Morning everyone. I took things too far last night so this… as well as tomorrow’s post might be a bit of a write off. But what can I do? Nothing.
Ok, so most of the transfer tittle tattle this morning seems a touch laboured. The big news is that we’re apparently chasing down Paul Pogba of Juventus. The story links us off the back of the young Frenchman being racially abused. Then it goes on to say we’d have to spend £15m to land him. Now, I’m not an expert on player valuation, but I’m pretty sure £15m is a low price for a 20 year old France international. Not really feeling the vibe on that story.
The Mirror also ran with a story about Simon Mignolet. The Belgian stopper is rumoured to be on the managers shopping list and apparently we can snap him up for around £10m. He’s a very good keeper, mostly known for his great shot stopping. I haven’t watched him enough to be truly blown away by him… but the simple fact is he’s an improvement on what we have. I’d prefer Begovic… but that’s just me. It’s so hard buying a keeper from the lower reaches… because you’re not buying a shot stopper, you’re attempting to buy someone who can maintain concentration for 89 minutes then make a save that can win you the game. Richard Wright couldn’t handle that pressure. Nor could Ben Foster at United.
I didn’t watch the Champions League final last night, but I saw the Bayern won. Slightly disappointed as I’m a Dortmund fan… but there you go. There’s a superb article on The Times about Bayern written by Boris Becker… they are basically the club Gazidis wants us to be over here… minus the fan ownership. I guess the really telling part was based around the board set up… Becker, a board member for ten years lauded the club for taking world class sportsmen and turning them into smart businessmen. That’s something we don’t have at Arsenal. Zero player representation on the BoD…
Now, part of the issue here is there aren’t an abundance of smart explayers. I mean seriously… who can you think of who is ex Arsenal… that you’d let sort out your mortgage? I can’t think of anyone. Well, maybe some of the players from the invincible. Thierry is a smart guy… Paddy is a good guy, but I’ve not had the pleasure of listening to him speak at length. Outside that, there really are few people who could match what Munich have.
I guess the warming part of that story is that it’s all based on a sustainable model. The club has a family feel at heart… the key? They are ruthless when it comes to sourcing success. We’re not that club. If we are serious about being a force, we need to be. Hopefully, post Wenger, that can start to happen. 4th place should never be a point of celebration. Now the club are out of the woods financially, the goal posts of expectation need to be realigned.
Right, I’m pretty much finished here. Have yourself a great day and I’ll catch you tomorrow… late.