Spent the day in a place they used to mine uranium called, Uravan. In 1921, the mined ore would fetch $71,000 a gram. They used it to make military watch dials glow, to harden steal, then they used it in bombs. What a town. I mean, until people started getting cancer and they closed the whole place down. Regardless, what a day.
Anyway, I was pretty hacked off the Arsenal Opinion boys pulled together a show in my absence that was really good and funny and they didn’t really miss me. Fuckers. Tune in to hear for yourself, details at the bottom of the post.
One of the topics they raised was the future of Kieran Gibbs. We’ve signed that tasty looking Bosnian left-back to replace him (I hope). Warrior mentality, super fast, great delivery and a free transfer.
THAT MEANS WENGER THINKS WE ARE A LEFT BACK AND JUST TWO MORE FROM BEING CL CONTENDERS
Anyway, I really hope the player leaving is Kieran Gibbs. The magic grip that guy has over the fans is he’s cut from the same cloth as Gael Clichy and Ashley Cole. I mean that in the sense that he looks like they did back in the day (like, he’s looked 21 for 10 years), but also on paper had pace, some silky skills on the ball, and a pretty decent cross. The reality was a bit different. He was a total bottle job. I called it for a while because I’d heard that was the vibe around the training ground… apparently, if you look at his injury record, it usually coincides with big games he’s due to play in. I wasn’t sure about this conspiracy, then I saw it with my own damn eyes, Alex Chamberlain made a foul against Chelsea, Gibbs was accidentally sent off (after starting the game terribly)… and he just took it and pootled off. Didn’t even argue with the ref. The icing on the cake for me was him picking up an innocuous injury before the cup final and handing his role to Chambo. Total coward.
The fact he’s earned £65k a week for being a Ricaro seat passenger is a sad indictment of how Arsene Wenger has run his dross over the years. Good riddance, and good luck to him at Newcastle. Not sure they’ve done their due diligence there if they think he’s a fighter.
Amusing reading the stories about Arsenal going hard after M’Bappe. I love the ambition, I love the player, I can see 20:20 how this makes total sense… BUT COME ON… please, wake up and smell the nonsense. This kid can play anywhere in the world, and you think he’ll choose to play under a manager who was last winning the league when the Monaco striker was 6 years old? Wenger has never been a legend while M’Bappe has been old enough to remember. He’ll have been growing up with the Jose Mourinho’s, the Pep Guardiola’s and the Carlo Ancelotti’s. I mean, even the Zidane’s, because he’d remember him as a player and now a manager.
I really, really, really, struggle to see why any agent would send their megastar 18 year old to develop under a manager who has the track record Wenger does over the last 6 years. Great players only want one thing from a mentor: to know they’ll be developed. Wenger isn’t a tactician, he’s rocking the same training methods he was when Kylian was two years old, and he’s never won a CL. Wenger is lifting Rob Holding up as his shining star of our abysmal season, and he only made 18 starts. Kind of trash when you compare the sort of young players Jardim has nurtured this year. Arsenal’s record with Sanchez, one of the absolute best in Europe, was 6th in the league, 2 rounds behind Monaco in the CL (7 years running) and a very exciting FA Cup win.
Major names don’t make decisions based on cups.
But we’ll see. This doesn’t feel different to me. It smells like Suarez. You know we’ll end up with Giroud, Welbeck, and an Arsenal TV interview with Wenger bemoaning no one respecting Henry from Belgium because he was only £6m.
‘The last ‘unknown’ Henry I signed was good, no?’
Update: Matt Spiro from the internet.
Kylian Mbappe & Monaco have agreed to ignore all offers this summer (Le Parisien). Impressive statement of ambition from Monaco if true
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) June 7, 2017
Right, listen to this second rate podcast from the boys.