Wenger reads like a man on death row when he talks about losing his star players.
‘Why should I be scared?’
Last week he was saying it wasn’t really his problem.
‘From Monday he (Alexis) is free to go where he wants if it’s a foreign club — but that’s not my problem.’
Arsene is channelling his inner Katherine Tate with his ‘Am I boovered?’ stance… but just as with the insecure teenager she was parodying, we know that Wenger must be deeply worried about what’s about to come this month.
Losing Alexis and Ozil in a single month would be horrendous. Part of me wonders if the club are going to wait it out and see where we are before making a decision. If we’re well out the the top four race by the end of January, selling off your two best players to bloat the coffers makes sense. If we beat Chelsea tomorrow and ride on through with a group of victories, it might be worthwhile keeping them both.
However, the reality is the power is now mostly with the players. If both want to sit out the last 5 months because they can smell a mega payday coming, that’s what they’ll do. If an offer comes in for Alexis, it’d be very hard for Wenger to turn down anything north of £35m, especially when you consider that the majority of this season, the Chilean has been pretty woeful.
We know interest will come knocking. City are without Gabriel for at least 6 weeks with a knee injury, and we know they’re not messing around in their bid for dominance this year. Aguerro isn’t cutting the mustard either, so I’d imagine the sell to the board at City won’t be tough, especially as he’s likely the best striker in Europe not cup ties for the CL.
Still, the bigger story today is about the impending Chelsea game. It’s all looking a bit scary. Our entire back three looks likely to be out.
“At the moment our injury list is quite long. We lost Kolasinac, Koscielny in the game [at West Brom]. The two who have a little chance.
“Ozil might have a test this morning. Koscielny is 30-70 available.”
The only test Ozil is having this morning is whether he can shake off the 14 packets of Doritos he ate while he smashed through the Black Mirror boxsets.
The defence is the real worry. Outside Mustafi, it’s all looking a bit bleak. Chambers isn’t Chelsea ready. Holding really doesn’t look like the next big thing and probably isn’t under consideration. Per might have been 2 years ago. Can he gift us another FA Cup final like performance? Or are we going to see the wheels come off a defender who really does lack top level pace these days.
We are down to the bare bones when it comes to injuries. Aaron Ramsey will be a HUGE miss against a team that’ll try and beast us. As seems to be the case every year, once you scratch beneath the surface, you see that we do lack quality. Our second stringers lost to bottom of the Bundesliga Koln, and our kids are a stunning shade of green at the moment. What a pickle Wenger is in. All his making.
I’m a bit lost as to what the team can bring 3 days after a shocking performance against WBA. The tank is running on empty, and Wenger is already wheeling out the excuses of fatigue pregame. Our boys don’t need an excuse to switch off, but Wenger has given them one already.
Buckle up. That’s the only advice I can give.
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