“We’ve found a bloke who sent a distasteful email to his friend in Doncaster last month. See if you can get hold of the service provider to make the exchanges public and get it online quick so everyone else can see how inappropriate it is.”
I thought of this last night while sitting in the pub, waiting for Drew to order our pre-match meals and drinks, and looking at the BBC football web site. There someone had put up a tweet saying that it wasn’t just that Arsenal were no good, it was just that we were getting worse each season.
He was quite clearly offended.
So 15 consecutive years of getting into the knock out stages of the Champions League – getting worse? Playing some rather nice football, not an endless “we score the least but we let in the least” of Graham’s cup double year. And there’s something else. What is it?
Oh yes we are holders of the FA Cup.
Personally I also think we have a superb team at the moment – the problem is not only have we had a lot of injuries but also we have had a lot in positions where we can least afford it.
“Maybe we should have kept Vermaelen then” wrote one Twit the other day. Ah yes of course. We sold him for £15 to Barcelona, and since then he has been … injured.
As I have said so often, top players don’t go to clubs to sit on the bench, and since no one could have predicted our spread of injuries no top player would have come. Indeed, as I have said so often, just because we want a player, that doesn’t mean he wants us, or that his club wants to sell one of their prize assets.
Anyway last night we played with our third or maybe fourth choice striker, and I thought he did rather well, until he went off injured. No Jack, no Theo, no first or second choice keeper, and later no Arteta. That’s how it goes at the moment.
But back to the Telegraph,
“Some offences, naturally, are worse than others, but if it’s not revolting text messages or Stone Age opinions provoking the evangelicals into full preach mode, it’s losing football matches.
“You can have eleven month investigations into all that other stuff like casual racists attitudes, but losing a couple of football matches is so insufferably bad there have to be immediate repercussions.”
How true, for once.
And we saw Alexis Sánchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain really doing their stuff. The Ox on 100 games was superb I thought.
We ought to say a word of thanks to Dortmund fans too. Lots of banging drums – a with a great sense of rhythm – none of that thump thump thump IRA and Great Escape rubbish you get at England games, and no flares. Great stuff guys. Brilliant.
And meanwhile we saw bits of Aaron Ramsey of old.
Getting worse? Well actually our win percentage – and Mr Wenger’s win percentage goes up year after year. That’s called getting better. We were also the top winning team of the year 2013.
What has happened is that with the advent of oil money, gas money and the illegal trading of children (which actually I have just discovered included the arrival of Messi at Barcelona in breach of Fifa rules) other clubs have had more resources than we have. And we are still up there.
Do you think we can do nothing this season? Just look back to where we were in December in the second double season.
Amidst all the doom, I’m still rather positive.
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