What a goldfish I am. Despite an end of season that spent most of its time reeling from one calamity to another, I appear to be hankering for the new one already. When will I ever learn?
To be fair though, some bits and bobs need to happen before I can get genuinely giddy. Namely a scythe cutting through the chaff of the squad, coupled with the club storing the wheat in a silo where nobody can steal it. Continuing this dismal analogy, Wenger is the combine harvester, in case you were wondering, and Eboue – bear with me here – is a bale of some description. I think Iâ€™ll shut up now.
So with transfers in mind I was reminded when looking at Wikipedia, which means it must be true, that the window doesnâ€™t open until July 1st. Does that mean we canâ€™t announce signings till then or we canâ€™t negotiate them? Looks like we might have an entire month of conjecture to chew on before things get going. Thatâ€™ll be fun.
Arshavin and Vela have been in the news. The former has apparently â€˜vowed to beat Wengerâ€™s axeâ€™, and Iâ€™m all for that. On what basis? Well I do think heâ€™s declined since those heady days in 2009, but heâ€™s still mercurial and at the very worst would be a potent impact sub. On top of that, the squad needs to be augmented, not overturned. There are plenty ahead of him I think need to move on, but we shall see.
Which bring me neatly onto Carlos Vela. The Baggies have said, if they signed him, they could not guarantee him a first team place, which tells me rather a lot – or at least, reinforces what I already suspected. For me, heâ€™s one of the merry band who definitely need to search for those famous footballing â€˜pastures newâ€™. For his benefit, for ours. Sorry Carlos, but there you are.
OK, checking out. Itâ€™s a bank holiday and itâ€™s pelting it down with rain. Drought? Haha!
PS – this Fifa stuff is fun. Remind me, how did this lot take charge of football?