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NEWS wise, Arsenal are baiting City and United for Alexis. The story is that we want one of Martial or Mikki, so United are the faves. There are all sorts of trouble making counterpoints flying around. Some noise that Mikki wants better money and we’re not offering that. Some say Mikki is wanted by Sven, others say Wenger wants the Frenchman. A CLASH IS BREWING.
I’m easy either way because I think both players could offer value.
Mikki has been snubbed, no, humiliated by Jose. The Armenian boasts pace, incredible work rate and at his best, goals and assists. Being pied after a big transfer deal leaves you with a burning desire to impress more than anything. Wenger at his best was great at finding players with a point to prove. Only drawback is his age, which is 28. Still young, but, you know.
Martial on the other is a 1995er. He’ll know first hand about the dark days of Arsenal, rumoured he turned in his season ticket after Paris, so he’ll get the culture of the club. Not just that, he’s super young, just a baby. He was the most expensive teenager of all time, he’s been managed under a group of disciplinarians (which is good), and basically, the world is his lobster. He has so much to give. Is Wenger the one to rejuvenate him? No. But look, he’ll give him a fuck load of game time and the player is young enough to see in the new manager in 18months time. Has it in him to be a £100m player.
Who would I pick? Really couldn’t care less. Both would be additive to the side, both would make Arsenal more interesting to watch. That’s how low I’ve sunk. Mikki would be great for now impact, and if we’re signing Auba, they’d click. Martial would be great to swell the youth ranks and could be absolute talent moving forward under a proper manager.
Couple of people said they felt robbed by post title this morning because I didn’t put a date down for Wenger’s departure. The inside line is he’s not going anywhere as it stands. He’s still within spitting distance of 4th, he could still make it, if he puts up even a brave fight, there’s no way Stan is bombing him off before his goodbye year. That’s the inside track. So put your Ancelotti stories in the same bin as your tear sodden Kleenex.
Things could change, don’t get me wrong, nothing is defacto in sport. But people at the club are mostly resigned to the only way the manager leaving being if he resigns, or…
A clash with Sven…
A clash with the fans…
Nothing else is getting between him, power and money.
There are also a bunch of rumours suggesting Sven M’s big new signing is going to be Malcolm of Bordeaux. The Brazilian looks exciting in the videos. Powerful, fast, direct, beautiful first touch, with a mixture of assists and goals to boot (Grimantube him here). Rumours are his home club want him loaned back, I’d take that if we land exchange players from United.
The latest on this deal is very AFC, this from Sport Witness.
Therefore, Sud-Ouest state that ‘if Arsenal do come forward, the Gunners will have to be very convincing financially’.
As for Malcom himself, the 20-year-old is ‘seduced’ by all the interest in him, and isn’t hiding it, but he’s also been known to follow his family’s and professional entourage’s counsel, and his performance on Saturday (an assist in a 1-0 win against Troyes away) is proof for the local newspaper the Brazilian still cares about the French club.
What I love about this move is it’s exactly the sort of unknown starlet we used to win with. Aubemayang was that player we missed out on years ago. Others like Kante were also sad French misses. The new guys is bringing decisive action early on in his job, and he’s proactive about the issues the squad has. Whereas the dreadful Steve Rowley most certainly wasn’t.
*Also, cultural faux fuck up. He’s Gabonese, NOT Ghanaian.
My main concern though is the one I’ve had for years, unless it’s location or being a family man, elite talent won’t move to regress under a failing coach. That said, money talks. Real loud in some cases.
The final story is about Aubamayeng. Guillaume Ballague (who once said I had great hair and terrific quads) had this to say.
“One of them they want to close and finalise is Aubameyang.”
“They are willing to pay 60m euros. So they hope Dortmund accepts, and are very optimistic that this could be the case. There are other clubs interested but right now Arsenal is ahead of them, but nothing has been finalised yet.”
I’m still game for this, I don’t care what his haters say. He’s been racking up goals in a league that’s superior to Ligue 1. He’s rapid, he’s good in the air and has a physical presence, and I think he’d be an improvement on Lacazette.
Would I have preferred Timo Werner or Mauro Icardi? For sure, but that’s not happening. I think this sort of move could get us to the end of the season.
Right, that’s me done. Check this mornings match review here. Also, please watch our video. WE DID IT LIVE. x