A quick one while I cram this in amongst my study needs. For the record, Constructivists are all a bunch of pretenders who stole elements of political theory from the English School, who in the end, are all a bunch of sad realists. Communism is so much more fun.
No prizes for guessing what I’m bogged down with, but the rest of the Arsenal fans seem continually bogged down by any lack of transfer activity in the market. A shining glimmer of hope comes in the form of Aaron Ramsey, however, who looks like he just might be signing for The Arsenal soon, after his round-the-world trip in a jetplane, visiting the likes of David Moyes and Alex Ferguson to boot. According to The Mirror (*cough*), Ramsey favours the move to Arsenal in a deal which will see him get game time in Arsenal’s first team (read: Carling Cup squad), as opposed to the loan deals on offer from Manchester and Everton’s squad.
UPDATE: BBC are also reporting that Ramsey is indeed ours. Huzzah!
The big news of recent days has been Arsenal’s kit change, again, for next season. While some protest against the constant ‘having to buy’ a new kit every season, the real trauma is seeing the dampening down of the white on Arsenal’s sleeves.
Have a look at Kolo Toure on the left. Had that shot been taken a little lower, I would have seen little more than a training kit. Mark Brindle at REDaction has spat tongues of fury at it, saying:
“…my strongest objection is that the home kit does not have white sleeves. That is the Arsenal tradition. Can you imagine Nike messing about with Barcelona’s shirt or Man United’s shirt? We will look more like Charlton Athletic next season.”
Succinctly put, sir. And again, the only thing you can do to protest against it is to not buy it. Seriously, I have supported this team since 1993, and I own the grand total of 3 shirts. One home kit, the 02/03 blue away jumper, and the Highbury Farewell. I have no impetus to purchase another until that home kit (which has got a bit of wear and tear) gets a few too many cigarette burns. And I’m no smoker.
Buying the shirt is not what makes you a supporter. Save some money and buy a retro shirt. Whenever I see a man in an 80s jumper (of any side), it’s social kudos and ‘we are not worthy’ praises coming at him from all angles. The new shirts today really do have a ‘plastic’ look to them, anyway.
In other news, Fabio Cappelo has stuck his pen into Spanish ink by saying that young Cesc Fabregas is unable to handle the ‘pressure’ of international football. To that, I say two things:
- See how much Arsenal fans care. In fact, see how many football followers (other than the Spanish, who have always been more passionate about their clubs than their own federation) actually give any credence to that, in a world where club football is the cream of the crop, and international tournements are just a distraction from the mind-numbing nothingness of the transfer window.
- Fabregas is 21 years old, with time on his side. People like Capello have nothing better to do, clearly.
A Euro roundup then, and I must say that Mertesacker (PRAISE BE) and Metzelder (a man who singlehandedly could win the Premier League on his own) played little more than averagely against a brave Polish side. A big no-thanks from me. Robin van Persie got a late run out in Holland’s spectacular 3-0 win over Italy, with Gio van Bronckhorst pulling off a pre-Greed-is-Good Ashley Cole performance.
Oh, and another shout out to those Championship Manager wannabes: See Luca Toni? Yes…he is in fact quite human. Whaddaya know. Best turn our attentions to all those other false idols elsewhere.
Nothing more to say other than grab a look at a little friendly competition I’ve gone and set up where you could get a fan’s-eye-view feature of your thoughts on Arsenal FC’s direction, transfers, season prospects and other mish mash. All for the sake of a little community, of course. Get commenting!
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