Merse Ingests, Vieira Digests As The Media Suggests
A bizarre morning with Paul Merson claiming that he was popping pills and liquids at Arsène’s behest. He didn’t have a clue what he was doing or what he was ingesting. Which is no surprise since he freely admits that at times he did not know what day of the week it was.
It hardly bears comparison to the various pharmacies at Italian clubs, comparable to small NHS hospitals according to reports. Wenger’s preference for Creatine is well-known, the manager admitting to its use before Fifa outlawed it. Whether he would still be using it now is open to debate, especially with the side-effects.
As for the liquid, well, maybe someone was taking the…out of Merse?
Talking of old players, Patrick Vieira seems to be on the verge of retiring but not before he had harsh words for the current squad,
When they are in trouble, they always concede a goal. A big team when it’s under pressure, it pulls together, it makes the trouble go away. Sometimes you know you have difficult periods, even the best teams. You accept the opponent is stronger, you defend, you stay strong, more compact. You accept you have to suffer.
We did it in the  FA Cup final against Manchester United. I’ve no idea how we won – United were all over us for 90 minutes. We knew the only way to win was penalties. Some days are like this. It’s not your day. Accept it and find a different way to win. Fight for each other. It’s not the way you want, but what’s important is to win.
Those words encapsulate neatly the mental strength required. Call it a winning mentality, call it what you want. Whatever it is, this is how it should be typified. That is the ‘missing link’ which Arsène needs to find this summer.
It is interesting to hear what Vieira’s thoughts are, no matter how unpalatable. This is how opponents view Arsenal. It is not that he believes they cannot handle the rough stuff, as the media would like to perpetuate. Quite simply, they cannot deal with a match going wrong on a consistent basis.
Against United, they showed the determination required. Dominate, score, defend. That now needs to be transferred into the fixtures against the lesser lights or as Vieira highlights, when things are not going your way.
So to the rumour mill, by way of light relief. Cesc is wanted by Manchester City, a club who seem to desire everyone and everything. If there was a footballing equivalent of penicillin, they would be in for it.
Hardly surprising that Mancini is looking to sign the Spaniard. Not because of a belief that he is the missing link in the City side to make them Champions but simply as a statement of the owner’s intent. If they are willing to back him in a £50m transfer, then he is not likely to be sacked this summer. City are still some way off being Champions so this may be merely putting off the inevitable, staying execution for a year or less.
Bacary Sagna is wanted by Bayern Munich and a trawl through this month’s news stories about whom we are signing and selling sees eighteen players joining with nine departing as well as a net £120m out of the Arsenal bank account. And this is without Hugo Rodallega telling everyone that he wants to sign for Arsenal, an almost Annual event now which signals that the silly season is well and truly underway.
Anyhoo, that’s it for today. ’til Tomorrow.