HAPPY TUESDAY TO YOU MY DEARS!
Best thing about wearing suit jackets to work is when you don’t wear one for months, you have presents in your pockets. This morning, a packet of gum, a £5 note and a Panini sticker from last summer.
What a hoard!
Surprise and delight yourself today by leaving gifts for yourself. Just make sure they’re not milk based.
Anyway, a gift you’ve all been waiting for…
A WORLD CLASS KEEPER
PETR CECH HAS LANDED (it’s not on Arsenal.com yet)
This people, is already the signing of the summer. Kind of on the way Coquelin was the find of last season. This guy feels like a missing piece.
We’ve not had an experienced keeper since Jens. We’ve tried to be cute (ALMUNIA FOR THREE YEARS WAS NOT CUTE) for too long instead of just jumping in hard and buying what the team needed. It’s very hard to grow great #1s, especially when you’re purposefully scouting average keepers in the hope of making them better (Viviano). Well, we don’t need wince at the latest shocker Wenger has found in the butchers bin of Ligue One. Petr was easily the best keeper in the world in his early years in West London. When Chelsea were first winning the league, he was unbeatable. Like nothing I’d seen before.
The nasty head injury killed his form a bit. But let’s be fair, even out of form he’s twice what we have. He’s 33, so heading into keeping prime. He’s an organiser and is used to marshalling brilliant back lines. He’s also a monster. Absolutely huge by contrast. He’ll be hungry as well. Well, that’s my hope. He’ll want to show Jose he still has it in locker.
John Terry was very complimentary of his pals abilities…
“There is obviously talk of Arsenal signing Petr and if they do get Pete, that will strengthen them for sure. He will save them 12 to 15 points a season.
“I am sure if he does leave the club, which nobody wants to see, but we understand he wants to play football, he is going to be sorely missed. He will improve whatever side he goes to.”
THAT’S THE SWING WE NEED TO WIN THE LEAGUE! Probably over egged a bit, but as James said yesterday, we don’t have a keeper that wins you points. We’ve had keepers that, over the course of a season, generally lose us more than they win.
It’s just a brilliant signing. Stunningly smart. Outrageously ruthless. Title winning move through and through.
It’s quite interesting that people talk about the major change at Arsenal is the expense of the players we’re now signing. Now, I can’t deny that players like Ozil and Sanchez are part of the elite we couldn’t sign before and they’ve made a major impact on some of our play.
However, that’s only two names that were out of our league in years gone by. I think the big improvement is simply better judgement. Monreal, Koscielny, Per, Cazorla, Bellerin, Welbz and Chambo weren’t expensive… they were just better, more well thought out (<bad English) purchases than the hugely expensive Chamakh, Podolski, Squillaci, Almunia and Gervinho.
We didn’t just get a bigger CECH book… we made smarter buys. Remember, at one point, we were removing £400k pw deadwood from the wage bill. That’s a staggering amount of money for a club that were pleading poverty.
As I always said back in the day. If you have a wage bill of £150m and no transfer budget. Why not trim your wage bill to £120m, then use the spare cash for new players? Instead, we put all our cash into the socialist wage system… essentially, living outside our means if you believe buying players is important to success.
… which amusingly, for a lot of fans, wasn’t the most important thing. Remember those days?
‘People always think the solution is to buy’
Well, we do… and maybe too much so. The improvements we need to win the league are 60% the right players, the rest divided up between prep, tactics, coaching and title winning good luck.
Don’t hold me to those numbers. Real gut feel stuff.
My point is, players are important, money isn’t necessarily. One our best players was playing at Valley Parade last September. Our best left back was being chastised as the worst Arsene signing of all time in the centre of defence. What did Aaron cost us? I’m not saying you don’t buy mega players, I’m merely saying that you have a nice mix… the key being to avoid the Chamakhs and bring in more of the Cazorlas… which it looks like we’re getting the hang of after a confidence low with players for a few seasons.
Ultimately, right now, we’re a better run team and a better run club. Things haven’t just clicked because football finally followed the path we were trying to dictate… Arsenal finally fell into line and started to behave like a world class club should do. Part of that has been helped by money, part of it has been helped by Arsene’s acceptance he needs to move with the times to succeed… and I don’t have a third part. So I’ll leave it at that.
So, before I go, let’s have a think about what we need next?
Marco Reus and Morgan Schneiderlin. Then we’re genuine contenders. Am I right?
Yes I am.
See you in the comments!
P.S. Some of the Fathers Day stories in the comments section the other day were very touching, nice to read the human side of some of the brilliant people we have in the comments.
P.P.S. Three season tickets in the West Stand, £4k (season loan). Tweet me or e-mail for more deets.
P.P.P.S. Essential reading for season review.