Barcelona are back in the mix for one of our players. They want to take Aaron Ramsey for a whopping £50m. Story goes that they’ve watched him, like, 10 times this year (twice on MoTD 2). Not a patch on the 60 times Arsene Wenger watched Yaya Sanogo, but whatever.
It’s an interesting story, because on the face of it, the story makes sense. With a bit more craft, he’s certainly good enough to play for them. I think he’d suit the league, he’d bring a lot of power and purpose to their side. He’d bring goals as well. He certainly has the engine for them.
I just wonder whether they’re shooting too early for him. I think Aaron is a very good player, I’m not sure he’s quite in their league yet. Basically, I think he’d get booed. He loses posession too often and he can be quite greedy. His game still feels like it has a way to go. If we took £50m for him and spent that elsewhere to strengthen, I feel we might be in a superior position. Also, generally, Barca signing a player from Arsenal is a bit of a bad luck omen. I mean, we’ve consistently sold them duffers. Overmars, Song, Hleb… even Thierry found himself shunted out wide!
So the jury is out here. Ramsey is a spectacular player, but £50m is quite a tempting fee when you look at the sort of players you could bring over in his place… like Vidal (omg, I typed this out and there is actually a story in Italy about us looking at him. UPGRADE).
Olivier Giroud had a minor kick out at Thierry Henry and his ‘you’re a fucking joke mate’ jibe.
“I heard he was saying too many dull things. That was a bomb and it had its desired effect,” he toldL’Equipe.
“It was surprising to hear him take apart the team. I say ‘team’ because it wasn’t just me, it was the spine. I think he’s wrong.
“I didn’t enjoy hearing it. Coming from an ex-France and Arsenal striker, it’s a shame. It was a bit easy for him to say that after Chelsea game.
“We were doing well, unbeaten in 10, my stats were good. It hurt my pride.”
“Maybe [Henry] was angry that I needed fewer games than him to score 50 goals for Arsenal.”
I hope you feel bad Thierry…
I can see why Olivier would go down this route. That’s basically a hero of French football and an icon of Arsenal telling you you’re shite when you’re playing some of the best football you’ve ever played.
I think players need to stop defending themselves against pundits. It’s nothing personal. Media makes the game go round. I like that we at least not have explayers in place who will give it some… because they have the right to do so (you know, because they were legends themselves).
I’d guess the reason the critique hurt the most is because there’s a seed of truth about it. He’s not ever going to be Thierry. He probably won’t ever guide Arsenal to a Champions League final. That’s just life… we can’t all be elite at what we do. Just be the best you can and you’ll never be able to look back with regret.
Finally, before I go. I didn’t really have much chance to dissect the game yesterday because I was hanging. However, the line-up for Sunderland really was a bit of a joke. I really struggle with Arsene and how he seems to have no empathy for exhaustion.
My biggest worry is that our 2015 success has basically come from the luck of having most of our squad injured for the first 3 months of the season. They all had a big rest, came back fit and fighting… then smashed the second half of the season.
… but now they’re all tired again. That’s an easy observation that’s now backed by the manager bemoaning the issue.
“We gave a lot on Sunday [against United] to come back and you could see that the legs were not completely there tonight.”
If this was December, which it kind of is for most players (their half season point) we’d be just about to hit our usual injury rut.
Fatigue >>> Soft tissue injuries galore
The most important part of 2015 has been having fit players available.
This is why it always amuses me when people say we’re doing well because we have so many players to pick from.
We’re doing so well because we have our best players to pick from. Wenger has basically played the same starting line-up for most of 2015. He played the same starting eleven 6 times in a row before Sunderland… then when he did rotate players in, he barely bothered.
Why was Santi playing? Why did we need Giroud in there again? When is he going to rest Ozil?
It was Sunderland. They really weren’t coming to do much outside park that bus. If our squad is so good, why don’t we ever use it?
Sirens going off in my head about next season. Because if Wenger chooses the ‘play them all the time’ strategy with his best players, we’ll end up with a broken December again.
Right, that’s it for me. Have a ripping day my beauties. x