Well, the Mahrez story looks like it probably just died a death. That’s the Thai owner of Leicester and the caption reads, ‘YOU NOT FOR SALE’, and that picture doesn’t look like Mahrez is under duress.
My Leicester insider (my pal who supports Leicester) reckons Vardy and Kante were both offered £100k and Mahrez was only offered £80k. So it looks like the ‘angling for Arsenal’ game was more to push his salary up than any real desire.
‘But what about that smirk thing Wenger did?’
Well guys and gals, despite popular legend, Wenger smirking doesn’t mean that he’s going to land a player.
It looks like if any summer deals are going to be done, they’re likely to be Mustafi, which to be fair doesn’t reek of absolute quality when you consider what a shit show Valencia have been in defence (48 goals conceded). Then for our striker, it looks like it’ll be Lacazette if we have the guts to go £40m for a player Wenger clearly doesn’t rate very highly. Our other options are drying up, even Lukaku appears to be moving, albeit for a pretty crazy price of £70m.
It doesn’t look like Wolfsburg want to sell Draxler after a summer of hemorrhaging players. We’ve now officially missed the boat on Gabriel Jesus, the best young player in Brazil. I mean, this summer looks unbelievably pony at the moment. If you’d laid out Lacazette and Mustafi at the start of the summer, I’m not sure you’d be saluting the vision.
… but hey, Xhaka is good, right?
Also, I know what you were thinking, now the Mikki deal has fallen through, who could we play on the right?
Well, we have our ‘like a new signing’ moment.
“I want to make my position on the right – that’s where I know where I am now. I’ve told the manager that I want to be known for playing on the right again, although I can play up front,”
“I want to know where I want to play. The manager has said I can play up front. It depends on what game it is. I know I can do a job up front as well as on the right.”
Reads like that Mike Skinner song, Dry Your Eyes…
I can change, and I can grow, or we could adjust
The wicked thing about us is we always have trust
We can even have an open relationship if you must
Bit desperate Theo. You’ve gone from wanting to be a striker, to now just wanting to play whatever position you think might be attainable. So look at our line up on the right this season, we’ve got Chamberlain who has delivered 4 seasons of pretty pony football plus mad injuries to boot. Then we’ve got Theo, a guy who was tame as a kitten out on the right and terrible on the defensive duties… and also a failed striker.
I mean, nothing says ‘we’re prepared’ quite like all these hopeful ‘the boys will come good’ decisions Wenger is set on making.
‘You gotta commend the loyalty’
No you don’t. One side of our attacking front three is a fading dream. You don’t commend loyalty to failure in sport. In fact, you don’t really anywhere. If someone can’t cut the mustard, unless there are serious mitigating circumstances, you have to be brutal, especially in top class sport. You loyalty is to the quality of the team, it’s to the people who are good enough. To the people who are giving you a year of their life because they want to win things. Not to some half-baked winger / striker who doesn’t have the mental strenght to achieve greatness.
Wenger’s addiction to loyalty is an addiciton to the easy decision and a direct slap face in the fans from a man who is accountable to no one.
Then you have Jack Wilshere out with a ‘little problem.’ We know how this ends…
Then to top off our obsession with preserving the average, we’re sending Chezzer out on loan for another season. He should be slung out the club because he’s average. Absolute bang average. The only difference between him and Almunia is the Spaniard had that stupid dog and an average social media presence (at least he was a nice guy).
So let’s just chat about how things are looking 11 days from the start of the season:
- Jack Wilshere injured
- Per Mertesacker out long term.
- One recognized Prem quality centreback available for Liverpool
- Still only one striker available at the club (not ready for the opener)
- Our right side of midfield is Theo Walcott and Alex Chamberlain
- We’ve sold no one of note despite huge failings last season
- Formation looks the same as it did last season
- Wenger talking up potential of two players that are likely to go out on loan
- Wenger ‘scared’ of big transfer fees
- We’ve been beaten to a number of names again (including Leicester)
I can’t wait for a new manager to come in and sling out the deadwood and make Arsenal a serious club again. Not the confidence / broken player rehab centre it’s been under Wenger for the last 12 years.
Bring on next season…