Ok, ok… So seems it wasn’t only me who sees the PR machine covering the tracks of the darling of English football… Guvnor Wenger. WHO LOVES ENNNNGGGGGGGUUUUUUUURRRRLLLLIIIIISHHHHH PLAYERS. Geezer.
Interesting thought, who was the last manager who went for an English core?
Martin O’Neil… basically the reason Villa are is such financial straits right now. Not that I think our British core are that average, more that I think the way Chelsea and City have rebuilt is more aspirational. But hey, who can moan now, it’s 170 days until he window reopens… it’s time to settle down and wonder what could be?
Early test is against City. We really haven’t had too much fun against them recently. They absolutely decimated our defence December last year, but that was away. My concern is that they also destroyed Liverpool. They’re a team of egotistical individuals, so Stoke can trip them up, but in the big games, their big names wake up and come to play.
Early suggestions indicate that Arsene’s approach to tactics are much the same as they were last year. Play your game, hope for the best. The manager hasn’t really solved the pace problem we’ve suffered in the middle of the park and he’s not really imprinted any sort of obvious style in our play moving forward. Danny Welbeck will act as a nice outlet for our wide players who do boast lots of pace. I hope we move Ozil into the number 10 role when he comes back and use Jack and Ramsey to pin the midfield .
The fear is Wenger has made another unsuitable player captain… and that he might think it a sensible idea to line up against City with Arteta sitting in front of the back 4. Suicide in my opinion, or the recipe for a very slow painful game.
The back 5 pick themselves at the moment. Happy with Debuchy, think he’s like for like if I’m honest. Not really happy with Gibbs. The guys injury record around big games is atrocious. He seems a bit Darren Anderton. Any excuse for a few weeks out. He needs to work on that fitness otherwise we should say goodbye and buy in.
Onto Danny Welbeck, I was quite impressed he knew the word ‘envisaged’…
“I’ve envisaged myself playing in this team before. For it to finally happen is very exciting.”
Great thing about ol’ Danny is he has something to prove. Many have drawn parallels to Daniel Sturridge, another very talented player cast aside for foreign talent. I think this move could be very interesting. At best, he becomes something a bit special, at worse, he’ll be our back up striker if Giroud is shifted on next summer.
“I believe that with the manager’s style of play and with the magnificent players in midfield slotting balls through, I can run on to the end of those balls and put them away,”
… Geoff (Le Grove Geoff) has been saying similar things. He reckons Falcao could be a massive flop and Welbz could benefit from playing centrally with world class players feeding him balls. The front line, as it stands, is pure pace if the right players are put in the side. It gives us a different feel going forward. I just hope the plan B is Campbell, over Sanogo. We really should send him out on loan for a season. Trouble is, I don’t think he’s shown enough for even a struggling Premiership side to punt on him. He doesn’t have the frame yet to get Bolton-ed
Daily Mail are running a Reus to Arsenal for £20m next summer. Pretty much certain his buyout clause isn’t £20m, it’s close to £35m. A club wouldn’t put a £35m buyout clause on Gotze then go for a £20m tag for a player they’ve bought. Point is, there is interest in Reus, things were agreed this summer but not with the player who was most likely looking for a move to Barca which fell through when they instead landed Suarez.
Pretty sure every club with a bit of cash will be in for Reus next year, so it’ll be a big push to land him. But hey, you never know, we have a lot of Germans who love it in London.
Right, gotta save my moaning, not before sharing a funny line from a ranting e-mail my pal at work sent me yesterday.
E-mail from Gooner supporting work pal: ‘I’m so moaned out I didn’t even have time to cover Ozil playing on the left. ‘
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) September 3, 2014
Amen Sister Sledge… amen.