Well, it’s over.
Our first epic transfer window.
We moved on players.
Arsenal fans need to cut away the emotion. Ignore your average player PTSD. We need to stop reimagining a glorious past where we lovingly looking on as Walcott fell over his shoelaces, smiled lovingly on as Giroud would go missing for 17 games and praised the good lord that Coquelin was able to make enough money to feed his family, buy 6 cars and a 12 bedroom house in Totteridge.
You need to accept those names were average and complicit in the mediocrity that had infected Arsenal in the post-Dein era.
We bought some great players.
Aubameyang is an exciting talent. He has the pace, charisma and goal tally that would indicate he could be a bit special for us. I’ve not been this excited about a player for years. He’s a bigger deal for me than Ozil, mainly because we were at least pretending to be an elite club when Ozil landed. We’re Europa League now and still attracting stars.
My one concern is this. When you look at his goal mix, he’s been quite heavily reliant on a Dembele like character to feed him goals. Last season, if you check out this link, his tap-ins were quite literally tap-ins. We’re talking 1 yarders. There was a LOT of goals like that.
My football consulting company ran the numbers and it’s startling.
The swooping runs that you see on the mega highlight reels are few and far between. 65% of his goals come from very close range.
Put it this way, he’s more Ian Wright than he is Thierry Henry. He has incredible instinct, almost Trezeguet like in knowing where to be to sniff out a chance. He’s incredibly fast and his movement is good. However, he does need to play with supporting pace (Rest in peace, Theo). Auba will need a lot of love from Ozil and he’ll need Mikki to hit peak 2015 for his move to work out… otherwise, we won’t see the best of him until next season when we’ve brought in the right sort of talent to make it happen (Leon Bailey or Malcolm).
Our Greek defender is greatly exciting Wenger.
We did a great part-ex deal.
We ended the window only spending £7m.
That’s how a proper club should operate.
Nimble. Aggressive. Progressive. Like an optimum feminist.
Now we have to make it work on the pitch. We all know if the person conducting the orchestra is terrible, the music might not always sound great. My guess would be that if Wenger doesn’t kill it in the back half of the season, he’ll be out. The sad reality is the rumblings are that he’ll be staying regardless.
… but let’s try and enjoy the ride.
Also, let’s laugh at Sanchez, these stats courtesy of Bet 365 after a SHOCKING performance against Spurs last night.
- 77% passes completed
- 0 goals
- 0 assists
- 0 shots
- 1 completed dribble
- Dribbled past more than any player on the pitch
- Dispossessed more than any Man Utd player
I don’t care if he scores a hattrick in the next game. I just take immense pleasure that he’s playing for a manager who managed to make Paul Pogba look average.
Olivier Giroud lost heavily as he boarded the ‘Zero Fucks Given’ farewell tour with Mr Conte.
However, Theo did warm up for an Arsenal special this weekend with 2 goals and a great performance.
We all know how that film ends.
Right, Matt and myself pulled together a podcast for your ears. Please enjoy responsibly!