The only thing that’s remotely good about this evenings international window is that it means thousands of men everywhere will not be subjected to an evening of horrendous soaps like Coronation Street. Actually, when I think about the prospect of having to watch England labour to a one-nil win against Denmark, a soap marathon wouldn’t be all that bad. Mind you, you’re unlikely to see any branded green pants baring a sports betting brand on in Emmerdale, so I guess every side has pros and cons.
From an Arsenal perspective, this ludicrously wedged set of matches at the business end of the season couldn’t have come at a worse time, after a stinging defeat to Stoke I’m sure Arsene would have preferred to set the team punishments of Magathian proportions, yet instead they can retreat to the luxury and bliss of their national team. The only hope all of us have is that we don’t receive bad news tomorrow or on Friday.
One player who I’ve heard a lot of Gooners talking about positively is The Ox, with a plethora of Podcasts all recently waxing lyrical over his form, and rightly so. He’s been a semblance of positivity in an otherwise relatively uninspiring half a dozen games and his direct running and added goal threat are one of a select few ‘reasons to be cheerful’ at the moment. Tonight will be an opportunity for him to stake a claim as a starter in the England team and, should he enable himself to perform as well as he’s done recently for The Arsenal, he’ll know doubt find himself getting plenty of game time in Brazil.
Of course, now that he’s starting to find some good form, we all await the inevitable injury tonight that will keep him out for the dreaded ‘three weeks’, followed by a ‘little setback’. In many ways, I’m a bitter, bitter man.
I tell you what I’m not bitter about, however, which is the news that the club announced yesterday that both Big Per and Rosicky had signed new contracts with the club. As usual, there’s no length of the contracts discussed, but I wonder if it’s a four-year deal for Per and a two-year one of Tomas. Either way it’s great for the club to see the experienced players committing to the club and it will add more stability to us in the summer. We’ve seen what wholesale changes does to a team in previous summer breaks, so to have these two committed is a good statement from the club. Some might argue the timing has been played in the most PR spun of fashions – particularly after Arsene confirmed that Rosicky would be staying at the club beyond this season a few weeks back – but I personally couldn’t give a monkeys about when it’s announced and for what reason, just that it’s done.
Now all Gooners will be turning their attention to getting Sagna signed up to a longer term deal, but if we’re all honest with ourselves, he’s on his way out in the summer isn’t he? What the two announcements yesterday show is that when both parties are willing, a new deal can be easy peasy, which clearly shows that there is reluctance – perhaps on both sides – to come to an agreement on the French International. You don’t need me to tell you how mental that is, particularly gone the fact that any replacement will have to have some time to bed in at right back, but it is what it is and we’ve seen too many contractual impasses to have the wool pulled over our eyes and not see this as anything but Sagna’s final swan-song as an Arsenal player. I hope we can deliver some silverware as a send off.
Anyway, that’s enough of my rabbiting on, you have a good day now ya’ here!