Our thoughts are with the families of the injured in Barcelona. If you’re sharing videos of dying people, you really are a disgrace. That’s a person, with a family, and you are helping to spread extremist propaganda.
Onto football news, which always feels really fucking trivial when something horrible has just happened. Life must go on.
PSG are looking to offload some players, after Arsenal lost out on Matuidi, there’s a chance to make amends, by signing Julian Draxler who is surplus to requirements. ESPECIALLY if the agent for Alexis is to be believed – as in, his client will be off. He’s had a stuttery few years, but he no doubt has a bucket of talent we could lean on. He’s also a German international, and they’re far from shite.
Not just that, he’s 6ft2. Get a bit of height in that front line.
Gabriel has been sold to Valencia for £10m. Good to move him on, I didn’t have him in the deadwood list to be honest. However, it’s clear he never took things to the next level, and ultimately, he was another terrible signing from Spain. Another black mark on our pretty shocking poor network. We seem to have a real problem digging up gems these days. The only time we land a good player is when we spend good money. Even then, the outcome isn’t exactly hitting the heights.
We really are not in good shape going into this year. Chambers, one would assume, is now going to stay. We don’t look interested in upgrading the weak squad. We’ve not made an attempt to move the needle.
This season, will be a car crash. I promise you that.
So what’s the deal with Wenger?
Cash piles and comfort:
Wenger knows he’s not good enough at the highest level. It’s farcical to think he’s not fully aware he’s well beyond repair. He’s basically the big corporate lawyer who can’t stand the greed, so he’s bought a coffee shop where he spends his days taking it easy, making lemon cake and talking to old folk. The issue, is Arsenal are the cake shop here.
Anyway, my point is, he likes his coffee shop. He knows that the only way to keep this cushy job, is to keep the bank balance in good shape. If he keeps things ticking over, the owner, who is a long term investor, isn’t going to pull the trigger on his fiefdom. So Wenger isn’t going to spend all the cash this summer. He’s not going to go big so he’s under pressure in the media. He’s just keeping the status quo going.
Proof points on this one?
How many players have we sold? How many of the backroom team were moved on? How many experts have come that will make a massive difference? THE FACT HE’S NOW ADMITTING SANCHEZ COULD BE SOLD < Shocker
He’s deluded about last seasons failings
Wenger isn’t always the most self-aware. He’s also not accountable. He never takes the fall for his mistakes. There is always an excuse. The manager, instead of conducting a genuine investigation into last seasons failing, has landed on the idea that the reason last year fell apart was that he had not signed a new deal. Wenger didn’t look at last season as more of the same. He didn’t look at our points average sitting at around 73 points for the last three seasons, or that it was 74 points the three years before. He didn’t look at 7 years of CL failure, and that we’d not made a QF in that time. He looked at the problem being 5th. He has only finished 5th once. The only possible thing he could point to outside himself, was the contract issue that hung over him. There’s a strong chance, Wenger is arrogant enough to believe that that the players were just so upset about his deal, they switched off.
Proof points: He’s said as much in at least 5 press conferences. We have made no notable changes that would address the failings.
What do you think the problem is?