Well, great to be back in London. When you’re away for a while, hearing English people chatter away on the train is like watching a shit American B-movie where the director has run out of money for extras.
‘This bloody Brexit mate, it’s codswallop’
Nothing is a substitute for family either. Even being able to shoot the shit about football and people not think you’re having a specialist conversation is nice. Anyway, I love England and I love London.
SO WHAT HAVE I FOR YEE? Check out this graphic. Someone mailed it to me, so it might be fake news, but I have a feeling it’s not, because I’ve been doing some basic sums this morning.
How shocking is that? I mean, it was bad enough when we struggling against the top four teams, which we are again this season, but look at the state of that. We’re now struggling against anyone who has a small amount of cash. Truly embarrassing, and yet another black mark against Wenger’s record and yet another reason why we really are making a bad mistake this summer giving the hostage taker another deal.
Someone sent in a pretty OTT letter to F365, basically outlining he thought Arsenal would get relegated next season. Now, while I think the premise is wildly off, I do get some of the logic.
If it goes well for the rest of the season, we’ll finish 7th. This summer, we’re likely to lose our best player in Alexis. He said this yesterday:
“I’m happy in London and I want to finish my contract. That’s what I want. I like to stay in one place, one city, where the team fights for titles.”
Have my doubts we’ll hold onto him, and totally wouldn’t be shocked to see him go to Cheslea.
Anyway, think what you want about the man, he’s been carrying us for large parts of this season. Without his energy, guile and clinical finishing, we’d be in trouble. I simply see no way that we replace him with better this summer. If tt’s someone like Reus, who is being shifted because he’s at the peak of his powers and Dortmund have cover for his injury prone issues, it’s not going to cut the mustard because he’ll never be in our team. It’ll likely be someone substandard who has been acquired under bad scouting. No one elite would join Wenger right now, and even if they did, you know it’d be second choice. Players want to get better under a manager, Wenger can’t offer that, there is a graveyard of young names who have regressed.
There’s a chance Ozil could sign on, but you have to be real here, he’s not carrying our team. He can barely carry himself out of bed he gives so few fucks. If Ozil is staying on, it’s because no one else wants him. People are sharing around the full transcript of the interviews like they’ve uncovered something fresh, I’ve read it and I have zero amendments to make from yesterday’s post (especially as we know his agent has already told the media he feels victimised).
Clinging to the idea that Ozil is secretly working his pants off doesn’t work for me. Promoting the notion that it’s just not his game to tackle or to press doesn’t work for me… because we’re not even arguing that, we’re arguing that he won’t engage in a challenge for a corner, or move to shut off a run. He’s just not a player who can take you to new levels in a broken system, unless you have everything perfect around him. Which we don’t. Even Mourinho had to make special arrangements for him because his fitness wasn’t elite.Who can make things work with average I hear you say? Cesc Fabregas knew how to put a shift in, that can’t be denied. He had just as much pony around him.
Then you look at all the potential issues we have with the rest of the squad. If you’re honest, we probably need to move on Chamberlain (because he wants to go), Ramsey, Wilshere, Chezzer, Cech, Ospina, Per M, and Cazorla. There are rumours Barca are still interested in Bellerin, though I hope he’ll hold strong and stay. This summer could need the mother of all rebuilds, but we don’t have anyone in place managing that process right now. We know Wenger isn’t very good with money, we know he shits the bed at the thought of integrating a whole bunch of names who might have opinions, and we know that he doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing.
If we finish outside top 4 this summer, don’t expect things to get better next season. The man running the show is struggling against top 10 sides because he’s done with being an elite manager. There’s no crash course in being great again. There’s literally nothing you can do, bar bringing in a new guy and a new structure to stop the rot… unless you believe in luck.
It’s unbelievable that Ivan, a man paid £2.6m to advise Stan K, hasn’t informed him that this could get very messy and very expensive to fix. Arsenal has been sitting on a tipping point for years. I think the weight shifted this season, and it’s not going to come back.
We’ll see how it goes on Sunday, but look, even a win against City – a club that’s been largely shite this season – shouldn’t fool you. From a PR perspective, it might look great.
‘Wenger defeats so-called best coach in the world, signs new deal’
… but it’s just a plaster over a gaping wound Wenger has managed to run on for 6 years. The AFC flesh is gangrene now, the players, fans and the general public can smell the stench. It’s not going to be pretty watching Wenger rot even further over the next two seasons, but the club knew this was coming. We’ll pay the price for sitting on our hands, I just hope the wilderness Wenger is walking us into isn’t too difficult to come back from, because there are a lot of bears looking to eat our breakfast at the moment.
Right, see you in the comments.
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