WTTGT Writer: Dean Scott
They say 24 hours is a long time in politics…
Let me tell you something my friends, being an Arsenal fan right now is like being an expectant father whose partner is three months overdue, and still no offspring. Let me explain…
When another underwhelming Arsenal season was flushed down the toilet, I thought right, this pre-season is going to get me excited for next season.
I hoped that the poor players would be sold and better players would arrive with the promise of an active pre-season, lots of buying and selling, yet here we are early July and nobody apart from an 18/19 year old, whose name I can’t remember because frankly it doesn’t matter. He’s just another English bloke arriving to improve our reserve-team and in time, probably moving onto another club having played three games in the Carling Cup over his contract.
Anyway I digress, so with additions of Premier League experienced players on their way I get up every morning, put on Sky Sports News, watching for the beautiful phrase ‘Arsenal sign …,’ and yet like an expectant father it’s another false labour.
We have been linked with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cahill, both Gary and Tim, Samba, some Argie who said he ‘dreamt of playing for Arsenal’ and has since signed for Inter Milan, Gervinho (the bloke with a forehead as big as my front door), and any striker you care to mention, yet still no WOW signing.
I may be one of the few Arsenal fans who don’t actually care anymore about Cesc and Nasri leaving; Cesc deserves to go to Barca as he isn’t going to get any better at Arsenal. At the moment we aren’t getting any better and Nasri going after a good six months doesn’t make him the next Frank Worthington and so I say goodbye Sammy.
Another part of my day is thinking about how Arsenal transfers seem to take forever, Gervinho for example has been signing for weeks. He’ll be entitled to a testimonial the day after he signs it’s been dragging on so long. Manchester United have signed three players quickly yet despite rumours of bid for Cahill and Samba, nothing has happened!
Finally, the final part of my frustrating day in the life of an Arsenal fan takes place when I look at the official Arsenal website and it shows pre-season players back for training. Now if I was a really good player and I turned up and saw the motley crew of players there, I would think I have gone to a different London Colony, and instead arrived at exercise day in the local young offender’s institute.
Being a recent dad, I am telling you from experience that a day in the life of an Arsenal fan is a day full of false labour.