Well hello there cruel world!
Why cruel? Well, it’s transfer deadline day which is not exactly a happy day for Arsenal fans.
No doubt we’ll do nothing because of all the good news around players coming back into contention.
Bad news it that Tomas Rosicky broke down again. So he’s been out all season, back for a moment, then out for the rest. Not great. I feel for him, because no one picks up injuries on purpose… but at the same time, our manager really should have assessed whether it was worth keeping an injury prone 34 year old on the books at mega money, especially as we all know it was against his will.
The more scary news was that Jack Wilshere is rumoured to have had ANOTHER set back.
I mean, if true. What can you say? I can’t lambast him for not being very good at maintaining fitness. I can’t lambast the management for giving him a new deal, because he’s only young and potentially a bit special.
It’s just a frustrating situation for everyone. I tell you what though, I’ll be mad if he fucks off to the Euro’s. He really should concentrate on being fit for next season. Not rushing to be part of the annual disappointment over in France.
On the vibe of disappointing news. City have announced that Pep Guardiola is heading over to them on a 3 year deal. That really is incredible. City, with all that sexy infrastructure, with a Pep at the helm.
Daaaaang gurl, that’s fine.
Here’s the thing. They have a manager in charge at the moment who has won them the league in living memory. He’s in all four competitions (and properly in them, not like, ‘Arsenal are still in the Champions League’ in). And the board are like, see ya Pellegrini… we are about the future.
So basically, all the best managers have GONE. We’re still sitting there mulling over giving Wenger another 5 year deal, intent on having man in his seventies still calling the shots.
There aren’t many managers that you think, jeez, we passed up a good’un there. But, Pep is one of them. I don’t think we need a mega name to replace Arsene, but if there was one that I’d have gone for, it would have been him. He plays our way, he has fire in his belly and he pretty much guarantees dominance.
Who is there now?
Right, as it’s deadline day, worth mentioning that Wenger made a joke about not refusing Messi if he were offered.
Don’t kid yourself Arsene, you’d put that £150m fee into your value spreadsheet and determine there was no sell on value.
We’re going to shift on Debuchy to Bordeaux for the rest of the season. Again, I think this is a mistake because Calnaldo or whatever he calls himself these days still looks very green.
On the inbound, there’s really nothing. No one seems to be making waves, I guess clubs with good European players probably fancy waiting until the Euros before flogging potential gems.
OH NO, SORRY. Gnabry is back. Wenger wants him to be like Coq and make a name for himself with us. He has the potential, explosive directness, some skills… but does he have the attitude? If you can’t make it at WBA, how are you gonna do at a club that boasts the class of Joel Campbell? Lot of hard work ahead for the young German.
On the good news front for Arsenal. We have a fit Coquelin and Elneny, who look like they’d be pretty adept at pinning the midfield in big games. We have a full compliment of strikers coming back into contention, that’s good news for numbers, but I’m not sure they have the quality we need.
Still, a fit squad heading into the home run. If they can’t do it, then the manager knows he’s probably got a little bit too much average in his ranks.
Then we’ll get to the summer, praying for big names, Wenger will shit his pants about inflation of the Euro’s, then we’ll end up with no one.
I HATE THIS DAY SO MANY BAD MEMORIES I CAN’T SHAKE.
Enjoy watching everyone else opening presents, I’m going back to bed.
P.S. Fun watching Gary Neville do so badly over in Spain. But here’s the thing, he hardly inherited an incredible setup. This is the madness of football, he’s having a bad run, could get sacked in the next week, but he’s never really had a good go at implementing his ideas.
Still, saying that football management wasn’t your long term career path 2 weeks in was possibly a bit dim. Going to a country where you don’t speak the language wasn’t smart either. I mean, he didn’t set himself up for success there, did he?