Because constant appointment posts are the wave of the Internet future.
Well, no point in delaying this because everything in the football news world isn’t worth a standalone post today. Where to begin? Let’s read the entrails the Arsenal disemboweling shall we?
First, David Hytner states the obvious:
Arsenal do not intend to sack Wenger and Wenger does not intend to quit. He has said, repeatedly, that he always honours his contracts and his current one takes him to the end of next season. Ivan Gazidis, the chief executive, who runs the club on a daily basis on behalf of the majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, is hugely supportive of and sympathetic to Wenger. He believes in him; their ideology, their principles, their vision of the club as a self-sustaining business off-the-field and a stylish, distinctive team on it, are the same.
And so, la la la la. I think however (as tends to be the case) the Fiver, today written by John Doyle, is much closer to the heart of the matter in turning over a common myth that Wenger “buys intelligently” on the transfer market, using, admittedly, a small sample:
Wenger spent £10.5m on Gervinho (at the same time that Newcastle got Demba Ba on a free), £6.8m on André Santos (at the same time that Liverpool got José Enrique for £5m), £15m on Andrey Arshavin (that’s eight Michus, give or take a leg) and what feels like a lifetime trying to coax reliability from the likes of Marouane Chamakh, Johan Djourou and any number of other duds in whom the manager has invested heavily. So let’s not have any guff about the Arsenal board clamping Wenger in an enormous sleeping bag-shaped straitjacket.
It is indeed amazing how the myths of Wenger the astute scouter of talent has stuck to him like some Lee Dixon-sized barnacle.
Meanwhile Bradford’s pretty good 48 hours has continued with news the club has been reinstated to the FA Cup. The Telegraph reports:
The Bantams were thrown out of the competition by the FA last week because they did not receive written permission in time to play Newcastle loanee Curtis Good in the second-round meeting with Brentford on November 30, which finished 1-1,
But following today’s appeal, Bradford say the FA has decided to fine the club and allow them back into the competition.
Moreover, some Bradford fans have made funny t-shirts to commemorate the event, which you will likely see in some bargain bins somewhere in Scotland come July.
Elsewhere, J-League side Sanfreece Hiroshima has been feted for the celebration in the above video by the Daily Mail, because apparently nobody is happy anymore when they score goals in the Premier League: “We should be proud of the passion in the English game but would it not be nice if we saw our Premier League stars follow the lead of the Japanese players and start to bring some joy back into playing football?”
Because coordinated little dances equals unparalleled joy. Right.
In other Club World Cup news, Chelsea FC get their excuses in early.
This “Godfrey Chitalu is better than Messi” story is raging on, and on. I thought I would have something to say on this other than something involving these words in some sort of coherent order: “goals scored in calendar year arbitrary record”. There, I said it.
Apparently John Barnes wore tights because it’s cold in England sometimes. Which required a full length article.
Comment of the Day
Wenger made me do a WTF when I watched the game yesterday. Gervinho as a lone striker was a terrible decision. Podolski would’ve been a much better choice as he is very ineffective as a winger whereas Gervinho is a much better winger. Bad loss by them.
Thanks to Devang Desai for this illuminating screen cap.