We’re in that little dead spell before a major tournament. You’re hoping the club is out there makings deals before all the distraction happens and transfers hit the back burner… especially when you’re Arsenal who don’t need much of an excuse to bottle out of the coming season.
Arteta spoke the Evening Standard about the disappointing season. He didn’t really say anything you or I wouldn’t say. He trotted out the… ‘you have to win if you’re at Arsenal’ line which feels a bit tired considering how little effort or emphasis has been placed on that part of the game over the last 5 years.”We are very close to making the next step. We have the players, the potential, the quality and the coaching staff to be successful,”
“We are very close to making the next step. We have the players, the potential, the quality and the coaching staff to be successful,”
A little bit rich coming from a man who is going to up sticks to work with Pep in Manchester next season. Still, he’s hardly going to drop terrible words on his current manager, especially as you know he wants to come back and manage Arsenal in the future.
Arsenal launched their new shirt…
Alexis Sanchez starred in the advert, dishing out the…
‘Imagine the look you’d shoot at Theo if he fell over his feet killing an important break in the latter stages of a game’
…look. He looks great in that shirt. Anyway, the papers are assuming that him being given the number 7 shirt means that he’s going to stay. His pal, legend Ivan Zamarano said in the press his countryman is ‘recovering his happiness’… which is a romantic way of saying no one has come in for him yet and he’ll take it on the chin this summer.
I’m not totally bought on this idea that being in press shots means you’re saying. Players can break contracts pretty easily, so being in a picture is hardly going to tie him to us.
‘Sorry Alexis, you’re in a retail magazine, that ties you down for at least a year’
Hardly sounds compelling does it?
There’s a story running that we’re in for the 29 year old Benatia of Bayern Munich. I was excited about that until I read his age, then read that he’ll likely leave because he’s struggled with fitness issues over the past two seasons. You tend not to turn around those issues late on in your career. But with Chambers moving on to Everton next season, there sounds like there’s an opening.
Lukaku seems to be pretty sure he’s moving somewhere pretty damn soon.
‘You will know when it is concluded. I have to make a good choice but in my head that has happened already.’
I think he’d be a monster for Arsenal. He’s young, has Drogba like qualities and he has bundles of experience.
Another player who seems likely to move in this summer is James Rodriguez, who hasn’t really settled into a flow under Zidane. A very left footed player, but a total dream of a talent.
I always think the best way to make moves in the summer if you can’t afford to go mega premium is to sniff around the big clubs and pick up players that are out of a favour. Foreign clubs now do that to the Premier League… Chicarito being a prime example of that in action. Arsenal should be seeing what bargains fall out of the major clubs this summer, there’s always something exciting.
I mean, not sure how much of a bargain we could get for James… he cost them a fortune. He’s a great player though. So fingers crossed!
Right, that’s me done. TAPPING OUT.