An actual football Saturday means there is real stuff to talk about.
But let’s get the nonsense out of the way first.
As you might have noticed, with the window still open and Arsenal still looking for a centre back and striker, there were updates on Shkodran Mustafi, Omer Toprak, Ricardo Rodriguez (remember when he absolutely, positively was signing or Arsenal?), Marcelo Brozovic, Jose Fonte, Mauro Icardi, and more.
Reports claimed that Wolfsburg would accept Arsenal’s bid for Julian Draxler although we aren’t even sure they’ve bid in the first place.
Joel Campbell, absent from the Arsenal squad that travelled to Leicester, is in Portugal as he finalises his loan move (with option to buy) to Sporting. Perhaps Wenger is freeing up space for
a massive striker signing Serge Gnabry. Wenger never liked Campbell, and it’s hard to know why, but this move comes as no surprise.
In actual news, Yaya Sanogo was finally located as Wenger seemed to be getting us ready for life up front with what we have already (minus Campbell, obviously). It’s inconceivable that we could end this window with fewer forwards than we started it with, but that’s where we stand right now.
In the stuff that happens on the pitch that is meant to be more interesting than all this off-field nonsense, but isn’t really because it’s as predictable as the Christmas re-run of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Arsenal went to the home of the reigning champions and got a point.
It sounds alright when you put it that way, doesn’t it? That’s how it will be spun.
What really happened was Arsenal went away to a side whose aim is to not get relegated this season and struggled to break down two banks of four for the gazillionth time in ten years, leaving with a point when they could have had three if they had a clinical frontman, or at least one able to start from the beginning of the game.
I miss the football when it’s not on, but sometimes I wonder why.
Still, with Liverpool losing to Burnley, at least the gap to them isn’t too big. It’s already five to Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City and three to Tottenham. We’re only two behind the Scousers.