By Billy the dog McGraw
As per my normal I met Dennis Bergkamp this morning at the Enfield Allotment on which we both have potato patches to chew the fat on the crisis club.
“I won’t ask you to describe Aston Villa,” says I when we took a breather in the potting shed. “You’ll only tell me its a diminutive principality in the Midlands in which some streets have now been almost totally cleared of terrorists.”
“Well it is,” says he, and with that out of the way, we settled down to the news.
“Adebayor?” says I, trying to crack a joke.
“His crime was to take three months to return from the Africa Cup of Cups, and the gentlemen along the Seven Sisters were somewhat edgy about that,” Dennis counters.
“When he was with Arsenal we were glad when he took three months off,” says I and we both nodded noddingly taking a swift sip of the brandy I always carry on occasions such as this to ward off the cold.
Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal
Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere,
Walcott, Giroud, Cazorla
“And the subs?”
“Mannone, Martínez, Yennaris, Koscielny, Miquel, Diaby, Ramsey, Coquelin, Rosicky, Gervinho, Ox-Chamberlain”
“That’s too many,” says I and he shrugs, and you don’t argue with Dennis when he does that.
We run through the injuries which for once takes no time at all. “Gibbs and Sagna” says Dennis and you can’t say more than that. “Fabianksi is still going through rehab.
And now for the stats.
It is said that 60% of our goals come in the second half but I think it is more than that.
Aston Villa collect yellow cards like they are going out of fashion (54 this season). We have 26.
Lukas Podolski is still top in the assists league.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
“That’s not a statistic,” says Dennis catching my last comment. “It is a line from William Blake.”
“But clever though,” says I, and we both go on our way with the happiness that two old friends have having met, chewed the fat, and moved on.
Footnote: Neil Warnock says in the Independent today, “Who would want to follow Wenger at Arsenal?” and he has a point.
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