Well, here we are, another day in Mustafi paradise.
The German didn’t move on. Juventus pondered a move and thought better.
I’m deeply disappointed, not from a footballing perspective, but from a personal one.
How can a young man have so little faith in their own ability to get their game back on track?
He’s basically blackballed himself. He’s sat and stayed for the money because he loves his contract. He’ll rot in our reserves, he’ll become irrelevant, then when the time comes for a new deal, he’ll have to pick up a lower-paying deal because everyone will know he’s a mercenary.
Football is a short career, play it.
We did manage to move on Mikhi. I thought he’d be a good signing, he wasn’t, he was a terrible move made under extreme duress in one of the worst deals of all time for both clubs involved.
I’m reading a book called Football Hackers, they have a bit of a thing for that time Klopp went down the pan in his last season at Dortmund. The gist was that he was just really unlucky, and xG numbers pointed that out. Colin Trainor went deeper, he pointed out some of the additional elements that factored in the failings… one of them was the quality of shots they were making. Mikhi being the main culprit for having a lot of shots of low quality… 34 returning zero goals.
The second, more interesting decline in Dortmund was the amount of defensive actions taken in the opposition half. Basically, good pressing. Mikhi’s contribution halved in a season.
Now, I know he went on to have a great season under Tuchel, so I did wonder if he’s just very affected by who is managing him and how. Or, he could just have had one really great season and never been able to repeat it.
I hope he finds something in Roma, because he really has looked finished for a while.
GREAT NEWS is this: He’s left an opening for Reiss, Gabriel, Saka OR ESR (who was called up to the first team). I know getting overly excited about upcoming talent is a bad thing, but come on, there’s a one in four chance of success here. I know they don’t all play Mikhi’s position, but there’s literally no senior cover out wide now. Get the kids in, let’s see what they can do… there’s no better position to test your mettle. I really, REALLY, hope one of the cuts the mustard.
Nacho has properly gone. I shed a tear. But one laced with joy. He was a great servant to the club. He’s a bit like Sagna for me, too good for the managers he’s played under. I wish him the best of luck in Spain, where he said he went to be with his family… god damn it, I’m welling up again.
Icardi moved to PSG. Be interesting to see how he gets on there, a proper tasty striker in my opinion. Now under the stuttering Thomas Tuchel. I have to say, I’m not sure what the fuck PSG have been up to this summer, it looks like Ed Woodward has been advising their transfers strategy, some real bland players entering the fray.
I saw that Frimpong moved to Celtic… then realised that there is more than one Frimpong in the world.
Remember when saying that to Arsenal fans was cool? Arsenal’s equivalent of WAASSSSSUPPPPP. Now it’s just, you know, lame.
Debate continued to roar after the Spurs game. I was very pleased to see The Daily Mail, Sky, and The Times gun for Harry Kane and his despicable cheating. He is English and he’s a disgrace. Someone needs to pull him to one side and tell him that what he did wasn’t shielding the ball, it was angling for a penalty. At least the refs are onto him.
I didn’t give Bernd Leno much of a grilling yesterday, so it feels fair that I give him one today.
He really needs to get his act together. Last season he made 5 errors that led to goals (joint worst in the league), this season, he’s already made two. That limp wrist wasn’t good. His overall performance was jittery. He needs to take a valium and calm down or the HUGE Matt Macey will have to step in and show him what keeping is all about. I hear he’s growing a ‘safe hands’ moustache to intimidate Bernd. I don’t condone it, but you do what you have to do to win in war.
Another point I missed was the Alex-Songification of Torreira. What is the obsession with making defensive midfielders play in more attacking roles? I don’t think it suits his game and I think it’s a bad idea. I know he can move the ball nicely, but there’s a very big difference between a cute 10-yard pass at the base of midfield to trying to be decisive in the opposition penalty box.
I also read that Joe Willock is injured. Could be why he was dropped yesterday, maybe he had an issue in the warm-up?
MATTEO. I watched that goal back again and it’s so good, I feel like I should be watching it at home locked in a bedroom. David Luiz, his hair spirit animal, had this to say.
“He’s a youngster with a lot of talent. He’s young but he’s a great player… He’s going to do great things not just for Arsenal, for France, but for the world.”
FOR THE WORLD INDEED, FAM!
Right, on that note, I’ll ask you to listen to my solo podcast about the meaning of dairy-free life… there’s a bit on Arsenal as well.