Peter Hillwood’s mouthpiece – The Daily Star – is running with the big story that Arsenal are weighing up selling Mesut in January so they don’t have to lose him in the summer on a free. Kind of absurd if you ask me, I mean, why is that penny dropping now?
My issue isn’t shifting him on, it’s more the worry that we’ll move him onto a club we’re at least loosely in competition with. As much as I’m fully over the Mesut experience, I’m pretty certain he’d perk up almost any frontline heading into the final stretch of the season. He’s wasted at Arsenal, but he’d probably be pretty handy under someone like Mourinho who knows how to get the most out of him.
We’ll see though. Mesut’s fitness has been a constant issue during his career at Arsenal (as in, strong start, lethargic end) and he’s consistently been nullified in big games. Could just be an Arsene issue, but then again, Santi Cazorla doesn’t have trouble, and nor did Cesc when he played for us. Mesut seems to be a lot of effort for a player who parted the red sea and is rumoured to have a more buttoned-up plan to colonise Mars than Elon.
My guess? He’ll still be with us in February. The only way he’s leaving in January is if there’s serious breach of trust, or he’s on a massive go slow. Not to mention it’s hugely risky for a player to move to another club so close to a World Cup when you’re late twenties. Also, I just can’t buy that he’d be unprofessional. German’s aren’t really that way inclined, and I’m not sure Ozil is that type of man.
There’s also a lot of talk about Sanchez going to PSG. Really struggling to see what value that deal offers? PSG are already in trouble with an FFP they’ve completely shat on, so I’m not sure how they’d be able to convince anyone another £300k a week on the wage is within the rules.
We really are in trouble next summer. Basically no keepers. We’ll lose £100m of talent in Mesut and Sanchez. If Jack comes good, which is a long shot, he could go anywhere he wants for free. We’re also heading into the last year territory with WELBZ and Ramsey. You have to say, it would make next to ZERO sense for either of those two to sign on at this stage. Good business sense would tell you Arsenal are a club with no leverage. As a player there is always the opportunity to move to a club in better shape, alternatively, you could do a Theo and earn a deal you don’t deserve by putting Wenger over a Pulp Fiction pawnshop basement barrel.
‘You ok, Arsene’
‘No Ivan, I’m pretty fucking far from ok’
‘What now? Let me tell you what now. I’m gonna call a couple of hard pipe-hitting super agents to go to work on the contracts here with a pair of pliers and a slightly above average salary range.’
“You hear me talking, Aaron? I ain’t through with your deal by a damn sight. I’m gonna get medieval on your weekly.”
Onto a sunnier shade of news, Xhaka and Cech fancy have popped their Xanax and are in good spirits. The Swiss said this:
“We are into our stride, and we have the top of the table back in our sights.”
“I am happy with things. I am a regular for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, and I want to progress still further.”
Good on yah. Our keeper had this to say.
“We said after the Liverpool game that the only way to bring everybody back on board was to work hard and show our attitude and work ethic through our results and performances.
“We’ve been doing so, especially at home. We feel like we’ve won the fans back to our side, and hopefully we can keep them happy as long as we can.
“Every fan has the right to say if they’re not happy, but as players we lead the way and our fans are supporting us home and away. This is great to see.”
I mean, we are back in our stride, winning games we should be winning and not losing games. That’s lovely. Such a shame we don’t prepare properly for the season, even worse that we know the routine. We’ll beat Everton in a few weeks before they sack Koeman, then we’ll have our backsides handed to us when Pep G destroys us.
The only slight advantage I see this season is Wenger’s commitment to using the League Cup and Europa League as an opportunity to freshen the legs and minds of second stringers and kids. That’s pretty smart. If we can keep our starting 11 fit all season, there’s a very good chance we could break into the top 4, which is about the extend of our ambition if you ask me.
Finally, Lacazette is taking it upon himself to scout out players and tap them up.
‘We are very good friends and have lots of fun. Our nicknames for each other are Griezzy and Lacaz.
‘If Griezzy visits me in London, I’m going to ask him to sign for Arsenal!’
Cuuuuuuuute. Someone wrap those two in a bow and take a picture. I can’t imagine the Arsenal conversation would last too long… a bit like when a recruiter calls and asks if you want to go client side at a Barnsley insurance brokerage. Still, it’s the thought that counts and if you don’t ask you don’t get.
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