Date:Wednesday June 15 2011
After a brief summer hiatus from football, I`m back and raring to go.
Of course there is still a fair old amount of time before we get to see some football, but the business end really does start now.
Taking a few weeks away from the game, for me at least, was essential to recharge the batteries after what I could only describe as one of the most disappointing run-ins since, well, the last time we arsed it up. A message I read on Twitter, summed it up nicely "Arsenal …. The only team who could be in a two horse race for the title, and finish fourth".
It was very heart wrenching to watch. We knew what was going to happen in almost every game, and it was difficult to find the will power to view it, but we did, because we love our club. And that`s the great thing about football, there`s always another season, another game, another trophy to go for.
However even though the pain of last season is diminishing the more the sun shines, the bar-b-ques burn and the cold beer flows, the reason for our demise should not be forgotten lest we`ll be destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over and over. And it`s kind of been like that already for the last couple of years.
This summer though could, and should, be different (as well as being the same with the Cesc saga and other players flirting with moves away, but we`ll get to that). You get the sense that the tide is changing in the Arsenal camp and that we`re going to be seeing one of our busiest summers ever.
Don`t be fooled by idiotic blogs and newspaper articles telling us that Wenger`s empire is falling apart as he dawdles in the transfer market, it`s clear that business is currently being done, and will continue to be done through out the summer.
One deal looking more and more certain each day is that of Lille forward, Gervinho There`s been rumour and murmurings for weeks now by all accounts, and recent comments from the French team suggest we`re deep in dialog to bring the player to North London …. Much to the delight of Bacary Sagna and Johan Djourou.
Many people believe that the capture of Gervinho could also pave the way for his team mate, the much sought after Eden Hazard (No relation to Micky Hazard I`m told, but the skills tell me otherwise), but there`s nothing concrete to suggest this is true.
Of course Wenger has already dipped into the market this summer to sign defender, Carl Jenkinson from Charton. Wenger is clearly excited by the Finglish defender, who hopes to be like Tony Adams. Seeing as Andrei Arshavin was possessed by the spirit of Ray Parlour towards the end of the season at least Jenkinson will have a drinking buddy.
Of course the seasonal Fabregas w**king competition has begun in earnest in Spain, with Gerrard Pique and curly headed buffon, Carles Puyol being the early leaders for the "money shot of the year award". Arsene Wenger however believes Fabregas will stay will us, and I`m inclined to agree. I`m sure that Barcelona`s sole tactic is to coerce Cesc into throwing a paddy so he can leave on the cheap. Just like last year I don`t think they have any intention of making an offer for the player that is even remotely acceptable. I just wish Cesc could see what they`re doing. If they really valued him, the stump up the readies.
Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy are two other player who seem unwilling to sign new contracts, however having just got back into the footballing groove I`m going to push that to one side for the time being.
So here`s to a new season and a summer of complete bollocks. Look out for new changes and new features at Vital Arsenal over the course of the summer, and if you didn`t read it here it`s probably not true.
Date:Wednesday June 15 2011
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