Good morning sports fans!
How goes it?
Feel that itch?
Yeah you do.
We all do.
That’s transfer fever.
- Concentration breakdown
- Constant F5ing on newsnow
- Occasional outbursts of ‘for fucks sake Arsene’
Yeah, we’ve all got it bad…
What’s going on?
Who knows. Not even people who work at the club know. But here is the educated inside line.
Gareth Bale is going to Madrid unless United step in. Would David Moyes or United be mental enough to match the most ridiculous transfer fee of all time? I think they’d be better off waiting for him to bomb… then pick him off in 2 years at 25% of the price.
Anyway, that deal drops and Madrid have to fire sell. If they don’t, I’m not sure how they can remain FFP compliant. £170m is a lot of cash spunking. Craziest thing is they’re not even finished. Apparently they’re sniffing around Suarez. That deal might not be totally dead. Suarez wants Madrid and out of Liverpool, if Madrid offer £50m over 26 years, Arsenal might offer the same but straight cash. Which is more appealing to Liverpool? We’ll see… but it’s a pure speculation play. That’s from Arsenal as well… they’re monitoring it though because things be happening there…
Back to Arsenal… we’re looking at Di Maria, Ozil and Benzema. All of which will be up for sale. Much in the same way Madrid sold Van Der Vaart (A player who was adamant he wouldn’t move to Spurs) and Sneijder when they bought Ronaldo and Kaka a few years back. The players can squeal all they like about wanting to stay… but here’s the thing… if Madrid want to sell you and you say no, you’ll be castigated to the pig farm down the road in world cup year. They’re brutalists. The players know this.
So that’s the Madrid situation. We’re hovering and there won’t be many suiters with as much cash as us.
We’re also looking at the Mata deal as well. Mourinho can’t keep buying players in his position and keep hold of him. Chelsea will need to do some cheque book balancing. He certainly won’t sell him to United, but he might deem Arsenal as inconsequential. The same could be said of Rooney for United. They won’t sell to their biggest rival… but they might sell to little old Arsenal who sit down the pecking order.
All big ifs…
We’ll also be looking at the rest of Europe. Clubs have wage bills to settle and debts to level. There’s panic buying, which we’re world class at… but there’s also panic selling. Arsenal will be on red alert hoping to snaffle out last minute deals. Well, that’s the hope… and the vibe. So we’ll see. Whether they deliver on any of this is a different story.
One thing I do know is Arsenal like to deal when they’re in a market of their own. We’re kind of in that situation cash wise.
Let’s look at reasons we should buy, as if they weren’t obvious. Let’s take raw data to paint a picture.
Our midfield trio is…
Arteta: 31 years old, previously quite injury prone. Incapable of recovering quick enough to play 3 games in a week. Averages 38 games a season.(all averages are over last three years)
Rosicky: 32 years old, injury prone. Averages 23 games a season
Jack: 21 years old, injury prone, very delicate. Averages 25 games a season.
Aaron: 22 years old, strong last two seasons. Averages 30 games a season.
Cazorla: 28 years old, a machine, been playing to the max for 3 season. Averages a whopping 49 games a season.
Diaby: 27 years old, crock. Averages 13 games a season.
So all the above are the main stay of our squad. Chamberlain doesn’t have enough data, needless to say he’s already out long term. Here is the staggering stat.
Combined, the average availability of our midfield is 29 games.
Now, if Arsene Wenger is the data master so many people are convinced he is, shouldn’t that statistic be pinned to Dick Laws forehead as he heads out to Europe over the next few days?
That statistic would be scary enough with a big squad. We have a tiny squad with no depth. So we’re taking fragile foundations and we’re piling pressure on top. We’re taking injury prone players and we’re fatiguing them. Which we all know leads to injuries. Then what do we have behind those guys? Zelalem… Vermaelen in midfield? We have literally no cover of any experience or quality. Which is why we simply have to purchase. I’m not even talking major purchases… just bodies.
I can’t find the quote, but Mourinho was asked about his squad of 22 players and whether it was too big. He said that it wasn’t and the focus of pressure for a squad is always in November… when actually, people should be looking at September. You have a pile up of cup matches, the Champions League starts… there’s a pointless international break. He’s right, September is a horrible month. If you’re not prepared, you can be out of the league by the end of it. We’re not prepared. Which is why it’s so important we make the last few days of the window work…
The click is ticking… the itch is getting stronger… come on Arsenal, put us out of our misery.