Here’s an idea. In the press conference, why doesn’t a journalist drop this question.
‘Arsene, as a guy managing a budget so big it could clear the UK deficit in one swoop, do you not find it frustrating that out of the whole league, you’re the only manager not to have purchased a single outfield player to support a squad that finished 3rd as well as being knocked out of the Champions League last 16 to Monaco?’
That question won’t get asked. What Wenger will treat us to today is…
‘We only add exceptional quality’
‘We have Theo and Danny who can play striker’
‘We have Sanogo, and I tell you this boy is talent’
‘Bendtner is exceptional quality’
The manager is having us over.
Question is, why?
‘He takes losing harder than anyone’
Now, if this is true, and he’s as obsessed with football as people say he is, why is he always the blindest to squad weaknesses?
Pretty crazy that he doesn’t move for a DM and a striker. You know, for a man who has no life outside football he seems to have a serious lack of understanding when it comes to what’s required or how to go about getting it.
If you can’t land premium, where is the plan b?When was the last time we made a Koscielny like signing? Why are we running it to the wire again? It’s a nonsense.
I’m all for premium players, but if there are only a few in the world, why not take the rising talent?
What are the scouts offering up?
‘Sorry boss, we had a look and there’s only Benzema’
‘No one else?’
‘Pretty sure that’s all that’s out there’
‘Could you have a look?’
‘Shut up Arsene, I’m trying to eat a sandwich’
Someone made an interesting point yesterday that Arsenal are always the passive partners in football transfers. We only sign players when they’re offered to us nicely. Like that mate you have who can’t get a girlfriend because he refuses to talk to anyone.
Arsenal need to have some balls. Sometimes, you need to roll up to that barmaid and demand they transfer their number to your phone and you’ll not take no for an answer.
‘But Pete, getting my number isn’t as simple as buying a loaf of Hovis’
See, you can have anything in this world if you try hard enough. Especially if you’re a football club with buckets of cash money.
My issue here, is that the desire isn’t there. There’s never a plan B. You can smell the dithering. And maybe there’s a reason for that. On my Arsenal man date last night, we discussed whether the consistent failure to give the squad what it needs was a purposeful act to avoid accountability.
By not giving the team what he needs now, he has an excuse when it goes wrong. We can look to the future, in a dream world, where the squad was right and we won everything.
It could be that. Or it could be that Wenger values his ideals over winning. Let’s be honest here, the big mans dream is to win the league without a transfer surplus. He wants that honour.
‘You said I needed to buy, but I won and I didn’t*’
A beautiful vision, but I’d say a really naive one. When Championship winning squads are adding mega money players to their offering, you have to wonder in what world Wenger thinks he can compete?
I think we can go close this season, but I kind of hoped that off signing a world class striker and a DM.
Having seen the opening issues, hearing the manager say the players are too soft and watching Giroud flump about upfront, I’m starting to waver.
We are literally going to face a 3 month stint with Arteta running the midfield. It’s so obviously going to happen.
Worst thing is this, if we lose Giroud, we’ll have to play with an even more substandard option!
Oh gosh, I’m losing my shit over here…
People will say, ‘oh man, have some perspective’, but the reality is this… I do have perspective. My persepctive is this.
We finished third last season. We were knocked out of the Champions League by the worst team left in it. We lacked a world class striker. We fluked a DM because of injuries.
We are the only team not to strengthen with an outfield player. It’s August 21st. Even if we do land someone, they’ll not have had a preseason with us.
This is not good enough for team with title aspirations.
P.S. Reckon I might have organised a good podcast panel. Watch. This. Space. I mean listen.