Sometimes, just sometimes, there is a translation which can be made that allows scope for abuse and never being shy of passing it up, here goes. Yes, it’s about Them. You know that lot who keep wittering on about Him. The ones who want Him on the cheap because the rampaging ego that presides over the club wants Him, always has done and always will.
Cheap shots are easy. So easy that it is worth thanking Imanol Guillén of El Mundo Deportivo writing,
cuando este verano deje Londres, solamente tomará un vuelo que le llevará directamente al Prat
Oh, you are way ahead of me already, aren’t you? “When you leave London this summer, only take a flight directly to the Prat.”
Could anyone come up with a more fitting epitaph of Joan Laporta’s Barcelona?
Anyway, they are preparing the ground for this summer to be one of failure. Various bigwigs are making conciliatory statements, by their standards at least, with an admission that Arsenal do not want to sell:
We are working on it. We will try to achieve his signature and if we don’t get there with time, at least we will have opened a path. The possibility is always there but Arsenal have to defend their interests and perhaps they have a different strategy.
It seems the message is getting through. As for opening a path, well someone could do that to my front door but it doesn’t mean I’m going to open it. Laporta stated that they “are trying to find a halfway point for both sides to agree“; my suspicion is that there is a lot further than halfway for them to travel to find something tempting for Arsenal to let Fabregas leave. Perhaps that something will be the £80m in used fivers, sitting below the Jamon Iberico in his utility room?
Moving on swiftly. William Gallas has missed a deadline imposed by Arsene over signing a new deal, Roma the latest to be linked with a strong desire for his services. Replacements for the Frenchman have been plentiful in the back pages. The link to Mertsacker has been severed with Werder Bremen stating that the player is not for sale. Hold on a minute. Since when have the media let that bother them? The one thing you have to say about the Spanish journalists is that they don’t let anything like that stop a good old-fashioned media rumble.
Since the German, we have been linked with domestic targets such as Cahill and Taylor, exotic talents such as Koscielny and Diakhate whilst Sol Campbell has been flirting with Celtic whilst he considers one more year at The Emirates. In other words, we are no further along than the end of the season. At least no-one has had the malevolence in their reporting to suggest that Arsene is going to renew Silvestre’s contract. Yet.
Finally, Andrey Arshavin has been translated again and double standards may apply here, I would like to see what was said originally before chastising anyone. At least I gave you the original Spanish version earlier so you could see how loose my translation was…
According to the Russian,
There was nothing special last season for me to think back about. The season was normal – even pitiful.
Pitiful? Rudyard Kipling wrote:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools
Negative connotations will abound, the ‘normal’ English usage of the word is contemptuous yet the word does not carry that inference abroad, referring to a sadder element, inflecting the sentence with a wistfulness of what might have been.
If this is how he feels, then the failure in cold terms should be an inspiration for next season. But there is a whole summer ahead before the season starts and a World Cup to act as distraction for a while.