Rumours hot off the press suggest Jamie Vardy is having second thoughts about his move to Arsenal this summer. He’s reportedly going to decide today.
Now, I don’t want to go all elitist here, but I’m going to. When you look back on your career, winning a Premier League sure is an ace thing to tell the kids. Going from non-league to Premier League champion is almost beyond the pale. But, at 29 years old, what makes that story better is saying you moved to Arsenal, played with world cup winners, in front of 60,000 fans every week and maybe led them to their first title in their new stadium.
Imagine, you’re Jamie Vardy and you look at the Arsenal side and see that it’s missing a beastly striker who can finish the dinner it’s generously being provided by Mesut Ozil. How could you turn that down? 3 year deal, £120,000 a week and a dream move to North London where you can eat rotisserie sutton hoo chicken and crispy shallots at Le Coq every damn day.
I’d be very surprised if firstly, the deal wasn’t already agreed. Arsenal and Ivan wouldn’t go live with this story if they weren’t sure, especially after the humiliating £40m + £1 deal with Liverpool. Secondly, it just doesn’t make sense to stay at Leicester at 29 years old.
Anyway, crazier things have happened, but I reckon we’ve done our due diligence here.
Next up, lots of people asking about Henrikh Mkhitaryan who I’m pretty sure is next on our hit list. He has one year left on his deal, he wants a piece of Arsenal and Arsenal are in with a big bid. Dortmund are digging their 6 inch stilettoss in, because they’ve already lost Hummels to Bayern and Gundogan to Manchester City. They also have the cloud of Madrid hovering over Auba. However, I struggle to see them making another stand like they did with Lewandowski. Their CEO has already mentioned in the press they can’t yet compete with Bayern for fees, so you’d be hard pushed to imagine they’ll be able to say goodbye to £25m that could go into signing someone who actually wants to be at the club.
We’ll see how this pans out, I’d imagine they’ll try and whip up interest from other clubs before they let us have him, but if he wants London, German’s and #VardyParties erry damn day, he’ll make it happen. He’s a monster of a player, hard working, aggressive and extremely productive (19 goals / 24 assists last season). I feel like he’s a secret elite player, he’s Armenian, so not exactly trendy… in the same way Lewa took a while to be mentioned in the same trendy breath as Aguerro.
Anyway, it’s being mooted that Dortmund are looking for replacements already with Saponara being mentioned.
I guess we’ll then be looking at centre backs to help us out. I have no idea where we’re looking here, but I don’t understand why we never venture into Italy. Tactically smart players who work in leagues that pride themselves on defence. Koulibaly looks like the sort of player we might be interested in. Benatia at Bayern would make sense if he weren’t always injured. Maybe we could look closer to home?
I think the rest of the summers signings will be dictated by those that leave. Chamberlain, Joel Campbell, Gibbs and Ospina will all likely move on in search of first-team football. I think Theo will stay unless someone loses their mind… even West Ham have ruled themselves out.
Anyway, the summer so far would be:
Centre Back 20m
Near enough Wenger’s first £100m summer. A pretty big statement. But what he’ll have done is excite the fanbase, excite the players and likely bought himself another 2 year deal if he does something exciting in the league.
I still have doubts about our ability to out think the best. Hopefully the club are aware that you need to be smarter and you need to have more ways of playing. Next year, we won’t be able to plan against City, because they’ll have 8 different ways of playing that they’ll change in-game. We need a counter for that. We need to make use of all the players.
But look, the basics are, great players, great system… if we had that this season, we’d be Premier League winners.
One step at a time… but so far, Ivan and Wenger and doing great.