by Tony Attwood
There are some truly frightening stories around at the moment, the most awful of which is the notion that England are preparing to bid for the world cup finals again. Not content with having throw millions of pounds of taxpayers money at Fifa last time around, and clearly aware that Fifa remains as corrupt as ever, and having had the ignominy of a vote of no confidence in them by the House of Commons, the FA really are setting themselves up once more.
And the most awful thing about it is that mugs like me who pay our taxes, are going to have to watch it all go down a drain of corruption yet again. 2030 is the tournament they are thinking of throwing money at.
Moving on Jack Wilshere has posted on one of those social media things saying, “There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.”
Well yes, up to a point. When your contract runs out at the end of the month (as his does) you do have to decide. Are you signing the deal with Arsenal or moving on?
Anyway, one bloggetta knows what’s going on. “Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is due to hold talks with Unai Emery this week regarding his future at the club,” according to Read Arsenal. I’d like Jack to stay, just because he can do some very exciting things and is Arsenal through and through, but the club hasn’t asked my opinion.
Elsewhere events at Sporting Lisbon have taken an interesting turn as 19 players have been suspended. They have also had a band of men, their faces covered in hoods, forcing their way into the training ground and attacking some of the players. What annoyed them was the Sporting had lost their last game of the season and so finished third, and thus outside of the Champions League. Their chairman accused Benfica players of offering gifts to referees.
And then if all that were not enough to give you something to think about how about this one:
Arsenal fans order Unai Emery to revive transfer interest in Aleksandr Golovin.
They add that, “The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to north London last summer with Arsene Wenger admitting he was a fan of the CSKA star ahead of the Europa League quarter final clash back in March.”
Anyway it was just a little bunch of tweets that caused the headline, after the first half of the first match in the world cup. And each of those seemed to ignore the fact that Arsenal in some quarters have been said to have too many forwards and maybe ought to be getting rid of Lacazette. As I have said before I really do hope that we keep Laca and Auba, both because two on the pitch at once would worry any defence, and because one of them is going to be injured at some time, and we need that level of cover.
Of course some headlines are really so misleading they are positively annoying, like “Arsenal agree new deal for highly-rated midfielder.” Well maybe you can squeeze reality into that headline, but it is quite a push when the player is Maitland-Niles. It would have been better to say he’s “signed a new contract”
Last thing today: 18 minutes to go and the score is Russia 3 Saudi Arabia 0 and the commentator says, “It looks like all three points are going to Russia.” Yes I guess it does.
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