A fine morning it is here in the not-so-sunny Blighty. Not. Honestly, compared to the hardship ‘oop North’ in recent weeks following on from a proper flood, it’s shambolic that the town has come to a standstill in two hours of rain.
A win in last night’s friendly and it is good to see that RvP has still got a goal touch, even in ‘training’ matches which bodes well for the coming season in terms of his confidence. Additionally, another clean sheet does the defence’s confidence a world of good; it matters not particularly that the level of opposition has not been of the ‘elite’ standard, it is the process and getting going, particularly for a side that struggled to do so last season. The ‘important’ pre-season games though will be The Emirates Cup/Trophy whatever it is you want to call it and The Amsterdam Tournament when the opposition steps up a level again, testing the defence further in theory at least.
The Mirror is running with Stan The Man’s desire to meet with other shareholders and adds into the mix that he wants to bring back DD to stop Arsene quitting. Nothing to substantiate that, just the same assumption that everyone else has that if he gets involved, Dein is in the package as well. Given the resounding silence that surrounds the American’s plans, it would be interesting to know what input, if any, Dein has into Kroenke’s thinking. I have no reason, other than a healthy scepticism of the red tops, to believe that Dein will not come back in the event of a takeover but it is not something that should be taken for granted.
It’s reported that we have signed the two South Americans Angel di Maria and Pedro but that as far as I can see has yet to be confirmed by the Club officially. It seems somewhat unlikely to be incorrect given the Salamanca information on their website – see yesterday’s comments for my half-Arsenalled attempt at a translation – and I suspect whilst it is good news to seem two highly-rated youngsters being snapped up, that will not satisfy those who feel the current squad is still not at it’s peak. Personally, as each day goes on I get a tad more optimistic (I know that is hard for some of you to believe) about the coming season. I know that every year we go into the season with more optimism than the prior year probably deserved in terms of final placings but I genuinely believe that the squad can cope with the African Cup of Nations and the three absentees, chronic injuries aside. Advantageously though, the January window will enable Le Boss to bring anyone in should one of the forwards get knacked beforehand.
Finally back to the friendlies. I noticed whilst perusing the web that Setanta are showing the next match against Salzburg so if you struggled with ATVOL, which I know some did, you may be able to pop into your local to catch that one.
Right, I’m off for a dip in our new swimming pool that has appeared in the last couple of hours. ’til Tomorrow.