So I wasn’t on my own in thinking that there was something seriously wrong with football commentaries on TV.
Two things come out of the comments made about the game against Roma: one was the fact that TV commentators regularly urge footballers to be more violent, and the other was the wholesale negativity directed against Arsenal by ex-Arsenal players.
I concur competely, with the single exception of Charlie Nicholas, who I once sat next to at Highbury when he was coming back from injury (which has nothing to do with anything but it is one of my rare claims to fame so I thought I would throw it in).
Charlie never cracks jokes on Sky’s saturday afternoon programme but he is resolute in his insight into Arsenal, and unless I’ve missed something (because I don’t see Sky’s saturday programme that often – obviously) I think I ought to make him Hon President of Untold Arsenal.
Any thoughts on that?
Now about this bunch of time wasting hooligans tomorrow, I do hope someone has told Arshavin what he is going to be up against Perhaps we might turn to the Lancashire Telegraph for an insight into thinking tup norf. They said today…
“A bumper away following will be roaring Rovers at Arsenal tomorrow as they look to take advantage of any weary legs among the Londoners.
“A gruelling extra time and penalty shoot out in Italy will undoubtedly have left some of Wenger’s men tired ahead of their Premier League return but Warnock [apparently a Roverian player] believes not too much can be read into their extra exertions.
“They have a couple of injuries and have had a tough game with Roma so anything can happen.
“They will be tired but they are a class team and are near the top of the league because they are very fit boys. Their ability will take care of that as well.”
So now you know.
As to the club – they were formed 11 years before Woolwich Arsenal, and are one of only three teams to be in the first year of the Football League and the EPL. So how about that!
They were managed by the Ince, and are now managed by the Slug. If ever there was a management made for a club it is the Slug (still to carry out his threat to sue the BBC because of their revelations about the extremely strange doings of his Son the Agent during his Notlob Days) and the Blackburn.
Ah yes and let us not forget that before the Ince was the Ooze. Ozze, Ince, Slug – what a trio of talentless managers. Surely the all time record.
But just in case you think that was not enough to mark the club down as the ultimate in degredation and dispair, they also had the Soooness (Souness) as manager at one time. How desparate and low can you go?
So, they will waste time, foul rotationally, and play for a 0-0. I think we need Theo to sort that lot out.
Last, last, last thing, I was reading a bloggy thing from someone on some site and it said that most Arsenal supporters agree we need a defensive midfielder, and then went on to review who we should buy in the summer. Perhaps most people do agree with this, but my worry is keeping everyone happy. I think Diaby has shown amazing moments of class in recent games – an ability to turn and shield the ball that is quite extraordinary.
So I add him to my midfielders with influence list, which now includes Theo, Rosicky, Nasri, Denilson, Arshavin, Cesc. And Eboue, who I still think is a much better defender than midfielder (but what do I know, I just write stuff, unlike the Lord Wenger who has A Plan) but who might well come through in the end. That list is six strong (and I have a feeling I missed something because I have already had a few of the red wines, it being friday night and all), and by my calculation you can only play four at a time.
Do we really need any more. If we do how about Vela, Bendtner, Bischoff, Merida…
That’s the problem with Arsenal. Too many bloody midfielders.
Thank God Its Friday.
(c) some guy with a bottle of red wine and a ticket to tomorrow’s game against a Slug like creature who has done more to destroy the good name of football than the entire Tottenham management structure of the last ten years.