Well good morning to you all.
Big thanks to Jonathan for the guest post yesterday, hopefully, more from him soon!
Also, I hope you tuned into our podcast yesterday, big thanks to Ash and Matt for that.
So what’s news?
Reiss Nelson is apparently going to sign a new deal with Arsenal then go off to continue his education in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim. The English attacker has clearly been getting good intel from Jadon Sancho over at Dortmund and I’d imagine minutes at a high-level is exactly what he needs at this time. Great thing about this story is I think it tells you how much better English kids are getting these days. Championship loan moves are no longer viable, they want to give it a crack in a top league against great players. That’s a positive for the national team. Also interesting that Real Madrid is eyeing a move for Raheem Sterling. English galacticos finally a thing again.
The BIG news is that Arsenal is close to agreeing a mega-deal with Adidas to take on the shirt sponsorship for next season. They’re rumoured to be ploughing £60m a season into Arsenal, giving us another £20m to squander on Dortmund players next summer.
I don’t mean to bang on about this, but there will be HELL to pay if Adidas don’t give us the modern take on the bruised banana kit. I remember going to a Futureheads gig once, only for them NOT to play the Kate Bush cover. Who do bands think they are not playing their classics?
Adidas, I know you’re all fucking urban-b-boy-hip-hop-street-art-vinyl-mod-scene-street-wear’d up to your eyeballs… but be real with the fans, give us the hit songs we’ve been praying for, and maybe I’ll hand over £90 (don’t make it too skin tight).
I really hope Adidas signs off a new era. Puma felt like the nearly kit, it was ok, it had promise, but up close it just didn’t really deliver. We need to rock a shirt that speaks to the future, whilst having some respect for the past. I really, really hope our new kit is good.
I have to say, when watching Mourinho crash to Spurs the other night, I was taken by both teams kits. Very nice.
Also, look at me coming through with the goods on Jose. Who told you he’d be shite at United? I did. Apparently, he has 10 games to save his career. Then its international-jobs.com for him.
I have to say, I was having this dark thought the other day… wouldn’t it be incredible if Arsene Wenger took over the reins for the rest of the season before Pochettino ducked out of the Spurs rebuild to takeover next summer? That’d be so fucking grand. The job is perfect for Wenger. Low expectations, a group of players who’ve been disciplined, shouted at and called fat c*nts… the club is ready for some of that fatherly love. Some of that sweet, sweet tactical freedom. He could possibly be a force. Similar to when he took over from GG (be real, it was GG). The tough work had been done, he just need to sprinkle expression and love on the side.
I would LOVE that because you know Mourinho would DETEST it.
Amusing that publications are running with ‘ARSENAL HIERARCHY BACK EMERY’ over the decision to not play Ozil. What the fuck else are they going to do, pick the team for him?
It’s also pretty clear that the issue is that Ozil has fallen out over being asked to play wide right. Just as he gets the number 10 shirt, Rambo gets put in his position. Must be a stinger. A real wet towel to the cold arse. Ralgex in the eye.
Also, word to Oziltoligists who have more excuses for their messiah than anyone… it’s really fucking distasteful to spread rumours that the reason for his sick days are centred around depression. I appreciate that it’s a positive that it’s now acceptable to talk about mental health in sport, because who hasn’t had to deal with issues themselves or with loved ones. However, it’s not cool to self-diagnose a player from your computer just to shut down the conversation. It is not an argument to say, ‘hey, imagine if he was really depressed, maybe just don’t criticise him’. It’s the 2018 version of ‘Arsene knows’… super grim. Shame on you if you’re saying it.
Happy to revisit the issue if there is one, but it’s unfair on the player to start hawking that theory around unsubstantiated.
Anyway, that’s me done, catch you tomorrow