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And now for the first in an occasional series of minority interest blogs… some thoughts on Arsenal football club.
Isn’t it spectacularly good news that Cesc Fabregas has finally managed to resist the overtures of Barcelona? (For the moment, at least.) Yes, of course because Arsenal get to keep him, but mostly because the Catalans didn’t get ‘their’ man. Barcelona: with the possible exception of the New York Yankees, the sports team with the most overt superiority complex (only recently it would still have been the Australian cricket team but, my, how that ship has sailed).
I know football fans are supposed to fawn over Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, et al, like Dr. Goebbels over Hitler… but I can’t. I find them annoying – even if their brand of ‘tippy-tappy’ football (Frank Skinner’s phrase, I believe) remains the Yves Saint Lauren to Arsenal’s Calvin Klein*. To my taste, their pursuit of Fabregas was so brazen and presumptuous it made even Real Madrid seem comparatively less irritating. And that, as the saying goes, is really saying something.
At any rate, be glad one and all: the great Professor Wenger experiment can continue, after all. The slightly unstable catalyst can still fizz, not less crucially in some other lab, but once more under those familiar north London lights.
So, can we dare to hope the experiment will finally succeed? Not just partially, or sporadically, as before, but reliably and often? Who can say… recent results remain inconclusive. Isn’t the wanting to watch, though, so very full of promise?
Just imagine, indeed, if Wenger ever stops playing in goal an actual clown.
[* The author of this blog accepts no responsibility for any sartorial inaccuracies contained within – on account of not being, you know, a girl.]