As we welcome in the weekend with a piece of toast, news has hit the feeds that Arsene Wenger is a major PSG target in France this summer. Carlo has bid farewell to the French club and has his eyes set on the Real Madrid hot seat, which leaves a space open at a club Arsene Wenger has referenced many times in the past as a sleeping giant. One papers suggests he’ll go there next year, the other suggests Arsenal will go full steam ahead for him this summer.
Does this mean anything?
This for me is a starting point for some Arsene Wenger leverage. It’s a way of him showing off to the board that he’s still got that French swagger and if he wanted to, he cold go somewhere else.
Arsene Wenger isn’t about to give up his job at Arsenal. He’s not a silly man, he’ll have read how the French club operates. He’ll know that the men in charge purchase glamour signings above the manager. He’ll know the demand for success will be instantanious. He’ll know that he’d be joining everything he’s battled his whole career to avoid.
There’s simply no way that Arsene is leaving this summer and I’d hazard a guess that if he moves the year after, he’ll have have to put some severely deep thought into whether it’s PSG. I mean, they’re probably twice as bad as City when it comes to trying to buy success. Ibrahimovic is on £435k a year. It’s quite unbelievable what’s going on over there. I don’t even understand the point. You can have a nice big club, but at the end of the day, you’re still in Ligue One. The love for football in France is nowhere near what it is over here or in Spain.
Not just that, remember, he runs the show at Arsenal. He has unrivalled power he’d never get anywhere else in Europe. He’s worked 16 years for that. He has a fat salary, relative privacy, £29m in the bank and he’s settled. He’s not going to be angling for a mega pressurised job at his age.
Anyway, that’s a no go for me.
Onto the game tomorrow, Wenger has highlighted our poor record against the best teams this year.
“I personally believe we have been remarkably consistent against the teams who do not fight for the championship,”
“Last year we did well against top teams, but this year we have not.”
It’s certainly an issue, we seem to go in peaks a troughs with this one. When we’re beating all the top teams, we’re dropping points at Stoke. Tomorrow would be a good place to start with the beating of the better teams. The beating of the Champions. It’s going to depend on what United side turns up… slightly fat on celebration United… or gunning for the record points total United. I’m guessing Fergie won’t allow complacency, so we can’t be too hopeful of a gifted three points.
Make no mistake though… this is part one of 4 cup finals we have in the run in. If we win all 4, it’ll take some miracle consistency from Chelsea and Spurs to perform in all their games and for Spurs to beat Chelsea.
To be honest, it feels like it’s going to take a minor miracle for us to win all of our last games. Still, form is on our side, even if the striking gods are not. I have a horrible feeling we’re going to opt for Gervinho tomorrow. Maybe he’ll shine, maybe the United defence will eat him alive. Either way I have feeling tomorrow the goals are not going coming from that position if we’re going to win.
Wenger insists that we’ll stick to our normal game plan and we won’t make any tactical changes based on one player going missing, so I’m guessing we’re going to have Arteta and Rambo anchoring with a likely return to the side of Jack Wilshere. The manager might opt for Rosicky in there somewhere, his tireless workrate comes in handy against better sides. It’s all up in the air as we’ve got most of our squad fit. One player who is not fit though is Fabianski, this busted ribs really have killed of his chance this season… and quite possible next. That might not be a bad thing though.
If we keep our strength in defence, anything is possible. It’d be nice to have something to celebrate at the Emirates, even if it is just a solitary win over the Champions…
See you in the comments.