And racing round the outside itâ€™s Bernie Ecclestone! The so-called Arsenal takeover just gets better and better doesnâ€™t it? Iâ€™m fed up to the hilt by takeover rumours so Iâ€™m going to leave it at that, but what I will say is that launching a protracted and hostile takeover just before the new season is just about the most sure-fire way of ensuring a season of turmoil at the club. Anyone who would consider that has only one thing at heart and itâ€™s not Arsenal. Still, I wouldnâ€™t hold your breath about something happening fast. If it ever happens it’s some distance off. For a start, it requires the current board to want to sell. A small point but a relevant one.
On the pitch, weâ€™re coming along well with Wengerâ€™s main man van Persie knocking in two on Thursday and Walcott beginning to prove his worth too. If weâ€™re not looking for another striker then all five of the players who will play in that position â€“ van Persie, Adebayor, da Silva, Bendtner and Walcott â€“ all need to raise their games. 100 goals between them would be fine Iâ€™m thinking, so no pressure there lads.
Shirts. The white one looks alright, doesnâ€™t it? Thatâ€™s what I thought too until I happened upon one in a shop, when to my horror I spotted what appears to be some 1930s script extolling the achievements of Herbert Chapman swathed across the shirt. Itâ€™s barely legible but sufficiently awful to make acquisition of the shirt a total non-starter. What is the point in that? Seriously?
No worries, because not content with having the most expensive season tickets in the UK, the club has launched a third shirt for â€œaway fixtures in Europe when Arsenalâ€™s red and white colours clash with their opponentsâ€™ kitâ€.
It doubles up as â€œthe second-choice change kit for domestic fixturesâ€.
Loosely translated, thatâ€™s â€œmoney-making exerciseâ€.
The shirt is OK â€“ novel, not a bad design at first glance â€“ and brings back the hoop design so beloved of generations of Arsenal fans. The world-famous Arsenal hoops.
My mind has a habit of being hazy but when, if ever, have we worn hoops before? Are they another of Herbert Chapmanâ€™s innovations?