Just jokes… he did last night though.
Our manager has been offering up mad amounts of chirpse to his new favourite channel, BeIN.
Now, I’m reticent to go too hard into this, because when there’s something great people have heard in an interview, it never gets challenged… whenever there’s something people don’t like
… that I can’t challenge. But let’s just take a look at some of the text and have a chat about it.
‘He (Diaby) is a player that I have an enormous amount of respect for.
‘Everytime he comes back, he has to start from zero with another injury. He was a victim of competition.
‘A footballer needs his ankle. He was destroyed by a bad tackle (in May 2006, leaving him with a fractured ankle) at Sunderland six or seven years ago which altered his ankle.
‘He is not a fragile player. He was the victim of an assassin’s tackle that went unpunished.’
Sounds like Wenger, right?
Ok, I think it’s Wenger. See the thing with Diaby is however you want to cut it, the man has always been an injury prone train wreck. The Dan Smith tackle really did take him out big time and I feel for him, but let’s not paint the picture that he was CR7 resillient before. But here’s the point, that tackle was what, 8 years ago? He’s still with us. On mega salary. That sentence sums it all up with Wenger and loyalty. We consistently didn’t buy a replacement for, what, 4 years? He’s still on a deal that never seems to end. I mean, to come out and say he isn’t fragile when he quite obviously is… well, it’s odd.
Also heard we made a hard push to sign Pogba before he went to Juve. Such a shame we missed out.
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) July 30, 2014
Wenger also revealed another superb player he nearly signed in Paul Pogba. Wenger reckons he could land the Balon D’or one day! He could. A total monster, one of the best in the business at 21.
MANS BE WASTING AWAY AT JUVE!
Problem is, we’re never going to land him. He’s an £80m player these days and we’re not exactly appealing at this current time. Plus, you know, the club are pretending they have no money again.
… and I was thinking about this. Total conspiracy moment, do you think this could be, like, a ploy.
AW: Ivan, I’ve had a bit of a mare mate, I need some money…
IG: How much Arsene?
AW: LIke, £60m in January. I’ve seen this guy called Chris Smalling I like. Thinking a sweet £20m deal?
IG: Errr, Arsene, we’ve only got about £2m… for the rest of your deal
Too far? Is it too fanciful to think we might be keeping out powder dry for a manager who knows what he’s doing in the transfer market?
More alarming blame shift on the injury front. What did he say the other week? That the injuries we’d had were all world cup related? Now he’s saying Ozil’s injury… well, I’ll let you read.
“He will not be back until January. He came back from the World Cup with an injury.”
Yet he came back and played how many games for us? Those comments are blame culture that kind of make us look a bit silly. Surely we should be picking up on these problems? I don’t know the details, but blaming the World Cup when it finished in July is a bit weak. Similar with Laurent. What’s the excuse there. We knew about that issue from February, we didn’t sign a replacement for him, then played him?
First rule of excuse making. Think them through.
Wenger also denied the crazy rumours of Lukas being available, because he fixes the prices! Poor old Lukas, he ain’t going nowhere. Just like Nil B last year.
Wenger also had this to say, which is kind of a barbed response to people who want him to go (me and you) and kind of sweet.
“I turned down PSG, Bayern Munich & French national team many times; I wanted to honour Arsenal contract.”
“When Arsenal gave me a chance, they were extremely courageous. That is why I am profoundly loyal to this club. I would like to leave a trace of me when I leave the club.”
Wenger, there will be a trace of you when you leave. Your brand blueprint will be forever wrapped in the club for as long as the club want a brand that symbolises beautiful football and class.
However, turning down other clubs isn’t a reason to keep the gravy train going. Football is about progress. Arsenal took a chance on a young man with ambition and vision. I think it’s time to pass the baton. Maybe we can take a chance on someone else with ideas and a vision. Ultimately, you’ll be leaving the club in a better position than the one you found it in. We’ll be forever grateful for that. Just don’t let it go down the toilet. You said that when you were playing, you asked your Chairman to tell you when it was over for you. He did and you moved on. It’s a shame no one has the balls to say that to you now.
The interview got quite confused, Wenger contradicting himself within moments when talking about his defence.
“I think we have a very good balance between Koscielny and Mertesacker. We are losing experience at the back at the moment. We are paying the price for Debuchy (injury), because Chambers is a central defender.”
“Defending is the job of an old man. You have to be 26 or 27 to be a complete defender.”
You can’t blame our centre back problems on Debuchy. If him being injured scuppered the plans, we should have had a better second option at right back. Also, if defending is for old men, why don’t we have an old man backing up our two main centre backs.
Finally, why doesn’t Arsene talk on UK TV shows like he’s doing for BeIN? Really annoying. BT should get some coin out and bring him on board…! Get him playing some more beach ball. It’s so farsical, it should be in English. Trying to carve out a media career early? Better that than sorting out the issues at home eh!
Other bits and pieces?
Joel Campbell said he’s not furious about not playing. Shocker. I really thought he’d come out at the start of December and say he was massively frustrated and upset. Fair play for a mature response. He deserves a chance. We have a need for him in our squad, I think it’d be a mistake to let him go.
Obviously I would like to be playing but that’s something that has to be earned day by day. I have to keep training and waiting for the opportunity. I know it’s a very competitive team.
“Arsenal is one of the best teams in the world where there are many important players. I have to be patient, keep training and I know my chance will arrive and I’ll have to take advantage of it when it comes.”
Take advantage Joel, do it for us. We all like you.
Also, great news that Debuchy might be back for December. I’ve heard great things about what he’s like as a player and I think it’s always a big concern doing yourself in at 29. He’ll want to prove himself at Arsenal, he’s a fighter and he has the know how we’re lacking at right back at the moment. Looking forward to getting him back in play. This is great news!
Finally, let’s all laugh at United and their horrendous pile up of injuries. Daley Blind ruined himself against Holland, which is bad for him, but great for Arsenal. Why is this happening? Because you have a man past his prime, laced with arrogance, not respecting the modern rigours of the game at United. That story is going to explode at some point. The game has moved on… LVG ‘has learned all he needs to learn’ and there is the problem. You’ve never learned it all.
Two bad managerial appointments in a row… what a disaster!
Have a good day!