Happy morning everyone. These summer days are just amazing eh? Knowing the reservoirs are brimming fills me with a huge amount of satisfaction. God bless the rain and the fine harvests it brings.
Onto football. If only the rain could supplement the growth of a decent football story to report on. It’s so quiet out there at the moment. Even Giroud has given up gassing to the newspapers. In fact, it has to be said that in general, football as a whole has been pretty quiet. What’s going on? Are we finally seeing a slow down… or are we just about to see an explosion of transfers? Time will tell people, there’s still a long way to go.
One player we’d hope isn’t part of the transfer back pages is Robin Van Persie. We love him dearly. We’ve only ever seen him play 2 full seasons. We hope he’ll stay. Arsene Wenger hopes so as well…
‘We want to keep Robin van Persie at all costs, because we depend on him offensively. I’ve always supported him even in the hardest times, and I hope he will end his career at Arsenal.’
I see where he’s coming from… but come on Arsene, you’ve been in the game long enough to know that supporting Robin makes no difference in the grand scheme of things. You can’t tell a footballer on his last contract that he owes you because you stood by him when he was crocked. You stood by him because you thought he’d come good. You stood by him because some might say you weren’t ruthless enough. This behaviour cost you trophies Arsene. But this isn’t Robin’s fault and sadly, he won’t feel he owes you a damn thing.
That’s life Arsene. What you need to do is take learnings from this. You need to think about individuals as part of a team. If they’re not serving the team properly, you have to replace them. By serving the individual, and costing the team, you’re not only costing the fans, you’re costing yourself when those players eventually reject you for greater riches.
Maybe Robin won’t do that…. But be honest, if you were a crock, if you’d just had the best season of your life, if you were 29. Would you risk one more season on £80k a week hoping you could replicate your form and fitness for a massive deal next summer?
Doubtful. Unless Wenger had pictures of you doing something like baking cupcakes.
The manager has been talking about Giroud to Eurosport…
“I have known Olivier Giroud for some time,”
“The first time I saw him, I found he had something intelligent and dangerous. I always said he could score goals and assist his partners.
“Our game is based on cooperation between the players in the offensive phase and he will integrate easily.
“I don’t like simple goalscorers, they must also add to the collective.
“He is good in the air which is rare. He is quite complete and has a great room for improvement.”
He doesn’t like simple goal scorers. You know, like Andy Carroll. He likes the cultured variety. A striker who knows the subtle differences between a Peroni and a bottle of Chateau Petrus when dining out in Pizza Express on an Orange Wednesdays 2 for 1 deal.
Looking at how Giroud plays, he does seem to have elements of Andy Carroll when he was playing well. He’s tall, awkward in the air… he’d slap the cheek of any woman who gave him a wonky eye. I think he’ll be a massive asset to us. He’s a craftsman in the box much in the same way Huntelaar is and he’s not afraid to get stuck in. An attribute not many French players have ready made when they first arrive in the Premiership.
If Robin does decide to stay, the most interesting aspect of that will be how he integrates his news forwards in with Robin. Obviously there will be rotation, but at 26, you’d imagine Girioud will have a big part to play in the first team. Will Wenger drop Robin deeper into that role he Bergkamp insists he’s best in. Or will he stick with the same set up but give Robin a breather every now and then?
Finally, I think we can put to bed the stories about Hugo Lloris. He’s not moving to Arsenal. The asking price is £18million. I don’t think he’s better than what we have and I don’t think as a club we have money to burn on positions that don’t really need attention. Chezzer needs competition. That will motivate his shot to save ration right back up.
Finally, no one has moved for M’Vila. This feels like Arsenal territory. It’s the end of the night at the summer time disco. Yann is dancing on his own. Arsenal are prowling. There’s still two months to go. But as those two months go on…. as more and more people leave the disco… Yann loses value. If we get to late August, expect Arsenal to make a move. Until then, let the music roll.
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On that not. Have a great day.