So quiet. Oh so quiet. You know, like that famous Queen song from way back in the eighties. But then it gets a few minutes in and Freddie Mercury busts out the singing, blowing trumpets left right and centre, making noise in his sweet Icelandic accent . What a song, what a song.
I reference it because I’m hoping that’s the Arsenal plan for the summer. It’s been quiet. So quiet, at the moment, it looks like another example of gross negligence from Dick Law and co. One notable bid… sorry two. Nothing else. Just sitting on our hands. Good players, moving to good clubs… Arsenal’s ignorance so prominent, it’s almost embarrassing. Now, I know I’ve called for patience all summer… and really, deep down, I still am. However, from the outside looking in, I can’t see a plan? Not that I’d be given access to the plans…
My concern is that all we have is intent. As you’ll all know, that’s a step in the direction of progress, but its worth nothing if we end up playerless by the end of the window. That’s still a relative long shot… but if Liverpool dig in… outside that, it appears we’re not doing anything to shift the needle from top four mediocrity.
That said, I don’t know everything. I know, from reading my scribblings a everyday, that might come as a huge shock… But simple fact is, we don’t know where the management are looking. All I know is this… nowadays, generally, it makes little sense for a selling club to keep their leaks plugged. Unless, of course, they’re getting a premium for doing so… and let’s face it, you don’t ever get a premium from Arsenal unless we’re up-weighting a bid for a talented Botswanian granite miner.
I was quite disappointed to see Reina move to Napoli on loan. If Arsene is insistent that Fabianski or the painfully average Szeseny are capable contenders for number one, shouldn’t he at least mitigate that risk with a keeper who is capable of being world class? Reina on loan all year would have been lovely. Now it’s looking like the new, more ruthless Wenger is yet to relinqish his love for the arrogant and the mentally frail.
We’ll see on Fabianski though… I was told he went through a lot mentally after the injuries and the whole being sh*t canned thing. Apparently he’s quite spectacular in training and he’s one of the few who will take time out to go through videos of himself and he’s worked hard on the mental weaknesses in his game. Ingredients wise, he had a lot. Height, build… an insistence on catching everything.
It’s just a risk. We take far too many. Every season.
Arsenal are interested in Bernard… who has about as much ambition as Johann Djourrou after a night in with Jay and Silent Bob. His agent said…
‘“He would prefer to join a middling but good club in Europe rather than risk joining an elite club like Arsenal and not getting much of a chance to play.’
For f*cks sake… if Arsenal pay more than £15m for a player, it’s quite clear that in exchange, that player will get at least 300 games back to back to prove themselves. I mean, jeez, doesn’t he have Denilson’s number? Give him a shout…
‘Yes boss, I was terrible for Arsenal, Wenger couldn’t stop playing me. He played Almunia so much, he had a mental breakdown. You’ll get games even when you’re broken. The boss is a slave driver.’
Right… I’ve really pushed the boat out on this post… I had nothing to go on this morning. Running on blog fumes as it were.
Have a great day and remember this… it’s only the 30th of July once a year. Treasure it, like good cross from Sagna.
P.S. One more chance to take a look at the post from Tim Payton yesterday… I say one last chance, because I’m deleting it at 10. For no reason at all. Read it here.