Did you say, Cavani?

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So the rumour mill is going bloody crazy this morning, the exciting stuff is in the Telegraph. They’ve indicated we’re looking at Howedes, the German centre back along with Gustavo and Carvahlo. The article says Wenger will only add one more. A bit odd he’d has one more with interest across two positions.

Some of the other publications have mention all Kostas Manolas as the third choice centre back we’re looking at. He’s 23, played at the World Cup and would come in at under £3m which would make Wenger sense. To be honest, you probably want someone who would be fine fight for a place this season. I’m cool with that sort of cover. Ideally, Howedes would be my man. He’s a top, top defender who won the World Cup playing left back. That’s versatility if ever I saw it!

I like that we’re back in for Gustavo… I’d be surprised if we snared him, he plays for a mega rich club who are building for the future (Wolfsburg). So it’d be off if they let him go right now.

Giroud has been talking up the qualities of his new strike partner…

“It is always easy to play with this type of player. I think he will maybe need some more games to adapt his game to the Premier League but this is normal and he is a fantastic player.

“He has different qualities to me or Sanogo. He can bring his pace and technique into the centre of the park. Our Germans will join us. We will be stronger this year and get better and better.”

I’m looking forward to seeing how this pans out. Giroud gives us a lot when we have pace, but he’s not top quality. He could lift it this season, prove us all wrong, but ultimately, when you’re slow, you have to pull some serious magic to make a difference at the highest level.

Still, we have options. Lots of them. Our front three are mostly interchangeable. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a massive fan of Sanogo and his potential, but he’s big and fast so he’ll get scraps… Joel Campbell has a lot of the raw ingredients you need with flashes of brilliance. The player I’m looking forward to seeing the most is Theo. His pace and sharp shooting will be a welcome addition.

United look good. All the noise about Diego Costa being a poor buy looks to be just that, noise. Liverpool look brutal. City don’t need to look good because they’ll come good because they have so much individual talent.

Before I leave you with something a bit weird, Kike Marin reckons we’re talking to Cavani. He was the only journo who had the Reus story when I was hinting about it and he was one of the first with Sanchez news as well.

Guy be connected… naaa what I’m saying fool?

Right, I was asked to write something for the Standard and they sent me some questions about Spurs by accident. I thought that was the twist.

Apparently not. I just wrote a load of stuff for nothing. So here it is…. for the bantz.

1) Who has been Tottenham’s best Signing (so far)?

Errr, have they signed anyone? No wait, that English kid who grew up in Portugal, or that Villarreal player? I have no idea. I think Spurs were told they weren’t allowed to sign players this year on account of how much they embarrassed their fans last year (you know, ‘we’re title contenders’ after spending £100m on dross).

2) Which player would you have liked them to have signed?

I’d have liked them to have picked up Nik Bendtner. Outside players, I was actually quite devastated they didn’t pick up Louis Van Gaal as their manager. I think he’d have been a disaster for Spurs following their last two managers. He’d have caused all sorts of friction for a club he’s ultimately bigger than. I think Pochettino is a good manager. He’ll work with what he has, nuture youth and the chances are, he’ll get far more out of his players than the last two managers have.

Then 2-3 sentences on with his overall views of how successful Tottenham’s transfer window has been.

I don’t think it’s been much of a window. Probably their biggest success has been keeping Vertonghen. Spurs strategy this summer has centred around foundation setting. They have the players, they’ve spent the money, now they need a manager who can make things work properly. I think they’re this seasons dark horses. No one is talking about Spurs and look, the dross I spoke about clearly isn’t dross. The dross last season was solely focused in the management department. The right manager could make Spurs a force for hitting that desirable Europa League spot.

3) Who will be their key player next season?

Hugo Lloris is Spurs best player by quite a margin, arguably, their only World Class player. He’ll be playing for a move to a proper club with Champions League football the season after, so he’ll be charged.

4) Who will breakthrough into the team next season?

No idea, don’t care.

5) Which player has something to prove?

Basically the raft of players they signed last season. Paulinho needs to show what he’s about, Capoue needs to prove himself like he did in France and Erik Lamela, so blessed with talent, needs to show what he’s all about.

6) Who is the weakest link?

There are so many players at Spurs who could be weak links. The weakest part about their whole set up is the mental fragility that is synonymous with the club. No manager has really managed to stop Spurs bottling it. Harry Redknapp came close, but still failed spectacularly in the end to topple Arsenal. Pochettino is a different breed of manager. Highly rated, smart, trustworthy and intelligent. He still has a major job on his hands. The likelihood is Spurs will still bottle it and this season, they could be a long way off Arsenal, because we’ve really kicked on to the next level.

