Monday morning here and the delightful story around Arsenal selling their second captain to United. A great way to start the week. A week which involves me moving into my last contract as an Arsenal player.
Now, I know why we’ll be doing this. We want rid of an expensive third choice central defender. He’ll be on £80k a week and no one else will pay that. For me, that should be a total irrelevance. Does there ever come a time where we say, ‘actually, in this situation, we should not worry about the cash, because selling to a rival is dumb’.
Symbolically, selling your captain to a rival is wrong. It’s like we don’t learn anything. I don’t think he has a future with us, but at the same time, I don’t buy that he’s a bad player. He needs confidence, coaching and a purpose. I get the feeling that this move could bite us in the arse as well. Everyone around us is moving to players, we’re pissing around doing what exactly? I get why big names might take time to bring in, but what about the squad players? No rumblings is usually no movement.
I’m starting to get the feeling that we’re doing what we usually do. Well, actually, no… I have a feeling the players we’re pitching for are way out of our reach and that we’re no paying enough attention to the rest of our squad. I mean, Seamus Coleman from Everton for £12m? Struggling to see it happen.
I also think when Arsene says ‘buying players in the World Cup is hard’ he establishes a belief at the club that is false. Building barriers to what’s possible based on a few experiences is a bad way to kick off the summer. Pre-made excuses are such an irritant and they’re incredibly lazy. The message this summer should have been… ‘We’re going hard to get the best possible squad for preseason’… not this uhmming and ahhrrring that is usually the prerequisite for incompetence in the transfer market.
It’s so important we don’t let this summer pass us buy. I’ve just very little faith in out scouting network and I’ve very little faith in our ability to broker big name deals in face of stiff competition. In the main, we only get players in a one team market. Going above and beyond / paying a premium isn’t our bag.
Let’s hope the gut feel is wrong…
However, ambition means nothing without delivery. The Chicken Magnates at Blackburn wanted to sign Ronaldinho… Leicester want to be a top 5 team… Spurs want to finish above Arsenal one time…
It’ll be interesting to see how much pissing around United do this summer.
In other news, it was very entertaining to watch Thierry Henry give Robbie Savage zero respect on the BEEB. He wouldn’t look at him, constantly singled out Clarence Seedorf to avoid conversing with Savage and he slammed him down with arrogant ease on numerous occasions. If ever there was a BBC panel mismatch, it was then. Where are all the articulate English pundits? Savage really does stick out like a sore thumb on shows like that. I mean, I don’t need players to get excited about football, but if I do have players, surely I should have players that have played in the World Cup? Not a Derby County thug?
Counter to yesterdays post, it appears Joel Campbell does indeed have a work permit. This gives me the fear… the fear that Wenger will see Campbell as a new signing and we’ll opt for no new striker.
FEAR. FEAR LIKE BEING 30 AND GETTING A ONE YEAR DEAL.
On the football front, I caught most of the games yesterday. Switzerland – Ecuador was good fun. Clarke Carlisle proved his credentials pondering why Jackson Martinez, the Columbian, wasn’t in the Ecuador side. The game wasn’t magical, but the ending was as Behrami broke, took a heavy challenge, played on and the Swiss scored right at the death.
The France vs Honduras game was superb. Thuggery took a backseat for once. Palacios stamped on Pogba 4 times, then when he earned a reaction, he hit the deck like a jumbo jet had just clipped his leg on landing. The ref could have sent off Pogba, but he elected to give Palacios a yellow for play acting (I think) and a yellow to the Frenchman. Which was such good officiating. I didn’t want to see Pogba leave the World Cup. Then moments later, Palacios picked up his second booking for a ridiculous barge on Benzema. Other notable moments came when goal line tech came into play. Benzema has a shot that hit the post, shot across goal and the keeper spilled the ball over the line. The goal line tech adjudged the post shot not a goal, but said the spill was a goal.
Jonathan Pearce lost the plot in a big way stating the ref shouldn’t allow it if there’s doubt. He then started throwing doubt over the decision, despite it clearly crossing the line. Then Richard Keys, the dynamic creature that he is, weighed in and said the tech was wrong. I mean, honestly, how are we in a situation where we’re questioning robustly tested technology? What is the alternative here… back a guy 40 yards away to make a decision. The only debate here is should be about MORE tech to assist in games, because one thing that has been proven over and over again… the only sure way to make mistakes is when using human intervention to make decisions.
Jonathan Pearce eh? A totally senior meltdown moment. Really disappointing.
A great game though. Valbuena is a really exciting player, packed with pace, trickery and a really sharp mind. I thought Griezsmann was excellent up top and obviously, Paul Pogba and Matuidi are a couple of beasts. What I’d do to have them at Arsenal.
I’d kill you.
Argentina game wasn’t that interesting. Bosnia have some top players. Interesting only one player from their side actually grew up in the country (Dzeko). Still absolutely love Begovic, he’d be a great keeper to have at Arsenal. Huge, athletic and super calm. BBC smashed it out the park with their Bosnia video. They’re doing a great job this world cup, a class apart.
Right, have a great day… Portugal vs Germany tonight. As I was in Portugal last week, I am a fan of Portugal tonight.
Have a great Monday, see you in the comments.