The night after the day before. I think it’s fair to say yesterday was a day for gut reactions, anger, and sorrow. That it came out on a football blog wasn’t popular with some. I make no apologies though for making the point that with everything else that happened yesterday it was embarrassing to see petty football squabbles on social media sites. Sometimes, contrary to what Bill Shankly once said, football is not more important than life or death.
That said it’s time to refocus on Arsenal matters on here whilst addressing the wider issues elsewhere. Not being a lover of idle speculation, as regulars will know, I have no new Arsenal signings to opine about. We are a couple players lighter this week however, most notably Lukas Podolski.
German national manager Joachim Low was widely reported in November to have told Poldi to quit Arsenal in order to get playing time to keep his place in the national team. The player himself confirmed this week that it was that advice that had been taken on board.
“I spoke with Joachim Low about my move to Inter and we think it could help my job for the national team.”
The arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck pushed Podolski down the pecking order at Arsenal with the result that he got very little football this season. Whilst one cannot argue with his finishing ability (31 goals in 82 appearances for the Gunners isn’t shabby) the fact that he regarded defensive duties as an optional extra probably did for him.
Of course he is only on loan until the end of the season but the manner in which he has forced his departure makes any potential return highly unlikely. His £100k a week wages will be better spent on another talent. Having said all that I couldn’t help but like him and the public respect he had for Arsenal. Good luck Lukas.
Also today it was reported that young goalkeeper Matt Macey was joining Accrington Stanley (Who? Exactly! – older readers will know what that means) on a one month loan deal. It is an interesting one that given the situation that Wojciech Szczesny is reported to be in at the moment. Having said that Macey is also behind David Ospina and Emiliano Martinez in order of preference right now. Good luck to the lad. I hope he impresses.
That’s enough from me for now. No outburst tonight. Have a great Friday if you can ‘holics, and the Stoke City preview will appear at some point on Saturday so please come back then.