01 September 2014

Danny Welbeck= Thierry Henry 2.0. There. I said it.

So, the transfer-window has closed and we have the center-forward we need. He's been signed in Arsène's favorite transfer-fee range, £16m or so.  He's been van Persied into irrelevance, if not oblivion, forced to play wide when his strengths and instincts clearly indicated that he should play through the centre. No, he's not Falcao or Cavani or Costa, but he brings with him buckets of potential that have been left to languish at Old Trafford while he carried water for the likes of van Persie and Rooney. Rather than do so for Falcao, he's seen the writing on the wall and come to a club that can make the most of his prodigious talents. No, he may not boast the stats that other transfer-targets could, but I seem to remember that the same was true of a certain Frenchmen who came into the club and went on to accomplish a feat or two.

Falcao to United, City, or Arsenal? The clock is ticking...

It's hard at the best of times to assess a player's value. Was Bale worth the transfer-fee that Real Madrid paid for him? Will Costa prove his worth this season? So much depends on the clubs' needs and the player's desire. As concerns Monaco, they're apparently desperate to offload Falcao so as to avoid incurring FFP penalties. As such, they might seem eager to sell or loan the man. At the other end, then, it becomes a matter of how much desperation potential buyers are feeling, with an x-factor given to the player's whims. I hope and I pray that these factors tip the scales in Arsenal's favor...

31 August 2014

Leicester: do we want three points or Aston Villa part deux?

So we go into today's match tense and wary, perhaps worried more about signings that may or may not come by Monday's deadline than we are about our opponent. I won't give the Foxes back-handed compliments such as calling them 'plucky' or 'feisty.' They've started the campaign brightly, with a well-earned draw at home with Everton and a closer-than-it-looks 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge to a Chelsea side who look frighteningly capable of going for ten goals in a match after thrashing Everton 6-3 at Goodison Park. In other words, then, sneer at the newly-promoted at your own risk.

29 August 2014

Giroud's injury= the unleashing of Alexis. And Walcott. And Özil...

I'll admit that my first reaction to learning of Giroud's injury, the one that will Diabytize him until late December or early January, was one of despair. After all, for all of his notable flaws, he's proven instrumental to our attack. While he may never achieve the goal-scoring heights of van Persie (a standard he himself only met two or three times at best in eight seasons), Giroud has been asked to play a different role, that of hold-up man, grappler, battering ram. Amidst a squad of flitty, hobbitesque wingers and midfielders, we've arguably needed such a titan. Then again, his scything-down may just prove to be the opening we need to see a return to a more-fluid, dynamic attack with Alexis offering the pace and touch we've lacked at the vanguard of our attack since, well, since Henry. There. I said it.