So first up, Boxing Day. Will they won't they cancel the West Ham game. Who knows. Arsenal need to make a decision sharpish because there are fans from all over Europe making their way over to the ground for the match. Apparently this dispute has been going on since 1992. It's about pay, as it always is. Train drivers eh? They don't live in the real world do they? Pardon the pun, but I'm looking forward to that gravy train coming to a shuddering halt.
Automated trains... they be the future.
Has anyone ever wondered what a gravy train is?
The bonus of the game is, that if cancelled, our next isn't until the 29th. Refreshed fit players for Newcastle.
Onto football news. Demba Ba stated his lust for Arsenal over the weekend. He has a buy out clause which should be called the Santa Clause. Why? Because he's a very, very good player and £7.5m is a snip. There have been questions over his knee, apparently Stoke turned him down because of it. However, his appearance record looks sharp. He's played 54 games over the past 1.5 seasons and he's banged in an impressive 27 goals. That's an exceptional goal tally for someone who would cost us £2.5m more than we paid for Aaron Ramsey.
He's a risk, but a well calculated one. He's like the Robin signing for United. Pretty much the same sort of appearance figures as well, same sort of risk, same sort of reward if it goes well. We need a settled striker who can hit the ground running. This guy should be our number one choice in January. No haggling over fee, just activate the clause.
In other news, the players are worried about Theo leaving as we all are. Thomas Vermaelen in particular...
"Of course we want him to stay, but that is something that is going on between the player and the club. I don't know what is going on behind the scenes - we don't talk about it, because that is going on in football all the time,"
Players don't gossip and talk about what's going on? Sad thing is Theo's finally coming good and he's the best we have up front. My gut feeling is he might not leave. He just wants to play centrally. If he can prove he's the man for that role, why would he go? I'm not sure there are many other clubs out there who'd play him through the middle. My gripe with Wenger is that he took so long to put him centrally. The fact he played Gervinho there before him tells you all you need to know about Arsene and being told what to do. Sometimes he will cut his nose off to spite his points total.
I was told months ago Theo doesn't want to leave, however, the closer we get to May, the more likely he's going to be persuaded by mega dollar moves elsewhere. When he said the other night it takes a long time to seal a deal, all I was thinking was, 'yeah, until the summer' and 'story of my love life'. If he gets through January without signing the deal, he'll be off. It all looks very Matty Flamini at the moment.
The Times are reporting that we've opened talks to sign Huntelaar for £100k a week over three years. He's an ok player, but he has no pace and he's never played in the Premier League. Breaching our defence is hardly something to write home about. He has a good goal scoring record, I'm just not convinced he'd be better than Demba Ba...
Final piece of today's post is about the possibility that Arsenal might be signing Stoppila Sunzu. He sounds like a Manga character, but he's actually an untested centre back from Zambia. Right up our street then! If you want to read more about him, here is the link.
Right, that's it... have a great day!
P.S. I saw that Gunnerblog were dealt a cease and desist letter for using the clubs old logo. Seriously. Who signed off that at the club? Bloggers, love them or hate them, are part of the Arsenal digital experience. The club are pretty good with us normally so it's a surprise to read such a story.