Apologies, I lied yesterday. This is the last late post. I met with the Movember team this morning. Inspiring group of people. Always great when the people behind a charity are hugely passionate about what they do. Puts working in marketing in perspective. But hey, someone has to sell cigarettes to 15 years olds.
Anyway, I tell you what isn’t a joke, Arsenal signing players. We landed the Brazilian. I like the smart thinking behind the work permit changes. If the player costs more than £10m, that is a sign they are talented. So give them a damn work permit.
Jeremy Wilson says we’re after a world class holding player, but Wenger would like Morgan Schneiderlin, so he’ll wait rather than go substandard. I can kind of understand this thinking, it’s just a shame we didn’t go harder last summer. He’s of the opinion that’s the final piece of the jigsaw. I’m not sure I’m that confident.
However, what I am confident is that the squad we have could make an impact on the league if the new approach to tactics is a long term practice. Great managers do amazing things with resource that is below the standard required. If you give our squad the tools they need to succeed, then they’ll succeed. Well, in my opinion anyway. Smarter tactics, smarter approach to fitness, having a squad built around power and pace, bringing in players who can lift each other and deal with the mental rigours. We’re not there yet, but a 2 or few smart additions and we could be. I mean, the major piece of the jigsaw, for me, is still signing a world class striker.
Two slight worries for me centre around Coquelin, a player who has emerged from the depths of mediocrity to prove himself a smart player in 5 games. He’ll be miffed we tried to flog him to Tours in the same way Flamini was miffed we tried to shove him out to Birmingham back in the day. Another player who we really should tie down sharpish is Akpom. I really rate him. He’s lightning, he’s a specimen and he looks to be the first home grown striker ever who could be something special for us. Apparently Dortmund are looking at him.
Get on it Arsene, get on it!
Man, I’m so out of the loop with Arsenal at the moment, gotta spend and evening catching up. Great thing though… we’re on a cloud of smug, so we can all enjoy that!
Have a good one!