Before we begin, I offer you some shameless whoring of myself. A few days ago I took part in the 3 Blokes Talking Arse review of 2013. It was something of a belated recollection of our favourite/least favourite events, but we did it regardless. Featuring the vocal talents of Daniel Cowan and Dyllan Munro trading insults with me – there’s a bit of football talk, too – it’s worth a few moments of your precious time – you might want to give it a miss if you’re of a sensitive disposition and don’t care for naughty talk.
Right, let’s news.
Taking up the majority of news headlines in English football is Juan Mata. Bizarrely, in my opinion, Mourinho not only choses not to use a player of his talent, he now seems happy to let him leave Chelsea and pitch up at Old Trafford. The reason I’m mentioning this is because it’s kind of related to Arsenal. At one point, had we not dithered, we could have had him. He’s a great player and capable of unlocking seemingly impenetrable defences.
Some even think we should act at once and gazump any offer United are prepared to issue. That train has left the station. If Arsenal are to sign a new player, an attacking midfielder isn’t the position in which we particularly lack numbers. And there’s Mourinho. He acted the fool delaying our attempt to acquire Demba Ba on loan, I can’t see him being compliant should we make a bid. There’s an opinion floating around that all the United talk is just so he can glean interest from PSG. Who cares, though? We have Cazorla and Ozil.
Elsewhere, Arsene has been signing the praises of Wojciech Szczesny. Much deserved song it is too. Throughout the season, Szczesny has looked solid, reliable and dealt with shots in a consummate manner. He does still have the odd moment for alarm in his locker, but those seem to be slowly finding their way out of his game. Arsene said:
“Certainly a part of his improvement is mental because he’s more mature,
“His decision-making is cleaner, sharper, quicker. He was always a very talented boy but because he’s intelligent he learns quickly from experience.
“I’m happy that I always gave him the confidence because he’s developing very well into a very strong goalkeeper and today certainly nobody would question that he’s one of the top five goalkeepers in the Premier League.”
And that’s about all there is, folks. Today’s one of those days where I feel it’s best to stop before blather-mode takes over and I start discussing all kinds of nonsense. We can’t have that. Instead, I’ll point you towards the comments and look forward to reading your thoughts and such. Feel free to drop by and have a chin-wag. It’s genuinely nice to see I’m beginning to have a few regulars contributing in there, so if you’re one of those people, I appreciate the support.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.