Gooooood morning, apologies for the lack of posting, I’m back in the UK, there was next to no news, so I took a little break.
I’m back now, trying to make Lucozade from water and it’s tough, there’s a real news crunch. I actually thought this break we’d see Ivan G step out of the club and make his big move to Milan. That’s not looking like it’s going to happen. Italian sites are saying the move for the South African is looking difficult.
Gazidis had been linked with Milan throughout the summer, but Corriere dello Sport warns Arsenal have yet to place the Greek-South African in gardening leave.
Furthermore, while the Rossoneri are thought to have offered him a €4m salary, the executive would have also asked for ‘a series of expensive clauses’.
The newspaper concludes ‘the road is increasingly steep’ for the 53-year-old to leave the Gunners for San Siro and that the Diavolo are already ‘evaluating other applications’.
Such an odd debacle if this doesn’t go through. We’ve had no statement from Ivan since August, we’ve read leaks from inside the club stating that people are getting pissed off, I mean, how is it going to be for him after that? Now people like Emery, Sven and Raul are all going to know he’s not as committed as he made out. I’m not sure how shit like that goes down when you know the CEO has been flirting… but I guess we’ll see when he’s given a new deal. Honestly, fuck taking on a notice period of a YEAR.
Still, I guess it’s best case scenario, at least the architect of the new Arsenal looks like he might see out the deal. Just a bit of a shame he had to ruin the taste of the summer by letting the gossip get out of hand.
Matthew Syed, a journalist I have a lot of time for unless he’s writing about advertising, dropped a solid interview starring Hector Bellerin. They covered many topics, including homosexuality in the game and the abuse he gets from the home fans.
“Some of it can get very abusive,” he says. “Most of the abuse is online, but you hear it in the stadium too. People have called me ‘lesbian’ for growing my hair. There are other kinds of homophobic insults. I have learnt to grow a thick skin but it can affect you. Every now and again, you get a bit of self-doubt.”
Sad part about the above is that it won’t be coming from the kids, because they can’t afford to go to the ground. That sort of nonsense is coming from men old enough to know better. I really hope that now Wenger has gone and the shadow has been lifted from the club, we can start getting away from this sort of shitty behaviour. Abusing your own players isn’t on. It’s embarrassing. But it does go on unchecked. I’m not sure it’s helped by some of the online celebrity around the club either. Also, calling a player a lesbian is all for the laughs, and the really sad part is that type of behaviour only goes on because people around it laugh.
There’s a nice piece where he pays respect to those who’ve left and whilst doubling down on the excitement of the new manager.
“It feels like a new club,”
“We have so many new staff. It’s a shame for those who have gone, and I am grateful to them all. Some had been at the club for many years. But you can understand why a new person would like to put their own stamp on the club.
“I am impressed with Emery. We lost our first two games but we were very close both times. After the match, the players could feel that things were coming together. With Arsène, he wanted us to play in the same way regardless of the opponents. The idea was that we could play in our way and beat anyone. But Emery is very focused on preparing a plan for our next opponents, whoever they may be. It is very detailed and very professional. The next few months are going to be very exciting for all of us. We will reach a higher level.”
It’s still amazing to think that Arsene’s ways over the last 10 years were still completely dependent on having the best players in the world. So much of his vision and approach, even in the good times, could only operate if the most exquisite talent in the world played under him. That’s why he couldn’t operate in Europe, because the best clubs there operated at a high technical level, but meshed that in with astute tactical ideas and stratagems.
Back to Hector Bellerin. I do love to read his thoughts and watch him grow as a human in public. It’s great that there’s a footballer out there who will wear what the fuck he wants, hang with artists, wear his hair in provocative ways that trigger the gammon-class, whilst veering away from full-on celebrity behaviour.
I think he makes himself a bit of a target when he talks to the press. Part of me thinks he should maybe keep a low profile as he battles to break into form, part of me thinks that it’s hilarious that he triggers a certain type of man because he refuses to conform to modern stereotypes of what a footballer should be. I’ll take his sort of interview over sort of bland on toast we’ve been served over the years from players like Rooney who can barely express what they want for breakfast. Hector causes no harm, he’s well behaved and he’s having fun. The perfect role model, but just needs to stop getting caught in behind.
Also, those trousers his wearing in Mundial this month are a bit special…
Fitness wise, I’ve not read much, but I did see that Torriera picked up an injury/knock/something that could make him a doubt for the Newcastle game. Not great news, though it’s hugely debatable whether he’d be starting anyway!
Right, that’s me done, see you in the comments!