Well Happy Pride Day over in London! Great to see Adidas keeping creativity levels high with that rainbow number offering. I still find it interesting that the Premier League doesn’t have a single publicly acknowledged queer person… until I read some of the comments under Arsenal’s Pride post.
… more work to be done you sense.
Same with the Arsenal transfer window.
Zaha sent out one of those tweets that a girl you used to go to school with that got pregnant at 16 would send.
‘People twisting things that I say to mean things that I didn’t say aren’t worthy my precious time’
No idea what it’s referenced to, but Zaha did speak to a reporter at AFCON.
‘I think Steven Parish is a wally and I shall strike if this isn’t resolved’
Wooooah, strong words Wilfried. Very strong words.
The Saliba story continues to chug along at a snail’s pace, Arsenal are apparently back in with another bid, believed to be £30m. That will apparently be enough to snare him, providing Spurs don’t gazump us. The player will go back on loan.
I’m not sure what that means for the rest of the defence. I’m not sure we were a left back away from making things right last season. There’s very little smoke around any other defensive names. Upamecano rumours have died a death as have any stories about defenders exiting the club. To go into the new season with one new signing would be quite spectacular unless the club truly rate some of the kids coming through. Is there a strong future ahead with Rob Holding and Mavrapanos stepping up their game next season? Worth noting that last season, we were always on for conceding 50 goals. I know it feels like we were defending like beasts before the Holding injury, but it’s simply not true.
I am fascinated to see what Emery is planning to do next season to fix the grim issues we suffered as a team last year. We were embarrassingly porous all season, and I’m not quite sure what the plan is going to be if we don’t move on some of the error-strewn players we have in the squad, things aren’t going to look much better. Adding more athleticism to the setup is obviously one step, most of the squad is sluggish and weak. Changing the system could be another thought. Or just putting more focus on a system that forces players to care a little more about their positioning and the stupid things they think about doing.
I think the really fascinating thing this summer is that we’ve not attempted to replace Aaron Ramsey, arguably one of our players of the season. Where is that drive, energy and general attacking threat going to come from? An internal promotion?
We’ll see, there’s still time to run, but this summer is looking more and more like a holding pattern than the free selling and free buying one we’d hoped for… that’s not good news for Emery if that stays the same. His coaching will have to find a new level if he’s to survive the year with the same squad. He is going to have to do some work to have the players believe in him again, that disgraceful finish is a very dark cloud hanging over his ability to strategise inspire a squad he’s had a lot of time with.
Preseason tour is in 10 days. Chop, chop Raul.
Right, that’s me done… see you in the comments x
P.S. Losing 3-1 to Boreham Wood at half time.