It may be too much to be true, but when the Times ran their insanely insane and pathetically stupidly ludicrous story that Pat Rice was going to retire from the club, I just wondered – had we caused that?
Since Untold Arsenal and its 60,000 readers ran the slightly amusing little piece predicting all the transfer stories of the summer (Clichy to Real Mad, Song to Inter Milan, etc etc) there has been a sullen silence from Fleet Street’s most drunken inhabitants.
There was a little flurry from the News of the World, but they were quickly put in their place by a barrage of emails from, well, me, and some regular correspondents of the site, saying “nah nah nah nah nah, this is old news, Untold Arsenal ran this story 2 weeks ago”.
Since then they have all shut up.
Until the Idiot Times ran Pat Rice to retire. So lunatically loonie was this story that Arsenal itself even put out a notice saying it was verging on the criminally insane.
And now all that is left is Ade to the KGB in Fulham. (Watch out Emmanuel, they censor everything you say, which is going to be amusing to watch, given the speed of your speech in English – which is actually not a criticism because I wish I could speak French at that speed).
The interesting thing is that no one seems to mind that transfer too much. Ade really hasn’t been his own best pal when it comes to making friends with the fans, endlessly talking up WC Milan, and commenting on how many more times they have won the Euro thing than we have. (We actually have a much better Academy side than them, and a much better Women’s Team, but I suppose those things don’t count).
But I guess overall the reason why Ade drifting away on the high tide of Euros doesn’t worry many fans too much is that we have such an astonishing array of talent in attack. To give an example or three there is
Robin VP – Bergkamp II
Arshavin – Berkgamp III
Theo – Henry II (at least in terms of speed – actually I can’t recall how old Terry H was when he came to us, but I suspect Theo has a year or three before we see exactly how good a forward he is – remember Terry was drifting into nothingness before the Lord Wenger rescued him, and he wasn’t that hot in his first season with us. In his first few matches all he got was groans – not least because he couldn’t score).
Bendtner – Alan Smith II. He has a brilliant ability to hold up the ball – that way that he gets a difficult slightly misplaced pass and takes it down. OK his scoring is not everything we want, but he is still a kiddie winkie (witness the fact that he can’t quite fix his trouser belt properly yet) and in another year that scoring power will be there. The Lord Wenger believes in him totally, and knows that it is minutes of the pitch that will take him forwards.
Eduardo – Eduardo II. We are waiting for next season to see the rebirth of one of the most clinical exceptional amazing finishers of all time. Imagine Eduardo and Arshavin on the pitch at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Carlos Vela. To whom shall I compare thee? I am not sure. Pires could do that lob over the keeper that Carlos loves to do, but Pires was an utterly different player. What I saw at Portsmouth was an incredible growth in his power – his ability not to be shoved off the ball by thugs.
Jay Simpson. I’ve only caught glimpses of him playing for West Bromwich Wobbleyou, but I guess he is Bendtner II. The Lord Wenger believes in him too.
And then Nasri and Diaby can on occasion stroll forward and score. Remember Nasri against Man IOU, and Diaby in Turkey?
With a forward line like that we are going to have to have a lot of injuries to find a place for Ade, so I wouldn’t be too surprised if he goes – although I suspect WC Milan is still the most likely. He can sit on the bench with Flamini.
Meanwhile the Almighty Lord W has repeatedly said he is going to buy one or two in the defending department, the ladies won the treble, the kiddies won by 80000 light years and the best news of all – Rosicky is back in full training.
I really did rate Rosicky and felt that he was getting into the full swing of things when those repeated injuries happened that led eventually to his removal from the game. I personally do hope he is back, and I bought my tickets for Barnet away today, not just for a pleasant afternoon in the sun, but also in the hope that I might see him play again.
I know the current flavour is to be thoroughly downcast, but I find myself extremely optimistic for the coming season. I’m not going to Man IOU on saturday (we’re having a dinner party in the evening and I need to cook) but there’s the final trip trop around the ground for the Stokey Wokey match, and then its only a short wait until Barney Warney.
(My partner has said that my four grandchildren are starting to have an effect on the way I write, but I think that’s bollocky wollocky.)
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