Morning people, I’m hoping you’re all well. I’m playing golf with the boss today… in the rain. Obviously in the rain. It’s freezing as well, what’s with that? We’re nearly in June.
Anyway, forget my corporate bothers, how are you? Furious it seems. Well some people at least. We’re a few days in to pre season and we’ve signed precisely no one. Does this matter? Not really. Players aren’t moving yet. mot even the mega ones (unless you’re talking Andy Carroll). On that, Arsenal fans need to give up the campaign for Cavani and Falcao. Seriously. Give it up. Both are way out of our league even if we offered over the odds.
Lewandowski is only within our reach because he earns relatively nothing and has a year to go on his deal… so we can match the price and the wages. Let’s be honest though, even he is a long shot. I think the point was made yesterday that outside the elite strikers, there’s not a lot of choice. Most players will look like an expensive punt.
The star man is either going to be a failing striker like Mr Rooney… or it’ll be a player who ‘might’ make the jump. I think the key is making sure we don’t get put off by not signing a mega star. The team of 2004 wasn’t built on star men.., It was built on nearly people. Pires, Ljungberg and Thierry were only global monsters after an Arsenal education. Trouble is. Post 2004, we’ve missed out on players like that. Essien, Cech, Suarez… all have evaded the Arsedar.
At this moment in time, current players who might fit that bracket would be Benteke, Isco and Strootman. If you can’t get the 2nd tier superstars, you make a move for the tier below. The nearly theres. The Michu guys, the South American characters Athletico type teams dig out everytime they sell a mega star. City and Chelsea can’t and don’t buy everyone. There are always players you an nab…
Intent is king… do we have it? I hope so…
Talking of Benteke, interesting to read that he’s looking for a way out of Villa after one season. Now, I’m all for ambition, but I don’t like reading stuff like that. You should always give more than one season to a club. His comments reek of Nik Anelka. Greed is not a good look so early on. That said… Villa must be a drag. I think he’s a talent. 27 goals last year, 17 in Belgium the year before… involved in 49% of all Villa’s goals last season. Clearly a talent. Question is, can he do it next season? Well, generally, that’s a question you can ask of most players.
That’s all I have this morning. Have a great Friday… I think it’s the woman’s FA Cup final tomorrow? Hopefully some more silverware heading their way!