Wakes up, pulls on black armband, looks wistfully out the window…
‘Arsenal season, it was good while it lasted. May you rest in peace’
What a fucking shambles. Santi Cazorla has just been sent to Sweden to sample the meatballs whilst his ankle is surgically removed. So his season is over, his career as the puppeteer of our midfield is likely done. Our chances of doing something special next year are greatly reduced.
It’s a shame. It’s a shame because it was predictable. It’s a shame because it happend at Ludogorets. It’s a shame because this is a carbon copy of what happened last season, and we didn’t replace him.
Well, we kind of attempted to, but I’m not sure it’s worked out the way Wenger might have hoped. He had a different view of what Granit Xhaka was. A box to box with a supreme passing range that could be an upgrade on Santi. What he learnt is that Granit and Santi are not interchangeable. So he’ll have to adapt. Or, he’ll have to get his scouts out there and the chequebook ready for some January #Madness.
So who could he look at?
Veratti: The wide-eyed Italian is probably the most like for like replacement on the planet. He moves the ball around with both feet at pace, he’s about the same height and he’s 24 years old. He started out as a number 10, but was switched into the deeplying playmaker role, and I guess that’s what makes him so exciting to watch, he’s kind of the perfect player, great moving the ball forward, daring with his passes and completely unpredictable handful.
BUT, are they going to sell him to us? A big no way.
Wilshere: Jack Wilshere is at Bournemouth at the moment and I kind of feel we’ll not see him back with us as long as Wenger is at the club. The Englishman is finding his feet again, he has vision lite compared to Ozil at 10, but he’s been raised on Wengerball, he knows how the break the lines with his mazy runs and he’s still pretty young. He’d be ideal right now, but, you know, Arsene let him leave.
Cesc F: I know, I know. But if we nipped in there for £10m, would you say no? Still one of the best players I’ve had the pleasure of watching, he could perhaps adapt his now fading game to play the role Santi did for us. He’s not quite the dribbler Santi is, but we’ve seen him walk through a few defences in his time, notably against Spurs where he walked it in from kick off. He needs a career refresh, I wouldn’t be totally against it and maybe he’d be available in January?
Isco: Namely think his purchase would be a coup just because we sing a great song about him. But, outside that, the talent the boy possesses is unreal. He’s not playing the games he’d like to at Real Madrid and he’s relatively youthful. I’d be more than game to jump into the Real Madrid scrapheap challenge this summer, or maybe a costly loan in January?
Who would you take?
FINALLY, UNREAL CONFIRMATION ARSENAL ARE THINKING VERY INTELLIGENTLY ABOUT WENGER’S REPLACEMENT.
This from the Leipzig coach.
“It was a well-researched story,”
“There was a lot of truth to it. I have heard of worse fates than succeeding the longest-serving manager in England. It’s not damaging my reputation, is it?”
“We don’t have to put too much thought into it,” “I have found my luck here.”
“I have found my luck here.”
Tantalising. And reassuring it won’t be Martinez or Ronald Koeman. Read more on him from yesterday’s post.
HAPPY FRIDAY. x