Bobby Pires didn’t take long to turn from Wenger sycophant, to Unai Emery #1 fan.
“The best signing for me is Unai Emery, the manager. Of course I believe in the players, and especially the new players,”
What. A. Creep.
“I want Arsene to extend his contract for two or three more seasons, I’ve made that very clear. I think we can challenge for the league next year.”
Back in the days when people would say, ‘yeah, Bobby Pires, Invincible, says Wenger should stay but Pete from Le Grove says nah’, I always said you need to look out for the open hands of explayers. All those who vehemently pursued Wenger’s back passage wanted a job at the club, begging via compliments in the press.
Italian press is saying that the Ivan G move to Italy is complicated by the fact their financial offer is less than he’s on now… I mean, that’s not really a complication is it?
Anyway, Arsenal denied there’s contact with Milan, and as I said yesterday, it’d be a proper weird move.
The press is linking Petr Cech to Chelsea. Yep, Chelsea. I don’t really understand why they’d take their keeper back unless they wanted him as a coach. Not only is he not up for replacing Courtois ability wise, he’s not a Sarri type of keeper. If you can’t play with the ball at your feet, you’re not going to fit his crazy systems.
In other interesting news, there seem to be a lot of pictures of Emery hanging out with AMN. I always wonder whether that’s a purposeful move, or that he just looks proper good in training pictures? I’d love this to be a major breakout season for the midfielder, he’s such a talent and that high energy would look great in a disciplined system. I wonder where he’s going to play him? Will he be jockeying with Xhaka for position? Will he be back-up for Aaron Ramsey? Is he in the mix as a DM? I mean, surely he’d be a better option than Chambers there.
There’s some scary stats doing the rounds that seem to indicate that Leno has the 3rd worst save efficiency in Europe amongst big teams (here). This gives a little more light on how the numbers came about. I think there are a lot people who are quite worried about Leno and his ability to pull us out of the ‘WHY R OUR KEEPERS SO SHIT’ hell that we’ve been in since 2006. I’m taking solace in the fact it seems hard to judge keepers with hard numbers because there are so many factors in being successful if you’re a keeper. But, it’s hard not to be a touch worried about a keeper who conceded 16% more goals than he should have.
I’m guessing that Sven has a system that maybe sheds more light on Leno, and that maybe they’ve used a bigger data set to come to the conclusion he’s worth a punt (quite the punt as well). I have nightmares about this sort of gamble, remember we signed Viviano? I was told we’d purposefully picked a keeper we thought was underachieving, that we could develop. I can’t remember the details, all I remember is the picked a keeper right out the middle of the stats pack. The bad old days.
Right, that’s all I have today, see you in the comments.