Dembele rumours and dodgy sponsorship deals

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I tell yah, the worst addition to the world of clickbait is commentating on what fans are talking about.

Listen Google news, I didn’t tune in to read about what @Xhakalaka403 thinks about something he read on FootballFancast. Get me the real juice. The premium quality journalism. The elite inside take.

Oh, what’s that?

Aubameyang liked a AFTV post about Dembele!

That’s what I’m talking about…

The rumour won’t go away about the young expensive winger. Word on the street, which is basically word on FootballFancast, is Barca are open to an £87m deal. Now, on the face of it, that seems like crazy money, but is it really? The kid is only 21 years old, he’s in the same league as M’Bappe for talent, he’s massively suited to the Premier League and he’s already had a major injury which is perfect for Arsenal.

I’d love it if the new regime welcomed in a new era with a mega show of intent. If you make a move like that work with a massive player, you’ll make your money back when Real Madrid or PSG come calling when he’s 25. He could easily be a £200m talent buy then. It’s a risk, no doubt, but one that could very easily pay off if we have the guts to ride it out.

Wenger is easing those retirement slippers on. Here he is talking about whether he’d take on another challenge.

“Do I still have the desire to be a coach? Yes. Do I have the desire to throw myself into another crazy challenge? I don’t know. It’s a job that requires total commitment,”

That reads a little like ‘I’m not going to do the Madrid thing’, namely because no one would ask him to, but seriously, who’d bother taking that sort of challenge on in their late sixties? That’d be a total madness. Good for him.

Wenger should try and get a job at the FA. Some sort of sporting director role. We’d love that. Wenger is basically English anyway. Let him get in there, boot out all the dross, have all the youth teams playing irresponsible Wengerball. I’d be all about that for sure.

Interesting to see that Leroy Sane was NOT included in the Germany squad despite dropping absolute numbers this season. He’s a very special talent, not bringing him along is bizarre to say the least.

Also, there’s a horror story brewing that Arsenal are looking to man-up their midfield by hiring in Fellaini on a free transfer. I mean, I’ll take players who can give us a bit more fight, but that feels very much like a 2013 sort of signing. Still, he’ll give us something on those rainy nights in… errr… Huddersfield?

A lot of Arsenal fans up in arms about the shirt deal we did with Rwanda. Their leader Paul Kagame is one of the most successful war generals on the planet. He took over in 1994, ended a genocide. He was famous for doing a lot with a little, he took down Congo, a regime 27 times the size of Rwanda. Anyway, despite getting his country back on track, there are fears he’s overstaying his welcome, and that he’s oppressing his people. This gives a pretty detailed view of what’s going on.

It’s an odd sponsorship to take on, on the one hand, you want to be high and mighty about nations that don’t adhere to our social norms or our democratic values. On the other hand, Britain can hardly be held up as a shining light of love and kindness around the world. Not just that, Arsenal are part owned by an Oligarch, and the Premier League is littered with owners from kingdoms that have less than exemplary records on human rights. Not that a multitude of wrongs makes a right.

It’d be very interesting to hear your views on the shirt deal below. I understand both sides of the argument. You have an oppressive leader on one side, and someone who has turned Rwanda into a shining light on the other.

Anyway, I’m living in a country where the President has just asserted his right to pardon himself.

Back to England, big Iwobes banged in a goal against us. What a player. The young Nigerian had this to say on his AFC situation.

“[Wenger] has been there for me since I joined the club and has been very inspirational and influential on my career, but I am excited having our new manager next season.

“It has always been my childhood dream [to play for Arsenal]. I have been playing for Arsenal since I was six.

“The fact I am representing them now is like a dream come true. I am always proud to wear the Arsenal colours, and long may it continue.”

Hopefully, he can build on his game, he’s been a bit average over the past year, playing much better for Nigeria. I’d love to see what Emery can do for his game.

It’s interesting watching the press gun for Raheem Sterling with such aggression. Digging out a player for having a gun tattoo on his leg is odd, especially when it’s in memory of a shot father. The lateness issue was attacked with vigor as well. I’d be game for giving him a kicking if the press did the same for Harry Kane. But they didn’t and don’t. Harry gets full-page op-ed’s asking England fans to stop making memes for fear of disrupting his preparation. The FA was pilloried for making a joke about the star man. It’s weird that Kane, who won nothing again this season, would get such an easy run in the press versus a player who just played a key role in one of the greatest Premier League sides of all time.

Cannot put my finger on the difference between the two players…

Watching the old boys network line up their targets before the competition starts is par the course. But, you only have to go to one press conference to see how it works out. They’re like a union, which is why the narrative is so consistent across all the pages. Hopefully, we can get some solid independent thought as the tournament goes on, and less sensationalist scapegoating. It’s a shame we’ll probably have to look to the foreign journo’s for a fair assessment. But we’ll see.

Ok, see ya’ll in the comments… x