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Blue Wednesday

45 comments May 13th, 2009

Those who follow me on twitter might have heard this clip as a preview of today’s blog content:

For those who’ve yet to see the blue-ming thing, here it be:

Of course opinion will be divided, but I have to say I’m not enamoured with it – particularly the dodgy collar and pinstripe.  Sure, it’s not in the same league as the dreaded ‘wh*te kit’ of a few years back, but it’s a hell of a drop off from this year’s fantastic ’89-esque shirt.

All I can ask is: why blue?  Blue is a colour that has ancient associations with sadness, stemming from the idea in Greek mythology that the blue of the rain signified the tears of Zeus.  It’s raining where I am today.  Presumably because Zeus is crying about this rubbish kit.

There’ve been some midweek stirrings in the Arsenal press office, principally to deny the somewhat malicious rumour about Pat Rice retiring.  After beginning as idle speculation on a few blogs, the story made it as far as The Times, who really ought to know better.  The problem with the story is that it is borne principally out of the incorrect belief that Pat Rice doesn’t really do anything, and that even if he did Arsene would be unwilling to listen.  CEO Ivan Gazidis’ comments in a recent meeting with the AST were clearly intended to dispell that myth:

“The idea that Arsène Wenger is some stubborn guy who is not open to having his ideas challenged and there is nobody there who can say ‘listen we need someone with experience in the middle of the park or at the back’ just isn’t true.

He is asking questions of himself all the time and talking to people all the time. He does not believe he has all the answers and I see that as one of his strengths. ‘He is not someone who takes the easy route to protect himself. He will place the protection of his players above that.

He is not going to go out and say ‘this guy is not good enough’ or ‘this is where we are weak’. He has the ability to make difficult decisions when they have to be made, but until then, he protects and supports the players he has.”

Pat Rice is going nowhere.  He loves the club and remains an integral member of the coaching staff, as well as being an important link with the club’s history.

It has emerged that Bolton defender Gary Cahill is negotiating a new deal at the Reebok Stadium – just one day after stories less credible than Jordan’s anatomy emerged suggesting Arsenal might be about to make a bid.  Cahill’s agent should congratulate himself on a job well done.

Should Manchester United avoid defeat at Wigan tonight, they could clinch the Premier League title against us on Saturday.  Were that the case, it ought to motivate our squad to spoil the party – though it’s hard to know what motivates this current bunch.

Till tomorrow.

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