Man there’s a real lack of news going off in the world of Arsenal.
We’ve spoken about the English players, we’ve spoken about people who might leave, might come in… I’m not sure where we can go this morning?
It’s desperate out there. Desperate and cold.
Ok, so The Daily Star reckon Barca are keeping tabs on Bellerin.
Of course they are.
They’ve an immense pull with young players. It doesn’t seem to matter how badly they treat them, their young cubs always come back to play for them. I’m pretty sure that this story is made up, putting two and two together, rather than anything genuine… but I guess, if he continues to play as he has been, he’ll eventually move back there.
Calum Chambers has been an odd player this season. He started and everyone lost their minds. Then he played too many games. Then his form dipped, then we didn’t really see him. It’s hard to assess his progress. I’m assuming he’s going to be our 4th choice centre back moving forward, which gives us a nice compliment of options. My one worry about Chambers is his lack of pace. Can’t work out whether that’s the case, or he was just unfit towards the end of his playing stint…
On the young player front, I’m surprised we haven’t seen more of Zelalem. The US reckon he’s good enough for their first team already. We’ve not really seen him on the bench and his name hasn’t been suggested as a loan option. Serge Gnabry is another odd case. He looked quite a prospect a couple of seasons back… yet we’ve hardly seen him at all even when he’s fit.
Could either of those two step up next season?
I don’t know. I just don’t know.
I read an interesting article about publishing and how it’s totally fucked. It’s interesting, because a lot of football websites play for page views. That’s because pageviews make them money. What they miss in the process is that by churning out shite, you lose credibility and you stop yourself becoming a destination site. Buzzfeed is a destination site, you go there, lose yourself in the content. So is the Huff Post. If you’re a destination site, you can run native advertising (sponsored articles with brands) which are hugely profitable.
Basically, the jist is… lots of publishers might have to move their content to Facebook because their traffic is worth very little and they can’t monetise their ailing business models (and they can’t nail mobile advertising). This is particularly pertinent for a lot of the sports site you read. Notice big name papers doing horribly tacky articles. They’re under massive pressure because they’re dying on their arses. Be interesting to see how that pans out. It’d be a real shame to see it go that way…
What else is going on?
I know Aaron Ramsey banged in a header for Wales yesterday. Good work sir, good work. That Welsh team looks pretty tasty these days.
Amusing times for United, apparently they’ll lose £25m on Falcao this summer… and Di Maria wants out, and they’ll lose there again. Amazing how liberal United are about spunking money up the wall.
I really am struggling, so I’m going to tap out. I wrote this piece for ESPN about players who might exit this summer. Note, it’s an article about could leave, not will leave.
Right, have a splendid day, catch you in the AM tomorrow!
BIG LOVE xxx