Back in the game people. Had a bit of bad news yesterday. Nothing shakes you quite like a beautiful person being cut down in their prime. Live in the now, because the future hanging around the corner might be an unpleasant piece of work.
Onto the Arsenal.
Ozil and Sanchez have still not signed new deals with the club. The Times are reporting that we want to give them £180k per week, by they actually want a bit more… to the tune of an additional £70k.
£250k per week is scary numbers. Like, big club dollar. But then you look at our revenue, the fact other clubs have been rocking £200k+ for a while, and realise this is what you have to pay for top talent these days. I still think our squad is overpaid when you look at the lack of mega names. But hey, they might not be hugely marketable, but they finished 2nd last year, so they earn their keep without the context of the shit show the league was last year.
Ozil and Sanchez are about to give their best years to us. Pay them what they want and be done with it.
I SAID BE DONE WITH IT IVAN.
If Theo comes into the boardroom and demands the same, take his Playstation 4 away from him and slap his wrists in a way that won’t bruise and alert social services. He’ll soon learn.
… and that’s the thing. If I go to my boss and demand $500k a year, he’ll laugh at me and send me packing. This weird notion we have that you can’t tell a player they can’t have a rise that no one else in the world would pay them is amazing.
Top players earn top dollars. Players that sell shirts, sponsorship deals and tickets get the best cash. Arsenal know this and I’ve no doubt there’s absolutely no way we’ll let our two best players leave because we won’t pay them the cash.
Wenger went all xeno-faaacking-phobic on us with his declaration that he would not sing the English national anthem if he were our coach.
“If you think that tomorrow you’re coach of France and you play against England and the national anthem is played of England, you cannot sing it, and you cannot sing the anthem as well of the team you’re leading…it looks to me a bit strange, you know? I like what is logical. I think it’s better [to have an Englishman in charge].”
You fu*king what son? Did you see the Brexit? You want to come over here, drink our sparkling Vimto? Use our public transport? And you won’t even take over our national team and save us from Gareth Southgate?
Please. This is too much.
Anyway, I think that’s Wenger politely saying, do one on the England job. You know what he has his eye on… that notorious upstairs job. That’s where he wants to be. Same money, lording it over an Eddie Howe sort. You know the deal.
Interestingly, Tomas Tuchel, who is one of the best young coaches in the world right now, has been having problems with the board at Dortmund. He’s apparently a bit of a hot head, as all the best are and he’s taken issue with Zorc’s lead scout.
Tuchel fell out with Sven Mislintat earlier this year over the failed signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Oliver Torres and the two men have endured a difficult professional relationship.
Nevertheless, despite interest from Bundesliga rivals Hamburger SV and second division neigbours Fortuna Düsseldorf, kicker report that Dortmund are determined to retain Mislintat’s services and are even set to offer him a promotion.
Mislintat has been Borussia Dortmund’s chief scout since 2009. His department is credited with successfully negotiating the transfers of Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,Raphael Guerreiro and Ousmane Dembele, making the 43-year-old one of the most respected scouts in professional football.
Now, clearly Dortmund don’t want to let either go… but if they were to, I’d hope Arsenal would have a conversation. Not that our scouting team hasn’t done what looks like a good job this summer… but Dortmund have done a wildly excellent job. I’m a massive fanboy, obviously… really hope if Wenger leaves we look to Germany for our next coach. Roger Schmidt did an excellent job nullifying Dortmund the other week. I’m not saying hire him, more that the German league is a bit of a hot spot for coaching talent.
So far on the #InternationalInjurySweepstake, the only scare we’ve had is Bellerin… BUT, he’s actually ok. So far, so good…
Right, that’s me done. A word to the comments section. It’s been getting out of hand recently. It’s supposed to be a place for decent conversation. Not a place for slagging, trolling and being unpleasant. I’m back on it over the next few weeks, and if you can’t play ball, you can’t play.
SEE YOU IN THERE PEOPLE x