A lot of news rumbling around the internetz this morning. Great banter from Olivier Giroud who reckons he’d last 10 seconds in the ring with Connor McGregor. Look Olivier, don’t be so down on yourself, if you can survive a cold night in Stoke, I reckon you could last half a round with Connor. Banter that the Daily Mail article said that 10 seconds was more time than he’d spent on the pitch the season… meow.
Stories continue to swirl that Arsenal might let their assist shy assist king loose at the end of the season as the club struggles to come to terms with the cash demands the German is making. As pointed out the other week by The Mirror, poor Mesut is but a pauper in the German national team. He’ll be wanting the big dollar to give his best years to the club… and who can blame him? Wenger can’t, he absolutely can’t…
‘It was always difficult. Honestly, what has changed is the size of the numbers but the difficulty was always the same. It’s always difficult to keep the good players because they are wanted by other clubs and it’s normal as well that the players try to get the maximum out of their negotiations because they have 10 years to play at the top level if all goes well. So it has always been difficult, you know, just the numbers have changed.’
… but look. I see the issue Ivan has. Where does he pull that cash from? Well, if Wenger leaves at the end of the season, and we sign Eddie Howe, that’s probably a £6m saving right there. If we need to move earlier for the big cash savings, then the news that Yaya ‘back of the net’ Sanogo might be leaving in January could be golden. Apparently St Etienne have some of those ‘this could be another KDB’ vibes going for Yaya… banter when we find out he won’t move because they won’t pay his £70k a week wages.
Theo Walcott just won’t stop talking to the press…
‘Again against Swansea, we had to be diligent, be patient at times… but we still got the win even if it would have been nice to take the ball home on a personal note. But that’s not the case.’
‘The Burnley match was a game where we had to grind it out. This game, when we went down to 10 men, we tend to lose, to be honest. There’s some things that are slowly getting better.’
You have to love that last sentence… wraps up our attitude over the past 5 or so years. Theo went on to say he doesn’t look at the table… yeah right Theo. Such a little liar.
‘We’ve been in this situation (top of the table) before. We started off this season before than we have recently. There’s always some sort of blip but hopefully we’re not going to have that this year.
‘With the squad we have, if we keep players fit, with players coming back, then who knows… You can’t really call the Premier League this year. It’s so unpredictable.’
Amen Theo, the Premier League is VERY exciting this year. Unless of course you tuned into the United vs Liverpool game last night and witnessed a most uninspiring 6-3-1 from Mourinho. The mesmeric attacking football he promised hasn’t come to fruition as he continues to struggle to work out the best way to pull any sort of performance from Pogba. Liverpool were disappointing as well. I thought they’d play with a bit more bombast… for how turgid United were, Liverpool hardly brought their big game.
I guess it’s worth noting though… Liverpool are stifleable (word?).
It always pleases me that the reason United vs Liverpool was schedules on a Monday night was mostly because they’re not in the Champions League. Big boy football starts this evening. Not that there are many choice games tonight. Sporting vs Dortmund might be interesting. Spurs vs Bayer could be good, especially if they get turned over. Tomorrow Arsenal play Ludogorets, which is a shame because it clashes with City hopefully taking at tanking from Barca. That’ll be a real test for them and Pep… I’ll be really interested to see how he squares off against them… a precursor for how he plays against the MIGHTY ARSENAL? Maybe. Maybe not.
Back to Liverpool just to keep the flow of this narrative disruptive and unnerving… Watzke of Dortmund CEO notoriety reckons absent Mikki has only himself to blame for his situation.
“Any intelligent player should consider in advance what kind of environment they are moving to,” he added.
“When you are playing in surroundings where things are working for you, like in Dortmund, then it is quite strange to give that away again once things have finally started to work out for you after a long time settling in.”
Cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would want to go to United under any guise they’ve attempted for about 5 years. But there he is, struggling. Sad times. Looks like Wenger was right to turn his nose up at the Armenian… BECAUSE THEO.
Wenger countered my view that he doesn’t rotate unless there’s an injury pile up his selection approach has usually helped with. Wenger on Giroud…
‘He is an important player in our squad. The squad is not 11, we are 25 players and everybody will contribute at different parts of the season. What sometimes looks permanent in October is completely revolutionised in December. We all have only one target: to be successful together, no matter who it is.’
Let’s see it then Arsene, show us a bit of rotation over the next month and show as that you have it in you not to flatten your team by December.
No words for the below… maybe £200k p/w is a bit expensive?
Catch ya’ll tomorrow.