It’s here. It’s landing. It’s tomorrow for us, but football being back is mega regardless!
Just want to give a big shout out to my back up team this summer who helped me out with a about four posts. You’re about as reliable as a Jack Wilshere ankle!
But enough bitching. This is Gods day. This is when we rejoice in kindness to fellow Gooners and hatred to all the rest. This is the one moment of the year you’re usually happy. That moment when you look at the alphabetised Premier League table and enjoy the fact that you’re topping it. That feeling you get heading into your seat and the warm rays of a fading ‘yet to start’ summer caress your fresh face. The sweet optimistic beers before the game. The strong embrace of forgotten Arsenal family members.
Enjoy it, because after the West Ham game, shit gets serious, tempers get frayed and those stupid shitty predictions you made last week start to looking stupid.
I’m excited about the league this year. I don’t think any club has made a killing this summer. It’s like the good players of the world have started to run out. Not much major movement anywhere to be honest. So it’s going to be about making the most of what you’ve got.
Arsenal have moved for one player. I think we’ll compete for the league as is. I feel we’ve a strong squad, we have cohesion, we have super team spirit and we’ve all the attributes a brilliant side needs. Power through the spine. Pace from all angles that is outrageously intense. Good backroom team being afforded the luxury of responsibility and accountability. A manager charged to make something of his career in the dying days.
I mean, this season feels special.
I’d rate the summer as a 7 so far. I think the biggest signing of any side was Petr Cech. Arguably the most perfect signing for Arsenal of the last ten years. Ruthless because David Ospina did very well. Daring, because Arsenal don’t pinch from their rivals. Needed, because we haven’t had a world class keeper for tiiiiiiime.
Do we still need bodies? I mean, what is our weak point. For me, and countless other Gooners I speak to, the body we need is Coquelin MKII. I think it’s staggering that the key to 2015 being so good was the stability he afforded us. He was our best player. He was an accident. We tried to move him on last year. He couldn’t even manage a Premiership move.
So why when we find out that we need this sort of player, do we not move for a second version as a back up? You don’t even need world class in that role. You just need someone who knows how to carry out a specific set of instructions. Even a Wanyama would have done in that position. We don’t have any kids coming through who can help. We let Schneiderlin go. Carvahlo picked up an injury. Samper came to nothing.
So we’re left with the horrible prospect of Arteta playing there… which really wasn’t suitable in 2013, let alone now when the twitch fibres have degraded even further.
Factor in Coquelin has never made more than 26 app in a season, well, Wenger really is blowing his beans on a dream so sexy, you’d have to hose down the bed if you woke up after it.
It actually beggars belief he’s not sorting this… but, that said, Crack Wilshere can play there. Not sure Ramsey there is an option. But shit, we’ll see.
I just don’t understand why Wenger doesn’t make sure. He always leaves a squad hanging just a bit…
The striker part of the story seems like a point of contention I can’t tackle right now. It’s clear we want Karim Benzema. I think something might happen, but Ballague says this won’t under any circumstances. We’ll see though, you’d imagine the smoke has at least a small truth fire burning in a Florentino Perez office bin somewhere in Madrid.
He really would make us title winners. His signing would be like RVP for United. Or Costa for Chelsea.
So what do I think of our rivals?
I think Liverpool might push for a top four this year. I think Benteke was an excellent signing. A lot of snorting from people who can’t have watched him much. I think Thierry said he’d love to have played with him. This is win or bust for Rodgers. You can’t keep spunking money and messing up.
United basically have a new team. LVG has been machine gunning down anyone who looks like they can run. They have a new midfield. They’ve moved on Di Maria, Robin and De Gea. I mean, that’s ripping the guts out of a team. I’m not convinced by their signings. I’m also not convinced LVG can get that team going. His paranoia and mean comments will have an impact on squad morale. He’s not there for the players, he’s there for himself and his own personal glory. I hope the wheels fall off this season.
Chelsea haven’t made too many changes. The only thing that’s going to impact them this season is Diego Costa and those brittle hamstrings. I’m not even sure he’s that good. I mean, he’s not better than Aguerro, is he? Chelsea also have a ticking time bomb in John Terry. He’s not going to keep his form going for another full season. When he breaks, it could be a Rio like floodgate moment. I also think their backline lacks pace, which makes them a target and gives other teams a real weakness to aim at. You’ve already seen how we took advantage of that. I also think Jose has the fear. We’ve taken psychological points off them with Cech and a Community shield win.
Manchester City have the shadow of Pep hanging over them. They’ve brought in Delph to shore up their midfield. I think they’ve made a spectacular signing in Sterling and I’d imagine they’ll bring creativity to the park with De Bruyne. They’ll chug along this season. There or there abouts. If there’s a run in, you’d fancy them. I just don’t know how Guardiola will impact a squad that doesn’t need much of an invitation to switch off. I also think Pelligrini looks like he’s slept walked into a job he doesn’t understand.
Right, it’s here. United and Spurs kick off the day. I don’t care where that result goes, but I think I’d quite like to see the free spending nutters lose on their opener.
HAVE A GREAT ONE! xx