This off season, though only about a week in, is the equivalent to squeezing the juice out of a sun dried tomato. All has gone silent in the world of transfers. Both on the outgoing and on the incoming. This doesn't bode well for the sanity of a lot of Gooner's. We've been here so many times before. All wanting a summer of action, being told that patience is the key, waiting until August 31st when we're all slapped in the face with a big sun dried tomato of reality.
I understand the frustration. Believe me.
However, this whole sack the board, bring in Usmanov, hang Hill-wood from the rafters really is a pointless exercise in nonsense. Who do people really think the board consist of? Do people, in there heart of hearts, truly believe Hill-wood has any say in how the club is run? Absolutely not. The only two people on the board are Ivan and Stan Kroenke. Stan is the owner. He runs the show. To expect him to hand over his shareholding in the the club to Usmanov because we want signings is ridiculous. He's in it for the long haul... and there's nothing we can do to change that. He's even gearing his son up for the long term takeover!
There are two articles on the subject this morning. One from Goonertalk on Peter-Hill-wood and one from Angry of Islington which I this is far closer to the truth. Either way, this change fans are pushing for is only going to happen by way of change of mindset with the current set up. Stan isn't going to give up his holding. The best we can hope for is an opposing voice on the board. Can you see one billionaire inviting another onto his board? I can't...
In other news. Of which there is none. Let's talk about Fernando Torres. He's upset at the way Chelsea have handled him this season. He's outraged he was dropped from the Champions League final starting line up. He's likely gearing up for a move out of the club. Now, should the worst happen (You know... the R to the MC thing...), would it not be worth a punt on a player who was at one time, one of the most feared marksmen in the world? Does that talent disappear? Do you suddenly lose world class status? Not in my opinion. He still has a huge amount to offer the game. He's Premiership proven and if anyone can get the most out of a player lacking in confidence... it's Arsene Wenger (I'm thinking the Thierry days here... not the Rambo ones... forgive my insistence on using history as gauge for this point).
On the Robin Van Persie situation. Juventus have pulled out of the race to sign him. After seeing that, my Sunday League team Hornminster United also withdrew their bid. It felt like we had a chance if Juve were in for him, but now they've seen the light... so have we. What a bunch of jokers they are...
I read another interesting article by a Bolton fan about Ryo Miyachi. You can check the Marble Halls run down here.
'He came here as a relative unknown but Bolton fans were hopeful that he could live up to the hype. Unfortunately, he didn’t.'
Not the best opening line to a player review. This is why we shouldn't get too excited about young players. Ripping it up in Holland is totally different to ripping it up in the Premier League. Does that mean he's a duffer? Of course not. What it means is that he isn't good enough for our first team yet. He should be given another loan next season to build his game up. He has plenty of skill, he has plenty of pace... he just needs to rough it with a team like Swansea or Norwich for a year. Learn what hard work is all about. Learn what it's like not to train at the finest facilities on the planet. Develop as a person outside the luxury of North London. We simply can't afford a season banging our seats in frustration at a player who isn't ready.
It'll be interesting to see what the manager does with Joel Campbell. He's been having fun over in Lorient. When I was in Paris a few months ago, the Lorient fan I met told me that they were more impressed with Giles Sunu. However, we're talking about Campbell. Now, from what I've seen, he actually looks like the sort of player who can do something in the Premier League. He'll be 20 by the time the season starts, he's fast, he has skill through the middle and out wide and he's performed at an international tournament. From an Arsenal point of view, he reminds me of Nik Anelka. However, his style on the ball reminds me a little of Eto'o when he was at Mallorca back in the day. I think he's a genuine talent, so it'll be interesting to see what he's going to be able to do when brought back over. We've had a bit of a duff run with strikers... I'm hoping Afobe or Campbell can buck that trend.
Another story doing the rounds yesterday was a swap deal between Chamakh and Adem Ljajic. Now, if someone comes up to you in the pub and offers to swap your sun dried tomato for a far fresher one. What would you say? Does this guy have a thing for sun dried tomatoes I've had in my pocket? Or is there something hideously wrong with the fresh tomato he wants to exchange with me. I'm going with the latter. How bad does this Ljajic have to be that Fiorentina are willing to take Chamakh in exchange? I'm not into this deal. I don't trust it. We hardly ever do swap deals anyway. So I'm guessing it's probably nonsense.
So there we have it... plenty to chew over. Including my sundried tomato.
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Have a good one!