Let’s all laugh at Arsenal their absurd fans. Yeah I get it, it’s funny. The best run club in the world ™ has no money and none of their players want to stay. All very amusing and bizarre in equal measure.
However the one thing I would like to point out, which in my opinion, has not been given anywhere near enough attention, is the curious case of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He was picked on Sunday when most of us were fairly sure he was off. Rumours of Chelsea, but Liverpool were also being suggested.
In hindsight, it seems pretty clear that he was always going to Liverpool.He put in what I can only describe as one of the worst professional performances I have ever seen from any player. Making mistakes is forgivable; not trying not even an ounce of effort is not.
This sits extremely uncomfortably with me. It is quite clear that AOC did not want to be part of a victory against his future team and was culpable in at least two of the first three goals. How could this situation ever been allowed to arise?
Yes, Wenger is completely to blame for picking him. Maybe he thought he could persuade him to stay. In itself, this is a bit odd though, as he is hardly Cafu. Why did he displace Bellerin and drop Kolasinac? Maybe we will never know.What is most astonishing of all though is that Liverpool gave us £40m on the back of that performance. What are they smoking at Anfield?
To my mind this is exactly the reason why the transfer window should shut before the season starts, eliminate this possibility. I remember a similar situation with Samir Nasri, and in his last game, he was MOTM, but it wasn’t against Man City.I doubt he would have played to be honest
Am I calling into question the integrity of a professional footballer. Absolutely I am yes. It feels like football now no longer operates in the real world. In my industry, we have the concept of gardening leave.Football is not real. You don’t get the opportunity to harm you current employers and one that stuck by through various injuries for six years, whilst you STILL PLAY FOR THEM. It is astonishing.
Of all the snakes that Arsenal have had to deal with in the last 10 years (Cesc, RVP, Nasri) Oxlade has put himself at the very top of that list. Arsenal fans should and will not forget his last appearance. Some call it cheating. So do I.
In TV terms, football has finally jumped the shark. (Feels like someone says that every summer!)
Enjoy transfer deadline day everyone!