Hello Wednesday, or is it Thursday? WHERE AM I! I tell you where I am. Going to bed at 10pm and spending at least 1 hour in the app store deciding which fitness app to download. Reccos welcome. I’m looking for a fairly easy workout that boasts MAX returns. I want to have a body like Olivier Giroud, yesterday.
The hottest news off the press today is that David Luiz is going to have his extension clause activated, giving him another year, extending out his presence in an Arsenal shirt to 2022. That’s good news for a player firmly on the back 9 of his career. He had a lot to say in an interview with the Brazilian press about his exit from Chelsea.
“Every text message I was receiving, people were saying: ‘Come back, come back, come back, come back, we are here for you’.
“I give you the example of a gentleman there who is 75 years old. He was having breakfast with me at the time when he had the opportunity.
“He was texting me: ‘I am still waiting for you here to have breakfast again’.
“This kind of thing was so difficult for me, because I am someone that sees the heart as the most important thing.
“But then after that, in the professional way, I was saying: ‘It is a new moment for you. It is another big thing for you to do. Maybe if you stay in the comfort zone it is not going to be the best thing for you?’”
Geeeez Dave, stop talking about your ex all the time, it’s like, so boring.
“It was a top decision. [Arsenal] are a big club. I want to make this club improve and to shine again. The first days were difficult but after that I started to adapt.
“Now I am so happy and I want to do big, big things with Arsenal.”
That’s more like it. I was VERY apprehensive about his arrival at Arsenal. We know he’s a huge character, but he also had a rep for being divisive, so it was touch and go about his intentions. Was he here because his super-agent pushed him here for one last payday? I think the answer we’ve had to that is a resounding NO WAY.
I think he’s been an immense presence at Arsenal this season. He had a very, very average start, but he was playing for a manager that had zero understanding of all the things he’d been used to… namely, building a defensive structure. Since Unai Bummery left the building, he’s grown as a leader, a mentor and a player on the pitch. My favourite part of the United game I went to was watching David Luiz fist bump some good build-out play from the back. He was celebrating a sequence of passes like we’d scored. Other highlights include how he works with the kids. Compare his attitude to how Thierry was with Adebayor on the Project Youth kids of 2007 and it’s clear… he’s here to do something.
I suspect he’s also here for the coaching job after. There’s a lot of respect for what Arteta is doing at Arsenal, I also reckon he sees the rapid ascent from an injured DM to one of the top jobs in world football. I think Luiz has a great mastery of the English language, he seems to be thoughtful, has a high social EQ and he has that presence you look for in a manager. That might translate into nothing, but you’d be foolish to bet against a player of his stature, that has played in midfield and defence, not at least landing a job as a manager at some point.
Anyway, needless to say, I’m a huge fan of the David Luiz signing and I think an extension to his deal is well deserved.
Things that are affected by the virus I didn’t think of #1: Dani Ceballos loan deal might expire before the season is out.
Something to warm the cockles of your damn heart, Santi Caz wants a piece of the action on Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff. G. Ballague had this to say.
“Going back to Arsenal with Arteta is something that I think he’ll consider as a coach. I asked him about it, he said yes.
“I tell you what – Arteta and Cazorla together, really good friends first of all but really good special minds of football.”
I forgot that the two played together. I think this is a move that the fans would love. I don’t think we’d even care if he was any good. Put him in charge of halftime oranges if you have to. We love Santi. Not having an idea about his intelligence, ability to transmit idea, or his vision of the game… I’d say the one thing I’d have him straight on is getting Nicolas Pepe training on that right foot. Make that his job. Give him the job title of ‘Head of Ambipedal Therapy’, what a role, everyone will have one in their staff within months. Jokes aside, I like the idea of having explayers around the camp. It’s good for the vibes. We should be growing our own coaches, taking a lead from the RB franchise books. Has anyone given Bobby P a contract yet?
Rumours continue to gather pace in Spanish media that Auba is going to push for a move to Barca. This whole scenario has been greatly complicated by the virus. He’ll slink into the last year of his deal before we’ve finished the season. That lowers his market value and makes the idea of Barca a lot more appealing. I hope it doesn’t happen, but with all the financial doom and gloom around the club, it’s hard to imagine we’d let £50m slip out the door… Aaron Ramsey’s Scudetto lifting hands seared in the brain.
On that note, have a safe day, and people in the comments… no flu shit today, keep it to football, there’s plenty to talk about.