Took the day off yesterday, there are only so many spleens one can vent.
We’re right in the mix of international week, so it’s a down period for me, the idea of watching Jermaine Defoe lead England out of the tunnel really does make me a bit sad.
So what do we have?
Horrible to see Seamus Coleman go the way of Eduardo, Diaby and Aaron Ramsey. An utterly disgusting challenge and one of the most horrendous leg snaps I’ve seen since the last one. Disappointing to see anyone come out and defend the challenge or the character of the fool who did it. There’s simply no excuse. If you engage in dangerous football, you should have the book thrown at you. You committed a crime on the pitch that you’d go to jail for in the real world. Simply inexcusable, that one aggressive challenge has changed the course of another’s life forever. Even more unforgivable when you consider it’s a sports person doing it to another sports person. Interesting, you don’t see leg snaps that often in other leagues? It also seems to mostly involve British players?
Anyway, nice to see the press going hard at this one, rather than lightly dancing around the idea that maybe Seamus Coleman isn’t man enough to cut it at the highest man-levels of the British isles.
Sending positive thoughts for his recovery.
Mesut Ozil looks to be staying at the club, he had this to say.
“I am contracted until 2018 and I feel very comfortable,”
Glad to hear it Mesut, you and the whole squad look pretty comfortable too damn often in my opinion. He’ll likely be looking at the contract carnage that’s going off that the moment and he’ll probably see an opening to pick up a banger of a deal. After all, there’s no better opportunity to go for the kill moneywise than the point where there looks to be an exodus.
Ozil, Alexis, Ramsey, Oxlade, Wilshere, Chezzer, Santi, Gibbs, Per, JenksSanogoCampbell.
All due to expire in 2018. The
The frustrating thing about it all is Rambo and Jack should have been sold last summer at the peak of their powers. Ramsey has had another shocker of a season and Jack has been pretty dull at Bournemouth, dropping to the bench over the last few weeks in favour of more disciplined players. So I’d not be hugely moved by the above going, but picking up poverty price tags would grate.
There are rumours that Chambo might be going to City, hard to argue the possibility, he’s looked great in midfield of late, he’s home grown and he has near perfect Prem physique.
Could be a turbulent summer. My main worry is that Wenger is no longer an elite coach. Great players want to develop, I’m not sure you can pass Wenger off as a developmental manager these days. Chamberlain, Ramsey, Wilshere, Gibbs and Jenks are a testament to that after the short-lived #BritishCore experiment failed. You can say he made Alexis a great player, but please, he’d been winning titles at Barca, hardly finding a unpolished diamond? If anything, moving to Arsenal has just enhanced all his worst attributes of greed and skulky on-pitch behaviour… to great effect mind. But be fair, he’d not be getting away with that carry on at Juve.
Anyway, an interesting summer ahead. If things go seriously south, which looks quite likely based on recent form, it could be very tough for Lord Wenger and his band of yes-men to make the sort of impact they need to in this summer’s transfer market.
Also, total banter that Francis Cagigao (head of recruitment) is ‘apparently’ the focus of international attention this window. Can you imagine any elite club looking at our shit show of a recruitment policy and yearning for someone to transport it over seas?
‘So a machine told you Griezmann was shite, and you said no… and that same machine told you Gabriel was a good idea?’
One interesting thing about that is there must be a job opening at Arsenal that he’s trying to make himself favourite for… that, or these top euro clubs have terrible standards.
Right, see you tomorrow!