The controversy over Granit Xhaka’s yellow rages on.
Premier League Match Official Dermott Gallagher has stated the Swiss midfield “had it coming”, backing his colleagues decision to book Xhaka for persistent fouling after just one infringement.
It is time TV companies stopped using refs (and ex-refs) as pundits.
They add nothing to the game and spend their time performing mental gymnastics to support the man in black on the field.
Imagine if Roy Keane never criticised Manchester United, or Ian Wright only ever praised Arsenal. They would soon be dropped for pundits who give a more balanced opinion.
Pundit refs all have an agenda. And that agenda is “what narrative can I spin to back my colleagues poor decision”. Time for them to go.
There is still some talk about Arsenal being wrong to let Auba leave after his two goals against Real Madrid.
Auba himself has recently addressed this explaining the move has suited both parties.
Arsenal have won 10 from the last 13 league games since Auba was dropped. Auba has re-found his scoring boots since leaving us.
The deal suited all parties. And all parties have benefited from it. Time to move on.
Talking about strikers, it was announced that Juventus would not be renewing Paolo Dybla’s contract. This has led to a whole load of Twitter accounts saying “Manchester City / Liverpool / Chelsea / Arsenal / Manchester United fans (delete as applicable), would you take Dybala?”
And the answer from us should be no.
Our transfer dealings over the last 12 months have been excellent. We have signed players who fit a certain profile – 24 and under, talented, fit and hungry.
Dybala does not fall into any of these categories.
At 28-years-old, he is coming up to “last big contract” territory where whoever he joins will be tying up huge wages in a 4 or 5 year deal on a player quite clearly past his best.
Dybala is injury prone and has not consistently performed to a high level since 2018.
He would destroy the wage structure Edu has implemented and we have “been there, done that” giving an underperforming striker a huge contract.
Whoever comes in up top needs to fit in with the rest of the young and hungry players we have.
If we sign Dybala, we might as well have just kept Auba.
Last thing to note. We have complained for years about the lack of thought for travelling fans when it comes to arranging games.
Making Arsenal fans travel for games when the last train has already left – or no trains at all due to “planned engineering works”.
The FA Cup Semi Final has been scheduled at a time when there are no trains from Manchester or Liverpool into London.
Sorry the FA should think about the fans and re-arrange the game for Old Trafford?
The only reason to host it at Wembley is for financial reasons.
Everyone was up in arms over the European Super League. Yet those at the FA (and Premier League, Sky and BT) clearly do not care about the fans.
Have a good Tuesday.