Here you are, like pigs at the content trough, waiting for a delicious serving of Arsenal news.
Well, it’ll be slim pickings today because I am writing this at night because we made a podcast. This is the main course, the podcast will be the dessert… and the fact that you are willing to eat dessert at breakfast says a lot about your state of mind right now
My state of mind is shabby. I am BORED of not spending time with other people. I am DISGUSTED that I am not watching sport. I was THRILLED that football was coming back in Europe… but those hopes are getting dashed up by those meddling EU leaders.
The first to kick the legs away from the football fans was Emmanuel Macron. The handsome man who was dabbling with cougars well before the term was popularised dropped his elite pedigree points by a margin when he announced that there would be no football until at least September. That means the league is basically over. TV firms don’t want to wait around apparently, so the game is up in France. PSG talking about playing Champions League games in another country (I bet they are).
WILLIAM SALIBA COULD PLAY THIS SEASON IF THE PREM ROLLS INTO JULY.
Back to Euro football:
The French news had me tearing up in my bowl of breakfast dessert… then Germany made matters worse, with rumours swirling that an uptick in covid-19 cases, coupled with the scientific community calling the return dumb, would lead to a further delay on the return. Late May now looking more likely.
The Premier League is slightly different. The Government want the distraction, the Premier League desperately wants to fulfil its contractual obligations, and the fans are probably at the point where they don’t care much for the health implications. Not that I am saying that’s right, but look, Richard Masters just invited a new owner to the table who chopped up a critic with a bone saw… the Premier League is taking the high ground on nothing. It’s all about the pound notes my friends.
An Italian journo has fired back on the Thomas Partey denials saying that he’s up for a move and Atleti are desperate to sell players.
I really can’t be dealing with this back and forth, but the reality is we have no money. If Auba signs, that’s our meal ticket back into the market gone. Our only other big-ticket hope is Matteo, you’d have to hope that people don’t know about the bullshit behind the scenes, or that PSG are into that premium French youth vibe. You could pray that Simeone hasn’t seen Lacazette’s fitness or physicality levels. Outside that, it’s slim pickings.
We spent this summers money last summer. Our wage bill is about £50m too high. We don’t have many players that’d sell in this climate. The bottom has fallen out of the market. Our players aren’t going to tolerate deferred wages or cuts if we’re splurging on recruits. It’s going to be a difficult summer that is unlikely to yield 26-year-olds in their prime.
I did hear that Mikel very much likes Pablo Mari. I was also told that though the Cedric Soares transfer looked very dodgy, he was actually flagged by our scouts as someone that fit the profile Mikel was looking for.
THE PROFILE: Is he on Kia’s books
Just jokes. He’s apparently the type of player we wanted. Make of that what you will. Doesn’t bode well for Hector, right?
Ok, wipe your eyes, put your headphones in and absorb my voice in your ears for the next 55 minutes. Pretend it’s an important Zoom call if your boss wants to meet.