Transfer Gossip Picks Up & Bob’s Ready

It’s not often the football and Twitter collides…ahem.

Or at least they don’t collide in the way Zenit St Petersburg expected. A slip of the finger and their DMs filled with requests to take Mustafi from us. At least he is the right colour for their fans. Probably the wrong religion.

If anyone wonders about the sheer ineptitude and inadequacy of UEFAs response to racism in football should note that despite the openly racist attitude of Zenit’s fans, the club is still welcomed into the Champions League.

The absence of any serious paper talk on Mustafi’s future points to several things. Firstly, his confidence is shot to pieces to the extent that there isn’t any speculation about him. Is that something in the dressing room or does it just elicit sad glances from friends and teammates?

Secondly, he isn’t going anywhere this window.

Which is the same for Mesut Ozil. His agent made it clear that his client wasn’t going anywhere this window. Not this season, just this window.

Remember when speculation was rife over Patrick Vieira? This is going to be as persistent but I do think it telling that there was no permanence in his statement.

At least, Fenerbahce admitted we can ignore any speculation linking them with a move for the midfielder; they are, officially, skint.

There are no two ways about it; 2019 is Ozil’s annus horiblis. How bad have things become that it overshadows his wedding? His poor club form and events this summer make for miserable reading. Now fit, he can concentrate on football, perhaps.

Putting in a stellar cameo from the bench on Saturday would be a good start. The North London Derby is upon and the papers are full of ‘club in crisis’ headlines. For once, it isn’t Arsenal.

Let the Sideshow Begin…

As Blue Magic and more famously, Barry Biggs, declared, let the sideshow begin. So Bob, for ’tis he, did.

He’s looking forward to this weekend’s game, believing it will be good for the squad to return to winning ways after the defeat Anfield. God, we love a bit of navel-gazing, don’t we? The dissection of every move, feint and dummy has been incredibly in-depth with nobody agreeing on anything much.

The only thing we can agree with is what Mo Salah said to Bob after the award of the penalty which effectively killed off the game. I don’t what was said but I’d assume it was something derisory – “what a muppet!” – for Dave’s shirt tug.

Anyway, Bob thinks we’ll get it right this weekend. “There is no better opportunity than [the North London Derby],” he said. I beg to differ; Watford at home is an easier fixture to get back to winning ways.

Anyway, he praised Spurs – “a fantastic team” – but admitted he didn’t see their defeat against Newcastle when he said he thinks we’re facing “a team who are going to fight with us until the end for the same goals, the same objectives.”

Mauricio Pochettino put it more eloquently the other day but he essentially called his own squad “bottlers”. Sorry, Bob, I’ll go with the Tottenham coach’s assessment of their squad.

Spurs were abysmal against Newcastle so let’s hope they are as bad again.

The latter, I think. Particularly amusing in this morning’s papers was a piece which questioned whether Daniel Levy was holding them back. This is the same Daniel Levy who was hailed as a footballing demi-god for his previous transfer dealings and the stadium build. The fickle winds of fate are blowing in the wrong direction for Danny Boy.

I Play Because I Love It

These days, football seems like a career choice for players. Faced with working in a bank or the Premier League, they chose the latter because it’s the right thing to do. Some seem worn down by the whole thing, almost resenting that they haven’t played the game for fun in years.

Sideshow Bob is different. I ended that sentence in the right place, leaving you hanging, wondering if it’s a good different, a bad different or a weird different.

He’s different because of his enthusiasm for the game. “It’s always special to play football. I play because I love it,” he said.

I do wonder, however, if he realises he signed for Arsenal because the Brazilian reckons that he has the “ambition to do big things in football. It’s going to be special for me, for sure.”

Let’s hope he makes it special for us at the weekend.

’til Tomorrow.

26 thoughts on “Transfer Gossip Picks Up & Bob’s Ready

  1. Ferkov says:

    Thanks YW, plenty to chew, and right on cue.
    Gotta love Bobs enthusiasm for the headlines. Maybe that’s his big things.
    Unlike Mustafi covering his eyes in the corner hoping nobody noticed, he’s up front and centre . Large, I am. How many times he gets this opportunity before either Holding ousts him or Papa gives him the Ionian jungle treatment?

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  2. jonnygunner says:

    The last time the great Merse opened his fat trap about us and Spurs….he claimed we’d get thumped…..and we gave them a thumping.
    This time around he claims we’re gonna beat them easily at the weekend.
    It can mean only one thing….

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  3. Bill says:

    Thanks for the post Yogi

    Its going to be very difficult to move Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Elneny Mustafi Kolasinac because no self respecting team is going to be wiling to take on their wages. Someone might be willing to take Xhaka off of our hands. The sooner we move those Wengerian mistakes and the Wengerian culture out of the squad and rebuild our midfield and back 4 with upgraded talent the better.

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  4. C says:

    Think its time for Emery to play some attacking futbol that he has shown at PSG and Sevilla with a base midfield. Come Unai plus you have Luiz who is superb is that long diagonal or ball over the top and I fancy any of Lacazette, Pepe or Aubameyang against any of those defenders.

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  5. Pete the Thirst says:

    Amen to that Bill. Unfortunately it’s going to take years to unravel the mess Wenger and Ivan knitted

    Bill:
    Thanks for the post Yogi

    Its going to be very difficult to move Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Elneny Mustafi Kolasinac because no self respecting team is going to be wiling to take on their wages. Someone might be willing to take Xhaka off of our hands. The sooner we move those Wengerian mistakes and the Wengerian culture out of the squad and rebuild our midfield and back 4 with upgraded talent the better.

