I greeted the end of this Arsenal season with relief- it really wasn’t a whole lot of fun. And since they’ve qualified to qualify for the Champions League, all us fans can take a little time and delude ourselves into the belief that international superstars are coming our way. It’s kind of like being in seventh grade and daydreaming about your pretty teacher’s legs. Except not such a necessary and fundamental stage… I guess it’s just adolescent.
And if you spend too much time thinking about the transfer business, it gets dull fast (unlike legs). And what a nutty cottage industry they have in Europe pushing all this stuff! Every day there’s a rehash of the previous day’s rumor, which was made up to begin with. I think it’s growing, too: in listings for freelance writing work, I’ve seen openings for “football transfer writers” willing to dredge the tabloids and rewrite all the stories for sports gossip websites.
It’s kind of surprising that there so few transfer stories, considering the global nature of the game. Everyone seems to be interested in only a handful of superstars. This summer’s buffet is Neymar, Rooney, Bale, Lewandowski, Jovetic, and Higuain, and while the last two are excellent players, they’re not really superstars. That’s only six people. Maybe I’ve forgotten a couple, but who cares. And they’re all, or almost all, going to end up at one of about six clubs. Of course this is the summer of coaches moving as well, but that’s not as exciting as the rags are saying, either. Ferguson’s already been replaced; Mourinho is going to be back where he’s been before; Madrid is going to get what they want with Ancelotti; City is going to get Pellegrini; Milan might do something stupid and sack Allegri, but Berlusconi doing something stupid isn’t really news. The famous coaches seem to play musical chairs.
So, while I’ve got my fingers crossed that Arsene Wenger is on the hunt for someone exciting, what I should really be doing is paying better attention to our rough and tumble and pretty exuberant domestic league. The Timbers are the best they’ve ever been! Manchester City and the Yankees have made an unholy union and produced a readymade object of hatred! NYCFC, go to hell! Now I just have to figure how to watch more… it’s been easier to catch the European stuff.