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Struggling to find any positives

I see myself as a fairly positive character. I try not to get things get me down, especially things out of my control. I feel sorry for the Arsenal fans that live in such a negative world that they spend nearly every hour, from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep, spouting negativity on social media.

We all know the people. 100 tweets a day, all negative. They run Facebook groups where, after a defeat, they post anti-Arsenal 50 meme’s. They clearly get no enjoyment from football, or their only enjoyment they get is being negative.

It is easy to slip into this world of negativity. As negativity breeds more negativity and you tend to surround yourselves with people with similar negative views. It must be very depressing to be one of these people. Constantly walking around being negative.

I might get criticised for it, but I prefer to stay positive. Always looking on the bright side. Trying to find the good in people. It is better to live your life this way then have the negative outlook that some have.

But with Arsenal at the moment, it is very hard to find the positives.

Another predictable defeat against Bournemouth sees the gap open up between Arsenal in 6th and the top 4 futher.

It has been hard to remain positive as an away this season – just 3 wins in 12 away games in the Premier League. With no wins in the League Cup or FA Cup, and just the single win against BATE Borisov in Europe makes it 4 wins on the road for Arsenal.

We are now on a run of just 1 win in the last 6 – a post Christmas victory against Crystal Palace. It is easy to get down.

I read somewhere that Arsenal have been awful since beating Chelsea in the FA Cup. And it is hard to argue against this:

  •          Arsene Wenger signing a new contract
  •          Alexis Sanchez not signing a new contract
  •          Mesut Ozil not signing a new contract
  •          Just 2 senior players signed
  •          A profit on transfers in the summer
  •          2 defeats in the opening 3 games
  •          No away win until 22 October 2017
  •          1 away win in our first 6 away games
  •          Limp performances in the Europa League
  •          Including losing to a bottom of the league Koln – who had one a single game all season
  •          Sir Chips Keswick showing disregard to fans
  •          2 wins in the last 9 Premier League games
  •          Knocked out of the FA Cup at the 3rd round stage
  •          23 points off top (just 22 points off bottom)
  •          8 points off the top 4
  •          Sanchez set to leave
  •          Ozil still not signed a new contract
  •          Jack Wilshere not signed a new contract
  •          Players being sold for below market value
  •          No players being signed

I could go on but then I am on the verge of entering the spiral of negativity that I am trying to void.

Arsenal is not a happy place at the moment.

It is not enjoyable going to games, and even less enjoyable speaking to people at Arsenal.

In my office, I have Spurs and Liverpool fans trying to “banter” me, ignoring the fact that their clubs are no better than us – neither winning anything bar a couple of League Cups in the last decade. Finishing above us once in 20 years does not over turn 2 decades of failure! But it is hard to argue against them.

So what positives can I cling on to?

  •          We are still in the League Cup
  •          We are still in the Europa League

A trophy will not make up for how poor we have been this season, how badly mismanaged we are, from Wenger to Ivan Gazidis to the board, but it will be a minor success.

I guess the only positive I have to cling to is that even in our barren years, we are still more successful then that lot up the road. And whilst we have had a poor couple of years, Spurs have had a poor 3 decades.

So my positive for the day, at least I am not a Spurs fan.

Have a good week, and don’t let football get you down. It really isn’t worth it.

Keenos

 

Arsenal set to receive £150,000,000

Spend some f*****g money has not been heard round the ground for a while. Not due to us not spending much, but more due to the apathy of the protesting fans.

In the summer, it was already a documented disgrace that Arsenal made a profit on transfers.

The club made just two signings:

Sead Kolašinac  – Free transfer
Alexandre Lacazette – £46,500,000

This £46,500,000 spent was offset by over £70,000,000 coming in:

Kaylen Hinds – £2,500,000
Wojciech Szczesny – £10,000,000
Gabriel – £10,000,000
Jon Toral – £3,000,000
Kieran Gibbs – £7,000,000
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – £40,000,000
Donyell Malen – £1,000,000

Already in January we have bought in £12,000,000 selling Francis Coquelin, with £1,800,000 being spent on Konstantinos Mavropanos.

This brings us to £85,500,000 in income, and just £48,300,000 spent.

News broke yesterday that Theo Walcott was on the verge of joining Everton. I imagine this deal will go through – or cause the likes of Southampton and West Ham to revive their interest. Taking into account he is a proven Premier League goal scorer, and with 18 months still to go on his contract, Arsenal are in a position of strength.

I would expect us to bring in between £20-£30,000,000 for Walcott.

We then have Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal have made it clear that Sanchez will leave, if a replacement is sourced. It would not be surprising to see him go on deadline day, even if a replacement does not come in. Reports are that Arsenal will do business at around the £30,000,000 mark.

If both Walcott and Sanchez leave, that will leave us not too far off £150,000,000 bought in with players leaving – and if no one else joins, a profit of nearly £100,000,000.

And the board wonders why we scream spend some f*****g money

Keenos

Going…Going…Gone…Sanchez, Walcott and Coquelin

So it has been a busy week in the transfer market for Arsenal.

Sadly, but predictably, it is players leaving rather than coming in.

Firstly we had the news yesterday about Francis Coquelin joining Valencia for £10-ish million.

Coquelin’s departure means that only Jack Wilshere remains from our 2008 FA Cup youth winning team.

He was on his way out in 2014 after being shipped to Charlton Athletic on loan. But as quick as he was out the door, he was back in.

Reports were he had emptied his locker and was walking out the door with a box of his gear his loan deal set to be made permanent when Arsene Wenger stopped him and told him he was required for first team duty. I am not sure if it was that dramatic, but from that point forward, he always gave 100%.

He was never the best player in the side, he was massively flawed, but he had the heart and desire and, over the last few years, has played a big role for the club.

Coquelin leaves Arsenal with 2 FA Cup winners medals in his cabinet. When you think Coutinho left for Spain with nothing, it shows how much others are under performing.

The Frenchman is certainly one who will be applauded if he ever returns to Islington.

Last night the news broke from the reliable David Ornstein on Twitter that Arsenal were prepared to let Alexis Sanchez leave if a replacement was found.

The situation has then not changed from the summer, when Arsenal were happy to let Sanchez leave as long as someone else came in.

A late deal for Thomas Lemar fell through, leaving Sanchez to stay at Arsenal.

In the summer, Arsenal decided to hang on to Sanchez when a suitable replacement was not sourced. This transfer window I think it will be a different story. A deadline day deal will be done even if someone does not come in.

The final bit of news is with regards to Theo Walcott.

It is a risk for Arsenal to let a man who scored 19 goals last season leave, but he has become surplus to requirements in the formation we are currently favouring.

It does leave us with a shortage of natural widemen, and that will need to be addressed if we ever to play 4 at the back again.

Going…Going…Gone

Keenos