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Spineless Yaya Toure

Pep

I knew it was a question of time before the real Yaya Toure came to the fore after his time at City came to an end, so it wasn’t a surprise when I saw him trying to play the race card in his recent attack on Pep Guardiola and how the Spanish manager has a problem with Africans…

Let me take you back to 2016 when Aubameyang pipped Toure to the African footballer of the year, quoting Yaya Toure on stage he said he was disappointed” but told Aubameyang he had “been doing brilliantly well this year” and seemed generous in praise towards his rival. After the ceremony, this was Yaya Toure;

“I’m very, very disappointed. It’s sad to see Africa react this way, that they don’t think African achievements are important,”

“I think this is what brings shame to Africa, because to act in that way is indecent. But what can we do about it? Us Africans, we don’t show that Africa is important in our eyes. We favour more what’s abroad than our own continent. That is pathetic.”

“But even Fifa, with all its history of corruption, wouldn’t do [what CAF judges did]. Yaya will take care of Yaya and let Africa take care of itself. As I’ve been told many times, you can’t take care of Africa too much because Africa will be the first to let you down”.

Just to make it clear it was another African player that won that award and as it didn’t go his way he resorts to blaming the whole continent because Yaya didn’t get what he wanted.

The beef with Pep is a disgruntled self-absorbed player at the tail end of his career refusing to accept he is not the player he once was and playing time on the pitch will reduce. His agent doesn’t help matters either and one can see how they are a match made in heaven… His tirade at Pep an employee of Toure justified Pep’s stance on not playing Toure till an apology was received back in 2016.

This same Toure explained in a Facebook statement his agent’s views were not his views in his apology agreed to sign a one year extension on the same salary  at the end of 2016/17 season leaves the club at the end of the 2017/18 season and is now proclaiming his agent’s views he once denied, my definition of spineless.

His race card argument doesn’t hold up a look at the City line up puts holes in that immediately or going the players he has worked with at Barcelona and Bayern.

A weak man smears other when he doesn’t get his way and that is what Yaya Toure and his agents are and no amount of money or trophies can change that…

Arsenal title chances

Arsenal Squad

Going into last season I was confident Arsenal would win the title, I know I am a glutton for punishment for harboring such optimism with Arsenal at the centre and they definitely didn’t disappoint in the manner the punishment was meted out to fans like myself . I don’t even know what to make of Arsenal’s top 4 prospects this season considering how the other clubs are strengthening left, right, centre and upfront.

Regarding transfers, Granit Xhaka is an encouraging buy and brings the necessary aggression needed in the team with great passing abilities to add to his defensive qualities in the middle of the park. The Japanese striker is one for the future, probably would be loaned out and Rob Holding in my opinion will pleasantly surprise people, I like the buy.  Arsene though is yet to address the reason why Arsenal finished second to Leicester last season, the lack of a finisher upfront. I am not a Giroud Basher as the media and fans try to make him into what he is not. I could add all the exhaust pipes  and alloy wheels to a Peugeot I still couldn’t call it a Ferrari right… Giroud does alright for the class of striker that he is but needs help or a serious upgrade and I wouldn’t call Alvaro Morata an upgrade, he has scored less than Giroud in the Italian League in the last 2 seasons combined and Higuain is not worth that crazy release clause at 29, I also remember him missing clutch chances for Argentina at the world cup final in 2014 and the Copa America final in 2016, he wouldn’t be my go to guy for that price. There are not many available “world class ” strikers in the market but with the cash reserves Arsenal have they should for once go crazy and bid to buy players like Aubameyang or Greizman, if I was consulted they would be my targets.

If Arsene didn’t buy another midfielder I wouldn’t be too worried, but a player like Mahrez or Reus with goals in them and proper wide play will definitely improve the midfield in addition to creating more selection headaches for the manager.

The defence is sorted to a degree but I worry in the event that Bellerin is injured and Debuchy rumored to be heading out of the club who replaces Bellerin? Chambers and Holding  can play in that position but are primarily central defenders who are very different to Bellerin. Gabriel hasn’t filled me with confidence and with Per Mertesacker also rumoured to be out for 5 months after injuring his knee against Lens, Koscielny not back in the team till later in the season because of the Euro exertions  could cause problems in the opening weeks of the season.

The goalkeeping position happens to be most secure, a weird thing to say when Arsenal is concerned, Cech and Ospina are very capable hands.

Verdict

With this present squad and no further additions, the best predictable outcome is 5th but if Arsene went into the market and  bought a good striker to assist Giroud, a wide playing forward/midfielder in the Reus, Mahrez mould and a proper no-nonsense defender, Arsenal could actually go on and win the title. There I go again, I can’t seem to help myself it seems!!!