When the season ends, there’s always a vacuum of interest to fill. The excitement of 1 or 2 games a week, the build up, the critical analysis, the discussion – it all gets replaced by a massive big nothing. If you can imagine the space inside Gary Neville’s head where is brain should be, and multiply it by 1 million, you get the void in my life left when the football season finishes.
There are still some things ‘footballistically’ to talk about but right at the moment, for Arsenal fans, they’re either not interesting in the slightest (Big Sam “Massive Pricknose” Allardyce being installed as the new manager of West Ham) or depressing (Nasri probably leaving).
Apparently Nasri may or may not have mentioned moving to Manchester United (when directly asked) and the answer he gave was a mumbled maybe (of sorts).
Do I want to go [to Man United]? First, we should see if it’s real and if it is concrete.
I don’t for one second think he wants to go to United, nor do I think Arsenal would let him, for anything short of all the money in the world. No amount of money would see Arsenal weaken themselves and stregthen their domestic rivals. We want to close the gap as a club, not widen it.
However, it does strike me that Nasri knows exactly what he is doing – he’s flirting elsewhere to make Arsenal jealous. He wants Arsenal to be the protective boyfriend, to shower him with gifts and punch potential clubs on the nose with a massive check made payable to S Nasri Esq.
And that’s what’s depressing me. I’m not bothered if he wants to leave, but that he wants to lean on Arsenal and bleed our money bank dry doesn’t really feel all that great. I’m not saying players shouldn’t negotiate for their best deal, but there is an element of bad taste in flirting with your domestic rivals. Threatening to play with Patrice Evra for fucks sake? Have some class at least.
Arsenal should stand firm – show him the door and say “This is a good contract – we have listened to you and met some way toward the middle, with more money. If you don’t like it, fuck off to Birmingham with Hleb, or sit on Manchester City’s bench in Adebayors spot. Or even sit in Kolo Toure’s living room crying with him about where it all went wrong. We really don’t care”.
You see, when a player is the best player in the world, you indulge him. When he’s been your best player, you indulge him. When he has performed consistently for an entire season, provided leadership and held the team up from start to finish, you indulge him. When he has an excellent 4 months followed by a mediocre 6 months…. you recognise he’s not in the best position to be trying to wring even more money out of the tree. For Arsenal to cave in and pile even more cash on him would be a mistake. We have a habit of rewarding mediocrity, and whilst he has had a much improved season and 4 months of genuine brilliance, he needs to sit and think long and hard about all those players who left Arsenal thinking they were better than they are.
But, on a lighter note Mark “I’m A Nice Bloke Really, But Still a Massive Brillo Headed Thundercunt” Hughes has left Fulham! So we can all like them again! And he might even end up at Aston Villa, which means more odd unfounded dislike of them gains some bonafide reasoning at last.