So, farewell Puma
Much like an extra hole in the head,
you won’t be missed.
The worst kept secret is confirmed: Adidas are back, Adidas are back. Excitement City, Arizona. £60m per year plus bonuses apparently.
There was salivating about a return to a proper red shirt with white sleeves for the home kit. Adidas, however, have form in not adhering to that; there were all manner of splashes, tinges, and logos all over the shop during their reign. However, they have to go some to stoop as low as Puma has in recent years.
As for the away kit, everyone loved the ‘bruised banana’. Or at least that’s what you’d think if you read social media. The reality is that most people hated it at the time. Some people loved it, that’s for sure, but more didn’t. Curiously enough, it was reviled not just for the design created by a pigeon on acid let loose in a paint factory but yes, you’ve guessed it, it wasn’t an ‘Arsenal’ away kit of yellow and blue. Well, not in the traditional sense.
I preferred the faux sash effect of the two Adidas logos split by the JVC logo. Yes, I know, not a traditional Arsenal away kit. Which just goes to show, you can please some of the people, etc…
With the new Emirates deal kicking in next summer, it’s time for Unai Emery to go transfer crazy! That’s what the spurious logic tells us. Maybe he will, maybe Sven won’t. Aaron Ramsey’s departure leaves a hole to be filled by Emile Smith Rowe, so it frees the recruitment to focus on important positions such as centre-back and goalkeeper with Petr Cech’s contract up next summer. A new deal? Not for more than a year at his age, I’d venture.
There’s a long way to go between now and next summer. Even the winter window. A run of nine consecutive wins and we’re world-beaters; champions-elect in some eyes.
Reality will bite, I suspect, in Lisbon to bring the winning run to an end but not the unbeaten one. We’ve got this far playing well sporadically, usually for a half each game. Fulham was the first one where we turned up from
Cause for celebration? I think not. A cause for hope? Definitely. Sunday was the first time we saw what Unai Emery wants from the side from start to finish. The canvas was filled with his brush strokes with the old style being gradually removed.
People are still raw about the previous regime and some are unable to let go of the hatred. Others want to disparage the new boss simply because he isn’t Le Boss. Their shrill sounds are punctuated by nature coursing through their voicebox as puberty hits.
Comparison of this season to last is valid; comparison of coaching methods is valid. Abuse of individuals or wanting Arsenal to fail isn’t; no amount of calling Arsene Wenger a “w@nker” will erase him from the club’s history nor should it; nor will hoping for defeat bring him back. That ship has sailed.
Time for you to move on with your emotions or ship out; the rest of us want to get on with the Arsenal of here and now, with due deference to the past. Learn from victories and mistakes in equal measure and be able to critique them without abuse. Harder than it seems, apparently.
Meanwhile, Over In Spain…