Fantasy Football, Disney Style
A brief one this morning, time is against me. The North London Derby edges ever closer as players talk of bragging rights, titles and goodness knows what else of little or relevance at all.
However, both clubs are acutely aware that there will be tension should Emmanuel Adebayor recover his fitness in time. Rightly they are appealing to fans to take responsibility and end the racist element of the chanting. Hopefully the clubs will acknowledge that neither set of supporters are angels with Tottenham equally as capable of such chants as they have proven in recent seasons. As Johnny Rotten said, “No-one is innocent“.
Arsène is taking a hard line with the Arsenal players, ensuring that they are entirely focussed on the matter at hand. That included banning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from a Disney photoshoot.
Reports from insiders suggest that when told that Disney were Mardy, Narky, Lairy, Bolshy, Stroppy, Tetchy and Snoop Doggy over the whole affair, Arsène responded that he was pleased that they were updating the story but he really didn’t care what the Seven Dwarfs thought of his decision.
Disney and Arsenal have been in quite close contact recently judging by reports in this morning’s Daily Telegraph. The newspaper some of you will recall introduced Fantasy Football to the wider footballing public and it seems they are intent on playing this game in full view of the readership. “Described as between £50m and £100m” could apply to anything that has been said over recent days. The AST, Mirror and other websites have mentioned the lower of those two figures; Steve Stammers’ Sunday Mirror column mentioned £57m which can be indeed be described as between £50m and £100m.
In short it is nothing new. But.
The source of story – aside from Wilson’s vivid imagination – appears to be someone in the KSE camp or of the board’s acquaintance. It is this aspect of football speculation that grates the most; the unnamed board / owner source. This type of story raises expectations of a Summer spree, something we know is not going to happen. It is not Wenger’s style; happily, he is getting cut-price instruction from Wilson whose sizeable knowledge of the game stretches to Stephane Sessignon of Sunderland for up to £10m although of course tabloid knowledge hints that there is a £3.5m fee.
Those increased expectations torment; they push the blame to the manager, away from the board. It is the manager’s fault that we don’t spend money in the transfer window, as well portraying themselves as careful but benevolent benefactors. There is enough pressure on the manager without this blame-shifting exercise. Still, at least KSE are reading more discerning newspapers than the Daily Star.
That’s your lot for today. Over on Arsenal On This Day, a League Cup semi-final defeat to contend with.