Conflicting Schneiderlin reports?

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Well happy good morning to each and every one of you beautiful souls.

Who caught Kanye last night? What a bore. Throw on a CD and one man on his own for an hour and a half. Where’s the showmanship? It’s always amusing commenting on things like music when you’re a football blogger. Online people seem incapable of recognising that you can have more than one interest in life. I saw someone Tweet… ‘if you don’t like this Kanye set, you don’t like sound’… some amazing parallels to the types of conversation I’ve had around Arsenal superstars like Denilson.



Gold Arsenal kit… breathe in people | Vidal or Morgan? Who you saying?

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Photo for the site, you say?

Photo for the site, you say?


Went to see Jurassic World the other day, not going to lie, I was mildly disappointed with the output. Jurassic Park, the original, was a masterpiece. This? It was a poor representation. No tension, average characters, a complete disregard for science (like, even just basics) and look… it wasn’t even remotely scary.

Raptors, having pet like relationships with humans? Are you having a f*cking laugh?

Romance scenes, when dinosaurs are mauling your guests! Looking sexy when you’re under a T-Rex? Honestly Spielberg, you took your eye off the ball.

Totally killed my night… and I went to one of those nice cinemas to see it.

Onto football!

So we’ve landed Petr Cech, it’s just taking the usual 16 weeks to get it up on the .COM.

So who is next? Well, it’s hard not to think we’re going to be making moves in the middle of the park. Schneiderlin and Vidal seem to be the front runners for the position. Vidal is 28 and Morgan in 26. They are both excellent players. You don’t need to worry about Chileans settling on the pace, they’re born ready. He’s a total lunatic, but he’s a fighter and he’d no doubt bring a bit of Sanchez like energy to the middle of the park. If the £12m fee is true, we’re getting a steal.

Schneiderlin is also an excellent player. A bit more craft to his game than Coquelin and obviously he’s Premiership ready. I heard the player would love to join the club, but the main question is whether Arsene wants to pull that trigger. I’d guess the fee will be higher than £12m. Wenger is at the stage of his career where he might be tempted to make shorter term signing with the bigger picture being ‘LEAVE WITH A BANG’

I still don’t quite understand why people are so reticent for us to bolster in that position. We still have fans stuck in small club mentality of ‘we have a player who can play that role’… look, we’re a club that’s suffered horrendously over the years because we have only one player of stature in each position. You don’t win the league with one starting 11. You need to be able to rotate.

If Coquelin drops out, who do you have? Diaby? Gone. Arteta? Shot to pieces. Flamini? DO ME A FAVOUR MATE.

So we need to bring in players in that role. We need to make sure Coquelin can be rotated in and our. We need a squad of players we can trust to remain fit and come in and do a job.

… and look, as I was told a few years back, this notion that bringing in big names disrupts the squad is a bit of a myth.

Great players want to play with great players. If you dropped Cristiano into our side, do you really think Carl Jenkinson would be banging on the managers door asking for £300k pw? Course he wouldn’t. He’s be overawed by the magnitude of the signing and the excitement of playing with someone who could land him a trophy.

Players are rich from the age of 20… once you get to a certain level of rich, the only thing that can make you feel richer is experiences… money can’t buy experiences. Like winning major honours. That’s all the players are after. Those big trophies. They want to have a reason to talk at an after dinner circuit. They want to be embedded in the clubs history.

… and the great thing is this. I feel like if we make two more siginings, we could be on the verge of making history next season. If we continue the fitness work, continue to work on our preparation, continue to up the smartness of our training and we get some luck on the fitness side. We really could be pushing Chelsea hard!

Shit the bed, look at this…

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Firstly, Puma are really struggling with this whole secrecy thing… secondly, I am pretty slim for a player nearing the end of his career, but that shirt scares the bejesus out of me. Chambo is ripped and he’s looking a bit chunky in it. It’s like Puma don’t understand their market! Too many famished creatives in their design studio. The average football fan is overweight, throw us bone for gods sake!

Finally, after slagging off low grade journalism, this bit of data vis by City AM is excellent (here). It plots Wenger transfers against time, age and price.

Finally, leaked Jose Mourinho tactics.