It was 1997 when Beth Orton’s hauntingly beautiful vocals lit up the Chemical Brothers track, ‘Where Do I Begin’. As I’m typing this post the night before you’ll read it, I’m listening to that very song. It’s such a fabulous song, both reminiscent of a time of hedonism for me but also oddly relevant to what I’m going to talk about with you today.
Transters. Ins and outs. Where do I begin?
Well, as I’m certain you’re all aware; anything you read is going to be enormous speculation. Yep – names will be thrown around and the percentage of truth to bullsh*t won’t exactly be on the favourable side. Such is the time we live in. So, becuase naming names is an exercise in futility, I shan’t bother.
Instead, delicious reader, I’m going to express my thoughts and the areas of the team I’d like to see strengthened. Sounds a touch arrogant, doesn’t it – stating that there are areas “I’d like to see strengthened” as if somehow the opinions of a lowly dandy from Bristol have any great significance. Of course they don’t, folks. But don’t let such notions put you off. We’re all fans and it’s fun talking about stuff and having opinions. The trick is not to take it too seriously.
So, here’s what I’d like to see:
Ideally, we’d create a Vieira/Gilberto hybrid in a laboratory. As that’s not entirely possible yet, we might have to plunge into the transfer market. Both Arteta and Flamini aren’t the springy-est of chickens these days. The former especially has look a little leggy at times and some distance from the form he is capable of. The latter, for all his passion and verve, can be reckless and unpredictable.
Essential as it looks certain Bacary Sagna is going to move to Manchester City for an enormous contract. Make of that what you will – I’m not actually that bothered – but we can’t leave the fate of our defence’s right side in the hands of Carl Jenkinson. The young fellow at Toulouse, Serge Aurier, looks to be very likely on his way.
I’m a big fan of Olivier Giroud. It’s often easy to critique his performances simply because it’s the popular thing to do. As often it’s, in my opinion, unfair to do so. When isolated he can be maddening. when he has support around him he can show moments of brilliance – looks no further than his assist for the winner at Wembley. I don’t feel we need to splurge an enormous amount on a new first-choice striker. Not at all. Competition for places and the ability to share the burden of goals is what would be beneficial.
I don’t particularly view this as a massive need. Without Walcott, we’ve missed a burst of pace in the final third and someone to offer runs for Mesut Ozil. For that reason, a speedy trickster able to be deployed on either flank wouldn’t go amiss.
Again, an essential move to make. Fabianski is off locating pastures new and Viviano’s loan will expire – I had actually forgotten all about him. I see this position as the type suited to someone with a little experience who could perhaps compete with Szczesny and offer help to the younger keepers at the Club, one of whom I assume will be promoted to third choice.
And that’s what i’d like to see. It’s difficult to guess what Arsene will do with the alleged funds at his disposal. The signing of Ozil came as such a surprise last term that predicting anything now is impossible. That signing has also bumped up the expectation levels; we know our manager isn’t averse to dropping a big fee if the right player comes along.
I guess we’re in for another summer of fun.
That’s all for today, folks. Leave your thoughts and views in the comments section. You can even leave a list of the players you’d sign if you feel that way inclined. I shall return with more tomorrow.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.