It's Boxing Day and we've all been given a rest. Hey, even the train drivers have taken one today. So kind of them to take some down time and ruin everyone's festive period. I wonder if there will ever come a point when they say, jeez, we get paid pretty f*cking well. It'll probably never happen, but for me, they're storing up zero sympathy points for when automated trains come into action.
Not my problem. You'll never automate blogging.
Anyway, there's hardly any news floating around the web today. The only interesting bits I saw were around two Russians. The first is that Andrey Arshavin is rumoured to be on his way to Reading for £4million. I can't quite believe they'd give us that in fee for someone who earns a fortune but there you go. It's a shame we're flogging one of the few creative players we have in the team, but there you go. He never made it easy on himself and he was a shirker when it came to pulling his weight.
I'll always have a soft spot for him... he's the most talented player that never was.
The other tidbit I picked up on as I was scanning The Times Business section for my next major global financial investment, was the story about the Chief Exec of Megafon sweeping up £96million of shares in his own firm. Megafon is part owned by Usmanov. Shows you how much money is sweeping around certain parts of the world eh? Megafon is listed on one of the London exchanges. These Russian firms want to be globally recognised and they want the credibility that generally comes from being listed in respected markets. How long before Usmanov gets to 30%? When he launches a full takeover bid, will Stan take the money and run?
I seriously hope so... we need an injection of 'I give a f*ck' into the boardroom.
Wenger has dropped the first cliche of doom early this year.
“We are in the market, but only if we find players who will really strengthen us because we have a good squad. But if we find an exceptional player then we will take him."
What that means, is unless Messi becomes available for £2million, we won't sign anyone. Wenger and his 'exceptional players' line is almost as tired as his 'mental strength' pearler he busts out after we've been tanked by a lowly team. Simple fact here is that Wenger doesn't really know exceptional talent unless it's blatantly obvious these days. His record over the last few years has been pitiful. Cazorla has been the best buy in a long time, but come on, the man Xavi said was the best right and left footed player he'd played with... is hardly a diamond in the rough.
When you think of finding exceptional talent, you have to wonder what Wenger was thinking when he turned down the chance to sign Michu in the summer. Now, I'm not saying I knew he was going to explode, but Wenger and his team are supposed to be excellent judges of player attributes, why didn't they think a £3million punt on the Spaniard was worth it when they're prepared to gamble £12million on Gervinho? Quite amazing.
What I'm trying to say here, is that Wenger doesn't seem to have the knack for spotting exceptional talent these days. If he does, he dithers and loses out anyway.
I'm not expecting a busy January... we're sitting in third now, if we beat Newcastle, that'll be all the encouragement he needs to refrain from purchase.
Final piece of news today is around David Villa. The papers are reporting that Chelsea are in for him for £11million. That move makes sense, I'm pretty sure he was brought through under Rafa Benitez. I'm also pretty sure Chelsea will be able to pay him the cash he'd likely want. It's worrying though... Chelsea are going to bolster a squad that needed £70million worth of TLC in the summer. We're holding fire unless there are exceptional players.
If you can't find better players than a whole host of Arsenal players we have... you really don't merit a long term contract at a top club.
That's me done.
Have a good day!