Hello everyone and happy Sunday.
So some people didn’t like me bagging on big Weng yesterday for moonlighting as a football pundit over the summer. I can see that. The self-righteousness of some fans and journalists towards the lifestyles of footballers (and managers) can be hard to stomach at times. Articles that criticised England’s footballers for going on holiday after their shocking performance at the Euros were as misguided as they were pithy.
What were they supposed to do? Hole themselves up in their back room until August, Jimmy Stewart style, with only some binoculars and Grace Kelly for company. Sod that.
Has your response to a lousy review at work ever been to say, “Fuck it kids. Holiday is cancelled. We’re going to knuckle down over the summer so I can figure out why I’m so garbage at repairing photocopiers”. I expect not.
Having said all that, I do think Weng’s commentary role is a bit of a PR problem for him. The fanbase was nearly torn asunder last season. Ardent defenders of one of the club’s greatest ever managers versus those who are desperate for any kind of change. Whatever the merits of either argument, something had to give. The expectation was that the manager would redouble his efforts, ensure his legacy is secure and do everything he can to make us title contenders.
He’s perfectly entitled to a holiday, and to earning some extra money on the side if he wants. But as and when it becomes clear that this transfer window is panning out like every other half arsed one that came before it, are we not entitled to ask whether the commentary gig is a bit of a distraction?
In other news Laurent Koscielny has rejected a contract, though apparently he hasn’t. Higuaín is definitely on his way, although actually maybe now he isn’t. We are in a race to sign Manolas from Roma… hang on, aren’t these all rumours from 2013? Is this summer so barren that its caved in on itself and we are sitting on the theoretical lip of our own transfer rumour black hole witnessing past, present and future Arsenal transfer windows at the same time?!
NO. And stop using time travelling analogies.
I genuinely don’t know how much truth there is in any of these rumours. The only known known is that any new signings will not have much time to bed in before the start of the new season. It all points to bad planning again.
News just in… Apparently we have made contact with Mauro Icardi’s reps about bringing him to London.
Here are his stats for the last three seasons:
Conversion (excl pens) 24%
Mins/chance created 81
Pretty similar to Giroud so not quite the level we need but, hey, at least we are trying something. The important thing to know about Icardi is that he stole his teammates missus then got tattoos of their kids’ names. The guy is an ice cold killer. Elite mentality that is sorely needed at Arsenal.
Joking aside, the guy doesn’t look like a world beater but at this stage I’d take almost anyone. The alternative of course is that we move to two up front. Walcott or Alexis playing alongside Giroud. It worked well for France during the Euros and actually played to the handsome bastard’s strengths. Griezmann is obviously another level, but I think Sanchez could thrive in a partnership like this.
What are your thoughts? Are there any decent number 9s out there that we could actually sign? Would you take Icardi? How about two up top? Let me know.
Right that’s enough from me. You can follow me on twitter @aldo_doel