Good morning to you all. Let this be the last *boilk* of 2007. Oh beer and gin, when will you stop being so delicious? Not that I drank beer mixed with gin, that would be a very Jeff thing to do, but the bottle of Bombay Sapphire the Blogfather brought me back from his travels around Europe a little while back had been sitting there unopened for just too long. Sadly I had only lemons when everybody knows a slice of orange is what makes the best gin and tonic but beggars can’t be choosers, and all that.
Given it’s the last day of the year it might be time to do one of those ‘Highlights of 2007′ things. On the other hand that would mean having to think about stuff and I know that you wouldn’t expect me to do that this morning. So I shall just talk about whatever the hell there is to talk about and that shall be very much that.
It seems that rumours about Fran Merida going back to Spain on loan are true. According to a source ‘close to Merida’:
This is definitely just a temporary switch as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks very highly of Fran. It was decided that it was the best thing to help the kidâ€™s development for him to go on loan for six months. But Fran will be coming back at the end of the season and heâ€™s confident he will stake a claim for a first-team place next season.
Real Sociedad are currently in the Spanish second division and managed by former Fulham boss Chris Coleman, who is taking time off from the mustard business to try and make it in football. They’re in 6th place in the league and promotion is expected so it could be fun for him over there.
Meanwhile Emmanuel Adebayor has got Arsenal fever. Oooh baby, that’s the kind of fever I like. The Togonator says:
I am a Gunner for life and I want to stay as that. I am enjoying London. The fans are great so why look elsewhere? Iâ€™ve always had a soft spot for Arsenal and many people in Africa support them so I also caught that fever.
It is funny how opinions are so divided on him. He’s scored nearly as many goals in the first half of this season as he did in the whole of the last one yet people still give him grief. He’s quite obviously improving, what more do people want? Perhaps they would like him to come to their house after each goal, do the hoovering, make the dinner, walk the dogs, change the cat litter and perform all the other chores that nobody likes doing. Even then they would say ‘Well, it takes him three pushes of the hoover to get all the dirt up off the floor. I wish I had a world class hooverer’. At the moment Adebayor is a upright Dyson and long may it last, you moaning bastards.
Arsene Wenger says he has no problem with Arsenal playing a more ‘direct’ style of football and neither do I. The one thing we were constantly criticised for last season was being a bit too arty-farty and fannying around with the ball too much. Now with Adebayor and Bendtner up front and an opportunistic poacher like Eduardo we can mix it up a bit, as witnessed against Everton. You have to laugh at Moyes trying to criticise saying Everton played all the football and Arsenal just lumped it. Get fucked you mad-eyed Scotch cunt. We played football last season and ended up losing to your hoofing cloggers. I love the nice football, the slick passing, the movement and all that stuff, but I love goals more and I don’t really care if they go in off Adebayor’s nozzle, once they go in.
Away from Arsenal for a second it seems Alan Smith has amnesia. Let me remind you, Alan, you’re a fucking evil little blue-lipped pig. I hope that helps.
Mikel Arteta says he doesn’t blame Cesc for his sending off, preferring instead to call the referee’s decision ‘shit’. I can live with that, professionals know what the game is all about, and he’s not a big whiny bitch like his manager. He’s a good player Arteta, could do a job for us I reckon.
Could Arsenal’s need for a striker due to Robin van Persie being brittle like a kid on a documentary who has brittle bones and falls over and breaks really easily bring about the early arrival of Carlos Vela from Spain? It could, you know.
And that’s really about it. We’ve got West Ham tomorrow at the Grove. They’ll be on a high after beating United so hopefully we can bring them back down to earth. It’ll also mean the return of Freddie who I’m sure will get a good reception. His last couple of seasons with us weren’t his best by a long shot but that man scored some goals for us and was a big part of our successes under Arsene Wenger.
So, it just remains for me to thank all of you who have visited the site in 2007, I wish you all a very happy, peaceful and prosperous 2008, and I’ll talk to you next year.