In light of not being able to produce anything for your delectation yesterday, today, you gloriously fortunate individuals will be receiving two posts. I can only imagine the feeling of excitement and euphoria seeping through your veins. It’s like Christmas morning as a 7-year-old all over again. Or like a birthday. Better yet, the combined sensation of eagerly anticipating both events…
Or maybe not quite…
Later on this afternoon I’ll be quickly previewing the 3pm kick off away at Swansea, but in the meantime I wanted to take a brief moment of your time to talk about contracts and all their wondrous glory.
By now, I’m sure you’re all more than aware Coquelin, Koscielny and Giroud have all extended their Arsenal adventures. 3 important first team players committing themselves to the Club for another 3-4 years can only be a good thing. Of course, amongst many the view is hampered slightly by the fact there’s another 2 first team players we all want to sign contracts, Ozil and Sanchez, but that is a separate issue and shouldn’t detract from the positive news.
I’m pleased all 3 players are staying for the coming years. All 3 have been important figures for Arsenal recently, especially Koscielny and Giroud. Coquelin has done a good job in the heart of our midfield with his combative nature, but there’s always element of doubt with me. Perhaps I’m being a touch unfair. Perhaps the ghost of Alex Song still lingers about my mind and every time I see Le Coq galloping down the left wing and attempting one-twos I’m reminded of the times Song thought he was Rivaldo and started to leave enormous gaps in the areas he was supposed to be, the f*cking plum.
But as someone pointed out to me, Coquelin has probably been assigned the freedom to join attacks when possible by the manager. Sometimes I feel he’s taking that a little two far. Of the options we have to play the position, he’s the player that should cover whilst his partner, whether that be Cazorla, Elneny, Ramsey or Xhaka, joins the attacks. All of the aforementioned offer more in the attacking third than Coquelin.
However, he is very good when he does the so-called, ‘dirty work’. He’s strong, superb in the tackle and has the nature to compete for the ball – he appears to like the fight. In that respect I’m a huge fan and I feel that shouldn’t go unmentioned.
Whilst those 3 players signed quickly, it does appear the saga of Ozil and Alexis will trundle interminably. There certainly appears no positive resolution on the horizon at present. At times like this, I kind of wish the club would be a little tougher. Yes, both players should be rewarded with improved deals, but we are The Arsenal and we can’t be held to ransom. We should offer them a excellent extension and offer a reasonable time frame in which the player can mull it over.
I love both players, but we’re bigger than both and we’ve seen bigger players than both leave. Neither is at the stage of being a Patrick Vieira or a Thierry Henry. Both are undoubtedly important figures and offer us a great deal in attack, but no player is bigger than the team. Not one. I feel Arsenal would do well to remember that sometimes.
I doubt very much we’ll see anything resolved with either until the summer. To be frank, I wouldn’t be bothered if either left if they have the intent to start making Robin van Persie-esque demands that involve the opinion the entire universe shines out of their arseholes. I don’t actually think it will come to that, but if it does, then we should be firm.
But that’s just my opinion, what about yours, darlings? Use the comments below to hit me up with your thoughts and such. Keep and eye out for the wonderful preview of our trip Swansea. That’ll be up a bit later.
Until then, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.