Haller be praised
So after much speculation we finally signed a replacement for Arnautovic, Sebastien Haller. Haller joined the Irons on 17th July for a club record £45m. A lot of money for someone most of us had probably not heard of before our interest. However, with Manchester United paying a reported £50m for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and supposedly paying £80m+ for Maguire then this figure doesn't look to outlandish.
As mentioned in previous posts, I have to admit that I know very little about him but available footage and his record look good. And, of course, in Pellegrini we trust. Time will tell but he does look an exciting signing.
This week saw us play two matches in China, competing in the Asia Trophy, firstly against Manchester City and then Newcastle United.
The first game on Wednesday was against City and saw us on the end of a 4-1 drubbing. However, the first half performance was decent enough and saw us take a 1-0 lead through a Mark Noble penalty. We should have then been given a second penalty when Fredericks was upended in the box but alas the ref turned a blind eye. Sadly we then conceded a well taken David Silva goal, quickly followed by a a dubious penalty which saw us go in at half-time 2-1 down. A change of line-ups in the second half, ours weaker, theirs stronger, saw us concede to further goals. This meant we would be competing for the wooden spoon with Newcastle who also conceded four goals in their game against Wolves, losing 4-0
On the following Saturday we played our second game and there is not much to say about the Newcastle game. We lost 1-0, looked bereft of ideas, tactics or basic footballing prowess in some cases. Time to move.
The one big bonus from these games were the performances of Jack Wilshere, especially in the second game when he controlled the midfield. Hopefully we will see him on the pitch a lot more in the coming season and he will be instrumental in what I hope is a good season with the Irons challenging in the cups or for a European place.