Why is NOTHING easy in this cruel world. Like, it was only yesterday that we were basking in the glory of transfer goodness. Today, we’re all sitting around wondering how impactful the wants of Chelsea, Spurs and Dortmund are to our BIG deal.
So, the gist from David ‘THE KING’ Ornstein is:
Here’s my take.
1. Giroud is 31, hitting his big 32 in September. This summer is his last chance at a World Cup. If you can’t pull off a move to Chelsea, you’re heading to Dortmund. It doesn’t matter how badly you wronged your wife, you only have one career in football and he needs to cap it with an international trophy.
2. The absolute ideal for Arsenal here is to loan him to Dortmund for a free. That way, we don’t have to worry about him helping a desperate Chelsea make ground on us. Also, regardless of his overall delivery for us over the past 6 years, I really do love the guy, I’d hate to see him do good things for a rival. Especially a rival that fucked us on two shitters in Demba Ba and Loic Remy. F*ck Chelsea. Glad to read we’re demanding £30m for him from them.
Additional worry, Giroud really is more of a weapon from the bench than WELBZ or Lacazette. Trouble is, can you keep him motivated from the bench?
Still, reality is this… he’s a good striker, not great. As @LankyObserver said on Twitter:
Those that say Olivier Giroud is a big game player are about as wrong as those that say he isn’t. Giroud is all things and nothing.
Almost perfect. He scores against big team, but often against the backdrop of a loss. As @allthatchas rightly called out, the man has assisted winning goals in 2 Cup Finals… but then, we all remember his misses at Monaco in the Champions League. What an enigma.
… but still, more of an Arsenal legend than Sanchez, and I really mean that. Guy has given his all for the club. He’s been treated like the ugly girlfriend who sits on the sidelines as her newly minted lottery winner man tastes the high life. Arsenal being the lottery winner, always return to him. But not this time. We met a high-class hooker called Auba we want to marry with NO pre-nup because this is love, ok mum? So it’s really time for him to pack his bags. But he’ll always be adored.
3. Back to why I think this deal will happen. Dortmund have €63m on the table for a player who doesn’t want to be there. Be real here, they’re not giving that up because they failed on landing a second-rate body from Chelsea or Arsenal. That money is pretty damn sweet and they didn’t get offered anything like that last summer when they were happy for the man from Gabon to move. They have to strike while interest is hot, because my guess is if we’re not landing him this month, the club will work for a younger model in the summer.
Final bit of intrigue, Auba jumped court because of sickness.
On Monday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made even more invisible than on Saturday against Freiburg. The Gabonese did not appear in court to testify in the trial of the explosives assassin Sergei W. He did not appear at the BVB training in Dortmund-Brackel at 14.30 clock to prepare with his teammates for the match in Cologne on Friday. And Aubameyang did not appear at the airport in Dortmund to make their way towards London.
With “high fever” in bed
According to his current employer, there was a simple explanation for that. Aubameyang was “sick”, lying since Sunday with “high fever” in bed, let the BVB announced. His physical condition leaves no statement in court, the club said. And those who can not testify in court can not train. And those who can not exercise can not do a medical check. Not only the public prosecutor’s office at the Dortmund district court found this all a bit “poor”.
No idea what’s going on with Jonny Evans. He’s injured, and I’m imagining buying an injured player isn’t cool since Wenger completely bantered us when he signed Kimmy K with a broken back. The Times are saying WBA want to keep him, which is sensible considering their predicament in the league.
Word on the street has it that Wenger is loving the new Greek kid, but I’d still feel way more comfortable with a bit of experience at the back, especially as Chambers and Holding are in desperate need of a loan and Per Mertesacker has lost 4 yards of pace this season.
On the good news front, Ian Wright said he’d heard Mikki was ripping it up on the Arseblog podcast. Exciting to hear, right? Nothing fires a real winner up quite like being humiliated and told you’re shit by Mourinho (KDB, Salah, Bonucci). I’m really excited to see what he can bring to the party. Wenger seems keen also, which is good news.
“I think Mkhitaryan can play in all positions in midfield, box to box, certainly not a defensive role, holding player no but all the other positions are not out of reach,” Wenger said. “Until now he has played in a wide role but he can certainly absorb that role in a kind of winger/playmaker. I don’t rule it out for him to become a box to box player.”
I think Wenger has the Armenian down as eventually playing the role Santi Cazorla occupied. Exciting if he can do it. I still maintain a fit Santi over the past 5 years would have seen us win at least one league title.
Swansea are rejuvenated under the very likeable Carlos Carvalhal. They beat Liverpool. They’re defending well. So tomorrow won’t be easy. FEAR NOT, Wenger knows what’s going on.
“When you don’t win you are criticised. I think Liverpool tried. What is a good warning for us is that Liverpool are an attacking team, you cannot criticise them for not attacking. They are very dangerous going forward and they did not manage to score against Swansea. That is a good warning sign for us that we have to produce an absolute total offensive performance.”
Fingers crossed the boys put in a shift.
FINALLY FINALLY. I didn’t mean to say Santi and Ramsey were dross yesterday, merely that they are likely to go this summer. One because of a horrible injury, the other because I don’t think we’ll offer him a mega-deal and I think he quite fancies Spain.
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