The weather today matches my mood perfectly. Overcast with rays of sunshine poking through. As much as Gentleman Jack might be fine sippin’ whiskey, it has as Billy Connolly said, given me a tongue transplant this morning.
Arsenal’s transfer activity isn’t splashed across the back pages. Instead, it’s relegated where clubs placed small ads looking for a physio. You remember, next to the Aussie pools predictions.
And I have no issue with that. The only time transfer gossip matters is when something happens, as in we sign or sell a player. It’s interesting to see who is strengthening their squad and how but knowing we are in the Europa League next season, means PSG, Bayern, etc., are of little bar their interest in Alexis.
Ian Wright gave a good suggestion: Lewandowski for Sanchez. Works for me. It’s a massive kids game, isn’t it? And why not indulge. If you’re going to get bent out of shape, do it when the players return for pre-season training when it becomes clear we’re only adding a left back in time to strengthen the squad for next season.
Riyad Mahrez fluttered his eyelids in everyone’s direction recently with an outright “Coo-ee, over here boys” to the plethora of clubs who are reportedly interested in signing him. As the Algerian admitted, there’s a world of difference between an offer and speculation.
Something got lost in translation – or he needs to remind his Mr20% who the boss is – when he apparently told Algerian TV that he still doesn’t know which club’s were interested in him last summer.
I’ve said before I think the only way we will sign him is if Sanchez goes. Mahrez on the left and shiny new central striker who is a consistent goalscorer; one out, two in.
Cheap Pun Time
I was bleary-eyed this morning and thought we were signing Golovkin from CSKA Moscow, which would have added some punch to the midfield, but no, it’s Golokin. I can’t say I remember seeing him play for club or country. I’m sure there’s a YouTube reel to look at which makes him look like the lovechild of Cruyff and Arshavin.
Some think he won’t qualify for a work permit, which is typically Arsenal, and faces a season on loan. With current political tensions between Russia and everyone else, it would come as no surprise if the Home Office believe “the Commies” need to be putin their place, and turn down Golokin’s Work Permit application.
Others content themselves believing we’re ready to spend £100m on Mbappe. Real Madrid, absent a ‘Galactico’ signing for in recent years seems more attractive as a destination. Spanish media reports claim Morata to United is a done deal, which leaves a gap in the Madrid squad.
James Rodriguez offers a salutary lesson for Mbappe if he fancies the Bernabeu move. A good season, enhanced by a good World Cup for his country, meant he left Monaco and now he’s on the scrap heap having failed to deliver. There is a ruthlessness about the club which we do not possess at present.
Arsenal are linked with Hamez as a Sanchez replacement or one of the replacements, but it’s hard to see him being a genuine target. He is not prolific enough in front of goal and creative midfielders are ten-a-penny in our squad. Rodriguez isn’t robust enough to replace Aaron Ramsey. In any case, having found a formation which suits the Welshman, why replace him now?
Art of Football, by the way, has a cracking new design from the FA Cup final. More details here.
Not much is happening really so content yourself with a new playlist on Dad’s Jukebox this afternoon. Keep an eye on the comments section for more details.