Hello, hello. A very happy Friday to you all.
As you probably know it’s my final blog post for a little while. I’m taking a break from the Arsenal madness to give my brain a rest and put some time towards tweaking the blog and working on some new football blogging ideas. I thought that with the transfer madness (*cough* Vermaelen *cough*) and a long summer of no football upon us, it would be fun to look at a few things you can do to make sure you to can enjoy the break. Here goes nothing…
1. Stay away from NewsNow
Don’t get me wrong, I love NewsNow. Without it this blog wouldn’t have half the readers it does now and neither would a number of other football blogs. But when it comes to transfer news, NewsNow is nothing but a whirlpool of pain. Dodgy sites like Tribal Football, Sport.co.uk and The Sun regularly post unsubstantiated articles about how Arsenal have signed this player or that and give false hope to unsuspecting fans. My advice? Stick to the blogs you know and trust (like this one!), sites with authority like Soccernet and Arsenal.com and do some research of your own into whether it’s actually happened or not. That way you’ll avoid a summer of unavoidable pain that we didn’t sign Kaka when some useless website said we did.
2. Start following another sport
I can say without any doubt that football is the greatest sport in the world. But that’s not to say there aren’t other options out there to keep you busy while the Arsenal boys take a break. Being a full-blooded Aussie I’ll be getting involved in the Brisbane Lions plight to make the AFL finals, but why not watch the IPL cricket or the NBA Finals? It’s certainly better than a kick in the teeth.
3. Plan a trip to the 2010 World Cup
The World Cup in South Africa kicks off in just over a year, meaning you’ve got a fair amount of time to plan a trip to the tournament. Three months of no Arsenal is more than enough time to get a savings plan together and turn the dream of going to South Africa to support your nation into a reality. Think of the magic, the colour, the Brazilian girls…
4. Play a lot of FIFA
FIFA09 is pretty much the greatest football game ever. Bring in the signings you want (I’ve got Naldo and Momo Sissoko) and do what Arsene Wenger and Arsenal couldn’t do this season by winning a trophy. And if you’ve got time, challenge your Spurs-supporting mate and hand his arse back to him on a plate.
5. Read the Arsenal FC Blog’s end of season wrap-up
I know, I know. A bit of cheeky self-promotion here. But if you pine for some decent Arsenal reading throughout the transfer madness check out this blog’s end of season wrap-up, containing multiple review articles and the Season Review edition the Arsenal FC Weekly podcast. Check it out here.
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So that is it. I’ll be posting infrequently until the Emirates Cup kicks off on August 1, although I can assure you I will be commenting on any substantial transfer news or anything else of note.
Just before I go I want to say a very warm thank-you to everyone who has read and commented on the blog this season. It’s been brilliant hearing your opinions and discussing the Arsenal this season and it should be even better next year – particularly if Wenger makes a couple of signings.
Cheers and speak to you soon!
Have your say on the summer break by leaving a comment.