Good morning everyone, a lot going on this morning and I better get right to it because I have to take the kid and the dog for a walk before work.
First re: Stephan Lichtsteiner I knocked up his numbers and they look like this,
This is exactly what I thought his output would look like, rapidly declining minutes and declining output. The only surprise is that people asked me to do this. You know that he will be a 35 year old man in January, right? As I have said now since I made up my mind on this: the best case scenario is that he doesn’t play very often and we are just paying him for the insurance and the worst case scenario is that he has to step in for half a season because Bellerin gets injured. My nightmare lineup is Lich – Mustafi – Sokratis – Monreal up against one of the top teams like City or Liverpool and all of their speedy forwards.
But of course, he is an elder statesman who knows it all, has been everywhere, and has played under some great tactical minds. He could be invaluable to the club simply by imparting his wisdom to the youngsters. Plus, I imagine he’s good friends with Szczesny and maybe we can use him to get Szcz back!
“We’re bringing Szczesny back”.
Second, a follow up to the article I wrote a few days ago about Marti Perarnau’s interview with Unai Emery. I spoke with Mr. Perarnau and he has agreed to allow me to publish the full article here in English on 7amkickoff. Mr. Perarnau is a true gentleman for doing this and I want to recommend once again that you check out his personal web site and his rather excellent magazine The Tactical Room. Perarnau uses the subscription fees to pay for travel and expenses so that he can collect interviews just like this one, so give him a subscription if you can.
I have a very rudimentary knowledge of Spanish (I studied via an app called Duolingo and I can confidently say that I speak about as much Spanish as an 8th grader who just finished their first year). So, I have to meet with my friend on Sunday and we will translate the article together. Expect to see that article on Monday and I will post a follow-up “what this means for watching Arsenal” on Tuesday.
There is also a nice piece in the Guardian this morning about Danny Welbeck. I’ve always liked Welbeck and appreciate his hard work. He did drive me mad last season with a couple of poorly timed turnovers but the whole team played poorly last season and I can’t wait to see what Emery chooses to do with him.
He could be on the way out the door, honestly. Not that I think he’s awful, but Emery might want to break up the remaining members of Wenger’s Jazz creche. With reports that Emery has told Lucas Perez to report to summer training, and with Lucas having a good season – 2nd in la Liga in chances created – it’s possible that there won’t be any room for Welbeck.
There are further reports that the club have offered Ramsey a giant new deal and that Emery is looking to build his squad around the Welshman. I think that’s a splendid idea as I outlined in my article “Folks, I think this Ramsey guy might be good”. If Ramsey played for any other team, we would be gagging to get him. In fact, I would say that we probably couldn’t afford to pay his transfer fee. I’m not exaggerating when I say that if he’s got two or three years left on his deal, he would be a £100m transfer. He just does everything: score, assist, create, tackle. It’s kind of amazing. What he needs is a structure around him, some defenders organized behind him, and teammates up in front of him who are pressing, and I think we could be talking about one of the best players in England.
Signing Ramsey is the biggest piece of transfer business they can do this summer.
And finally, I have signed off as the resident numbers guy on Arseblog News. This site’s not going anywhere and there’s no personal drama between me and Andrew or anything, I just thought it was time to move on. That’s all!
Anyway, time to walk the kid.
Sources: Opta, Transfermarkt