HAPPY FRIDAY YOU SEXY BEASTS.
Friday Digest is coming at ya, so let’s get cracking.
Guess who’s back?
Jack. Jack Wilshere. Short guy, immense talent, always injured, constantly given new contracts. Yeah, the little big man is back in training and raring to go for the last 5 games of the season. Wenger is pleased, he’s encouraging Roy Hodgson to take a gamble on Jack…
“You want your players to compete. When you’re a footballer you want to compete at the top level and what is important is that Jack, who is frustrated enough, regains confidence. It’s very important for his confidence that he can go to the Euros and he can play. It’s also important to have a player of his quality available. I’m cautious with him now but to be back fully competitive, it will take a few weeks.”
Jack has been an excellent player for England. He’s won more man of the match awards than Alli has caps playing in the deep-lying position. As an England fan, I’d be overjoyed to see his tenacity in the squad, as an Arsenal fan, I wonder if he’s more pumped about playing for England than his club sometimes? I mean, current state we’re in, you wouldn’t be surprised. I just hope him heading out for the Euro’s doesn’t have a bad impact on his club fitness next year.
Oziiiiiiiiil, sign the deal!
So all the rumours emanating from the club seem to point to the sure sign that Ozil is going to pen a new deal for the club. Personally, I’m surprised he’s doing that so readily. Apparently he’s been promised amazing signings or some shit like that. I don’t mean to be negative, but didn’t we have a similar thing with Robin and Cesc? Didn’t one of them say, ‘I’ve heard glorious things’ only to finish the summer with a Park Chu-Young and a pack of Maltesers? I can’t remember, but we’ve been here before for sure.
Still, it’s great news that we’re nailing down one of the best players on the planet for his prime years. Oh, and by the way Mesut, could you drop a few words for Arsene, he’s struggling a bit…
“I would be delighted for Wenger if we win the title,” he added. “He played a major role in my decision to join Arsenal. He was desperate to sign me. Everybody knows he is an extraordinary manager.
“He is always hungry for success, has a lot of experience and always takes his time for the players. He helps players develop.”
Ozil says never say never…
Fresh off the rumour Ozil is going to sign for Arsenal, the cheeky German has been saying naughty things to a website called Spox.
“Zidane was an amazing player,” Ozil told. “He did not just play football, but lived for the game. I got to know him after his active career as someone who is always willing to lend a hand.
“But that does not say anything about my future. I am only thinking about Arsenal. There is no truth in the speculation linking me with a return to Spain.”
“Currently, however, I focus exclusively on the current Premier League season, and then to the European Championship. What happens in the next or the next season, we will see.”
Oooooohhhhhh… never say never. Thierry used to say that a lot. I hated it. JUST F*CKING COMMIT.
Wenger has laid down the gauntlet for his players… win all games, and we might win the league.
“If we win all the eight games, we have more than a chance to win the league but our target is to win the games. Let’s start to be pragmatic and win the next one. We are depending on Leicester City and nobody knows how they will go in the last seven games. They have seven games, we have eight. What is important is that we play our eight games with complete commitment and passion and see where we finish.”
Here’s the thing. If we win all 8 games, I think we’ll win the league. I really think Leicester have some super tough games, I think Spurs will hopefully tire and both will get the jitters. I have Spurs down as favourites for the league, they’ve looked exceptional at times this season and they have so much focus in their performances. BUT, Poch has done what Mourinho did last season… same side, week in, week out… surely the legs will catch up with the fatigue at some point?
Leicester are on auto-pilot, but they have some very hard on paper games coming in. I struggle to see them powering through. I’m also amazed that no one has managed to unpick their very basic approach to winning this season. As a team, they work the hardest. They have a sprinkling of special talent and a fearsome back 5. Good luck to them…
Arsenal? Well, we should be winning all 8 of our games. We’re hopefully about to hit our stride. We’re good at the run in when we’re chasing 4th (which we are right now). Plus, Wenger always does enough to make you think he might be good the next season. We all know the truth… that he’s dead as an elite manager. However, this season hasn’t really been about elite management, it’s been about being the best of a bad bunch.
Hopefully we’ll finish strong… just not sure we have the guts as a team though?
Happy to be proved wrong!
All the rumours on the web point to Wenger actually being pushed to go out and spend big this summer. I’m not really that sceptical, for the last three years the club has been pretty sure Wenger will go big, difference this season is he has to get rid of a bunch of players and the gaps are pretty huge in the squad. This summer needs a big rebuild… players heading into their thirties, under performers and people retiring their jerseys.
Wenger can’t escape going big this summer. Trouble is, I don’t trust his squad building judgement. I also don’t trust his ability to get the most out of whatever he builds. But hey, those are my gripes to deal with.
The big man is back between the sticks after 5 games out. To be fair, Ospina hasn’t been that horrendous, so he should be saluted. Good to have Petr back though…
Arsenal are in for Naby Keita according to reports in Austria via the excellent Sport Witness.
‘Keita, who has collected 14 caps for Guinea by the age of 21, is capable of playing in a box-to-box-role, as a number 10 and even as a holding midfielder. Salzburg’s sporting director Jochen Sauer stated recently: “The clubs who are watching Naby are getting bigger. Every fan knows, that he is not going to stay here forever. So we are pleased that he signed a new contract recently.’
Interesting story… Saido Mane came from there. We should be rummaging in less followed leagues. Smart move.
Right, enjoy the Watford game, catch you in the morning (my morning!)