By Sir Hardly Anyone at the Rutland International Aerodrome, Oakham.
So that’s another match done, and another cup final on the way. And the natter and chatter goes on and on and… there is chatter that Auba is not coming to Arsenal because he is still playing for Dortmund.
Arsenal Get Bad Update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Dortmund Confirm His Squad Place
Mind you if I wrote for a bloggetta (rather than the stylish upmarket and above all intellectual) Untold I would be running the headline “Major injury crisis alert for Jack” having seen this one:
Southgate warming to Wilshere recall
That’s from Arsenalblog
[Thank you I used that – Tony]
The Star on the other hand tells of no less than “Arsenal transfer news: Eight players Arsene Wenger could sign before deadline day”
Auba is one of course, Zaha from Palace, Evans from WBA, Lemar from Monaco, Moura from PSG, Mahrez from Leicester, Macon from Corinthians, and Benzema who rather amusing the Star thinks is actually playing for Arsenal already, which makes his transfer rather odd. I think he plays for Real Mad.
There is a problem with all this however, as we only have two places available (we have lost three players and brought in one) in the 25. Discussing this with Blacksheep in the pub the notion came up that we could shuffle the goalkeeping pack a little and Deyan Iliev could go on loan and be replaced by one of the under 21 keepers, making another space available, but three looks the absolute max.
Auba looks like being one as with
Bid improved: £52m star believes he’s Arsenal-bound, already looking for a home in London
Bad news for Arsenal, as midfielder confirms he has suffered new injury setback
But even as I write this new names are appearing all the time. Just look at this
Newcastle United, Barcelona and Arsenal in race to sign Real Betis star Fabian Ruiz
And then we have
Why Riyad Mahrez was at Arsenal vs Chelsea amid huge transfer speculation
Mind you some people are taking going ahead of the game a little more seriously than others as the IB Times is now telling us who the first of the summer signings will be. But I think that is getting a bit too silly even for me.
Meanwhile viewing matters on the pitch the Guardian proclaims that “Antonio Conte’s reign at Chelsea, or at least the meaningful part of it, began with a half-time switch to a back three at the Emirates.”
We used to say, “The king is dead long live the king” but now it is more like “We’ve rubbished one guy long enough, let’s have a bash at someone else.”
“When, after all, was the last time anybody was out-tacticked by Arsène Wenger?” they ask. Well, Mr Wenger was clearly doing some tactics of his own last night, changing format several times during the game. Indeed once wonders if the Guardian actually saw the kick off to the second half. “Chelsea, bafflingly, had no solution,” they say. “Bafflingly their man was still in the bar” I might reply.
Except they did admit that of late “Wenger has been so rejuvenated he is not merely changing formation mid-game but has taken to devising funky corner routines.”
And here’s a good bit of news. Having seen Mahrez at the stadium we are told “Riyad Mahrez spotted leaving Emirates Stadium after Arsenal’s win over Chelsea”. I wonder how he got home: the M1 was shut at junction 14 last night and it was pretty horrible all around. So maybe he flew. I nipped along to the Rutland InterPlanetary Spaceport in Uppingham but couldn’t see him.
Anyway let’s finish with a clear and solid prediction that we can tie down absolutely. “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘set to make Arsenal debut next Tuesday’ as Gunners close in on £60m deal”. That’s in the Mirror and you can’t say fairer than that.