July 11, 2012
I’ve got an early meeting this morning so this will have to be a short one.
Good thing too as actual Arsenal news is fairly thin on the ground. You know things are bad when fans on Twitter don’t even have any spurious transfer gossip to talk about and have instead resorted to spurious kit gossip. Apparently an Adidas employee tweeted that Arsenal were in conversation with the company about a new kit deal to kick off from the 2013/14 season.
On a personal level I’d be pleased if it were true. I’ve not been hugely impressed with a lot of the kits Nike have done for us since they took over from Adidas in 1993. But at the same time I’m struggling to get myself excited about a kit deal that may well be a figment of someone’s imagination. This waiting to hear how the RVP situation is going to resolve itself is doing my head in. I want answers. I want to know how our squad is shaping up for the new season. Kit gossip isn’t going to cut it.
There was a flutter of news on the RVP front yesterday as Sky Sports News briefly ran a story from reporter Dharmesh Sheth who stated that an insider at the club had told him there was a chance of a U-turn from the player. He seemed to think that Van Persie could go back on his statement and sign a new contract. Sky withdrew the story from their website later in the day and nobody seems to be any the wiser as to what’s going on.
It seems a fairly unlikely scenario I have to say. That statement didn’t leave much room for interpretation. The man wanted out. You could argue that it was one last attempt to force the board’s hand and get whatever it was that he wanted, be it a bigger salary or a promise of bigger name signings to come in and join him but if that was what he was after I’m sure he could have made those threats privately. There’d be little need to risk destroying his relationship with the fanbase in order to make his point.
Frankly a U-turn of this magnitude could land him a place in the Tory cabinet but if it happened I wouldn’t be complaining. If he did it the right way, said the right things and distanced himself from the right agents I’m sure there’d still be a way back for him both at the club and in the hearts of the supporters. But see what’s happened? They’ve got me thinking about it. They’ve got me thinking about the possibility of it happening and it just won’t. I thought denial was supposed to be the first stage of grief. I’ve already been through anger and depression. I can’t even grieve properly.
Great. Now I’ve got to go to my meeting all backwards grieving.
Thanks a lot, Arsenal.