Yesterday morning IFAB announced on that following an internal meeting, the temporary amendment to the rule regarding the number of substitutions during a match has been extended for at least another 19 months.
Last season, Premier League clubs voted against its continuance in England but considering the Euros take place this summer, those who voted against the idea might just change their mind this time around. Klopp was branded “selfish” by Chris Wilder, Wilder was called “selfish” by Klopp after the two differed with their vote.
The idea of five subs would benefit the “top clubs with bigger squads” was the general reason for rejection but in my opinion, the clubs with smaller or less deep squads would have benefited too. Having the option of bringing on an extra player or two for the last ten minutes or so when another player’s legs are knackered, can prevent injuries. I don’t know what the statistics are for injuries which occurred in the final 10/20 mins of a game but just one through fatigue is one too many when it might have been prevented. Anyway, if common sense prevails, the five sub rule will return next season.
For Arsenal, the five sub rule would mean Mikel Arteta could have the likes of Folarin Balogun and Miguel Azeez on the bench, or any other younger player expected to make the step up next season.
The Daily Mail have a story linking Arsenal to both Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling. No thanks to Mahrez but Sterling, why not? For City, his goal return has been excellent and he’s still just 26 years old. If the rumours about Mikel Arteta improving Sterling’s style of play were true, then this story might have some legs, albeit short ones. Just 14 goals was “poor” for him last season yet still higher than any one player at Arsenal. Pepe, Sterling and Martinelli would be a very quick and exciting looking front three. Dreamland I know.
The Man City manager has got tongues wagging on social media after speaking to BT Sport.
I love the fact that nothing is for granted. In two or three weeks I said ‘oh my god, next season’ – Liverpool is back, United is stronger every season and Arsenal is making a step forward and they will invest.
Unless Mikel Arteta has been sharing secrets with his fellow countryman or if Arsenal are already in talks for one of the City players, I very much doubt Pep Guardiola knows what Arsenal will be doing this summer in the way of transfers. But it’s obvious the club will do something otherwise Mikel Arteta’s comments about changes and the board/owners backing will come back to bite him on the backside just as they did for Arsene Wenger when promises soon became empty ones.
If headlines on NN which include ‘quotes’ from Granit Xhaka’s agent are true, the player is interested in linking up with Jose Mourinho at Roma. I know, truth and agents doesn’t go together usually so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what unfolds. I like Xhaka, he’s had a decent season too but that doesn’t mean Arsenal couldn’t find someone better suited to the midfield role alongside Partey. Someone more mobile and quick thinking for starters.
Liverpool have kicked off the summer transfer window by agreeing a deal for RB Leipzig‘s central defender Ibrahima Kontate. I just hope Arsenal can follow suit by being quick off the mark this summer to sign the players they want early. Certainly before the Euros get started.
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