Well, well, well… still no action.
Our options slowly evaporating. Morata staying at Madrid after signing a new 5 year deal. Lacazette is too expensive and we don’t want him. Higuain is being courted by Madrid and I have my doubts we’d go 50m for a striker who will be 29 in December (My mistake, he is younger than I originally thought) / a striker we didn’t want to pay 32m for when he was, you know, young and fresh out of a great league. There’s Icardi who I think could be a special player, but I can’t help but think interest there is being stoked by an Inter desperate to sell their players.
So there we have it…
PLAN A: Buy Vardy and Mikki then think about a centre back.
FAIL BECAUSE LIFE IS NEVER PERFECT
PLAN B: Errr, let’s wait until the end of the summer and see who Madrid fancy flogging
It’s a very poor strategy. In fact, it’s not a strategy, it’s a luxury tactic only managers who are bullet proof would dare engage in. Most other managers would be using that monster warchest and going hardcore at some names in a bid to make sure whomever came in had a chance to adjust before the start of the season.
Quick digression: Did you read about Bielsa of Lazio. He’d agreed to move to the club this summer, he resigned after 48 hours. Why?
“After four weeks working together with you, we could not sign any of the seven additions in the work programme expressly approved by the president, Claudio Lotito,”
WHAT. Firstly, 7 players? I thought Wenger said you could only sign three or risk squad implosion? Secondly, how extensive do we think the Arsene Wenger’s list was? Feels like it had 3 names on it. The most productive midfielder in the Bundesliga and the top scorer in the Prem. Thirdly, I’d love Wenger to come out and say why these players haven’t landed… if it is the management team, call them out. Thing is, you know it’s pretty unlikely it’s them. Wenger has something of a reputation for beeing a feet dragger these days, well, in fact, all days.
Anyway, we are where we always are. Waiting on things to drop for other clubs, hoping to benefit from a domino effect. I just can’t believe that’s our plan again.
Also, while I’m having a rant. Alex worried that he was wrong for critiquing Wenger for being on a stint in France. Come on Alex and people, like Wenger being on a jolly for 6 weeks has any comparison to photocopy repairers taking a holiday.
Firstly, Wenger will have had his holiday period post season, like most managers will have. Secondly, he took SIX WEEKS off. SIX WEEKS. Working remotely, away from a management team that has as much power as the sandwich boy at Goldman Sachs does. You think that’s normal? Fucking hell, honestly, the ‘jeez, can we just be cool with everything because it’s Wenger and Arsenal’ thing really does rile me. Same with swapping shirts mid-game, ‘in some cultures it’s cool the bend over to someone you’re competing against like and beg for their shirt like a 13 year old school boy’ Do me a favour, it’s embarrassing to worship another man like that. Unless it’s Thierry, or Bobby P.
BACK TO IT. Wenger runs the Arsenal. He lost out on the league last year to Leicester. He’s away for 6 weeks… and guess what we’ve done? F*ck all again.
I mean, jeez, no point in getting too irate, it’s not like when he is in the office he’s doing that much during the summer.
I was debating online yesterday about the failings so far and the money issue came up… i.e. Man U blew us out the water with money. Again, can we stop going back to this. Arsenal had 75% of the cash reserves of the entire league at one point last year. We have Champions League football (20 consecutive years of it). We have a massive shirt sponsorship deal. We have a massive kit sponsorship deal. The Premier League has a TV deal that could solve third world poverty. Watford and West Ham are dropping £30m bids on players.
Arsenal had a wage bill last year 3m short of City’s. 10m short of United’s (for context, that’s 2/3 of a Wayne Rooney). Don’t tell me we can’t pay Mikki 200k a week. The reason we don’t pay those wages is Wenger. He’s top dog and he won’t allow anyone to earn more than him. Then ask yourself this, how is our wage bill so close to City’s who pay a bucket load of players 150k p/w+? Must be a pretty terrible spread of cash. Also, remember, we shed 300k p/w of deadwood. Mikki on 200k should have happened, if we truly believed he was the hard working, defensively able, production dream machine of a wide man we were looking for.
Anyway. We’re here again. Starting preseason with a whole bunch of players who won’t be fit / injured. We’ve still got Theo at the club, we still have Gibbs, Chambo, JC and Debuchy there. We have no striker after 4 years, no centre back and no creative wideman who can take up that right side. It’s all looking pretty samey.
Such a shame as well. An aggressive summer with the foundations we have and we could be challenging.
There’s still time, but come on, you know we’re going to end up with a plan B no one wanted and we’re all going to be slightly disappointed when we roll into the new season, crying into our duck pate baguettes when we’re 2-0 down to a poor Liverpool side.
Even if we do get our shit together, we’ll have 3 players coming in who won’t have had a proper preseason, plus the players who will return late who won’t have had a proper preseason… the exuses ramping up already.
Still, silver lining, a bad season and this will be the last one for Wenger.
The only thing stopping me from jumping out a window.