Well happy good morning to you. Or afternoon. Who knows. We’re multinational here. It’s my morning here and it’s very warm. It’s actually warmer here than it was all summer in the UK. I talk about the weather a lot these days, on my own, in my apartment, crying into a bowl of cheetos because NFL is too complicated.
So now we have the weather chat sorted, let’s bang into some Arsenal news.
Olivier Giroud, our second choice, banged in two goals or France at the weekend.
He’s spoken some pretty candid words in The Guardian about accepting he’s not second choice behind the goal machine that it Theo Walcott.
‘Whether it was at Tours, Montpellier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this, I have often played from the start. I need to take positives and to harden myself mentally. It is something new for me.’
It can’t be great getting benched at 29. But, it’s also not great when your game goes to sh*t and you couldn’t score in an packed happy hour brothel and you’re the only customer and there’s 26 sex workers in there.
Anyway, it’s good that the team are seeing what’s happening here. It doesn’t matter how big your name is, how big your contract is… the only way you’re getting a pass in our team is if you play very well (or you name is Eboue and you have those photos).
The benefit of competition. It’s a real shame #WELBZ isn’t fit at the moment. I mean, his finishing is pretty pony, but hopefully he saw how bad Theo’s was last year and is thinking about how he can do a Theo and come good to a certain degree. WELBZ has all the physical attributes you need to be a worldy. Just lacks composure. You can learn that. YOU CAN LEARN THAT.
I read this article about Klopp and how the appointment is similar in magnitude to the Wenger hire all those years ago. I hate that I agree with this. What I hope, is that this perhaps shows that a focus on technical managerial attributes is more important than purely a record (ala David Moyes). I hope that when we go in for a new manager, we don’t reach for the elite box of managers that seem to float about and do ok (Rafa). I hope we go for (unless it’s Pep) someone with an exciting vision, someone with a presence and someone who has done something in the game that moves things forward.
Big ask. But if you’re in the game. You’ll no doubt know who these people are.
William Carvalho, the best player in the U21 Championship this summer has just flashed a bit of suspender laden leg at Arsenal.
‘I prefer not to say too much, but there is a club with which I’ve always been fond of: Arsenal. Because of Thierry Henry, a player with whom I have always enjoyed watching.
‘Maybe this is why I look with so much affection to the Premier League.’
He has a price tag of £33m, which is pretty damn steep. However, think about it, the best player at the U21 Championship. A dominant beast. A powerhouse midfielder in that defensive role. He could be really, really good. What does £33m matter if he actually becomes world class? Let’s also be fair here, he’ll be way better than Flamini and Arteta. He’s not injured now. I’d take him. I worried about his pace until I saw him in the summer. A very good player.
Another player getting British clubs hot under the snood is Tomas Müller. He’s told pals that he’d be open to the
pay day Premier League. He also said this.
‘Louis van Gaal and I have a relationship that goes beyond that which is normal between a player and a coach.’
Oh gosh Tomas, we’ve all had a moment at a Christmas party.
‘Louis, your hand. You must remove it. We spoke about this in Monchengladbach’
Arsenal have apparently been interested before. If this little dreamboat of a player is available, I hope we go all out in a major way to bring him to the club. Why would he want to go and play for a manager who got his balls out in the dressing room as part of a team talk?
Arsene wouldn’t do that. Plus, we play better football, have better players and the lederhosen scene is far better in London.
Right, that’s enough words for you today. Have a great day!