I’m not going to mention Balogun, Nelson or Azeez and their inclusion in tonight’s squad to play Chelsea because each time I do, their names never appear when the squad is named. Once Europa was done and dusted, I thought Mikel Arteta might use the remaining games to give different players a chance but instead he’s stuck by those he’s used for most of the season.
Arsenal have beaten Chelsea already this season and that day brought hope that finally, we’d turned a corner. It wasn’t to be. Win one, draw one and lose one has been the Arsenal theme. The manager isn’t good enough, the players aren’t good enough, even the Kroenke family have been blamed for what has been a dismal season.
So what can we expect to see in the transfer market this summer? Mikel Arteta was asked in his pre match interview on the official Arsenal website.
There are so many things to do because we already have a lot of players on loan and a lot of players with contracts still that we need to sort. It will depend what happens with a lot of those players and what we are able to recruit to improve the team, that is going to determine where we are. We’ve been sitting down the whole year [to make plans]. We’ve been in constant communication and things will change, some things will stick to the plan that we already had and some other things will come out. But we sit down very, very regularly to talk about those things.
Things might change but if Arsenal can’t move on the players who’re on long contracts, they’re stuck with them. With a bit of luck, the players the club want to move on want to move and will do all they can to make sure they do. Otherwise, Arsenal are likely to be stuck with them.
We have made progress in many areas, I would say performance included, and that is supported by many factors that we have looked at. Results-wise, to be where we want to be, it has to be improved. We have already had an incredible amount of changes at the club over the past year or so, more than ever. We are looking to improve and be much closer than where we are at the moment. In order to do that there are certain things that we have to improve.
Well, I disagree with Mikel because apart from the odd match here and there, I think our performances have been pretty dire. They’ve certainly made viewing tough, for me anyway.
I’ve decided I detest Sky Sports because over the last week or so they decided to review the invincible season and the ‘98 season too. Not that I needed to watch either to realise how much Arsenal have regressed. Forget the trophies, the going unbeaten etc, just the level of football Arsene Wenger’s early teams teams played was so exciting to watch. A few teams in the PL play in a similar fashion to this day, not as well of course but Leeds, Liverpool, Villa, Leicester and even West Ham – they entertain their fans, or at least try. Arsenal on the other hand seem to be about slow build up and sideways passing whilst trying to find the perfect goal. I think I prefer watching Luiz play a long ball over the top for Aubameyang, well, I would if Aubameyang had been on form all season.
Anyway, thankfully this season is soon to be over but we’ve still got to face an in form Chelsea tonight, followed by a hard to beat Crystal Palace away from home and Brighton on the final day.
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