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  6. Pete the Thirst says:

    Although he’s enthusiastic Luiz ain’t a very good defender Ferkov. We’ll see more of the type of errors against Liverpool over the season. Lets hope he learns from this (Not holding my breath)

    Ferkov:
    Thanks YW, plenty to chew, and right on cue.
    Gotta love Bobs enthusiasm for the headlines. Maybe that’s his big things.
    Unlike Mustafi covering his eyes in the corner hoping nobody noticed, he’s up front and centre . Large, I am. How many times he gets this opportunity before either Holding ousts him or Papa gives him the Ionian jungle treatment?

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  7. Pete the Thirst says:

    If Luiz is in the team for his passing I wonder what Xhaka is doing in there as well? Outside passing he offers very little to the team.

    C:
    Think its time for Emery to play some attacking futbol that he has shown at PSG and Sevilla with a base midfield.Come Unaiplus you have Luiz who is superb is that long diagonal or ball over the top and I fancy any of Lacazette, Pepe or Aubameyang against any of those defenders.

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  8. Stu says:

    I’d be surprised if any more sales happen before the window closes, but never give up hope that somewhere out there, someone wants to take on one of our cast-offs! Even so It’s been a good window for us; better than expected and sets the team up to step up again. Hopefully this year, they will not fall flat on their faces when 3rd place was there for the taking. I would have settled for fourth mind.

    Now, I never did like Bolton, especially under Fat Sam. Although my dislike pre-dates his reign and goes back to a day in 1995 when the likes of Wright, Bergkamp and Helder just couldn’t score and we lost to a John McGinlay goal. Grrrr! Anyway, despite my dislike of them as a club it’s a bad day for league football when one of the founding teams is on the verge of liquidation. With similar problems a few miles down the road at Bury, we could see another club dating back to the 1880s ceasing to exist. Funny how the EFL can get all high and mighty and impose ridiculously short deadlines that impede any buyer doing a full due diligence review, yet they themselves clearly have a flawed fit and proper persons test.

    Promotion/relegation driven poor footballing decisions, poor off-field club decisions, Europe one day the liquidators the next, dodgy owners, a not fit for purpose “fit and proper persons test”, players on crazy money sitting on a bench seeing out their multi-million pound a year contracts, while supporters stick through the good times and the bad, and hopefully still have a club to follow….. it’s happened before and will happen again, but football remains a funny old game.

    Meanwhile, a 98 year old supporter of Enfield FC passed away yesterday (not at the game as far as I am aware). He went to his first Enfield match aged 8 years. That’s dedication for you.

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  9. Pete the Thirst says:

    I see Denis Suarez has moved to Celta Vigo for £10m. So glad we didn’t cave to Barcelona’s demands for £20m. He clearly wasn’t up to the task.

    And Malcom has moved from Barca to Zenit for £35m after sitting on the bench for a year. Another one that Wenger tracked for 5 years. Barca do seem able to move on their dead wood for decent money. Even shifted Coutinho for a season despite pi$$ing £140m on him. We need to take a leaf out of their book and shift the wasters on our books.

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  10. C says:

    Pete the Thirst,

    I am with you, previously, Xhaka was able to hit those and with Sokaritis and Kos or whoever at CB, they deferred to Xhaka. Now, with Luiz, I would prefer we play Torriera and Ceballos to link play and allow Luiz to play those long balls.

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  11. HenryNorrisDialSquare says:

    Seriously C it’s going to be 50/50. Depending on which team turns up. Nothing is guaranteed in football. If I had a word of advice for Unai, it would be “just don’t f$%king lose”.

    That Ashes win though! That was special, no one has chased that down before.

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  12. Blue Yonder says:

    Emery has to adjust his strategy to put more emphasis on scoring goals because 4 in 3 games doesn’t cut it. That means Lacazette, Aubameyang and Pepe from the get-go. At least for a run of games so that we can see what’s possible. The defence is always a gong show waiting in the wings, regardless of the strategy, so lets see some goals.

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  13. Bill says:

    We can’t play “attacking football” when our midfield was overwhelmed and can’t deal with Liverpools pressure. We don’t have the talent to try and play football with a team like Liverpool. We were struggling to move the ball out of own half with any consistency and trying to move the lines further forward would have been suicidal.

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  14. Ferkov says:

    Bill,

    Just a punt, but does this lend weight to xhakas inclusion, in as much that if Mr Emery had predicted we’d be pegged back a fair amount, that he then had two deep distributors to sow a seed of doubt into the pool midfield/defence.
    Unfortunately no one seemed to have told Granit he was supposed to be pinging it over the top.
    Onwards .
    Anyone got eyes on Holding and ESR tonight?

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  15. freddo says:

    Ferkov:
    Bill,

    The problem for granit is that when the opposition are standing on his toes, he doesn’t have the mobility to find a little pocket of space and ping it over the top. So the big bazooka has to stay in the gun rack. Torriera, on the other hand, has the low-centre of gravity and dribbling ability to find a little space and make that crucial first “out” ball to someone in space.

    Just a punt, but does this lend weight to xhakas inclusion, in as much that if Mr Emery had predicted we’d be pegged back a fair amount, that he then had two deep distributors to sow a seed of doubt into the pool midfield/defence.
    Unfortunately no one seemed to have told Granit he was supposed to be pinging it over the top.
    Onwards .
    Anyone got eyes on Holding and ESR tonight?

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  16. C says:

    Bill,

    To be fair mate, how many clubs can deal with Liverpool’s press? They aren’t European Champions and finishing 1 point behind Citeh for the PL by accident….Klopp is what, 3-4 years into his project as opposed to Emery who is entering year 2.

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