A French exodus is on the cards people… they all want out… they’ve seen the lack of ambition and they want to say goodbye. Next seasons plans… all big scuppered. Pack your bags people it’s over…
Just kidding, there have been negative mutterings in the press from Sagna and Koscielny. Both players have come out and said very similar things…
“To see others win and lift trophies, honestly, that hurts.
“It’s six years I’ve been at Arsenal now and I will remain focused on my club, but I don’t know [about my future].
“Psychologically, it is hard. We are always under pressure – a season without the Champions League for Arsenal is catastrophic.
“I have the desire to add to my list of honours. I hope the club will give me the means.
“If this weren’t the case, I’d look elsewhere.”
They’d like to win something.
No way? Players of a high calibre would like to have a title to show for their careers? I think that’s perfectly fair. When you’re a sportsman, it’s not about money. No one will congratulate you on a fantastic last contact. They’ll ask you about your trophies. Explayers have nothing else to talk about. You don’t get on the after dinner circuits if you don’t have stories… if you don’t have trophies to your name, you don’t have stories in football.
Arsene Wenger demands loyalty and vision from his players… buy into my project and you’ll be rewarded. Now, the shame of it is, the general trend is you buy into Wenger’s project and you’re rewarded in someone else’s. players are picking up on that earlier now. Koscielny is barely into his Arsenal career and he’s already looking at the next move as he’s bored of challenging for financial security.
This sort of news is great news for fans. Ivan has put pressure on Wenger. Bloggers have put pressure on him. The fans have pressured him in the stadium. Now the players are rounding on him. They want to compete and they can all see there are no barriers to stopping him.
Wenger can’t afford to go into contract negotiations with yet more players demanding moves because of a soured project, your staff have to believe in you. If they don’t in football, they won’t play for you.
Wenger, you’d best start making some moves…
Oh, what, he has started making them?
We’re chasing down an 18 year old Serbian who goes by the name of Mitrovic. Dear oh dear… he’s a kid, he’s a striker and he managed to score 10 goals in 25 games last year. Now, I’m not going to lose the plot over this because I quite like Serbian players. There’s always something a little dark about them… like… if you took the mick out of them in a match report, they’d be knocking on your door 2 hours later. It seems we’re really ramping up the the second string this summer. Sanogo, Dan Crowley from Villa now this chap. It’s probably a neccessity, we really don’t have much of a Carling Cup side these days. Well, compared to the one we had a few years ago. As long as the first team squad gets the same treatment, I’m not against it.
… also, as long as he’s good.
However, if this is the shape of our ambitious summer… well, I won’t be pleased.
I’m still on team ‘we will spend’ though. I’m convinced we’ll go out and make a statement this year. We have to. Chelsea have landed Mourinho, who is apparently going to spite Wenger by signing a player as far as I’m told, we haven’t bid on. Yeah, the J word. The most boring transfer since we attempted to sign Juan Mata a few years ago. Let them have Jovetic I say… we have Sanogo and Mitrovic.
It will be interesting to see what Chelsea do this summer. I’ve been reading up on FFP (Cheers Swiss Ramble) and I’m still not exactly sure what the deal is. But from what I gather, last season and this season, you’re supposed to have demonstrated that you’re at least trying to make a consious effort to get your finances in order. Well, Chelsea scrapped into doing ok last year… making a marginal loss by their standards… so this summer, unless they could justify a deviation, they won’t be able to spend £100m. They’ll have added £10m in wages with Mourinho. They’ll have to absorb last seasons spending. Plus they’ll still have a huge wage bill. Their commercials haven’t really moved. No one was interested in buying up their stadium naming rights and they can’t put any more pressure on the fans with ticket prices.
So, I won’t be shocked if they spit in the face of FFP… but I’ll be interested to see what UEFA do if that’s the case.
News slipped out of the Rooney camp that he’d be happy to move to London if we matched his wages. Again, of course he’d be happy. He’d be the main man and he’d have every single vice on his door step, bigger and better than Manchester by a muliplier of ten. Honestly, I’ll take him out if that gets him down here. I know places Wayne… I know dark places.
Anyway, it comes down to whether Arsenal feel that he’s the statement they want to make. I’d love him here. His stats are fantastic. Over 4 seasons…
Played: 184 games
Scored: 116 goals
Those are major numbers. The key one is that he’s very rarely injured. Such an important asset in a player. He’s like Ronaldo and Messi… pretty much invincible. Now, that either means he’s due a massive problem. Or he’s just one of those players. I think it’s also important to note that United are world class at keeping players fit. They’re further ahead than Arsenal on things like recovery etc… they also rotate their squad better, mainly because they actually have a squad to rotate.
Final piece of news is that Higauin said he’d suit Arsenal. Which is great news, if it’s not an old comment about Juventus they’ve repurposed to say ‘Arsenal’.
His stats are also impressive over 4 seasons.
You have a younger player of 25 who has a less baggage, but he doesn’t have Premiership experience. Nor is he a global brand in the same way Wayne Rooney is.
Rooney is the bigger statement. Higauin is the safer money.
Who would you choose?
Toulouse want more than £10m for Capoue.
Finally, before you go, Sam Duckworth (ex Get Cape, Wear Cape) penned a song about the January transfer window. A great track. You can follow him on Twitter @ForgetCape.