It seems that Ox isn’t quite out of the door yet. Instead of completing his move to Chelsea yesterday, it seems he got wind of Liverpool’s interest and decided to stay at the England camp. Arsenal named their price, i.e. £35m that Chelsea were paying, and the Scousers decided to undercut that because it’s a successful negotiating technique with us.
Anyway, it seems that Ox prefers the prospect of Anfield and probably has more chance of a central midfield berth there now Philippe Coutinho is off to Barcelona for an eye-watering €160m. Now, Sr. Angel Maria Villa, about that complaint you made to UEFA regarding state support of clubs. You do realise that Barcelona are now using the funds from the state-supported club, which makes them as guilty…
It’s not the only deal which has gone tits up. If Ornstein of the BBC from Salford is correct, there are going to be some seriously fed up little bunnies when the Arsenal squad reconvenes after the international break.
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 29, 2017
Why are they unhappy? Let Mr Matt Law of the Telegraph, explain:
Telegraph Sport understands that the majority of the first-team squad have now had enough of Sanchez and the saga regarding his future. They believe he has no desire to be at Arsenal and has been allowed to get away with putting himself ahead of the team for far too long.
There is a strong feeling that the constant speculation surrounding Sanchez is having a detrimental effect on the squad as a whole and that it will only get worse the longer he stays without signing a new contract.
There was a programme a while back called Burn Notice. The premise was a CIA agent who gets dumped by the agency in Miami and there he must stay. Sort of like the Equaliser for the 21st Century for those who recall the Edward Woodward series. Anyway, during the opening sequence reel, there’s a clip where Sam Axe, one of the lead characters, observes, “You know spies… bunch of bitchy little girls”.
I’m sure Alexis may feel the same about his team-mates this morning.
And So We Now Know What Arsène’s Legacy Is
The Chileans are apparently mighty annoyed with Alexis, who jumped the gun and asked to be allowed to sort out his future by leaving the squad, flying back to England and then returning on Friday. Quite why Manchester City, the richest club in the world can’t fly to him was never explained…
It’s a dishevelled mess of a club. Even Johnny Evans can blank us. A West Bromwich Albion player would rather sit on Manchester City’s bench than get regular first team action with us. The only parallel I can think of is in another universe; even Terry Mancini and Jeff Blockley would tell us to do one nowadays.
A day of claims and counter-claims which saw Manchester City (allegedly) offer £50m. We then asked about Sergio Aguero – he said ‘do one’ – Fabian Delph(!), and Raheem Sterling. Everyone thought the latter was a jolly good deal; Sterling plus money; Alexis was having his own little Brexit but like the British government, it all went a bit tits up when it emerged we could have Sterling if we gave City Alexis and £25m.
In a damning moment, someone – and apologies, I forget who – observed that the Wenger of fifteen years ago would take Sterling and make him a fantastic player. The Wenger of now; it just isn’t going to happen.
Hi Ho Silver, Away!
There’s no plan to all this, is there? We’re making it up on the hoof.
And hoof is what Kieran Gibbs will be doing from now on. Hoofing the ball, having finalised his move to West Bromwich Albion for £7m. What kind of hatred must Arsenal have for him? And why?
He scored against Spurs; cleared off the line when we were 0 – 2 vs Hull City at Wembley yet we sell him to Pulis. Did no-one think for one second of the mental torture for the player? He’s now confronted on a daily basis by reminders of all those diabolical performances at Stoke?
New ruthless Arsène 2.0; cross him and he delves into the darkest recesses of your mind to find the fear you must live.
Which brings us to Mesut Özil, who is flying under the radar in all this. According to well-informed sources, we don’t know what his thoughts are. Not to worry, the Spanish press rode over the hill and revealed we tried to sell him to Barcelona and take Arda Turan in return. And the Catalan’s were having none of it.
And that encapsulates what an absolute disaster area we have become: we can’t even give away our best players. Then again, it might not have happened because the Spanish media are not noted for their strict adherence to the truth, much like their British counterparts.
Which shows what an absolute disaster area we have become. They can print those stories and your first reaction isn’t, “B*llocks!”, it’s “WTF is going on at Arsenal?”
Finally, last week’s record of the week – The War On Drugs, A Deeper Understanding – with its oodles of noodles, is here and will soon be joined by a trip back to 2005.