Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday… nothing hammers home how entrenched Arsenal are in your life than the morning ritual of hitting up all the football sites for tidbits of transfer gossipery…
Manquillo and Debuchy are apparently close. Debuchy was at the training ground last week getting pictured up in the new strip. No idea what’s dragging there? Manquillo is a promising signing, according to the guys over at Sqwaka, he could be a future Spanish international right back. What I love about this signing, if we make it, is the brutality of it. Wenger has spied a problem in Jenkinson early and he’s making a move to change it now… rather than doing it after 970 games and a £129k a week deal.
The centre midfield role is still up for grabs, Kike Marin, who was one of the few who knew about Reus says Madrid will sell Khedira but Arsenal will have to accept his mega wages. I think he’s a player you go for if you believe in his fitness. He’s a fantastic player with a top reputation. If we nail him down, well, it’d be an exceptional summer and a half. It’d be the first summer in about 13 years we’ve started strong!
Players will be buzzing, the fans will be buzzing, I think the whole league will be buzzing to see what we’ve got. So far, Wenger is playing a blinder. Finally… He has seen the light. He has three years to close his career with a Champions League or a League. No one wants to leave a 20+ year career as the old fart who couldn’t keep up. Gazidis won’t want him to leave a complete mess behind him. The footballing gods might be working in our favour.
ANR had an interesting article on the new contract of Wenger, I think some of the player stories are a little off, Jovetic was never on the cards and Higuain failed because they spanked the price up by £10m and Suarez came on the scene, but the idea that Gazidis has wrestled back control of how money is spent at the club is certainly an interesting one. Wenger wouldn’t have spent £11m on a 29 year old right back in the past, now it’s happened. He’d have probably tried to get Sanchez for £19m last season. There’s been more ruthlessness this summer for sure… and look, you can bleat on about how he’s only just got the money this season… but that’s not true. He messed up last summer with £100m in the bank. He totally ballsed up January when he had more like £140m. Now he’s signed a new deal, the backroom team are smashing it out of the park.
Wenger names the targets, the club go out and get them. Wenger’s reputation was important to the Sanchez deal, but so was Dick Law in getting him. In seasons gone past, a lot of the failed deals have failed on Wenger changing his mind at the last minute. If you take that ability to renege on players and don’t involve the manager in the finer details, you’re more likely to have a smooth player purchase.
I like the new system. Some people on the interweb were telling me Wenger hasn’t changed a bit… clearly you don’t’ go from transfer chump to supremo in 7 months. But, here’s the point, Wenger will be more than aware that he has to up his game. He’ll have seen the resurgence of Liverpool, he’ll have seen how badly tanked he was and he’ll know that if he continues NOT to change, he’ll be put out to pasture long before his new deal finishes.
One story that did make me sad was the Vermaelen exchange for Chris Smalling. I think we’d be pushing a good player the direction of United and taking a problem child from them. He does have better physical attributes, and if Steve Bould thinks he can whip him into becoming a world class defender, I’ll shut my mouth… I just feel we could do better. But whatever, we’ll see what happens there!
Right, I have nothing left to tell you, other than Diaby has been doing a sterling job at getting fit over the summer… ‘You never know’ I was told in relation to him having a fit season.
WHAT. A. LOL
Have a good day and remember, if there’s a chance Diaby can retain fitness, there’s a chance you can do anything. Go tell the CEO his times up and you’re taking his job, see what happens, it’s one of those days, I can feel it!