Arsene Wenger has finally found his ruthless edge. He was all like, sure, I want to give the #9 to Lacazette, but wouldn’t the boys respect me more if I just did it without telling Perez? Apparently so…
“They [Arsenal] are not being fair with me. The act of taking away my [shirt] number without telling me anything to give to a teammate, that was the last straw for me,” Perez was quoted as saying. “It is unfortunate. And I can’t go on this way. I have given them everything, but they haven’t responded in kind. And I can’t take it anymore.”
Can’t for the life of me work out what Lucas did to deserve the rough-shod treatment he received at Arsenal. He scored some crackers, had bundles of pace, and he always worked really hard when he came on. Wenger wouldn’t give him a proper run, even when we were desperate.
As I said last year, I think his signing was a real show of desperation because Wenger had bombed on finding a striker last summer… again. He just rolled the dice, assumed the fans would think it was clever (because when don’t we), then his new boy landed and he didn’t fancy him.
It does sound all a bit sad… I mean as sad as I can feel for someone earning that sort of corn.
“Last year I barely had any opportunities and when I had them I took advantage of them. And this season it is clear that it is going to be more of the same. I want to fight for the chance to play on the national team. I want to play football. But to do that I have to leave. And I think where I will be better off is in my home, with Depor,”
“I feel like I was tricked. In February I was not allowed to leave for China but it was promised that I would be playing more and then I had even fewer opportunities. But the shirt number was an ugly gesture.
I think he should have been given more of a chance, but hey, if Wenger was seeing something different behind the scenes, what can you do?
The Sun are ramping up stories that we’re back in for Lemar again. I mean, seems a bit fanciful, how many more starlets can Monaco let go this summer? Also, if we sign Lemar, what does that mean for Sanchez who Wenger has aggressively said on numerous occasions is not going?
Another player who is rebelling against a new deal is Oxlade Chamberlain. Wenger has a deal on the table, but the Englishman isn’t signing on. In his situation, you can kind of understand where he’s coming from. Wenger has played him in 62 positions, he’s struggling to grow into a proper player because he’s so versatile, and the club go stone cold on him for stretches of the season.
If I were his agent, I’d probably be telling him to see how this year goes and keep the options open for next year. If Arsenal give him 40 games and let him own a position, stay on and reap the rewards after a good season. If it’s another ‘play anywhere’ season, then he can bugger off to Stoke or West Ham.
In other news the world of football truly has ramped up its nutty behaviour. Neymar is still on the cards for PSG who want to drop £200m to land their man. The player has apparently come with a list of players he wants including Coutinho and Alves (who I didn’t realise has already signed for PSG). Then on the other side of the spectrum, Real Madrid are looking to drop £160m on M’Bappe and they’re close to signing him.
UNREAL. I mean, also pretty hilarious Arsenal fans thought we’d be in with a chance at all. Total PR guff from the start.
‘He’d go for Wenger’
… come on. He’d go for Wenger if the rest of the top 15 clubs burned and the Champions League didn’t exist.
Anyway, Chelsea lost to Bayern Munich which was pleasant to read. I’m seeing stories about Lindelof looking pretty tragic in his first games for United. I also watch Lukaku huff around like a WWE wrestler ice-skating in a souvenir shop versus Real Madrid’s babies.
You know what I’m not seeing?
SANTI REPLACEMENT STORIES. Or any sort of midfield upgrade murmurring.
I love how Chelsea bossed the league with Kante last year, and we all noted that he was the player we should have signed. A year on, Chelsea reinforce with Bakayoko and we’re still sitting about with Ramsey and Xhaka as our dominant midfield force.
Xhaka at the moment feels like half a player for the Premier League. Sublime against teams that give him space and freedom to pick out passes. Pretty average if he’s put under pressure. A bit like Arteta in his latter years. Arsenal should have been pressing Leipzig for Keita. Or looking at Diawara at Napoli. I don’t understand how a Premier League team can expect to dominate with a midfield king pin who doesn’t have any pace or power. Well, unless you bulk him out either side with pace and power to free him up. I just worry he’s going to be a target this year in the big games because he’s flustered.
Santi won’t be good for more than 20 games this year.
I have serious doubts that Ramsey will be good for any more than 30 games, making 5 really good ones so we give him another new deal in the hope he’ll fulfill on his radar chart that plotted his decisiveness levels at warp speed 9, which is three times what Messi had at the same age.
ANYWAY. 800 words so you can just jump into the comments and have a great time.