Welcome to Tuesday everyone, I hope Monday was good to you.
Straight into gossip this morning because I love it and I'm pretty sure you do too. Word on the street is that we're looking to bring in Lucas Biglia or Yann M'Vila in the summer. I reckon the first choice is the Frenchman. We reported last year that the club were still in for him right at the death, it seems that interest hasn't died down. At 21, Yann would be a signing of intent. He's far more aggressive than anyone we have in the team and he has the same pace and tenacity that made Flamini so good. The reason for this move? Well, word on the street is the boss doesn't see Song as a natural defensive midfielder (Telegraph).
With 8 assists this season, it's hard to disagree with that thought process. He's certainly a capable midfielder, but I don't even think the staunchest Song fan could say he's particularly disciplined. If he was playing next to a proper defensive midfielder, could he play that Arteta role? Then we'd play with Jack slightly more advanced? That could work. One thing I'd hate this summer is if Wenger decided we don't need an additional creative presence because Alex Song is the answer. I'd prefer to look at him as a creative defensive midfielder / centre mid than an incredible attacking talent. Gilberto scored a bunch of goals in the season before we binned him... we didn't stick him up front the year after!
If we secure a defensive midfielder before the Euro's, that'll make the rest of the summer far easier. We could pick up a couple of free transfers, sign a creator... but have the core issues settled with Podoslki and the holding role covered.
Alex Song is apparently being offered a new deal to stay at the club as well... which Geoff is over the moon about. £75k a week for 5 years... big money. It's hard to say he doesn't deserve it. He's been pretty consistent this year and he's definitely added that killer ball to his game.
Another piece of good news is that Frimpong is considering his career on Twitter. A very good idea my freind. Take a leaf out of Chezzers book. You don't need it. It's a massive ego thing with footballers and I personally think it's distracting. I find it distracting and I'm paid to be on it all day.
Come onto the platform when you're a big star, sure... but I have to say, the biggest stars, like Christiano Ronaldo have no interest in it... they get their people to do it. It's a shame the real reason he's leaving is because people are abusing him. Twitter reminds me of a new bar in modern suburbia. To start with, it's all good. Nice people go there, none of the riff raff. After a while, the undesirables catch wind of it's existence and before you know it, it's fights o'clock and not worth the aggro.
Twitter isn't a pleasant place these days whether Arsenal are winning or losing. That's a sad indictment on modern society... If you've abused a player on Twitter, take yourself outside and have a quiet word.
Great news on Koscielny, he's going to be fit for our next game. Brilliant stuff. We need to have him fit for the run in. Another player of the season contender outside of Robin. He's come of age, he's fast, measured and he leads by example. My one worry for him? He's played solidly for two seasons now. Thomas Vermaelen was over played in his first season and he broke down for a year. I just hope he gets a big rest this summer... maybe missing out on the France squad?
Anyway, the weather is amazing outside, a great time to be unemployed eh?!
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