Oh Alex, Alex, Alex, what have you done?
… balloons. I get it. Now, I don’t really think this sort of activity is that big of a deal. I’d rather this than lines of coke in China White’s disabled toilet. The thing that is disappointing here is: ‘filmed himself.’
Why would you do that? Is the joke really worth it? It’s so dumb.
Worse still, what the fuck is wrong with his mates? The Whatsapp Group is sacred. What goes on in there stays in there, that’s a legally binding premise. You’ve got to be a really dirty snitch to share that sort of gossip on the streets. I’m utterly appalled by his crew.
Let’s be real here, someone needs to get shanked. Who is raising their hand or carefully sharpened toothbrush?
It hasn’t been a good year for Alex. His form has been pitiful, he was caught cheating on his long term partner, he lost his shit at a Twitter account that was spreading FAKE rumours, and now he’s setting the tone for the lockdown by sending videos of himself getting lightly high off a balloon. Not befitting of a man that is nearly 29, I mean, his birthday is in 11 days, he’s actually 29 years old. Or is he still 28?
I find it tough to believe he’s going to be here next season. He earns £185k a week, he has limited time left on his deal and he’s not doing the business on or off the pitch.
It’s clear that Arteta is looking closely at midfield and central defence as he rebuilds this summer. In an interview with Sky Sports, Mustafi gives a little more detail on how he sees the central defender position moving forward.
“He’s a little like a professor,”
“He knows exactly where he wants the players to be when on the ball and how to react when losing the ball. It’s very special.
“When I pass I am usually only focused on where to be if we lose the ball but he wants me to contribute offensively too. So we constantly need to make an option for the player on the ball.
“When you are 28 and you play in different countries with other coaches you think you know everything but then he came in and there are things I’ve never known before.”
In a weird twist of fate, Mustafi is the type of defender he’d be looking at, maybe a bit taller. He’s very mobile, has a great range of passing, and he’s good in the air. I know that pains people, but if you cut out the mistakes, he’s pretty decent. Not sure whether he’ll stay, but I’d imagine we’ll aggressively chop out some of the fat we have in that position. It’ll be interesting to see how much weight the manager puts on Saliba rejoining if he’s part of the group next year, you’d have to imagine that’s curtains for Sokratis.
Another area that we might look at is the goalkeeper. We’ve been linked with Neto of Barca and PSGs Areola. For me, there are question marks over Bernd Leno’s concentration. He’s looked great when we’re being battered, but sometimes his mind goes walkabout when you need him most. Hopefully, that can be rectified, but it would be nice to have some proper cover for him going into next year.
I also think it’ll be interesting to see where we go with Auba. He’s never looked fitter, the fans love him, and he’s absolutely lethal. He’s added a lot to his game under Arteta, and it’s clear the view is that he’s the best player at Arsenal. That said, he’ll also have massive appeal to clubs looking for swap deals this summer. We know Barca, PSG, Madrid and Juve are all in the market to move players about in that way, and he really is our crown jewel if we wanted to bulk the squad with two or three quality additions.
The other reality we could face is that Arsenal simply move on the high earners this summer and focus on the kids coming through. There will never be a better opportunity to say, fuck it, let’s move players on. The pressure will be lessened because there won’t be fans in the stadium, and I think there’s a general lowering of expectations at most clubs due to the situation.
Ok, that’s all I have time for today. See you in the comments. x