Apologies for the lack of posting recently – I took a bit of a break from the blog as I was a little burnt out and absolutely nothing was happening. In the background, I’ve been compiling my end of season report and awards so look out for that soon.
Also, there won’t be a podcast this week – after all, there has been no football, no interesting transfer stories (I don’t count Chamakh flying into the country, or Barcelona players opening their mouths about Cesc), and the sight of Ashley Cole and John Terry celebrating on Saturday has forced me to ignore the game entirely this week. The podcast will, of course, return next Wednesday (May 25).
The dearth of genuine news has led the press to create their own, with the Mail on Sunday stitching up Lord Triesman by sending his former mistress to record a dinner conversation in which he (probably drunkenly) suggested Russia might help Spain this summer by bribing World Cup officials, in return for the Spaniards withdrawing their 2018 bid. No doubt Triesman was an idiot to voice that opinion, but am I alone in pining for the days when the media reported the news instead of creating it in such a manipulative way?
Back to Arsenal, and it seems we may benefit from a World Cup summer for once, with many of our number resting their tired legs as their countries either failed to qualify, or overlooked them. None of our keepers are going (quelle surprise), and neither are any of the centre backs likely to stay beyond the next few weeks (Vermaelen, Djourou, Gallas).
Elsewhere, Rosicky, Nasri, Arshavin and Denilson make up an impressive quartet of midfielders taking a breather, while Eduardo will also be staying at home. And that is before you count the various travellers who are unlikely to feature (here’s looking at you, Diaby).
We probably have more first teamers without a World Cup on the horizon that any of our rivals, which is certainly a boost going into next season, as long as those missing out are suitably refreshed instead of reflecting on a summer away from the limelight. We shall see.
I’d like to bring you more news tonight, but I can’t. There isn’t any. Stay tuned for the season review, but until then, don’t panic that Cesc is leaving, don’t believe the Spanish papers, don’t believe the English papers, and don’t put your contact lenses in after putting aftershave on. A lesson painfully learned.