I get the jitters easily as an Arsenal fan, writing about my club most days means I’ve seen the PR cycles. One cycle we often come across is the ‘attention pivot’… generally, this happens when Arsene Wenger is about the sign a new deal he doesn’t deserve, or it occurs when our summer of promise is going down the toilet and the club try and brace the fans in advance. It’s using fake interest from other clubs to make the fans value a duff decision.
Today, the story doing the rounds from The Mirror, is that Arsenal have turned down many offers for Olivier Giroud, because we now want to keep him in at the club, based on Euro 2016.
Now, for me, if Olivier Giroud, at 29, dropped a Euro 2016 that made ‘other’ clubs register interest, I’d be jumping at the chance to sell him at a premium we wouldn’t have landed had anyone spent the back end of the season watching him play.
But, the press are shaping our tiny little brains.
‘Oh man, if other clubs are looking at him, maybe we have a gem on our hands? Maybe, just maybe, it might not be smart to blow £50m on a striker. We have one of the top scorers at the Euros at our club’
‘He’s world class’
Remember, Arsenal sold Robin for a premium at 29. Yet we’re keeping Giroud? Puuuuurlease.
I might be totally wrong here. We might have an ace up our sleeves. But reports out of France say we’ve backed out of Lacazette because of price. Vardy has gone. Chelsea have apparently lodged a bid for Morata (going after their second striker of the summer). I mean, it’s not looking great is it?
I’m paranoid. Sure, it’s true. But my paranoia is based on the hard knocks of many Arsenal transfer summers. These stories leak for a reason… and it’s usually not a good one.
Giroud should not be our lead striker this season. He’s consistently shown he’s not good enough. Against Germany, he perfectly summed up why, at the highest level, he doesn’t cut it… regardless of what happens against a super average Portugal tomorrow.
We should have had a striker deal done 2 months ago. We should have had a backup waiting in the wings. But we didn’t. We lost the slack time we had with 3 new managers coming into the league. We didn’t make hay while our rivals were in unstable positions.
… and again, it looks like we’re losing the summer. It’s so annoying.
Also, final point. Mourinho looks like he might land Pogba. Ed Woodward has gone from transfer joke to the transfer king in one summer. What is the difference? Mourinho is a brand. He’s a wheeler-dealer. He has the world’s mega agents eating out the palm of his hand.
What do we have? A ditherer. Someone who won’t entertain super agents. Someone who doesn’t know how to get things done.
OVER AND OUT.
Big love x