I hope today’s entry into the cosmos of Arsenal blogging finds you feeling tip-top. Ordinarily I wouldn’t be one for poking fun at our ‘rivals’ when something goes awry. Given our current plight (or ‘state’, depending on which word you deem favourable) I find it’s a touch strange to go poking fun at others – especially if their playing in the Champions League and some distance up the league table.
However, as with Spurs last week, Man United’s unceremonious dumping from Europe’s premier competition did raise a smile. A smile because it was interesting to see how quickly United’s fans haven’t taken to Alexis and all his glove-throwing histrionics. Great player. Massive p*ss-baby. I wouldn’t dispute there was a time during his spell at Arsenal in which he was superb and I’ve have considered him indispensable. Looking at the same player now, I’m glad we got rid of him when we did and maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing for the club to do.
Recently, Raphael Honigstein told The Totally Football Show these insights about our diminutive former player:
“It has become a bit of a joke to laugh at Arsenal because they made the noise ‘finally we got rid of Alexis Sanchez’ It’s been under-reported just how badly the whole Arsenal dressing room hated Alexis Sanchez. They really felt that he was just playing up to the camera doing all these things like ‘Oh I’m trying but nobody else is! What am I doing here?
Arsenal would put up stats inside the dressing room last year after every game showing the amount of kilometres run, the passing, and Sanchez would regularly come out with the lowest mileage run of any player in the team by a big distance. The players would just go absolutely bananas at him playing to the camera and making all these moves like ‘Oh, they’re just not worthy of me! What am I doing here?”
Whenever I hear something along these lines, my gut instinct is to assume it’s bullish*t. I find that all news regarding players and players’ destinations is best viewed that way. However, there are certain stories that, whilst I don’t have the authority of insider knowledge to say they are correct, do ring that little bit truer than others. This is one of those.
But it’s really a bit pointless to talk about him. He’s a United player now and he’s there problem.
One player Arsenal fans are concerned with from within our own ranks is Jack Wilshere. Yet to sign a new contract and able to move for free in the summer, it is beginning to look like he might not be here for the foreseeable future. I’d argue he’s done enough this season to warrant a new deal and he looks much fitter than he has for some considerable time. But yet there is no announcement. And Jack himself regularly speaks of the situation without ever sounding like a man likely to remain at the club.
And that same situation will apply to Aaron Ramsey next year and the rumours of Arsenal being willing to cash-in have already begun picking up steam. This got me to thinking; If we had to keep one and only one, which would it be? Never being one particularly good at making decisions, I put the same question to the wonderful folks of Twitter:
Only one can stay at Arsenal next season. Who’d you choose?
— James ‘Raul’ Stökes (@JamesRaulStokes) March 12, 2018
That’s pretty comprehensive, right? Well, it’s overwhelmingly so. I thought it would be a lot closer than that. I’m a big fan of both. If I was forced at to chose – if a hoodlum pointed the business end of a Glock 9 at my ‘gentlemen’ – then I’d choose Ramsey. But that wouldn’t be an easy choice. There are plenty of places you can actually make a bet of this kind of thing, so why not check out these guys for all the information.
Maybe it’s the nostalgia of when he fist burst onto the scene and the hope we all had before those injuries; but I still believe Wilshere has so much more to offer Arsenal. If he can stay fit and play regularly, he’ll be an asset. It would be a shame to lose him. It would be even more of a shame to see that potential finally realised elsewhere.
What do you think on the subject? Let me know in the comments.
I’ll be back tomorrow to preview the second leg of the tie with AC Milan.
Until that time, and as always: thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.
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