And why not plan in this way? The Glorious Double – Champs League and EPL.
The fact is that once again with half the team missing we managed to outwit and outsmart the doom and gloom brigade, the media and the opposition.
What Arsenal would be like with a full squad would be like, well Everton away on the first day of the season, when we had something like a full squad.
So, without Gallas, without Cesc, without Ramsey, without Djourou, without Van Persie, and quite probably several other players who I have now forgotten about, but with the negative media and the negative blogs we can keep on winning.
We’ve been chatting about Samir Nasri of late, and he was magnificent once again – and of course now the media are starting to catch up (a bit late but welcome to the show guys.)
And do you know they have even tumbled the fact that the Diaby – Song – Nasri group have an average age of 22.5 Nasri as Fábregas? OK boss whatever you want. Oh and I will do a special goal as well that would have people raving about the captain – just for good measure.
And then there is our Nicklas – bloody useless – spends three months lounging about doing nothing, and then comes back to play four games and get a mere five goals. And one of those a penalty. If only he’d get his act together. (That’s postmodern irony just in case I am not making myself clear).
(Incidentally the media are playing their game today – “Bendtner, who received criticism in some quarters after his lacklustre display on saturday…” Oh please, give me credit for being able to read. Even the idiot behind me who hates Bendtner with a passion was laughing, and stopped shouting “Second ball” all the time just like that guy in “Making the Arsenal”.)
Then there’s that bloody Arshavin. Wants to leave because of the tax situation. Wants to leave because of the tax situation. (I have to write it twice because the idiot press ran the story twice). Looks bored stiff. Hates Wenger. Doesn’t understand why Wenger asks him to play in different places.
Watching him from the 10th row in the upper tier behind the goal is just such a privilege. I don’t know how else to say it.
What we need to do is bring in five more players – not because the squad is no good – it is bloody brilliant and it will grow more and more. We need five players to cover for the injury mountain. Last night (and Walter may correct me on this because I was very much carried away watching the game, rather than the ref) I think we had a ref who stopped the rotational fouling game. What a difference it seemed to make.
But we can’t expect that in the EPL. So we need cover. Sadly we need to assume that at any one time half our first team will be out.
I got home at midnight (as usual after a midweek game), woke up, cleared up, came to work, walked into a meeting. I’ll get it together soon, and maybe say something coherent. But in the meantime. Let’s enjoy every second.
(c) Tony Attwood 2010
Making the Arsenal: the story of Arsenal 100 years ago – details here.
IMPORTANT NOTE RE THIS COMING SATURDAY: You may have been inconvenienced in the last few days by finding that the Untold site has gone down a couple of times. We’ve tracked this back to something rather simple: our audience has just shot up again.
God knows where all these people keep coming from (another spot of post-modern gibberish there) but Hi guys, how you doing.
Anyway, we have a problem because the latest rise in readership has overloaded our server, and we are going to have to add another four billion trillion gigsandwiches or ramraider or something. This will happen on saturday (not ideal for Untold, but there is a business called Hamilton House Mailings to consider, and it is the best time for the money making side of the operation.)
So for much of this coming Saturday there will be no Untold Arsenal. I am shocked and devastated by this state of affairs, not to say mortified beyond belief, but there it is. People will keep reading this stuff, so we have to move with the temporal anomalies (or anemones).
To be technical about it, all being wonderful and well Untold will work ok until Saturday morning, then vanish, and then reappear.
But seriously, you wouldn’t believe the readership figures we have just been getting this month. I am overwhelmed by everyone’s support.
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