by Billy “the Dog” McGuire
Yesterday’s pre-season game between MK Dons and Arsenal was shown on Arsenal’s web site. The opening was a bit strange with several minutes of water being sprinkled onto the pitch (and no commentary – just think of what some of the chattering journalists could have made of that, contrasting the vigour and vibrancy of Milton Keynes water with the lackadaisical water flow typically associated with north London) but clearly they couldn’t be arsed to watch.
And once it goes, going it was, ok (or words to that effect). Interesting always to see the younger players, to make a guess as to who might come through, to work out what the manager has in mind for the future…
But now we come back to the big thing.
The Football League (ie Championship and down) and Sky Sports have got a deal so that fans can watch games that are not on Sky or the Sprout for the duration of the Time of the Virus. Season ticket holders who miss a home match because they are not allowed in and can’t get the game on TV can now watch it,
Season ticket holders at Championship, League One and League Two clubs can watch away games for £10 each. This deal lasts until fans are allowed back in – and obviously won’t include those that are planned to be broadcast by Sky anyway.
Philippe Coutinho has named his dream club amid talk of Arsenal transfer (
The story is that he wants to move to the Premier League although “recent reports have claimed that new Barca boss Ronald Koeman is open to keeping Coutinho at the Nou Camp – a stance that may well be strengthened by the news that Lionel Messi wants to leave the club.”
So probably not Arsenal. After months of telling us it would be.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts on Instagram after Arsenal fans go nuts over contract theory” (
And thereafter they tell us that “In a video posted on social media, it’s claimed Aubameyang can be seen at the Emirates Stadium wearing his trademark number 14 shirt – and the fact that he’s standing alone indicates it could be some sort of announcement.”
Mind you he looked thoroughly pissed off with reality at Milton Keynes, but despite all the joke about the city, it actually isn’t at all bad.“Gabriel Magalhaes to Arsenal: Fans think announcement is imminent after Emirates Stadium video”
Yes well this has been running for so long it has been round the track twice, doubled back through the underpass, burrowed underneath the stadium and returned offering half price to come in as a senior citizen for the last ten minutes.
“Community Shield prize money: How much can Liverpool and Arsenal earn?” (
Now this is a real classic. You have to be sitting down. And remember all the pieces we have written asking about where the money goes each year and what the word “Community” actually means after the FA was found guilty by the Charities Commission of not keeping proper records and running a brothel. (Actually I made the second bit up).
Anyway the answer is, according to the Excess, “Community Shield prize money Figures for the 2020 showpiece have not yet been released.”
Great article, men of the Express. Great reporting too.
‘It’s happening’: Some Arsenal fans think they’ve spotted sign Partey is coming (
Spotted at the airport I imagine. And why not.
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