By Tony “all I want is a semi-decent coffee” Attwood
Arsenal supporters arrived at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday desperate to welcome a man who has already done it all in English football, but left talking about a summer signing whose career has only just started.
But that’s academics for you.
However back to the game and The Telegraph recorded the event thus: “it was Jeff Reine-Adelaide, a 17-year-old arrival from the Lens academy, who unexpectedly shone against Wolfsburg in what was Arsenal’s fourth straight win and second minor trophy of the summer.”
Unexpectedly? Well, not really if you look back at what has been said about the lad of late. We also knew that Jeff won’t be going on loan because Mr W wants to see how fast he can make him progress here but the Telegraph got rather excited in telling us.
However immediately the Telegraph spots a weakness in Arsenal’s thinking for they suggest that without a loan, “Reine-Adelaide’s opportunities may realistically be limited to the domestic cup competitions once Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck are again available…”
Yep, maybe, but also if we get another slaughtering by kick-em-up-the-whatsits teams, with their allies, the refs, we will need every player we can lay our hands on. Besides why loan a player who is quick, can pass exactly, and can treat the ball like his mate?
What Mr Wenger actually said is, “He needs to work with us for a year. He needs to be in and out, play with the Under-21s and to develop. There’s fantastic potential there and he will stay with us.
“We have had a good opportunity to watch him. In some situations he has the game of a 17-year-old but, on the other hand, he has shown great potential as well. Physically he is very advanced and I’m sure he has learned a lot from these two days.”
Theo has signed, or will soon sign, so the Karim Benzema issue is not pressing despite the over-extended blogettas. Maybe, maybe not. Except that Mr Wenger did say of Theo…
“I think in his ideal he would love to play with a strong guy next to him. A player who is physically very strong, and him playing off him. But we have so many offensive players it is difficult to combine all this together.
“Theo is not what you call the aggressive striker. He’s the mobile striker. The striker who lives from the speed and quality of his movement. But he turns up in the right space in the box. You can’t give that to players. He understands well, he anticipates quickly and linked with his speed of execution it makes him always very dangerous.”
Arsenal fans will be worried that there is no cover in the event of an injury to Gunnersaurus.
We are now in our new situation in which we are going to play with an interchanging front line. Theo in the middle, Alexis in the middle, anyone else fancy a shot in the middle, Giroud in the middle…
But it only works because we have players who can put brilliant passes through the middle and split a whole team into bits: Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere to name but a few.
Indeed it is bizarre how excited the press got about midfield last year, and now they are saying there will be trouble this year because we have TOO MANY midfielders.
But of course there is more to Arsenal than the team. For there is the coffee, and the Ems Tourney is always the first chance to see what outrage has been perpetrated upon the long suffering fans this season.
The old coffee machines with all those confusing buttons (like white coffee, black coffee, cappuccino etc) and there is now one push button object out of which comes something.
I actually do welcome a coffee – usually at half time – and quite how I am going to cope this coming season I have no idea, because whatever else there might be in the East Upper there is certainly nothing remotely like coffee. I mean I am not fussy, but £2.10 for a carton of repulsive dishwater is getting a bit pricey.
Why coffee is such a problem for Arsenal I have no idea. Just as I had no idea why it was never possible to train the staff to realise what the buttons on the coffee machine actually did. But I’m not in catering, so I guess I don’t get the nuances.
Ah well, that seems to be the way it goes. No coffee, but a rather good team. I suppose given the choice I’d have it this way around.
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