Otherwise known as the scratching of chickens in the barnyard dirt.

The Prem… she’s back.

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The off season is over already. I can’t believe how quick it went, what with all the pleasant distractions of the Euros and the Olympics. As much as I enjoyed all of that, what I yearned for all summer was to see my Arsenal again. And now they’re back. And not a moment too soon.

It’s been a bit of a dismal start, what with the despicable Martin O’Neill coming to The Grove with his new lit to park the bus and eke out a point. Not that anyone expects much more from an O’Neill side. Yet, despite not finding the keys to open Sunderland’s 10-0-0 formation, we got to see more than a few flashes to show good promise for what’s to come. New signings Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski all look to be great business. I’m looking forward to seeing how they all gel into the side. That, and the promise of some old faces returning to fitness has me hopeful for the new campaign.

A lot of ink has been spilled over the sales of Robin van Persie and Alex Song. I don’t have much to add. No player is bigger than the club. They come and they go. Thanks for the shift you put in while here, and happy trails. What else is there?

Arsène Wenger says this final week of the Transfer Window may be quite active. It will be interesting to see, with the club having been so active this off-season, so far. Nuri Sahin? Could be. Another striker? Maybe. Not to mention all the players we still have on the books who were slated to move on. Perhaps we’ll see some movement there as well.

This Sunday, it’s a trip up to visit Tony Pulis in our lovely new purple kit. What could go wrong?

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