So, Robert Pires, eh?
Arsenal have made a pig’s ear of one or two contract deals in the past, if we believe some of the stuff we read, but in the instance of the above, I think they’ve got their heads screwed on. Pires is 32 years old in October, and has a year left on his current deal. Arsenal have tabled a one-year extension, which would take him up to (almost) 34 years of age. It’s a perfectly reasonable assumption that he won’t be as effective at 34¾ (the age he would be if we gave him a two year extension), so I think Bob himself needs to be realistic here.
Of course, I understand he wants a good deal to see his career off, and believe me, I think he’s a crucial player for us on several levels, and that it’s a matter of urgency that we sort it out, but I can see both points of view here.
As with all European conundrums, let’s hope the bluster is followed by a compromise.
I’ve driven past it on my scooter, I’ve gone past it on a train and I’ve ogled it from Highgate Hill; I’ve seen it growing up over the West Stand and I’ve spent many a minute spying it on the webcam. Several of us here have even had discussions on the merits of trusses, God help us. (And you know who you are).
Well now there’s more! Certified, mentally unstable stadium-o-philes like myself can now go one step further by soaking in models, designs and drawings of the new stadium by going to the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for their exhibition entitled: ‘The Stadium: Architecture for the New Global Culture’. Anyway, there’s more information here if you’re really that interested. I have to say, I probably won’t be attending. The webcam is sufficient for me, and now that it’s been limited to five minutes viewing (we’ve been rumbled), it’s sufficient for a stadium snack whenever one is required.