The Sunday’s Give Their Take On Cesc
Well, what did you expect the Sunday’s to batter on about? Not Reading, Writing and Arithmetic? You might have hoped for Static and Silence but to be honest, you’d have to be Blind not to read about Cesc to Barcelona. Enough of the 1990s indie rock scene though.
If you were hoping for rather more than a rehash of the tales which have been haunting you this week, forget it. A wide range of views are expressed, most of them negative, king of which is the boorish oaf Piers Morgan who thinks Fabregas is leaving because Wenger has a lack of ambition and drive. Sorry, I’ve just re-read that sentence and realised that Piers Morgan’s name and ‘think’ should never be used together. Read his egotistical ramblings if need to laugh. Still, good to know that he bears David Dein no ill even though his son is Fabregas’ agent as well as being Henry’s. Wait, there’s a pattern emerging.
Someone genuinely needs to make sure that Paul Merson is alright. Of all of the despondency that has surfaced this week, his article is the most depressing, carrying enough warnings that his nearest and dearest should ensure he stays away from B&Q for a while or at the very least, away from the ropes. There is a pattern here (again). If your initials are ‘PM’, beware for this tension is proving too much for you to handle.
According to Merson, not only will Cesc leave this summer but that will mean that Robin van Persie will be gone as well before the new season starts on August 14th. Having beaten Wenger with the stick, “It seems to me that if a player tells Arsene Wenger he wants to go, he lets them go without putting up a fight“, Merson added the caveat that if Milner is worth £25m then Fabregas is twice as valuable. Please someone, stop these two before they end up gibbering wrecks. Well, even more than they already are.
Paul Wilson in his Observer column asks that Fabregas be allowed to depart without ‘rancour‘ as £30m offered for the player is good business for Arsenal given that he only cost a fraction of that. Sorry, Mr Wilson, it is not good business because as it seriously undervalues the player and as Merson observed, Barcelona could sell Fabregas in the future for at least that.
Wilson tells us that claims of financial rewards being a motivator for the move are wrong as his pretension goes into overdrive, gilding us with lilies about birthright and homesickness by any other name. Shame he failed to mention the £4.2m which is believed to be immediately payable.
So, it seems that ‘PM’ is not the key to lunacy, it is ‘P’ as an initial.
As if to prove the rule by being the exception, Patrick Barclay bemoans the transfer as it is another nail in the coffin of squad building, simply encouraging spending to provide the quick fix. That is the essence of the Premier League; spend money without bearing any semblance of sanity and the rewards will come despite the fact that Leeds United, Newcastle United and Portsmouth have all disproved the theory.
Belatedly, the Premier League are acting on the subject of owners and money. Well, they might. At their AGM in June, existing owners will seek to close their shop further, hiding behind ‘the good of the game‘ defence, and require potential buyers to prove they have the cash they state and also meet with officials to ensure that they are the ‘right sort’ to run a football club. A lot of good the latter will do; no doubt that even a despised potential owner with a dubious past will be nodded through because he went to the right school and is a ‘bloody good bloke‘ according to the Tim-Nice-But-Dim’s who occupy the seats of power in the Premier League offices.
Still if Arsene were seeking solace following the failure of his emotional phone call with his captain, he can take comfort from the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson reckons that Wenger and George Graham were his toughest opponents. Not much I know and yes, it unnerves me as much as you when Ferguson is nice. About anything.
At which point, I’m looking out the window and thinking it’s time to get the kids out of the house. So hopefully the bright weather will provide the perfect antidote that the Gloomy Sunday that the media is trying to turn your day into.