Weekend Preview? Meh, I guess... Anyway VOTE OR DIE!!!

So, uh, what's up guys?

*Tottenham fans*

Yeah, I get it. Internationazzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Well, at least the baseball playoffs are on, although that's cold comfort for someone such as myself seeking my next Arsenal fix. It's honestly gotten to the point that I don't know what to do with myself on weekends when Arsenal aren't playing. I know, it sounds like an addiction, but it's not. I can quit anytime I want...




It's times like these when the lyrics, "You'll never know just How much I love you Til you take my Arsenal away" really find a home in me.

Beng as there's little that's newsworthy in the football world right now, this is going to be a bit shorter than usual, I'm afraid. But let's cover what can be covered and have done with that, eh?

First, some local news: apparently, Sir Alex Ferguson was indeed at Nevada Smith's this week to watch the 1-1 draw between Aston Villa and Man City. See, I told you guys he could be found passed out on the floor of the mens room. It's not the first time he's been over, and I'm sure it won't be the last, as I hear he does have a place in the city and on retiring will likely spend more time there. Gooners, get your pizza-slinging arms ready.

Arsenal have agreed to loan out right-sided fullback Gavin Hoyte to League One side Brighton for one month. I think Hoyte is a gifted footballer, he has pace and is an aggressive defender, and I do believe he's a better player than his older brother Justin Hoyte, who also came up through the Arsenal youth system. I found it a bit odd that the loan was for one month; I can only assume that Arsene has plans for the lad in the upcoming Carling Cup matches. Hopefully this will get him more competitive football than the occasional reserve match.

Transfer speculation has already begun. Transfer speculation. In early October. Meaning that we can expect nearly three more months of this pointless bullshit before January even arrives. Jeebus save us.

Anyway, I thought we'd do something a little interactive this week. I'm going to list a bunch of the transfer rumors (rumours, for our English friends) that I've come across this week, and it's up to you, our esteemed readers, to choose from among them the three rumors/rumours that I made up myself, and vote for your selections by emailing us right here. Those of you who guess these correctly will be entered into a drawing to be featured in one of our upcoming Ask A Gooner or (if you're unfortunate enough to support a club other than the mighty Arsenal) Speaking With the Enemy segments right here on TMG, the home of classic ro--er, football entertainment. Your choices are:

Patrick Vieira to Return to Arsenal in January as Cover for Alex Song During the African Nations Cup, and to Stay On as Player-Coach;

St. Etienne Midfielder Blaise Matuidi to Arsenal;

Cesc Fabregas to Real Madrid or Barcelona This Summer;

Emmanuel Eboue to Barcelona in January;

Bari Defender Andrea Bocelli to Arsenal in January;

Tomas Rosicky to Leave Arsenal On a Free Transfer in January;

Sao Paolo midfielder Hernanes to Man City in January;

17 year-old Colchester United midfield wunderkind Sidney Finch to Man United in Jan;

Barcelona Defender Carles Puyol to Join Arsenal in January.

Now even legitimately reported rumors at this point in the season smell of laziness on the part of sports journalists. Although as I've been putting my brain through its paces trying to find SOMETHING to write about, I can't entirely fault them. Except the Sun. Only a piece of shit rag like that would have Twitchy-ass 'Arry Redknapp as a contibutor. C*nt.

As far as real football (not that nationalistic, flag-waving bullshit) goes, that's about it. But we're already one long week down, and we will escape this nightmare, just as sure as Diego Maradona likes putting things in his nose. I do have some bad news for you however: no Weekend Roundup on Monday. If you even need to ask why, you haven't been paying attention to the Great Depression of football news this week, and I envy you. But, on the bright side, there are two brand new shirt designs now available from the NYC Arsenal Supporters store, and they are my two favorites so far. Just in time for our Halloween showdown with the Eleven Sisters from the Seven Sisters, I present "We Hate Tottenham"; And for our beloved El Capitan Catalan Fantastico, allow me to present "The Cesc." We are taking pre-orders, so get yours in today!

I think I'll close with some things you could do instead of watching the foot-ball this weekend:

1) Watch the USA v Costa Rica match;

2) Go out to a nice dinner;

3) Watch the news;

4) Play video games with colleagues;

5) Spend time with family and friends and your friend's monkey.

That's all I got people. I'm drained. Enjoy your time away from football, or enjoy the international matches... frankly, I couldn't care less about them. So until next time (Friday), you stay classy Gooner nation.

- B, a Gooner.