HAPPY GOOD MORNING TO YOU!
So, before we kick off. I just want to apologise for anyone who had to read the embarrassing comments from some of the people on yesterday’s post. I left them up because it highlighted exactly the problem we have in the game. No, the problems we have in certain sections of society.
I couldn’t watch the friendly at the weekend, so I fired up a post from William that was relevant not only to football, but culturally, in light of some of the momentous events that have happened globally.
… and what did we get? A load of narrow minded bigots saying things like…
‘I didn’t come here for this / why do they have to parade it? / I don’t brag about how straight I am / slavery was worse / homosexuality is a lifestyle choice’
Jesus wept. No, he probably laughed. Or condemned people to hell dependent in which book you’re loving rn.
Anyway, I thought it was a fantastic post. Not often I feel sad in the world of blogging, just a shame that when you write about something like homosexuality in football, the ill-educated come out to play. And that’s what it is, you can’t be angry at intolerance, because it’s not that person’s fault. It’s an education thing.
Hopefully they’ll get learned proper good over time… then we can live in a society that doesn’t have an opinion on who loves who.
Unless it’s people loving on John Terry.
That’s the only sort of love I can’t tolerate.
#PREACH #GOONERFAM #HATETERRY
Onto today’s football treats!
FLAMINI LEAVES (OZIL IS HIS BOY HE WILL BE SAD)
Thank the good lord. He had, what, a month of really good games? Then he reverted back to what he was at Milan. You can’t knock his hard work, he was mostly the best runner on the team. You can knock his output. He was sloppy, he wasn’t the player he needed to be and Coquelin overshadowed him. He was a cheap stop gap back in the day when Wenger didn’t believe in holding midfielders.
… times, they a-changin’.
Now we have to buy. Wenger is playing Jack in the number 10 role when we’ve been touring. So he can’t come into that role, outside that, we have Bielek. He’s a kid and won’t be ready for at least 3 years. So we must buy.
Where will he go?
Who can Wenger spy?
Someone from Madrid? That Illamerwhatlettergohere chap? Maybe Gundogan of Dortmund? Grzegorz Krychowiak (CRAY NAME EH!). How about Bender? Calm down bigots, Lars Bender. Jeez…
I have no idea where we’ll look to pick from. I’m hoping Wenger has a plan. But as reported earlier on in the summer, it’s a deadwood out mission first.
Lukas, Diaby, Flamini, Campbell, Yaya and maybe Chezzer if Ajax come in for him. It’s been a glorious summer. One thing that has to be noted, our deadwood must be getting better, because the last batch were pretty hard to flog on!
Up top, strong rumours we’re loving a bit of Aubameyang. Nightmare to spell, but a player who is of the goodest variety.
“We rely heavily on Aubameyang – that is no secret.”
“I’ve heard a lot about this (a transfer to Arsenal) but I can say very clearly that it is blocked for him. He is simply not for sale.”
Bit weird we avoided him when he was smashing up Ligue One for St.Etienne. Very Wenger like in style. He’s technically a bit scrappy, but he’s really fast and his finishing is pretty good. I haven’t watched him enough to really give the low down, but he’s not the finished article. You kind of feel if Welbeck had a good season they’d be very similar.
Dortmund have said he’s not for sale. That means little in the world of football.
There’s also talk of Dzeko. I’m not massively interested in him. Feels like a better version of Giroud. I want someone in who is a speed demon.
Interesting that Benteke has gone to Liverpool. The fee was pretty steep. £32m for a talent who hasn’t played in the Champions League is big money. But that’s what the rate is. People tweeting me that he’s only worth £16m have no clue what they’re talking about. His games to goals ratio is pretty impressive. He’s fired Villa out of the shit 3 seasons running and he has all the attributes you look for in a Premier League striker. He’s tall, he’s good on the floor, he’s very fast, he’s very powerful and if kept fit and played in a better team, he could be a big player.
Brendan Rodgers is either building an excellent team over there, or a terrible one. He’s focused back on the pace side of things and having a team that will press. Can he keep Benteke motivated? Big ask, that.
LVG appears to be building a very threatening outfit. That’s worrying.
We really do need to kick on with things. We’re short now. We don’t need to be short. There’s some chat in the papers and on the .com about Theo staying on. Part of me thinks this is great news, part of me things this is the foreplay before Wenger shoots ‘I am happy with the striking numbers’ load all over our collective backs.
… enjoy that porridge, yah?
Theo sells himself into that middle role, but maybe a little more accepting it’s tough for a wee man.
“In modern-day football the three up front tend to change around a lot,” said Walcott. “You see it with England and with Barcelona, so we have that sort of trust in each other knowing that everyone can do that sort of role. It’s not a problem at all.
“I like it anywhere. I enjoy playing for this club. It’s well-documented where I want to play but there’s a lot of competition in that front line. If I’m in a role then I have to do my best there, but it’s another option for the manager. It’s not a bad thought.”
I wonder whether the long term vision is to have three small forwards hitting the front line. That SAS line up Liverpool had the 2 seasons ago was unplayable. If you dropped Reus into our starting 11 through the middle, you’d not be far off pace wise.
Great Thierry interview from Alfie (Gooner) over at GQ. Here’s a snippet.
Manchester City were defending champions. Why were they so disappointing?
Because people adapt to what you do. Let me give you an example: in my time [at Arsenal] we never won back-to-back titles. Why is that? Because teams always adapt to how you play – they buy players, they get better. Another reason is that it’s a lot more difficult to dominate now: back then it was only Arsenal and Manchester United competing [for the title].
Read more here.
Finally, how about a bit of lovely banter?
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was asked which Arsenal legend he’d most like to play with. This was his answer… pic.twitter.com/HrkFwkL1bE
— ArsenalFanTV (@arsenalfantv) July 19, 2015