The only thing I would like to see more than Arsenal lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of the up and coming season (well maybe not the only thing but let’s stick to football) would be for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United to flop like a souffle taken out of the oven too soon.
They are perfectly suited to each other, I suppose, with arrogance at the very core of their beings, and the Portuguese poser does seem to be the ideal replacement for the old purple nosed bully himself Alex Ferguson. Mourinho is already strutting around and metaphorically banging his chest with every thing he says and everything he does so it would be #sweeter than a triple chocolate cake covered in icing sugar if they were to have a bad season and fail to win anything.
I can see it happening as well, despite Jose spending money like a man with no arms in the transfer market. At the time I was not happy that it was United and not Arsenal that signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer (although his wages are almost certainly astronomical) but events this week have suggested that perhaps Arsene Wenger knew what he was doing all along.
The Swedish striker is perhaps the only person in football with a bigger ego than Mourinho (discuss) but that means that he is perhaps not the most calming influence in the dressing room and it seems he is already making waves. Have you seen the storm in a teacup that has come from Zlatan being given the number 9 shirt that last season belonged to Anthony Martial?
Metro reports that the young French forward is seriously not happy as he was not even consulted and had used the number as part of his brand, a la CR7 or DB7, while Ibrahimovic made the issue even worse with a typically bombastic social media post in which he declared that he was not just awarded the number but that he ‘chose’ it.
Just to throw a bit more fuel onto the fire the mother of Martial’s child, who separated from him because of some reported playing away, decided to like the post of Ibrahimovic, so you can see that the United dressing room might be a good place to be a fly on the wall.
Is this sort of thing exactly what Wenger feared might happen and why Arsenal were not even in the running to sign Ibrahimovic?