So, this summer is either going to end with something interesting, or it’s going to be a series of… ‘but we tried’ moments.
Big clubs are in the process of doing their business right now. Arsenal really don’t appear to be up to much.
The Lacazette story is bubbling away in the background. Arsene Wenger probably knows he’s not really elite which is why he’s struggling to muster the guts to go £40m. Remember, that’s a fee he baulked at for genuine goal scoring talent a few years ago when we could have had the Hig. That’s also £10m more than he was going to pay for the Premier League’s top goal scorer. Last season, Lacazette couldn’t outperform Ibrahimovic at 35. The season before, when he banged in 27 goals, I think 8 were penalties. The risk is… is he being held back because he plays in an average team?
Julian Draxler has come out and said he wants out of Wolfsburg. The German team finished a dismal 8th last year, but for me, a player of Draxler’s talent isn’t agitating for a move to Arsenal unless there’s some sort of childhood connection. He’s on record as saying he wanted Juventus in June. With the bianconeri flush with cash, flush with an absolutely incredible squad going into 2017, you’d have to say, it’s most likely that’s where he wants to go.
I could be wrong.
Mustafi should be a goer if we want him, considering the financial trouble Valencia are in, but I guess that depends on how long we mess around for before we’re gazumped.
Mahrez feels like a pipe dream rumour that suits Arsenal to let run…
Arsenal are dropping releases in The Times that say they’ll give the manager more than the £100m they had planned on giving to the summer.
Is that not a bit strange? Kind of feels like the corporate team trying to apply public pressure on a manager who is probably not being very clear about what he wants right now.
We’re 11 days from the start of the season people. We have signed one senior player, because let’s be honest, we didn’t sign Asano or Rob Holding for the first team no matter how much Wenger tries to shit you. We’ve signed one senior player. Fans whacking skippy that Wenger might do a madness. Come on, if we do a madness, it’ll be a panic madness after the first three games of the season go down the toilet.
Time is running out. So the… ‘yeah, but who else has had a good summer’ comment keeps bubbling. For me, it doesn’t matter. Our summer is the most important. We have stability. Cash. But no intent. The very fact Wenger is pumping up 150+ games Chamberlain is on a ‘make or break’ season tells you a lot. The fact Gibbs, Theo and Jenkinson are still here tells you even more. Wenger doesn’t like change and he’s lost his edge. But back to others…
United have owned the summer, absolutely beasting everyone by wrapping up deals for the best players across 4 leagues last season (assuming Pogba drops)
City have signed 4 players and look like adding John Stones and Gabriel Jesus… to a pretty damn talented squad.
Chelsea are rebuilding a title winning side under a manager who worked wonders with a super average Italian side.
Juventus have signed 6-7 players
Dortmund have signed 6-7 players
Sevilla have signed 10 players
Barcelona have signed 4 players
Atletico have signed 6 players
Leicester have signed 5 players
Liverpool have signed 6 players (MANNINGER IS ONE)
What have we done?
Nowt. When does doing pretty much nothing ever change the fortunes of a team that consistently fails? Almost never.
Right, see you tomorrow.