When the Plan A won’t roll, you have to bump up the Plan E and pretend it’s Plan A?
Not really. Wenger has very specifically said that Takuma is for the FUTURE.
‘Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future. He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years.’
By impressive start, he means since 18 years old, he’s played 54 games and banged in 11 goals. Interesting if he were playing in a competitive league in Europe, really hard to get excited about as it stands.
I’m not going to get too into this. You have to bring in a whole assortment of players to build a squad. And look, our squad has been an issue. If this guy is fast, powerful and mobile, there’s no issue with me.
I just worry about quality. Ryo Miyachi, Inamoto and Park Chu Young didn’t exactly pull up trees for us despite mild promise. Huge investment is happening in Asia at the moment, but I don’t feel like the standard of their players is picking up. I also don’t have a huge amount of faith in the club that they’re not making signings like this because of potential marketing opportunities.
STILL, this guy is international, his name is easy to spell and he can maybe act as cover for WELBZ if he’s any good when he lands.
Talking of our plan A. Where the f*ck is it? Plenty will be on my back about not giving Takuma a chance, but look, when we sign players for the future, it often means we’ve forgotten to sign players for the present.
Arsene Wenger has been turned down by Mikki and Vardy. A plan A you really couldn’t have knocked. Chelsea have signed Batsuyahi from Marseille for a bucket load of cash. That’s the thing here… no messing around from Conte. I’m not sure what the other opportunities look like in the market, but you’ve got to admire how most managers just come in, make a decision and there it is… a striker.
Pep G signed Nolito. Mourinho signed Ibrahimovic, who, love him or hate, is going to teach their forward lines some things about being a football heroes, and super quotable kind of guys. Madrid are sniffing around £30m kid Gabriel Jesús and they already have forwards.
Where are we? Four years into the striker search and we’re still rolling out the, ‘it’s actually really tough to buy players when you have £100m to spend.’ I know there are 60 days left in the window. I know things can happen really quickly.
But let’s be fair here. Arsene Wenger has no record whatsoever of being able to deliver on a successful summer. Well, not since way back when mobile phones weren’t smart.
I compared him to Jeremy Corbyn the other day and it was pointed out that at least Wenger had led a successful team before. Right now, I’m not sure how relevant your record of 12 years ago can be to your future success. How many examples in history are there of people getting their mojo back at 67? I mean, Ranieri? But jeez, he never had a mojo in the first place!
Wenger is at the club, mandated by the people… with no idea of how to deliver upon it. Well, that’s how it looks at the moment.
You know what else is interesting? Aaron Ramsey is pulling out all the performances at the Euros. One of the best midfielders on show. He’s moving the ball around well, he contributed 4 assists and he’s dominated teams along with Gareth Bale. Where are those games for Arsenal?
Part of the story is that he’s not always given the right to do what the fuck he wants at Arsena. He struggles to adapt out of his one style of play and he doesn’t do discipline for Wenger. Part of it comes from Wenger not knowing how to get the most out of him. Part of it is shining against a bunch of teams who weren’t really that great. It’ll be really interesting to see what happens if someone drops a big bid for him off the back of this tournament.
Ozil had a good game for Germany against Italy. He popped up with the Germany’s first goal, only for that to be cancelled after Boateng inexplicably handballed in the box. The penalty shootout was completely wild. Zaza foxtrotting to the goal like a lunatic and blasting over… Mesut missed, Scheweini missed, Pelle missed. I’ve never seen so many bad penalties from players of such talent!
Germany won in the end. When do they not? A barely deserved victory. But a victory all the same. Not that many teams are deserving. Not sure the quality of football has been there for 2016.
Learnings from that game? A brilliant system can flummox even the best of teams. Arsenal should learn from their performances. They should look at how teams change things from the sidelines. We should have it top of our agenda…
‘How do you compete against teams like Bayern and Barca’
… because it’s clear we’re not going to try to do that through players purchases or upping our quality sufficiently.
Right, that’s all I have right now! Have a great day!