Happy good morning to you ALL.
I hope you unwrapped some joy, drank some beer, and drank some more beer.
But onto things of a more important nature, such as Boxing Day football of which we’re not a part of. Which is a bit of a shame really, even worse when you consider we’re not part of New Years day games either. I feel swizzed.
Games that could see an upset… Spurs vs Southampton, United vs Burnley. Outside that, there’s not too much that I can see going well for our top 4 push
Onto our game versus the mighty Crystal Palace. I’m very interested to see how Wenger takes on his squad rotation policy. We’ve already heard Mourinho complain about his side picking up ‘December injuries’, but we’re in pretty good shape. Notably because we are resting well in the Europa League, but maybe because of the Burgess influence?
Anyway, will the manager bring Kolasinac back into the fold? AMN had a pretty good appearance considering he was totally exposed by Alexis against Liverpool. That game opened up a few interesting questions for now, and moving forward:
He’s back in the mixer, he’s looking solid, and he actually wants to be at the club. Will Wenger continue to play safe with the Englishman, or will he land himself an extended run in the side.
I’m not sure how many poor games he needs to have before we realise he’s not quite the full package. His customary mistakes are one issue, his lack of mobility is a more pressing one for me. I wonder if Wenger is looking at AMN and wondering if he could be the answer to our DM worries? The kid has the most outrageous recovery pace I’ve seen since Hector broke onto the scene, he’s great with both feet, and he’s played the DM role before. I’d rather take a chance on someone right for the side, than flog a dead horse of a player who can only play under certain conditions. We have an all action DM for years, this kid looks like he could develop into a Naby Keita/Denis Zakaria style player.
It’s clear the player isn’t mature enough to see out the final year of his deal. The only thing keeping him at the club is Wenger going full on short-termism mode, hoping he can kick us into the top 4 like he might have in seasons past. He needs to give up that dream, move him on, and take the plunge with Julian Draxler who has only managed 10 starts in the league this year. He’ll want the World Cup nod he won’t get staying where he is.
Because Alexis has been so overtly uninterested in Arsenal this season, it’s kind of overshadowed the poor form of Hector who also pushed for a move last summer. He’s been dismal, and I don’t think it’s beyond the pale to suggest that maybe Debuchy should be given more of a chance.
I am very excited about having new people working contracts behind the scenes. The great thing about this summer, or really, this next quarter, is the Huss, Sahnelli and Mislintat are all going to be working in tandem on a professional approach to player recruitment and retention.
We have a lot of players heading into the last year of their deals next season. The club will no doubt be looking at a whole host of attributes when deciding whether or not to sign players up, or sell them on. They’ll look at market value, injury record, training records, statistics compared to players around Europe, what’s on the market, and how do the team want to play moving forward.
We might decide to offer Jack a deal to stay on but on lower money with the promise of more first team action. We might look at Aaron, decide he’s not really managed to form a decent partnership with anyone, and flog him on for a player with better fitness and on less money than £200k a week.
Whatever happens, we have the full circle required. Recruitment, market knowledge, and a process to understand the numbers behind doing deals.
No more socialist wage structure. No more Wenger dominance.
Finally, I think the rumours of Wenger walking are off the mark. It’s a dream, not a reality. The man never breaks a contract, and he’s not going to find a better £10m a year job, even one where he’s lost a chunk of his power. But at least there won’t be a new deal after that one. No way all these fancy staffers are joining for another half decade of Wengerball.
Right, that’s me done. See you on the other side. x