Sunday, 3 March 2013

Fake Sheik to buyout Silent Stan? Wenger's single change for NLD

Morning Gooners.

While all our attention should be focused on the north London derby, a Sunday Telegraph story has put the cat amongst the pigeons. The newspaper reports an unnamed Middle East consortium wants to buy out Stan Kroenke's holdings in the club.

Now my first reaction is one of great skepticism. Why announce this plan now? Why not wait until the close season when matters on the pitch are over and it's clearer where our future lies. Announcing this bid prior to one of the biggest games of our season in my mind is not helpful.

I'm also worried about why this consortium doesn't want to be identified, even at this early stage. It leaves little real scrutiny possible of their bid. Can they really finance a deal worth £20k a share to buy out Kroenke? Do they really exist?

Quite how they'll be able to recreate "some of the feel of the old North Bank" at Highbury is beyond me.

It all feels very populist. An offer to reduce season tickets would be welcome, but is something all fans want, no matter which club you support.

A pledge to put money into buying players... That's not something we don't hear at this point of the year... every year. Once the accounts are released we as fans are told there is money for the manager to spend. And the manager did spend money last summer, but that wasn't at the expense of selling two of last seasons' first team regulars.

I guess in reality even though I don't like Stan Kroenke, I know what I'm getting with him. This group I can't even judge because I don't know who they are. They are spouting populist things through the Sunday Telegraph but haven't added the substance needed to give all fans the ability to truly understand whether they are credible or not.

Anyway, I believe it is an unnecessary distraction on a day when we play one of our most important games of the season whether nothing less than a point will really do.

I'm guessing that the manager will start with Carl Jenkinson at right back and Aaron Ramsey alongside Mikel Arteta in the middle of the park. So I'm predicting the starting line up will be:

Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott, Wilshere, Cazorla, Giroud.

The manager has been speaking to the official site about playing Jack in the advanced role behind the main central striker.

Wenger said:

"I believe it’s part of his development to play a bit more advanced. You can always come deeper. He likes to come deep. In some games, he’s more comfortable deeper. 
"I believe he has a little dribble that can get him through in the final third and the finishing will come. He’s a bit in a situation like Fabregas was for a while. He [Fabregas] said ‘But I cannot score goals’ but you could see it would come."
Along with the manager, I'm not too concerned that Jack isn't scoring goals. It'll come with time and experience on the pitch. And while those around him are finding the back of the net I don't think we need to be too concerned

He's got enough pressure and expectation on his shoulders already. I don't see the need to add any more. He carried the team through January and has made a difference since moving into the "Cesc" role. He'll find the target soon and then once he does, it should become more easy to do it more often on a regular basis.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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