Gazetta dello Sport and TuttoSport (this article is hilarious bemoaning the money of the modern football world, it’s peppered with pics of his GF, but the message is clear, they don’t want him to go), the two Turin papers are both reporting that Arsenal are going to buy Moratta e60m, in what would be an Arsenal record. Juventus have already identified a replacement. I’m pretty sure Madrid are going to sign Auba from Dortmund. Benzema will go somewhere like United.
Pretty exciting stuff eh?
Moratta is 23 years old. The reason we’re able to buy him is because Madrid have a buyback clause they’re going to activate, then flip him over to us for more cash. Pretty smart and ruthless move, you have to say.
Is he a better player than Giroud? Yes seems to be the resounding answer. He’s faster, rumoured to be at a Welbeck type pace. He’s 6ft 1. He can play deep, off the last man, he assists and he scores goals. Why did he drop such a turd numbers this year? Well, I guess he didn’t on the face of it. He played 22 games, bagged 9 goals and 9 assists. Not terrible when you consider the stop-start nature of his season.
Apparently he didn’t land much game time because the coach preferred to play him in behind Dybala, whilst also thinking Manzukic and Dybala had better on pitch chemistry. The season before he scored 13 with 5 assists in a 23 start season.
I think it’s worth noting that he contributes in big games scoring against Barca, Madrid and Dortmund in last years CL.. None of that Giroud nonsense of making up your tallies with hattricks against dog sh*te teams at the end of the season when it doesn’t matter.
Anyway, is he Luis Suarez? No. Not really. But is he a very good young player, who given the starts, could become something very special? Hopefully. For e60m, you’d like to hope we’ve done our homework here. I’d take him over an ageing Benzema for the same price and I’d take him over Ibrahimovic. Also worth noting that Suarez was being questioned over his finishing ability when he was 23 years old. He’d bagged 17 goals in 39 appearances and had just moved to Liverpool. So plenty of space to grow for Moratta.
It’s a bold move, but jeez, we need to be making bold moves and we need to be making them early this summer. Bring in the Dortmund wideman who is a creative and a goal scorer from outwide, weigh in with a centre back like John Stones and we’re in a really good shape going into next season.
Could be a fun summer. If the rumours are true. We’ve been here plenty of times before and we manage to screw it up. But a powerhouse midfielder and a very good striker is a great way to start the summer.
Jack Wilshere has been chirping off in the press about not playing in his favoured position.
‘With Arsenal I’ve been playing out wide, which is not me,’
‘I’m not a wide man, but Roy seems to have faith in me in the middle, so I’m happy with that.’
You gotta love that sort of carry on from the young Englishman. He’s put about 13minutes on the clock in 2 seasons and he’s taking time out to complain about where he gets started for Arsenal. He’s a very good player, but he’s hardly delivered for us over the past few years. The fact that every Arsenal fans still refers to that Barca performance he made when Pep was there is testament to how little he’s done in the last 5 years. He should really just accept anywhere he’s played, because he certainly hasn’t delivered the sort of centre midfield performances for us that’ll keep him there.
Granit Xhaka has landed. Arsene Wenger had little to say about him outside ‘we’ve watched him 278 times this year’…
When Arsneal asked Xhaka what he liked about the league he said…
‘I like so much. I like the style of football in the Premier League. It’s aggressive and I like the way Arsenal play football. It’s not like other countries but it’s very nice here.
Asked about the aggressive bit, he said…
‘It’s a fight. I like that but Arsenal can also play football and that’s very good.’
Then asked if it’s like the Bundesliga, he again referenced his sadness about the lack of fight he was allowed to get away with.
‘I don’t think it’s the same. In Germany you can play aggressively but the referee will always blow his whistle, but in England that’s not the case. That’s better for me.’
Asked about his style… he errr… well…
‘I like to play football. I’m an aggressive player and also a leader. I’m only 23 but I captained a good team in Germany.’
Ok, did we just sign a cage fighter or a footballer? Either way, I’m happy. He sounds like the sort of footballer who is going to stand up and be counted. He likes a fight and you have to say, Wenger hasn’t signed players that like to fight. He hasn’t really signed big personalities. So this feels like a shift change. His side lacked bottle last year. They were fairies who couldn’t hack it when the going got tough.
That’s partly why I find it interesting we’re looking to Laurent K to be our captain. I know there was a vibe at the club last year that he was mailing it in to land a move to a Bayern or Barcelona. He certainly hasn’t ever shown any real signs of leadership outside playing hard. Where was he when the season went down the proverbial? Where was he when our young right back bombed forward in the last ten minutes against Crystal Palace?
I’d just jump for Xhaka. That’d make a statement.
INTERESTING FACT. Did you know Fernando Torres captained Diego Simeone when he was at Atletico? Amazing huh? Totally forgot about that.
Finally, Arsenal raked in £100m in prize money this year, we are Champions of TV cash. Total heroes. Hopefully we go out and spunk that, hopefully we don’t moan that the cash isn’t available. We have big TV cash, CL money and massive kit money. We’ve lost £300k off our wage bill in outgoing players. We could still shift on Theo and Chamberlain.
WE ARE CASH RICH. Please, dear god, let this Wenger money train thing be real… make a solid impact and pray the club are going to do something about their shoddy approach to tactical flexibility.
Anyway, that’s me done. What a day?!
P.S. Did you read about LVG sending player feedback via e-mail then wondering why it wasn’t received very well? Talk about not knowing your audience. I’ve read people saying that this approach is modern… which clearly comes from people that don’t have to give feedback. You never explain mistakes over an e-mail and you certainly don’t when it’s footballers who are basically big children who have virtually zero grasp of office like approaches. Incredible how out of touch LVG was! What ever happened to a good old fashioned sit down with a cup of sh*t coffee and someone from HR taking notes?