By Bulldog Drummond
Yep it is true; you are only as good as the journalist asked to make up another story says you are. For three days Harry Kane was the Greatest Thing to hit English football since the last Greatest Thing to hit English football. A Man among men. A God. A Towering Genius The Likes Of Which Has Never Been Seen Before.
And that’s all the time he gets. Because today the headline is “Kane beware – 10 strike starlets who flopped” which is in the Telegraph.
Fortunately for us our greatest star of the moment – or maybe one of our greatest, I should say, Alexis Sánchez will return to the squad tonight and probably to the team as well for the game against the might of Leicester (with whom we drew 1-1 earlier in the season).
If the pattern of our games in the Unbeaten Season (in which we also drew 1-1 at their place early in the season) continues, then tonight they will score first and their supporters will go wild, we will equalise and then get a winner. One of our goals will be a penalty. At the end of the season Leicester will go down. The only thing we can’t do which we did last time is go Unbeaten All Season. That match with Leicester was the final game of the greatest ever campaign, and remains my greatest all-time memory of being at Highbury.
What is different this time is the issue of Football League FFP. Maybe Leicester are whiter than white or maybe they are a shade of QPR. Who knows. Time will tell, assuming they go down. If not, they’ll live for a while longer.
Interestingly that old muck raker Mourinho has been suggesting that Manchester C is still breaking FFP rules, although his commentary seemed to suggest a serious confusion on his part between Premier League FFP and European FFP. But then its tough knowing everything when you Know It All.
Mourinho said that clubs should be punished with points deductions, not just fines – but since we are still waiting clarification on Premier League FFP rules that seems a bit premature. Maybe the special entity from on high had been at the Port again.
Even Mr Wenger was asked to chat about what The Almighty One meant by his proclamation, and (again) in the Telegraph Mr W said, “I think we have a good sense of humour here.
“The financial fair play rules have to be respected by everybody. And if one club has respected always the financial fair play, (and you can underline always), it’s Arsenal. So we do not have to talk about that…. It is not clear to people what financial fair play means, the rules are very complicated.
“The Premier League rules and European rules are different. You have to be aligned, so everybody knows exactly what it means… You want clear and simple rules for everybody to understand. If you ask me, and I am in the job, I don’t have a clear idea anymore of what it means.
“I would like the rules to be clear and that everybody respects them.”
And so say all of us.
As for tonight, none of the papers seem at all interested still raving as they are over Tottenham and Man U, so it seems to be just down to me to sort out what is going to happen.
I expect Sanchez to play especially as Arsène also said, “Sánchez will be back in the group. He is our best goalscorer and one of our hardest working players in the team. It’s good to have him back.”
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is however out for another two weeks. Jack is just back in training but will be out of the squad for some time.
Nigel Pearson the Leicester manager seems to have shaken off whatever it was that happened to him at the weekend in his do-dah with James McArthur, having been sacked and unsacked all in the same weekend. Or maybe the media got it wrong. But surely not. I’ve never known such a thing.
On the issue of Leicester, Mr Wenger was asked if they deserve to be higher up the table (they are bottom as of today). Mr Wenger said: “Yes, but all the teams at the back can say that. Hull can say that, they just drew 1-1 against Man City. The difference between the teams is very small, it’s just about how you turn up on the day.”
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