Yeah man, it’s a mother f*cking staycation for me today. The process by which you accrue masses of holiday and have to sit at home and find things to do.
No joke, I bought a banging new mop the other day and I’m actually excited about using it.
What have I become?
Anyway, that aside, there were some pretty amusing goings on around the web yesterday. Jamie Carragher has come out and said it’s hard to sign a centre back. The sage has spoken, Arsene has been forgiven for his summer misgivings. I’ve seen him trying to operate the video replay button on Sky, pretty sure anything more complicated is going to be a challenge. Not sure a job awaits him in transfer negotiation.
I’ve also seen people ask whether a journeyman is better than nothing? What a question. It’s not often nothing is a better solution, despite what Wenger will have had you believe over the years. I mean, nothing could be better if you put terrible players in front of me. But no one is asking for a terrible journeyman, are they?
Think of the players we could have landed. Lescott was once a very expensive defender, he’s played in title winning sides, he’s 32 and he was on a free. Are you telling me Monreal would have been preferable? Hangeland, a bit more of a risk at 33, but still an actual centre back who could do a better job than nothing.
Then you have players that moved. Manolas went to Roma. We could have nabbed him, maybe in exchange for Joel Campbell who seems to be interesting Wenger in a ‘not at all’ kind of way.
However you cut it, there was no excuse for not bolstering there. You have a scouting department to make recommendations. If there were no recommendations, what were they doing? Like John Stones, where were we when Everton were picking him up? Surely we didn’t miss him. He plays in England. He was picking up rave reviews. Did no one invite Arsenal down?
Inaction and Wenger’s ‘there wasn’t the quality’ just reeks of incompetence. 6 defenders is quite incredible. Even just on a human level, expecting any level of defender to go through this period without support is grossly unfair. Imagine the state they’ll all be in by January? You need a squad, you need to rotate and you need to have back ups who can come in and do a job for you.
I think a great example of bringing in bodies to help is the way Chelsea work. They bought Drogba, a man well past his prime who made the difference against United at the weekend (nearly). Barca bought Larsson back in the day. Milan used Veterans to dominate. Spurs used Sheringham, Scholes and Giggs to great affect. United signed Blanc. Arsenal have used Henry and Sol Campbell over the years.
The solution should never be nothing. Especially if there’s no logic behind the nothing.
Not a lot else going off today? Have a great day. I’m off to mop a floor I purposely spilt yoghurt on #LivingTheDream.
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