So it kind of feels a bit pointless to come on here every single day ranting about Arsene Wenger and whatever he’s said to the press. So I won’t labour too hard on yesterday’s gems, but honestly, he was absolutely on fire with some of his thoughts. Sometimes, I can’t work out whether it’s all just one big joke… because he takes the satire to such extreme levels. One of my all time favourite comments dropped in his morning meeting yesterday, it went a little like this…
“I think it should be all completely cut out or limited to two players,”
“It is unfair for the league that some teams who have played for example now twice Newcastle already have an advantage on teams who play Newcastle now they have bought six or seven players.
“You do not face exactly the same team so I believe the number of players you could buy should be limited.”
That comment was in reference to Newcastle snapping up a load of players this January to dig themselves out of the mess they’re in.
Unbelievable. But it really does crystalise our whole situation. Wenger wants everyone to conform to his game. His game is bringing through young players and bedding them in and he genuinely believes that it’s unfair that Newcastle have gone out and signed four players. He doesn’t see the bigger picture, he sees the rules of is self imposed game and he doesn’t like it. He doesn’t look at the Arsenal situation and wonder whether he should be making bold moves for international class players for us… he looks to peddle another idea that makes the purchase of players look like cheating.
The most crazy part about the comment is that he’s on record in stating it takes 6 months for players to bed in and he’s stated that any more than 2 signings can unsettle a squad (then he went out and bought 5). For me, he should be asking why we weren’t in for Mbiwa or Debuchy. Two players in positions we’re short of quality.
In transfer news, Frimpong landed his move away from the club. He’s a player I don’t expect to stay with us much past June. Clearly out of favour in a massive way. He’s a nice kid, but he’s far too dim and aware of his celebrity to make it at Arsenal. Another player who keeps getting linked away from us is Jenkinson. Stoke and Wigan are interested in his services. It’d make sense for him to get games, but I’m pretty sure that’d leave us exposed with the out of sorts Sagna being the only option we have at right back.
Another of Wenger’s comments yesterday centred around the satisfaction Wenger has in his squad, he reckons we have two players in every position. What he doesn’t say is that he’s counting players in multiple positions. If Arsene had two players in every position he trusted, why doesn’t he ever rest Jack, Arteta or Cazorla? Why does he pretty much stick with the same front three every game? Why do our players always look so tired? It’s a silly remark for a man permanently on the defensive.
Rumours are dying a death around Diame and David Villa. Barca have made their position quite clear around not wanting him to leave and the Diame transfer sounds like a massive punt…
We travel down to Brighton today. I have no idea how seriously Wenger will take this game, but I expect players to get a rest going on Wenger’s recent approach to the FA Cup. Ramsey will likely anchor the midfield again. We might see the return of Diaby and who knows, maybe Jack Wilshere as the captain. At the back, Vermaelen isn’t playing, so Laurent will step in… hopefully not giving away a penalty or getting sent off today. Up top, I can’t see past Theo, Podolski and Giroud.
Enjoy the game if you’re going down, it’s a nice crisp clear day. If you’re not, enjoy it wherever you can get a feed!