It's so damn exciting this morning. We've got one quote for you that is both positive inwards and outwards.
“Giroud loves England as well as Arsenal. We know Wenger wants him in his team. If they make an offer that’s probably where he’ll go,”
“It’s likely that Giroud had to go to Arsenal. In this case we’ld like to get Chamakh on loan but I don’t know if it is possible.”
My oh my... what a comment from Montpellier coach Rene Girard. Bringing in a player who knows what the goal looks like and giving away a player who can smash through a shisha pipe in 4 drags. Sounds like a great deal.
The Chamakh part of the deal makes sense. I hate the fact that if we did decide to let him go out on loan we'd have to subsidise a whopping 80% of his salary. Montpellier have a top whack of £15k. What can you do? At least we'll get someone off the squad sheet. Ideally this summer I'd like less loans. Shift the players first then think about loans if we haven't made and impact by the end of July.
Clubs around Europe are totally skint in the main. When beasts like Madrid and Barcelona are £600mill in debt each, it shows you how grave the situations of other clubs must be. They'll be looking to get players on loan in the main I'd guess, so we have to be prepared for that. Still, like I've said countless times, we have plenty of players who are too young to sit on a fat salary and too talented in the main. Think what you like of Nik B, he's a good player and he'll do well somewhere in the right system. Same with Carlos Vela and JD. They might not be Arsenal quality, but given a run and a bit of faith, they could do a solid job elsewhere.
There's a lot of negativity around the possible departure of Robin. Now, I can completely understand this. What's given me a bit of hope is Montpellier are talking about Chamakh. If we get rid of Chamakh and bring in Giroud. That means we'll have to bring in another striker if we sell Robin. This could leave us open to signing a bit of a superstar if the worst happens. Giroud is a good striker, but I doubt he's ready to takeover from Robin from the get go... Geoff has been banging on about Llorente... that'd be grand. 29 goals in 40 odd games for Bilbao last season. He scored a load in Europe as well. Tall, great with his feet and at 27... just the right age to move away from Spain and sample the delights of London.
How exciting would that be people? HOW EXCITING WOULD THAT BE. Very.
We'll see though.
Just before we move off player movements. It appears Andrey Arshavin may be moving back to Zenit. That's another weight off our wage bill. I love Andrey. Regardless of what people say about him, he's one of the most supremely talented players I've ever had the pleasure of watching... and I've seen pretty much all of the best in world football over the past 15 years. If Andrey had the work rate of Ray Parlour, he'd have been one of the all time Arsenal greats. That's the shame of his career... we'll always have Anfield though and the season he saved our Champions League bacon. That's a good £75k off the wage bill... which is superb.
England did pretty well last night. Well organised. Pretty average. Played as a good unit. Took the lead. Landed the point. I'll take that. France have a far, far superior set up to us and they couldn't break us down. It was fantastic to see Chamberlain get the nod. He didn't have a whole heap to do but I thought he put in a decent performance. He's so powerful. He just needs to make his decisions a tiny bit quicker at the highest level. Hopefully he'll get more of the ball against Sweden. The future looks promising for him. I love his power and turn of pace. He's going to have a big impact with us next season if he's given a decent run.
Full credit to Roy Hodgson as well. Professional and bold with his selection... it's been a while since we've seen that in an England manager. Let's hope he pulls us out of the group!
Some news I glossed over yesterday... Jack Wilshere was ruled out of the Olympic squad. Shocking that he basically had to provide a wheel chair permit to get out of amateur duties this summer. At least he'll be well rested for the coming season. However, like Geoff pointed out to me the other day, he'll probably be in and out of the medical centre all year. We can but hope though... if Colin Lewin can keep Robin fit for 56 games, he can keep Jack fit.
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Plenty of interesting stuff for you to chew over... have a good day!