First on the agenda today. Jonathan Walters, a paragon of footballing virtue, has forced me into retracting my view on Granit Xhaka. I can criticise the man for many things, but calling it a duck after a deflection is probably TOO far.
I’m sorry Granit, I really am. Forgive me, let me be the spare key to your heart.
Arsenal are rocking another game tomorrow, there were some unfounded rumours that Kieran Tierney had had a major setback, absolutely not true, he is going to land a start in the EuroPUB League (lololol), with Bellerin the other side. That’s awesome. It’s the last piece in the ‘if Emery had this, we’d be winning the league’ jigsaw. Bring it on.
To be honest, I kind of find that competition a little bit of a release. It’s like playing football with the year below when you were young, we’re going to be totally dominant, we’ll see an electric game of Emeryball, only to find ourselves crying into a pork pie this weekend when it all comes undone.
Talking of coming undone, Spurs dropped the most humiliating defeat in ENGLISH EUROPEAN FOOTBALL HISTORY last night. Quite the achievement. They lost 7-2 AT HOME to Bayern Munich. Serge Gnabry picked up a whopping FOUR goals, then tweeted out that North London IS RED. What a boy.
Attention quickly turned to Tony Pulis who was actually on Sky and said that he thought it a minor miracle that he is where he is. I know we all banter the shit kicker, but ultimately, he wasn’t leaving elite talent on the bench to be a dick. He claimed he could rarely get the player fit.
This is another reason Arsene Wenger should be facing some sort of FIFA Panel for high crimes against Arsenal. First crime, sending a direct pacey winger that is short on loan to West Brom, a team that play percentage balls to the big lad up top. HOW IS SERGE A GOOD MATCH HERE (Ben Knapper now in charge of sensible loan decisions).
Secondly, big shout out to Ivan who elected NOT to give Serge a new deal before he went away with the national team for the Olympics. You could say he was being careful with the pennies, but let’s be real here, this is a CEO who sanctioned £52k a week for Nik B, a 5 year deal for Abou Diaby, and seriously allowed Arsene to sign a player with a broken back.
Serge always looked reasonably talented when he played for us, appreciate he might have been a bit off the boil, but wow… Bayern noticed he was good.
We’ve lost Jeff, Malen and Gnabry to free transfers… and Aaron Ramsey.
Retention policy simply has to improve moving forward.
… went off on a rant there, it’s over for Poch, right? Whatever went on at Spurs this summer has rocked his standing in the club. He might recover in the league, but beyond this season? He’s off, surely?
SHORT POST today. I’ll be back tomorrow. See you in the comments.