I’ve just realised the headline could be construed as a proud parent updating the world on their toddler: “JK Speaks! JK Walks!”
We’ll see whether Junior comes out of this well; I haven’t decided.
Someone in Arsenal’s media team has a sense of humour. A headline screaming out “We made very decisive and aggressive decisions” accompanied by Junior standing next to a Peaky Blinder?
It’s a photo which has the air of a Gladiatorial battle; Junior is deciding whether it’s a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
God bless you for that one, AFC comedy man.
Junior basically ran through the summer’s transfer business, saying not very much at all. Before you ask, I’m not really sure what I want him to say or indeed whether I prefer ‘Chatterbox Josh’ to ‘Silent Stan’.
The headline sums up the gist of his interview with the Sage of Salford; “aggressive” dominates the interview. But not in a violent sense. Junior’s definition is a flexible beast, much like Raul’s “outsmarting the market”; it’s more persuasive, more flexible.
Peaky Blinder’s bloke begs to differ.
Junior rebutted the suggestion from Ornstein that the club signed players to appease fans. #wecaredoyou didn’t impact their thinking:
I would say that if you’re reacting and doing club record signings based on public opinion, you’re not going to go very far as a club. We weren’t reactive this summer, we were actually proactive.
It was unfortunate that the summer unfolded publicly the way it did with some of the supporters groups.
I tried to answer some of their concerns to the best of our ability, but we had instruments in place behind the scenes heading into the window where we knew we were going to be aggressive and we weren’t going to be reactive to anything, we were going to be proactive.Junior is getting all aggressive
Junior’s Sales Pitch: Everyone Else Do The Work!
It’s largely PR puff, designed to show KSE as caring, sharing owners. Fans, if you like. Junior’s up at whatever hellish hour the kick-offs are in the USA!USA!USA! It’s what fans do.
Or to put it another way, if I was the future owner of a £1bn business, then I’d sure as hell be up at ungodly o’clock to watch my investment.
You can watch the video or read the transcript on the website following the link above. Maybe do both, just to check how accurate Pravda is in their reporting <smiley face, jokey kind of emoticon>.
Why you do that – read the transcript and watch the video – is beyond me. It’s the same as listening to an audiobook at the same time as reading it. Probably some kind of desire to be read bedtime stories, I dunno; it’s all a bit having a dog and barking yourself.
One thing Junior didn’t deny is that certain players are going to be sold this summer. “Football operations” need to get their arses in gear if that is to happen:
I would defer to our football operations staff but I know there are a few names that have come up who might not see as much playing time this season, so whether that’s via loan or permanent transfer I know there are discussions going on. I’ll leave that to our football operations staff.Junior leaves everything to “football operations staff”, i.e. everyone else.
One of those is Shkodran Mustafi. Fresh from chaotically blocking a bus lane before the Burnley match, he cut a forlorn figure sitting behind the bench in his civvies. Still, he had his mate Mesut with him but that won’t be for long; Mesut will soon be on the bench, waiting to play, if not already out on the pitch.
Sokratis – No Longer The Silent Partner
But Shkodran won’t be.
Especially if Sokratis has his way. For the first time in ages, he didn’t have to worry where his defensive partner was or whether he was dropping something bigger than a ricket. In fact, Sokratis liked it. He almost said so in his post-match comments:
For a defender it is more difficult because you have to fight a lot. Of course you have to be ready in every game. I think today as a defence we did well. We were a little bit unlucky with the goal. But in the end 2-1 is an important win – three points and we got to the next game.Sokratis gets an unusual feeling – Arsenal being unlucky to concede a goal
Our Greek resistance fighter – reminiscent of Anthony Quinn in Guns of Navarone – talked about Sideshow Bob and how much of a relief it was that he isn’t Mustafi.
When [David] came we spoke a lot that we will have moments when we struggle, but we have to struggle all together.
Of course he is a player that has experience because he played for big teams. We need character and players like him. Yes, it is good [to build a partnership]. But we have also Rob Holding, Chambers who are good players and Dinos, who is coming back now.No Mustafi, Sokratis?
It’s the surest sign the hapless German is on his way. They played together numerous times; he didn’t just forget Mustafi, that’s for sure.
He wasn’t slow on emphasising the point either. “We have to be ready for every game,” he went on. “In games, somebody has to stay outside and somebody has to play, but the important thing is the team.”
If He Was A Lame Animal, You’d Put Him Down
Sideshow Bob is still to win me over. It’ll take a long time because we know he has a ‘Mustafi-like’ mistake in him; just not so frequently and as starting points go, that’s a good one.
And yes, I do fully accept the point that Chelsea would have ditched him – particularly in the Mourinho era – if he was completely useless. It’s tough to alter a mindset after all these years; maybe I will be more convinced by the end of the season.
If we win on Saturday, I’ll be completely convinced.
And it leaves Mustafi on the outside. Elneny too; his shorn locks remind me of Samson. His power has gone and it is time for pastures new. I’d say Mkhitaryan as well but we know it isn’t happening.
As much as Josh would like the club to ship out the fringe players, Mkhitaryan isn’t going anywhere right now. To bring that into focus, Manchester United got rid of one of their ‘super chickens’ and are funding half his wages during his loan with Internazionale.
I sincerely hope they don’t get rid of their remaining super chicken, however. Paul Pogba could end up costing them a dozen points this season…
And on that happy note, I’ll sign off.