Things kind of feel like they’re going from bad to worse in the transfer window. Arsene Wenger is having an absolute disaster across the board. Literally the whole world of fandom turning on his bizarre contradictions, his consistently shoddy starts and his awful transfer policy.
The Arsenal fandom nest was riled even more by David Ornstein yesterday. For those who don’t know, he’s a BBC mouthpiece for Arsenal. He dropped the news that we were struggling to sign Mustafi because the club wanted to keep the ol’ powder dry for a big name striker. Some bullshit about additional fees as well.
Amazing how tough it is for Arsenal to deal with all those transfer intricacies. Like they don’t exist for other clubs. Rumour is Arsenal don’t want to pay £25m for Mustafi, they want to pay £20m. I mean, please believe me here, that’s exactly the sort of quibbling Arsene Wenger has been getting himself into this summer (and summers past), despite protestations he is trying to build a proper squad. I mean, he put off paying £2.5m for Holding for a month after his opening bid of £1.5m was rejected.
The sort of pontification only a manager who believes himself above fan critiqu can induldge in.
Crazy thing is, the Mustafi story has been leaked as a defensive piece of PR. The manager is quibbling, the club are totally embarrassed he’s behaving this way and they’re trying to paint the indecisiveness as ‘ok’ by pretending the manager is waiting to activate the Griezmann’s transfer clause.
THINK: Griezmann giving up Simeone late in the transfer window to join Arsenal. Be real. The Frenchman wouldn’t leave if we gave him £400k a week because we’re a club that lacks ambition and the smarts to deliver, even with great players.
I mean, absolutely farcical PR, but hey, what are they supposed to do, Mark Gonnella has a farcical situation to justify. We should have just paid the full whack 3 weeks ago when we found out Per was out for the long-term.
News has also dripped out that Aaron Ramsey is injured for 2months. The manager is trying to pin poor preparation on the hamstring despite the player saying he was in good shape a week ago. I mean, Wenger was pretty buzzing about how fit his side were after beating Man City last week, since the loss, he’s changed his tune. Look, I don’t know the details, but Wales kept him fit for 4 weeks of pretty intense tournamenting. He’s back with us 3 weeks and we’ve broken him. Hamstrings can be looked after, I find it very unlikely it’s just down to him being brittle. But hey, might be wrong. I just think if he went somewhere else, there’s a good chance he’d not have the same issues.
There’s also a story going around the web that a player pulled out of a move after Arsenal paid for a medical, and get this, flights. Can you imagine? Arsenal charter jets, they don’t get Doris on the blower booking an Easyjet. Arsenal also have a pretty tight medical team. There’s no way someone in that department is #1, putting down a £100 deposit for a player medical #2 When they have to cancel a medical, risking their job to share with a Twitter handle for ZERO benefit to themselves..
The desperation people have to be ‘ITK’, like it’s some sort of talent, is quite unreal. There are maybe two people on Twitter who have a grip of what’s going on, and share it out. It’s not hard to work out who they are.
So big game up next. We take on the Champions who are a Kante light, which is very bad news for them. He was the defensive overlord for them, the modern day Claude Makelele. Without his policing, you feel they’ve become a bit soft in the centre (after one game). I really fear for them this season. Their system wasn’t very complicated and I think outside losing a key player or two, other teams will simply have their number this season.
I’m not sure how it’s going to pan out for Arsene. Leicester took a beating from us twice last season. We were 2/3 of their losses. So a bit of a bogey side for them. Kind of feel there’s a little bit of something on this one. Jamie Vardy flipped us the bird and Mahrez used us a bait for a better contract. Hopefully the Arsenal players rise to the occasion.
They lost their opener. We lost ours. You feel that someone is coming out of this with a horrendous August. We’ll have Ozil, Koscielny and Giroud back for that game. A massive boost. We’re still a little bit short at the back with Chambers and Kos likely to start. But it’s enough of a first team intervention to take three points. I’m just worried we’ll be a little bit handbrake again. We’ll also be a little bit shellshocked from the Liverpool game and the aftermath.
James was right in his post yesterday, we are capable of a good run this season. But that is based on a series of far fetched, ifs, buts and maybes.
If Theo becomes a world class forward
If Giroud defies age and pulls a Luca Toni late in his career
If we keep all our players fit
If we can adapt a more tactically flexible approach
If we make a bunch of signings before August 31st
Simple fact of the matter is we didn’t bake world class into our front line. We didn’t make ruthless decisions about players who clearly aren’t going to give us what we need. We didn’t change things up in preseason.
Winning something major is unlikely. Doing ok, isn’t so far fetched. But it really does feel like it might be difficult. Chelsea look pumped. City are going to be pumped. Liverpool look dangerous. United are dangerous just based on their hugely successful winner of a manager and their hugely successful summer in the transfer market.
There’s a picture doing the rounds of Pep, Klopp and Conte going ballistic on the sidelines, juxtaposed against Wenger and Bould sitting on their hands sullen as you like.
Wenger talked down vibrancy. Which is odd, because it looks like there’s very little vibrancy in our camp.
He’ll need to pick that up quickly, because we can’t afford a slip up this weekend. If we beat Watford and Leicester, we’re 6 out of 9 and I thought 5 out of 9 wouldn’t be a disaster. Fingers crossed our open day disaster is an isolated issue, not the precursor to a horror show of a season.
HAVE A GOOD DAY!