Arsenal boss Arsenal Wenger is labelled a ‘saboteur’ and a Manchester United fan hails Daley Blind and believes he will eventually slot into a midfield role.
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IS WENGER DOING THIS ON PURPOSE?
Given yet another transfer window of inactivity you have to wonder if Wenger is now refusing to buy the players we need in order to prove a point.
We all know Wenger hates major signings, top quality fully formed players who could make the difference.
We used to get the famous ‘Financial Doping’ whine and Wenger would look on with contempt for any club that showed ambition.
We have recently had his ‘Pogba’s Fee Is Madness’ rant and Gazebo has blurted out that the Leicester model is the way to go.
Wenger in the past has often made a lot of noise about we are looking for players only to offer 40% less than the selling club wants deliberately to ensure there won’t be a deal.
WE have recently had the criteria for buying a player including sell on value which is a scandalous comment to make. Everything we know about Wenger tells me that he is determined to do it in his outdated way and that there won’t be the signings we need. What an attitude to have, this man really does think he’s bigger than the club.
‘HIS ACTIONS ARE THOSE OF A SABOTEUR’
I was thinking on Sunday – If Wenger actually had a hidden agenda and was trying to sabotage the club’s success, how different would his actions be?
Could he do a worse (or better, depending how you look at it) job of it than he’s doing now? His actions are those of a saboteur! Why else would someone want to consistently make decisions that defy logic, work to our detriment and make things more difficult for him as manager?
I’m all for people trying to defy consensus and go against the grain in a bid to seem clever. But when it consistently doesn’t work, then you’re just an idiot IMO!
CONTE FAVOURS A WORKHORSE OVER FLAIR
We need quality players like Fabregas, I hope I am wrong but I am summing up Conte as a manager who is not too much into flair but rather workhorses which is fine but you need both for sure.
GOALS WORRY FROM CHELSEA MIDFIELD
Our performance (v West Ham) was ok. The worrying thing for me is where our goals will come from in central midfield.
Oscar works tirelessly but no end product, Matic and Kante won’t score more than 2 goals between them.
This means we are relying on Hazard, Costa and Willian in our current formation. Something to think about I guess.
RAFA PARTLY TO BLAME FOR TORRES’ CAREER COLLAPSE
I think Rafa has to shoulder his fair share of the blame too, when it comes to the collapse of Torres’s career. Never really giving him enough time to recover from injuries, pumping him full of injections so he could play through the pain, as he was so desperate for one of his only two decent players at the time to be able to play. Torres has alluded to this himself a couple of times.
Not sure if there is any truth in it but I’ve also heard that Liverpool only let the deal go through at the last minute so there was no time for a proper medical at Chelsea? Basically Liverpool knew Torres was screwed and sold Chelsea a lame horse for £50mil. Wouldn’t be the first time Chelsea have been mugged off in the transfer market, and probably not the last either.
LIVERPOOL WERE HANGING ON AT ARSENAL
The negativity comes from the same old problems rearing their ugly head,specifically Moreno’s unique take on the art of ‘defending’,and the team conceding poor goals,and nearly drawing a match that we were in total control over after we seemingly went into panic mode after Chamberlain’s goal,and in the end were hanging on by the skin of our teeth. Yes we won,but that doesn’t mean that the negative aspects should just be ignored
ROONEY IS ‘HINDERING’ MANCHESTER UNITED
@happuhurling. As sympathy says, Rooney’s statistics aren’t bad but when I watch the games I always think of what could be if he was dropped. Manchester United always dominates games and Rooney is still a good enough player to pop up in the right areas for the odd goal, to pick out a good assist now and then, and to generally add (some) value to an extent.
The thing is, however, we now have a better specialist player in every position Rooney can play in (no 9 is Ibra and Rashford; no 10 is Mata and Mkhitaryan; no 8 is Herrera and Pogba). When I watch the games and see countless promising attacking moves break down because of Rooney passing backwards, or taking a bad touch it’s vexing. The problem is patent – he is hindering the team. I am convinced we would score more goals as a team without Rooney.
BLIND WILL END UP ALONGSIDE POGBA
Blind is the sort of player who will never be the best player in a match, but he will never be the worst. He’s consistent, puts in a solid performance, and never lets the team down. Players like him are the backbone of good football teams.
By Christmas and when JM has got his first IX sorted out I expect Blind to be slotted into the MF alongside Pogba, whilst Mkhitaryan has settled into the #10 role. No room for Rooney I’m afraid.
PALACE PLANNING ‘£30M SWOOP FOR CARROLL AND ANTONIO’
Rumour doing the rounds this morning that Pardew is planning a 30m double swoop for Carroll and Antonio with the Bolassie money.
I would not be surprised if it came true. These last minute deals do happen and it would pay for Bacca if he is now up for it and the Palermo defender.