Yo, yo! George Graham up on the miiiiiiiic!
‘All Arsenal fans would like to see new players right down the middle.
‘They need a new goalkeeper, a centre half and a defensive midfielder.
‘With all the talent they’ve got in midfield, they’re up there with the top teams in the league, playing attractive football when they’re in possession.
‘When they don’t have the ball, though, there are too many players who don’t want to win it back early enough.’
You can’t knock those words. George knows his defence and he knows what makes a solid core of a team. Wenger’s early success certainly had a lot to do with the ground work put in by him.
I’d hold fire on the keeper until we know whether Ospina is any good, but the other two signings are pretty pertinent.
Rumours are starting to circle back to the same grouping of players at the moment. We’re sniffing around Sissoko who sees Arsenal as his dream club. Who wouldn’t? London, French people around you, great training facilities and great potential for the future. Great thing about this man is he spells the end for Diaby. He gives us a bit of power in midfield and he gives us a bit of Patrick. Not sure how much of a leader he is, but one thing is for sure, he’s a good player.
In defence, there are rumours we’re going to drop £3m for Winston Reid. I love those stories, because they’re so true. For me, there’s no way I’d be selling Reid for that. Big Sam would be better off keeping him and seeing how far he can take a very in form West Ham. Reid could be the difference between 7th and 11th. He’ll have to play his heart out to keep his stock high. Last season, that would have equated to £4.8m additional prize money and £15m more of TV share. It makes no sense to lose him for that sort of cash.
… Arsenal will try though. Like the guy who picks off bargains at a lawn sale post hurricane.
The defensive midfield situation doesn’t seem to be progressing. I think we’re going to shelve plans and go hard for a one in the shape of Schneiderlin this summer. Irritating thing about this move is we should have landed him this summer. Whatever we thought we could pay last summer has now increased. Waiting on players is an inflationary disaster if they’re good. Really can’t understand why we didn’t just go hard early doors when Southampton were shedding players left right and centre.
I tell you what isn’t helping, all the smart arsed authors penning ‘Could Coquelin be the answer?’ articles. It’s not a curve ball question. You don’t see something the rest of us don’t. You’re just fuelling a cheap option. It’d be the most predictable move of all time. Coquelin is a good player. A player who was playing for Charlton last month. A player Wenger only brought back into contention because he had literally no other option. I’m not saying he’s not a good player. I’m merely saying that the manager can’t all of a sudden decide he’s the answer to our defensive midfield crisis after one good month. We need at least two in that position anyway.
The second half of the season needs a squad. My worry is that Wenger is one of the worst when it comes to reactionary decisions. He’ll have been pushing the panic buttons on players for the last three months, now he’ll see our form and he’ll think that it’s all going to be ok. Forgetting a lack of squad caused the injury crisis in the first place… in gold fish like manner.
Fans are the same though… one win and everything is fine. No recollection with regards to what has us firmly out of title contention in the first place. If we beat City on Sunday, we’ll be even more placid. But like the United resurgence under Van Gaal… it won’t last long. A small squad is a small squad.
… but hey, Dick Law is sealing the deal for that Polish lad. Glad he’s taking January seriously. We’re being bantzed again.
Balon Dor happened last night. I love reading people slate the players attire. People who couldn’t dress a salad critiquing player fashion. Oh my days.
Anyway, it went to Ronaldo. He accepted in humble fashion as ever. I do think the trophy is getting a little boring. Messi and Ronaldo are great players, but they’re playing in a league that protects them physically and bends over to them week in week out. They’re protected by the horrendous TV money disparity. Both talents, but really, for me, it should have gone to Neuer.
Whilst we’re on it, David Luiz in the team of year? Really? A player who humiliated his country at the World Cup? A player of questionable ability and commitment?
I mean, I love Messi, but how is he in the top 3 again? Barca won very little. Argentina made the final of the World Cup… but it just seems a bit too standard to put him in the running, especially considering the whining that’s been going on at his club. Was there any representation for the heroics of Atletico players? Why is the Premier League always so underrepresented?
Samir Nasri dropped a bit of insight into the way Al Fergo operated.
“We met with Sir Alex in Paris, in a hidden place, out of sight, so as not to fuel the rumours.
“But there was one thing that was a problem; I was asked to go to war with Arsenal to be able to join. I could not see myself doing it, especially with Arsene Wenger.
“After Man City showed their interest. Mancini called me every day during the holidays. I then decided that they really wanted me.”
Nice of Samir not to go to war with us, and instead, just demand a move to City instead. A man of honour.
13 days into the transfer window… and what a shocker, no players to speak of.