So a week or so without blogging has done me well. I feel refreshed, I have learnt some new words, and I have actually got some proper work done. But I am back, and I thought a good way to start off would be a recap of stuff that I would have blogged on in the last few weeks…
Mesut Ozil & Alexis Sanchez
Speculation is increasing that both will leave on a free in the summer. I would have dumped them both last summer and got in some replacements. My opinion is the same for January. Take what we can, and get in some replacements (Thomas Lemar and Julian Draxler still getting talked about).
Who? Was what I asked when he got called up for England.
It turns out he plays for Spurs, and has started 4 Premier League games in his career. Good job devaluing the shirt Gareth. Still baffles me as to how Theo Walcott fails to make the England squad whilst the links of Jesse Lingard and this Winks fella get in.
THAT Spurs Book
White Hart Lane: The Spurs Glory Years 1899-2017
- 2 League titles
- 8 FA Cups
Arsene Wenger: We Want You to Stay 1996-2017
- 3 League titles
- 7 FA Cups
Spurs really are a deluded bunch.
A lot has been written in recent years about Super Clubs. The likes of Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. A lot of what has been written is positive, blue prints on how they got to where they are, and how others should attain to get there.
Whilst the likes of the 4 previously mentioned sides, alongside the likes of Juventus. Inter and AC Milan are at the top of the footballing hierarchy, the life of a football club is cyclical, and just because you eat from the top table, does not mean you will not have your struggles.
Man U, for example, have not been the same since Sir Alex Ferguson left. The other British Super Club, Liverpool, are 26 years without a title.
Bayern Munich, after years of everyone saying this is how you run a club seem to be intent in ripping themselves apart through internal politics. Whilst the famed Barcelona La Masia academy seems to be no longer producing world superstars.
Real Madrid sit 7 points off top and have won just 2 league titles in 10 years.
The two Milan clubs have also struggled since Juventus returned from the match fixing scandal.
These are all great clubs. They have the history, the success, the European trophies. Yet they are like every other club, they have good periods and bad periods.
Arsenal are not at that top table. We have never been, and whilst we wish we were at the top, the fact is we are the level below.
Every clubs have their troubles, no matter if they are a super club, the one we should all dream to become, the one which we all try and copy. No one is immune from a poor period, a period of turmoil.
Sean Dyche for Arsenal
So Ian Wright said Sean Dyche could be the next Arsenal manager. Whilst I agree that Arsenal legends should not be abused for their view, they are not free from criticism. And this view point is just a little bit silly from Ian Wright.
I have seen some fans backing him. “Anyone but that c**T Wenger” I saw one Facebook post from an admin of a page with 25,000 people. This is just stupidity.
The majority of us believe that Arsene Wenger’s time is over, but it should not be anyone but Wenger. This is just stupid.
When Wenger does go, we need to get an elite manager. A proven winner. Do not let your agenda lead you down a path of anyone but Wenger.
After two poor England performances, where the side lacked creativity, plenty are calling for Jack Wilshere to be rushed back into the first team.
We all know that Wilshere is England’s best central midfielder, and if fit, starts. But let’s not rush him.
I would not play him in any international friendly until the World Cup preparation starts at the end of the season. Concentrate on letting him get fit, and stay fit. The 2 weeks off every few weeks will do him the world of good. Then at the World Cup, he will (hopefully) be fit and ready to go.
What is the point in playing him in meaningless friendlies?
So Shkodran Mustafi pulled up with what looked like a hamstring problem for Germany against Azerbaijan. It has also been reported as a thigh strain.
With Laurent Koscielny plagued once more by his troublesome achilles, it is being reported that Arsenal face a defensive crisis ahead of the game against Watford.
The usual moaners are complaining that we did not buy a centre back in the summer.
If the above two are out, it still leaves us with Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal as the back 3. That is the same back 3 that won us the FA Cup Final. And we still have Calum Chambers in reserve.
I would not be surprised if Koscielny is fit to start on Saturday. His withdrawal from the French squad is more of a precaution.
But if he is out, we are certainly not in a defensive crisis.
The International Break
Mixed results for Arsenal players, as Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi, Olivier Giroud, Nacho Monreal and Alexandre Lacazette helped their countries qualify.
Meanwhile Aaron Ramsey Wales and Sead Kolasinac’s Serbia just missed out on a play off.
I did smile when I read the moody dog shagger Alexis Sanchez will not be at the World Cup. Call me petty, but whilst he (and Mesut Ozil) want out of Arsenal, I want as little success for the pair as possible – unless it is in an Arsenal shirt.