Bad news people. Danni Alves is leaving Barca at the end of the season.
Actually, this could be good news.
He might be leaving at a point Barca require more experience. So they might go and spunk £30m on someone young enough to keep Bellerin out of contention for a place at Barca.
Either way. Expect there to be some speculation about the stylish right back moving on this summer.
I’m interested to see what happens with the mega deals this summer. Who will Madrid sell? Who will Barca move on? What will City do? How will PSG make themselves FFP compliant? How will Premier League clubs use their new spending power?
Arsene has been talking rather grimly of what it means to have a team of 30 years olds like City.
‘When all your main players get close to 30, you can’t buy a 30-year-old player. You have to buy a player who is 22 or 23 because if you buy another player of 30, they all die together. As a manager, in the long-term and short-term, you have to say: ‘OK, we can win the league’ but you cannot go without planning for the future. So the players we buy this summer have to be a bit younger – they cannot be 29 or 30. Age-wise you need a balance.’
Arsenal have their fair share of players in their thirties. He has Per, Arteta, Rosicky, Flamini, Cazorla and Debuchy. The three midfielders in that pack feel like they need addressing this summer. Not sure if we have players coming through who can replace those. So a move into the market might be necessary. A player Wenger says he certainly won’t be letting go is Jack Wilshere. He’s pretty categoric we won’t move him on.
“We are not in a position any more where we have to sell our best players,”
But then again, he said the same of Robin Van Persie.
Every player has their price, especially if they’re not performing on or off the pitch. I think jack has value because he’s English more than anything else at the moment. Would be nice if we could see the boy who took on Barca a little more often.
A player we’re looking to bring in, Morgan Schnederlin is piquing Chelsea’s interest. They see him as a cheaper option to Paul Pogba… who is surely only attainable to Real Madrid when you consider his age, stature and freakish talent. I’m not sure Chelsea will have the same pull as Arsenal. They play clunky football, they have very good players in that role already and obviously, Mourinho isn’t French. If I were him, I’d be looking at the club I can make a major difference.
People, that’s Arsenal.
Where he would be king of the midfield.
So we have him, Petr Cech and an inside forward… jeez, we’re cooking on rocket fuel.
I had Sterling, Reus and Dybala as my inside forward choices in my first ESPN article people liked. I missed Draxler of Schalke and Pedro of Barca. Two very good players to throw on the interest fire. Basically, there’s plenty of players to choose from if we need to replace Theo this summer.
One player who has outshone Theo this year is Chamberlain. He’s the only doubt for Burnley on Saturday. Shame.
Right, that’s your lot on Friday. Why not take off your shirt right now. It’s 21 degrees. If anyone asks why you’re half naked, tell them it’s your human right to feel natural in your work surroundings.
No one fucks with human rights laws in an office environment.
Have a great lunchtime ‘strategy’ meeting. x