The players once again did the club proud with their diplomacy and they genuinely are a credit to Arsenal Football Club, its traditions, and history. Photos of them performing local dances follows on the heels of a well-received Australian leg of the tour.
Am I the only one who hopes the DJ got overcome with the emotion of the occasion and slipped a bit of Carl Douglas on turntable instead of the music he was supposed to play?
Some top-notch lip-syncing there.
I say, of course, ‘he’ when talking about the DJ but who knows, maybe it was a female DJ? If we can have a female Doctor, anything is possible. The media went into overdrive with the Scum and the Heil leading the way with the ‘boobs and bum’ angle of Ms Whittaker’s acting past. No doubt Phillip Hammond will tell Jeremy Hunt to cut GP’s pay; it’s a job that even a woman can do, after all.
Yep, you’ve got it in one: there’s not much football news about this morning. There’s a bit but not a great deal.
Which isn’t much of a surprise really. The movers and shakers are schmoozing their way into new markets and while Arsène is an arch-procrastinator, even he gets a pass on this occasion. He’s hardly slacking when he’s on a different continent and time zone. Besides, this is Arsène v2.0, the reboot; he delegates now.
There’s speculation that Jack Wilshere is wanted by Crystal Palace on a season-long loan. Arsenal won’t release him until he signs a new contract, it’s claimed. We’re not bothered by Alexis walking away on a free next year but for Jack to do so is just unpalatable. Apparently. Options are limited with Wilshere, even before we begin on the questionable fitness record.
Changing Of The Guard
Essentially, we’re trying to grab a fee but what are the options if Wilshere won’t sign a new contract? If Palace wanted him permanently, they’d bid now. The issue is injuries and they want the reassurance they aren’t buying a pup. I can’t say I blame them; his record is a surgical handbook and he’s got more scar tissue than a weeping rude boy.
Arsenal’s options are limited. Sell him for a fee which seems unlikely unless it is heavily loaded with milestones, e.g. £2.5m every 25 first time appearances; we could be waiting to be paid until he retires on a £15-20m fee. It will be familiar turf for him; Calum Chambers is on their hit list and Arsenal set a price tag of around £20m for him.
Is this in any way related to the rumours of a £45m for Virgil Van Dijk? The fee includes a £15m discount on the one quoted to Liverpool. Or maybe Southampton are applying a ‘Liverpool tax’ following their early summer shenanigans? There’s a joke in there about unpopular taxes on Merseyside but you can make that.
It begs the question of whether Palace might find it cheaper to buy the club but at £19.3k per share – the price a couple sold at recently, apparently – it’s going to work out considerably more to do that.
Holding the door open for everyone is Mathieu Debuchy, whose attempt at being unluckiest man at Arsenal is faring well. He was off to Nice, then they signed someone else – someone older to rub salt into the wound – which is very nice. Or Nice; I said it, you were thinking it.
Arsenal And The Quest For Lost Viewers
Talking of French clubs wanting to buy from Arsenal, PSG have spoken to Alexis’ agent according to the media. Which is very naughty indeed. Some people arms will be in the arms in protest; unless Arsenal gave permission, this is tapping up! Hurumph. It carries the same impact as raising their arms while hollering, “Aaaaagaaaaadoo-do-do”. Bad, PSG! Bad.
Winners of the ‘No Shit, Einstein’ award are the sections of the media who claim we must break the bank to sign Thomas Lemar. Thanks but if Robert Pires says he’s a jolly good player, go ahead and spend like Viv Nicholson, Arsène!
Finally, the Emirates Cup is on telly!! Yay! Not Sky or BT but sporting tyros, Quest TV. It’s on the Sky, Virgin and Freeview platforms, so I’m told. If it is, I skipped it, probably thinking it was a Baptist channel who would preach the word of the Lord for a pretty penny. Man, those guys wear sharp suits. Don’t you call me a Mod, I’m on a mission from God….
That’s yer lot for this morning, save for the new playlist which is going live on Dad’s Jukebox today.