No Complaints: Same Names, Same Stories & FA Investigate Outbreak Of Sanity
An enforced absence due to broadband issues yesterday, the engineer was less accurate with his fixes than Pique was when he ‘gobbed’ on a fellow Catalan yesterday. Hard to decide which has contributed more to such classy behaviour; spending time with United or just generally being a piece of sh*t.
With Barnet looming on the horizon, proper football returns, none of this namby-pamby World Cup mularky. Pre-season is well under way and Arsene used his managerial privileges to delegate the first week’s fitness coaching, returning yesterday with “Lads, I’ve got a plan” and other tactical stuff.
Cesc to Barcelona rumbles on with the player declining to appease the press with a declaration of love either way, preferring to tell us that “Whatever will be, will be“, forgetting the bit about going to “Wemb-er-lee“, ending the conversation instead. Quite rightly there is a lot of anger around about the overt and unsubtle tapping up of Fabregas.
Calls for Arsenal to complain miss the point to some extent; to do so now would unsettle the player since his representatives would be investigated as well as Barcelona, a situation that Arsenal will want to avoid as it will inflame any feelings he may have about the non-transfer. If a deal is done then there is nothing to stop Arsenal following through on that path. However, history suggests that they will not seek to do so preferring to make the Catalans pay through the nose for the player should they decide to sell. Which they have made clear they do not want to do.
Almost as long running is the goalkeeping saga, with Mark Schwarzer still on the radar. The report suggests that Arsene has had a £2m bid turned down which is difficult to fathom as a few weeks back the reports were that £3.5m had been turned down. None which is relevant as The Cottagers want £4m. Having ripped off the new owners of Harrods with a sale, Al Fayed is looking to do the same with Arsenal.
It is no secret that I do not think he is a great improvement on those already at the club but perhaps more than anything the speculation has been galvanising for Almunia and Fabianski, focussing them on their own weaknesses and strengths, improving the former and maintaining the latter. Last week there was speculation about Shay Given being released by Manchester City but I do not think that will happen. At the tail end of the season, they were caught out by Given’s injury, forced to play their third or fourth choice ‘keeper and I suspect that Hart will vie with Given for their starting position with Taylor being the back up should that occur again.
To finish off a quiet day, a rare outbreak of sanity at the Football Association. The FA Cup committee is apparently reviewing the competition’s replays and looking at ending them, making ties finish on the day they are played. It has to happen; more and more sides are entering ‘under strength’ teams in the 3rd and 4th rounds – some beyond – a great source of complaint amongst some Arsenal fans about Wenger’s apparent disregard.
The timings of those rounds are horrendous, just after an intense period of games in the Premier League and before the re-commencement of the Champions League. It is unjustifiable for the English authorities to continue with this state of affairs. Dropping the replays will encourage the fielding of the strongest XI’s, managers knowing that there are two less matches (potentially) before the end of January. Whether they have the courage to do so remains to be seen but talking is a step in the right direction.
Posted on July 15, 2010, in Arsenal, FA Cup, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, FA Cup, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 175 Comments.