Hold on a minute, what’s going on? Arsenal… learning the lessons of seasons past failings? Well, it seems so.
Sanchez wants to come and play for Arsene Wenger. The deal is close.
… we’re nearly at ‘Welcome to Arsenal’ stage.
So when I said a few weeks ago that you’d forget Cesc pretty quickly when we brought in our half forward, well, I hope you can see that now. We went big this summer looking to snare Reus or Sanchez, I think we’ve done pretty well. People are complaining he’s never scored more than 20 goals in a season. I really don’t think that’s a worry. I think he could have a Thierry like breakout under us. Plus, we’ll build our style around him and he’ll be getting world class service.
Sanchez is a spectacular player. He’s faster than Suarez, he’s aggressive, he’s bright, he’s technically supreme and he’s only 25 years old. Make no mistake, we’re about to sign an absolute superstar of a player. He’s a game changer for Arsenal. He offers everything we don’t have in Giroud which doesn’t detract from the Frenchman, it just means we now have two polar opposite players. They offer us options. He means teams like Everton and Chelsea won’t be able to press our midfield because we’ll have a threatening outlet. He means we offer unpredictable behaviour. He gives us an edge we simply didn’t have in the crucial games last season.
He’s not enough though.
If you think Arsenal were one player away from being title winners last season, you’re absolutely deluding yourself. Losing 20+ goals to the top 5 teams away from home isn’t cured by Sanchez.
We still need a powerhouse midfielder, we need another goalkeeper and the likelihood is we’ll need a centre back to replace the outgoing Thomas Vermaelen. If we bring in those players, we’re in a better position than last season… because we have a new fitness coach. Who best make sure we keep our players way fitter than last season.
If you think about a line up with Theo, Chambo, Aaron and Sanchez… well, it’s devastating attack wise. That’s as devastating pace wise as Liverpool were last year. If you add a box to box player with the pace and power Henderson has… but with more finesse, well, that’s super exciting. If you add a proper fitness vison to the set up, well, you’re a lot better off and you’re clawing points back against last years lost ones.
You still need more tactical nous, you still need more innovation in the way we play and you still need a more dynamic approach to management, but at least we’re getting closer. At least the next manager will have a solid foundation to work from.
I did see a hilarious tweet that said, ‘I won’t believe Sanchez has signed until I see him clutching a busted cruciate ligament in the Charity Shield’
Remember though, he’s not done. So please dear god, don’t be that muppet that puts it on the back of your new Puma shirt this Thursday.
DON’T BE THAT GUY OR GAL
In other news, John Cross reckons we’re close to nailing Remy. I’ve heard nothing on that front, but it’d make sense if we’re planning on shifting Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo out on loan. It gives us another option up top. Whilst he’s not World Class, he certainly knows where the net is. 14 goals in 24 games for an attrocious Newcastle side. 27 and 6ft. Fast and strong. I’d not be cutting the wrists at his unveiling… especially if we landed Sanchez. He gives us depth. We don’t have that right now.
One thing that is for sure is that Arsenal are pushing their new kits hard. Here are the teaser videos.
Each 15 second video represents a new kit, I think? We have a strap line… ish.
I think Puma are taking this kit launch seriously, they have Ogilvy working on it, which is more than Nike did. Well, Nike had an agency looking after it, but it was a dismal output. Arsenal normally got their first with the pictures. This is a massive deal for Puma and I’d hope, as the jewel in their portfolio they maximise their sponsorship because Emirates certainly don’t.
Interesting that Nike are shutting down their United deal because it doesn’t make commercial sense to spend £70m a year on a club. I wrote last year that they have a terrible rep in the game amongst big corporates for being very greedy and stabbing brands in the back. One season out the top tier and they’re losing Nike. Chickens will come home to roost if LVG doesn’t kick them back up to the top. That is for sure.
I love this.
When I was a kid my parents were waiting with a phone bill down stairs, they asked if I was ringing porn lines, which I denied, my mum dialled the number and it was Teamtalk. My old man said he’d never been so disappointed.
The Brazil game was amusing. The Brazilians I spoke to before the game were very down about their chances… how right were they?
5-0 down after 45minutes. It was just like watching Arsenal last season away from home!
Germany are just so damn good. Brilliant movement, great work rate, patient and deathly clinical.
Someone made a great point that this game showed that passion means nothing when you know what you’re doing. Germany barely walked out of second gear and they smashed Brazil by 7. The massive, massive plus for them was the lack of work they needed to do in the second half. They’ll be fresher than either of the other two teams unless there’s a similar shock result.
Imagine that, an all European final?
That’d be tantalising and brilliant.
South American football is dead I tells ya!
Wenger was asked by Richard Keys if he’d seen any players he liked at this World Cup. So much bantz. He’s having a cracking time.
On the same show, he slagged off Ozil saying he’s a little bit scared in front of goal. Fair shout really. He’s also a little bit scared of running for more than sixty minutes. Beast him Arsene. Put him in between two goals in the indoor training ground at night and fire balls from either side. That’ll sort him out nicely.
Final story of the day, Arsenal players demand Wenger makes 4 signings otherwise they’ll leave. Bad times for Wenger.
Arsenal hit 4million followers on Twitter which makes them the 3rd most popular club on the world on the social network.
That’s big people. That’s me tapping out for the day. Have a bloody good one. We’ll talk about Holland Argentina tomorrow.