With the club top of the Premiership both on and off the field, it’s definitely a great time to be an Arsenal supporter.
Before I get into this with more detail, I firstly have to apologise for the lack of posts in the last few days. Whether you, the loyal reader, accept the reasons for me three-day hiatus is questionable, but I’ll run through them with you in point form regardless:
Saturday was the Grand Final for the football club I play for, University of Queensland.
We lost 1-0 and I strained my hamstring again. If you don’t know why I say ‘again’, see here. Obviously I wasn’t very happy.
That night myself the boys from my team hit the town pretty hard to get over the loss. Things got pretty loose.
Didn’t get to see much of the Arsenal game (it started at midnight Australian standard time). Only reached the required pub in time to see Emmanuel Adebayor slot his hat-trick goal. Hugged a random Arsenal supporter, the only one I could find in the entire pub.
Went home and slept. And slept.
Got up on Sunday for breakfast at midday. Brain was hurting. Boys from the club reminded me that we were having a recovery session at another pub at two in the afternoon. For those who don’t know, recovery is just a clever way of saying drinking again after a night out.
Arrived at the pub, wearing the new Arsenal away shirt with “Adebayor 25” on the back that my roommate had brought back from a trip to Europe for me. Liverpool-supporting teammates were not impressed.
Got some money out from the ATM and decided that I was going to have a quiet day.
Found out the club had a virtually bottomless bar tab. Did not have a quiet day at all.
Spent most of it wearing a sombrero and throwing coins into teammates beer-filled glasses. Managed to sneak a ride home at around 11pm to complete a 100% free day of debauchery. Hit the sack pretty hard.
Woke up around midday on Monday (my day off from work). Had breakfast.
Attempted to write a post for the blog approximately four times. Each time I wrote tripe and felt like going to sleep. Decided to call it a day after watching the latest episode of Californication. Needless to say, it was awesome.
Went to work today and arrived home around 5pm.
Now I’m sitting here, writing this post.
Perhaps the best thing about this little break from blogging is the fact that on my return, the news relating to the Arsenal Football Club is about as positive as it could ever be. On the field Arsene Wenger’s side has extended it’s lead at the top of the league after another cavalier performance against Derby and off the field things are even better. You will already have heard it, but Arsenal are now the richest club in the United Kingdom.
What this means, in short, is that the threatened takeover of Alisher Usmanov and the increasingly annoying David Dein will not be going ahead. I’ve refrained from talking about the possibility of the takeover previously simply because I prefer to keep things related to the football field. That’s my (perceived) area of expertise and to stray from it would’ve been nothing short of irresponsible of me. But just because I’m no expert on it doesn’t mean that I wasn’t scared about the possibility of the club being run by money-grubbing investors. Until the result of the club’s financial report was revealed the possibility of a takeover was, in my mind, a virtual certainty. Now, thankfully, it is a triviality.
Back to matters on the field and things are going swimmingly. Almost every player who was in the side last season has improved and the new players have done better than expected. Need proof? Just look at little Mathieu Flamini and Bacary Sagna for conclusive evidence. Cesc Fabregas is playing out of his skin and the aforementioned Adebayor is finally starting to make the footballing world take notice of his ability. It’s almost as odd as it is sensational to see Adebayor on the top of the Premiership goalscorers chart. Whether he stays there or not is another thing entirely, but you can’t ask for a much better start.
A tough first round opponent
The football continues later today with the Carling Cup tie against Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger has confirmed that he will be using the League cup to blood the second-streamers and that means we can expect to see the likes of Lassana Diarra, Nicklas Bendtner, Lukasz Fabianski, Justin Hoyte, Alexandre Song, Armand Traore and even Emmanuel Eboue, if he has recovered well enough from his ankle injury.
“You will see Bendtner, Diarra and Denilson. Maybe Eboue will be coming back as well. You’ll see Justin Hoyte and Alex Song maybe Eduardo and Diaby. Then there is Armand Traore and Lukasz Fabianski who we have not seen a lot of so far. We want to give the opportunity to our fans to see some unfamiliar faces.”
Most of you will remember that Arsenal made it all the way to the final of the Carling Cup last season, losing out narrowly to a full-strength Chelsea side in Cardiff 2-1. And while the club is flying high at the moment in the league I can’t stress how difficult a task they are going to have against Newcastle. The Geordies are in great form in the Premiership and will sit second in the league if they win their game in hand.
This is about as tough a first-round task as Wenger’s young players could ask for. There’s no doubting the quality of Newcastle’s side under Sam Allardyce and I just don’t know if this Arsenal side have enough to win the game. I’m going to refrain from making some sort of a prediction because of the uncertainty surrounding both clubs starting teams, but I will finish up by saying that if Arsenal do win the match I will be very suprised.
What do you think?
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