Well, well, well… our favourite creator has only gone and done it again. He went and got married, and it’s just been amazing to watch Arsenal internet go into action.
The German World Cup winner had Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as his best man. Imagine the state of the stag-do?
Soho House in Istanbul, followed by some super dark activities you probably can’t by on LADSONTOUR.COM.
The banter was amusing though. Fans talking about him padding his stats for the dance where he hardly moved. Apparently, he took a seat for his vows, little to no intensity in pressing on until full-time. Just good times all around.
I love the idea of Vinnai, fresh from talking to the fans about the ‘proud of you strategy’, landing the memo about the best man. The closest thing to a dictator in Europe, taking a leading role at your most expensive players’ wedding… a lovely message to send to the world. But see what I mean about that vision? It’s subjective. We won’t hold ourselves accountable to it.
There’s so much transfer gossip on the table at the minute it’s hard to make any sense of it.
The most important piece for me is the news that Granit Xhaka could be off to Inter Milan. The reason that one sparks interest is firstly, he’d be very suited to that league. Secondly, despite what an absolute disaster he’s been for us, he still carries a lot of value in Europe, because he can control a game from deep if he’s given time. Thirdly, there’s a rumoured agreement about Champions League football.
Suits me people, the big worry is this… who do we bring in to replace him? Ideally, we’d find someone who was stronger, had more mobility, and preferably someone who could dribble the ball forward if needed. Xhaka makes us very one dimensional, we need someone with a more holistic skillset that would suit the high-intensity approach of the Premier League.
The hot story for players-in seems to centre around Joachim Anderson and Dennis Praet. Anderson is a tall ball playing centre back of 23 years old, with Dennis Praet looking more like a Ramsey like replacement without the goals or assists. I don’t know enough about either, my worry is that when you sign out of Italy, you’re forgoing any understanding of whether they will be able to deal with the intensity of the Premier League. Even LT, who looked like a beast, faded badly with the season. The bigger concern is Praet if I’m honest, his numbers are abysmal in terms of production, and for a club that depended so heavily on two strikers, you’d hope we’d be looking at players that can contribute more to the goal tally.
Then you move up to the wingers. Yannick Carrasco has apparently taken as much as he can of China and is trying to claw a way back. The Belgian comes with the attitude baggage of Mesut Ozil. The press constantly referenced his issues under Simeone, namely that he was a bit of a bitch about injuries. The mere fact he ducked out to China at 25 also tells as story. We all know a recruitment consultant that took a job in Dubai, right?
On his day, he’s scoring goals in the Champions League final. He’s had to play under a beast regime for Simeone. He has pace, trickery and he’s very technical. However, we’re not buying into someone who has consistently delivered. For me, he could blow-up now he’s hitting the latter stages of his career, or he could go the way of Nani.
I guess the challenge we have at Arsenal now is the offering is very, very Europa League. We have a manager that made the product offering less glamorous, the whole world knows that Erdogan’s boy thinks he’s not a coach, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get better at Arsenal.
The club is an exciting offering, but not under this regime. So you either end up with players that can’t be arsed, or players that you’re taking a huge talent gamble on. I have very little faith Emery has the sauce to make the right talent gambles. We all saw Suarez…
Now let’s talk about the new signing we know is elite…
Finally, some kits we can believe in.
Aside from the crest, that’s decent. Better than anything Puma have come up with and I’d say better than at least 99% of the Nike home shirts. pic.twitter.com/qSwZNatWCJ
— Highbury Harold (@BlackScarfAFC) June 7, 2019
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) June 7, 2019
I’m into all of the kits.
My gut feel is this. Adidas have held back on the away kits. They’re going to go big with bruised banana. From a marketing perspective, my guess is they are going to continue to ride the nineties nostalgia train as we move through our deal with them. No better sports brand in the world to be tied to these days. I am truly over the moon about those shirts.
On the exit list.
Danny W has been released. He never lived up to his potential, but he worked hard for us, scored some important goals. My favourite, outside watching him down United in Sydney, was the one he scored in 2016 against Leicester at home. That sweet moment when we thought we’d win the league. Ahhh, wonderful.
Cohen fucking Brammal has left. Remember the absolute HYPE when we signed him?
Cech, Licht, and Rambo… all gone.
There are strong rumours we’re ditching Ospina. NO NEWS ON JENKO. Stories that Hamburg are bringing in Osei-Tutu. There are a lot of big clubs sniffing around our youth players. My gut as an agent of one of those players would be to look at what Emery does, versus what he says. He is a man under pressure next season, he’ll have zero time for blooding the youth and it’s really not what he’s good at… players like Sancho are going to show the way, and I expect an exodus of the best kids from the Premier League this summer. A little like the time Spain lost a lot of elite kiddie talent back in the day.
Right, that’s my word count done for the day… see you in the comment! x