Oh, hello again, how are you? Been busy over the last 24 hours? Been refreshing Twitter/NewsNow Arsenal feed to hope to see something about incoming transfers?
Yeah, me too.
The problem I have with this obsession though, is that after a while the thrill of the chase for a new player begins to wear off. I suppose it’s like any addiction really, the more you do it, the number the original thrill becomes. I’ve read so many different re-hashed versions of the Sanchez story, that I’m now pretty much immune to anything that happens, I reckon anyway. When he’s standing next to Arsene holding up an Arsenal shirt I’ll probably do a bit of a shrug and wonder who we’re after next.
(I blatantly won’t by the way. I’ll be just as giddy as when Johnny Cochrane told me to turn on the TV and go to Ceefax page 302 because we’d just signed Sol Campbell)
That ‘next’ person might actually happen before all of the Sanchez shenanigans are completed, as people started to get a little bit chattery online at the fact that Matthieu Debuchy had removed all references to Newcastle United on his social media accounts. Honestly, it’s come to something when we’re all taken in by small glitches in the Matrix like that, hasn’t it? Football fans are masters of putting two and two together to make the Sistine Chapel. I’m just as guilty though, I’ll have you know, as I saw Giroud’s random tweet which linked to the Twitter account of the Government of Monaco and asked myself the question “why is he doing that? What does he mean? Has someone from Monaco spoken to him? Tapping up? GET UEFA INVOLVED SO THEY CAN DO NOTHING ABOUT IT BUT WE CAN ALL GET OUTRAGED AT THE BRAZEN NATURE OF THE CASH-RICH CLUBS!
Imagine if you were a footballer that literally didn’t give two sh*ts, you could constantly mess with the minds of fans like some sort of social media puppeteer. But then again, you would probably be Joey Barton, and nobody needs that.
As for Debuchy, I would have no problem at all with him at the club, as a solid replacement for Sagna. Premier League experience, French international and if he was playing in a better defence, who knows how much he could step up. As with all Arsenal fans these days though, I’m not so sure about the fee, what with me being an amateur accountant and also contributing to approximately 0.00000001% of the transfer indirectly through my season ticket and other promotional merchandise items purchased during the season.
I think he’d be a solid signing, and would be the right age for Jenkinson to feel like he could displace the Frenchman within the next couple of years, so as not to de-motivate him from pushing for that slot. His stats stack up ok as well, although I won’t bother to reference them as they were being banded about around Twitter last night following a Sky Sports comparison between Debuchy and Sagna.
Before anyone goes Debuchy bashing about him at Newcastle, let’s also not forget he was in a team under the influence of Pardieu, who essentially looked like they weren’t trying for large swathes of last season. So just because your manager is the biggest tool in the idiot box, doesn’t mean that your stock as a player should be low, in fact if anything we should be praising him for even remotely bother under the gimp that is Ashley’s pet.
Heck, after Mike Ashley’s company made the faux pas over the kits being on their website too early, Dick Law should be able to start his opening discussions with “Now Mikey, that was a naughty little thing you did there, wasn’t it? That’s a paddlin’. And then, let’s talk about a discount on your right back…”. Works for me!
Anyway, there’s the square root of bugger all going on right now, but tonight is a fun game as Brazil take on Colombia and France vs Germany makes the first stage of quarter finals. I fancy the Colombians to cause an upset. Brazil have just about used up all of their luck in this competition through the group stages and the penalty victory against Chile and the Colombians have man of the tournament Rodriguez banging in goals for them at the moment, so I’m going for an upset there. The second game will be harder to call, but I have a sneaky suspicion that the Germans – despite not really clicking yet – will do what’s needed to progress. Either way, there’s a handful of our players who will be getting on the plane home this weekend, as we’re pretty well represented on both counts in that game.
That’s enough jibber-jabber from me for one day. I’ll see thee in the morrow.