So, a new football season, and all the joy it brings, is upon us once more, and I’ve decided to have a go at bringing back the season diary.
I’ve not written in quite a while now for one reason or another, so if this is shit you can blame it on that.
I was going to revive the Pre-Season Diary during the summer, but in the end I couldn’t be bothered.
It went as predictably as ever anyway:
Tenuous link to superstar signing around the time season ticket renewals – a little moan that we are being linked with a player in order to fool people into renewing – people renewing then moaning when the speculation has died down after the renewal deadline – a kit launch – people moaning that they don’t like the kit – “Puma are shite” – a couple of early signings to give people hope that we will splash out this summer – pundits with their predictions for the season telling us how terrible our season is going to be – no more signings before the season starts and people worried that we are not prepared for the season again……
I could go on, but you know the score. I’ve not even bothered chucking in the manager signing a new contract, I think that may have been covered elsewhere somewhat…..
We started the season in a way that can only be described as “Arsenally” (It can probably be described a few other ways too, but they all come under the Arsenally umbrella at the end of the day) – an early goal from record signing Lacazette, after just two minutes, giving us the perfect start and a fleeting moment of hope that we were going to start the season with a bang, followed by a Leicester equaliser a few minutes later.
It don’t get much more Arsenally than that.
Some hilariously Arsenally defending, and Jamie Vardy putting Leicester ahead twice had us all thinking that this season was going to start the way every season has for what seems like the last 100 years, but then up pop our two subs, Ramsey and Giroud no less, and our Friday night took a major turn for the better.
Obviously, you do not want to be winning games every week in a manner that you have to score four goals to make sure you score more than the other lot, but sometimes there is just nothing better than a late winner. It is like winning big at a new casino and as a season opener on a Friday night things could have been a lot worse.
Yes, there were a few things to raise concerns that some of the issues that need addressing haven’t been addressed and that we could be in for another one of those seasons, but we’ve got Stoke away next so let’s just make the most of the win before we start flying planes at each other again.
Speaking of umbrellas, the most annoying thing about Friday night’s game for me was the blabbering spittle fest that was the co-commentary from Jamie Carragher.
How he’s got that job I don’t know.
Honestly, it’s like giving a bloke with no arms a job as a lollipop man.
I did make out the odd phrase from “Commentating on Arsenal for Dummies” amongst all the phlegm though;
“That defending is just typical Arsenal for me” is one that I think I just about made out, something along those lines anyway.
They all do this, and the most annoying thing is that they’re quite often right (they’re also quite often wrong, I hasten to add), but it’s not like they put any thought into it – it’s now become generic, commentary by numbers. This in turn means that they can stick any old twat up there that can barely string a sentence together, as long as they can throw a few buzzwords in there every now and then and make sure they mention the problems with zonal marking at least once a game.
It’s this kind of thing that has driven my desire for Arsenal to win things for as long as I can remember. Not for the players, not for the manager, not even for us supporters.
No, it’s to shut up people like Carragher, Danny Mills, Glenn Hoddle and his man minge, and any other idiot they have spouting crap on whatever channel every week. Dear Jamie has been on about zonal marking when it comes to Arsenal since 2014 at least
These people are why Arsenal need to win the league this season.
I’m pretty sure that if there were no such thing as zonal marking, some of these people would be out of a job.
And that, my friends, is why zonal marking must be banned at Arsenal.
Nobody wants to live in a world where Jamie Carragher is right.
Up The Arsenal
Islington born and bred, Arsenal through and through. Supported the Gunners for all of my 46 years (so far!) through thick and thin.
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Currently working on my next book – Over Land and Sea (and Lockdown), Arsenal 20/21 – A Diary of a Season – due for release Summer 2021.
I will back the club I have in my blood to the hilt and I don’t care what you think about that. UTA.
AGAINST MODERN FOOTBALL.