So I’m currently penning this from many feet in the air. I feel almost as high as John Henry thought Ivan Gazidis was when he made that £40m bid a few weeks ago. But I’m not on drugs people, no, I’m being literal.
Anyway, enough of me trying to craft a crap joke out of a sh*t situation. I have no idea what’s going on. We’ve been linked with a few players. Panic central going in at Highbury House. Paul Pogba has been linked again. I can’t for the life of me work out why that story keeps cropping up.
‘Errr, Paul, I know you left United and joined Juve, then won the league. Bold move and everything, glad it worked out and stuff.’
‘Ivan, what’s this about’
‘Well, we’re struggling to field a team Paul. I just wondered if you fancied it popping a shirt on an helping out? We’re preparing a £4m bid as we speak’
Whatever way you spin that idea, it’s not working. Pulling him from a league winning team to put him in a squad that has 13 fit players 2 weeks before the start of the season probably isn’t going to work. This my good friends is the issue. At the start of the summer, we’d have been appealing to big name players. Loads of money, Champions League with plenty of ambition. Now we’re like United, except a million times worse. Every agent in Europe will be looking at us thinking, ‘I can’t put my client there… their manager is losing the f*cking plot and the whole squad is a mess’…
Well, not all agents. But the agents of players we should be looking at. We’re now the least stable, stable club in the world. Wenger is really going to struggle attracting any names at this point. Especially if Ivan continues to let Arsene dictate price. I don’t know the veracity of the Cabaye stories… but if we’ve offered £10m for a French international who is one of the best box to box midfielders in the league, we really need an intervention. Or a pricing guide, you know, like you get from double glazers. We need something, because it seems Wenger is more interested in insulting people with low bids than actually bringing in players.
What’s worse is the amount of people who think that’s a fair bid. One fact for you.
WE SOLD GERVINHO FOR £11million!
Anyway, I’d be happy with Cabaye. The same way I’d be happy with a loaf of bread in the centre of midfield at the moment. The irritating part about the bid for Cabaye is it’s clearly a reaction to the bad result at the weekend. Cabaye isn’t news. If we’d really wanted him, we should have moved for him in May, then tied the deal up at the first opportunity. It’s embarrassing. Even more so because Pardew has laughed it off as disrespectful…
There has also been talk of Arsenal moving for Kondogbia of Sevilla. £17m he’d cost. We’re also rumoured to be in for Uchida of Schalke. He’s a full back. Superb.
Even if Wenger does land 4 players, it makes no difference. He’s not an elite manager. He’ll only disappioint you somewhere else. Look at the situation we have ourselves in with midfield. Jack Wilshere in gardening terms is a dandelion. He’s delicate. We should be looking after him. Wrapping him in cotton wall, making sure the wind leaves him alone. Instead, because of the pressure Arsene has selfishly put the club under, Jack will likely find himself picked for all the game over the next month. Then he’ll start feeling pain, then we’ll lose him for six months.
Burt Wenger knows best…
That’s why he can’t compete for trophies on the same wage bill as United. That’s why he’s never won a European Cup. Managers in Europe have been ahead of the curve for years. Now Premiership managers are catching up. Arsene Wenger scrambled 4th last season on the last day. Terrible considering how much more we spend on wages compared to Spurs. This year? Could be different. We’ve stagnated. Spurs have added energy to their midfield and signed a finisher. Liverpool with Suarez, if he doesn’t sulk could overtake us.
Arsene is the only manager arrogant enough to think he can progress without investing. Really poor effort. Really poor from Ivan as well. What does he say to Stan when he rings him? He’s been with us a while, surely he can tell it as it is? The people around Ivan know the score. What do they say to him? Surely the new execs the club have brought in aren’t beholden to Ivan in the same way people like Gerry Peyton are to Wenger?
This is a rant. I know it is. I apologise. I know when I used to read blogs, my Arsenal mood was dictated by what I read. What can you do though? I’m flattened by Arsenal and Arsene. I want the joy of being a fan to come back. Arsene has killed football for me, not because I don’t appreciate 4th… I’m just tired of the club I love floundering unnecessarily. We can be so much better. We don’t even try. Everything is in place to be the best club on the planet. Bar ambition. Which in sport, is unforgivable. If you’re not busting a gut to win, what are you doing? What is your purpose?
P.S. This has been penned after nearly 24 hours awake.
Only Arsene can answer that… when did he become one of football’s losers? An accepting loser. Which makes it all the worse.
See you in the comments.