He went on, “The fact he is intelligent and reads the game well, the fact that he’s more at ease in the middle. On the flank, today you need more pace, more change of direction, more agility. He has the stamina, the power and the quality to be a central midfielder or a central defender.
“At the moment, I have players who have more experience than Calum, but in pre-season I will play him there. Debuchy can play there, Monreal can play there so you can say we are not out to buy a central defender. And Gabriel will be a great central defender, believe me. So we have now sorted out the centre backs.”
Obviously not good enough for our correspondent whose words I chose not to publish. But I didn’t publish them because he disagreed with myself or my fellow editors on the site. I hit delete because there was no argument. Report half of one comment and call Wenger an idiot. Suggest that because he won’t buy a central defender and Wenger is an idiot. Add for good measure add that anyone who doesn’t see the world from the same point of view as yourself is an idiot.
It’s a sad reflection on where we are.
There is an article on the Arsenal History site called “How the Arsenal fans almost destroyed a wonderful player“. If you are interested in how things worked in the old days it is maybe worth a read.
But I am left more and more ruminating on the fact that there is something wrong, not with some Arsenal supporters, but with the attitude of many more across the country.
From the anniversary notes
12 May 1910: Arsenal announced that talks with Fulham to rescue the club had come to nothing, and the directors of Woolwich Arsenal FC had opened discussions with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, to see if their boards wanted to buy all or part of the club.
The complete Arsenal on this day index is now here with around 5000 major events in Arsenal’s history recorded.