And today’s spurious rumour of an Arsenal player leaving the club is…
Come on down!
It’s almost as if the tedium that was yesterday’s bore draw between Nigeria and Algeria has re-awoken the dormant transfer demons as they are offered a ray of light to make up rubbish that will get attention during the World Cup. I mean, now that I think about it, I haven’t seen an ITK on my timeline producing any gutter trash stories for at least a week now. That may be because I’ve blocked a lot of them through Twitter, but still, it does feel like it’s been confined to just NewsNow articles by the usual suspects of Goal and Caught Offside. For this I am grateful.
But apparently Santi isn’t grateful and he wants to return to Spain, with newly crowned La Liga Champions Atletico Madrid sniffing around him, so naturally he’s already booked his Easyjet flight, packed his bags, clichéd up London Colney by ‘clearing his locker’ and is now just waiting for a confirmation. I wonder if the players actually have lockers? And what would be inside them? Pictures of Lorraine Kelly and Carol Vorderman? Some maths homework? A sling shot? I bet Poldi has a sling shot. And a few stink bombs for the fitness coaches. Yeah, that’ll teach them not to make old Poldi run lots…
Anyway, I’m treating this rumour with the contempt it deserves, because let’s face it we’d be mad to let Cazorla go without a replacement. I can’t see us dropping Sagna, Vermaelen, Monreal (another mischievous link), Cazorla and Podolski, whilst still trying to strengthen the team in other positions, can you? Nope. So whilst it is always annoying to. Hear stories of our players linked elsewhere, let’s not forget that 90% of them are unfounded and will never come to pass.
Here’s another way of looking at it: of all the players we’re linked with, only 1% of those players actually get to put on an Arsenal shirt, so why would the reverse not be true of players leaving the club?
I mean seriously, who do they think they’re trying to kid? And by poking the the Arsenal fans’ hornets best by declaring that we’re after Tom Cleverly? Pull the other one, it’s got bells on…
Anyway, back to actual football and with Germany ripping a new one for Portugal, it was pleasing to see so many of our players being happy. I did think it was a bit strange that there were still some people who we’re making statements about a poor performance from Özil, because from the few highlights I saw of the game, he looked to have made quite an impact in the team. I’m not sure if it happened in the whole game, but it looked like Mesut was positioned on the right hand side of the front three, which if it was the case is an interesting consideration for him for The Arsenal in future. He should always be one to float across the front line with a free role, but having him cut inside from the right more often is definitely something I’d like to see him do more of next season (not that he didn’t do that much this season just gone, but I’d love to see him do it even more).
You’ve got to hand it to Portugal though. Along with Spain, they’ve managed to make England fans feel mighty better about the performance against Italy with their implosions. The Portuguese look like Southampton of the nineties. Everything must go through Ronaldo like everything went through Le Tissier. Players know that they just give the ball to Ronaldo and he will do the rest. But the glorious thing is, at the very highest level, no team can be that reliant on one person. I’d almost feel sorry for Ronaldo and the pressure of a nation he has if, y’know, he wasn’t Ronaldo n’that.
And finally from me for today: how much would you pay for a Thomas Müller? I mean actually pay. What a fantastic and versatile player that I only wish was born in France, because Arsene eats those kind of transfers up for breakfast and he’d probably have been an Arsenal player for five or six years by now.
Anyway, enough of this pointless daydreaming, I’m off to learn something about management.