No football blogger should confess that he has yet to see a full game in the World Cup. No Englishman should own up to not having seen a second of our own humilation thus far. I should be casting an eye over potential signings and following the latest tactical trends, shouldn’t I?
A week of glorious weather has made the garden an unavoidable escape from a tournament that I anticipated little. That, a weekend in Cornwall, plus a day of golf, and the loss (hopefully temporarily) of all my documents and research have combined to keep me away from television and keyboard.
An unexpected drop of rain means I am right now watching Brazil and Cameroon exchanging goals in the opening half an hour. No, wait. Neymar has just made it 2-1. Decent enough game, but not holding my attention enough to keep me away from writing this overdue post.
My lack of viewing means I still hold to my pre-tournament tips and the Arsenal bias that had me tipping Germany to triumph and Spain to miss out. With a change in weather forecast I expect to be getting into the tournament more fully later this week, so looking forward to seeing those who qualify from the first phase.
As far as Arsenal are concerned the transfer department appears to be as well-manned as the customer complaints department at Carlsberg. Serge Aurier is close, I see some mention, and he may well be. The customary Salomon Kalou rumours have surfaced on Talk Shite (copyright @Arseblog). They do love a good sly chuckle at our expense. We have a fair few deals to push through in a short period of time if we are to go into the season with a full squad.
Into the second-half in Brazil, and like many of you I am praying the rumours of a move for Hulk are just that. Rumours, made up on a night out in the snug at the Sozzled Hack. Fred has put the hosts further ahead. The defenders left him unmarked and offside in front of goal confident that he could not score from a couple of yards out. A more un-Brazilian player you could not imagine, but he and Hulk owe Neymar their pay cheques after tonight. Any doubts about his talent are being answered in this tournament.
Tuesday is due to be another lovely evening so I may complete my clean sweep of missing England matches. It is astonishing how my feelings for the national team have changed. Inded the last ten days or so have shown me how much I have become an Arsenal supporter, rather than a football supporter, if that makes sense.
Have a lovely week, ‘holics.