Ahhh, the interesting, slightly strange news keeps rolling in as Arsene Wenger tied Olivier Giroud down to a new three year extension. Now, don’t get me wrong, Giroud has often made me question my sexuality, but not in the same way Thierry did… and that’s the problem, right?
Giroud is 28 now, he lacks any sort of speed and his finishing / touch will likely never reach the heights. Just seems odd that Wenger knows all these things and still ties him down to a new deal. Surely that money would be spent better on bringing a super talented kid in who has explosive pace, agility and the potential to be something great? I know we have that in WELBZ, but for me, dat guy is already ahead in the pecking order. Chasing a game with Olivier has been fruitful… but jeez, he’s an expensive super sub.
It just continues the acceptance of the substandard. Chelsea are shipping off players like Lukaku and we’re tying our equivalents down to long term deals. Sure he’s gorgeous, but he’s not right for a club of our stature. Ask yourself this… if we sold him, where would he land? Probably not at one of Europe’s elite.
WELBZ is a different beast. He might have ended up at Spurs if it weren’t for Ivan. However, he has the key ingredients you need to make it. If he sharpens his finishing and touch, well, he could be very good. My worry is great teams are built on world class. Is Danny ever going to hit those heights or is he just going to be a very good player? I’d usually trust Arsene with strikers but he’s been way off lately.
Where is the ruthless at our club?
Trouble is, and when I say trouble, I mean ‘if just existing in top 4 isn’t your thing’, is we’re unlikely to drop out of it this year. Wenger is going to scrape by as per-usual. Spurs were the worst version I’ve seen in 5 years, truly there for the taking at the weekend. Everton look lost at the moment. Liverpool will have to find some serious grit to deal with the loss of Suarez and the accomplishment of Champions League football. Then you have United who could blow up, well, continue to tank because LVG and his ways seen a touch mismatched for this league.
How can we not finish in the top 4?
So all together, we survive because of the incompetence of the rest of the league. You might say that shows how incredible Wenger is… or, you might see the wood for the trees, or the tactical failings, or the lack of major trophies, or the injuries, or the lack of vision or the wasted talent played out of position… and say, jeez, someone else might do a better job.
I mean, Dortmund totally tanked us, mainly because they had a plant against a team who actively resist one. Since we beat them, they’ve lost to Mainz, who have a great young coach in Tuchel… they drew to Stuttgart… they lost to Schalke. They were another team like Spurs who’ve looked as weak as I’ve seen them over the last 6 years. We made them look world class.
Arsenal are very lucky the rest of the league is such a shambles. Arsenal are very unlucky that we don’t have a better manager, because we certainly have the players in place to build a brilliant squad. All the ingredients are there for a better Arsenal, bar the right manager. Who that manager is, I don’t know… but from the outside, looking in, it’s pretty apparent there are many broken items that could easily be fixed and easily improve us.
We have to face it, it’s Elite club purgatory for three more years.
Tomorrow, let’s talk about what I think Chelsea are going to do… and what I think Arsenal won’t do.