I’m back after a lengthy spell away from a computer. WordPress insists that it’s just as easy to blog with its mobile phone app, but I assure you it’s beyond my patience to type out a 500-word, grammatically correct post on a faltering connection.
There hasn’t been that much to report, though. Even Arseblog was forced to write up features so the amount of news floating about was pretty slim.
Nevertheless, Arsenal won the Something Something Something Dark Side friendly cup overnight, beating Anderlecht 1-0 and drawing 1-1 with Southampton in two 45 minute matches. Henri Lansbury took his one chance to impress with a well-timed run into the box to smack home a Carl Jenkinson cross against the Belgians, while Gervinho scored a good goal to equalise against the Saints.
Lucas Biglia featured for Anderlecht and by all accounts made a right nuisance of himself. I wonder if the close proximity to the reported midfield target will mean Arsenal can get a deal for the player? Reports surrounding Yann M’Vila seem to have gone completely cold as doubts remain over the player’s temperament. Wenger, no doubt, has 1001 targets to browse for defensive midfield, and Biglia looks to be one of them.
To cap off the night, Johan Djourou got to lift a trophy. Remember when Armand Traore did that little parade around the ground holding the Emirates Cup? I’m not sure we’ll ever know if he realised all the home fans’ cheers were laced with irony.
Anyways, real football has returned. Arsenal did not have to wait as long as other clubs it seems, with these being the first friendlies of note to take place in the football calendar.
To finish things off, there are reports doing the rounds that Robin van Persie was spotted in the posh quarter of Manchester looking for real estate. House-hunting rumours always seem to be the last desperate trick of rumour mongers and more often than not are false. But on the hypothetical that it is true, I seriously hope Arsenal leave the player to rot if it happens.
We can only assume now that van Persie is a lost cause. He’s no longer an Arsenal player. But if he’s going to desert us for the money and easy trophies this season, then we can still show a little bite by bringing down a few with us.
It costs Arsenal because we’re shorn of our star. But it could still cost his suitors if they don’t end up with him next season (especially if City are shedding Tevez, Dzeko and Adebayor) if we hold him to his contract.
Keep him for one more year. Don’t play him, he will be beyond disheartened and the fans’ reaction will be typically poisonous. Make him rot, make his value plummet, make him aware he’s wasted a month’s wages on some throwaway Manchester real estate.
It’s a pipe dream -Arsenal will never work this way – but if the player is already accepted as out of the equation, you don’t have to make that benefit other clubs. Or the want away player. Force him to wear that god-awful away kit with a frown and slave labour wages of £80,000 a week.