Jeez, I have a bout of the ol’ writers block this morning. I watched some basketball in what felt like a pretty epic end to the finals. The clinical nature of that game under the pressure they face is quite astonishing to watch. I mean, I’m not quite sure I can buy into best of 7 for a final… but I suppose if the FA could do that and make $100m a game, they’d probably extend it out.
We also had the pleasure of taking in the France / Switzerland game. I have a Swiss girlfriend, so it was always going to be a difficult moment when I had to break it to her that I was on the French side of the fence and that I thought her team were going to take a spanking.
I was wrong. But hey, when am I not? The French, with a heavily rested team looked sublime in the opening 45minutes. Paul Pogba waltzing through their midfield with relative ease. I think he’s an exceptional talent capable of things most players of that size are quite simply not… but as a centre midfielder, well, I don’t know how sold I’d be on him playing for Arsenal. He was pretty anonymous in the second half. In fact, I thought he’d be the perfect Arsene midfielder. I appreciate it’s one game, but I wonder if Paul can consistently impose himself on games in the way he’s going to need to if he wants to live up to that mega price tag Madrid are interested in paying.
Xhaka looked very good. Spraying the ball around like a demon. He made 94 passes, double that of the Pog. He has a great range, certainly not a Denilson, I love his aggression and I also like that he’s fairly disciplined. You can definitely see the sort of the basic system Wenger is going for next season. Two ball playing midfielders with efficient passing pinning the midfield, with the ability to feed pace on the counter accurately… then up top, building more productivity into the wide positions with Mikki and a firing Sanchez… then getting someone clinical who can bully and finish from anywhere. Great on the counter, sharp around the box.
The Vardy deal is still not dead according to the player. Wenger is either really moving his interests elsewhere, or he’s trying to smoke Vardy out by forcing him into a corner with no other club sniffing around. I’m past the point of caring. I wasn’t calling for a 29 year at the start of the summer, so I’m not going to cry about this if it doesn’t happen.
The only worry is that sort of attitude is fine if there’s something obviously great waiting in the wings. Right now, it’s Olivier Giroud and Chuba Akpom being like a new signing. That said… as long as it’s not Yaya Sanogo, I’ll be fine.FINE AND DANDY.
Right, that’s me done. SEE YOU TOMORROW. x