Another post started off with condolences to the families impacted by the horrors at Borough Market. Extra personal, because that’s where my flat is. Unbelievable to think these sorts of attacks are ramping up in fashion from weak cowards influenced by the internet.
Still, Londoners are strong. Fuck the right wing media morons trying their damndest to convince you that you are scared, you are weak and that you should strive to be divided. The Sun in particular guilty of trying to break the spirit of the British and Londoners. Don’t fall for it.
Anyway, the party must go on. Wenger has been dropping transfer visions on his favourite middle eastern mouthpiece, BEIN Sports… who actually have pretty fantastic La Liga coverage.
‘We will sign between a maximum of two or three players.’
‘We cannot spend as much as many other clubs because some clubs have external resources that allow them to be basically unlimited’
Wenger in his element, making excuses before he’s even ventured into the market… he went on, like a broken record. Two or three signings feels kind of light to me. When you consider that Juventus, a team that’s just won the league and made a UCL Final, have a list of 6 players, you wonder how Wenger thinks he’s going to plug 20 goals and make up 4 places in the league with three names. He then goes on…
‘We can spend money because we have managed the club well. Let’s not forget the amount of money spent is not a guarantee of success.’
‘We have to be clear what we understand as a big signing. Is [Rob] Holding a big signing for you or not?’
‘When you buy a player for – £40million, everybody will have at the start a positive judgement. When you buy him for ¬£2million, he can‚ not be good?’
‘That means a big signing is not necessarily linked with the amount of money spent.’
See, here’s the thing with rhetoric like the above. Rob Holding was a good signing, we like him, he looks to have a bucket load of talent. But no one is cursing his price tag. Also, he’s a good player based on what, 10 appearances this season? The fact that Wenger is pointing to Rob Holding as transfer success really does worry me. We should always be adding great youth players to our squad, we shouldn’t be holding up £2m gambles as the way forward in kicking into the elite.
You also have to put Rob Holding into the mix with other players Wenger has crowed about. Remember when he predicted Yaya Sanogo could be a £50m player? No one cares about the price tag. We care about bringing in players who can make a difference right away. Mahrez would be an interesting player, he was incredible for Leicester last year, but he went big time off the boil and has an Ozil-esque attitude. Arda Turan is an interesting name, a bit too close to 30 for more liking, but a disciplined right-winger who can press and defend in a drilled defensive system… also capable of dropping into midfield.
The bigger question isn’t really about names, it’s more about what Wenger is planning to do to change the way we operate as a team. How is he going to stop us getting tanked by big teams in major games. How is he going to deal with our away record against top 10 teams? How is he going to make sure the team is switched on for the full 9 months. Games like Watford and Crystal Palace were unforgivable.
The squad make up needs to be addressed. We have too many weak-minded players. We have concerns with players like Sanchez having too much power. We have issues with Ozil never being dropped. We have problems with Aaron Ramsey showing up for FA Cup finals. We have players like Chamberlain deployed across 7 positions through the year.
What is the vision for Arsenal next year?
What is our footballing philosophy moving forward?
How do we reconstruct the squad around our objectives?
I’m listening to Wenger talk at the moment and all I hear is ‘more of the same’… where is the shift in direction coming from? Because I have to tell you, you’re being taken for a ride if you think a run of form against teams that had nothing to play for is a sign of progress. It’s a big fat red herring. I also have to tell you that a cup final win tells you very little when juxtaposed against three years of decline.
Wenger doesn’t have anything to prove. He doesn’t need to change a thing. He has total power.
Just don’t fall for it, and continue to force accountability that makes him uncomfortable.
I’m on shoot for a client this week, so this might be sporadic. The boys will be dropping a podcast tomorrow though, so fear not, we’ll keep this going over the summer.
Stay safe and look out for one another. Looking forward to being in London the week after next! x