Morning, I’ll be keeping this tame today, mainly because I fell off a bin last night and I’ve damaged my arm… typing is tough, but don’t worry people… I’ll soldier on. For you.
In the news today, we’re mostly talking about the keeper and the captain situation. Fabianksi is being considered for the Swansea game on Saturday which is good news for the squad. Wenger had this interesting quote about him…
“He has changed a lot, there has been a complete mental transformation in Lukasz’s attitude,”
“He is more vocal, has more authority and mentally he absorbs the pressure of the game much better.
Errr… what? How has the manager deduced that after one game? Quite amazing. I mean, if Wenger was a salesman, he’d be the grottiest estate agent in the land. I’m cool with Fabianski continuing. Szeceney has been totally average for two seasons now and I still can’t spell his name. He’s quite similar to Almunia in that way. Could do most of the basics well, but would rarely save you when it mattered. I watched Handovic last night against Spurs, he pulled off some spectacular saves… a really solid keeper. Admittedly he spilled the shot in extra time… but throughout the game, he did things both our keepers rarely do… make great saves.
Fabianski is not the future number one of Arsenal. He’ll always be too erratic to take that shirt number. He should be moved on with Mannone this summer. We need a total clear out. We should then bring in two keepers, an experienced head and someone like Begovic. We should do whatever we can to make him our number one this summer. He’s top quality, solid and he’s more than capable of keeping any club in a game.
The other player who is rumoured to be on his way out is Thomas Vermaelen. Another man broken by the captaincy at Arsenal. I think it’d be a serious shame to ship him on. He has all the raw ingredients to be a good player. He just needs to be coached. The mistakes he makes are always the same, just beat them out of him… flogging him on seems unnecessary. I’m amazed Wenger has never considered him in defensive midfield. He’s great on the ball, pretty good in the air, mobile as you like and tenacious. Surely he’d cover more ground than Arteta? A manager who has no shame in putting Nik Bendtner on the wing can see the potential for Vermaelen (If you ask spell checker to look up his name it comes back with venereal) to move up into a less pressurised role?
Anyway. I don’t want Vermaelen to move on. He’s made of the right stuff and I think he has a genuine love for the club.
Final piece of news is about Arsenal and their interest in Isco. I like his name, so that’s a very f*cking good start. I also like his play. He has the stunning control, he has the Cesc like knack of finding space… but he’s also pretty good at moving with the ball. A real superstar and we’re being linked with a £30m move. We can’t leave Malaga alone can we? We’re like the fox that just discovered an unguarded chicken coop. We’ve already had a fat serving of cheap chicken, but it just tastes too good not to go back.
Isco is better than the chicken we’ve got in the side at the moment. If KFC did finest… Isco would be on that menu. He’d be a real signing of intent. I’d be shocked if we landed him, but over the moon. Malaga seem to like doing business with us, so it can’t be ruled out.
Final piece… and when I say final this time, I’m not playing with you. I’m being real here…. is that Spurs lost a three goal lead last night against Inter Milan. Hilarious because William Gallas had a hand in the third goal. Anyway, they’ve entered the #SpiralofNegativity, which is superb. Sure they won in the end, but that was after 120 grueling minutes. They’ll be ruined after that, which is perfect. Ruined, and on a downer. Losing two on the trot is not good for jangly nerves heading into the home straight of the season… plus, they have another two euro games to contend.
Right… have a blisteringly superiffic day and guys and gals, please, don’t worry about my arm, it’ll be ok.