Sometimes you wake up and you’re all like, yeaaaaahhhhh this is a good day…
Othertimes, you’re all like, arrrraggghghhghghghghghgggghhhhh.
Today is the latter. Why?
Bloody Arsene and his words.
Now, before I get into this. Let’s set the tone for the moan.
- We’re 10 points off the top of the league.
- We’re no where near being Champions League contenders
- We’ve suffered an almighty injury crisis this season, like all the seasons in the past
- Our squad can’t handle the pressures of the league
- We’re losing five players at a minimum this summer (not two like Arsene said).
- We’ve only got one striker
- Arteta needs replacing because he can’t hack the pace or the games. Flamini has moved into this thirties and will need cover.
- Vermaelen needs replacing as I’m sure he’ll be off. Visibly unhappy and demotivated.
- Chelsea will spend this summer
- City will spend big this summer
- Liverpool will be armed with Champions League money
- Spurs ALWAYS spend big
- United are set to spend £150m.
That’s the tone. You get me? Our squad needs serious work this summer. We haven’t coasted 4th this year. It’s going down to the wire. We’re not a tweak away from challenging, we’re a whole bunch of players away from being contenders.
So what does Wenger think?
“It will be busy, but the main thing for us will be to keep the stability because we feel we are close. We want to add something that makes us even stronger, but, number wise, it will not be massive.”
We’re 5 players down from the start, plus the gaps that we already have that are glaringly obvious. We lack pace and power outside a few key players and our bench is often embarrassingly weak.
“From my experience, the World Cup years have always been very quiet until the end of the World Cup, with no players reachable.
“Everybody is focused in the country on their national team and there’s not a lot happening. People are away.
“I believe this year again you will have to wait until July 15 to start going.
Why is he laying the foundation for failure excuses already? Players always move before the world cups. Here’s an idea, do your business early. Start buying now. Comments like the above make me think he doesn’t have targets. He’s a TV shopper. If something comes up, he’ll take a punt. Because it doesn’t take 10 minutes for a player to make a move to a new club.
What’s the salary?
Where do you want to play me?
Where do I sign?
If a player can start earning double your wages cash in May, they’ll take that. This ‘players don’t like to move before a WC is bollocks’.
- “You are not the only one who decides when the business is done because it’s down to availability of players and the clubs who sell decide that.”
I agree here. But plenty of clubs will want to get players sold early. Plenty of clubs are already bankrupt and need cash. Plenty of clubs will know the physical risks of sending players to the backwaters of Brazil.
Hey, plenty of clubs like to sort their plans early as well. Why hang onto someone you know is going? Sell him, get the cash in, buy a replacement. How logical is that?
- “We have only two players who are out of contract – Fabianski and Sagna. All the rest need our agreement and they haven’t got it yet.
Not true. Bendtner, Viviano, Fabianksi, Kallstrom and Sagna. Players who are also on the exit list are Vermaelen and Podolski. That’s a lot of bodies moving this summer. Our squad was short before you consider the 7 played moving pretty much nailed onto leave. So we’ll need to replace and add on top.
Also, let’s not get caught up in the ‘oh but what about this guy coming through’, because bar Gnabry, who has been in the squad this season anyway, we really don’t have much top talent to add into the mix. The whole preseason thing where we showcase all the players who won’t get a game the following season is as predictable as the Wenger excuses on transfers.
- ‘… but look at Akpom and Zelalem. How can I kill there careers?’
…. and don’t even get me started on the Diaby PR machine.
- ‘Oh, he did a run and a kick. Hooray! He’s the complete player.’
“We might have someone available that you don’t expect to be available. But you have to be on alert. You speak about Ozil, but if we could have done Ozil one month earlier we would have done it.
Again, no plan in place. Where is the ruthless attack on the transfer market? Wenger is already talking about maybes, like a casual buyer pottering around Borough Market selecting dinner. Arsene, you don’t have the luxury of casual shopping, the cupboards are bare. You need to get out there with your shopping basked and start picking up some high quality bargains.
“I think overall Podolski is happy here. If you look at the number of games he has played, with the number of goals he has scored and the number of assists he has, he is a very efficient player.
“He has over 100 caps with Germany and does not have one cap in the middle. Over 100 caps on the left. You cannot say it is not his job.
“He is happy there. He made a great international career there.”
Errrr Arsene, we’re not completely stupid. We all saw Lukas and his non-celebration the other week. We can all see him huffing and puffing on the bench. We all know he’s not happy being a bit part player. Not just that, he’s clearly not the level we need from a player earning big dollars. You know this, we know this… stop talking to the fans like they’re idiots.
‘but Spurs bought 8 players and look what happened’
This is such a nonsense statement. Like when people would highlight Shevchenko as a cursory warning when spending more than 50p in the transfer market. Spurs bought some very good players that failed to live up to the billing… but lest we forget, it takes a while for player to bed in, AVB had record points when he was tin-tacked and he was then repalced by the biggest dope in football!
How about players who’ve bought more than three players and done alright.
- Paris St Germain
- Manchester City
- Real Madrid (this season)
- Arsenal (8 players before we won our second double)
So let’s not sit there and take Arsene’s comments about bedding in players to heart.
2-3 players isn’t going to have the club competiting. It’ll not address the depth issue, doubtful it’ll address the pace and power issue to any degree. It’ll just be more of the same next season. Arsene needs to bolster the talented core we have with better players and he needs to address the issues we have on the bench. We need a bigger squad, not necessarily world class talent, we need a world class centre forward and we need a world class holding midfielder.
Wenger’s excuses starting earlier just highlight what I’ve said for years, he’s not up to it. He doesn’t have a plan. He’s only interested in himself and being right is absolutely key to that.
‘I’ll prove the naysayers wrong’
… even if his approach has been proven a bad one over and over again.
Now, this could all be a total nonsense. But come on, it’d be changing the habit of lifetime for Wenger to tell lies about having a completely nonsensical approach to the transfer window.
Two more years though. That’s all we’ve got left. Look, I’ve set a timer. Two more years and this constant bullshit will be over. Ivan will have built out an infrastructure, we’ll have a new manager with bold ideas and a massive transfer budget. We’ll at least see a new project.
Just two years… book mark the link below and wish away the time.
Finally, before we go, Jose launched a stinging attack on Eden Hazard after the Belgian reportedly told journos Cheslea weren’t set up to play football. It looks like he’ll be off this summer so Chelsea can fund their pursuit of a striker. I’d love him at Arsenal. LOVE HIM. Mourinho booting out last seasons player of the season, not he’s shipping out this years. He’s selling to buy… remember that.