I am usually largely underwhelmed by the fixtures being released, I must say, as the initial excitement lasts â€“ ooh â€“ about a second. But coming off the back of two weeks of near nothingness â€“ Robin van Persie’s incarceration and Ashley Cole’s engagement notwithstanding â€“ this year it was a blessed tonic.
And haven’t we got a big old start, with Newcastle, Chelski and Liverpool being three of the first four fixtures. And our last competitive fixture, after 93 years at Highbury will be against Wigan. I donâ€™t suppose it really matters who we play last â€“ we’ll all be in floods of tears anyway, tearing our hair out and throwing flowers onto the pitch, or something like that, perhaps. But it would be nice to sign off with a win, and with all due respect, we have a good chance of getting that against Wigan.
If we were to reach the FA Cup semi-final â€“ and we’ve done so for the last five seasons â€“ there’s a chance, I suppose, of the penultimate fixture, against the Totteringhams, being postponed, which might â€“ and there are several ifs on the table here already â€“ mean us playing them last instead. I’m not sure I like the idea of that.
What I do like the idea of is signing loads of really good players this summer.
Current fave rumours include us sniffing around a brace of wingers â€“ some say Wright-Phillips, some Hleb, while some say Pires is leaving, some Freddie might; some say something else and others something different.
The point is, nothing’s happened.
Thunderstorms today. That’s news.