Another day, another dollar. Or euro, we don’t really mind what is spent or where. Paper talk of a swap deal, using Olivier Giroud as bait for Napoli in a €110m deal for Gonazlo Higuain remains as fanciful as believing we would meet an €80m release clause for the Argentine international.
In paper talk, the deal makes sense. Higuain is prolific and has a proven record in two of Europe’s top leagues. Arsenal are short of goals on a consistent basis; Giroud is a twenty a season striker but prone to prolonged barren spells.
Football isn’t played on paper and despite the chatter from his agent, it strikes me that Arsenal are unlikely to let the French international go. We would, most likely, be better off with Higuain, Akpom and Sanogo than Giroud, Akpom and Sanogo but we’d be much better off with Higuain, Giroud and Akpom. Sorry Yaya, I just don’t think you’re going to make it.
At least you got more goals for Arsenal than Ray Hankin and Clive Allen combined.
We’ve got to do something though otherwise the only fit forwards for the Liverpool game on the opening day of the season will be Chuba Akpom and Yaya Sanogo. I know Arsène likes to give everyone a four-week break but I suspect Alexis will have been back in training for something close to a fortnight, if not longer, given the Copa America finished on 26th June.
Still, we’ve got a have a bit of a panic somewhere, haven’t we. By that time, we’ll have suffered half-a-dozen injuries and the fretting can really begin.
It’s pretty much quiet elsewhere. Thierry Henry had his say and shot down attempts to blame Sky for the kerfuffle over his coaching career but it’s very much a pre-season story or one which will be wheeled out at a time of first-team crisis during the coming season. Or if he pitches up at another club, when Arsenal play them. West Ham are sniffing around him apparently, which must be quite disconcerting to be honest.
Tony Adams, according to this morning’s Telegraph – you see what you’ve done internet, we’ve dropped the ‘Daily‘ out of our life and become a world where news flows continuously through the cesspit of life – is ready to step into Henry’s shoes as a coach with the youths.
Shooting down in flames the tales of the ones which got away, the paper is quick to point out that Wenger has also got Freddie Ljunberg studying for his badges at the club, all the while fanning the flames by pointing out those who are plying their trade elsewhere. It begs the question as to why the same criticism isn’t pointed at Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as all of Europe’s other clubs, where former players aren’t re-employed as coaching staff.
Longevity, Arsène, as much as it may be virtuous in some respects, is a curse in others. There is a stability in the coaching staff which underlines his loyalty to allies. There is a stability which hints that a shake-up may be needed to stop the numbing which happens when people fall into a comfort zone. I suspect that is only going to happen with a change in manager; it’s a little late to expect him to change his ways.
And there genuinely isn’t much going on. Which is nice. The calm before the storm people, the calm before the storm.