How goes it sports fans?
Not sure what the answer to that should be… good? I think that works.
So, what have we today? Errr… transfers. Now, obviously it’s really hard to get anything out of the club when it comes to deals, but the noise I’ve heard is that Draxler is probably looking pretty unlikely for this transfer window. The young powerful German is apparently injured… add to that the issues you have settling a young player and also factor in that the Premiership is way more intense than the Bundesliga.
So errrr, sorry to sh*t on the dream I laid out for you yesterday, but it’s not looking promising.
The boss might make a move is something crops up, but it doesn’t sound like there’s anything too concrete going off. I think they’ll probably stick with a Nik B / Giroud / and errrr… Sanogo as the trio heading into the business end of the season. Nik B has powered his way back into the mixer after proving he can contribute. If we’re looking to keep some consistency, might as well have a player who is almost exactly the same as Giroud in style. If anything, I’d say talent wise, Nik has more… he just doesn’t have the work ethic Giroud does. However, it is important to realise that Niks top flight career is dead if he doesn’t smash the second half of the season for us. So he’ll be focused and ready to deliver…
‘Levy ready to scupper Arsenal Draxler bid’
haha! Nice one Daniel. I’m sure the German national team are queuing up to join your shower under the tutelage of Tim ‘just chase the ball around’ Sherwood. That headline really did make me laugh…
… give me a second. I’m still laughing.
Back to the games. So, Arsenal take on a Fulham rejuvenated by the ex-first team coach from United, Ray Wilkins and… wait for it… Alan Curbishley.
It’s like trying to get over alcoholism with a Crack Cocaine Detox.
I watched Fulham take apart Norwich in the FA Cup against a totally awful Norwich. That replay will be factor in the fatigue stakes. The only reason I worry about the new set up at Fulham is you have players playing for their future. They’re a different beast compared to the team we faced under Martin Jol.
We’ll be rested though, we’ll be fresh and we’ll be fairly buzzing after continuing our run. It’s at home as well, on a Saturday at 1500 for once. Which is excellent for everyone!
I’d expect a fairly routine win. As I said the other day, the games we have coming up are all must wins.
- Coventry (H)
- Southampton (A)
- Palace (H)
Then it gets hard…
- Liverpool (A)
- United (H)
- FA CUP (TBC)
- Bayern (H)
- Sunderland (H)
This it the point of the year when progressing in all competitions becomes hard because we have a very small squad. City’s 3rd choice striker has 14 odd goals this season. Arsenal have only just reinstated their second choice and our third choice is a guy who was considering becoming a postman last year.
City and Chelsea have the same amount of players, but they have better quality outside their core 15. Frimpong and Park aren’t going to help out. Dzeko and Garcia are more than capable of stepping in. Chelsea have Juan Mata as a surplus player. As we enter the business part of the season, we’ll flag because our players will be less fit than those of Chelsea. It’s a miracle we’ve done so well… keeping it up, well, that could be the most impressive feat of Arsene’s career. Trouble is, he’s like the fans, he wants to see the best team out for every game… that won’t convert into a league trophy.
What this season does do is lay the foundations for the summer perfectly. We’ll have a bunch of young players who have matured into very good players. They’ll be motivated and they’ll be confident. Plus, who would want to leave? We pay the big money now and we have the big players. Then we’ll be able to clear out the remaining dross in the squad and bring in some very good players to replace. Draxler, Costa or Martinez, Cabaye or Pogba… a right back to transition into first choice.
Next season, we’ll have the tools to challenge from the off because we’ll have one of the best squads in Europe.
Anyway, just my thoughts. They might be wrong, but hey, I’m never wrong. That’s my MO. Right?
Just jokes… have a day so good, high fiving yourself would totally make sense.