So the transfer world is starting super early this summer. Bayern have signed Hummels and teenage midfield sensation Sanches already. Arsenal are close to Xhaka. Word is that a £35m deal is where it’ll go…
He’s a box to box beast with a penchant for long shots. Clearly something they teach them at Basel. He’s a Swiss international, but he’s of Albanian descent… His brother plays for his native country. Eastern European footballers are generally hard as nails and they go to war for their teams. He’s currently captain of his German side, which means we have a leader coming in. He’s also super accurate with them passes, clocking an impressive 85% this year!
What this means for our midfield is not quite clear. Firstly, we’re giving ourselves options, which is marvelous. Arteta wasn’t exactly box to box, but if we’d bought him younger he’d have been capable. It’s still unclear what the game plan will be. There are still talks that we’re in for Kante, which you’d have to imagine dies with Xhaka, unless of course we’re planning to drop Coquelin out of the squad this summer because of his limited ability to play ball in the way Wenger expects?
Also, what becomes of Jack and Ramsey? Both don’t know their position, both have floundered of late, both haven’t realised their potential. Hard to know how long you persist? Both at the age where they have big resale value. Would be a big decision, and a big admittance the project after project youth failed as well.
Maybe it’s time for Wenger to just admit that the best way to bond players to a club outside money and kindergarten, is to win things. That keeps the best in the mix for longer. Because if players are staying for more than trophies, maybe they’re not the right sort of players?
In more miserable news… It appears Danny W is out for 9months. Quite amazing how many players we have that drop into the injury hole never to return. Jack, Rosicky, Arteta, Diaby, Vermaelen… how did this happen? Two mega injuries back to back? Amazing bad luck, or some mismanagement? Not good news either way. I hope the club fills his spot next season. We can’t be going short again for a player not back until next year at the earliest.
Still, worth pointing out that injuries have been pretty good this season, down 38% apparently. Just the ones that we have had have hit us super hard because we didn’t have a proper squad. The worst, probably Santi. Second worst, Coquelin… Mostly because his back up was Flamini. We have the chance to make good on that this summer. Build a squad that can cope with multiple sad scenarios, wouldn’t that be lovely?
Right, me done. Have a good one!