It’s a day off to attend a wedding for me today folks, hence the slightly tardy timing of today’s post, but given the dearth of any news except for gutter press transfer stories I kind of hope that it’s the media that have a day off for a change.
Rumours of Benzema, Fabregas, Mandzukic and Griezmann are all well and good, but TOM BLOODY CLEVERLY??? That’s like being given a Lindt bunny for Easter and then unwrapping the foil and taking a bite to find out the chocolate is actually dried and hardened faecal matter that has been injected with cloves.
If the conspiracy theorists are correct and it is indeed that time of the year when the club feed lots of transfer stories to the press to get people to renew their tickets, then I think the club need to have a serious conflab about who they’re feeding information to, because a Tom Cleverly rumour is as likely to get the fans excited as an announcement that all seats in the stadium next season will be adorned with paper towels emblazoned with Kroenke’s face on and a speech bubble saying “have a nice day folks! Now, are you thirsty? There’s a bar just around the corner in the stadium”.
Of course all of the conspiracies about the club concocting stories about transfers to get fans to sign up quicker than an Arsene Wenger contract are likely to be just that: conspiracy theories. As much as it pains me to admit, my role as a consumer of The Arsenal brand is one that is hardly unique. The season ticket waiting list is still substantial enough to replace me and many like me for those waiting to join the masses, so even if the club proudly proclaimed “we’ll sign nobody this summer and you’ll like it”, they’ll still fill the Emirates every week. The only reason to be concerned if that happened would be that a loyal customer of 25 years is a bit more stable and likely to stick around than one that’s just joined (statistically speaking I mean, I’m not suggesting new season ticket holders won’t stick around, just that the club know they can pretty much bank on income longer term of somebody that’s been around for 25 years already), but that’s only a slight concern in my opinion.
Arsenal is an addiction you see. It’s a habit that you are either born with or fall into. My immediate family aren’t Arsenal fans, but I got into supporting the club at around seven years old and haven’t ever really looked back, but like an addiction my obsession has grown. By fuelling the need to watching Arsenal again and again, each time I am perpetuating the need to continue to get my fix.
At times I wonder if it’s an unhealthy addiction. I mean, in the run up to every Arsenal game I get nervous, during the game I get swept up in the atmosphere and I get passionate, but it’s not a happy experience for the majority of the 90 minutes, save for when the goals are scored. But then, on a Richter scale of football pleasure, seeing Arsenal score is like the junkie high I crave so much. And then I want more. Quickly.
After the game, should there be a win, I am still riding the adrenalin high, but by the end of the evening/next morning, that high has dissipated and I’m starting to worry about the next game.
The club are fully aware of this addiction that we have, which is why I’m not too sure about the whole ‘conspiracy theory’ thing around transfers and season ticket renewals. After all, why would you try and tempt a junkie with a new and exciting drug, when you know that they’ll come back for their original fix no matter what?
Bit of a nonsensical ramble this morning, sorry about that, but that’s what happens when there’s bugger all Arsenal related to talk about.
Catch you tomorrow.