Well, what shall I talk about today? The interlull is upon us, pointless international duty threatening to strike down every player who didn’t manage to convince their national team doctor they had the runs, and the media still have their knives out for Arsenal.
I wish to discuss none of this, simply because it depresses the life out of me.
One thing I did hear today which grabbed my interest was on the Chapper’s Premier League podcast where ex-Premier League referee Graham Poll said this:
Now I’m not one to stick up for Gary Neville, but when this was said to him, Poll reports that Neville replied “but that’s cheating” and he’s right. The fact that Poll couldn’t understand that Neville wouldn’t accept this is laughable.
And also, possibly, at the root of our recent problems with refs.
It’s worth discussing at a later date because simply, I’m quite fed up with all the talk about refs who are, let’s face it, usually refs because they were a.) bullied at school and b.) picked last for football at school (Sorry to offend any lower league refs reading, I don’t mean to aim that at you).
We should be talking about football matters, but what would they be? Should we go over the 4-4 from the weekend for the hundredth time? I’d rather not do that either.
Shall we talk about our injuries which are mounting rather nicely, just in time for the arrival of The Barcelona Globetrotters? Well, there’s was good news on Djourou with the Swiss FA saying he would only be out for one week. Bear in mind this is not an Arsenal week, but rather a Swiss week which will be exactly seven days, no more, no less and explains why he was relatively upbeat on Twitter yesterday. Bad bruising. Superb news.
There’s no news on Denilson or Robin’s ‘flu, Gibbs mystery injury, Cesc’s dodgy tummy, or Song’s leg after Kos kicked it.
How about the non-spending in the transfer window? Wasn’t it obvious that all this would happen as soon as the window shut? Well, actually, no, it wasn’t. We didn’t buy a centre-back for a number of reasons, the main ones being there was no-one around who was ‘of value,’ teams didn’t want to sell, and, in the long run, how do you keep five or more centre-backs happy knowing that you have kids out on loan who will eventually want to play as well? We didn’t buy knowing we had Song. Should we have expected that we would lose Djourou AND Song to injury within the space of one week? We had Denilson and Diaby to cover Song, should we have foreseen the injury of one and the craziness of the other?
How could ANYONE have known that we would lose all those players in one week? And, even if you could, would you say that we should have bought ‘just in case’? Well, what if we had, what would you suggest we do with all those players when people start returning to fitness?
Let’s not talk about that either.
James Shea, our current number three goalkeeper (with Fabianski injured and Mannone out on loan) has signed a contract extension to keep him at the club ‘long-term.’ If I’m honest I know very little about him, having only seen him play a few times and I’m nowhere near as well placed to comment on his ability as I was when watching Szczesny for the first time a few years ago. The club clearly rate him so that’s good enough for me. He’s an Islington lad as well which should please quite a few people as well, local lad and all that.
There was no blog yesterday as I was slammed with work and also took part in one of @TheRSD’s series of live blogs with fellow blogger @SianyMacalarny. If you missed it, you can replay it here
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