YOU probably haven’t noticed, but I waste a good quarter of my life worrying, irrationally, about Arsenal’s fortunes. It was a sad day last week when reliable defender Bacary Sagna said he would be leaving the club, presumably to get paid even more money somewhere else. It made me think of Tracy Ismail, the now ex-Liberal Democrat councillor in Tufnell Park, who despite being an out and proud Manchester City fan (boo, hiss, their money ruins football) turned up at the Arsenal civic reception at the Town Hall last month. Her bit of rebellion was to wear City socks to the occasion. As the councillors selfie’d themselves silly with pictures of the FA Cup winners, Tracy made a sneaky beeline for Bacary and added her hopes for next season in an excited tweet. Whatever she whispered in his ear, it looks like it worked.
My Sagna selfie, maybe he’ll come to City next season. pic.twitter.com/QzlEwcjXui
— Tracy Ismail (@StGeorgeofTuf) May 18, 2014
Such treachery right under our nose, just days before an election, I thought. Arsenal-loving Islington won’t like that. But in the end I’m not sure it was this cheeky message that lost her a seat at the Town Hall. Every Lib Dem in that borough was run out of office. In Tracy, colleagues on the Islington Tribune suggest, a pretty conscientious ward councillor was lost in the landslide.