So I put up this seasons transfer exits list and it sparked much debate in the comments and on the wider web. People seem to be transfixed by this issue of salary and price. Now, in some instances I agree. We do pay our drossy players too much. Diaby earns £60k a week. Really though, he's not a drossy player... he's an injury prone one. He's a French international, he's got quite a lot of ability and he looks like Vieira. If he wasn't injury prone, he'd get a deal.
Other players on my list people gasped at...
- Has goal scoring pedigree in the Premiership
- Danish player of the year most years
- International footballer / Goal scorer at that level as well
- Champions League experience
- Suited to the Premiership
- Married a Princess
Please don't tell me £6mill and £52k a week is unattainable elsewhere in the league.
- Scorer of classy chipped goals
- Has bundles of pace
- Has superb technique
- Mexican international
- Has bagged 12 goals and 7 assists in a very poor side in Spain
- World class party arranger
Again, please don't tell me £8million for this sort of player is beyond the realms of belief.
- Previous top scorer of headers in the worlds premier club competition
- League winner with Bordeaux and one of their best players at the time
- Great build for Premier League
- Supreme 3 yard passing ability
- Previously rated at £15million
You're telling me he couldn't fetch £5million on the open market?
As for Alex Song for £25million. Please. How are you even questioning his proposed price at £25million. He's been floating in all those Youtube friendly assists to Robin all year, he never gets injured and Madrid are interesting him. Do I even need to run you through their purchases? £20million for Lassana Diarra who managed 17 games this year. So good, Chelsea had him as a right back and sold him to us for a pittance. £30million for Mahamadou Diarra who came from a poorer league and now plays for Fulham. We should be looking for no less than that if we're looking to sell. 12 assists people... that's more than Luca Modric has managed in 2 season. Precisely 3x the amount his managed this year. He's being touted for £35million+.
Wages could be a stumbling block for some mid range clubs, but so is playing for young players. If Everton can afford a player like Drenthe, then why can't they afford someone like Bendtner? I think the whole wages thing is an issue, but for me, the prices we look for are more the problem. We're looking for Adebayor type inflation with our poor players. People will take them, just for lower prices. At the end of the day, young, technically gifted players are sought after. We have them in abundance... just not at the level they need to be.
Other clubs seem to be able to shift on their poor players on high wages. Newcastle are a prime example of a club that took the hit on the fee to get rid of big earners. Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan all went to very poor clubs on wages similar to the above mentioned players.
Back to the Arsenal. The Yann M'Vila story is already beginning to bore me. Journalists, bloggers and students on Twitter with inside information from the top are arguing amongst themselves over whether there is a deal going on. Some say it's being negotiated, others are saying it's agent speak to get a better deal at Inter... I'm saying we've proabably been scared off by another club entering the battle.
We never negotiate if there is a second party involved.
If we don't sign him, there will be someone else we have in mind. I'd be very surprised if Arsene is looking at our goals conceded this season thinking his back 4 have been superbly protected. 47 goals is quite a lot... even for Arsenal. We've also been tracking M'Vila for a long time. That's a lot of wasted scouting if we give up at the first sign of a bidding war. If this guy is good enough, what's £22million? He's 21, he can do the job and he'll have resale value. If he's not good enough at £22million... why would he be good enough at £17million? He's either going to be world class or he's not. How much would you have paid for Gilberto back in the day?
The Arsenal team had an end of season party yesterday. Am I the only one who thinks that having an end of season party before the end of the season is a bit strange? Shouldn't we finish the job then throw the farewells? You know... to avoid that feeling that the season is over when we're playing WBA in a hugely important match?
Maybe I'm being a stick in the mud.
The players said goodbye to Pat Rice. They ate jelly and ice cream and some of the older boys went and played in the woods. No hangovers I hope. No office flings. I know how these events get... Pam I'm looking at you.
On the player exits list. Robin Van Persie has had the dreaded Peter Hill-Wood vote of confidence.
'We haven’t talked to Robin yet, but I spoke to Arsene (Wenger) recently. He is very confident he will stay and I very much hope he will'
'He has had a wonderful season with us. We have had no official approaches from any other club, as far as I am aware.'
'Robin won't speak to us, Arsene is confident because that's his default emotion when it comes to Arsenal players and their futures and though we've had no official approaches, we're pretty sure Darren Dein has had about nine unofficial contacts.'
There is also no movement on the Theo Walcott situation. To be honest, if we replaced him with Hoilett we'd probably be upgrading anyway. Theo has managed 9 goals and 11 assists playing at a team in 3rd place with the hottest striker on the planet. Hoilett, in 10 less games for one of the worst sides in the league has managed 6 assists and 7 goals. If we land him on a free and sell Theo for £18million, we'd be doing a grand bit of player switchery.
That's as much as I can give today. Fear not though, for tomorrow is another day.
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