The more this Cole nonsense goes on, the emptier my well of admiration for him becomes. I heartily agree with what the venerable arseblogger says today, and just add that, if Cole plans to take this whole thing to court and challenge the rules, it won’t just be Arsenal fans who come to dislike him. Everyone will.
As much as I believe top sportsmen should be well remunerated for their work, they need to behave in such a way as to merit accumulating levels of wealth that the rest of us can only dream of. Thierry Henry, to me, earns every penny of his salary, and is a shining beacon to all. Team player, modest, and above all, grateful of his position as one of the luckiest 1% of employees in the world.
There’s a raft of young players – Cole is one, Ferdinand is another, in my opinion – who just don’t seem to get that. They already earn vast salaries, but they still insist on hawking themselves for more. It’s unseemly, and when they’re already earning more in one week than the rest of us earn in one year – and we’re chuffing well paying them – it’s graceless in the extreme.
Ashley Cole is an excellent footballer, and he can still come out, make all the right noises and stay. But he is only what he is – a footballer. And we, his bottom-line paymasters, are not stupid.
Elsewhere, Fulham’s Chris Coleman had to be restrained by WWF wrestlers (well, that last bit’s wrong, but you get the point), following Rob Styles’s award of a penalty to Boro last night. The tackle was miles outside the box, yet the ref awarded it anyway. And the best news of all is that Rob Styles is the cup final referee! Hurrah, huzzah and double hoorays.
Amidst all the excitement, I’ve totally ignored the fact that we’ve got a massive game on tonight. We’ve not lost to our oil-laden hosts for ten years in the league now, and I’d very much like that to continue. Of course, with them just six points off claiming the title, they’re all giddy with excitement and will be hard to stop.
Who can blame them? It’s certainly very exciting to win the league for the second time in your history. I am reliably informed that Arsenal fans were similarly giddy in 1933, when it happened to us.
And to end on a positive note, we’ll be wearing red in the cup final.