Sorry for being off the radar this week, work has doubled down on crazy, and I’m struggling to give 2 hours a day away to writing, podcasting and managing the blog. The work/blog balance is off key, but fear not, I’ll be writing a strong letter to the boss over the coming days.
So what have we missed? A podcast this week. A series of work-induced issues stopped us spreading the gospel of Arsenal. It might be a case of re-upping the noise after the international break. But fear not, I have all my dates penned in for the next month, so you’ll be getting some full-throated greatness heading your way.
So what’s been happening in the world of Arsenal?
We continue to be linked to Jan Oblak of Atleti. The superstar keeper has a release clause of £88m, which I’ve no doubt we could circumvent for less. A few fans wetting their pants over his fee, I just don’t get it. Your spine needs to be strong, especially the man commanding the base. Look at how many points De Gea saves United a year. We need some of that. Oblak is an unbelievable shot-stopper, he’s slightly ginger which means he’ll have a vendetta against the world even if it is well hidden, he’s strong, he has great bravery, cat-like reflexes and he’s good with his feet. He’d be an immense signing. The great thing about a 25-year-old keeper is they last for 10 years.
Arsenal drew CSKA Moscow in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. An excellent draw. A geopolitical hot potato. Mother Russia, versus Theresa May’s Barmy Army. The stuff dreams are made off. I mean, even hotter if you’ve gained a full understanding of Russian cheating by taking in 2 hours of Oscar-winning doping documentary, Icarus. They did mention in that show that the issues spread to football. Would explain why Andrey Arshavin was so great for the first 4 months, then minced away into a bit of a lazy fat bastard.
The travel checklist is quite extensive. Are you black, brown, heavily tanned, from Essex, have you ever listened to pop music, have you ever thought about a rainbow… if you answered yes, or even thought about answering yes. Stay at home. Also, avoid the tea at all costs.
I think the game should be relatively straightforward. Wenger is padding his end of season sizzle reel a dream at the moment. He’s getting Europa draws that are either outrageously easy, as in Ostersunds, or he’s landing clubs that have the reputation of greatness, but the reality of shite (Milan). He’s an incredibly lucky manager. I still think Atletico will make for a tough draw. We have no chance in the semi-final because it’ll be two legs, but we have a chance in the final because THAT’s is the magic of the cup.
Someone asked if we won the Europa whether it would constitute a successful season.
Errrr… yes. Of course it would. Wenger has never won a European cup. Winning one, and gaining a route into the Champions League would have to take the same ‘OH MY GOD JOSE YOU GENIUS’ platitudes as the United manager. However, you’d still have to layer the context of the last ten years over the achievement. The club need to kick on, the fanbase needs something to care about, and Wenger isn’t the man to deliver. Winning a European trophy then moving on is literally the most ideal way to part ways with Wenger this summer. A bit like when Liverpool moved on Kenny Dalglish for the MIGHTY Brendy Rodgers (Brendy, a nickname as cringe as his team talks).
There’s a good piece on the Fan Forum that Arsenal held over at Arseblog news. This on Raul Sahnelli.
Talking about knowing Raul Sanllehi from MLS days. Very well known in the industry. Mentioned he has overseen 8 manager changes at Barcelona. Played down the meaning of job titles with respect to ‘Director of Football’.
An interesting point to raise about the Director, he’s clearly been brought in to deal with the change of manager, I just hope it’s this summer.
Raul also spoke highly of the club.
Extremely excited about this new project in my life. Very happy to be at the club, one of the top clubs in Europe. A club that everyone looks at. It was a no-brainier to join and very thankful for the opportunity. Someone asked me, ‘Why did I join Arsenal?’ I said, ‘Who wouldn’t!’
GET IN RAUL MAKE IT RAIN TROPHIES.
Ivan also went balls out on achievements.
Fair question. I have no interest in fighting for 5th, 6th, even 4th. We want to compete to win the league. Not going to go into change of manager, it’s not the right forum for that and it’s not respectful. Just because the manager hasn’t changed doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any changes, there have been many and a lot of investment. Recruiting the best people.
Let’s understand we want the same things. Myself, Raul, Sven and Darren Burgess spend all there time thinking about how to achieve this, working very hard, very capable people.
Marvelous words to hear, full read here.
Right, that’s me done. Have a grand old day and I’ll see you at 9am SHARP tomorrow morning.