Today’s post is a bit of a mishmash of news and views. I’m still working hard on my next serious piece but I’m having to do a lot of research so I might have a few more posts like this one before my next blog so I hope you enjoy this one.
I had a quick surge of popularity yesterday on Twitter after commenting on the M’Vila quotes. I’m not an ITK type and do not wish to portray myself as one either.
M’Vila was recently featured in the Italian paper Mercato making comments on Arsenal. Supposedly these quotes are fake but that didn’t stop Twitter going mental with “M’Vila is coming to Arsenal” quotes.
The original quotes in Italian were:
“Anche qui in Ucraina sono giunte delle voci circa l’interessamento dell’Arsenal nei miei confronti. È una squadra che mi piace, così come mi piace la Premier League. Non so cosa accadrà nel mio futuro, ma la mia aspirazione è quella di indossare al più presto la maglia di un club prestigioso, quale è l’Arsenal”.
Which when translated into English word for word (or by Google Translate as so many did) is:
“Even here in Ukraine came of the rumours about the involvement of Arsenal to me. It’s a team I like, as I like the Premier League. I do not know what will happen in my future, but my aspiration is to wear as soon as the shirt of a prestigious club, which is Arsenal.”
Now the problem with most translations is that when done by software (like Google Translate) grammar is completely ignore and words are translated for their literal counterparts. The M’Vila quotes when translated using proper grammar (and I’ll admit that my Italian is not fantastic so cannot say for certain that this is 100% accurate) should be something like this:
Even here in the Ukraine [at the Euros] I hear rumours about me and Arsenal. They’re a team I like who play in a league I like. I do not know what the future holds but my aspiration is to wear the shirt of a prestigious club. Arsenal are a prestigious club.
Even here in the Ukraine [at the Euros] I hear rumours about me and Arsenal. They’re a team I like who play in a league I like. I do not know what the future holds but my aspiration is to wear the shirt of a prestigious club such as Arsenal.
When translated like that you can see that M’Vila is at best admitting that Arsenal are a club he could see himself playing for which is good however I am taking his comments as a diplomatic answer to a question forced on him.
At any rate the comments are being dismissed as fake but ironically the “these comments are fake” came from a source as likely to be fake.
M’Vila: These comments are fake. Why would I give an interview to an Italian paper before I gave one to a French paper.
Source: El Mundo – A SPANISH newspaper
Now if that isn’t the definition of irony I do not know what is. Hopefully that clears things up with regards to M’Vila.
I spent most of last night flicking between the two Euro matches and was quite pleased to see Holland go out. I actually like Holland as a team and as a country and they have some fantastic players but I’m not a fan of Bert van Marwijk and the way his Holland team play but mostly I am glad they went out because now the Euro’s are over for Van Persie and that means we can restart contract talks with him.
I’m still of the opinion that he will stay but even if he doesn’t sign a new contract I am still unconvinced that the money we would get for him would be better than actually having him for a year.
It was also nice to see Podolski score. It was a well taken goal on his weaker foot which I think will be extremely beneficial to Arsenal next season which leads me nicely onto the last part of this post.
The premier league fixture list was released this morning and we start with a potentially tricky match with Sunderland at home. Sunderland will most certainly aim for a shut out which will be an extremely frustrating way to start the season but I’m hoping that our team will be pretty sharp and a little too much for Sunderland so early in the season.
We have the fixtures to potentially have as bad a start as we did last season with us playing Livepool, Manchester City and Chelsea away in our first 6 matches. We are also playing away 7 times in our first 10 matches and 11 times in our first 19.
I’m actually really optimistic about this because I think we can be in a strong position for the second half of the season where most of our games are played at home and from March to the end of the season we only have two “tough” games against Spurs and United. I have already eyed the United match on April 27th as a potential title decider.
The start of the season is a little unkind with so many away games but I think that we have a pretty good run in so all we have to do is make sure we’re still in with a shout come March.
I’m pretty confident that next season this could be a reality.
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