Good morning one and all. Today, we have an interview from Ivan Gazidis to smash through. It’s so gushing, I actually had to read it sitting next to strategically placed waste paper bin. Seriously Ivan, you’ve out done yourself this time.
“I don’t think Arsene is conservative, I think he is extraordinarily brave. I think he does things others don’t do and sees things others don’t see,”
I think Arsene is conservative. Very conservative. If there was an award for the most conservative manager in the world, hands down, Arsene Wenger would win it. On the net spend front, he’s spent less than Bolton over the years. On the conservative spending front, he’s certainly one of the best in football. He saw something in Alex Song no one else could, it didn’t really help us over the past 7 years, but we did manage to sell him to Barcelona for a fee, which kind of widens the quote… ‘Arsene makes people see the same things he’s seeing’… which is kind of magical. We’ve shuffled on a few players over the year for fees that exceed the said players talent, again, this hasn’t really helped our cause, but it has resulted in many Octobers worth of cash surpluses.
The really interesting quote from Ivan came just below this sentence.
“I think the time when we have to continue to ask them [the Arsenal supporters] for patience is coming to an end and I think we will be able to deliver the kind of success they want on a consistent basis going forward as one of the leading clubs in Europe,”
Well, if the AST meeting I went to the other night highlighted anything, it was that we’re in a fairly good position financially if we can reach 2014 in the Champions League. Our commercials will treble, we’ll have all that additional TV money… but will we have a manager who has an interest in stepping out of the bargain bin? Will Wenger go for the idea of building out a squad that has solid depth to it? That’ll be interesting to find out…
In other news, Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph has suggested that Arsenal are in the market for a top striker for January. If we’re in the running, I fully expect it to happen, if we’re not, we’d probably look to move for one in the summer when you don’t have the premium. We’re apparently monitoring all the same names we were in August. What I don’t understand is why we didn’t simply buy one when we all knew we needed one after Robin departed. Even if Giroud was banging them in for fun, we’d still be short. Still, at least the rumblings are positive. We can afford almost anyone we want. For me, we should be investing what we sold Robin for. Preferably someone a bit younger with a good streak of health behind him.
Finally, things aren’t looking good for Laurent Koscielny. He apparently had to be carried off the training pitch in France with a bad knee injury. That would not be good for us regardless of form. Knee injuries are always a long time healing, let’s hope it’s a twist at worst.
Have a great day!