There really is only one place to start today and that is with Mo Farah!
What an athlete and winner he is and he’s a Gooner!
I doubt there is an Arsenal fan out there who wasn’t sat with a little tear in the eye when our man crossed that line for his second Gold medal of the Olympic Games.
Me, I was bawling and I am not embarrassed to admit it!…..
Maybe Farah’s medals will give the club he loves some inspiration to go into this coming season with a real focus on winning something, anything….
Even a Capital One Cup victory could be enough to make this squad realise just how it feels to be a winner. Getting their hands on a cup and to have a medal around their neck would no doubt fill them with that extra hunger and desire to go on and win more.
Newspaper reports suggest that Fergie is going to up his offer for our captain to £20 million this week, not really sure which part of the £30 million valuation of RvP Man Utd don’t understand do you? I really don’t think our manager wants to sell to them and I hope Arsene Wenger gets his way with this one.
Fergie opted not to travel with his team for their pre-season friendly which has given the football journalists something to write. They all seem to share the same theory and believe that Fergie stayed at home to try and sort this deal out. Another Fergie/Wenger player war could be on the cards as we are reported to be interested in signing Malaga’s Isco.
He’s a 20 year old attacking midfielder who’s described as being:
‘A skilled dribbler and capable of playing through the center or drifting in from out wide, Isco goes past defenders for fun, has a keen eye for a pass and is capable of striking the odd goal or two as well’.
The Song rumours continue to gather pace but most stories do when they are just re-written, time and time again but if he’s off and we are lining up Yann M’Vila we better be quick as suggestion is the Tiny Totts have already made an offer of €12 million for him.
M’Vila featured for Rennes yesterday as they suffered a 1-0 loss to Lyon at home and he was on the receiving end of a number of strong challenges. Gourcuff scored the only goal….
So, back to today and our final warm up match before the season kicks off next weekend.
Cologne today will be a real test, it will be nothing like playing in the far East.
Players will be that little bit more fit, the playing surface will be much better and above all, the opposition will be a lot stronger and we’ll truly see just how well prepared we are for the new campaign.
Thomas Vermaelen has been bigging up Steve Bould and his training methods, well today we will see for ourselves if they have paid dividends.
We have three new players who should make their first appearance in an Arsenal shirt which is something to really look forward to and Robin should be leading us out in Germany with the same commitment he showed last season, after all, he is still an Arsenal player and I still believe he will be when the 2012/13 season gets under away.
So what do you hope to see today?
Robin finding the back of the net?
Santi Cazorla sparkling in midfield and creating many chances?
Podolski and Giroud bossing the forward line and showing just why Arsene Wenger signed them?
Maybe all of those things but the main thing for me is to see a much improved defensive display topped off with a clean sheet.
Enjoy the game, I’ll have to settle for catching the replay later…
Have a good day all….