Bit of gossip before today’s post. Like the Isco story yesterday, the one today in papers linking us to Stevan Jovetic is no surprise. We have all heard his name linked to us before and if we are to believe what has been written, we have been watching the player develop for the last eighteen months.
For those who have never seen him, here he is.
This guy is valued around the £20 million mark, so he and Isco would set us back £50 million of our reported £70 million war chest available to the manager. We know though that IF that amount is there and ready to be spent, it could quite easily be increased if we get on and sell a few.
Valencia’s Adil Rami is another player linked. He’s a 6′ 3″ French central defender. I no nothing whatsoever about him other than he’s valued at £10 million…
Just a goalkeeper and a defensive/holding midfielder to go then..
Onto today, a guest post:
When I was in high school, a mini-league competition was organized in my environment. Several teams were set up and we all auditioned to be a part of them. I was rejected on the account of being a Mertesacker and Squillaci rolled into one. This description hurt me at the time because I felt that I was a star and the coaches were dumb.
Together with other rejects, we applied to the authorities asking that they allow us to float another team which they declined initially but later agreed when they saw the passion and determination on our faces.
Our coach told us that what we lacked in skill and talent we should make up for in attitude and work rate. We named our team ‘blue-gunners’ because we wanted to defend like Mourinho’s Chelsea and attack like Wenger’s Invincibles. By midway through the league we were tops by virtue of having a mean defence.
The other teams finally worked out that they couldn’t get past me so became the subject of brutal challenges, one of which led to a knee injury requiring surgery. I recovered well from it but have not been near the pitch ever since because of the trauma of that expirence.
We ended up finishing third and the team wound up because the other teams quickly snapped up our players that had been rejected in the first place.
I’ve written this because the mighty Arsenal are entering into a dicey period where they really need to win all their games to stand a chance of playing Champion’s League football next season.
We might not have a SAF as coach, the talent of Man City or Chelsea but we can do with having the right attitude and work rate as
The performance against Bayern must not be a one off.
The fan’s also have a role to play. The stadium was so quiet against Blackburn that I could hear on the television, one fan’s desperate attempt to start a chant. He was a one man choir.
The other fan’s suddenly found their voices to boo at full time.
Such must not be repeated at the Emirates again.
We may not have the money/desire to put an Arsenal shirt on Howard Webb or Mike Dean but we the fans can be the twelft man.
Let’s leave the moaning till May. Let’s set aside the Wenger, Bould, tactics and money debate.
For now it’s all about the team.
Written by Joywedsjeff