Good morning everyone! Are you snowed in? Has this national disaster affected your morning Tesco run? I hope not… I pray to god the Hovis is ultra fresh for you this morning.
How fresh? As fresh as the ink on the new Theo Walcott deal. He’s signed up for some serious cash. Finally. It kind of works out nicely. Wenger can pretend that deal was what prevented him from doing two things at once this January!
Theo seemed very postive and said what many had reported… including us… that he didn’t really want to go anywhere.
“I am very happy to have signed a new contract here at Arsenal. Thanks to everyone for their continued support, especially the manager, everyone at the club and most importantly the fans. I have made it clear from the start that I wanted to stay at Arsenal so I am pleased we have agreed a deal that everyone is happy with. What’s important now is for the team to realise its potential and win trophies.”
Now we have a settled UK core it’s time to see what they can do. Do the have the same quality as the last bunch we tried to tie down or do we still need an injection of outside quality to take us to the next level? I’m suspecting the latter. We’re still a million miles away from where we need to be squad wise and most importantly… preparation wise.
Next up… Sagna. We need him tied down to a contract he deserves.
Wenger went on to spew out his thoughts on why Abou Diaby deserves a career at the club.
“Diaby has a very serious life, he doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t go out, and is very conscientious in training. So you always feel sorry for him, so you always touch wood it will go well for him. Honestly, what he has gone through is unbelievable.”
This is part of the problem, Wenger takes too much sentiment into football. The key statistic is that over his 6 years at Arsenal he’s averaged 13 starts a year. He’s costing us a fortune and he’s road blocking a Fellaini type replacement. How long do you persist with the long term deals before you call time on your loyalty? Amazing we took a long term punt on a crock but pull the one year extension on Sagna.
One player he took time out to champ up was Coquelin. He had some nice words to say on the centre midfielder.
“What Coquelin is doing is quite good. His qualities help the team to defend better. He has that ability to fly into people and win the ball back, and that’s something important.
He also took time out to say this, which I felt was kind of contradictory to his normal actions…
“When the player comes back, he has experience and knowledge and you don’t have to suffer for the mistakes of a beginner. It gives you more comfort to play him. I never felt that it was finished for him here. I always thought that that’s a learning process of the top level.”
Anyway, a short post today… I’ll be back with a more in depth look at the Chelsea game tomorrow.