Good afternoon darlings.
I’m working, so no hangover here. Just working.
This will be quick, but amazing… so sit back an enjoy (could easily have put something smutty here).
Cesc Fabregas to Arsenal rumours are totally hotting up. Barca want to sell him, Arsene doesn’t want to let anyone else have his love child. So something might happen.
£30m is a snip for one of the greatest players I’ve ever had the pleasure of. At his peak, he was banging in 20 goals and making 20 assists. He’s a dream player. Smart, super sharp passer, masses of vision and a casual approach to the game that is a wonder to watch.
Not sure it works though.
Feels like Arsene is pretty well stocked with creative players that don’t have a lot of pace or power. Cesc is brilliant, but like the Ozil signing last season… I really don’t feel it’s addressing any of our core issues… bar maybe depth. But come on, we’ve got plenty of depth in midfield. It’d be a sentimentality signing. A beautiful one I’d cherish, but not one I’d really understand.
In other news, like a newspaper groundhog day from last season, we’re being linked with Bender again. He’s a great player, he’d add some steel and menace to our midfield and I feel like we deserve him after missing out on him last year. He’s exactly the sort of player that’d give more depth and something different.
I guess it’s clear that we’re sniffing around a lot of players, from what I’ve been told, the club is ‘working hard’ to secure deals. However, like i’ve said before, we were working hard last summer on deals. Nothing really happened until Madrid decided they fancied letting one of their players go. Working hard and delivering are two totally different things. I’m still working hard on my golf, doesn’t mean I’ll be delivering a masters anytime soon.
In sadder news, there’s talk that Arsene may stay beyond his his current 3 years deal. For me, the chances of that happening are slim. Arsene ain’t changing. The best we can hope for is better players. But I wouldn’t get your hopes up about winning the league or the Champions League any time soon. The club have no appetite for change, hence a three year deal. The manager isn’t fussed about kicking things on, because why would he? He’s the guy who is always right and at 64, with no KPIs to kick the club on, why would you bother. Arsenal are the complacency kings. Everything is geared around being nice. Everything is geared around not upsetting the apple cart. Everything is about self preservation.
It’s going to be a boring three years. My fear is that we’ve been blinded by last seasons miraculous 128 days at the top. City aren’t going to lose the games they lost last year, Chelsea are going to recruit smartly, Liverpool will have spent £50m by next week, Spurs will invest again and have a manager who knows what he’s doing and Everton will strengthen as well as United embarking on a season of mega spend.
Arsenal should be looking behind them… because if it goes wrong for us, it could go wrong in a big way. But that’s what complacency does. It sneaks up on you and wipes you out. Let’s hope the clubs plan is deeper than, ‘oh go on, give him another go doing it his way, he won the FA Cup’.
Good day. x