The Wednesday Manic Depression
We used to walk down by the river/She loved to watch the sun go down/We used to walk along the river/And dream our way out of this town
Grant Holt isn’t that good at football, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t play for England. When selecting his squad for the 2006 World Cup, Italy manager Marcello Lippi recognised that the players available weren’t up to much, so to compensate, picked six strikers: Del Piero, Totti, Toni, Gilardino, Iaquinta and Inzaghi. Over the course of the competition, all were used, and this apparent surfeit of options was crucial in winning the trophy. With genuine variety at his disposal, Lippi could select the men suitable for each game, then alter its course according to the demands of a particular situation; far smarter than a squad full of Jermaine Jenases consuming space to no avail.
Yesterday, the Olympic rings went for a float down the Thames; it was ahmazingly exciting. The day before yesterday, the Olympic scarf with the Olympic rings that the entire nation will wear as one was revealed; it was ahmazingly exciting. Oh, the rings. Or rather, oh our rings. Ouch.
Heaven forbid that those with the means of production express their importance at an inopportune time for the Coe and Cameron jamboree in July, or August, or whenever the Olympics is. The Conservative party treat the country like a football ground treats its fans: sit down, watch this, shut up, don’t ask questions. If the unions want to strike, that’s their right, and if it causes a lot of trouble, well then, maybe it illustrates why you should treat millions of human beings with dignity and a living wage, instead of destroying their livelihoods.
He’s missing training. I assume he’ll be back soon. Were he really devastatingly injured he would not have even joined up with the squad. However, he might miss a couple of games in future. In those games, feel welcome to bask in Wenger’s brave new world. Sans Van Persie, it’s so 2012/13.