The best laid plans of mice and men, and all that. The first day there is a new signing to discuss, I get in from work, and a rare visitor arrives to wipe out writing time. Do I eat this late, or do I write? Pass me the rum, love. That will do for dinner…
The other effect of being occupied for the evening is that I have missed what is happening on Twitter, which promised to be interesting as news leaked of the Arsenal Supporters Trust meeting tonight. The results of their survey provide little to surprise given that it followed the most frustrating end to a season in recent history. I suspect few have been swayed from their view, be it ‘glass-half-full’ or ‘glass-half-empty’ since then, given the fact that the revolving door at the club has only just been freed.
The arrival of Gervinho from the French double winners Lille is hopefully the first of a few significant arrivals this summer. I had not realised that he spent time at Beveren in 2004/2005 which says much about the length of time that we have been aware of him. His arrival is welcome in as much as he is a genuine wide player, not a converted central midfielder or centre-forward. That means we have options for further developing Theo Walcott this season, although these will depend on who else turns up in the ‘in-tray’.
Given Arsene’s bullish stance on both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri at this mornings press conference in Malaysia I am feeling a bit more encouraged at our immediate prospects. I personally feel it more likely that only one of the pair will be with us on September the first. Providing the other contributes to us at very least qualifying for the Champions League, for this coming and the following season, then we will have earned much more than his transfer fee would get us now.
Of course it is easy to be more positive when rum is sloshing around in an empty stomach. I think I should go and order a mate’s favourite delicacy, a Wigan kebab (four pies on a stick!).
Bon appetit, as they say in Lille.
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