Good Lord – I can’t believe this is my first post since June 11th. The kitchen is nearly finished, but the plumbing, gas fitting, electricianing?, carpenting?, painting etc. have certainly taken their toll – I’m bloody shattered. At the end of June my computer also decided to blow up and I’ve only just got round to getting it fixed. Hence very little close season contribution from me.
If I remember rightly, my last post was entitled ‘Titi to go-go’ in which I suggested that we may well have seen the last of Thierry Henry – only to be berated far and wide in the responses section for such wicked, wicked thoughts.
I wont say I told you so….. but I told you so.
Whilst his last season with us was nothing to write home about, and his captaincy was always questionable, there is no doubt that he was one of the greatest players ever to play for us and we are all lucky to have lived through his time at the club. So thanks Thierry for all the wonderful moments and good luck at Barca.
So my first post in the post-Henry era must begin with the question – what effect does losing the great man have on the rest of the team? Well, now that the dust has well and truly settled, it is emerging that, as a result of his departure, we may well be a much better outfit – certainly a much better team – than the rather in-and-out one of the last couple of years.
Not only do the rest of the team not have Henry’s shadow hanging over them all – free from that intimidating glare – but they will also surely all want to prove what they can do without him. Another one of the more pleasant advantages of being Henry-less is that everyone in the media are writing us off as serious challengers for the title. Indeed a lot of ‘pundits’ are expecting the yiddos to finish in 4th spot above us. Absolutely bloody brilliant.
ManUre reckon they will win the Premiership, Chelski reckon they will win the Premiership, Liverpuddle reckon they will win the Premiership and the Spuds reckon they will get a Champions League place. Absolutely bloody brilliant.
I don’t know about you, but I like what I have seen from our pre-season – especially the Amsterdam games. The Ajax match was a particularly tough encounter and just what we needed, and, whilst some of last season’s frailties were still in evidence occasionally, I was very encouraged with the general display and also the emergence of some ‘new’ players.
We now have a new wide right midfielder in Eboue, two potential wide left midfielders in Gibbs and Traore, a reliable new right back in Sagna, and an exciting new striker in Eduardu. With every performance Diaby is turning into the new Vieira, Denilson gets better and better and Hleb is looking to be the player he threatened to be when he first came to the club. Clichy just oozes athleticism and class, and RvP is simply awesome.
All we need is for Toure and Gallas to get themselves sorted out a bit more in defence, for Rosicky to look after his hamstrings and for Arsene not to play Hleb and Rosicky together and I reckon a trip down to William Hill to put £50 each way on us winning the title is a must.
We will know more come Sunday afternoon of course, but I for one am really optimistic about the season ahead – it’s going to be bloody brilliant!