Today’s post will be cruelly short or mercifully brief depending on how you look at it. There’s a plethora of vapid tasks for me to undertake this morning and I’m afraid they are of pressing concern - I must type with haste.
The main news is the recruitment of youth development coach Andries Jonker from German side Wolfsburg – the 51-year-old Dutchman worked there as assistant manager. Knowing precious little about our ‘new signing’ I did a little research and came up with the following points of interest:
- He worked at Bayern and Barca alongside Louis van Gaal
- He’s managed youth teams in Holland
- His name opens many doors for horrific newspaper headlines
- He’ll replace Liam Brady at the end of the season
All seems like an excellent addition to me. With youth development one of the most important factors of the way the Club is run, Arsene is delighted with our new arrival:
“I am very pleased that Andries is joining us. He has a big reputation in the game and was a key part of the team which developed the structures which are now producing such strong young players in Holland.
“I look forward to working with him. I would also like to thank Liam for his work which has been outstanding over many years.”
Of course, as strong an addition for our future as Jonker may be, it’s hardly the new face we’ve all been clamouring for. He’s not that shiny new player who’ll instantaneously solve all the perceived flaws in the team, is he. As the days casually trickle by and the window becomes smaller and smaller, it is starting to look extremely likely we’ll not be investing further in the squad.
And we all know what’s coming should that happen; squabbles. Yes, folks – the internet is primed and ready to explode the minute the clock ticks into the 1st of February and we’ve not done any business. I’ve learnt the stupid way that arguing on the internet is pointless. It truly is an absolute waste of your time. Debates and discussion are one thing, but trolling is such a regular occurrence that it undermines the previous two.
Arsenal have a good squad of players. It’s not as if the first team is made up of shambling zombies incapable of dispatching a delicious through-ball or thundering home a 25-yarder. There is talent in abundance. Do we need to strengthen? Yes – a new face in defence and someone to alleviate Giroud’s burden wouldn’t do any harm, but I don’t view it as the difference between winning something and floundering embarrassingly.
Of course, there’s still 10 days to go. Whilst a move isn’t looking likely, ruling it out all together at this point would counting proverbial badgers before they prepare Eggs Benedict (I made that up – it makes no sense). By all acounts there have been attempts to recruit. It’s alleged we’ve approached both Draxler and Vucinic and enquired about Alvaro Morata – Real Madrid’s youngster has stated he has no desire to move away.
There’s even the possibility of a late punt on either Berbatov or Remy, although, I’d be telling you all horrible fibs if I said I was particularly enamoured by either player – Berbatov especially doesn’t strike me as a good idea. It also isn’t beyond the realms of comprehension that Arsene is hatching a sly plot behind closed doors and there’s a tasty surprise heading our way. We picked up Mesut Ozil on the last day of the previous window, so why not something similar this time around?
Wishful thinking? Probably.
That’s all for today, folks. The comments await your thoughts. Do you think we will bring someone in, or does Arsene appear to have settled with what we already have and is happy to proceed? Let me know what you think.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.