The Premier League is over.
Now we gear up mentally for a huge game in Europa world.
Arsenal vs Chelsea. It’s going to be a great match. Sarri has never won a trophy before, Emery has to win this to make his gamble in the league look a smart one. It’s a total toss of a coin.
There’s been a lot of debate about the host city. I think some of the outrage has been misplaced. I reckon Baku will be a memorable away day, I think the upset from most fans is coming from 1) The unreal expense of traveling there 2) The fact UEFA picked a final destination where there are questions over a players participation because of safety. Very grim.
I mean, I’m not going to fall on my sword for Mikhi, because be real, who fucking cares if he plays, however, because I love bitching… this all of a sudden becomes an outrage I want to be part of.
That said, how critical can western Europe be? In Spain, we can’t guarantee black players won’t get abuse, for, you know, being black. A Spurs fan threw a banana at one of our players a few months ago. A fan ran on the pitch in the Birmingham Derby and punched a player (terrible punch). Someone threw a bottle at me in The Tollington because I’m a great blogger. I HAVE SEEN FLARES AT GAMES. We had a left-back that took a knuckle duster to Shite Hart Lane. I mean, here’s my point, at the end of the day, we’re all awful in our own way. Amirite?
Contract news is interesting.
Arsenal want to offer Auba and Lacazette £250k a week extensions to their deals.
We’re apparently gearing up a £75k a week offer for the second most valuable teenager in Europe (MATTEEEOOOO!)
I mean, money doesn’t seem short, does it? Also reads like the story about KSE having budget communication issues were a little off.
All this lends credence to my accurate reporting on Aaron Ramsey… they pulled the deal because Emery didn’t fancy him. It seems silly now, but if we sign an exceptional talent to replace him, we’ll be rolling in LOLz.
In other news, Emery seems to be talking up the idea that we’re going to go young next season.
‘We need to use young players like Ramsey who played here when he was young. Every player can take chances and use these chances to improve with us,’
‘Willock and Nketiah played the 90 minutes, they used this time to help us with a good match. It’s our responsibility to give them chances but find the best performance as a team. ‘Young players need opportunities to be with us in training.’
There are a lot of people bitching about us moving into another Project Youth era, but to those people, I slap you with the wet side of a leather glove and dare you step up from the floor. If the youth is where we’re heading, I am all for that. Arsenal needs to be really fucking real about who they are this summer. We need a strategy. We can’t continue down the path of overpaying for ‘ok’ players in the hope they might come good. Our risks shouldn’t be Mikhi on £170k a week, they should be Djene Dakonam, Nicolas Pepe, Ibrahima Konaté, Ndombele, Aouar or Sarr… on £12 a week. Amirite?
Yeah I am.
Bollocks to the kids and their dreams of a 4 bedroom house at 16 on a minimum wage. WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD SNOWFLAKES. Fuck me Corbyn, £10 an hour for a teenager? I worked in Maccy Ds for £3.12 an hour. I knew what the secret recipe for the Big Mac sauce was because it stained my skin indelibly like a 10 euro Ayia Napa henna tattoo. I wore that scent like it was CK1. Remember when that was the fragrance in 1998? Was I fired from McDonald’s? Yes. Did Barry who was certainly a sex offender have more stars than me? Yes again. Fuck him though, he’s still rocking the bookshop in a Kindle world while I’m out here writing for men I occasionally meet on the internet.
Anyway, we should be tracking the best young talent in Europe that has 1-2 years left on their deals, give them a London pay bump, bonus the fuck out of them so they are motivated, house them outdoors so they get nature wild, and see where we land.
If we can buy in players with one or two good seasons under their belts and give them a proper platform to thrive, we’ll be in a really great place.
See, I’d love to sign someone like Zaha. People laughed when we wrote about him years ago, but the guy has grown into quite the player since he tanked at United after he was allegedly busted for dealing with the daughter of his ex-manager (who didn’t hear that rumour, right?). However, is he going to offer us the sort of value we’re looking for if he’s a £70m player? Tough to see that. If we could get him for £50m, maybe it’s a different story.
Arsenal has to focus this summer on power and pace. We’re going to have to move on Elneny and Xhaka. Our squad can’t deal with that sort of weakness in the middle of the park. We need to have players in our midfield that explode over 10 yards, players that are nasty, players that have engines in the mould of Aaron Ramsey. They also have to be able to maintain fitness for longer than 2 months (sorry Aaron).
I tell you what I WILL NOT tolerate this summer.
Banega. Nzonzi. Anyone that smells like Sevilla or journeyman. OR BARRY NEAR THE PARK. I see you book boy.
Let’s see what lands, what we’ve done so far has been really fucking bland because no thought went into it. We’ve racked up a collection of ‘ok’ over 5 years and somehow managed to land at a £235m wage bill.
Our decisions have to get better. The only way to get to better decisions is to have a sharp strategy in place. We need a sexy vision. We need a better footballing philosophy. We need to start shaping the club properly.
Let’s hope we win that Champions League spot. Looks more and more important as each day passes.
OH MY BEFORE WE GO. NYT reporting City could be landing the only sort of fine they can’t afford, a big whack at their prestige. UEFA are considering whipping their cajones on the table and banning City from the Champions League for being BAD PEOPLE.
As football fans, we tend to ignore how money arrived at these clubs, providing it’s being spent on elite talent. City are the first side that are so good, it looks almost robotic. The money in the hands of their execs is being spent so well, it’s going to make it very tough for anyone to break in… I mean, a bit dramatic, I doubt they can maintain a stranglehold as tight as United or Liverpool did back in the day, but regardless, they are breaking the rules to dope their team. It has to stop. Fines won’t work, but taking them out of the big trophy might.
… then they can give that Champions League place to Unai Emery. No Europa necessary. Well, that’s how I think it should work.
See you in the comments. x