Hello, and welcome to Saturday. Not as bright as Friday, but rumours things could be hotting up pretty sharpish.
So what have we got going on today? Well, bad news for Germany as Reus picks up a ligament tear in the German camp. Shad Forsythe, what have you done?! That’s bad news for the World Cup in general. Players picking up knocks left, right and centre of late. Suarez ruined himself, Chambo has runied himself and now Reus. I really feel for players when this happens. World Cups are the shiny cherry on a career, it’s tragic (in footballing terms) when you lose that chance to be a hero and go down in history as someone who made a difference to their country.
Having a chat with Geoff this morning who has absolutely no faith in any of the deals we’re looking into doing going ahead. I think this summer is as much about Dick Law as it is about Arsene Wenger. Sounds to me like Wenger has selected the players he wants, now it’s up to the club to make it happen. I hope we’re not flouncing around with price. That’s a big learning the club have to take from previous seasons, we’re no longer a market of one… when you go for mega names, so will other clubs. What are we offering that tips people over the edge?
In tech, I was told that all the big social networks pay roughly the same, so one of the major battle grounds is the canteen. I’ve been to the Facebook canteen and it’s amazing. Imagine that…
‘Look, I loved the vibe, I loved the people, but the quinoa was a touch over done… sorry’
I’ve yet to decide what the point of that story is… but I think it’s working out what our USP is. What tips a player over the edge when choosing Arsenal? Training facilities are pretty swish and we’re upgrading there. But what factors in elsewhere? I’d be looking at the collapse, the player injuries and the lack of tactics. But then I’d be looking at London, the massive ground that sells out and our superb day time TV.
Anyway, one to ponder.
Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph reckons Madrid could be key this summer as we look to raid them again. Morata and Benzema head a list apparently. Seems like a flaky strategy… hovering around the bargain bins of the big clubs can work wonders, but not if the final decision is made in the last week of the window.
Nice that Laurent is getting involved in the transfer frenzy as well…
“We’ll need a goalkeeper, a right-back, a midfielder and a striker,”
“It’s important to have a minimum of these four players so that we’ll be better able to challenge over the course of a whole season against teams like Manchester City, Chelsea or [Manchester] United. Winning the FA Cup can change things and lead to other players coming.”
The club really need to deliver. I think we need more players, but if we add world class in all those departments, we’re in a much, much better place.
Anyway, not a lot on today. I’m heading to a day festival and it’s pissing down with rain. This was not the plan.
Have a great day!