Lots of things I dislike about modern media. That’s social media. I work in it, I should embrace it… I do. However, the lack of privacy it affords people in the public eye is horrible.
Jack Wilshere has been snapped in Vegas drinking champagne like a rap star, smoking fags like a rockstar, generally acting like a bit of a lad.
Now, don’t get me wrong… It’s not the sort of image you should be portraying as an elite athlete. It’s not the sort of thing you should be doing at a tacky Vegas pool party where anyone with a credit card can go. Smoking, when you’ve spent a whole season demonstrating a lack of fitness… well, it’s just fucking dim.
Now, I do feel for him a bit. When a French player smokes, it’s sophisticated and acceptable. Our boy does it and he’s slammed.
Jeez, I’m trying to defend him here and it’s tough. When you’re paid to be a poster boy of lifestyle (he’s been on the cover of Esquire, so don’t tell me that statement is unfair), you should lay off the fags and make sure if you’re going to booze, you don’t do it in public in a way that wouldn’t look out of place in Magaluf.
My concern with Jack is that £80k a week contract has gone to his head. He’s made it, therefore feels immune to working for his place. He’s regressed as a player, he struggles with fitness and he’s a fading icon in our squad. I don’t think it’d be unfair to say that a lot of fans are getting Jack fatigued.
To put it bluntly, my love for Jack is in the redzone. I’m soldiering on, but I need some good PR rest to get back onside.
If we sign Sammy Khedira and Bender… well, you’d have to question Jack and his future with Arsenal. Talent is nothing without discipline and hardwork. I’m not seeing much of either. I’m just seeing a brat acting like a pig on holiday. Cool if you’re a stock broker, not cool if you’re an underperforming big shot.
Not sure how Wenger will take this… but you imagine there will be repercussions.
One of the best world cups of all time closed yesterday. An interesting 0-0 that Argentina will kick themselves over was finished in the second half of extra time. Schurle (good player who gets slated by the snobs) blazed down the left, cut a high cross in, Mario Gotze controlled it with his chest and volleyed across goal to make the World Cup Germany’s. Absolute world class finish. 22 years old and he’s cemented himself as an icon of football forever.
On the other side, Lio Messi cut a forlorn figure. For such a champion of a player, he really did look as though he had the burden of inevitable failure on his shoulders. After the game he looked shell shocked, like he’d just runover the family dog after drinking a bottle of whiskey.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens to him over the next few years. I think he needs a new club, a new challenge… I think he needs Arsenal.
Jokes aside, Dennis Bergkamp came back from the 1998 World Cup a broken man. Destroyed by a missed penalty. I worry Messi will come back a broken man, destroyed by the hopes of a nation. An unrealistic nation.
But here’s the thing guys, how many Argentinians play for us? One. I care very little for them. My main concern is Germany, my second country. What a show! They deserved the World Cup, they have a squad full of superstars that’s balanced and cohesive. One of the best dressed managers succeeded. 3 arsenal players bring back a winners medal. I’d say I’m hoping for 4, but Sammy Khedira and his worrying injury record took hold yesterday and he pulled out of the final with an injury in the warm up.
Germany, what a team. What a nation. Honestly, I’ve never been so proud to have visual similarities to Per Mertesacker.
There are more rumours that we’re about to sign Javier Manquillo as a back up right back. More good news. Wenger seemingly going all out for a squad this summer. I do hope these noises are for real. Having extra players the manager trusts is the first step to proper squad rotation. If he’s doing that, it’s acknowledgment last seasons injury car crash wasn’t ‘bad luck’…
Next season could be very different. Maybe, just maybe, Ivan did have a stronger word with Wenger on contract renewal than we thought? Feels like a lot of change…
Transfer rumours are interesting if you bloody love Colombia! We’re apparently tracking their keeper, David Ospina. Now, I’m not big into keepers from South America, but he had a good World Cup and he has pedigree. We need someone who can properly challenge. Our keeper at the moment knows he’s number one and he doesn’t have a keeping coach good enough to motivate him. Perhaps a back up keeper will improve his focus and it’ll certainly give us an options when his form inevitably dips through the season.
The second Colombian is the wideman Cuadrado. He was excellent in the world cup and for Fiorentina at the back end of last season. I don’t know much of his Fiorentina career, but I think he can play centrally as well as outwide. He’s a useful player, very fast and powerful, a great finisher but also has an eye for creating. He’s a different type of player and he taps into Wenger’s attribute wish list of pace and power. The more options we have that deliver on that, the more unpredictable and devastating we are to defend against.
I would love a player like him to come in so when Theo is out crocked, we have a really talented full back. Liverpool have really reinvigorated Wenger into thinking like he used to when it comes to building talented squads.
I’ll leave you on that note, have a great day…! Preseason starts in earnest…
Finally, I’ve been doing more media whoring. Here’s my top 5 World Cup disappointments. I didn’t have much time to pull them together. 3mins 5 seconds. Enjoy!