Well, some good news that isn’t really great news is that Gabriel is apparently only out for 6-8weeks. You know, the same sort of ‘it’s not serious’ injury news we had about Danny Welbeck last season. Or the Jack Wilshere news a few seasons back. Or the Tommy V news a few years back.
We’ve been here before with Arsenal underestimating injuries… then paying a heavy price. Why is it not that great? Well, as much as I want to love Gabriel, he’s been a car crash so far and has rarely looked anything beyond average.
So who is moving?
Ok, so Ashley Williams has moved to Everton for £12m. The Welshman has been super for Swansea and Wales over the past few seasons, he’s very experienced, if not a bit slow… but most importantly, Ronald Koeman thinks he’s a good defender, which tells you a pretty potent story.
Who else has moved? John Stones, ball playing centre-back has made his way over to Manchester city in a £40m move. Again, exactly the sort of player we could easily afford, a player who will likely be a rock of England’s defence for the next ten years, a player we’ve passed on because it’s not like we don’t need a 6ft2 classy centre back that’s 22 years old.
But brace yourself kiddies… it’ll be Mustafi or Jonny Evans. Now, Jonny Evans could be the next Silvestre, or he could be an Ashley Williams or Wes Morgan. Tony Adams was classed as a donkey when he was younger. We just don’t like it that he didn’t tear up trees at United. Nor did Hernandez, then he went on to become one of the most potent strikers in Europe. This idea that just because you’re moved on by a big club, you’re somehow shite is not smart.
Plenty of clubs from Europe fed off big club players last year and made them better. KDB was booted by Chelea a few seasons ago, Saleh went to Italy and did really well, Cuadrado went to Juve and did great things… so whilst I’m not thrilled about Mr Evans, I’m also not snobby enough to think he can’t do a job for us. There are plenty of good defenders in the Prem we turn our noses up at because they play for unfashionable clubs… I was ripped a few seasons ago for suggesting Williams, I’ve been told by countless people that John Stones is a terrible player, we were too good for Winston Reid… I banged the drum hard for Wes Morgan.
What, I did?
JUST JOKES. But remember, Thierry, Kanu and Overmars were all finished.
Clubs should be able to develop talent. If Steve Bould thinks he can develop Evans, why not?
Anyway, point is that we’re in a mess heading into the new season as we always are. Injuries happen, they always happen to us, but we don’t learn and we always go into the season underprepared.
Someone should sit down with Arsene and actually challenge him… Arsene, how have you not signed a striker in 5 summers? Why do you think that is? What can you learn from other managers?
Instead, we sit there and tolerate his rhetoric on treating ‘his’ clubs cash like ‘his’ own. That is, to let it depreciate every summer as he continues to dither and dally over what to do with it. Nothing smart about that. Why doesn’t someone in the press core get into the nitty gritty with him? Challenge him on his mistakes of the past? Far too cosy if you ask me.
The joke of our summer climax is people genuinely believe we’re going to pull off a Griezmann, Lewandowski or a Benzema.
For me, unless something completely crazy happens, those attempts are diffusion PR tactics… so the fans can say, ‘well, he tried’… I mean, honestly, think about it… Wenger tried for Vardy and failed, then tried for Lacazette… and we’re supposed to believe that now the summer is coming to an end he’s punting on 2 of the best players on the planet?
Do me a fucking favour…
But fans fall for it. Fans sing One Arsene Wenger… so what can we say?
Another summer of the same incompetence. Another summer of neglect. Another season of disappointment awaits.
Because best will in the world, you’re never winning the league with a squad that knows it’s not strong enough… or with Giroud as your main man.
… still, wrap yourself warmly in the ‘I’ll reserve judgement till 31st August’
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