By Tony Attwood
Alexis Sánchez has been involved in 31 goals for us this season. 20 goals 11 assists. Mind you, the way he plays I wouldn’t be surprised if he assisted with his own goals sometimes.
Still, not bad for a debut season.
And Özil is showing us what he can do. He can score the perfect free kick, pass the perfect pass, find space that no one else can see. Three goals and four assists in eight games since he came back.
But here’s a thought amidst all this (apart from the new aaa cry that Wenger is clearly useless because he only delivers in half a season).
Arsenal don’t actually want to buy Sterling but instead just want to mess about with Liverpool, as further revenge for the “what are they smoking” comments made by John Henry. A rather nice ploy in my view, if that is the case.
Which presumably means Manchester City’s new manager, whoever that is, will buy Sterling, while Liverpool keep on following the Tottenham model of transfers.
Still, the papers are not really leaving us alone. The Telegraph today said, “After stuttering into 2015 Arsenal are the in-form team, but must now prove themselves against Chelsea later this month if they are to win the league title.”
Which is a bit naughty really. No one is seriously saying we are going to win the league, because to do so we not only have to keep winning but Chelsea have to slip up, and the latter is not in our control. Of course beating them will help, but it won’t grant us the league title.
And that stuttering into 2015 is a bit rich. I mean, do they actually recall what we did in December?
Perhaps I do, because I was there, (even so I could only see half the pitch as it was pre-operation days) but still the Telegraph must have had someone there to watch… Or maybe he had eye problems too…
- 3 December – Arsenal 1 Southampton 0
- 6 December – Stoke 3 Arsenal 2
- 9 December – Galatasaray 1 Arsenal 4
- 13 December – Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1
- 21 December – Liverpool 2 Arsenal 2
- 26 December – Arsenal 2 QPR 1
- 28 December – West Ham 1 Arsenal 2
Played 7, won 5, drawn 1, lost 1
“After stuttering into 2015…”? No I don’t think so.
So what else have we got?
Interesting debate with some Liverpool fans I thought, where they argued that because they had won the Champions League in the past they were not only a better team than Arsenal, but that the past victories totally outweighed any issue of them not actually qualifying for the Champions League for a few years or even winning the domestic league for 25 years. History, it seems is everything.
Which is exactly the opposite of what the aaa argue – with their “4th is not a trophy”. Incidentally, I recall that Arsene Wenger once said (somewhere around 2010) that winning the League Cup would not count as an end to the trophy drought, but that’s another matter, since we didn’t win anyway.
Since it is a public holiday in the UK, this is a time for catching up on the odds and ends, as we don’t actually have any news – although Blacksheep is in Northampton watching his second favourite team (Cambridge) but at the wrong end of the ground. A report follows I hope. (I can’t go as I’m off to a grand daughter’s birthday party shortly, and they cannot be missed for the world).
And so, catching up…Arsenal are going to sign Yohan Cabaye from PSG this summer for £10 million. We tried to get him while he was at Newcastle, but player is now fed up with a lack of playing time in Paris “according to reports” (ie, it was just made up).
And we are also going to “seal a shock deal” for Kevin Wimmer after “hijacking” Tottenham’s move. What does that mean – “hijacking”. It suggests we are waiting around watching what Tottenham do and then go in and say, “don’t go there, come to us”.
He was going to Tottenham for £5 million but now, apparently not. Still buying players at Tottenham is tough. No Champions League, and a year on the road away from the stadium, plus the austerity years that Arsenal suffered. They did play in the League Cup Final, but that doesn’t count (according to Mr Wenger).
However, try this…
“Mauricio Pochettino is convinced the transfer is set to go through when the window re-opens, but the Daily Star says Arsenal have now moved in and are looking to sign him instead.”
Elsewhere Arsenal are “set to complete” the signing of Argentine wonderkid Maxi Romero in the coming days.
Romero is 16, plays for Velez Sarsfield and is VERY BIG in South America at present. Here he is…
Apparently our men on the spot are, well, on the spot, and will sign him but leave him on loan for two years. Then we’ll have four years of trying to get a work permit, or more if the FA change their work permit rules again. The fee is about £2 million.
I found an article about the young man on the internet in Spanish, and asking Google translation to translate for me. It gave me…
All Boys pulled up with a marvelous free kick converted by Franco Olego. He reacted Velez and Maxi Romero left equaled the first time. And the second best of the local wine with a brace from Mariano Pavone and other annotation kid Romero to close the 4-1.
I kid you not.
Maximiliano Samuel Romero, born on January 9, 1999, was the leading scorer in AFA amateur football season in 2014. He possibly has already had nine months out with knee surgery, but that could be the translation again.
The Metro also reports that Arsenal are set to make a bid for Stephan El Shaarawy at the end of the season, as he prepares to leave AC Milan.
Elsewhere Milan are apparently ready to let the player go. El Shaarawy, still only 22, would cost £18.1m to sign at the end of the season.
Oh, and we are still going to buy Sterling, as are Chelsea.
Tottenham and Liverpool and Arsenal want Petr Cech, according to a report in The Express.
Oh and blow me down if while I was writing to fee for Max Romero hasn’t gone up to £4.5m. He said, “I will have to learn English”.
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