Arsene Wenger throwing so much shade they should call him Lunar Eclipse. Amirite?
“Yes [it hurts when such players leave] because ideally, you want stability and you want players who carry the values through the generation,”
“It’s true that Gibbs [hurt] more than Chamberlain because Gibbs has been educated here from the age of .
“When he arrived he was a left winger. I transformed him into a full-back because he was not necessarily rated as a guy who would make it as a left-winger. But I saw something in him — intelligence, pace — that that made me feel that he could make it as a left-back.”
I mean I’m totally buying into all this bitterness Wenger is dropping this season, but come on, let’s not jump into revisionist Gibbs history here. Wenger transformed Kieran into a left back who couldn’t break out of the shadow of a very average Gael Clichy, despite the Frenchman having a poor final ball and a love for a calamity moment.
Not only that, Wenger had to go into the market to sign Nacho because it was clear Gibbs would never make the jump. Being butthurt (LOL, heard that for the first time the other day) about losing a player you badly educated isn’t even worth talking about.
I’m also irked when he talks about the intelligence of his players. I specifically remember Kieran Gibbs strongest asset was bombing forward with no cover. Remember the CFC game he was sent off on when he exposed us badly in the opening 15?
I’d be more upset about spunking a load of money on a kid you were sure was good only for him to turn down £180k a week to play terribly somewhere else.
Anyway, enough about Gibbs. How about a little celebration of the return ofage-old old Arsenal tradition?
The captaincy bribe!
When you don’t have the dollars, the CL, or a title-winning team… give them the captaincy.
‘Why not? It is all there. He has maturity, has improved technically and is more conscious of the importance of his technical qualities. His game is clean. He has a huge physical power’
After 3 good games, he’s in the running for the armband, mainly because he’s heading into the final 18months of his contract and Wenger needs to dangle some tasty carrots. Wenger nails the reason I’d not be considering it.
‘The target for him will be to have 30 games.’
Aaron very rarely maintains a consistent run of games in the team. He’ll usually front end the season, we’ll lose him October through December, and his return will be sputtery at best. Wenger really needs to learn his lesson with Captains and start giving the armband to players that are fit and present. We’ve had a terrible run of names, but at least we’re moving back to bribing over giving it to players who crippled. Look at the state of this list.
Look at the state of this list.
Back into the positivity, I liked some of the comments he made about the Welshman.
‘If he starts from a strong defensive position, he can be dangerous against anybody.
‘He has a huge influence going forwards, we know that, and we know that he can contribute to that.
‘The strength in his game was of course his usual top-quality physicality. But he’s more focused on technical quality in his first touch and that makes him more dangerous.’
The point Wenger makes there about starting from a strong defensive position is essential. We all know Aaron can be great going forward, but far too often, his Glenn Hoddle like tendencies expose the rest of the midfield. Hopefully Wenger and Bould are coaching him on how to maintain discipline and be more like he was against Chelsea.
Wenger took time out to pontificate on transfers and players.
“Because you will be in a position where you [either] extend for money that you cannot afford, or you let them go into the final year of their contract,”
“This season, 107 players in the Premier League go into the final year of their contract, for the first time. And I think you will see that more, because the clubs want too much money for normal players. …
“So what happens is, the club cannot sell and doesn’t extend the contract.”
This is basically Wenger projecting and forgetting where Arsenal were at this summer. You can’t bemoan the transfer market for being too inflated, then claim it’s hard to sell. Look at the money that swapped hands, even without the mega fees.
Our problem was two-fold, we couldn’t sell players that were on mega money because those players were shite… then we couldn’t sell shite players on normal money because we wanted too much money. Namely Callum Chambers who we wouldn’t sell for less than £27m. Players just don’t want to be at Arsenal, trying to connect unconnected oddities to justify why Ozil, Sanchez and Jack are all passing, without addressing the elephant in the room, namely, we’re a bit shit, is a silly.
Finally, the last piece of Wenger banter is about the Champions League.
“Do I still follow it? I think that the group stage, there are not many interesting games so I choose one or two that are interesting.
“It’s a routine now in the group stage. Look at the audiences, it has lost some attraction power.”
He’s right of course, but be real here, the group stages have been boring since they CL started letting in teams that were outside the top 2. They’re a little bit more boring now because UEFA has let in a bunch of super shite teams that has no chance of progressing.
Premier League roundup is pretty uninteresting. Everyone we should be caring about won. Pep G off to another roaring start, batting away the twitter nerds who call the greatest a fraud. Lukaku continues to show that if you can score goals for an average Everton side under Koeman, chances are you’ll be able to do it for an expensively assembled United. Liverpool and Spurs bagged 3 points. So basically, a big game for us against a WBA who have had a poor start but actually sit a point ahead of us in the league.
Oh, before I go, check out this piece from the BTL lads who have knocked together a beastly piece on the top 50 kids in Europe. Are you reading Steve Rowley?