So after Geoff's emotive plea for a bit of management from Arsenal's highly paid team of specialists, finally it came.
'Yesterday evening we received an offer from Barcelona for Cesc and in response, we immediately and resolutely told them once again that we have no intention of selling our captain.'
The statement went onto say that we weren't considering any type of counter proposal either. So basically, there it is... Cesc is staying.
I heard a couple of weeks ago that the Cesc meeting with Wenger went amicably. There were no tantrums or strops. So one would imagine that Wenger laid down the law and told Cesc he wasn't leaving unless Arsenal received £89million (Graham Hunter) and that he should stay because bench warming is for girls... and an offer of £35million indicates that's what they see him as.
If Cesc really wants to leave, I feel for him... I truly do. When I was 18 years old I was desperate to buy my first mobile phone. The nokia 7110 was the answer to all my dreams, it had WAP functionality, a cool snap down answer thingy and most importantly, the eagerly anticipated sequel to snake... snake 2.
In my haste to acquire the said phone, I signed myself into the worst 2 year contract you could imagine. After my second phone bill wiped out my £132 monthly salary from the One Stop convenience store I rang up the phone company to cancel the contract. They turned to me and said,
'You owe us 22 months worth of line rental if you want to do that.'
Yep, I signed the deal, I had to stick it out. Why should it be any different for Cesc? He liked our WAP gadgetry and roll menu application when he signed the deal... he can bloody well stick it out despite someone waving a shiny iphone in his face.
The only downer on this whole episode is Cesc's motivation. If he truly believed he was going to leave and my source has it wrong, how will that affect his attitude next season? If your wife said you couldn't leave her for Megan Fox... would you take the bins out when she asked you to?
Good on Arsenal anyway, that statement was the best thing I've read on the official site since reading about Mr Clubb and Mr Levell... you remember... how their names sounds like Club Level?! Wasn't that funny eh? Crazy times at Arsenal Web HQ...
Maybe next time, Arsenal could quell the speculation early? That'd be nice wouldn't it. Far more productive than sending a world of Gooners into a blind panic for two weeks.
Now we can crack on with our summer, sign some top class players and make sure next summer Cesc decides he can't possibly leave because we're treble winners and any other club would be a step down.
I'd still be very wary of Barcelona's public humiliation though.They are now 2-0 down to the Madridstas in the battle for the summer... I hope they're not planning some crazy double swoop for Almunia and Denilson. A revenge attack like that would be most unwelcome and for some Gooners, more hard to stomach than losing Cesc, Paddy and Henry in some mega cheese induced nightmare...
Pray to the footballing gods they leave us be...
There are mixed rumours concerning Joe Cole today. The Metro said he's signed up, the Mirror said Joe Cole hasn't spoken to anyone and intends not to until after the World Cup. Not that it matters if Joe Cole has spoken to Arsenal, it's hardly going to stop negotiations, Adebayor's agents did a pretty good job sealing the City deal without speaking to the player until he arrived back in the country.
If I was Joe's agent, I'd be signing him up now... a month is a long time for the English version of Rosicky to go without picking up a nasty injury.
That said, I'm of the opinion Cole's agents will be speaking to people right now... I'm more inclined to believe Harry Redknapp when he says a deal has probably been struck than a journo... after all, Harry has probably enquired. It's amazing how the same people who slag off the media suck up to journalists on twitter and hang off their every word... like some how they're not part of the media if they've got a twitter account?
My thoughts on Theo won't be new to many of you. I've been hugely disappointed with his contribution over the last few seasons. I can't stand the excuses. How low have we sunk when Gooners are blaming Stuart Pearce for picking him in a competition he had every right to pick him for? Surely Theo was thankful for the opportunity... after all, he only played 29 games (His record) the season before.
I'm not going to beat Theo up over this, but I think it shows that Wenger can't fool everyone. Our wing wizard needs to take this opportunity to refocus his career and work harder than ever to prove critics like me wrong. I'm desperate for him to prove himself a world-class player and he should take strength from the fact that Aaron Lennon used to get similar flak and he's turned things around.
If that little turd can do it, so can you Theo!
I'm in Amsterdam over the weekend, I'm on a pro bono scouting mission for Arsenal. I'll mostly be checking out Dutch right back sensation Gregory van der Wiel. The young Ajax right back is available this summer for the tiny sum of around £4million according to some in the press.
He just landed young player of the year in Holland and can play at centre back as well. He's a good defender and he can cross a ball unlike our current right back. With Eboue possibly looking to move on and Sagna talking in a slutty manner about Inter Milan, Van Der Wiel could be a terrific option for the Gooners. His idol as a kid was Robin Van Persie but he dreams of becoming as good as Daniel Alves,
"We do have the same style, we both play the whole right flank. Creating combinations, taking a man on, crossing the ball in and scoring. I feel much better on the flank than centrally. My ambitions are open.
I'll let you know how I get on, in the mean time, if anyone knows any good strip clubs, bars or coffee shops museums or places of great historical interest, please let me know in the comments section.
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