Looks like it could be 4th time lucky in Germany this week as Arsenal’s scatter gun approach to the summer takes a step closer to laser guided precision. Gustavo of Bayern Munich is the man Wenger has identified as a possible centre midfield solution. He’s 26 years old, pushing for a spot in the 2014 Brazil squad and he’ll be hungry to right the wrongs of his unsuccessful stay at Bayern.
He’s exactly the type of player we should always be looking at. He’s the type of signing that used to make us a force. Why has it taken until now to sign him? Ask Wenger… but he’s been available all summer.
I’m expecting Arsenal to also make a right back a priority. I don’t think Wenger is convinced by Jenks at the moment… which based on some shaky performance is totally fair. You can’t consistently make mistakes at the highest level and get away with it. A striker is a massive priority. Many papers are saying we’re back in for Suarez today… Some sort of peace talks are being bandied around. Whether that works out is a different story.
It’s amazing United and Liverpool are being so stubborn over two players who are desperate to leave. I’m especially amazed by David Moyes stance, why would you want a player as obnoxious as Rooney stinking out your camp and your wage bill? Suarez is similar. Rodgers has a massive job on hands because Suarez is a ‘100%’ man. If he’s not on the edge… He can’t function. Seems mad Liverpool would think they’re important enough to keep a player against his will when they have no champions league.
In squad news, Ramsey is out of the Wales squad (no surprise to see the Gustavo move pick up pace)… He’s picked up an ankle knock. A taster of what our season could look like. It only takes three injuries and we’re drafting in the children. You just know we’re going to see Perez and Zelalem starting games this year when the Christmas injury pile up happens.
We’re only a few days away from the start of the season, there are international games on, so doing deals for players is going to be hard… unless they’re not good enough or old enough for their home nations. We’re heading into the season in a bad space. I’m all for hope at the start of the season, but regardless of the jump in quality a team can sometimes take… and look, we saw a huge jump in quality during the 2008 season… you can’t bank on anything sustained if you don’t have the right amount of bodies lining up for you.
Still… many days left. Many clubs will be sweating over unpaid wages or the possibility of that happening… which is why Kondogbia could be a possibility, and pretty much anyone outside the top two in La Liga. Wenger needs to make an impact on this summer and sharpish. if he doesn’t, there will be absolutely no forgiveness of him this season, which will make his job and the players job twice as hard. You can’t bull*hit the fans every summer and expect them to continue to support you when the inevitable happens. Wenger needs to get the home fans on side this season. He needs to buy himself wiggle room when we hit a bad patch. He needs to start the season, for once, with a squad Arsenal fans believe in… and not faux ‘let’s pretend the flaws aren’t there to l0ok like the greatest supporter’ belief.