Easter is upon us which means lots of chocolate. I jest, of course Good Friday means something very different to an overpriced oval shaped hollow chocolate egg but I don’t want to get all religious on you so I won’t. The sun is supposed to shine and families can meet up again so whatever this Bank Holiday brings your way, enjoy it but don’t forget, Covid is still out there.
April fools day tried to catch us out with a headline on NewsNow suggesting Arsenal are going to try and sign Sergio Aguero. Of course not, that would be stupid. A 25 year old Aguero, yes please but not a 33 year old who struggles to stay fit. The days of signing oldies just because they’re free have to be over if Arsenal want to be successful again. Arsenal in my opinion need young, energetic and keen players going forwards. Players who want to play and want to improve. Players like Odegaard, ESR, Saka, Tierney, Martinelli, Gabriel etc, mixed in with one or two more like Partey who is mature, experienced and very good. Although I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. Mikel Arteta was asked about Aguero in his press conference. “No” was the simple answer to the question about bringing him to Arsenal. Phew!
The Telegraph ran a story yesterday about AMN who according to them, is looking for a move this summer. He’s had a taste of playing regular football and in his favoured midfield position and he likes it. The report suggested a number of Premier League clubs would love to sign him. I fear this might turn out to be another Emi Martinez situation if he goes. Still, that’s for the summer.
Mikel Arteta was also asked if he’s prioritising the Europa Cup over the Premier League fixtures for the remainder of the season. Another “No” was his reply. Good. Unai Emery did that and it backfired in a big way. Not helped by the way the players seemed to down tools I know but in the end, just one point kept us out of the top four. How different things might have been had Arsenal managed to draw or win just one more of the last few matches that season. Perhaps if Emery had been able to sign N’Zonzi and Zaha instead of Torreira and Pepe, Champions League football might have returned. Thank goodness Raul has since departed.
For the first time ever, a female referee will take charge of a League fixture this Bank Holiday weekend as Rebecca Welch officiates the League Two match between Harrogate Town and Port Vale on Monday night. I think it’s brilliant for her personally and for women in the game in general. Football is no longer a male dominated sport and neither should the officiating side of the game be either.
Arsenal face Liverpool tomorrow night in the late game. 8pm on a Saturday night is a daft time to kick off I think. I just hope both ESR and Saka are fit.
See you in the comments.