Hey gang! What do you think of the above image? Think it would look good on a tee shirt? Would you pay to have that on a tee shirt? Would you pay ME to print that, box it up, and ship it to you?
Yesterday, I posted a picture of Alex Song nearly in the buff and as it turns out, it’s part of a publication called More Human which is a special on African footballers past and present ahead of the World Cup. Interesting stuff, check it out if you’re curious. Also, there’s a couple of photos of Eboue in there!
The Dot Com, rumor central
Arseblog pointed it out yesterday, the Dot Com has gotten in on the rumor mongering and I’ll be honest, I’m pretty appalled. Today’s rumor link is for Buffon (though, look at the actual URL, it lists Suarez and Akinfeev) and what’s really bad about this is not that we’re being linked with the keeper but that when the dot com reports it, it lends validity to this stupidity.
What they are thinking, exactly, is beyond me. Bloggers do this stuff to generate hits, do they really need hits?
You want hits?
SIGN SOMEONE and announce that — I guarantee tons of hits.
Which is the real problem with this in my eyes. I think Arsenal are in real danger of underestimating their fan’s ire with the transfer dealings of the last 5 years. It’s bad enough to publish articles which have Arsene Wenger waffling about transfers; one day the squad is good enough, the next we’re signing 2-3 players, the next day the players have to be “world class” and then next month he’ll be talking about “likeanewsigning” players coming back from injury. That they publish that stuff drives me up the wall. I’d much rather they just not talk about signings than do this constant bait and switch. But this new angle takes that whole problem and just amplifies it with “official” rumor mongering.
If Wenger doesn’t sign someone not named Chamakh and the dot com spends the whole Summer poking the fans with this crap, they may find themselves with a lot of irate fans in August.
Seriously, stop this.
Why so negative Timmy?
I have gotten a lot of comments about how my site has “gone negative” lately and I thought I’d take a moment to reply.
No it hasn’t.
That’s not an answer, you twit!
Ok, look, think of it this way: yes, I’m feeling a bit down. See, the doom and gloom brigade are probably feeling pretty good about themselves right now. They made all these negative predictions, the negative predictions sort of came true, and now they are sitting back in smug glee as their team is not champions. Or “second loser” as a former reader would have put it.
Me, I was optimistic all year, until about three weeks ago, when the players pulled the rug out from under my optimism with a distinctly un-Arsenal-like display away to Wigan. At that moment I think we all saw just how poorly this Arsenal team can perform when they (don’t) want to.
For the average supporter, I imagine that they were like “yeah, that sucks, but with injuries and everything it was bound to happen.” For me, though, it shook the belief I had in many of these players. I really believed that Nasri and Diaby were ready to win the title and the fact is that they aren’t. So, as the guy leading the optimism charge it was really heartbreaking and I’m as devastated right now as I was when we gave up against Wigan. Probably if you measured it, I’d be on the opposite end of the scale from the joy the doom and gloomers feel right now.
I know that there are sites who are still buoyantly optimistic and more power to them. This site is basically one football fan’s take on Arsenal and you’re going to have to forgive me if I’m a little down after a run-in which saw us go from title contenders to nearly overtaken by Tottenham for 3rd place.
I’ll get over it eventually (Arsenal IS the greatest team the world has ever seen!) but in the mean-time my posts might have a little gallows humor in them. It’s how I feel right now and I’m not apologizing for that.
Terry takes blow to foot, no word if Vanessa was around
John Terry might have broken a metatarsal training for Chelsea. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish injury on anyone, but I will say that if he broke his foot it might mean that Sol Campbell could get into the World Cup squad.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
End on a high note!
Lest I be accused of constant doomgloomery I’ll end this on a high note, ok? I see that the U-18′s not only won the title but in doing so Arsenal became the first club to win the title back-to-back, that’s a bad ass fact! Even more impressive is what Tony over at Untold Arsenal points out: Arsenal did so by not using the main players who won it last year.
Players like Jay-Emmanuel Thomas have instead been loaned out to various clubs (and impressed there I might add) and new players have been brought in in their stead. Those players won the title and retained it for the club.
This means that Arsenal basically have a gravy train of young talent who win trophies as kids, go on to play for professional teams and impress, and probably complete their education either in the Arsenal first team or in some other Premier League club.
How sweet is that?