Well, the France / Iceland game last night felt like a jab to our transfer dreams. Olivier Giroud bagged a brace, worked really well with Griezmann and picked up an assist. He was clinical in front of goal, looked fast compared to the Icelandic players. He really stuck two fingers up at the haters and currently boasts second place in the top scorers list.
You can see Wenger’s mind scrambling away to find one of his text book quotes to deal with this…
‘You ask me to sign a top striker. Olivier is number two in the Euro’s. I say I already have a top striker’
Then he’ll be asked what the f*ck happened to his piss poor summer…
‘You complain my squad doesn’t have depth. But I see Ramsey, Ozil, Giroud and Sagna all in the semis’
‘But boss, Sagna…’
This summer feels like it’s shaping up like all those that have come before. One early signing that gets us excited about the future. One future signing you know will amount to a Wellington Silva. A few disappointments. A Wenger focused on TV duties like some sort of poverty ex-manager of Everton. A whole bunch of scrambling at the end of the window to sign Benzema again.
… a season of sadness.
Pep G dropped some early mind games by omitting Wenger from his list of top managers.
‘In England, of course… I think the most important thing in football, the people don’t come to the Etihad Stadium to see how good the manager is. They come our players, that is the thing. We are here just to help them. But that is true. I don’t think that just this year, in the past as well but this year, Jose (Mourinho), Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte, Claudio Ranieri, Pochettino, Ronald Koeman, there are many, many, many good managers. But I think that in Spain as well, in Germany as well, in Italy as well. But the reason we are here is just to help. To help the players.’
Feels like you’d have to be working pretty hard to miss Wenger’s name… I mean, he’s right. Wenger isn’t a top manager anymore, and bar public respect, I’m pretty sure all the greats know Wenger is an easy game.
Looking at our summer so far, you’d be hard pushed to feel we’ll become an over night threat. We need a squad capable of dispatching world-class teams. So far, we’ve lost three old heads and added a Xhaka. No striker. No new centre back. No creative on the right to sort out the issues we’ve had with Theo and Chambo. No sales yet.
I mean, it’s quite amazing Wenger looks at that squad and sees space for just two new names. In fact, it’s absurd. Other managers are out building squads. Wenger is coining in some additional money in France. I know it’s possible to work remotely these days… but clearly, over the last 5 years, Wenger has the Blackberry on silent while he plays beach volleyball with the kids.
I’d have thought if any manager needed to be at Colney early this summer, it’d be Wenger. Trying to work out how best to improve the squad. Working on new training systems with the reserves. Going hard for players. Trying to fix whatever issues he had last summer.
… but he’s king. He does what he likes. He runs the place, so just stfu and accept whatever he’s up to.
I do wish he’d take the England job and leave it at that.
If the summer carries on like it has done… we’re in big trouble next season. It feels like Wenger is genuinely underestimating what’s about to land. He’s completely ignoring how deep his squad and system issues are. He’s totally doing the usual.
I mean, there are plenty of free transfers available… about 5 exArsenal players here.
I do wonder why Wenger isn’t in with the super agents? Jorge Mendes is apparently brokering a deal for James to PSG. Why aren’t we ever in for his players? Because we don’t like enriching agents? Is that not cutting off your nose to spite your face? I mean, feels like there’s a correlation between success and working with super-agents… but we don’t do it?
I mean, is that an official stance from the club? Is that why we lost out on Mikki?
Jeez… this is too depressing. Made even more so now I’ve read Chelsea want Morata as well. We can’t find a striker in 4 years, they find two in 10 days.
Happy July 4th America. The official day we got bored of your shit and focused on new projects.
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