Well, things are hotting up or they’re not.
What I mean by this is that the hot rumour in the UK press is that Dick Law is in Germany hunting down Draxlar. My word is that Arsene is still unsure on the fee, so has been back and forth on it. If he wants him, we’ll work our damnedest to get him by the time the window closes tomorrow. I mean, it’s nice that we have more than 12 hours to negotiate a deal for once. We are 100% interested, purchase depends on which Arsene wakes up this morning or tomorrow.
… please be the retail therapy Arsene.
The list for the summer looks like a right back, an explosive box to box midfielder (like Pogba or an out of contract Blaise Matuidi) and someone who can take the burden off of Giroud. We might nail off some of that list this week, we could grab two if we’re lucky because Schalke are in financial trouble and might sell us their right back as well. There is also big chat around Vucinic moving to us on loan. So we could end the window with a Theo stop gap as well as a Giroud swapout. That’d be good business in my eyes. We need to seriously think about these additions. The squad isn’t strong enough to win the league because the manager isn’t confident enough to rotate.
Case in point, Coventry are spanked easily at home yet Ozil, Jack, Koscielny, Jack and Per stay on the pitch for the full 90. Is that smart management? No. Those decisions will come back to haunt us as the season pans out. Why? Because they’ll keep happening. On the one hand, I love that the manager cares about winning the same way the fans do… on the other, it disappoints me because he’s not listening to his numbers people because there is no way they’re egging him on to these selection ideas.
I’d love to see the stats as to how often it goes wrong for us around this time of the year… it’s no conincidence.
Still, good news is that we’ll have Rosicky and Jack back very shortly. We need that energy. Something that could have helped us bury Southampton. They came at us at 100mph in the first half and exhausted themselves by the second as visioned by the lack of pressing. A bit of tactical manipulation in the second half and an injection of energy could have seen us snatch the game. I’m not a massive fan of Lukas, but the manager called him the best finisher he’d ever seen… Surely bringing him on when Giroud is offering up nothing and moving Cazorla into the middle could have driven more of a threat?
Anyway, what’s done is done. Chelsea drew to a Sam Allardyce traditional performance of nullification. It was hilarious to see the Chosen Brat complain about anti football after the match. The master of joy killing, moaning at big Sam about the lack of great football on show. A superb point for them and for us.
Spurs took an absolute spanking at City. I mean, 5 looked like a let off. Tim Sherwood, a manager Spurs fans genuinely believe is a more suitable candidate than AVB, really showed himself up tactically with is shambolic team selection. Manchester City? Nothing short of sublime (and apparently, even they are adding to their squad!). They are electric this season. The pace setters now and the league leaders. I’m glad they won, building out a gap between us and them really is of key importance. We want to see the gap between 3rd and 4th widen so we don’t get drawn into a top four dog fight. That really wouldn’t be good for morale.
Still, we’re right in the mix. A lot of our season will be shaped over the next month. We play big teams in short succession who are playing for high stakes. We simply have to take three points from a newly invigorated Crystal Palace. They have a work ethic, they have a system (it’s a system regardless of how hideous it looks) and they have survival to play for. It’ll be a tough game as well, doubts will have crept in after the Southampton game earlier in the week.
City and Chelsea play at the weekend, so there’s every chance we could see ourselves return to the top of the league. A tantalising prospect you have to say.
Until then, get your F5 finger at the ready… it’s going to be an exciting close to the transfer window!
P.S. Amusing article on the back pass… another classic example of why the game is so much faster these days. Shame about the Dixon one…