Whew, it’s been a long, damn week at work & the work is still to be finished! 17 hour workday on Monday, 10 on Tuesday, 14 yesterday, probably another 12-14 tonight… Ugh. I hate being in a production field sometimes.
So what have we missed while I was out trying to pay bills? Let’s start with the good news which is that Arsenal have started their pre-season training this week with all the players apart from those who took part in the Euros returning & getting back into shape with working out & running to build up the fitness levels. Of course, people will (& have) made much of van Persie’s absence but even on optimal terms where he would’ve re-signed, he’d still be absent b/c of the vacation extensions to Euro participants as aforementioned. But some people will never let a disaster go uncreated in this day & age of instant info & insinuation on the interwebs.
Why you just standing there, Wenger! Sign some World Class, DERP DERP!
Speaking of re-signings, one which Arsenal is working hard on currently to happen to avoid another contractageddon like van Persie, is the extension of Laurent Koscielny’s contract to 2017. His current deal ends in 2014, so to avoid the shenanigans of the last 2 summers, Arsenal look to be moving to tie down Kos, the vague Bart Simpson lookalike. He had an excellent season last year & looks to be developing into a pretty decent modern style centerback (leaner but quicker & more skill on the ball).
Not so much maybe… but I’m telling you, at times they look a lot alike!
The other big news in Arsenalgeddon is the announcement that Arsenal’s away kit for 2012/13 will be PURPLE! OMG the sky continues to fall doesn’t it? Whatever. Being an LSU alum, I don’t mind the purple. I know some Gunners will freak out over it, b/c that’s what they do. There would be an announcement over switching tea ladies & some people would somehow impugn nefarious motives from the Arsenal board over the matter. Seriously, it’s an away kit. Who freaking cares if it’s purple, chartreuse or invisible colored. Wait, what? You get the point. Or maybe you don’t . There’s a lot of dense people out there.
Not the greatest thing in the world but neither are you
On the transfer front, it doesn’t look like Wenger will be in the market for another mega-über-monster-all-world centerback as Kyle Bartley is being promoted to the 1st team for the upcoming season. If Djourou stays, that will give us 5 centerbacks (Verminator, Kos, Mertesaecker, Djourou & Bartley) which should be enough for the season barring an injury crisis in the middle of defense. I know we’ve had awful luck with injuries in recent years but at some point fate has to go fuck with other teams you would think. As for the quality of that group, opinions will obviously differ but I don’t think our questionable defense of recent years is due to talent but rather organization. Hopefully the appointment of Steve Bould to assistant manager will give a breath of fresh air to that aspect of training.
Bartley has enjoyed dual spells at both Sheffield United & Rangers in Scotland and was also used sparingly at defensive mid at Rangers, so he may prove useful for this upcoming season. I would think he’d see some time here & there as there’s been rumors that Wenger would like to rotate his central defense more this year & Bartley is most likely too good to play at reserve level save for the odd “staying fit” game here or there.
Bartley vaguely resembles President Obama; how bad can he be, amirite?!
Also, a young French striker, Mbaye Niang has apparently had a trial with Arsenal as well. He’s 17 years old & had 23 appearances & 2 goals for Caen in Ligue 1 last year but most of those appearances came as a substitute. People freak out sometimes when we bring in young players “because we need quality!” ”we need World Class DERP! DERP!,” but we also run a reserves & a U-19 side & it never hurts to bring somebody in for a trial. It’s just a trial, freakout people. Relax. Go stress out over the purple away kit instead. Or sit & wait for the next “crisis” to hit…
Updated signing/departures list (updates in red):
Confirmed signings: Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln)
Confirmed departures: Manuel Almunia (released), George Brislen-Hall (released), Alban Bunjaku (Sevilla), Joel Campbell (Real Betís-loan), Denílson (São Paulo-loan), Gavin Hoyte (released- Dagenham & Redbridge), Sean McDermott (released), Jernade Meade (released), Jeffrey Monakana (Preston North End), Rhys Murphy (Telsar Velsen), Sanchez Watt (released)
Likely signings: ?
Likely departures: Andrei Arshavin (Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Niklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh (Fiorentina, Valencia-loan), Łukasz Fabiański, Vito Mannone (Hull City), Chu/Ju-Young Park, Sébastian Squillaci (Bastia), Robert van Persie (Juventus/Manchester City), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad)
Possible signings: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Lucas Biglia (RSC Anderlecht), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Tongo Doumbia (Rennes), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic), Yann M’Vila (Rennes), Mbaye Niang (Caen), Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn Rovers), Salomon Rondon (Málaga), Matías Suárez (RSC Anderlecht), Kenneth Udjus (Sogndal), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo)
Possible departures: Benik Afobe (loan), Johann Djourou (Napoli), Conor Henderson (Charlton Athletic-loan), Henri Lansbury, Ignasi Miquel (Brighton & Hove Albion- loan), Aaron Ramsey (Fulham), Theo Walcott (Chelsea, Juventus, PSG)
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Now, for some LSU stuff. The fine folks over at Andthevalleyshook.com have their Link Gumbo post up & I highly recommend both the site & the weekly Gumbo posting. It includes an awesome link to the rage of Nick Saban’s daughter. Apparently, Sabanina can either throw down a bit or her “friend” expected her to let up at some point. Either way, Saban’s daughter, Kristen, put a girl in a hospital with severe injuries & it’s all a bit oddly funny besides the obligatory shock & sadness of it all. So, I guess you can add Head Coach daughter rage to poisoning historical oaks & teabagging passed out opposing fans to the list of “classy” things Bama fans do. Yes, I’m sure it’s a minority but it only takes a minority of atom bombs to destroy the world. So fuck off, Bammers.
Also, CBS Sports has a nice preview of Barkevious Mingo for the upcoming 2012 season. Between the Mettenchrist & Galactic Emperor, Lord Mingo, I think LSU will be sitting pretty next year. Unless, of course we have the utter disaster of going 13-1 like last season.
“What you mean, Curtis?! If you ain’t first, you last, boy! “
Yeah, you tell ‘em, Ricky Bobby. Ass.
And finally amongst all the armageddon of my teams, is, of course, BREESAGEDDON. All your armageddons are belong to my teams apparently.