There was of course no football involving Arsenal to speak of, so I hope you used the extra couple of hours to spend some quality time with your partners, parents or pets. Or all three. Maybe you went to dinner at your parents with your partner and your pet was there too. Or maybe you took your pet out for a walk and bumped into your partner and your parents walking their respective pets.
My point is that there was no Arsenal and that means you should have had some spare time up your sleeve. How you spent that is up to you but I guess what I’m getting at is that I hope you enjoyed it.
Moving to football matters now and I’ll kick things off with Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has made a mockery of the suggestion that he could join Manchester City, labelling the move as ‘suicidal’. In his own words:
“It would be suicidal for my career at 21 years of age to move to City. It would make no sense.”
Right on, Cesc. Way to stick it to the man!
It’s no coincidence that every time Fabregas opens his mouth he says the right thing. It’s getting more and more obvious that Fabregas is the sort of player that is getting rarer to find in top-level football and I am personally delighted to have a person like him on our books, as much for his off-the-field dedication as his on-the-field application.
Just sticking with the topic of Manchester City for a moment and you might have noticed that I’ve yet to make a comment on the takeover of the club by the Abu Dhabi Group.
The only thing I really have to say on the matter is that I do get worried about how much money is playing a part in the modern game. Loyalty seems to have gone out the window as players are more and more making the decision to join a club based on the money they will earn as opposed to any other factors and – as a self-confessed football purest and hopeless romantic of the game – it worries me intensely.
I know money talks but to think that Manchester City are going to try and lure Cristiano Ronaldo for £135 million – a sum of money which could feed millions and millions of hungry people worldwide – is a bit scary. Football is still the beautiful game, but in many ways I feel top-level football has lost an element of the romance that makes the sport so enjoyable at a grass-roots level. And that’s a shame.
Now, I had planned to talk in detail about Amaury Bischoff’s injury progress, Theo Walcott’s England adventures and William Gallas’ rather wicked comments on Joey Barton’s ban – but my little rant about the state of football has floored me a bit. As a result, I’ll leave you to click the links and read about the stories for yourself. I hope you don’t mind.
And for those who are still interested, no, we haven’t signed Stephen Appiah yet.
Try and have a good one.
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