Hector Bellerin’s season is over as he became the third first-team player to suffer a ligament injury. Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding can tell him about the journey upon which he will embark and keep him company along the way.
It leaves us very much down to the bare bones as far as capable right-backs are concerned. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is his name…we visited this yesterday and it’s safe to say there is a smattering of support for Jenks and most want him to be given a chance. That may come against Cardiff although I suspect it will be Lichtsteiner.
Be afraid, be very afraid…
I jest. Ish. Unai Emery has to ‘make do and mend’ or ‘make do while Hec mends’. It’s unlikely we’ll get anything from the transfer market and given our circumstances, expecting a defensive signing is unrealistic.
According to Ornstein, we’re making two loan signings. One is Denis Suarez and the other is unknown. It isn’t Hamez; he’s staying at Bayern Munich and in all honesty, if we can’t shoehorn Mesut Ozil into the line-up, there’s little chance of Rodriguez doing so.
The second deal? I’m sceptical, to say the least. Suarez is surplus to requirements at Barcelona and we’ve been linked with him for, well, forever. Yet three weeks in, nothing concrete has happened. It’s as close to a ‘gimme’ as we’re going to get and still transfer dealings remain akin to wading through a quagmire.
Sven You’re Smiling The Whole World Smiles With You
It won’t be helped by the impending departure of Sven Mislintat. He who ‘discovered’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at ‘tiny’ Saint-Etienne as well Ousmane Dembele after he scored 12 goals in Ligue Un with Rennes. Shinji Kagawa, with around 15 international caps for Japan.
That Sven. The point is not to dismiss his advice in signing those players for Dortmund at all but he didn’t discover them. Other people deserve that credit in the same way Klopp and his staff deserve credit for developing them as a player.
Sven gets his credit, so do others.
For us, identifying Guendouzi is surely the one where the narrative of ‘Diamond Eyes’ works. Leno, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis and to some extent Torreira, were all ‘safe’ buys. Established players but a 19-year-old from Ligue 2? That fits and chimes with the ‘old Arsenal’ which found similar players on a regular basis.
Diamond Eyes indeed. The real success he had at Arsenal was everyone throwing away their spreadsheets and picking up Football Manager once again. Watching YouTube for things other than pratfalls and porn became trendy as people sought out the latest gem from obscure second tier teams across the world. We all wanted Diamond Eyes.
Frankly, I find the eulogising of him to be weird, however. Is there a Stuart Wisely fanpage? There ought to be with all the pronouncements about transfer spend and FFP we’ve seen in the past.
Sod all interest in football.
I understand the change, of how the new structure was a breath of fresh air following the one-man band we were. However, the architect of the scheme fled before it was discovered he sold us a pup. His idea is morphing into something different again.
Heaven Knows I’m Mislintat Now
Marc Overmars is being touted as a technical director, a role which will replace/augment the future head of recruitment, depending upon who you believe.
Monchi’s in the running as well. His credentials were imperious at Sevilla but now he finds himself questioned at Roma. His success was wheeling and dealing, which makes him sound a bit like an Iberian ‘Arry Redknapp. Sky will be thrilled to get his thoughts from the window of his Seat Ibiza.
Reportedly replacing Mislintat will be Francis Cagigao, the Arsenal scout who apparently discovered the joy of sex. Sorry, Cesc. Be prepared to worship at the altar of St Francis.
Feelings of doom at Sven’s departure abound but it’s part of the adjustment process. When Arsene left, it was widely accepted there would be a turbulent season on the pitch. Ivan added to that mix by doing a runner almost immediately the dust settled.
We’ll be alright in the long-term. Arsenal FC existed long before these issues and will do so long after. That’s not to ignore or trivialise them, simply to put them in some kind of perspective.
The Arsenal wheel has turned full circle. After putting down Championship Manager to learn about Excel, we’re returning to the scouting network of Football Manager.