He has to doesn’t he?
There was a day when Belgium played football, you just knew our captain would be at the back leading the way but yesterday, he couldn’t even get off of the bench.
Whether that was down to the fact they were playing a low rated side in Algeria, or the fact that he’s not been playing enough football is anyone’s guess but whatever the reason, Vermaelen must be pretty cheesed off.
Our captain is 28 years old, at a push he may get one more chance at the World Cup but I doubt it. Between now and then though, they’ll be the Euro’s and that really could be his last chance to win something with his country…
But he needs to be playing club football each week and right now, unless something awful happens to either Mertesacker or Koscielny, I can’t see that happening.
It’s not fair on him as club captain to be sat on the bench twiddling his thumbs when he could be having a run around elsewhere….
If he does go, at least he does so with an FA Cup medal in his pocket, not many Arsenal captains can brag about that of late….
Talking of that fine day out at Wembley, we are off there again on the 10th August to face Man City in the Community Shield.
Yet again, the ticket allocation is an absolute sham!
Just 25,000 tickets have been allotted to both sets of fans and considering Wembley holds 90,000, that number is an absolute disgrace!
Ivan Gazidis isn’t happy either:
We are all looking forward to playing Manchester City in the Community Shield. However, as with the FA Cup final, we are disappointed with the official allocation of only 26,000 tickets for this match.
This means that both clubs will only officially receive a combined total of approximately 52,000 tickets, in a stadium which has a capacity of 90,000.
The club will implement a ticket-allocation policy which will be as fair to all our supporters as possible, but we appreciate that many of our loyal supporters will be unable to obtain tickets for this match.
We will be explaining our position to the FA and will try our best to obtain more tickets for our supporters.
I doubt anyone at the FA will be interested in what Ivan Gazidis has to say and I doubt the club will receive any additional tickets as I suspect they’ll be only interested in lining their own pockets whilst sticking two fingers up to the real football fans of course!
The FA bleat on about how the football in this country is declining, how there aren’t enough English players playing in the Premier League etc etc, well perhaps if they stopped thinking about making money and thought about investing it instead, English football would be in a better place.
Allocating more tickets to ‘proper’ fans wouldn’t be a bad place to start!
Still, I guess the FA would rather give those additional 40,000 tickets to a bunch of toffs who really couldn’t give a toss who wins the Community Shield!!
English football in a bad place?
For sure it is, because those who run don’t give a damn about those who really want to be at Wembley!!
Here’s our fixtures for the coming season and for once, our last game is at home.
August: 16th Crystal Palace (h) 23rd Everton (a) 30th Leicester (a)
September: 13th Man City (h) 20th Aston Villa (a) 27th Tottenham (h)
October: 4th Chelsea (a) 18th Hull (h) 25th Sunderland (a)
November: 1st Burnley (h) 8th Swansea (a) 22nd Man Utd (h) 29th West Brom (a)
December: 2nd Southampton (h) 6th Stoke (a) 13th Newcastle (h) 20th Liverpool (a) 26th QPR (h) 28th West Ham (a)
January: 1st Southampton (a) 10th Stoke (h) 17th Man City (a) 31st Aston Villa (h)
February: 7th Tottenham (a) 10th Leicester (h) 21st Crystal Palace (a) 28th Everton (h)
March: 3rd QPR (a) 14th West Ham (h) 21st Newcastle (a)
April: 4th Liverpool (h) 11th Burnley (a) 18th Sunderland (h) 25th Chelsea (h)
May: 2nd Hull (a) 9th Swansea (h) 16th Man Utd (a) 24th West Brom (h)
I’d say the first half of the season is slightly more tricky than the second….
There’s the fixtures, now we just need to know who we’ll have in our squad to play them….
That’s it for Wednesday…..