The season is over for many but for Arsenal, it’s just beginning. Well, it’s not. It’s just finishing, only a week later… hopefully in a blaze of red and white open bus glory!
We have a huge opportunity this weekend to defend our FA Cup. We have an exciting chance to finish the season like absolute heroes. We have the chance to give the fans something to remember for the rest of their lives.
I’m excited. So excited, I’m not going to start talking about it until later on in the week. No one needs 5 FA Cup final previews.
So, in other news, Wenger is complaining about FIFA and the latest tournament after a World Cup.
“I’ll watch [the Copa America], but with a little bit of fear.
“Sanchez has played 50 games for us and goes there again, having already played in the World Cup last summer.”
You do kind of feel for clubs a bit. The players are treated like cattle. They have country committments that they can’t escape without being branded a traitor. They have club committments they have to adherre to because that’s who pays them.
It’s all a bit shite.
I don’t really know what the solution is, outside playing all the continental cups in the same summer. It’d make a lot of sense. An orgie of football around the globe. However, you can imagine sponsors taking exception to such an offering.
I still don’t quite understand why clubs can’t take more control over the whole FIFA process. If all the major outfits turned around and said, we own the players, let’s force change at FIFA, why couldn’t that happen?
Why are FIFA so powerful? Why couldn’t clubs render FIFA invalid, based on a whole number of legitimate reasons, then run the World Cup independently?
I’m sure there are answers to my ill thought out plan, but I don’t get it.
I was reading about Brendan Rodgers keeping his job earlier. I agree with it. He’s tanked this season and his signings were pretty drab. I like him as a coach, but you have to perform. It’s been a bit of a circus over there this season. However, he has to make good next season to keep with his job.
As part of the article, it stated that Juventus’ expensive outlay last summer was Morata at £14.7m. They’re in a European Cup final, what, 8 years since being relegated? They’ve also moved stadium. We’ve had 18 cracks at that trophy and never won it. When is our turn to hit it hard? How can we bring our football up to that level? How can we find players that can play out a plan and act smart on the pitch in the way they do at clubs like that? What are we missing? What are all English clubs missing at the moment?
I mentioned Allegri as one of the talented stock of managers in their forties to a bit of derision last year. He’s gone in at Juve under a bit of a cloud and he’s emerged a hero after taking them to another level. Just goes to show how much of being a great manager is about circumstance.
Then you have Carlo Ancelotti out on his arse the other side. Unbelievable that Perez sacked him despite players and fans speaking out for the club to keep him. Absolutely crazy short term thinking. Where you have Barca on the other side making all the smart moves and building round two of their empire.
Morgan Schneiderlin ramped up speculation around his impending move to a Champions League playing club.
“I learned a lot last season. The goal is to stay in England. It is a championship that I like and where I have a lot of fun. If I leave Southampton, it is for a club that plays better than the Europa League.
“There are ongoing discussions but nothing is done. But of course the Champions League is my goal. If I leave Southampton it will be for a club in the Champions League.
“I have a two-year contract. If a club pays the right amount for me, it will be time to leave.”
Sorry Spurs, that sounds distinctly like he ruled out a move to White Hart Lane. Spursday Night football never caught on.
He wants a move to Arsenal, I just hope we make an early play for him.
Right, that’s your lot. See you tomorrow! x