The most exciting political event I’ve ever had the pleasure of being around is taking place TODAY. One thing is for sure, if there were a group of people you could guarantee would turn out for a vote, it’d be the Arsenal fans. You wouldn’t have to tell them twice, they’d be there with their ‘Mesut For Prez’ banners no doubt.
It’s pretty crazy to think that the world is a bad day at the ballot away from a Donald Trump Presidency… division, global warming denial and a massive wall is waiting in the wings.
Fingers crossed the American people pull through. I’m no Hillary fan, but be real here… the other option is insanity.
Olivier Giroud says he is unhappy sitting on the bench and he’ll leave Arsenal the moment his contract runs out in 2018.
“I see my future at Arsenal until the date my contract ends.”
I mean, he kind of says that, but doesn’t really. He goes on…
“I won’t lie, there have been times I’ve been disappointed and not happy with my situation. But the coach knows that. He’s the one who makes the choices.
“I have not knocked on Arsene’s office. We’ll see, I’m not worried, my time will come.
“He’s always supported me in the difficult times and I have every confidence he’ll keep doing so.”
A bit of a pointless interview. He likes to play, he might leave at some point, he hasn’t knocked on the door of the boss. I mean really, he should STFU, he’s had a toe injury for 3 months, he’s been on the bench 3-4 times because he isn’t a cert to start considering the form of others… so deal with it. I’m sure you’ll get a game when Sanchez breaks.
One player we do forget about is Lucas Perez, how must he have felt, signed in the form of his life only to be cast to the bench until he broke himself until Christmas. Could do with a bit of his industry for the next few months. I mean, his experience might have helped out wide left for the Spurs game where Iwobi is taking a bit of a panning in the press. Alex is young, he’s very talented and I think it’s a touch unfair he’s being hammered for not being able to finish first time. Come back in 2 years and he’s banging away that chance, of that I have no doubt.
I’m just going to touch on the Coquelin thing one more time to reiterate that I don’t think he’s a bad player, I just don’t think his game is particularly well suited to teams that press strategically and I think his legend is overplayed. I don’t care that he cost basically nothing, I love Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Alex Iwobi… price plays no factor for me. I think it’s just down to seeing how good we need to be to compete amongst the elite. If you have a cog that is limited, you’ll get found out.
Also, this is a positive. I think we have ways of working around the problem we have in midfield. I think Elneney and Aaron Ramsey are far more capable on the ball and my guess is we might see a switch up in the role as the season wears on. I guess Arsenal fans are just slow to realise when something isn’t quite right… look how long it took people to understand that Olivier Giroud was not going to win us the Premier League? I mean, jeez, we even debated Denilson like he had hidden qualities only the purest could fathom.
Talking of young handsome boys… sorry, I was talking about them at my desk… Hector Bellerin looks like he’s penned a new deal with the Arsenal. The whippet right back is on for his FORTH new deal at the club.
“Hector is very happy at Arsenal. This would be the fourth time he has signed a new contract at the club and it is clear he has made good progress.”
Good news people. I like his hair and his game. I think there’s some work to do on his defending, but if he progresses at the rate he should, he could be world class by the time his next deal ends. Also interesting to hear that he’s studying marketing… if his agent is reading, I have a pretty banging content role going at the moment?
Vincenzo Morabito, you know, the agent fellow reckons Arsenal bid a whopping £80m for Auba this summer.
“I know that this summer, Arsenal offered €90m (£80m) for Aubameyang, but Borussia didn’t want to hear anything about it.”
Michael Zork giving us short shrift. Interesting that the Gabon ACE was suspended by his club for a recent CL game, the reason? An unsolicited trip abroad… how dare he. Not sure how much I buy into the above story, but look, the guy is a f*cking powerhouse forward, he scored 4 on his return from suspension, so he’s certainly showcasing his value this season after a great season past.
Alexis Sanchez, who has NOT signed a new deal yet has been jabbering away to ESPN Brazil. He had this to say on resting…
“He told me to rest, but I don’t like to rest. Neither in the matches.
“I don’t like to be out, I get upset, I go home sad, because I train to play, I rest to play.
“It’s my job and I do everything to perform at 100 per cent.”
Well Alexis, that’s why you need a coach to put one of those PS4 VR things in your hands for a few days. We can’t have a flat lifeless Alexis in December. I read somewhere that he’s been one of the most productive players this season with his passing. Against Spurs at the weekend, Mesut created 5 chances, but Alexis was one behind him on 4! Not bad going. Gotta love that Chilean.
Finally, Pires would like to become a Sporting Director at Arsenal.
“Yes, that is my objective [to become Arsenal’s sporting director],”
“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I need to talk about it with the owners and Arsene Wenger. I’d love this job, I love to talk with the players. If I’m given this job one day, I can stay in contact with football, especially with Arsenal.
“I have a good relationship with the manager, that’s important. I can work with the players, I can give advice to the young players, so we can find a good relationship between me and the players.”
Now, I’d be game for having someone like that at the club, but my thing here is… do you have any right to that role? There are people who work in the game across all types of specialities that would possibly be more qualified. He should have a job at the club, but becoming a director is something you work for, not something you’re just handed on a plate because you’re a legend. Monchi at Sevilla, the man who is a gem prospector only rivalled by Michael Zorc at Dortmund, is apparently available this summer. He is exactly the sort of person we should be chucking money at, especially if we’re going to go for a manager who might not be super experienced. Who better to mentor Robert than someone who is already brilliant at the role?
Check out the below Mesut video, I think it had Arsenal fans crying it was so compelling.