Mundesley is famous for three things. Firstly I live there for much of the year, secondly it has a beautiful beach – in the Trimingham direction which we love to run our dogs on – and thirdly it is known as God’s waiting room.
But there is a fourth highlight. I love going to my local Premier, aka Mundesley Convenience Store, which is quite literally across the road from us where I often buy a newspaper, the occasional lottery ticket and have a bl00dy good chat with “retail assistant plus” David Tustain about all things football, most often involving his beloved Arsenal.
So without further ado, this is what David thinks of the state of Arsenal, Norwich City and the PL nation.
How did you get into the Arsenal [pardon my expression] then David?
Like you Martin, I originate from East London and in the Walthamstow/Leyton area, and all my mates were into Arsenal, West Ham or Leyton Orient. I chose Arsenal early on and by the time I was eleven, my sister had a boyfriend who was a massive fan and that kind of confirmed my belief.
Wimbledon at Highbury in 1995 – the year you were relegated, unfortunately.
Dragging you back into the right now, what do you reckon of Unai Emery?<
I like him to be honest but he’s not the right man for the job. The cracks are showing and we seem to be taking too many backward steps. He is under contract until the end of the season and our Board will stick with him for that time.
Is that a cynical bid to avoid paying compo?
No, I don’t think so but it could be sensible for all parties.
It’s not quite clicking for you this season. Why do you think that is?
Too many mixed messages from Emery and coaching staff to our players. And there is no consistency in selection. I sense a bit of desperation in Emery because Mesut Ozil has been completely cut out only for Emery to say he is “training well”. I don’t feel Emery wants Ozil and many of our players are fed up with playing out of position
Yeah, we know a bit about playing people out of position ourselves. So to lighten the mood a bit, who have been your favourite Arsenal players over the years? Mine are Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp and Lee Dixon for what it’s worth.
Easy – Tony Adams! He was Mr Arsenal! Your choices are all good but I’ll single out Ian Wright. He knew where he came from, put everything into the Club and loved the fans as much as we loved him. He still engages with our fans now, which Kevin Campbell does too. Even if you’re not a Gooner you should love Wrighty [agreed – Martin].
As I openly admit on MFW, Spurs are my second team – and your local rivals – so what do you make of the Jose Mourinho development?
I’m glad we swerved him. We really dodged a bullet. Daniel Levy runs a tight ship and now he’s got in somebody who can only buy success. I don’t want Mourinho anywhere near my club and my Arsenal mates agree with me.
“You’ve only come to see the Arsenal” from your lot on Saturday?
Probably. Arsenal away are a very different set of fans and very vocal. Real diehards and like you said nobody dislikes us.
What do you think of us so far David?
The lack of investment is starting to show. Injuries have hurt you badly but Teemu Pukki remains a gem. You remind me of a jigsaw puzzle with too many bits missing. You should certainly stick with Daniel Farke, whatever happens.
And in classic MFW style, what’s your score guess for Saturday?<
It’s a tough one. Particularly on the road, we are a calamity at the back. I’m going for 1-1 or 2-2.
Many thanks to David and I’m sure we’ll hear from him again before the “return leg”. And thanks to Raj at Mundesley Premier for taking the picture and allowing me [temporarily] into the till area. Even though David says Raj is a Liverpool fan!