I’ve been told by a number of friends that comparing Arsene Wenger to an authoritarian leader is not fair, but damn, this is like the end of days of a regime, when all the generals are fleeing to countries that’ll cut them a deal, and they’re making Arsene Wenger’s dog Secretary of Defence.
As many have pointed out, at most clubs, when the manager loses the dressing room, the manager loses their job. Arsenal is so caught up in chasing the value dragon, they’re actually firing the entire dressing room.
This is the Tuesday Night Massacre.
So to recap. The story being leaked to various accounts is that Arsene has decided to sell the players who don’t represent the clubs values.
Arsene Wenger is succumbing to the realities of corporate football. We always KNEW he’d not get away with allowing £100m worth of talent to leave for free next summer. The club has told him he has to sell.
To reiterate, this is history repeating itself. 8 years ago, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were still on our books after a 0-0 draw at Newcastle. The manager is on record at the press conference saying he expected both to stay. Guess what? Both left because you don’t keep players who don’t want to be there.
Wenger lied to the fans, and he lied to himself. He knew he was always going to sell his big names this summer. The absolute sadness in this whole situation is the club leaked that the futures of Sanchez and Ozil depended on the manager signing a new deal… and I think Wenger bought into that notion. His staunch resistance has been one massive ego trip that has derailed our summer. Reality is, if we’d hired Max Allegri, all players would have signed new deals and we’d be in much better shape.
So where are we?
Alexis Sanchez: City are going hard for the Chilean. Mega mouthpiece John Cross tried to soften the sale by indicating Arsenal had been offered Raheem Sterling, but City journos have refuted that and said City will go hard with cash. If Arsenal had a f*cking clue about their players, they would have driven Alexis to Paris and presented him to their Sheikh’s smelling fresh with a bow on his head. I cannot believe we’re now boxed into a ‘sell him to a rival’ corner. Savage.
Update: Arsenal are actually offering City cash PLUS Sanchez for Raheem Sterling… oh my days, pass the sick bucket or END THIS MADNESS
Chamberlain: Somehow, he’s managed to attract the attention of Liverpool and Chelsea. A player who has had 3-4 good performances in 5 years, has only scored one more goal than Koscielny and has a patchy assist record… is about to leave for £35m. But here’s the killer, he’s now important in our possibly defunct formation and we’ve sold him to a rival with no plan to replace. And please, don’t come to me with Reiss Nelson. Let the child grow.
Mustafi: Various people are saying Wenger doesn’t fancy a defender many were hailing as the new Baresi. He’s gone from being hugely important to a cast off both Inter and Juventus fancy. This signing was an appalling one from a super average team. Wenger basically saw him in the German national team and bought without any sort of understanding of quite how average he was. Now he’s going to be sent packing and our response to replacing him is Jonny Evans. A solid, but bland decision, considering he’s 29 years old.
Kieran Gibbs: Couldn’t agree terms with Watford, which means he was too expensive. The biggest bottle job in an Arsenal shirt is now attracting interest from 7th place rivals West Brom for £5m. He should be told to leave, or face sitting in a bucket of pig shite for the season. His contract is a disgrace to the term meritocracy.
Like the last days of Pablo, things started getting tough when everyone knew the cartel was sinking. We’re now at the point where we’d struggle to land Charles N’Zogbia with the lure of a 6 year deal. The list of ins is pretty sad.
Julian Draxler’s agentshas aggressively stated his client will not be leaving PSG (PSG selling Krychowiak to Leicester)
Thomas Lemar deal looks like it could be on as Liverpool offer Origi and a bunch of cash. So much for ‘not for sale’
MAYBE, Southampton will sell us VVD in exchange for Theo Walcott. I’ll have me some of that…
Anyway, that’s me done, I have to get a post out, this is f*cking insane. Read this from earlier.
I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING ON AUGUST 29th!