By Sir Hardly Anyone
This is a time when Arsenal need all the support they can get in order to recover some form and move up the table.
And it is good to see it coming from at least one quarter with Tony Adams saying that he was totally wrong in his assessment of Bernd Leno. He had said that when Martinez was sold to Villa Arsenal had sold the wrong man, but he admitted since then Leno has shown Arsenal got it right.
It is not a major piece – it turned up in Stadium Astro – but it stands out because it is so unusual.
Somewhat less positive but more in the weird realm is the notion in the Express that Arsenal will sign Jack Wilshere.
There is a lurking logic in it because as we know Arsenal don’t have a 25 man squad but have three vacancies in the home grown department. So while we left two experienced foreign players out of the squad totally, we couldn’t find the HG players to fill up that part of the squad.
Although to be fair we weren’t the only ones with this problem – Chelsea, Manchester City and Wolverhampton left themselves with four vacancies, but it seems a bit crazy to leave your squad short while having two players who are registered because of the imbalance of home and foreign players.
So yes, Jack could come straight into the 25 if we signed him and he doesn’t have a club at present. But really, would he make a difference? Come to that would he really take a “paid as you play” contract? Maybe.
Meanwhile Miguel Azeez has been spotted not just at the airport, but boarding the plane to go to Molde. Another youngster with the chance of stepping up. That is a positive sign.
But thereafter it is all downhill.
Norwegian website VG apparently says Arsenal are interested in signing Sander Berge from Sheffield United. But again we hit that snag. We have two players on our books who are not listed in the 25 and here we are with another non-England player coming our way. It must be true because it is in the Mail, the Bootroom, the Telegraph, Caught Offside and Football Fancast. But how does he get a space in the squad?
But beyond such chitter chatter it is problems all the way. HITC make a big thing of Arsenal needing a leader, and come up with yet another player who could not at the present time fit in the squad. This time it is Georginio Wijnaldum who is a 30 year old Dutchman. Again no mention of who drops out of the squad and joins the list of the unwanted. Nor what that list of unplaying players is doing to our reputation among players who might want to come to the club.
For there is a problem here. Players around the world see that Arsenal are willing to allow two players to rot with no chance of a game because of the 25 rules, and they know the government and FA is pressing for the 25 rule to get even narrower in terms of the number of foreign players allowed. And they think, “I could be one of those frozen players,” and they choose another team.
HITC also have the headline, “‘Are you kidding me?’: Some Arsenal fans aren’t happy with ‘ridiculous’ Arteta decision” which shows the anti-Arteta feeling is growing – it is a report that Arteta held a disciplinary meeting with Pepe after his sending off.
And they keep up the negativity with a further piece saying “6 goals in 3 games: Player released by Arsenal is far better than his replacement.” The player we should not have let go is, apparently Mkhitaryan.
Football London never ones to miss an opportunity to knock the Arsenal tell us that “Mikel Arteta urged to consider shock move to re-sign former Arsenal midfielder” and yes we are back to Jack.
And another: “Arteta reportedly told Arsenal not to sign £9m star who destroyed PSG; more goals than Lacazette.” This player is Kevin Vollan. That again is HITC with more of the same.
And the Daily Cannon is telling us how wonderfully well Theo Walcott is doing playing for Southampton.
So the theme is set. We’ve made endless mistakes in the transfer market, we have a bloated squad, and the blame is heading towards the manager, although Edu is getting some bad press too. In short we are one step away from the negativity the enveloped both Wenger and Emery. The club is a shambles and can’t make good decisions. Get a new manager.
If it is anything like the last two times, now it has started, most blogs and newspapers will jump on the wagon, and as if the situation were not bad enough we will soon see people calling for a new manager.
And each time that happens a bunch of managers who might think of Arsenal will look at the negativity and think, “no, not that club,” while yet more money is wasted, paying off the manager and his staff who have been chopped down before their time.
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