Another day rolls on, more bad news rolls in.
Jonny Evans, available for… £25m.
Who knew? Monied clubs in the Premier League only willing to sell their best players late on for a premium. So much for finding value late on in the window. I mean, stupid proposition anyway… maybe when TV deals weren’t good to smaller clubs, but now lots of teams are rolling in dough, it’s harder to squeeze a cheap worldy last minute (not that we often did sign the worldies last minute?)
I’m not sure what Wenger will do now. If Valencia drop their asking price late on, maybe he’ll sign Mustafi. Part of me is thinking that Rob Holding has looked pretty damn capable, so maybe Wenger will keep the powder dry and take the chance that Gabriel will come back on time. Then he has 3 legitimate defenders (barely).
In the striker position, I think the deal we’re all hoping for is Griezmann for Sanchez, then watching Wenger copy what France did in Euro 2016. I think that’s a far-fetched dream. Would the young Frenchman pack in a higher chance of glory at Atleti?
Have my doubts. But look, we’re a massive club, we can pay massive money and London is very good to French people.
Just not sure we’re going to drop that much money on a single name. But who knows. It’s a bit of a pipe dream and I can’t help but think the lingering thought works well for the #WeTried narrative.
I also think we’re so late in the day now, that any purchase might look reckless. I’d also imagine that maybe the club might look at the car crash unravelling and wonder if it wise to give Wenger £90m of budget.
… because here’s the thing. What we’re witnessing now is end of days stuff. Wenger is the old lion, he’s broken a leg, his pride is deserting him and winter is coming. Sure, he might get lucky and survive this, but I’d be very surprised if he’s going to be able to deliver what he needs to deliver this season and actually enjoy it.
The fans might love him, but that love is different, because the relationship has been tarnished hard. The atmosphere in the ground has been toxic for years now. The atmosphere online is pretty grim. There’s no energy or buzz around the club. His comments are out of hand. Can the club continue to support someone who isn’t delivering on a modern mandate?
I’m not sure.
I think Wenger was very close to moving on last time. If you remember correctly, he had plenty of opportunities to sign a deal. I think we beat Spurs in the November. I think we had a good result against Manchester City (our first win against a big team in years) and we beat United away from home (I might be getting some of this confused because I’m in a rush).
… yet he waited until he won a cup to sign on. If he’d lost that Hull game, I don’t think he’d have stayed on.
My hope is if he does want to leave this time, he gives the club time to replace. Rather than melt around mulling the decision on his terms. If he wants to hand the club over and he wants it to succeed, he needs to give the board time to speak to the right people so they can replace him. He also needs to step clear of being involved in that decision.
An old-fashioned manager has no place in deciding who replaces him. Fergie was pretty aware of what made a good manager and he picked Moyes. Which was a disaster.
Anyway, let’s see where the window goes. Just saw a post comparing Mustafi and Evans. Pretty similar stats wise. Give me the Premier ready taller version if we have to go for someone. We can’t afford a 3 months of, ‘OMG THIS GUY IS OFF THE PACE’ signing in late August. Especially as La Liga is behind us in fitness and bit of a shambles of a club anyway.
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