Oh Arsene, give it a rest. No one is going to fall for your nonsense this year…
‘We have mixed messages from people because we are always told to buy but then I’m told I don’t play my players enough. If I buy a few I will have more frustrated players.’
Is this like the message you always have to buy £60million players? You know, the message no one else seems to read apart from you? I’d be very interested to know who is doing your press clippings because I don’t believe I’ve read too many articles slating your decision not to play Gibbs. If anything, I think people have probably saluted that decision. The boy has been Kieron Dyer whenever I’ve seen him this year and for me, the fact he hasn’t been given games is a positive step.
Reward progress… not mediocrity. That’s how a top class football club should work.
As for Andrey, no one minds that he hasn’t started every game. Why? Because we can all see that he’s a touch over weight and we all know that in Russia, they clearly don’t play 90 minutes! I love Andrey, I really do. He’s delivered more than almost every player in the league this year whilst receiving a huge amount of criticism. He’s like the kid at school who never revises for exams yet still aces them… you know there is so much more in the locker. Trouble is, Arsene plays him out of position, he certainly doesn’t give him the same love he’d give a player he was the king-maker for and he’s 29, so his attitude won’t change.
I’d be sad if he was off in the summer, however, if we dispatched with his services and bought Ashley Young or Eden Hazard, I’d be able to deal with it. Young has landed 44 assists and 36 goals since 2007 in a poor Aston Villa team. He has pace to burn, he can take on players and he’s a proper winger. We could easily pick him up for £12million because he’s in the last year of his contract and he’d be comfortable playing out wide. He could be our English Nani…
Incidentally, does anyone think Nani is hugely underrated because he looks like an extra out of Lord of the Rings? His stats are twice as impressive as Gareth Bale’s yet he’s received hardly any attention from the media? Don’t get me wrong, I know Bale is also a monster, but when you’re British you generally get a pass… One to ponder I feel…
Back to Arsene and his process of guilt tripping us into not spending…
‘I will talk to all the players at the end of the season. I spoke about Nicklas Bendtner because it’s true he didn’t get enough games. Personally I want him to stay because he’s a young striker with top quality – but I have to sit down with him.’
I was out with a Leeds fan last night and he was talking very frankly about our set up as a club. He reckoned it’s been obvious for years that the problem with our side has been a lack of spine. Now, remember he’s used to watching poor football but he has witnessed league winning credentials before.
‘You have a keeper that is too young, you don’t have a centre back who talks, you don’t have a battler in the middle and you have a striker who never plays’
It’s quite hard to argue those points. I did challenge the keeping issue, but I think Leeds are in a similar situation. Kasper Schmeichal is a very talented youngster, but he makes mistakes. Whatever way you look at it, our Carling Cup challenge was part ended by an inexperienced keeper. It’s even harder to argue that our Champions League campaign wasn’t ended because Nik B took a heavy touch and missed a fantastic chance to put the game out of reach for Barcelona. Pep Guardiola said,
‘We’re in the Champions league because of a poor touch by Bendtner’
So when Arsene talks about his ‘top quality‘, it kind of makes me laugh. He’s 23 now, he’s regressed this season and he hasn’t delivered in a very public manner. He’s clearly not top quality at the moment, so if after their chat he states he wants to go… don’t worry about it. He’s been given more than enough chances to shine and he’s failed. Move onto the next up and coming youngster or sign a player who can deliver.
No one cares about young players career progression anymore, Arsenal isn’t the University of football. We pay too much to watch apprenticeships played out in front of our eyes and as a club we moan about money far too much to be paying a poor player £50k a week.
Arsene, your media tricks are boring now. Give it a rest on the ‘killing players careers’ front and sign up some top class talent. You won’t be afforded another season of inaction on the transfer front. Patience is running out with you already and it’ll run out a little quicker if you have another typical frugal summer…
Right Grover’s, that’s it for today… I’m off out to pick me up some sun burn!
Have a great day!
P.S. Big love to Seve Ballasteros. He sadly passed away last night. He was an incredible golfer, a fanstastic personality and a fighter until the end. He’ll be sorely missed…
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