Why Aren’t WE on the playground!!! 😦
Arsenal are in Singapore which means our players will soon be taking the pitch. 😀
More importantly, perhaps, manager Arsene Wenger will be taking the podium and answering questions. Do Gooners (and the media who, ostensibly, serve them) care about the players who have come to play or do they want to know about our actions in the transfer window? Let’s see…
From the above, AW seems happy to talk about both. Modern football management dictates an ability to focus on the moment at hand but also to spin the bigger picture in a manner which keeps the fans happy. Getting his current group of players fit and ready for the matches which matter (West Ham United at home, our first league match, is less than 4 weeks away) is one focus. Allowing others to rest but having them eager and ready to come in and contribute is another. Giving chances to youth players and determining which of them might make the first team rosters and which should be available for loans or transfers is yet another. Still, a quick scan of the news aggregators and you would think these issues matter hardly a whit. Concluding the transfer business which might fill out the squad for the bigger moments in the season ahead (and in future seasons) seems the biggest issue for Gooners.
Managing ALL of these (plus a thousand other details) is the job at hand. What to do when it comes to managing the expectations of the supporters is the area where the most finesse is needed…especially as transfer news by other clubs is announced.
Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for 49 Million Pounds is the big one. Bastian Schweinsteiger AND Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United is also major, major news. Chelsea seem to have wrapped up Asmir Begovic (from Stoke City) as their #2 keeper to replace the guy (Petr Cech) they sold to us. The carousel is well and truly in motion.
For every player on the move–in deals which actually seem to be happening–a hundred others are mooted. If United are re-making their midfield with the German midfield legend and the rising French star–both of whom many a Gooner coveted–what’s next for their attack? With Robin van Turkey, er, Judas, er Persie off to Fenerbache and Radamel Falcao switched to Chelsea, who does Louis Van Gaal fancy to get the goals? A switch of high profile South Americans (Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani) with Paris St. Germain seems in the works. All extremely exciting if you’re a United supporter but will all these new signings hit the ground running?
Who will Liverpool spend the Sterling money on? Are Chelsea actually content enough with their squad so that back-up keepers are the only sort of business required?
It’s enough to make a Gooner’s head spin. With spinning heads–and open mouths leaking not a small amount of drool–things can get messy…
Fortunately (for most Gooners, at least) Our Messy–Mesut Ozil–seems to be going nowhere despite headlines about his “shock exit.” Ideas that Juventus were in for him have been dismissed by the manager. Wenger: “Ozil is our player. He will remain our player and he wants to remain our player. It is a big season for him because he had a difficult start last year and in the second part of the season he was very important. There are many offensive players who have an important season in front of them but I’m confident because I think they have the quality. Ozil understands the rhythms of English football and he has improved his defensive attitude. He works hard and offensively he is a top class player.” And so, a day of mourning begins on the Isle of Wight. 😀
Boring, boring Arsenal–or so it seems…
Wenger probably wishes supporters could appreciate what we’ve already got and see that our current players, playing together, have room for improvement. Still, the lust for more (and more and more…) is probably endemic to our culture and those questions come as well. The manager responds: “That doesn’t depend only on us. It depends on whether we can find them, but if we can find one or two players we will do it.”
What say you, fellow Gooners? Is one or two players enough? Who should those players be? Who are these “many offensive players” who have an important season in front of them? Moreover, what do you think about the business our rivals are doing. Do these moves catapult them ahead of us or are they signs of desperation?
We can also talk about the newest links–Faouzi Ghoulam seemed on the radar yesterday but today’s latest link to the city which invented pizza is Jose Callejon. I guess Gonzalo Higuain is over the bar or in the side netting. I watched a little Napoli football (late in the Italian league season) and I know what I think (Faouzi who? Jose no thanks, Gonzo si, especially if he’s lowered his price with his failures in Santiago…) but that’s just me.
More fun might be to invent our own. Take off the shroud, steve, and demand a Javi Martinez or an Alex Lacazette. Others, name your faves or, if you believe that such news is bad for the business actually getting done, we can use initials or talk in code. Certainly I wouldn’t want Bergkampesque to be responsible for us losing the next Messi or Ronaldo.
In other words…Go on then… Who do you love?
Happy–and Transferry–Monday 😀