I took in the Connor McGregor fight last night, right next to Madison Square Garden, what a f*cking mistake that was. Great event regardless, the absolute brutality of that sport is a sight to behold. The Irishman proving once again that he is one of the biggest superstars in sport and so much more than just talk.
Anyway, onto football. This international break is dragging hard and I’m really struggling to get over it… but the good news is it’s nearly over.
One story that’s been growing all season is the Serge Gnabry one. He smashed up the Olympics and he’s been starting for Werder Bremen… he also banged in a hattrick for Germany on his debut this week. It’s important to note that his club team sit 16th in the table achieving 7 points from 10 games. But hell, let’s not take anything away from the young wide man, he’s banged in 4 goals and has an assist to his name. Pretty good going.
I think there’s a lot of, ‘well, the club did all they could’, well, I heard from a very good place that Arsenal didn’t start negotiating a new deal for him until AFTER his Olympic success. So for me, it kind of sounds like Arsenal were done with the German and the penny dropped when he started to resemble a player.
It’s a bit embarrassing Wenger didn’t know how to extract more out of him. Especially sad to see when you have Chambo stinking out the place more often than not… but look, you have to remember this is a kid who couldn’t make it at Arsenal and a guy who struggled to get into a Tony Pulis squad. So it was hardly a done deal he’d be superb this season. So we can look at the stick with which to beat, or just keep our fingers crossed he doesn’t turn into Bayern Munich’s next superstar in the next 3 seasons (they basically did the deal to land him at Werder).
The ever reliable AFC Camden blog has Santi out until December. It also reports the club knew he had a dodgy Achilles problem. Part of the reason I’ve been calling for him to be replaced. Outside the Achilles problem, playing a 32 year old 3 times a week was dim, again, as we’ve said on here so many times before. Arsenal fans bleating on with…
‘Nah mate, it’s October, pro athletes can handle it’
… has once again come unravelled. For the United game, we’re missing Sanchez, Santi and Bellerin. It’d be hard to say that’s anything other than a disaster, even if United are a car crash of a side this season.
It’s also worth noting that these issues aren’t luck, they’re bad planning. The sort we see every single season. Let’s hope the squad is strong enough to handle it. That midfield against United is looking like Xhaka, Coquelin and Ozil. I’d be looking to bring in Aaron Ramsey into the squad at some point, despite everyone here thinking he’s a terrible player. I think we need to look at his last 10 games and I think Wenger needs to work out a way of making his talent work for our squad… because I’m certain if he leaves us he’ll be a superstar somewhere else (if they can keep him fit).
Finally, big congrats for Nacho on landing his first goal for Spain!