look at the history of our last 15 years, we have always had top-class players.”
I wouldn’t say we’ve really bought top class players. We taken those on the cusp of greatness and allowed them to flourish. We need to turn our transfer policy back to it’s most successful ways, and get a couple of what I consider to be ‘Wenger signings’. No more in the vein of Ju-Young Park, please. That’s just silly..
That’s me done for today. Today’s post was OK. Bit disjointed. The picture at the heading made me laugh, though. I’m the kind of moron that laughs at his own jokes, by the way…
Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. Please take a moment to comment. Tomorrow’s post will be better, I promise. I’ll be previewing Monday night’s game with Wigan.
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To finish; I had quite a bit of good feedback about my interview with Tim Stillman. I’m going to try to make the interviews I do (I say ‘interviews’, it’s really just me bothering my peers. I’m very persuasive…) a regular feature. All things going the way I’d like ’em to, I’ll have a belter for you next week.