The 2019 Blogging Award nominations are announced on the 3rd of April, thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for thehighburyflyer.com your support is much appreciated. I’d like to take the opportunity to wish all my fellow bloggers and podcasters good luck. Special mention to Fergus and the Guns and Yellow ribbons boys, Max at Arsebros and Soham at Arsedevils.
I don’t think that we have to stretch our imagination to realise that Arsenal will be in the market for two, possibly three players this summer. Unless Stan Kroenke has a change of heart concerning finances or Arsenal manage to sell off its deadwood, the figure may be relatively modest. A central defender or left back (de Ligt and Wan-Bissaka) or both would be a solid investment and a creative midfielder with a little steel in his blood would be money well spent. Reports concerning strikers are way off the mark at present, unless they are giving one away. We have Lacazette and Aubameyang and can
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, from the time that the greedy and petulant Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal, Mesut Ozil has missed someone of similar class. The class that no one can explain, define or quantify but there was a connection between them that was of benefit to both. Ozil hasn’t suffered as much as the Chilean who looks like an expensive imposter in a ‘Spam United’ shirt but he has struggled to find someone to link up, feed and exchange with. Against Al-Nasr, there were signs that Suarez and Ozil could actually be on the same wave length and provide another
As with any vacancy at Arsenal, the media assign the job to a small team of enthusiastic, possibly inebriated, rumour mongers to put a ‘face in place’ and since Marc Overmars and the curiously named Monchi have declined the post of technical director, its game on. Anyone with a modicum of football knowledge seen at a training ground could be in the reckoning but lately, the press have looked further afield. The latest name to pop up from the media slop bucket is Robert Fernández, who was the technical secretary of Barcelona for three years. We are expected to believe that the gunners are looking
Arsenal scouts have apparently been sent to watch Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella. The 22 year old is already on the Chelsea radar and was thought of as a perfect replacement for the outgoing Cesc Fabregas but Cagliari were reluctant to part with their rising star because the offer was too low. Arsenal sent scouts to watch Barella in action for Italy against Finland and the player gave them the bonus of his first international goal. It wasn’t perfect and had more than a touch of good fortune about it but the potential is certainly there. Italy’s free kick was headed out by a Finish defender
I thought was an interesting idea to look at the ups and downs in the life of a new manager and review their overall performance by way of a points system. (1 to 10) It’s recognised that the arrival of a new manager can, in many cases, have an immediate and positive impact. However that can be short lived in some respects and the expectations suddenly melt away as reality kicks in. Manchester United were in free fall under Jose Mourinho, with the usual tensions and dramas that come with the third year of ‘The special ones’ tenure. It was a complete surprise that the club