This will be a mad quick post today because I am in-between work things so I need to go rapido.
Firstly, condolences sit with the people of Belgium. Another sick attack on a nation whose only sin is to have the worst security service in Europe. Real tragic stuff. The people who perpetrated need know only one thing, you’ll never succeed. Europeans are made of stronger stuff. Absolute cowards.
Onto a nice Arsenal story. The club are laying pitches with Save the Children in Iraq to help the kids out there learn football. The ladies captain, Alex Scott, who visited had this to say.
“The impact that football is having on these children’s lives is incredible. Having escaped violence and war with only the clothes on their back, football is giving them back a childhood and some normality after everything they’ve been through.”
Arsenal, outside anything that involves money, do some really nice things for charity and actions like this always make you feel proud to support the club.
IN SALACIOUS NEWS, The Sun reports that Wenger has been told to spend some effing money or don’t get a new contract. Really can’t see there being much weight to this story… Wenger spends when he wants. If he was told to spend, he probably wouldn’t. Though I have no doubt Ivan will want him to spend, Wenger will do it on his terms.
Interesting thing this summer is he kind of has to spend. Arteta, Flam and Rosicky will go. Jack Wilshere is broken forever, we know this. Santi is in desperate need of replacing now he’s had a bad injury and he’s old. Chambo and Theo feel like they’ll be pushed aside. I’d imagine someone has got to be asking questions about the purpose of 6minute Gibbs. We were already a decent striker down. We’re struggling with creativity outwide. We need a couple of centre backs.
Would you trust Wenger to make those changes? His scouts are garbage, he doesn’t have a vision and even if he did, I’m not sure he’s any good at motivating players or getting the most out of them.
Asking him to spunk £150m seems the most stupid thing to do.
Too many people in football punditry think that spending money is the key to success. I think I’ve shown you enough managers over the past few weeks to suggest that spending money isn’t king, being smart is. Look at who is winning the Premier League. Look how close Tomas Tuchel is to the top of the Bundesliga (Read this on him from Rafa Honigstein). Look at what’s starting to happen at Liverpool. Look at what Pep does to Man City this summer. Hungry young managers who see the game in a different way.
There was also a story in a Spanish paper that suggests Mesut said he won’t stay if Wenger does. How anyone can believe that a footballer would take that view publicly is beyond me. But make no bones about it, the players know that Wenger is not right and that he’s doing things badly. Look at how they’re playing for him. They’ve switched off because he hasn’t given them the tools to succeed again.
The player has come out to deny the story. But don’t believe the PR, players want to play with great players. They want to win things. They know that they’re not going to win things in the current set up. Will be interesting to see if there are any ‘let me go’ rumblings this summer. Because the club isn’t progressing and players have short careers.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got today. HAVE A BEST OF TIMES ALL THE TYM x