Now we’re over in the States, it’s become apparent what a mess our centre back situation is. We basically have one available for the opener against Palace as things stand. The priority is two centre backs. With TV looking to move because of the way he was treated last season, we have Koscielny… no Mertesacker as he’s on an extended rest… and Miquel.
This is seriously bad news. It’s bad planning again. The club could have taken Lescott on a free or at least made a move earlier than preseason tour time.
So much progress felt like it had been made, but with a few deals falling through, it’s now clear we’re flapping around in the sea of misfits to make something happen. Ospina, Debuchy and Sanchez are very good players, but they were the bare minimum. Even Sanchez is filler in a way because we only had one striker last season.
Arsenal lack players. We need at least 6, so far we’re at 3 and our first preseason game is on Saturday. It’s worrying.
Arsene Wenger is complaining about preseason preparation because of the World Cup and overseas commitments. Not really sure what you can do here. Arsenal are a business, that business affords him and 25 of his squad a tremendous salary that can only be supplemented by having good commercials running through the club. The good news is all club’s preseason is disrupted by preseason. The bad news is other clubs build bigger squads to reduce the burden.
Still, there are worse places you could spend 5 days. New York is an amazing City and the facilities will be world class. The flight isn’t that bad either.
There are some interesting transfer rumours floating around. SPORT, who get some pretty good gossip despite me not really knowing what they are or how they operate as a publisher… have stated Arsenal are about to sign 33 year old Iker Casillas. I’m pretty certain this is 100% nonsense, because we’re chasing down Ospina and he is the chosen one. He’s also much younger, again, something that’s interesting for the future of Chezzer.
Italy are reporting that Galliani of Milan is going to offer us Balottelli… in exchange for us giving them Joel Campbell and £10m. I mean, what a fucking deal that’d be. I don’t think Arsene is going to have that though, even though he should. That’s like swapping Sanogo for Diego Costa. TAKE IT ARSENE. He won’t though, he has his forward line set.
The reason the rumours are so persistent is everyone in Italy hates Milans £180k a week striker. We’re the only club with the need and the finances to make a move happen. Not to mention Mario is a Puma man.
Arsenal.com are peddling rumours they’ve found about Nani. Again, feels like nonsense to me. He’s probably tied down to a David Moyes sanctioned £190m a week deal. So no chance there!
We’re being linked with Matija Nastasic as well. he’d be excellent cover. We’re chasing all sorts of centre backs at the moment because things are desperate. He’d be great because he’s only 21 and has the potential to be a bit special. We’ll see though, chances are, we’ll end up with Ron Vlaar’s younger brother who has two broken legs.
Imagine that, Koscielny and Miquel as our pairing for the first game. BAD TIMES. Might have to keep Thomas on the books again.
That’s me done, Arsenal play tomorrow, so I’ll see you melt bags then!