I don’t have time for my regular 1000 word, brilliant, incisive post this morning as I have been stretched so thin with commitments that I just don’t have time. Still there are two stories regarding Arsenal that have piqued my interest.
The first is about Thomas Vermaelen and his banjaxed ankle. According to the Daily Mail, Thomas Vermaelen is getting “anti-inflammatory” injections on his ankle so that he can be fit for the upcoming month of football. What made this story interesting is that I was under the impression that Wenger and Arsenal don’t believe in injections.
I can’t find the specific quote (one of you will remember for me) but there was a player who claimed that Arsenal “forced” him to take injections. Wenger was asked at his next press conference and I remember him categorically denying that he ever forced anyone to take injections. So, something about the story strikes me as odd. Like, almost as if a reporter were taking some banal detail of Arsenal’s captain’s treatment plan and blowing it up into a full blown “exclusive” so that he could get people excited over nothing. The only way my imagined story works is if Arsenal fans are already nervous over an injury riddled defense and the fact that the substitutes Arsenal could field are either all on loan or also injured.
Speaking of which, Andre Santos is on the verge of completing his switch to Gremio, Johan Djourou is on loan to Germany, Gibbs is hurt, Jenkinson is suspended, Vermaelen is hurt, and Koscielny came up limp during warm up on Saturday. See how that Daily Mail story, warning us that Vermaelen might be out for the season, is just a wind up?
Seriously, though, this weekend — if Koscielny or Vermaelen are not back healthy — you have to play Sagna in the CB position and Nico Yennaris at right back. Problem solved.
The other story that captured my imagination, the way that a petri dish captures bacteria, is the rags to riches story of Manchester United winning the title. It’s such a heartwarming tale of a little club who overcomes an oppressive uncle bleeding the family’s fortunes dry by tapping up the world’s best striker and having him give his former club the “double guns” on the Fourth of July.
Such a heartwarming tale. What makes it even better is how Manchester United overcame adversity to win the title for the first time in a year — their 13th title in the last 21 years. Truly, the underdogs have triumphed again and justice has been done.
But this all raises two questions for me. First, and this is addressed to my English readers mostly, but don’t you get sick to fuck of seeing the same team win the title every year? No other league has such an absolute dominance of one team the way that United have over the Premier League. What’s the point of watching if one team is going to win 62% of the titles?
Second, is Robin van Persie “justified” in leaving Arsenal last summer if United win the title? Please answer this question from a moral standpoint. Because if you’re going to say something is justified (ie. that it means the universe has administered “justice” to Robin van Persie) you need to back it up morally. Personally, I think what he did in July was amoral from a justice standpoint. We cared for him, nurtured him through sickness and health, and he ran off with the hot waitress from down the street as soon as he could.
So, I don’t feel he was justified. I feel he perpetrated an evil (a privation) upon Arsenal. Winning is irrelevant.