I know Arsenal fans always reject my narrative on the summer, and I know a lot of people think that being positive and giving things a chance helps heal the wounds of being a badly run enterprise… but I can’t play into it.
This summer is looking just as shambolic as the rest of them.
We’re at July 2nd people. Not much has really changed. If anything, things are in a worse spot.
Lacazette is in. Our record signing is widely regarded by most as a just about good enough to replace Giroud. Fine, I can roll with that. I have worries, but you know them.
The rest of the the goings on are really starting to look like a problem now.
Alexis Sanchez is likely to be off (good luck with refusing his wishes, Arsene). From everything I’m told, he doesn’t give a f*ck about Arsenal. So we’re losing one of the best wide players in Europe and a player who single handedly kept us going at times last season. A monster talent and a monster personality.
Next. Mesut Ozil.
Mesut Ozil has not signed up for a new deal yet. We’re in July people. How has it landed at this stage? Is it money? Is it waiting for the European dominoes to drop? Whatever it is, it’s alarming, because despite his talent, he’s really had a bad season for us and he has a very tarnished reputation as an elite player.
It’d be a travesty if Arsenal let this roll into July and we ended up keeping two best players on at the club, knowing they were leaving next year. Love them both, but we’ve seen what a negative impact Wenger had on last season. How do you think we’ll be looking heading into a World Cup with two players wanting to be shop window eye candy? It’ll be a disaster. They’ll switch off like the whole team did in the front end of this year, looking to preserve energy and fitness for the summer. How will that affect our ability to bring in new talent?
Finally, news has hit the wires that AOC has decided to reject the offer of a new deal, preferring to wait out a year and join the project over at Liverpool next summer. This really is a disaster. We’ve spent 5 years trying to work out what the hell to do with him, now we have a good position for him where he can showcase his talents, we’re going to lose him to a rival.
As it stands, we could be heading into the season with 3 first teamers ready to leave next year.
So as we’re all sitting here crowing over Kylian M’Bappe and his love in with Wenger (when we can’t even keep Chris Willock from moving to Benfica), shouldn’t the real story be how Wenger can’t tempt three first teamers that the project here is excellent?
Aside from that. We haven’t pushed anyone out the door. Rumours are strong that Giroud will go to Everton or West Ham. But what about Theo? What about Gibbs, Ospina, Chezzer, Debuchy or the rest of the dross? Where are the upgrades? Where is the vision for next year?
There isn’t one.
This summer looks like a mess. Our first preseason game is in 11 days. We are singing to the same antiprogress tune we do every year, because only one person matters at Arsenal, and that’s Wenger.
See you in the comments (p.s. don’t get me started on Bellerin).