I keep hearing this phrase, it’s always said with a bit of desperation and always in conjunction with something about Arsenal getting more people in. It goes something like this, “Dudes, listen, everyone else has gotten better this year, Arsenal need to bring in some people or we aren’t going to win anything and I’m getting sick of it. COME ON WENGER BUY (Huntelaar, Alonso, Inler, Melo, etc).”
“Everyone else has gotten better?”
Ummm… No they have not. Name one team other than City, in the EPL, that has gotten better…
See, you can’t.
Man U: They were in the running for the sept-uple last year. Lost their two best players and replaced them with Michael “Balsa Legs” Owen. Strong core team, even if some of their players are old, still a threat but certainly have not “gotten better.”
Chelsea: The only thing they have signed is their 4th coach in as many years. Their money is no longer attractive even to their own players and so they have had a hard time keeping them much less signing a real impact player like Ribery. They are older, and judging from the pre-season, fatter, but certainly not “better.” If they lose John Terry to the £1m/month offer from Citeh they will be knocked out of the top 4.
Litterpool: They signed a £4m defender for £17m, but they look like they might lose both Mascherano and Alonso. Plus they have lost some of their experienced players and their best defenders looked old LAST YEAR. Not better.
Everton: Might lose Lescott to Citeh, which would make them much, much more vulnerable at the back, and this is a team built on defense. No… wait… they signed Jo. Well, if they keep Lescott then you could say they have gotten better.
Aston Villa: Lost their midfield general to a big money offer at Citeh, you know, “to further his career.” All their other players are also being linked to Citeh and elsewhere. I think they’ve gotten much worse, not better.
Arsenal: Shored up an important defensive position with the signing of Vermaelen, also are getting Eduardo and Rosicky back from long term injuries. Lost Adebayor, who was offside 40 times last year and clearly a distraction to supporters and players on the pitch and in the locker room. Plus, all of their “youngsters” have years of experience under their belt. Might still see Wenger buy a midfielder to partner with Cesc but even if he doesn’t, they have gotten much, much better.
So, that leaves just one other team who have actually “gotten better;” Manchester City. No argument from me, they will have an attractive attacking side with the strength and depth to challenge for a top four spot.
But that doesn’t mean that Arsenal are the ones who are threatened! You’re looking the wrong fucking way, mates. Don’t look down the table, that’s what shitheels like Ashley Cole do, look up the table. That’s where Arsenal are going to be this year, higher up the table.If the summer goes the way it has been so far, that is.
There’s still time for Roman Abramovich to get out his checkbook and pay £100m for Ribery. Or Liverpool to buy some more Spanish players.
But as it stands right now, Arsenal have done the best of the top four clubs this summer.
Goal.com, bad web site or worst web site ever?
A couple of weeks ago I got all incensed at Goal dot com for this series of turds they flushed down the inter-tubes which basically preyed on Arsenal supporters and our mania for summer transfer news and, hell, anything that questions our own team. It was a hatchet piece about how Wenger has “lost the plot,” followed by a “liveblog” where the author of the editorial took selected questions from “fans” and ripped Wenger and Arsenal even more. The gist of all of these articles was that Wenger needs to buy Toulalan but he won’t, so he’s got no ambition or some such. It was a bunch of jibberish that was designed solely to get Arsenal fans in a frenzy, and, evidently, we oblidged.
So, look, here’s the thing… I have long ago stopped clicking their links. I’m not going to tell you what to do, I mean, maybe you like having them play with your emotions for advertising dollars. But I will not link to that site, ever.
I’ve figured out the white kits!
Red… white… blue…
HA! It’s a tribute to America! AMIRIGHT?
(Gods they are ugly)
As I said yesterday, the shirts are ready, the PayPal button is ready, the flat rate boxes are ready and I just need one last thing before I order shirts: I need to know how many and what sizes you all want? So far, 16 folks have said they want one, which is good but we can do better.
The cool thing about CustomInk.com is that the more you all order, the cheaper I can offer them. 30 shirts only run me $9 each and I can offer them to you all for a lot cheaper that way. Hell, shipping to Europe is more expensive than the shirts! Depending on the number of shirts you guys order, the final price (including shipping, which is $5-15) can be anywhere from $20-30 each.
So, what I need from you is just a message saying that you want a shirt and what size you’d like. Don’t worry about paying or any of that stuff right now, just email me (7amkickoff at gmail dot com) saying “I want one, male, XL” (or whatever size and gender you are) and I’ll add you to the order. The more we order, the cheaper they get!
I’m making the order on Friday, so hurry up and pre-order yours now.