Happy Sunday morning everyone. I’m up early, penning the post on a mobile phone again. Pretty irritating I have to tell you. It’s like eating a roast dinner through a straw or holding a dinner party in a tent.
It ain’t cricket…
Anyway, enough of my tech moaning. How about some moaning about football? Yeah, I know that’s what you want to read…
Rumours are flowing faster than a 50 drink jäger train. Some will be to shift papers. Some will be to shift players. Some will… well, I don’t have a third sadly.
So the mega rumour is that we’re going to push on for Schalke attacker Julian Draxler during THIS window. Why am I questioning the veracity? Well, it’s coming from The Daily Star and it’s a bit of a rehash of old news. We know Arsenal want him. But we know we’re unlikely to land him this window as the player, who is a big Arsenal flirt, has said as much.
Still, smoke, fire, mega transfers. Could be something in it?
The other rumour circling is around Auxerre wide man, Ntep. He’s playing in Ligue 2, he’s scored a few goals in a few games and he’s apparently on the radar. Now, from the reports I’ve had tweeted at me, he’s a talent. Raw, fast, technically on point with a bullet shot. So could be something to this. It’s not a season clincher and it’s not a signing for now, but I’m not against signing natural wide players.
A rumour I don’t like the sound of is the one about Eduardo. I know it’d be poetic if he came back and shot us to Premier League glory… but the reality is that he wasn’t at the races when he left us, so he’s unlikely to be a few years on. He doesn’t have the physical attributes for our system. Though he is certainly a great finisher and his movement is way better than that of Lukas…
Another salacious rumour sits around Griezmann. The French midfielder plies his trade at Sociedad and he’s a naturalised left winger. He loves scoring goals as well and hey, get this, he loves assisting! I’ve scouted him and I don’t really know what to report. He’s a battler, he quite English in his style, he almost looks clumsy like Gervinho. He doesn’t look as polished as Giovinco, but he is younger by 4 seasons. He has a £30m buyout clause, the chat says we offered half that… obviously, buyout clauses are for idiots.
Final bit of news centres around Chambo… who will likely sit on the bench tomorrow. Wenger has likened his abilities to Stevie G.
“He has a good long ball, penetration from deep and a good quality to distribute and penetrate individually – certainly he has the same qualities as Steven Gerrard,”
A massive shout. However, he’s a good judge of player. He said Pires could be like Zidane. Absurd when he said it, but it turned out quite accurately in the end.
Anyway, more tomorrow. My Villa pal will be chiming in with some insightful chat on Villa.