Well, well, well! Good morning to you all.
Arsenal fans going into F5 overdrive on the Newsnow refresh. Timings are getting tighter, our squad is getting no larger, panic is starting to settle in… Groundhog window is starting to feel like a real possibility.
You can tell this window has turned into a supermarket sweep type scenario by the quality of player being linked to us…
‘That guy who stepped up for Germany?’
‘What about the exUnited lad at WBA? Silvestre MKII?’
‘How about Thomas Vermaelen?’
I mean, this approach doesn’t surprise me at all, it’s all too familiar. If we ended the summer with 3 players, I’d be overjoyed. Does it feel like we’ll get there? Really doubtful.
There’s a real lack of effort going into our summer. Or, if there is a real powerhouse amount of effort going in, it’s the wrong sort. Like when you have a person who works till 9pm every night, not because they’re working harder, but because they’re useless at their job.
We didn’t take the ‘work smart’ approach to this summer and we’re paying for it now by not having a settled squad during preseason. Something Wenger will no doubt bemoan in November when one of his new signings pings a hamstring.
I was watching our manager talk in a press conference in LA. He was asked if he thinks he’s done enough this summer…
‘In this job, always you have not done enough’
Such an arrogant comment to drop when you’ve literally signed one senior player whilst your competitors stack up bodies around you. I guess that’s his mindset. He thinks sustaining top four is enough and can’t believe we’re not eternally grateful he took just the £8m a year whilst we were skint back in the day.
Does my brain in.
Still, bar our summer being shoddy af, you can’t help but get excited that it’s only a few weeks before the rollercoaster starts up again!
Right, as you were, keep refreshing… if we all do it hard enough, maybe something ambitious will happen.
P.S. KANU IS FORTY TODAY! Gotta love that banter.