I saw Dunkirk yesterday and it is EXCEPTIONAL. Made me want to quit my job, go back 75 years, just so I could hang with Harry Styles and ask where he got his haircut. Go and see it, the hype is justified, even better in 70mm.
Talking of HYPE, let’s jump straight into the rumour that Arsenal are interested in signing Real Madrid’s great white hope… Asensio. I mean, I love the rumour. The kid is mustard, and the circumstances could make sense, because it’s hard to get a game even when you’re one of the brightest prospects in Spain. It’s a no lose situation for Madrid, as they have the same boomerang pull as Barca. They could sell him to us for £50m and buy him back for £12m in 4 years time after another famous contract cock up.
He’d be a superb piece of business. He has the dribbling ability of Santi Cazorla, bags of magic and his pace is pretty damn impressive. An upgrade on Alexis? No. A risk? Yes. But give me precocious young talent all day long.
In transfer news, Wenger continues to either put his foot down on poor old Alexis, or he is baiting PSG. He hilariously said that the French club are talking about Neymar now because they couldn’t land the Chilean. Brilliant banter. It does seem to look like Wenger is playing the long game with Alexis. Whatever you think about his fitness, as soon as he hits 29, he becomes less appealing and less worthy of a £400k a week contract. That’ll make it more likely we could sign him.
As for Ozil, the chat points to him landing £280k a week. I think we’re overpaying him on that sort of money and I’m convinced no other club in Europe would go past £200k a week. He’s an important player, just a shame he can’t be important all the time. Maybe our new formation will suit him better this year. Maybe he’ll connect with Lacazette like marmite and peanut butter (it’s good, try it). Maybe Wenger has the keys to the future of football in his hands and we just don’t know it.
I’m still not sure though.
I just can’t move past this idea that we were two players away from dominating the CL and PL last year. We’ve not moved on the ‘ok’ players that bring down the collective quality and winnertivity of the squad. We’ve not addressed our midfield troubles. It’s early doors, but we had to rely on Giroud to pep our game up against Chelsea, we’re like the guy who sacks in his safe girlfriend to chase the glamour, only to keep returning to the one that makes it really happen. We don’t have a particularly physical midfield, unless you want to see Coquelin flying around like a lunatic all year. Xhaka is slow and weak, and that really does count in a league that gives you zero time on the ball.
We haven’t made a bold statement this summer. Which to me says this… Wenger hasn’t come to terms with last season. He thinks our demise was a blip. Bad luck. Unfortunate happenings.
If he really had a grasp on what our problems were, we’d have taken a more aggressive approach this summer.
We’ll see though, I don’t think it’ll take past October to see what we have on the cards this year.
Right, recording the podcast again this week. Getting back in the mix. No more travelling for me for a while. So I’m gonna be in your inbox a lot more regularly!
Speak tomorrow x