Look, I’m trying my hardest to polish a diamond situation out of a piece of ‘fresh up on your foot’ turd here. We’ve made a signing from Bolton, it’s for a centre back / right back and it’s for £2.5m. I’m not going to whack skippy over here, but, I have rightly complained for years that we should be raiding the leagues in England for talent.
Who the f*ck was Wes Morgan until he became one of the best centre backs in the league last season? No one. How about a bunch of other also-rans that turn into pretty decent players. Gary Cahill way back when? People still say he’s a poor player, yet, look at dem trophies?
So, look, I’m all game for a small bet on an up and coming English player. He’s an U21, he made 30 appearances last season and was named player of the year. Pretty good going for a defender to take that accolade in a side that was relegated.
Hopefully he’s made of sterner stuff than some of our other British additions.
It’s banter though… but, I can’t complain. If we’d made this move ten years ago, we’d be sharing that irritating smug picture of Wenger right now. It’s just, well, you know… Wenger has made some pretty garbage signing like that. Carl Jenkinson, Wellington Silva, THE JEFF… they come, they go, no one ever says anything. Are Asano and Holding the rebirth of our scouting network? I hope so, because that group under the leadership of Rowley seem to have regressed… their transfer strategy for strikers over the past 4 years seems like that of a person who just discovered the internet.
Let’s see though. Don’t be judgemental. Let’s just pretend this summer is a new vision of Arsenal and how they go after players. I mean, actually, thinking about it, Xhaka feels to me like he could be the player everyone thinks Kante is going to be for Chelsea and Elneny seems an excellent player as well.
Still need some adults in the game. I think people forget that every summer we seem to go, ‘well, you need to sign those young players because they’re important and this feels like a new direction’… it’s really not, we’ve been wasting our time with average hopefuls for years now. Miyachi, Joel Campbell, that Portuguese guy who’d played 6mins in pro football in his life. This isn’t new, it’s watering the flowers as your house burns down. Well, it wouldn’t be if we ever got round to addressing the first team issue.
If we needed a hard-working wide player with an eye for a pass and a goal, we still need that. If we needed a striker 4 years ago, we still need one. Get moving Arsene and stop waiting on Benzema, he does not love you. He loves Madrid. Lukaku? Sturridge? Icardi?
I mean, I’d still be thinking about changing up our formation from our standard one that everyone can predict. If we have to work with what we have, why not play two up top and have a Giroud / Sanchez style going on. Maybe sign someone like Lorenzo Isigne of Napoli? He’s a right footed player deployed on the left, he can play everywhere in attack, would add flexibility to our front line. Maybe he could play the supporting role to Giroud in a two up top game?
I don’t know, throwing things out there… but if we can’t get what we need, let’s work out how we can create a system built around class we can bring in?
Bit too close to pragmatism right?
Anyway, that’s me done for today. HAVE A BLINDER.