Troy Deeney can see it’s over for Wenger, when will the board?

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“We look at Arsenal now and think: ‘We can beat you’. They’ve got no aura, no fear.”

Weird to start a blog with a Troy Deeney quote, but none sum up the problem with Arsenal under the guidance of Arsene Wenger more perfectly today. We kind of thought we’d make it to the Manchester City game before we started writing out the season’s eulogy, but here we are, in October, having lost 3 games from 8 and drawn 1.


Big name retires Mesut Ozil

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You know when you say:

‘I’ll only believe it if it’s on or in a David Ornstein tweet’

Well, the equivalent for football hipsterism is when football word magician Barney Ronay drops an opinion that sends shockwaves through Crouch End’s elite craft pub fútbol gatherings.

Today, he gave up on football’s most elegant enigma: Mesut Ozil.

He basically said it’s over. The dream is finished. Time to move on.

‘Özil is available to play now and may well shimmy back in with a goal or two, or an impudently brilliant assist against Watford on Saturday. But Arsène Wenger really does have to try to sell him in January. The idea of this Arsenal team as some high-grade Özil-centred machine has flickered at times. But that ship has sailed. This is over. It’s done.’

The guillotine poetically positioned above the quivering neck of Ozil.

‘Özil’s significant failings are strikingly English in nature. What has happened at Arsenal is that he has failed to develop, has failed to add any further gears to his game. Football has changed a lot in four years. But Özil is basically the same player with the same skills, the same needs, the same strengths and flaws. This is a kind of laziness. But it’s not to do with running or energy expended on the pitch; more a familiar, and very native lack of curiosity, a complacency, a failure to learn.’

Any last words?

‘We’ve all heard the one about needing special privileges too, the idea Özil’s work is so finely graded as to be almost invisible to the uncultured eye, like the most delicate component of some purringly over-engineered luxury car.’


The party was fun while it lasted, but now it’s over. Question is, what does Arsene think? Has he seen that we’re playing better without his overly indulgent toy? Does he recognise that the German quarterback had temporarily broken up with us to sample the other fishy delights in the sea, only to find he wasn’t in the sea, he’d stepped into a really small puddle with next to bites on his expensive rod.

Mesut, we don’t want to be your pension fund in a world where your type can’t thrive anymore (#10s).

Anyway, I thought that was amusing. The football hipsters of Arsenal should just retire. First Xhaka, now Mesut… it’s really not going well. Maybe they’ll get lucky with Ramsey?

Onto Watford:

‘I haven’t seen everybody, because some players are coming back today and some are in tomorrow, like Alexis. The minor problem we have is with Sead Kolasinac. We’ll check him today – he has a hip problem. We lost Mustafi for about four to six weeks and I don’t think he’ll be available before the next international break. Ozil and Welbeck are back in the group in normal training.”
Gotta love that, WELBZ back in contention. Likely too early for him to start, but I am very excited about this being a breakthrough year for a fitter Danny, with more responsibility. His strength, hustle, and good positioning will hopefully start to pay off in front of goal.
No Mustafi and maybe no Kos who has a test tomorrow, so Per Mertesacker or Rob Holding will slot in. I’d imagine it’ll be the Englishman as the first choice, Wenger seems quite averse to using Per unless it’s asking him to boss an FA Cup final. I’m game for that, Rob has been having a tough second season, but he has it all to be a great player for us.
Hopefully there’s no hangover from the international break. Watford are a smarter team under a very good manager. We have more quality, but I’d imagine there’s more of a plan from Marco Silva, and probably more time to work on it because he’ll have less internationals to greet this week (guess, I fucking guessed that).
It’s gonna be a tough game, if you want more on Watford, read this. If you just want to jump into the comments and call me a hater… BE MY DAMN GUEST.
See you all tomorrow, not before kick off though.