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Bournemouth, Booing Sanchez, Title Rivals and Everton

Bournemouth

We won, expected us to win, we did what was expected.

A bit like I expected us to lose at Stoke and Liverpool, Saturday was a routine win. Not much to get excited over.

Good post-game drink up though.

Booing Sanchez

Title Rivals

Early doors I know, but Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea look streaks ahead of everyone else this campaign. I expect United and City to start breaking away as their first XI’s and squads are incredible. Chelsea will fall away due to a thin squad – there last two title triumphs have been due to being able to keep a core 14 players fit.

With regards to everyone else, it is much of a muchness.

Thousands of column inches have been written about Arsenal’s crisis. And things are not great. But also a lot has been written about how great Tottenham and Liverpool are. That they are upwardly mobile, forward thinking clubs. 1 point splits the 3 clubs after the first 4 games.

It just shows how the media can spin your perspective on things. Arsenal are not as bad as many make out. Liverpool and Spurs are not as good as they make out.

Expect it to be close between all 3 for 4th place spot.

The caveat is however that Arsenal will not be in the title race this season. It is OK being like Nelson Muntz and pointing and laughing at others misfortune, but we are in a bad position. We should be talking about competing with City, United and Chelsea, not small clubs like Liverpool and Spurs.

Everton

Talking of small clubs, it seems to have gone unnoticed about how poor Everton have been this season.

The talk over the summer was about brilliant they had been. Their new majority shareholder – Arsenal’s ex share holder Farhad Moshiri – had breathed new life into the Scouse club. Attracted massive new investment and made funds available to buy in players.

And they bought in a lot of players. 14 in total. £133,100,000 spent. There was talk about how they would be a threat this season. That they were showing Arsenal how to do it. That with a top manager and funds spent, they would be challenging for the top 4.

After 4 games, they have 4 points.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have both spoken in the past about buying too many players. Admittedly Arsenal did not buy enough this summer, but I laughed in August when people were demanding the club buy an additional 5 or 6 players. They pointed at Everton as a club doing it the right way.

But the fact is, Everton were like Spurs when they lost Gareth Bale. They sold their best player (Romelu Lukaku) and replaced him with a load of mid-table averageness.

4 points in 4 games and just 2 goals scored. Well done guys.

Keenos

 

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Time is up for Jack Wilshere

Following on from yesterdays blog by our friends at Your Daily Arsenal, I am going to nail my flag to the mast.

I have been a WOB for a few years now. A fully paid up member of the Wilshere Out Brigade.

Back in December 2013, I felt he had a lot of growing up to do if he ever wanted a top career. 6 months later during the summer of 2014, I declared that he should on his last chance. He had already been hampered by injuries, but his off field behaviour was becoming worrying, and he had not really progressed since his 2011 performance against Barcelona. A snippet from that 2014 blog:

Yes, he has had injuries which have hampered his performance’s since his break through season in 2010, but that was 4 years ago. His best performance in an Arsenal shirt was against Barcelona when he was 19. That was in 2011.

Last summer I reached breaking point. When talk was circulating about loan deals to AC Milan and an eventual loan deal agreed to Bournemouth, I announced that Jack Wilshere should not be loaned out, he should in fact be sold.

Role on a year, and not much has changed.

He had a fruitful 6 months at Bournemouth. Benefiting from half training sessions and playing once a week. But then he broke down in April. And he is now due to miss pre-season once more.

When he was ‘performing’ for Bournemouth, I was sceptical. Yes, he was playing most games, but there is a difference between performing for Bournemouth and performing for Arsenal.

At Arsenal, he could not partake in half training sessions. We need full involvement so that players are 100%. If you are not taking full part in the majority of sessions, you can not be fully prepared for the match. Not being fully prepared is OK if you are playing for a mid table team, but not for a top team.

Then we had him playing just once a week. I remember when Ledley king used to do this for Spurs and it was laughable. Football is about combinations, playing together. It is no surprise that in the last 3 years, Chelsea and Leicester have shared the titles whilst playing the least players.

At Arsenal you need to play twice a week. A player who plays once a week and then can not play mid week is detrimental to squad progression.

On top of that, it is the pure fact that Wilshere is not good enough for Arsenal to not part take in every training session. He is not good enough for Arsenal to only play Saturday’s.

If it was Lionel Messi who could only play once a week, you would manage his work load. But Wilshere is not Messi. He is not even an Aaron Ramsey.

So here we sit again as June is about to go into July and Jack Wilshere is once more injured.

I have recently been watching A League of their Own American Road Trip. Great programme. Alongside James Corden, Jack Whitehall and Freddie Flintoff stars Jamie Redknapp. And Jack Wilshere reminds me a lot of Redknapp. A talented football who just can not get fit.

The people defending him are the same people who attacked Abou Diaby. Wilshere is not better a player than Diaby, nor is he any fitter than Diaby.

It is time for his Arsenal career to end. It might hurt to say it. Hurt to do it. But he is 25 now, has still not progressed since 2011, and we should cash in and call it a day.

Keenos

Where to for Wilshere

It’s been reported by The Daily Mirror that Jack Wilshere won’t be able to take part in Arsenal’s preseason tour of Australia. This comes after he’s still trying to recover from a broken leg, which came towards the end of last season. With the player contracted to Arsenal for another year, it’s going to be interesting to see whether he will remain a Gunner or whether the manager will try and sell him this transfer window and cut ties with the player.

Although Arsene Wenger has always been a big fan of the player, from starting him against Barcelona where he received the man of the match for his match-winning performance. As well as supporting him through the injuries and the off-field scandals, which have never shown him in the best of light.

This was maybe the reason why the player was let go, to try and recover his career with some playing time last season, even though the manager was rather reluctant. Although this decision did pay off, with the player making 27 appearances in the league and getting rather close to even netting a goal on several occasions. Though it did look like the season apart damaged the player-manager relationship which was so strong before, with Wenger admitting that he hadn’t even spoken to Wilshere for most of the season.

The Frenchman did speak about offering the Englishman a new deal, though most Arsenal fans will be sceptical to whether it’s really worth it. With the player rarely managing to go the season unscathed and at the age of 25, he’s hardly the hot prospect he once was.

For Bournemouth, he’s been playing as an attacking centre midfielder most of the time but also played in the centre midfield role and defensive midfielder role. Though he tends to and always has played best when he’s used as a box to box midfielder, driving at defences. Though with the Gunners new formation of 3-4-2-1 it’d be hard to see where he fits in. The midfield partnership of Xhaka and Ramsey seems to work and with Alexis and Ozil in front of them, you can’t see him taking anyone’s positions, especially as he’s most suited to the stars of the team.

If Arsenal does decide to let Wilshere go it’s hard to see where he’ll end up, the only realistic destinations would be Bournemouth where he spent his season-long loan, with the manager already admitting to wanting to sign Jack permanently. There could also be West Ham, who showed interest in him back in April and would be a draw as the player could stay in London. Whatever happens, it needs to be decided quite quickly, with Arsenal trying to make some big signings it would help if the future of a £90,000 player was decided or made room on the wage bill for others.

Written by Your Daily Arsenal