It’s good to talk, or so Bob Hoskins used to tell us on behalf of what was a nationalised industry which went onto become a globalised profit machine for private investors. Not always, the footballers replied, as years of cliched inanities and profanities littered the airwaves. Then money got involved and suddenly everyone talks really nicely to the media.
Arsenal led the way. There is some truth in the adage that players are a reflection of their coach. Wenger’s squads were typically well-spoken and well-behaved off the pitch. Mourinho’s squads tend toward boorish, while Ferguson’s were tense, coiled springs ready.
There are always exceptions. Nicklas Bendtner’s mechanophilia is one, Beckham at United another while for Mourinho…no, they are without exception boorish in their behaviour.
Anyway, it was a day off yesterday so everyone took time to talk to the press. Or some spoke to them the night before but it didn’t make the papers until yesterday. Which is a surprise in this instantaneous world we live.
Aaron Ramsey is still look for clues as to why Arsenal pulled out of talks when “we sort of agreed and I was ready to sign” a new contract. I’m old-fashioned but “sort of agreed” isn’t agreeing; it suggests there was some work still to be done. Nonetheless, he’s right to ask for a reason why. To not know suggests it’s personal. Which it is to him, of course.
Thursday’s commentary team waffled about the armband being a peace offering, as if Arsenal were scared Ramsey would leave. The whole point of withdrawing a contract offer is that you’re leaving. God bless football commentators.
Elsewhere, Brazil and Uruguay announced their squads for the coming friendly. The omission of Gromit from the Brazilian team disappointed, especially as he forms a flexible partnership with Walace.
The Madcap World Of Uli…
Naturally, dot com got in on the act and Lucas Torreira patiently explained that he couldn’t put into words what ‘garra charrua’ was. Five times. God bless him. You can’t help but think his opposite interlocutor had one chance left before receiving a sliding tackle out of his chair.
Graeme Souness claimed as a player he’d thought he was going to have a field day against Torreira because the Uruguayan is short. In the tangerine dream of Sounessland, short means lightweight. Not like butch manly Graeme. In no way was butch manly Graeme a member of a Liverpool squad whose perms and ‘taches made them look like the Merseyside branch of the Village People.
Is patience Unai Emery’s squads’ trait when they talk? Patience because they know it will come right in the end.
Not as off-guard as the granny who flicks on ‘Country & Folk’ in iTunes and clicks on this. Kenny Rogers finishes warbling about ‘Lucille’ and next up is this:
God bless the madcap world of Apple.
Back to Özil. He is launching something with Mathieu Flamini which will no doubt make the world a better place to live. Except for Uli Hoeness. He’ll rail against anything to do with Özil, blaming the former German international for global warming. Then, dismissing any idea of saving the planet as something the Germans are already doing far better without Mesut’s influence.
Anything to distract from Bayern’s bad start to the season. I almost want Arsène to get the Munich job just so he can ask Hoeness to try and sign Mesut…What larks.
So Good, They Renamed Fray Bentos to Torreira…
The final word ought, on this day, go to the man of the moment, Lucas Torreira. The Uruguayan is the midfield beast we wanted, but like Gilberto, proving that beasts come in all shapes and sizes. While the N’Zonzi’s and Toure’s of this world provide the midfield general template, Kante and Torreira prove it is ability which matters.
There was an interview in the Telegraph a while back in which Torreira was told by a (Pescara, I think) coach that as a centre-forward, he would be third-rate. Try being a defensive midfielder went the logic and the rest is history, as they say.
A song of his own is greatly appreciated by the player – “It’s a beautiful thing. It fills me with so much pride” – and has helped him settle in London. It isn’t rocket science to know this is a player around whom the bigger fish are going to circle in future seasons. It’s been a while since we’ve had a saga, hasn’t it…