Marseille are ambitious but naive by making a bid for Payet. He isn’t remotely interested in moving back to France at this stage of his career. Arsenal are the club that are (should be) at the forefront for his signature taking everything into account. The Giroud partnership we all know works like a treat with France and should be the same at The Emirates. Sanchez attitude at the minute is disgraceful and cant be relied upon to play on that left hand side week in, week out. Plus Iwobi isn’t exactly a world beater.
If Arsene Wenger is serious about winning the title he has to bring in Payet to slot into that left wing role and have a real go for the second half of the season. The team as it is clearly wont win the league so bringing in Dimitri Payet could be the inspiration they need to turn from top 4 also rans to Champions of England.
Payet’s age of 29 shouldn’t be a factor as Wenger has lost many titles over the years by sticking with the kids and disregarding experience. Payet was the star man in the Euros and outside of the Leicester miracle of Vardy, Mahrez and Kante he was many people’s player of the year in the Premier League.
“Who does he think he is? Is he too important to warm up with his team mates like everybody else?”
I was at the Bournemouth vs Arsenal game where Sanchez had a hissy fit at full time throwing his pathetic gloves around and turning the air blue with Spanish swear words. This reaction from pulling a draw from 3-0 down was an absolute joke. Not because it was an impressive achievement but because he was as much responsible for being 3-0 down to begin with then anyone. Watching Arsenal warm up before the game I saw something I have never seen before at any Premier League game.
A first team player having complete disregard for his team mates or coaching staff as he decided to ‘warm up’ on his own. As the picked starting XI were on one side of the pitch going through a shooting drill together and the subs were on the other side going through their own warm up, in the middle of them both was a lonely figure lazily wandering around as he now and again kicked a ball into the goal. Never breaking sweat, never moving for more than 3 steps to either side as he just stood there on his own, ‘Doing his own thing’.
Who does he think he is? Is he too important to warm up with his team mates like everybody else? Is he not interested in what the coaching staff want him to do as he knows better? I cant believe something like this can be tolerated and going on at a club like Arsenal. Does Wenger even know about this type of stuff going on? Something like a star man feeling he can do whatever he wants explains why Arsenal haven’t been good enough to win the league since 2004. Can you imagine Henry, Vieira or Pires not just doing this or be allowed to get away with it. It’s a joke.
Once the game started Sanchez then carried on his one man show of walking around the pitch as he was completely uninterested in doing his bit for the team. All of this in the first half was directly in front of Arsene Wenger as well with Sanchez over on his side of the pitch. Is he blind to it or accepts it? Either way Arsenal being 3-0 was of no surprise given the total lack of commitment by Sanchez in particular. The fact he then ‘kicked off’ at everyone else in the dressing room after the game is outrageous. If I were Wenger I would sell him to the highest bidder.
Now that Payet has made it clear he wants to play for a bigger club then West Ham it should be a no brainer for Arsenal and go with the Payet/Giroud combination that we all know works extremely well. Payet may be petulant but at least he actually WANTS to play for a club like Arsenal. Which is more then can be said about Mr Sanchez. Get rid.
Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend, Janmaat, Cisse, Cabella and now Thauvin have all signed for other clubs since pre season to take the edge off relegation and missing out on Premier League money. Throw on top Steven Taylor’s £40k and Coloccini’s astronomical £75k a week has also been stripped off the wage bill, it’s not been bad business at all.
We have obviously invested a lot of that money back into squad with Ritchie and Gayle having decent size fees but investing it wisely has been the real genius behind our transfer work.
Promotion back to the Premier League looks well on course with a squad full of depth with quality in every position. Gayle out injured? Mitro will come in with a brace. Diame dropped? Perez will come in with a brace. Ritchie out? Atsu will come in to score a winner. Anita or Yedlin. Clark or Mbemba. Hayden or Colback. The list goes on.
In fact, our squad is so deep we have hardly seen the likes of Lazaar, Hanley or Murphy. All full internationals when fit. Amazing for a Championship club. Selling off the players that didn’t care about out football club or were just expensive dead weight is the easiest £100 million we have ever made. Did you see £30 million Sissoko’s performance for Spurs in the Champions league on Wednesday? Embarrassing.
So Newcastle may even take the opportunity to sell him in January and get some money out of him. This is highly unlikely however as promotion is the be all and end all this year, so a million or two for him wouldn’t do us any favours. Especially seeing how indispensable he is all of a sudden…who would have thought it?!
When he lost his squad number to Matt Ritchie before the season started, the writing looked on the wall for him to be on his way out. The determination he has shown to not just play his part in the squad but make the left wing position his own has been great to see and totally unexpected. Fair play to him.
He has put many ex-players who jumped ship almost immediately to shame…
Gillespie was on around £250 a week at Man Utd and when Newcastle agreed to sell them Andy Cole for £7million, Kevin Keegan insisted on having the flying winger as part of the deal. So when Keegan along with some Newcastle directors and Gillespie were set to meet to sort out his contract, Fergie went along too acting on behalf of his Class of ’92 graduate.
Alex Ferguson acted as Keith Gillespie’s agent in 1995 when he was sold to #NUFC, and got him a wage increase from £250 to £1,200 😂 pic.twitter.com/RXeZSQ19r9
The Scottish cheat was on top form once negotiations began as he blagged that Gillespie was on £600 a week. Not only this he managed to get our genius directors to stump up £1,200 a week in order to seal the deal. Unbelievable. You would think we were absolutely desperate to sell Cole to be fooled into such nonsense so easily.
So we lost Andy Cole and got ripped off on Gillespie. Whether this transfer was actually a good thing in the end is up for much debate on Tyneside. After all, without the sale of Cole we would not have brought in Ferdinand. The 95-96 season would never have happened and we wouldn’t have such great memories of Big Les dominating the Premier League to an whisker of us being Champions.
Then there’s the other argument of well we didn’t win anything and Man Utd with Andy Cole in their side did end up Champions, he also went on score plenty of goals against us and who knows maybe Gillespie would have kept Beckham out of the team and he wouldn’t be what he is today. Now there’s a thought. Pros and cons on both sides but fact is facts and what happened, happened. Good or bad.
What wasn’t a fact was how much Fergie told us Gillespie was on and indeed ripped us off. Fergie telling porky pies and getting away with it…now that’s a fact. Rafa would agree.
Mitro scored a brace for the Serbs in International week so is red hot at the minute and raring to go, despite being mugged off by Rafa. Our Spanish boss will surely now release him into the wild against Brentford on Saturday as we finally play with two strikers on the pitch from the start.
We have been subjected to Diame playing in the hole for most of this season and it hasn’t been a success, despite the team winning most games in the end. We currently sit 3rd in the league which isn’t a great return after 11 games giving the poor standards of the Championship in relation to our squad.
Sticking Mitro up front with Gayle is surely the way forward from now on, especially at home….even if he gets burned now and again!