Friday here, at last... the weekend can nearly begin.
Firstly though, we have to get through this post. Top of the agenda is transfer talk. Yann M'Villa is hot on the feeds this morning. Some are reporting we're at an advanced stage with talks, others say we have to be careful because Bayern and Inter are sniffing around. So a bit of a mixed bag! I told you months ago that we were in for a big name in France and we were in talks for that name back in early February. It sounds like Dick Law was chasing this man...
If he's good enough, we should go for him. Whether he's £25million or £28million, if Bayern Munich can afford him, so can we. If Inter can afford him, so can we. Simple fact is, if Arsene trusts his instincts and this player is as good as everyone in the game thinks he is... then he's not a risk at 21 for that price. He'll have resale value etc...
It makes the news that Inter are courting Alex Song interesting. His agent said he's interested in playing in Italy, but he tempered that by saying Arsenal were unlikely to sell one of their most important players. Obviously... as we don't have a history of doing that. I've never been a huge fan of Alex Song, but I guess the simple fact is, he is an important player for Arsenal. 11 assists is about 4 times the amount of assists Alex Hleb ever managed in a season. He's always fit... and he is the love child of Arsene Wenger.
A match made in forever heaven... sorry Geoff.
The key to this summer is not the hemorrhage players that are important to the set up. I can't remember the last time we came out of a summer transfer windown with more players than we started... excluding ridiculous teenage purchases. I still wonder what our trophy cabinet would have looked like had we bought Arteta, Benayoun and Mertesacker two years ago. I hope we're not sitting here next year wondering what could have been if we'd signed a DM, a creative midfielder and a striker.
Onto team news...
Rosicky is back! Hoooray!
Diaby is crocked... booo!
Honestly, the man has the worst immune system and muscle make up in the history of sport. He's a 26 year old antique! A badly rusted Swiss watch you've just dropped in the toilet. He really should go in the summer, we can't waste a squad space on him next year. Let's get him fit and move him onto West Ham.
The Diaby issue leaves us with the probable midfield line up of Rosicky, Song and Ramsey. I'd imagine Benny will come back into the fold in the front three alongside Gervinho and Robin. Chamberlain really didn't impress in the Chelsea game... he might be good to come off the bench if we're struggling.
Arsenal.com do an incredible job of taking 4 lines of Wenger quotes and turning them into 920 stories. I sifted through the rest of the talk and there wasn't really much to report on.
Pep Guardiola has left Barca. He's not going to go anywhere for at least a year which does leave open the tantalising prospect of him joining us when Wenger hangs up his spectacles. Imagine that eh? That's why it's important we're in the Champions League. We might not invest in players now... but the next guy in is going to want to overhaul the squad. If it was Pep, I don't think too many would be upset.
Have a great weekend everyone, I'll be back with a robust match preview tomorrow!
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