I’ve started the morning with a bit of writers block. I was going to tell you about my self loathing when I complained to someone in a supermarket yesterday that they didn’t have a type of artisanal cheese I was looking for. Real middle class wanker moment. Then I thought, no, that’s boring. Then I was going to tell you about something else really boring, possibly my observation that anyone who works in office management is generally an arsehole. Get over yourself mate and fix the fu*king kettle pronto.
Then I realised. My life is really boring if I don’t have beer shame involved.
So tonight, I’m going to go out on a corporate night with my MD and totally shame myself.
That’s real blogging. Destroying your career for a bit of content…
Anyway, Arsenal fans losing their shit over Giroud getting a new deal. Apparently he’s going to get £130k a week.
What I love here is the progress. We used to give players like Nik B £52k a week and be upset that they were in the deadwood pile. Now we can afford to give players like Giroud £130k a week. Our deadwood wage ceiling just got way higher.
It’s mega money. I mean, he’s hit the jackpot there, no doubt. But look, as they say in some science papers… money is usually linked to how good looking you are. And let’s be honest, if that’s how Wenger is dishing out contracts, then we’re getting a bargain. Because he’s a beauty.
Jokes aside, he’s a very good striker, that sort of wage seems outrageous, but look, all wages in football are outrageous. If he bangs in 20 goals this season, then what’s the damn problem?
Kike Marin, the only person outside this blog who had us on Reus last year is saying Arsene will go in hard on Benzema. If he doesn’t land him, there’s a secret player he’s going for. Who could that be? Who knows… I’m not in with Kike. But look, what I will say is he’s very well connected. So if he’s saying something is on, he’s likely to have something.
There’s also been a lot of chatter about us signing Samper. No, not the soulful singer from modern electronic dance band SBTRKT, no, the Barcelona B defensive midfielder. I’d not be against that sort of singing. I mean, if he’s capable of break through season comparable to Bellerin. Then jeez, that’d be amazing.
I’d still like someone senior in there. The thought of Arteta propping up our midfield gives me shit-the-bed nightmares. There must be someone out there. Can someone get Lars Bender’s agent on the blower!?
I personally think he’ll rotate Coquelin, Jack and Aaron in that deeper role. Wenger seems to be very much into having a front 6 he can interchange. Well, I hope that’s the case… you just know the first game of the season will have Arteta lining up.
N0w, I’m not one for blowing my own trumpet, but apparently Chezzer might be off to Roma on loan with a view to a €5m deal at the end of it.
Now, I’ve been calling this one for two years. I said at the start of the last season he’d not be our number one.
‘Oh, but he has a Golden Glove and he made a good save once’
Now look at what’s happened (nearly). He wasn’t good enough. He isn’t overly liked. His attitude was all wrong.
This is bigger than the time I told you the same things about Song and he left after a 12 assist season.
There’s some banter about Pjanic coming the other way. When asked about a move to Arsenal, he pulled out his phone, typed into Google:
‘Standard pro footballer response when asked about move to a club they want to go to’
… and he said:
“I’m happy where I am but anything can happen. When you’re a footballer you never know… it’s never simple for a player, but I try to live calmly and not listen to rumours that the journalists talk about.”
Imagine those words.
‘Dave, you thinking of moving to HSBC?’
‘Anything can happen Simon. For now, I try to live calmly’
‘Do what Dave? Live calmly? Are you ok?’
Exactly. What does live calmly mean? Why do we never say that in England?
Anyway, I have my doubts we’d move for a playmaker style player at this time. He’s a great player though. He scored a banger against City yesterday.
There’s been some overspill about Petr Cech. Matic had this to say:
“But I am not happy because of that. We know that he is very professional. He is one of the best keepers. And I hope this season he does not perform as he did here for 10-11 years.”
Steve Clarke chimed in as well.
‘For me, he’s still one of the best goalkeepers in the world,’
‘He’s a great signing for Arsenal.
‘I smile a bit when I see Jose’s comments because I know inside it will be killing him having to sell one of his best players to a title rival.’
… the banter stops here though, because I have more ‘I told you so’ coming.
Jeremy Wilson has a brilliant interview with Petr Cech in The Telegraph. Key point of interest for me is this one when asked about the difference between Arsenal and Chelsea.
“In all those games Chelsea were on top we managed the little details better.”
If this wasn’t totally obvious to anyone who understood the game, then hopefully these comments silence those doubters.
BUT. The good part about this is that we are managing the minor details. We’re improving our approach to each game. Smarter analysis, more training geared around opposition. Working in pods and undertaking scenario planning. We’re moving into the same level of preparation every other elite club has been engaged in for years.
The fantastic thing about having Cech on board is that Steve Bould can pillage his knowledge. The club can learn from him. In marketing, when you bring in someone new, you always sit them down and drain them for all their knowledge to see how good / bad you are and take all the bits you don’t have.
Jose is the master of details. He always has that extra 5% of prep we historically haven’t had. That might change this year. We’re already in the process of kicking on in that area, Cech will help us kick on to even greater heights!
RIGHT. That’s me done. You just took all the goodness… and to think, that was a post that started with writers block.
See you tomorrow, might have a bit of a mega exclusive for the geeks.