Arsenal’s revolution summer continues with rapid pace by Konstantin Mitov
Hello fellow lovely Arsenal people! I hope you are all having a great summer and honestly there is no reason not to! I spent July 1st welcoming the sun on the beach and a day later we welcome Sokratis Papastathopolus to Arsenal.
I am very happy with this signing. There was an obvious need for a new defender and I think one more is needed, but Sokratis is a good start. It’s not Van Dijk, nor Koulibaly, but the Greek player comes with a lot of experience and at 30 there isn’t much time to give.
He must hit the ground running. What I know about his play is that it’s solid. He likes a rough tackle and he even admitted he is “obsessed” with defending. Music to my years when I remember last season.
Just look at the transformation going on. Cech was awful last season and a new keeper is in. Mustafi and Koscielny were dreadful, and now Sokratis is in. Bellerin was terrible and we’ve brought Lichtsteiner. We’re trying to address the problems.
If this was Wenger, we would’ve probably still been waiting for our first signing and we ALREADY have three! It turns out it can be done. And by some coincidence, nobody wants Arsene as their coach. What a surprise!
I know a lot of people will forget the years when Arsene kept spreading lies to us, but I am really enjoying the way the truth finally is out! Hats off to our CEO Ivan Gazidis here. He did the impossible and detached Wenger from his throne.
He promised us change and it’s finally here. We’re operating like a modern club. We’re addressing the right issues, moving on players who wasted their chances and we’re trying to do things quick and be ahead of everyone else.
Chelsea for example are yet to announce Sarri and we’re already plugging in the holes in our squad, before the summer tours start. The obvious good thing is that we’ll have most of the players ready for the first game, not coming back in round 3 then getting form until round 7.
This was a major reason for our catastrophic starts in recent times. Wenger never planned because his only concern was the checkbook. If that was good, his greed for power and money were safe.
But we managed to surround him with people at key positions and his incapability made the players down all tools and he was doomed. Now everyone is excited. The players aren’t that stupid. They much like everyone else knew where the problems lay. We spent over 100 million on attacking talent when we were leaking goals like mad.
Now we’ve already got 3 players to patch up the defense, but the ever missing DM could very well be next in Lucas Torreira who had a very good game against Portugal in the world cup. And speaking of it, we don’t have a lot of players left there, so I expect our preparation for the first time in years to be good and I have hope of a strong start even though we’re playing City and Chelsea.
I am definitely excited to see how we’ll line up and how we’ll play. Success is not guaranteed though. Pep failed at his first season at City with all the money in the world. I don’t expect us to be challenging for the league, but I want to see the commitment back.
I want players to know why they are playing at Arsenal and I want to see people dropped as soon as they don’t play well. I want to see character. Players who’s heads don’t drop the moment they concede a goal.
Despite the huge gap to the top 4 if we cut off the simple errors of Cech and Mustafi alone, we’d be a lot closer. I think a top 4 finish is doable. We’re trying to get back to Champions league football and we’re taking any route that takes us there.
This is one reason why we have the Europa League specialist in charge. Anyway, it’s looking so much better and if we don’t reach our targets, people will finally pay the price. People, we’ve made a quantum leap this summer!