Yah, scores when he wants, right?
In what turned out to be a typically turgid England game, WELBZ ingratiated himself with the Arsenal faithful with a delightful brace.
His first came from a well timed run into the box that allowed him to slot a Sterling cross home. The second was another example of great pace that allowed him to take a Rooney pass, power through on goal, shape the ball onto the right and slot home.
He has all the raw ingredients you look for in a modern striker. Tall, fast, solid technical ability and hunger. His touch and decision making need work but that’ll come as he develops. He’s put a stake in the ground for a Saturday start through the middle. There really is no other option. If it’s Sanogo, well, you’ll find me banging my head against an Emirates seat.
Ivan must be over the moon at his first signing…
Still no word from Arsene.
Hey Arsene. What’s the score? Even Sanogo has given an opinion?
Jedi PR tricks? By not saying anything, he keeps the story going?
Chuba Akpom broke the clubs land speed record with a cool 1.53 seconds over ten metres. When I talk about explosive pace, that’s what I’m talking about. In the box, pace like that is essential. You also need speed of thought, so if Chuba is a bit dim, the speed is wasted. Good to know he’s making positive noises. I think he has more about him than Sanogo for sure.
Talking of Yaya, he’s chirpsing in the press about the criticism…
“They criticise me (pundits). That’s their problem. I will always be there, I’ll play, go forward and score goals. Sooner or later it’s going to happen. ”
Well good for you darling. You come back when you have that goal and we’ll all feel better about life. Looks as though you might have your work cut out with WELBZ joining the club, but that’s what top class professional sport is all about. Competition.
Cesc has been preaching to the news…
‘I will always feel a Gunner and I know that I am going to return to [the Emirates Stadium] and I feel that it will be a special moment but I am committed’
Whatever I felt in the summer, I don’t feel now. We didn’t want him, Chelsea did. It’s as simple as that. Do I regret it know what I now know? Yeah, you could say that. Cazorla as a number 10 doesn’t work for me on any level (any level is an exaggeration). Ozil on the left with his dedication to effort? Doesn’t work for me. Wenger should have landed Cesc if he was going to play around with the team like he has. Pretty poor forward planning. I also thought we’d land at least one more spectacular player. We didn’t, it is what it is. I won’t be booing him though.
Another interesting scouting oversight by Ivan Gazidis was the miss on John Stones. Arsenal knew Sagna was leaving a whole year before he did, John Stones was at Barnsley and moved for what, £1.5m? He looks a superstar in the making. Where were our scouts? How did we miss an England international in our own country when we had a need?
Honestly, our scouting network really isn’t doing the job. I’m hoping now Ivan has taken over he can kick it up a gear.
A couple of other things I thought I’d bring up. The favoured method of attack on Le Grove in general is to pick holes in my scouting record. Fair shout, I’m not actually a football scout. It’s a bit like picking my girlfriend picking on my beans on toast comparing it to something she’s eaten at Maze. Anyway, bar the complete pointlessness of picking on players and managers I liked 4 years ago, one player that’s consistently cropped up of late is…
‘YOU SAID FELLAINI 2 YEARS AGO’
Yeah, sure I did. He ripped many top teams in the league a new one single handedly. What’s interesting is I have a friend who attended a gala dinner and shared a table with Arsene. He was told, by the second in command (Arsene) that he actually tried to sign Fellaini when he went for Arteta.
Interesting, eh? From the horses mouth.
It’s like the lambasting I get for Ashely Young. He was one of the most promising talents in the league before he moved to United. It’s really not my fault he failed so badly when given the chance. And hey, look, I’ve called some poor names, but Arsene will always have Park Chu-Young on his record. Still without club apparently.
Which leads me nicely on to football manager… another regular quip from the munch bunch brigade is this.
‘Mate, this isn’t football manager, it’s real life’
Well, apparently the guys who make Football Manager are now opening their platform to clubs in conjunction with real life sports performance company Prozone. Really interesting, because the game has always been a very good barometer of up and coming players. The management simulator has a huge network of amateur scouts who profile players yearly. Now real managers can tap into that data.
So in short, being good at football manager means you’re good at real life football management.
Hence the reason Ivan Gazidis has been so bold of late.
Right, that’s your lot.