Good morning! Welcome to the first day of the working week. Unless of course you don't work. Which might be sad, because you are unemployed. Or it might be joyous, because you're a child and your country doesn't allow child labour. Thank your lucky charms, or, if you're a poor child, rue the fact that those children are getting paid in mad amounts of football shirts.
Onto the post today. After Graham Hunter told the world Arsenal merely pulled the Monreal deal forward, Pelligrini has come out and given a different story.
"Unfortunately, the reality of the club is what it is, and there is no way of hiding it. It was an option that came up at the last minute, and the club thought it was appropriate,"
"I understand they have to try and balance the books, because the pressure is on us from all sides, and we have received punishments. It is a major loss to us in sporting terms."
Makes sense. I've no idea why people think Arsenal would arrange a move for the summer when it was clear for everyone to see that we had a left back shortage. The Malaga coach was sad though... he clearly rated the left back.
"Monreal's exit is a very sad moment for the team. It deprives us of a very important player who performed to the highest standards"
That's good to hear. I thought he looked pretty sharp. He's no light weight and he doesn't look like the sort of player who is too concerned with bombing forward.Will he keep Gibbs out of the side, or will he simply be pushed forward? We know how Wenger loves a shuffle...
I took time out to watch the Superbowl last night. I"m not a huge fan of American football, but it's quite a spectacle. The atmosphere is slightly sterile compared to a football match, but then again, I'm not surprised considering the stop start nature of the game.
One thing I did hear pre-game which was interesting was the pay & play contract. If a club in America give Abou Diaby a £100m deal, if he doesn't play, he doesn't earn that cash. I have no idea why we don't take a similar approach to deals over here? It seems crazy to think you can sit on a 5 year deal and hardly play... with no recourse for the club. In the real world, I totally get the idea that you want to protect people against illness and injury... in high end sport? I'm not so sure I have the same sentiment.
Another thing I found interesting was the mobility of such massive guys. Arsene Wenger has always had a negative view of bulking up players. I'm guessing because they sacrifice movement and speed. Well, looking at those huge guys skipping between players was a major eye opener. You can do speed and mobility... can you do endurance though? I have no idea... I'm only a part qualified sport scientist.
Looking around the league at the weekend, it was an eye opener watching Sissoko. Another player available on the cheap that we turned a blind eye to. I wasn't talking about him, mainly because there seem to be about four million Sissoko's in the game, it's the foreign equivalent of Mr Smith. Anyway, I've seen his name bandied about enough in the Le Grove comments section. His arrival, despite only being early days, does show you what a load of nonsense Wenger talks when he says the players aren't available. If the players aren't available in the big wide world of the most popular game on the planet... chances are you need to sack your scouting department.
Back to the player we did sign... Monreal had this to say on Cazorla.
'I asked how things were here and he only had very positive things to say. He said that Arsenal was a massive club, the people are great and it’s really just a big family. He only had good things to say. I am sure we can be successful this season and I am really looking forward to the challenge.'
Arsenal have a really good opportunity this summer to snap up some top quality Spaniards looking to move out into a slightly less f*cked economy. Barca and Madrid can't have them all... we can though. We can't take on the French market these days, Pardew has it nailed down. It's time to move on, it's time to get a new market. That market, is Spain. Why Spain? It's skint and it has enough Sky coverage to be able to scout from your laptop. Cheap scouting, all day long. In fact, why don't Arsenal outsource the scouting network to the comments section on Le Grove? Or Twitter? We could all vote on the players we'd like to see at the club. I honestly don't reckon we'd be a million miles away. I hear about top players through the obsessives on the web way before the papers get hold of them.
Statement number 2: The next big opportunity in football is crowd sourcing players.
Statement number 1: Arsenal to own the Spanish market
Remember... you heard it here first... we'll be rebranding this website El-Grove.co.uk this summer... maybe we'll have a humourous Spanish moustache on the banner. Totally hilarious if not a touch racist. I'm English though... and racism is all the rage here.
Right, I don't have much else... feel gifted that I managed to churn out 800 words on a nothing news day.