Ok, ok… I’ve already got beef with Xhaka. He’s gone all Harry Redknapp with us on Arsene Wenger. He had this to say on our manager yesterday.
“He’s a legend for me. I used to play with him as the manager on PlayStation back in the day. Now he can coach me.”
He’s a legend, sure, when Xhaka was 10, Theirry, Paddy, Wiltord, Lehmann and Gilberto had just gone and done an Invincible season.
‘I used to play with him as the manager on PlayStation back in the day’
Excuse me? I mean, I’m old enough to remember the boss computer games of that era. I don’t remember a game where you could play with Arsene Wenger? What sort of a game would that be? Just controlling the manager kicking bottles on the touchline?
SOUNDS LIKE A MADE UP GAME XHAKA.
It seems to be part of the early press deal that you have to tell the media how Arsene Wenger birthed you.
What was interesting was the piece about Wenger calling Xhaka last year. Again, I can’t help but think the manager has broken some rule there. Because if there was an offer accepted, surely we’d have made him our man last year?
This has been the frustrating thing about Wenger since we lost Paddy. If we don’t land our number 1 target, we don’t land anyone. We miss out on Baptista, we sign no one. We miss out of Chamakh, we wait for 3 seasons until we land him. We miss out on Santi. The list goes on.
Anyway, we’ve landed him now. I just hope that this isn’t the end of the road of our signings. If we want Moratta, go out and make him our man. If we want Sturridge, have a rethink, he’s too injury prone. If we’re going hard for Reus, Auba or Mhytrykhanaijhgavpwnvlkn… do it early, and course correct if he isn’t the one. There needs to be a choice A, B and C this summer.
I feel like Wenger gets away with a lot because he’s often pitching a long term vision. I’ve already read an article alluding to Wenger moving chess pieces summer to summer, like he’s on some sort of visionary 5 year plan. You don’t need 5 years. You need a summer. Just make your moves, if you can’t get a player you really like, tough shit, move on and find out what choice 2’s club is saying.
Remember that way I mapped out transfers earlier in the season? Remember that article from Monchi over at Sevilla? I pray we have system in place like that this summer, because things aren’t going to go our way. Mourinho is armed with a bazillion, no doubt Pep will be too, then you have Klopp on the rampage, Poch with CL money… I mean, it’s going to be a competitive summer. But we’ve just dropped 100m in prize money, we’re better equipped than most to make it count!
Right, rantings done. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
Oh P.S., if you had concerns about Xhaka’s leadership qualities, don’t worry, he’s got it covered.