Tumbleweed… bell chime… CHAMAKH… cobweb… tumbleweed…

May 31, 2010 9 Comments by Sian

This current starting paragraph has been started and deleted five times now. There have been three long minutes between finishing the previous sentence and starting this one. Since typing the full stop to the left of the capital S in ‘Since’, I’ve spent some valuable time pulling faces at myself in the mirror and also admiring my still-very-empty World Cup Panini sticker book.

Ah, it’s the time of year again. The time of year where most sports writers might as well go on gardening leave because let’s face it, the three months between now and the beginning of the 2010-2011 season are really nothing but an exercise in creative writing. It’s stressful for us fans because while we will say to ourselves over and over again that it’s all paper talk and that none of the rumours are true, there’s always that little sod of a shrieking voice deep down inside of you going “It’s true… it’s true… it really might be true.”

I hate that little bitch.

Obviously, there’s one main niggle for Arsenal fans this season and that’s the supposed future departure of our darling little boy, Francesc Fabregas. After one day of panic and tears I think we’ve managed for the most part to put it out of our brains. We all know he’d be silly to leave, that his leaving would really make little or no sense and that half the Barcelona squad need their tongues cutting out, because nothing short of that will stop them from mouthing off. Even then I bet they’d manage some kind of mime act. Barctards. But that’s all we know.

If he goes, I’ll be sure to write a nice, cathartic post filled with sweet memories of Cescito and of the many hundreds of ways in which Cesc is still marvellous, but I will not write it until the day he leaves. Could be in a couple of months, in which case it’ll be posted under the category “You numpty, don’t say we didn’t warn you when you find yourself up shit creek without a paddle”. But it could be in a couple of years. Let us not get ahead of ourselves and let us not speak any more of it until the day something real actually happens. Until then it’s all just bored journos sitting around playing Doodle Jump and occasionally looking up at their Macs and going “Ooh, 3pm… best get another Cesc story out.”

The only solid news we have so far is that Marouane Chamakh has finally made the jump from Bordeaux (where the wine is excellent) to Arsenal (where the wine is served in miniature bottles for record prices at half time- but only in daylight matches!) Was good to finally see him in the shirt and speaking of his long-time love of Arsenal. A cynic might feel there to be a touch of Robbie Keaneitis to his comments, but a cynic can shut the hell up. He’s a Frenchman. Who’s the most famous Frenchman in the world? Mais oui oui, Monsieur Wenger, non? Chamakh (this name sounds to me kind of like a dog sneezing) also received a lovely opposite-of-reception from the Bordeaux fans in his last match for them, which bodes well. There was nothing accrimonious about the split, and their fans won’t grow up to be axe-murderers or bed-wetters, so hopefully he will prove to be just as popular with Arsenal as with Bordeaux.

That’s all, really. Have been missing the Arsenal as much as it’s possible to miss a club, and have been popping back and forth to Highbury to stroke it and reassure it that it will be full again one day (it sends its regards), but other than that, no Arsenal action.

Over summer, besides Arsenal Watch in the World Cup, I will try to get out some blogposts about other interesting things. What does Arsenal mean to you? could be one. I know plenty of Gooners in both real life and in computer life whom I’m sure would be happy to share their experiences. If you have any stories you don’t mind sharing I would love to hear them, and get them into a blog post. Gooners come in all shapes and sizes and each has a different story to tell, so I think that would be very interesting. But then maybe I’m a saddo who needs to get a life and who stayed up watching Eurovision on Saturday night (it’s a farce! A farce I tell you!)

Anyway, let me know. Off on holiday tomorrow. During the Barcelona portion of my stay, I’ll be sure to say hello to the Camp Nou (‘hello’ will consist of one middle finger and one flying flip-flop to a wall). And if I happen to set eyes on Joan Laporta (you have to say it like Joan, the ladies’ name. It’s funnier)… well, he’ll be getting a right stern talking to. Finger wagging and “And another thing!”-ing and all. I’m going with my best friend, a fellow Gooner girl. If the Cesc deal is on the table, it’ll be off the table by the time we’re done with him. In fact, he’ll be offering up Messi as an Argentinian-shaped sorry.

9 Comments

  1. Alan
    2701 days ago

    Keep writing, Siany, and take the boredom of non-football away.

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  2. Evie
    2700 days ago

    Ahhh My sister is quite the genius! :)
    love it, love you!
    Have fun in Barca y Madrid…. I’ll take over on the blog writing front… I’m sure your readers would love to hear my thoughts on which arsenal players are the most attractive!
    :) xxxxx

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    • sianyr
      2691 days ago

      @Evie Thanks petal! In my future ‘Fellow Gooners’ blog, I want your thoughts. xx

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  3. Tricia
    2700 days ago

    Loved it. Last paragraph is just made of so much awesome. Enjoy the holiday and can’t wait for another entry.

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  4. das
    2697 days ago

    Yo Sianny – good blog, gal……some interesting thoughts :-)
    Re: Cesc – I think we should let him go! I now this is fighting talk, I know, but I have lots of reasons why he should be let go……….

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    • sianyr
      2691 days ago

      @das Hi Das! Thanks for reading, honoured to have a Gooner of your calibre reading my thoughts! Re. Cesc… eh, kind of tend to agree. Will love him forever and ever and ever regardless of his plans, but if he goes he goes. Arsenal will miss Cesc less than Cesc will miss Arsenal. Just got back from Barcelona… it’s good… but it’s no Islington! Love to the family. x

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  5. Miato
    2692 days ago

    Nombre de ibelieveinarsenal.footballunited.com a GoogleReader!
    Have a nice day

    Miato

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  6. Das
    2688 days ago

    Hi Siany – writting this from Santa Cruz….Emma graduated today.
    We all love Cesc….which is why we have to let him go.
    Love from the home of the brave

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    • sianyr
      2688 days ago

      @Das Tell Emma congratulations! V v jealous… it’s cold here. I agree on Cesc… still hope Barcelona don’t win a bean next year though- whether they get him or not. :)

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