Good morning friends of the footballing universe. Today there’s not really much going on. The transfer machine of speculation has sparked into life which means there are plenty of nothing stories doing the rounds… so I guess we could start on those, then maybe see where we go? Sound like a deal? Ok cool…
Arsenal are interested in Isaiah Brown of West Brom, he’s 16 years old and has tremendous hair. He’s been an unused sub this year, but apparently, according to those who have watched him, he’s a bit special. Now, I don’t want to get preachy here, but I find it a bit grotesque when kids do this to their clubs. If you’re actually talented, you don’t need to move at 16… unless there’s a blockage. So what I’m saying here is Cesc Fabregas made the right decision, he was never going to get in at Barcelona (he still can’t)… whereas someone like Kakuta probably should have just stayed where they were. Now, I have no idea what this guy is like up top (in the head), but I think he’d get a pretty good education at West Brom, they’d protect him, they’d relieve the pressure and they could grow him into a decent player.
When you just up and leave for the bright lights, it’s generally for the money and the glamour… and it doesn’t often work out. How many ‘best in class’ talents have Arsenal brought in over the years at 16… then tell me how many have worked out at the highest levels? Very few. Our biggest successes have come when we’ve signed players in their early twenties.
Great 16 years olds don’t have the god given right to be great adult players.
That said, we’re also interested in non-league scoring sensation Daniel Carr… he’s 18 years old and he plays for Dulwich. He’s bagged 23 goals in 23 games this season and boasts a CV that states ‘Reading Reject’. I’ll take this story with a pinch of ‘yeah right’… but if it were true and he did go on to become one of our greatest purchases, it’d be a story and a half. Read more about him here.
Things start getting a little more interesting now…
Alexis Sanchez, who hasn’t exactly had the best Barca career to date is being linked. Why? Well, the Udinese President said this…
Sanchez needs to play the ball on the ground, just like Arsenal. That would be his ideal game,”
Interesting that… because I was pretty sure Barca play it on the ground as well. So, from those quotes, everyone has now suggested we’re in talks with Barca. Fanciful at best. Though you have to say, if there was ever a good transfer strategy, it’s to pick out supremely talented players who haven’t worked out at major clubs… for a discount… then seeing what you can do to shake them into life. Alexis Sanchez as part of our front three would certainly offer us superior movement and versatility. If you could get him firing on all cylinders and you could pick him up for £15m, you’d have a player on your hands.
I’m just not sure that’s Arsene’s style these days.
On the Arsenal front, player wise, Per Mertesacker has come out to defend speculation linking him with a move back to the Motherland. It’s interesting, he’s quite a Marmite player amongst the fan base. I’ve got a lot of time for him. I know he’s slow, but he’s an absolute professional and I think if the management coached the defence how they should do, he’d be more of a valued asset. I think he plays better with Koscielny… in fact, scrap that… he plays better when he’s paired with a form defender. This is a guy who has landed 70 caps for Germany, he’s pretty young as well… he’s not a bad player, he’s just not featuring in a side that values defending.
‘I’m very happy at Arsenal and want to stay to build on the reputation and respect I’ve earned so far.’
‘I don’t consider a return to Germany. I am under contract with Arsenal and I am planning to stay on at Arsenal for more years from now.’
I’m cool with that. I don’t want him to leave. I think we have to come to the conclusion that a lot of the defensive issues aren’t down to personnel. We’ve got one of the best right backs in Europe playing like a muppet, we’ve seen Vermaelen regress into a total mess, Koscielny has been in and out all year… they can’t all be the problem… and we’ve seen other defenders leave us and go onto great things.
One person I do think is a problem is out keeper. He’s hanging on for dear life now… because he knows the next gig he gets if he does leave won’t be half as prestigious.
“I have a debt to pay here for the club, I owe them. I just do not want to go anywhere else”
I wouldn’t be shocked if Arsene kept him on this summer without bringing in competition. He should definitely be eyeing a new stopper. If there’s one player on the pitch who shouldn’t be suffering brain drain, it’s the keeper. We need experience, tried and tested. Begovic has looked a solid performer for a long time now. We should compete for him even if United enter the bidding race. You get the right keeper now, even if you pay over the odds, you’ve got a guy who can be your rock for 10 years plus. It’s about time we got that role right. Then we can build out from there.
Have a great day everyone.
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