Oh wow, jeez, all I’ve got this morning is a petition to free Luis Suarez from his contract at Liverpool. Yep, social media has got to the point where all it needs to do is fart and it gains press coverage. Someone has set up a campaign, which I’m sure is a joke, to free Luis ‘I just signed a £200k a week deal’ Suarez from his Liverpool hell.
What a laugh eh? I hate petitions when they’re about things that are totally unimportant. What is it ever going to do in football.
Ivan: ‘Oh sh*t, how many you say?’
Ivan: ‘SPIT IT OUT RICHARD!’
Dick:’357 Ivan, 357 people think you should consider putting daffodils outside block 14. The fans think the vibe is a bit sterile’
Ivan: ‘Well I’ll be god damned… get Titchmarsh on the phone right away’
Anyway, the whole John W Henry story is interesting regardless. I hammered Arsenal for not doing their due diligence, and it seems they did, because Luis Suarez DID have a buyout clause of £40m. John W Henry just thought it’d be better for his club to ignore the clause and carry on like it didn’t exist… I mean honestly, brilliant stuff. I think there’s more to it than just ignoring it. Arsenal showed their hand by bidding £40m and £1, which indicated strongly that they had laid eyes on a confidential piece of information… which would probably have been deemed ‘tapping up’… which comes with 12 lashes these days.
I don’t like the flagrant ignorance of the law in this case, but hey, if Arsenal are bending the rules, why shouldn’t Liverpool? Brendan Rodgers has Liverpool as nailed on for 4th this year. That’s an extra £40m he’s just dropped into the Liverpool coffers. Would he have done that without Suarez? No. So was chaining the Uruguayan to the club the right thing to do? Absolutely. That’s what being ruthless is all about. Not bending over at the first sign of £24m.
Really makes you think hard about Robin. We should have kept him, shouldn’t we? At the time, I understood why we let him go, but we had a 28 year old who would have had to have played out of his skin to earn a move a year later. Shame we didn’t go harder to make him stay, especially after all the loyalty we’d shown him.
That’s Arsene though, anything to avoid a hard life… the man doesn’t like confrontation.
Talking of Arsene Wenger. Remember the other day I was speaking about how Wenger approaches the rest of the season will tell you a lot about how he approaches the game in a backward way?
‘The FA Cup game is important because it is our next game, but you do not fight the whole way and throw the championship away just because you want to play the FA Cup.’
There you have it. He should be going all out for the FA Cup now, but he won’t, he’ll rest heavily because we’re playing Bayern Munich, which he’ll probably go hard for. The reality is, Bayern isn’t an important game. It’s a vanity push now. The FA Cup is a realistic push and it’ll be great for the club and the players. I watched the City game at the weekend… the reaction on the players faces when they one that was a joy to behold. Super, super rich players absolutely overjoyed at winning the least important cup of them all.
Now the league is looking unlikely, we should focus on the FA Cup and we should use the Bayern game to give us a rest against Spurs… because the important thing moving forward is that we don’t lose our position. With the games we have coming up, we really could be in a bad state if we don’t pick our game up. Being fresh and rested is imperative. If we beat Spurs, that’ll act as a catalyst for the rest of the season. If we lose, well, we’ll be in a whole world of bother. Right back in the top 4 mix…
Wenger is one game at a time… and he’s not one for making sacrifices unless it’s a domestic cup. Let’s see what he does though.
I had an interesting thought about the set up against Stoke and the resting players / 2 days rest that Wenger rarely dishes out. International breaks are a pain for us as domestic fans, but for the foreign players, they’re an excuse to go home and see friends and family. Could there have been a mental handbrake on against Stoke because of the fear of getting injured and not getting back to see family and friends? Who knows. But there was a disappointingly low amount of thunder in that game at the weekend. Considering it was a fairly rested side, you do have to wonder. Players are people with psychological needs. Anyway, one to mull over.
On the transfer front, Inter Milan are going to move for Lukas in the summer, it’ll be sad for us, but not surprising. I don’t think you quite see the full impact of his laziness unless you’re at the ground watching him off the ball. He’s a great character, but he’s not quite the full package. He didn’t really deliver on his promise and Arsene has never really fancied him. He’ll suit the Italian league, a slower pace with that finish could see a very fruitful 3 year deal. The other player who is doing one is good old Nik B. Totally bombed off by Arsene Wenger this season, which for me, was a very bad mistake which Arsene is paying for now. He’ll pick up a free transfer and probably make a very solid Everton striker.
We have quite a lot of rebuilding to do in the summer. We’ll need at least one right back, Bacary saying he’s looking to stay is fantastic news, however, I’m not sure Jenks is good enough to take over right now and Bellerin is too young. We’ll need to replace Arteta who has no legs to cope these days and we’ll have to think about what the plan is post Flamini, his influence has dropped in the second half of the season and he’ll be hitting the big 30 soon. That makes me sad, because so will I… but hey, you only get better at sitting on your arse doing internetz all day, so I’m not fussed. One day, I’ll earn in a year what he earns in a week… then I’ll be king.
We’ll also need at least 2 strikers, we’ll need a Podolski replacement and we’ll need to find some serious power and pace if we want to keep up with the Jones’… Arsene, if it’s him rebuilding, needs to remember what made his teams great. He needs to look at what makes other teams in Europe great. He needs to recruit against Premier League attributes. We’ll also need to find two keepers as Viviano and Fabianski are leaving. Plus, probably Vermaelen who will go. This is a big summer.
Anyway, we can talk about that more another day. For now, enjoy that post and meet me in the comments for further conversation.