I am BACK in London. Excited to see my sister get married to an Arsenal fan. An away fan as well, super exotic.
Big topic floating around the ether is the one that centres on Alexis Sanchez. We’re currently witnessing a horrible situation where it appears Pep G wants to add the superstar winger to his starting 11, and pay a small fortune for the pleasure. DESPITE largely ignoring him back in the day.
You have to imagine the flapping around and crazy bids have more to do with Arsenal trying to wrestle as much ‘but we tried’ currency with fans before finally admitting that the best we could do is Lacazette for £60m. Which is pretty disgusting in my opinion. The guy has talent, but I’m just not feeling him as the full ticket and he’s certainly a way off the standards of Sanchez (even thought we’d probably need a new winger to replace him rather than a striker).
Arsenal are amazingly riding high on solid PR after papering the season with the FA Cup – we’ve forgotten that we were a total mess last season. Wenger’s version of the situation has been beyond delusional. Good teams around Europe seem to be doing their business with precision and ruthlessness. Arsenal are, as usual, flapping around and the whole scenario feels very atypical of our summers, just this year, we have top player exiting.
For me, if Ozil wants to leave, move him on.
If Sanchez wants to leave, move him on.
There is literally no point in fighting to keep a player who could leave on a free next year, and leaving £90m on the table. It’s like keeping someone on notice for a year. I had to do two 4 months notice periods in 10 months in the 2015-16 work season, and even when you’re trying, it’s really difficult to give a rats arse about anyone after a while. You’re dreaming of pastures new and giving zero f*cks about making sure that infographic about telematic car insurance hits the ‘expertise’ proof points succinctly.
Keeping two players until the end of their deal sounds macho and aggressive on the face of it, but the reality is it’s just stupid. When it was Robin Van Persie, it made sense to keep him. We weren’t going to use the money, and Robin Van Persie was pushing 30 years old and had a World Cup he needed to be prepared for. He had literally no space to slack off.
Alexis? He was tapping out in February. Ozil? Man, he was so bad at times this year it bordered on petulant. Both are young enough in their position to take a year out, milk the cash cow and the book deals, then take mega cash next year. That won’t help us win the league.
Will we have to work hard to replace those names? Yes. But it’d also give us the chance to upgrade on personality and maybe think about the new system and how we could buy players against that system, rather than just buy for the sake of it.
> What is our system
> What are our footballing values (we are skilled workhorses)
> What do we need to better Ozil and Alexis (less selfishness (love Alexis, but if there is a weakness) / more fight (Ozil)
Now, say what you want, but Spurs spent a lot less on Eriksen than we did on Ozil and have arguably a player who shows up in big games more often (serious question, do you think Spurs would struggle for suitors like Ozil is?). Mikki over at United, if he’d been used properly by Jose, could have been the sort of player that’d replaced Sanchez. Could we look at developing Douglas Costa? Who is going spare at Madrid? Who has bombed at Barcelona? Could Forsberg come in having led the way in Germany this season? If we’re looking on the right, is Mahrez the right sort of character, or should we be looking a Pulisic for raw talent and marketability?
We have the money to be a financial bully. I can’t help but think we should be looking to achieve value, rather than spunking our money on a player I’m pretty sure is like a slightly better Jermaine Defoe.
We’ll see, I know the club has been scrambling for names. I just hope there’s a robust plan in place, rather than the usual car crash of players that haven’t been vetted, or are clearly not ready because they’re £2m and need 3 years to come good.
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