Horrible, disgusting, not Arsenal
My son and I both received glossy brochures from Arsenal this morning (he is a Junior Gunner and I'm a season ticket holder) offering us the chance to buy the "explosive" new away strip. I can honestly say that this is the most hideous, disgusting football shirt I have ever seen. Frankly, it looks like something that would be more at home if it were worn by a jockey at Ascot. Here we are about to celebrate the 125th anniversary of our Club and they saddle us (to keep on with the racing theme) with this complete monstrosity.
The shirt had been leaked (aren't they always?) a couple of months back. When I first saw it I thought how horrible it was, and how "un-Arsenal" it was. Reading around the various Arsenal forums and message boards it was clear that most of us seemed to feel the same way. I started to hope that this was some kind of market research by the Club - perhaps they might have been testing the waters before deciding it's a stupid idea and then releasing a yellow and blue commemorative shirt instead. I should have realised that Arsenal Football Club does not work in this way. They do not care what the fans think. They also know that, even if a hardcore of the "genuine" support refuse to part with their money for it, they will still sell tens of thousands of them all over the World. Despite my hatred for it, and the fact that I will refuse to own one, I know my son will end up wearing one of them - and that is the sort of reason why Arsenal will continue to disrespect us in this way. Just what is so difficult to understand in the fact that Arsenal should wear yellow and blue as their change strip?
Elsewhere, and more importantly, Lille have confirmed that Arsenal are interested in signing Gervinho and have been in contact about the player. They have also confirmed that, despite this contact, Arsenal are yet to make an offer for him. It is more than a month since the season finished. Pre-season training starts next week. Yet we have not yet made a bid for a player who is clearly a target for the Club. I think I am not alone in beginning to run out of patience. There have been no significant arrivals since the end of the season, and no departures either. Currently the status quo remains unchanged from the disaster that was the end of the season.
There is an argument that little business has been done as the European transfer window is closed until 1st July. This is, of course, complete nonsense - just because the window isn't open doesn't mean that business can't be done with players officially joining their new employer from 1st July (and it certainly hasn't bothered Man Utd). What you really have to wonder is whether there is actually any desire from the Manager to genuinely address the issues within the squad. The rhetoric before he disappeared in May wasn't exactly encouraging. The silence currently emanating from within Arsenal is overwhelmingly deafening.
Tonight the BBC is reporting that a "senior Arsenal source" has told them that a Barcelona bid matching Arsenal's valuation of Fabregas would probably see an agreement reached. So, instead of news coming from within about any possible signings, we have some loudmouth toad talking about how we will sell the Captain. I hope Arsenal investigate fully who this cretin is and then sack the twat. The only thing I want to hear about right now is players coming in, and the dead wood being shipped out. If, when we get to the customary first day of training photos next week, we still see the likes of Rosicky, Denilson, Eboue and co smiling back at us then I can see a lot of fans starting to get really quite uneasy about what lies ahead.