I wake up on this fine Saturday morning in Portugal, to the news that none other than the Flamster himself, might be making a return to the Premier League in the shape of joining Crystal Palace on a free. Fair play to the guy I suppose, because he’s still looking for a club and if he can prove that he’s still a wanted man at Premier League level, then let’s wish him all the best. It would feel a little weird seeing him running around doing the bidding of Alan Pardew. Feels like a bit of a natural disaster waiting to happen to be honest with you.
I wonder if Flamini will be rocking up at the Emirates for the legends vs Milan Glorie game? After all, it’s two of his former clubs, so I’m sure he could score himself some free tickets. Or perhaps he’s not bothered after he found out that Bergkamp and Henry weren’t playing, but Pascal Cyan was, so he’s decided he’s got better things to do with his time. It’s on at 2pm this afternoon and I think ITV4 are showing it, so I might have a little look if I’m not cycling my way round Tavira in the Algarve at the time, because it’s always nice to see those old faves like Freddie rocking an Arsenal shirt once more. It’s funny, when they first started showing those five-a-side ‘Masters’ games about 15 or so years ago, I used to wonder why people bothered watching. But these days, now that I’m a little older and a little more nostalgic, I kinda get it, because it’s more about reminiscing of good times and reliving your good times of the past.
And hey, when we’re in the midst of an international break, why not capitalise on the thirsty need of Arsenal fans, by giving them something to reminisce about? Good on the club, I say.
I wonder if Lucas will be there? He did say in one of the latest videos, that the players he admired the most were Henry and Bergkamp, so perhaps he’s got himself a WhatsApp group of mates like me who are all wondering whether to bother, now both of those two players aren’t coming along to play!
In terms of Arsenal players on international duty, it seems like there’s been a bit of mixed fortunes so far. Mesut and Ollie G both got on the score sheet for their country in respective friendlies against Finland and Italy, but poor old Alexis and Asano couldn’t help to drag their nations over the line with defeats to Paraguay and the UAE. So they will be sad. Which is sad.
But what might be good, certainly from an Arsenal perspective, is that the redemption of Theo Walcott could continue tomorrow when England play Slovakia. Fat Sam has announced his starting XI for the game tomorrow already, but I can’t help but feel like Theo will play a part, which would be great for his confidence. He will have taken a bit of a knocking in the summer by not being involved at all, but he’s already responded well enough with three decent performances in the Premier League and if he can follow that up by coming on as a sub and playing well for England, then that can only be a good thing for us.
It’s probably a little too early to declare that he’s back to the 2013 Walcott vintage, but every little step in the right direction is…well….a step in the right direction!
And on that piece of super insightful information, I think I’ll call it a day for this latest blog instalment. Have yourselves a wonderful Saturday and make the most of whatever it is you’re doing today.
Ciao for now.