Happy Thursday to you.
I’m in Bilbao with Alex. Did you know he sprechens zie El Spanio? No, I didn’t either. His casual flirting with the taxi driver in his faux London accent was a joy to listen to.
I’m over here on a scouting mission. There’s a team called Barcelona and another one called Bilbao who have some players I want us to buy. I’ll report back.
So Tomas is injured. Let’s look at that re-signing. What was the purpose? The manager played him, what, 5 times last season despite him being fit. Then he ties him down again. Now he’s injured. I love Tomas, but he feels like a pointless person to have on the wage bill.
So, what do we have in the news today? Well, the Evening Standard reported last night that the backroom team want reinforcements, especially in the middle of the park, but Wenger thinks we need to give Coquelin the chance to blossom.
WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE.
I don’t want to lose my sh*t over here, but we only have ONE Coquelin. There is no one else who can play that role of destroyer and we’re unsure if he can recreate his masterful half season form. What have we learnt over the years when we only have one player in a role? We become dependent. They get injured. Or they become complacent.
Why doesn’t the manager ever learn? If we don’t sign a central midfielder, we really are putting all our hopes on one player staying fit for a year.
Feels absurd. It also feels like the manager just doesn’t care too much about winning the league. I mean, look at the facts… we are the only team in the league NOT to have signed an outfield player. I’m game for the progress we’ve made in 2015. I just find it very odd we’ve not pushed harder on the striker front. I mean, is Giroud literally the second best thing in the world next to Benzema?
It’s a question. Because if he is the second best striker next to Benzema. Fine. But is there no one who could upgrade us? We finished 3rd in the league and we were knocked out of the Champions League. We also lost our first home game of the season.
Man, I appreciate this is emotional. I just really thought we’d be making more serious moves on key positions.
We still might, but why we’ve waited this long again is beyond me.
Right, I’m going to be parading the city of Bilbao today. I’ve come here with no luggage because that was the deal with Moneysupermarket. I have to fend for myself. So if I’m not about tomorrow, it’s because I was caught shoplifting sweet Bilbao tracksuits from their equivalent of the Armoury.
Enjoy your sh*tty day at work and I’ll catch you on the morning!