I’d given up on Diamond Eyes. Written the man off. Decided he was the next Giles Grimandi, playing Fortnite in the stands instead of focusing on what’s happening on the pitch.
The man couldn’t see past Dortmund I thought. He rode the wave of luck. His diamonds were imperfect.
Then he goes and nicks the best kid out of PSG in a deft move that broke the hearts of Madrid and Bayern Munich.
#PSG youngsterwill join #Arsenal despite receiving lucrative contract offer from the French champions and interest from Real Madrid & Bayern. Talented attacking midfielder, 17, to become Emery’s first signing (L’Equipe)
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) May 30, 2018
It’s quite amusing in all the group chats I have going.
‘Wenger’s last stand!’
‘Emery’s pulled one out of the bag’
‘Sven’s gearing up!’
I’m not really sure where the move has come from, but I’d be leaning toward Sven and Emery. The Spaniard because he has a relationship and the German because there’s no doubt if Madrid were looking, he’d have been there months ago.
Regardless of how it went down, if it drops, that’s a very positive move for the club. Picking up elite young talent hasn’t exactly been our strength over the last 5 years.
The club need to start building out our 17-23 year olds. Add some freshness to a squad that’ll no doubt need resetting in 3 years time. This is something Arsenal fans won’t be used to… succession planning.
A proper club, with proper people looking after it will be planning a squad 2-3 years at a time. They’ll know when Koscielny is going to break, so they’ll have someone in place who can step it up. Versus our old strategy of waiting until someone was sold or broken before we’d make a decisive move in the transfer market. Sometimes, we’d just not replace. How long did it take to replace Robin Van Persie? Or Patrick Vieira?
Those shabby days are well and truly behind us…
Talking of those days, Zinedine Zidane quit Madrid like a true champion, ducking out a hero after dropping 3 Champions League wins in a row. Tears were rolling down my cheeks seeing that news. That is total confidence. Absolute self-awareness. A legendary decision.
Things are getting very tasty in the names linked section. Obviously, Allegri is a name that’s been raised. I struggle to see Madridistas going for a manager who plays negative football, it’ll be Mourinho all over again. Poch has been linked, which would be utterly delicious in my opinion. Then there’s Arsene Wenger.
Arsene’s caterpillar coat isn’t even cold yet and Arsenal fans are working on overdrive to re-remember his skills and talents. It’s quite a sight to behold.
A manager who mustered 3 points away from home this year, parachuting into Madrid’s winning machine to take them to a 4 CL victory in a row.
Get me that ticket, I’ll take a front row seat.
I almost want it to happen, just so we can put to bed the notion that Wenger could have done it at the highest level.
Wenger couldn’t manage egos, that’s why he didn’t sign players who had strength of character or opinions in the latter years.
Wenger doesn’t do preparation, which is unacceptable at elite levels.
Wenger can’t make players better, just look at Chamberlain.
He has absolutely none of the characteristics you need to manage an elite operation.
But don’t take my word for it, let’s see if Wenger puts his hat in the ring.
It would be spectacular. The first 3 months would be fine, then the muscle memory would wear thin, then we’d see what he’s made of.
Arsenal are apparently going to offer Aaron Ramsey a new 5-year deal to stay with the club. Emery wants to build a team around the powerhouse midfielder. If your game is about pressing, the energetic Welshman is a must. If he can be tamed, coached and focused, he could be immense for the club.
It sounds like Aaron is up for it as well.
“I haven’t spoken to him [Emery] at all yet, but I think it’s an exciting time for the club and I can’t wait to get back there now,”
I did have suspicions that the club was playing a bit of a PR game. We know his agent is going to want Ozil money, we know he has a year left on his deal, and it seems unusual to announce we want to give the player a deal. The Times said it’d be a tough negotiation because it’s Aaron’s last year and he wants to be paid like a king. Can we afford to give him Ozil money? Does it actually make more sense for the player to see out his final year? How long will we give negotiations?
Arsenal are also presenting themselves to his agent a with skirt fully over the head. We’ve told him the squad is going to be built around his player. If I were negotiating that deal, I’d be asking for 20% more.
Maybe I’m just being cynical. Aaron is our longest serving player, he has a young family who probably like London, he’s about to be made captain, and central to the new Arsenal.
Could be worse, right?
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