I can bark on about a narrative you can trust or ignore, but sometimes, little snippets drop out of the club that wrap huge amounts of credence to words we share here. That above headline perfectly sums up some of the poor attitude Wenger has allowed to creep into the setup at Arsenal.
Management is a mix of luck and talent. It’s not until you try and repeat past glories do you understand how much is talent. I’m not saying Arsene isn’t a talent. He clearly is. However, it’s clear he had a lot of luck in his first ten year because the second ten years has highlighted where his weaknesses are. Chezzer isn’t smart. We’ve seen that on numerous occasions. However, as was pointed out in the comments, would the keeper have sparked up a dressing room cigarette under a Mourinho regime?
Highly doubtful. What makes this whole scenario even more grim is he was apparently smoking roll ups. How grotty is that? A pro sportsman in the newsagent picking up a bag of Cutters Choice, with a lighter, some filters, rizzler, a copy of The Sun and a Mars bar. That’s a builders breakfast right there.
The fact he’s confident, after a disgraceful performance and a shocking bit of ill discipline he’ll be in the side for Sunday tells you all you need to know about how much he respects his job, the manager and Ospina. Outrageous arrogance. He should be drop kicked from the squad for a month as punishment, because if the manager lets this one go, it’ll impact the rest of the squad and their perception of discipline.
If you’re not all pulling in the same direction, you’re in trouble. This situation needs leadership, not ignorance. This is where you find out how much hunger the manager has…
These quotes Henrick Hindby picked up his old man are so cringworthy I almost melted in the ground for poor old Wojciech.
“I don’t believe Wojciech is dumb enough to smoke in the locker room.”
“Please look at the #Arsenal defense . How these guys are playing, is a disaster. But somehow nobody pays attention to it.”
“The entire (#Arsenal-)defense this season is embarrassing.”
Maciej Szczesny blames both Koscielny’s & Mertesacker’s positioning and says that Mertesacker showed the same agility “as a rhino”.
Ouch. Only thing that could make this worse is sharing bath time pictures from the Barbie ‘phase’ in 1992.
In other news, I’ve been watching with amusement as the Arsenal fan base scoff at £30m for Bony. I’ve been interested in him as a player since he landed over here. Questions need to be asked as to why we weren’t interested in him when he was a £10m bargain from Holland. He’s a giant of a man, so physically right for the Premier League. He has good all round play, his movement belies a man of that stature and he scores goals. We went a season without a second striker when talent like that was available.
People saying he’s not worth the money might want to look around at some of the purchases made in the league. £48m for David Luiz, £40m for Mata, £35m for Carroll, £24m for Markovic… we paid £43m for a number 10 who was famous for not being physically fit enough to last more than 60mintues in a less physical league. Bony is well worth the money if he kicks them on to a win in the league. What he does show is that once again, leaving money in the bank serves little purpose if you’re waiting to sign players next year… because inflation devalues your cash pile. £20m would have landed Bony in the summer, January it’s £30m.
Our holding midfielder choice is likely Schneiderlin. We’ll wait a whole season to get out man, cost ourselves league points and a challenge in the process, then he’ll be worth even more this summer. Great player, but he showcases our lack of a plan B… it also showcases how little Wenger seems to care about winning. Who waits a year for their target? We did the same with Cazorla, Chamakh and Baptista. I wouldn’t mind waiting if we had the squad to do so.
I’m glad to hear we’ll be passing on Perrin. Have I seen him play? No. However, I’ll sleep safe in the knowledge all of Europe’s elite scouts will have cast an eye over him and past and said ‘no thanks’. I’ll take solace that my ignorance is justified when, at 29, he can’t land a start in the worst French national side in decades.
… and remember people, Seb Squillaci was capped.
Arsenal fans scoff at my attitude here, but the same people did the same for Park, Sanogo, Squillaci and the horror show that was Kallstrom.
Arsenal should be showing ambition. We shouldn’t be picking up past it players from Ligue One who will take until 30 to adapt to the rigours of the league. There should be no question of talent. It shouldn’t be a ‘well, I haven’t seen him’… we’re supposed to be ambitous. There should be an element of hype around our signings. Even Kos, an unknown, came with hype (no one beats him in one on ones).
If there is a sniff that Varane is available, we should be going hard for him. If Sissokho is what we’re looking for, go hard for him. If you want a centre back on the cheap, go for Prem proven in Reid or Vlaar, not a total risk in Perrin because you take comfort in Ligue One players.
Arsenal fans get into this frenzy about quality, and look, I get it. But here’s the thing, it’s not like Wenger or our scouting network is returning gems on the regular. Look at our last batch of transfers…
Out of that list, who are you saying are the quality hits? I’m going for Sanchez and Cazorla. Outside that, you really are looking at a batch of players who are much of a muchness. Even WELBZ, who I very much like, isn’t really hitting the quality heights of striking prowess we should be aiming for. Our scouting network doesn’t return much these days. The last major player we brought in that was a total curve ball success would have been Koscielny. The others are all, well, fairly meh…
So when fans scoff at Bony… look, he’d improve Arsenal. Winston Reid would improve Arsenal.
There are rumours about Cavani and Isco. A couple of super incredible talents you’d give your right arm for, but look, what’s the point? If they happened, they’d be a couple of the most immature signings of all time. Our needs, for the last two seasons, have sat in defensive midfield where we need at least two recruits, and at centre back, where again, we need at least two recruits.
When you’re starving, you don’t don’t blow your last £1 on two cans of coke.
I tell you what is interesting, the caliber of paper throwing out rumours like Isco for £64m. A lot of major papers are in massive decline. They’re throwing their reputation under the bus with stories taken from The Daily Star… and it’s all in the name of advertising impressions. Working in that game, you have to ask what the point is in achieving cheap page impressions like that? I’d love to see the data. If you hook someone in on a bollocks story, how long do they stay on your site? How often do they come back to your site? Do they go on to investigate more pages? Because the value for a newspaper isn’t whether someone consumes an article, it’s how much time they spend on the site. Slag the Daily Mail all you want, they’re experts at keeping you on the site. So are publications like the New York Times. The experience they get from your content. Dropping down into the dustbin of transfer rumours impacts perception about the paper. It doesn’t build loyalty. Now, some revered brands are slipping from the… ‘well, the rumour did come from The Telegraph, so their must be substance to it’… to… ‘Oh, it was in that once respected paper’. It’s not the journos fault, it’s the people running them who have no idea about modern quality metrics.
Anyway, it’s not my paper. When advertisers start paying for time on site over impressions, I wonder if you’ll see a shift in editorial style.
A question for another day.
Right, have a bloody ripper!