Short post today because I’m, you know, doing stuff that conflicts with Arsenal I can’t avoid.
Nik B landed a move to Wolfsburg! That’s a good step for him. From everything I’ve heard about the guy, he’s a great player, he just didn’t make it happen when it mattered, mostly down to attitude. If he straightens that out this season, he could be a very smart free transfer.
There’s news doing the rounds that Arsenal might be back in for Khedira at a cut price £8m! That’d be interesting. I mean, hard to ignore a player of that caliber at that price. It’d also make sense as to why we’ve waited it out. I’ve never heard anything too strong on the Sammy front, part of me wonders if Madrid, like Milan with Mario, just sense we need him and are tempting us…
We need a centre back though… that much we know for sure. It’s gone a bit quiet on that front. Worrying. Wenger might get a bit carried away with the impressive Chambers.
Goal are reporting we’re willing to let Lukas go. As I mentioned a while back, if the club can get good money for expensive players nearing the end of their powers, they’ll do that. Lukas and Santi are prime candidates for that.
So, on the team front, I expect we’ll see a similar line up to the one we saw at the Community Shield last week.
I’m hoping we come out of the traps in rapid fashion. There’s no reason to start slow this season. Let’s destroy them early, take advantage of the pace we have and be as clinical as possible. An important start is totally vital to a successful season. We need to set the stall out and begin out assault on phase two of the Arsene Wenger reboot campaign.
I think the fascinating part of today will be to see how Palace approach our pace. Last season, teams could smash us hard, press and break because we had no outlet. Ultimately, we’re still prone to that type of tactic because we have players like Arteta who can’t cope with high intensity play, but it’s risky playing that game this season because we can break in 6 seconds and we have the quality to finish. I really feel we could play more like Liverpool this year. I’m just gutted I can’t be there.
Alex is taking my ticket though and he’s going to smash out a match report. You’ll also be pleased to know he has my spare… but what an arse ache it was to sort that!
Anyway, enjoy your day… and keep me updated!