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.
The tactical side of football is always developing and changing to some extent and Arsene Wenger has himself earned a well deserved reputation for the way that Arsenal have played the game since he took over as our manager almost 20 years ago. But the possession based football that has been the Arsenal way for many years now could be coming under threat from the new tactics that were widely used at this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament, so I wonder whether the prof is starting to think seriously about a rethink.
From being a massive favourite among Arsenal fans, even when he left the Emirates to return to his boyhood club Barcelona back in 2011, the Spain international midfield star Cesc Fabregas became persona non grata with Gooners after he came back to the Premier League two years ago to join up with Arsene Wenger’s old nemesis Jose Mourinho.
The bad news for Arsenal fans on the transfer front right now, along with the usual frustration about the seeming inactivity on the part of Arsene Wenger and our club, is that the hated pairing of Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are spending big money on what appear to be some very good players like Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic.
Manchester United have apparently given the number 8 shirt to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the coming season, meaning that Jose Mourinho looks set to demote Juan Mata for the second time.
The midfielder was Chelsea’s Player of the Year for two years running before Mourinho returned, and instantly promoted Oscar ahead of the Spanish international.
I do hope that Arsene Wenger has a fantastic ace up his sleeve when it comes to getting a new striker for Arsenal fans to cheer about in the current summer transfer window, but I must admit to living more in hope than expectation and as the days and weeks tick by my concern increases that it will be the same old story for us.
Yes it is true that Arsenal have been guilty in the past of letting some of our best players leave. It was bad enough when the likes of Cesc Fabregas signed for clubs like Barcelona who were not in direct competition with the Gunners, but losing Ashley Cole to Chelsea, Nasri to Man City or perhaps worst of all Robin van Persie was not only painful for the fans because it strengthened a rival while weakening us, thereby making any chance of us winning the Premier League or other domestic trophy smaller.
With Arsenal having made a transfer bid large enough to trigger the release clause in the Leicester contract of Jamie Vardy, it was clear that Arsene Wenger had decided it was the Premier League star who was the right man to give Arsenal the extra goal power that we lacked last season, even though quite a few football experts suggested that his game and the style of the Gunners were not really suited.