Well, well, well… the papers will not let the Draxler rumours die! They’re all back with the story this morning that Arsenal are going to seal a £36m deal for the talented attacking midfielder.
Arsene said he didn’t want a wide attacker the other day,but we all know the rumour is that Draxler is for the middle going forward. Also, I think it’s a bit wide of the mark to suggest we don’t need a wide attacker, because after losing the pace of Theo, I feel we certainly do.
Well good morning to you all! Arsenal trotted out a pretty simple win over a Coventry side that were always going to struggle against seasoned internationals on a different level of fitness and technical ability.
I actually missed the match last night, so don’t have much of an overview for you. The goals were all pretty standard, nothing dazzling. 2 for Podolski will do his confidence the world of good, one for Giroud to push up his tally for the season and a goal for Santi as well.
A nice evening, even a bit of a protest from the Coventry fans, all holding up their sheets of paper saying ‘why?’… obviously a reference to a dodgy sub or something?
Anyway, progression into the next round… hopefully it’ll be another sweet draw so we can field a similar team to last night.
In other news around the club, there’s plenty of spicy talk around Draxler coming over in January. This would fly in the face of Wenger’s assertions that he won’t be buying.
‘We have no need to take players on the flank. We don’t rule a striker out. But at the moment I cannot announce anything.’
.. but if Schalke are desperate for cash and that will allow Arsenal to guarantee the signing of him, it would make sense to sign him now, rather than wait for the whole world to go crazy for him after a great showing in the summer.
I’d still be surprised, but the rumours don’t want to die do they? Also, the rumour is aided by Fjortoft, the guy who called Ozil. Apparently. I don’t know how many other rumours he’s called that have disappeared… but whatever.
This really has been a flat window so far. However, simple facts are United and Chelsea have bolstered… City haven’t, because they don’t need to… but Arsenal really could do with a spare body. Nik B and Giroud for the run in… well, it makes me nervous. No Theo as well… we really could do with some pace.
Anyway, that’s all I have time for today… have a good one.
Arsene Wenger really should avoid airing his warped opinions on transfers after dropping a sound bite gaffe in yesterday’s pre-Coventry meet with Fleet Street. Arsene, when questioned about the Juan Mata move up north said…
“Maybe the rules should be adapted for more fairness,”
“It opens up questions about the dates of this transfer window.”
“Some teams have already played twice against one opponent and some others not,”
“I can understand completely what Chelsea are doing. They could have sold him last week.”
‘I am surprised because Juan Mata is a great player and Chelsea sell a great player to a direct opponent,’
Bloody hell, this transfer window is like pulling teeth. Pulling teeth whilst voluntarily sedated.
No one really cares about buying players because we’re winning. Which is fine, but I think the reality bug might bite in at some point and we’ll be cursing the lack of movement because I really don’t think we have the depth to fight all the way this year.
Wow, another quiet morning of nothing. I’d start on the FA Cup, but it’s only Wednesday, that’s like putting the kettle on before you go to bed (for a morning tea. Jeez, what a bad line to start the post!).
So the transfer window does seen to be very quiet. The Vucinic deal fell apart which opens the door to us moving for him, if we were ever interested. He’s a good player, sure, but I can see why we’d pass on him. Expecting a 30 year old who has plied his trade in Italy for most of his career doesn’t feel like a fit.
I watched Serie A highlights last night. What a weak league. It really has lost its sparkle in a big way. The standard of keeping was beyond embarrassing. It was like watching a bloopers reel. Not only that, the stadiums were empty like an FA Cup replay between Norwich and Fulham. Sure, some of the big teams might fill their grounds, but my lord, playing away for those massive names must be hard work.
Anyway, I think the vibe on the striker is that Nik B can fill in. I think the feeling is that he’s newly focused on winning a contract. Life has clicked for him as a player and he’s fully up for contributing to the side. And look, Adebayor was hated as much at Spurs as he was at Arsenal 4 weeks ago, now he’s an absolute hero after being shown a bit of love by the new ‘Arry…
‘I just gave him a hug and chocolate orange… now the boy’s mustard’
… Arsene, get that man hug out the loft and send Jenkinson down to the newsagent for that chocolate orange. We have a title to chase!
The contract front seems uncertain. Sagna is after a 3 year deal and we’re offering him two. Rosicky is after a deal and we’re looking to play ball. I like both of them and I think we’re now in a position to afford to keep experience on. See, point is, if we sell them, we’ll only bring them back on short contracts in 2 years time. Keep em’ on Arsene, deck the training ground out in players who know the values you instill in them.
Did I mention the other day that the Lewandowski free transfer is worth €81m over 5 years! Mega money eh?
Aaron Ramsey selected ex Cardiff captain Graham Kavanagh as his footballing hero.
‘He was the Cardiff captain and played in my position, so that’s who I looked up to and wanted to aspire to be like.’
Humble as ever! He also picked out Scott Parker and Michael Ballack as great competitors. I was harangued on Twitter for suggesting Scott Parker as a signing a few years ago. People are now taking players that were good, but are now old and using them to make a point against the site. What a laugh.
Speaking of laughs, I’ve been asked to write one side of the FA Cup argument on Friday in an evening paper. You can guess which side. I think there is a compelling case for a full strength attempt and for not taking it seriously. Just know that before you tear up your Le Grove subscription.
Talking of things that aren’t a laugh. Stan Collymore abuse on Twitter. What the hell is going on here? I was talking to someone the other day about it, it’s like the new internet meme to racially abuse Stan on Twitter. I don’t care for the man, I think he’s a scumbag, however, this ‘well, he beats up women, so racism is ok’ is just a horrible thought process.
The point isn’t about who he is, it’s that we’re in the 21st century and certain people think there are negative connotations associated with skin colour. Twitter is a great platform, it’s help push this website from underground Arsenal blog, to mainstream opinion source single handedly. However, unlike most other platforms, it’s struggled to deal with abuse and it’s pecking order structure almost encourages extreme behaviour because it’s an attention proposition. Couple that with anonnymity and you’ve a recipe that tastes good to the nutters. I have two accounts, and it’s definitely the football account that’s the worst. But I’d imagine it’s the same issue for politics and religion. Facebook certainly did well forcing people to use their real identity to have an account. Half the idiots online wouldn’t behave the way they do if their real name was shown.
… but hey, I’m not going to suggest web passports because that opens the us up to a far worse problem. I just wish people would be more responsible with anonymity. But hey, whatever gets you attention I guess.
Happy Monday one and all. I’m feeling chipper after watching United get taken down with embarrassing ease by Chelsea. The state of their starting line-up was unbelievable in its weakness. I pondered the question on Saturday…
Is recovery time affected by interest in the cause?