Our FA Cup tie last weekend coincided with Blackpool’s ongoing protest against their owner. Fans refusing to come and watch the team they love based on, where possible, not wanting to put any more money into Owen Oyston’s pocket. It should be stressed that Seasider supporters grievance against the Oyston family go beyond the footballing side of things but also a moral stance over legal misdemeanours. It wouldn’t be fair to compare him to Stan Kroenke.
Well, that’s a turn up for the books! All this speculation about Emery not wanting Mesut Ozil in the Arsenal team seems to be true, with the BBC’s David Ornstein (considered to be the oracle on all things Arsenal) stating that the Spaniard has actually told Ozil that he should go.
The news that Sven Mislintat is destined to leave Arsenal after a disagreement over transfer policy with his new boss Raul Sanllehi is no that much of a surprise after Unai Emery revealed we had no money to buy any new players, and this is how ESPN described the situation…..
Over the past few months throughout social media there have been accusations of racism when discussing if Iwobi is good enough to play for Arsenal. It seems we live in a society where there is more you can’t say then can. When Sterling rightfully challenged the media at the end of 2018, I heard a fascinating debate about could some people be subconsciously racist?
As the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal approached, there was a massive revamp in the management structure, and in Wenger’s last season we saw a massive exodus of Arsene-nurtured players from the club. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs,Alexis Sanchez, Wojciech Szczesny and Francis Coquelin made way for the first new arrivals and Lucas Perez, Jack Wilshere, David Ospina, Calum Chambers and Santi Cazorla were also taken off the wage bill this summer, while Per Mertesacker was moved upstairs.
It’s hard to believe that Uni Emery deep down believes that Iwobi is a better option then Ozil. It’s more likely our manager feels by getting rid of the German, he can use his 350,000 pound a week to entice two or three new players to the Emirates. Now should we be in a position, given how much money we make, where we must cut the wage bill before any more signings? Of course not.
Arsenal’s giant Czech Republic keeper Petr Cech has finally called it a day after all these years, and he is definitely one of the most celebrated shot-stoppers in history after becoming the first keeper to record 200 clean sheets in the Premier League in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Watford last season, during which he saved a penalty from Troy Deeney.
While the new dawn at Arsenal is taking some time to rise, there’s certainly a feeling that the post-Wenger era has gotten off to a decent start, if not an explosive one.
The great Frenchman left a reasonably strong squad behind, boosted by the signings of Lacazette and Aubameyang prior to his departure, but there’s still some way to go before they’re back on the world football scene.
The Egyptian midfielder Mohammed Elneny arrived at Arsenal three years ago for a reported sum of just 5m GBP, and had a very good record with Basel and his international side, but it was always going to be a big ask for him to supplant some of our more successful and decorated midfielders. But he is definitely a trier and always gives his all when he gets a chance to wear the Red and White, and has been a good squad player despite his lack of opportunities. He has never played much in the League even under Wenger with an average of 13 games per year, but has played just as many in the Cup games when we wanted to rest our stars.