Morning football friends of the globe. How are we today? Slightly smug I hope. Even if that smugness only lasts a week, it’s still worth actioning your worst behaviour. It’s not often we sit ahead of United in the league. You could do many things this morning, I’d recommend this one.
That’ll do the job. Simple simplicity. You could use many different strap lines, Vantastic, what a waste of money, you should have bought Fellaini… I’ll leave that up to you though.
I watched the game and United were absolutely garbage. Everton had the better chances and if it weren’t for De Gea, they’d have lost by a more substantial margin. Fellaini was on top of his game and unplayable at times. He’s a top, top midfielder. I’m surprised he hasn’t been snapped up by a team larger than Everton. United couldn’t get near him. Arsenal fans were calling for him as our new defensive midfielder, for me, he doesn’t really play that role anymore. He sits in a more advanced position. He’s everything we’d like Diaby to be. Strong, technically gifted and decisive. Arsenal have a habit of buying massive players who aren’t a threat in the air. Mertesacker is one of those. He seems to jump down. Which is a problem we have with Bendtner and Adebayor!
Watching Robin Van Persie come on late on in the game was a bit of a gut cruncher. He looked relatively fresh and he did create a couple of openings. I’m interested to see how he’ll fit into their set up. At the moment, it doesn’t look like Fergie has a plan. I’m sure he’ll do ok, but that doesn’t stop me enjoying United losing their first game.
In transfer news, Alex Song and his rag tag bunch of agents sent a story the way of Matt Scott. The opener reads like this…
“Alex Song was massively committed to Arsenal, he loved the club and was dying to sign a new contract.”
If you believe the above line, you’re probably of the belief that Samir left Arsenal for excellent Manchester beaches. I’ve been reporting the opposite since before the close of the window last year for a reason. People at the club had suspected he was on the look out for a new and better deal because according to certain officials at the club, he was pretty vocal about it. The fact it’s all come out in the wash now doesn’t mean there weren’t issues before this preseason. ‘Lazy in training’ doesn’t come from a gut feeling either. It’s well documented Arsenal use prozone and GPS systems to measure player capacity. If the suspicion is laziness, it’s not suspicion, I’d imagine it’s hard numbers on a computer.
All of the comments around Song being desperate to sign a new deal even when Barca came in are there to cover backsides of the Song camp. Don’t believe them for a second. There are other elements I’ll slip into the mixing pot at a later date (you have to be careful though, he has more expensive lawyers than me), but for now, all you need to know is that he wanted the move and he’s not the victim in this. Both parties have got a great deal. I look forward to seeing how Alex integrates into the greatest team on the planet.
The Mirror are reporting that Jack will be back in full training in four weeks. Pretty much what I told you a few weeks ago when everyone was reporting he’d be out until November. If all goes well, he’ll be back in contention for the end of September or early October. That’s great news. A lot can happen between now and then, but if all goes to plan, we’ll have a fully operational Jack heading into the busy Christmas period.
In transfer news, the Nuri Sahin story is really starting to drag its feet. Whenever we’re involved in a deal, it always takes twice as long. The sticking point is the buy back clause according. Obviously we don’t want to bring him in, spark world class form only to lose him back to Madrid next season. They don’t need him anyway! They should just sign over those rights and let us get on with our season.
The Yann M’Vila story is also in danger of causing a number of boredom fatalities around the globe. Spurs are apparently in negotiations for his signature now, despite ruling themselves out a few weeks ago. I’d be surprised if he moved there but if they are his only option, they’re an option that is better than staying with Rennes for another season. The Chairman had this to say…
‘For the moment, there are three offers”,
“There is no agreement. We enter negotiations this week and hope to find a solution.
“It’s a complicated project with clubs who are not even internally agreed [Tottenham], and clubs that Yann does not want to go to [Zenit].
“Arsenal? Maybe, you’ll have to call Arsene [Wenger].”
You can’t help but think statements like the above regarding Wenger mean that there is no interest from us. Maybe taking on another defensive midfielder who has gone on record as saying he attacks too often is too big a risk for Arsene. Especially when you consider the stories around his attitude. We don’t need selfish players. That said, Alex Hleb, Robin Van Persie, Robert Pires and Marc Overmars all game with distinctly bad reputations.
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Plenty to get stuck into this morning… see you in the comments!