Hope all the fellow members of the Republic are enjoying their weekend, or as much as can be enjoyed when we are staring into the abyss of another Arsenal free weekend. As I write this it is exactly a week since we have seen our beloved club in action with another 7 day wait ahead of us. I’m sure most of us dislike International football with a fervent passion normally reserved for the Spuds, Alex Ferguson and Tony Pubis, but I despise it even more. I have many reasons for this which I shall outline below.
1. My team is shit. We lost 6 -1 at home last night in one of the most abject performances that I have ever witnessed. This is made worse by two things
(a) our manager is a barely breathing idiot who doesn’t even come close to picking the best players available to him
(b) we play a style of football that doesn’t suit our players some of whom have a proper degree of technical ability
2. The robbery that takes place when purchasing tickets for an international game. I don’t know about other countries but a ticket for a home game costs almost as much as going to see the Arsenal without the style of play, it would be like paying £50 to go watch Stoke.
3. The fear of injury. After a round of international games involving Arsenal players I don’t check the web for results but injuries. I couldn’t care less what teams win but INternational football brings extra games for Arsenal players providing extra chances for them to get injured. Robin Van Cunthooks was robbed of almost 18 months of his Arsenal careers by injuries suffered playing for Holland. Add to this Theo Walnuts was poleaxed while playing for England last night which left needing an overnight stay in the hospital.
4. International games mean Arsenal aren’t playing. By the time we play Norwich it will be 14 days since the last Arsenal game but we will have seen our respective countries play twice. In my case that is 180 minutes of Stoke-esqe (is that a word, spellcheck tells me it isn’t but im leaving it in there) football, I imagine Ireland games on a continuous loop could be used as a form of mental warfare in times of war. This is far too long without a course of Arsenal running through my veins.
5. Did I mention my country are shite, oh I did. Well the reasoning still holds true.
The worst part of this international break is we have to go through it all again during the second round of the INternational games. Think of how happy we are during the regular season when we have a Champions League game midweek after a victorious weekend victory. Now flip that feeling 180 degrees and that’s how things are when we are facing into an international midweek game. They are pointless at the best of times but 2 in the space of 5 days is just cruel.
I’m off to dig out my DVD of great Arsenal wins over the Spuds to get me through the next 7 days, that and plenty of beer should do the trick. Think a bottle of Goose Island followed by a 400 pound monkey should do the trick.
Till next time
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