Happy Sunday morning people. I hope your night was exceptional and you’re feeling fresh as very cold daisy.
What’s cracking this morning? Well, I missed the article on Arsenal.com where Abou Diaby talked about how he looks after his body. Some absolutely superb snippets in there.
“I am very happy to have made this number of starts, I got injured for three months, which is a large part of the season, but even so I have still made 14 starts, which is really good. We also have nine games to go, so I will get to 16 or 17 or more,”
14 starts in a season for a 25 year old who lands a whopping £60k a week? Unbelievable he thinks that’s something to be bragging about. Amazing that the club puts an interview like that online. This is a man whose record amount of appearances for any club is 34. A really shabby number. I know things have been complicated by that Dan Smith injury, but come on… how long do we keep a player we’d like to think could be integral to our starting line up on the roster for?
What we need is a similar style player, ideally with a bit more concentration and consistency. Paul Pogba of Juve is the sort of style player we should be looking at. Someone who can own the midfield physically and with the ball at their feet. I’d still love to see Fellaini at the club. Capoue looks a good player. His stats are pretty good and I love his agression. There are plenty of midfielders we could look at this summer to improve how our starting line up looks. We need to bring back some balance with more physical players and we need to ensure there’s pace and mobility in the side.
A strange story I read early from the Daily Express is the one about us looking to bring Carlos Vela back to the club after his impressive season which has seen him bag 12 goals and 8 assists from 24 appearances. We have a clause that allows us to have him back for £4m. He never really got his chance at Arsenal and he certainly didn’t help himself with his parties and weight issues. He was always talented though… a something from nothing player. If it happened, it’d be Barca-esque. Not sure if I was Carlos whether I’d be swapping the sun of Spain for the now of London!
Jovetic has come out in the press and laid his cards on the table…
“It sure is nice when you are interesting big clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City,”
Good times. He feels like a good fit for us, very talented, a bit injury prone… 23 years old… could be world class. Anyway, it’s good to know he’s flattered by the interest.
Anyway, sorry for the short post, I’ve had a bit of an unmanagble blog posting weekend. I’m off the watch Saracens today… the benefits of an artificial pitch will be on full display this afternoon!
Have a great day.