When is ‘nothing’ ever the solution?

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Yeah man, it’s a mother f*cking staycation for me today. The process by which you accrue masses of holiday and have to sit at home and find things to do.

No joke, I bought a banging new mop the other day and I’m actually excited about using it.

What have I become?

Anyway, that aside, there were some pretty amusing goings on around the web yesterday. Jamie Carragher has come out and said it’s hard to sign a centre back. The sage has spoken, Arsene has been forgiven for his summer misgivings. I’ve seen him trying to operate the video replay button on Sky, pretty sure anything more complicated is going to be a challenge. Not sure a job awaits him in transfer negotiation.

I’ve also seen people ask whether a journeyman is better than nothing? What a question. It’s not often nothing is a better solution, despite what Wenger will have had you believe over the years. I mean, nothing could be better if you put terrible players in front of me. But no one is asking for a terrible journeyman, are they?

Think of the players we could have landed. Lescott was once a very expensive defender, he’s played in title winning sides, he’s 32 and he was on a free. Are you telling me Monreal would have been preferable? Hangeland, a bit more of a risk at 33, but still an actual centre back who could do a better job than nothing.

Then you have players that moved. Manolas went to Roma. We could have nabbed him, maybe in exchange for Joel Campbell who seems to be interesting Wenger in a ‘not at all’ kind of way.

However you cut it, there was no excuse for not bolstering there. You have a scouting department to make recommendations. If there were no recommendations, what were they doing? Like John Stones, where were we when Everton were picking him up? Surely we didn’t miss him. He plays in England. He was picking up rave reviews. Did no one invite Arsenal down?

Inaction and Wenger’s ‘there wasn’t the quality’ just reeks of incompetence. 6 defenders is quite incredible. Even just on a human level, expecting any level of defender to go through this period without support is grossly unfair. Imagine the state they’ll all be in by January? You need a squad, you need to rotate and you need to have back ups who can come in and do a job for you.

I think a great example of bringing in bodies to help is the way Chelsea work. They bought Drogba, a man well past his prime who made the difference against United at the weekend (nearly). Barca bought Larsson back in the day. Milan used Veterans to dominate. Spurs used Sheringham, Scholes and Giggs to great affect. United signed Blanc. Arsenal have used Henry and Sol Campbell over the years.

The solution should never be nothing. Especially if there’s no logic behind the nothing.

Not a lot else going off today? Have a great day. I’m off to mop a floor I purposely spilt yoghurt on #LivingTheDream.

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315 Responses to “When is ‘nothing’ ever the solution?”

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  1. Bamford13

    Ballon d’Or shortlist

    Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid/Chelsea), Thibaut Courtois (Atlético Madrid/Chelsea), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Ángel Di María (Real Madrid/Manchester United), Mario Götze (Bayern Munich), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich/Real Madrid), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), James Rodríguez (Monaco/Real Madrid), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

    No Arsenal players? Conspiracy!

    Actually, we just don’t have any world class players. Sad, really.

  2. alex cutter

    “Maradona is a drug addict, alcholic, wife beater, cheat and monster who shouldn’t even get close to Pele. Think how many World Cup’s Pele won and this twat gets all the love for being a filthy human being.”

    Not that the two are comparable, but Pele is no prince. And his work as mouthpiece for the Brazilian government during the recent World Cup was pathetic.

  3. Ozy

    I don’t know anything about Pele or Ronaldo’s off-field antics. Anybody want to give me a brief summary? To say they were as big of cunts as Maradona says a lot – I expect some really atrocious behavior.

    And I know, you have to separate the player from the person but when do you draw the line? These players are idolized, they’re looked up on. I don’t know how much we can overlook..

  4. peanuts&monkeys

    The best veteran solution Wengerthescum could have brought in was E’to. He could have resolved our finishing problems upfront. But no. The mother%$cking manager of Arsenal has his ego like a floating dead body. That then came in the way of E’to and Arsenal.

  5. kc

    Great post Pedro. There’s no excuse good enough for how short Wenger left us this year. It certainly doesn’t appear as if Wenger wants to win anything ever again. I can understand why some lifers are starting to lose interest in the club. Why bother? Wenger gets paid a fortune not to. No accountability whatsoever.

  6. leprofessorknowsbest


    The medias and the fans can change their minds so easily… lol

  7. tunnygriffboy

    Talk about the fickle nature of football. Everything is so reactionary. Lose a game, win a game it’s a crisis or a crisis over. Play a game and not score your shite score a goal and you’re Pele. Laughable 🙂

  8. leprofessorknowsbest

    “Mauricio Pochettino, coach of Tottenham, believes that the small size of the stadium White Hart Lane does not favor his team.”

    lol ?

  9. Bankz


    Remember when some idiotic Arsenal fans said Giroud was better or on par with Karim Benzema?
    After Liverpool, I think we have some of the most delusional fans in Europe.