This is boring. So, so boring. So, so, so, so boring. You know when you were little, and you would get frustrated with someone and do one of those “Ur-huh-huh!” cries, when things weren’t going your way? Well, you know, it feels as though all involved in Arsenal are on the brink of a collective “UR-HUH-HUH!!!” at the moment.
After weeks of going on to all who’d listen about how rich the club is and how much we can afford to pay players, it’s all gone a bit quiet. I must say, I really like that we keep schtum most of the time. I know info gets ‘leaked’ often, but I enjoy that we don’t normally come out and say things like ‘Perez is keeping our boy Higgers hostage, he must be transferred to us immediately lest his DNA go squiffy.’ But just, my God, please just do something. Just do something, anything, I don’t care what, just give us someone. Give us something. I feel like the amazing Wendy Davis must have felt seeing all those people sat down for thirteen hours overnight last week… so many chairs and an absolute inability to sit herself. What an incredible woman, I feel I can’t complain about this morning’s backache at all given her feat last week. Well, or our stagnation in the transfer market. Some issues are bigger than football, you know.
But not on a football blog, so let’s keep complaining. Gonzalo Higuain’s brother, dad, osteopath, colourist and clarinet teacher have all weighed in on his move to Arsenal… but it still feels terribly like it won’t happen. He’s the Santi Cazorla of the Fall 2013 line, and it’s very, very tedious. It’s probably made all the more tedious as a result of all the EXCLUSIVES! and all the tweets with sources and information and beliefs, but this feels like it’s going at a snail’s pace, if the snail had blisters from her new shoes.
People keep saying they’re scarred by the Mata deal, which was a very weird one indeed. I remember when initial word came through about his sudden link to Chelsea, I thought ‘So? He’s been linked to Arsenal for ages’ and then next thing you knew he was scoring against us at Stamford Bridge. City could really gazump us too if they fancied it (it’s funny that ‘gazump’ has similar letters to ‘Gazidis’ – look, if newspapers can make ‘Rooney’ into ‘Roo’ in place of ‘you’, I am allowed to find a link there, OK). But that would be so obvious, plus I think Pellegrini and his dreamy blue eyes wouldn’t stoop to such lows, because he reminds me far too much of Arsene Wenger, and Wengeralikes wouldn’t do that, it’s the rule. *ignores Park transfer*
We have a winner from the Chisel & Mouse competition, by the way. Gary was the chosen one, and here’s a picture of him with the prize. Congratulations Gary! Ain’t she pretty? Competition is now obviously over, but they still have them on their website. I’m thinking of buying loads of different models and setting them up in my bedroom so I can pretend I’m a giant woman on days when my self esteem needs a pickmeup.
Speaking of pickmeups, you must watch this video by FrenchFinesse. If you don’t find yourself getting a little teary at the end when Arsene’s voice pipes up, well you my friend have stone in your cold, cold veins. Someone tweeted me saying that it was a combination of watching all the great moments we have had since we last won a trophy, the difficult times we’ve had too (FALL OVER, BARRY FERGUSON), and then the voice of a man who genuinely cares coming in at the end. He’s a magnificent man and he’s ours and I love him, and I don’t think anyone in football inspires the same feeling for me as he does. Gary Neville is absolutely spot on as well and I couldn’t be more excited for next season. But please get a wiggle on, transfer gremlins!
Finally, the team is back in training this week! So let’s hope that that gives us more to talk about, because you should know that I actually started this blog last week and had so little to write about that I’ve only just finished it this weekend. Maybe Higuain will be confirmed this afternoon…