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Strongest squad in 12 years?

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Arsenal vs Bayern

Arsenal vs Bayern

Tony Adams has gone on the Arsenal offensive again, seems he’s desperate for attention of sorts… maybe it’s a new job, maybe it’s the precursor for his official Twitter launch. Who knows. What we can ascertain is that he’s not happy about TV5 leaving…

“I’m slightly saddened by the news Vermaelen’s leaving. I personally believe that you need three central defenders to win the championship.

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2 games, 2 trophies: Arsenal coast Community Shield

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Arsenal kicked off their assault on the season with a quite delightful spanking of Manchester City. Beating any City side by a margin is exciting, but it is important to remember we did exactly the same last preseason. So let’s enjoy it, but not jump the gun on what we need squad wise and how hard we’ll compete this year.

There were some massive positives and not so many negatives, which is always a delight to note.

Calum Chambers:

The right back come left back looked a very good fit for most of the game. He has a fantastic frame, he reads the game very well and he performed a solid job yesterday. He has a calm persona which is unusual with young players and he’ll certainly be useful this season. In fact, you’d have to say he’s pretty integral to the opening 5 games for us, seeing as the options are low and there were rumours Laurent picked up an injury. Someone I spoke to thought signing a £16m teenager was crazy, I think it’s great, snap up talent like that now and make them £40m talent in the future.

The Keeper:

I’ve gotta say, I think he was our man of the match. Maybe a bit ott, but for me he made a couple of crucial saves, he dealt with the sun and some very nasty high balls. I thought the difference between him and Caballero was massive. The City new boy was really shaky, I think City have a problem there this summer. Joe Hart’s place is at risk as his Head & Shoulders deal (I geared this whole block of text to making that hair product quip). Anyway, a massive thumbs up from me.

Alexis Sanchez:

I think like Ozil, he’s going to need some time to adapt to the league. At the moment, he looks to do too much and I don’t think he’s quite gelled in our system. But boy, you can see what’s coming. The guy looks like the healthiest man on the planet. That skin, so tort. His game is exciting as well, the ball sticks to his foot like glue, he’s fast paced on the ground and in the head and his runs are so tough to track. We’ve a player who can kill you from anywhere. He has timing similar to Freddie coming from deep, he can take the ball past you from outwide and he poaches from loose balls. Wait until you’ve got Ozil feeding him…

Chamberlain:

I feel the addition of Alexis  is going to lift Alex’s game to different levels. He’s not the focal point like he was last summer. He has very similar attributes and he’s still so young. I love his direct play and lust to make things happen through brute force. If he can stay fit, this could be a very big year for him, it’s basically a delay break through year for him. Can’t wait to see what he can do.

Aaron Ramsey:

I’m worried, really worried. We have one of the best talents on the planet and he shows no sign of falling off. He’s come back better looking, fitter and with all the same exciting attributes that made him last seasons half season player of the year. Sanogo played him a pretty duff ball into his path yesterday, the touch to make something of the ball was world class in every way, the finish was just so very much Aaron. A beautiful player who radiates everything you want in a young footballer. Again, cannot wait to see how a fit Aaron plays this year…

… stay away Real, he’s out man.

Arteta:

He was made the captain for the game, which struck fear into many because that’s possibly an early indicator that we’re not going to go hard for a CDM. I told you yesterday the focus is on a centre back, but I don’t think Arteta’s captaincy spells the end for a CDM. I just think there aren’t many amazing names out there. I do think it’s odd to give the captaincy to someone who can’t play three games in a week… and was a visibly weak point in our set up last season. Not quite sure what the plan is, unless it’s similar to the captaincy rotations of a few years ago (can’t remember the specifics?) I personally think Per Mertesacker should have taken the arm band.

Hunger:

Read some people state that City weren’t interested. Well, if that was our team, and we weren’t interested, I’d be pretty disgusted. It’s a good sign that we have hunger in our side. It’s a good thing to win the Community Shield regardless of it’s importance in the grand scheme of things. It’s good to have confidence going into a new season.

… and hey, we’re still missing three World Cup winners.

This season is going to be very exciting. Liverpool smashed Dortmund and looked great, Arsenal tanked City and looked very promising, Chelsea have some interesting new signings and United have a manager who is delivering some impressive wins.

Could be as fun as last year…

 

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