Apologies for the lack of posting. I’ve been back to back since being in the uk and I had a do over the Arsenal game and didn’t feel it’d be right to hash something half arsed together.
I’ve gotta say, I was half expecting something like that… I mean, one of my main gripes this season has centred around focus and I think that game shone a bright light on the issue. All the goodness of the City win, eaten up in an embarrassing 90mins against a club on their knees.
Mistakes, lack of bottle and maybe the creakings of a squad that’s being pushed pretty hard. Can we bring it back in today? Probably. Are we still in it? Of course. But the question is… do you believe we have what it takes to sustain a challenge until the end of the season?
Who knows. The season is so messed up it’s hard to tell. Shipping 4 goals like that isn’t a good sign though, hardly title inspiring.
It seems pretty nailed on that we’ll be signing Elneny from Basel for £5m. Numbers wise he looks good. He covers a lot of distance, had 92% pass completion in the Europa League and he’s scored some screamers. However, he’s coming from a slow league and he’s got risk written all over him. Is he going to give us now impact? Chances seem slim. We’re investing in potential and luck… rather than out and out quality.
Looks like the reason he’s not a full on DM centres around him being a replacement for Jack, who has suffered another set back that puts him out past February. I think it’s safe to say he’s the White Diaby. His injury record is beyond appalling now.
I think we still need direct cover for Coquelin. Someone good enough to oust him. Flamini and Arteta just don’t cut it. All the chatter points towards that not being the case… he’ll be the only one. Which frustrates, because it feels like Wenger is going to fritter away the league again because he didn’t go hard.
There you go. It is what it is…
Right, Bournemouth today, a very tough game but a chance to show a bit of resolve.
See you in the comments!