Well, well, well…
It’s Thursday, and I’m in love…
What a manager, right?
On a pretty standard transfer budget, he continues to make serious magic happen over at Atletico Madrid. His team took down the greatest side of all time yesterday in magnificent fashion. Well drilled, hard working, blessed with some exceptional talent.
That Saul cross with the outside of his boot… Griezmann with THAT header. What a little player he’s turned out to be. I really thought he was a bit of a luxury when he was at his last club, but Simeone has turned him into an absolute beast of a player.
I mean, I feel like the back-end of this season has been mostly about purring over managers we can’t have at Arsenal. Someone was arguing with me that Simeone wouldn’t work well at Arsenal because he doesn’t have the players.
What… players that work hard, play in a system and work for each other?
If he can’t have that, then he’ll go out and buy new players and build the club out in his vision. Right now, I’m not really overly fussed about what system suits our players. We’re ripe for a new manager to come in and work some magic. Holes all over the squad with no set style of play.
Also, I’m pretty sure a manager like Simeone could take our current batch of failures to another level. He’d instill a rigorous work rate. He’d bring in a united team spirit. He’d curtail the bad behaviour of players like Sanchez. I’m sure he’d be able to turn The Ox into something that resembles fearsome.
… and if he couldn’t, he’d just bring in players that could do what he wanted.
He’s the last of the major name managers left in the game. He such a man beast. Would love to have him patrolling the lines. I also like that this success isn’t about one team, he’s done this sort of thing on other continents and he’s also had a dollop of failure. He’s a very capable manager in his prime. Would love him.
… but, you know we’ll play it super safe with Koeman.
But jeez, dare to dream for a moment… Arsenal, fearsome again. Wouldn’t that be grand?
On the injury front, we have players returning to the fold, just in time for the 6 game winning streak to the end of the season. Jack and Tomas are back after 3.5 years out of the game. Maybe they’ll make the bench? Kind of feel like we’ve got a nice groove going on with our side at the moment… I mean, attacking wise at least.
Cazorla and Chambo are back in the next couple of weeks too… so good news there!
On the transfer front, Jeremy Wilson dropped news that the club are willing to listen to offers for Gibbs and The Ox. I mean, I know The Ox has been pretty disappointing this season, but I still think he has a lot of attributes you look for in a young player. Explosive power, direct play, intelligence sometimes… I just think he’s been badly managed by Arsene. His confidence looks shot to pieces. Gibbs, well, I don’t think he has any balls… not sure he looks after himself that well… and he’s so injury prone. I’d happily see the back of him.
But how about Theo? I mean, we’re in a Nik B situation here, he’s so expensive, no one would dare touch him. A player massively in the comfort zone who we’re unlikely to shake off. I feel like we’ve been waiting 10 years for him to blossom into something we knew he was never capable of. A ripe example of why we’re not progressing under Wenger, he doesn’t identify weak links early enough… then he gives them new deals.
I’d also get shot of Giroud this summer… sell him while he’s semi hot (looks wise, fully, obvs).
Also, what about Rambo? I love him, but he does half play for himself. Put him under a strict coach who defines an exact role for him and he might be something special, but as it stands, he’s horribly overrated and quite dim on the pitch. It shouldn’t have been beyond his capabilities to work with Flamini in midfield. He should have been sharp enough to work out where it was all going wrong…
Anyway, getting into a rant here.
On a positive note. I love Bellerin. I love Iwobi. They’re all you need in life. I also think Gabriel will come good, he’s another confidence player, give him a run and I reckon he’ll shake those first full season Senderos vibes out of his game.
ALSO, I love Elneny. I think he’s a class act. He’s playing well, giving us something different… you know, like good pass completion rate and intelligent play. Give us a bit more power in the middle and we’ll start looking like a bit more of a force.
Right, that’s me over and out.
Enjoy the Dortmund / Liverpool game later! Tuchel and Klopp….