How good can a morning be when you hear Santos had a conversation with Arsene Wenger about coming back to Arsenal next season? They had a chat, spoke about getting on top of his game, embraced in a big hug... now he's telling the Brazilian press he'll be seeing his deal out this side of the pond.
That's what happens when the money is too good and the manager isn't harsh enough.
Chelsea want to get rid of Florent Malouda, he won't leave presumably for the same monetary reasoning... so they've shipped him off to train with the kids for a year. Fair shout I say. If your only contribution is recieving a massive wage every month, you shouldn't be involved. Arsenal don't make it tough enough on the players we want to bin. Perhaps if it wasn't a pleasure coming in to training every day, they'd leave more readily?
News emanating from Spain from two very unreliable sources suggest Arsenal could be in for Dani Alves this summer. The talented right back is being lined up to replace Bacary Sagna if he decides to leave for pastures new. I mean, on the face of it, he's an exceptional talent... I couldn't complain. I just wonder what an attack minded right back would do to shore up the defence? He's top class, but would he be as top class in a team that is far from it? Who knows. It's a better proposition than Jenkinson taking over. I do like the way our team is starting to take on a bit of a samba feel to it... well, at least through the players we're being linked with.
In other transfer news, we're being strongly linked with Wanyama of Celtic. I took time out to watch their game last night and I have to say, I wasn't overly impressed with him. He's got a touch of the Alex Song about his game. He didn't really sit deep and his overly ambitious passing wasn't always what the Scottish team needed. That said, when given the chance, he was controlling of the midfield... Celtic played well in patches last night, but you can't help but think that was part of the Italian's game plan. Their small gifted players ripped Celtic when they needed to. Marchisio, Matri and Pirlo were all impressive. It's odd that no one every really tries to pick off players from the Italian league. There must be some gems out there.
The picture below is flying around the we at the moment as the shirt Nike have proposed for next year. Honestly, if ever a shirt said 'the intern knocked this one up'... it's that effort. What a boring design. Not just that, it kind of looks like the sort of thing you'd be able to buy for your Sunday league side on ProdirectSoccer. It also seems unusual to see a leak when there are at least two other brands in the running for our shirt contract.
In news outside of Arsenal, I thought this comment on QPR and their acquisition of Samba was worth a share (Anzhi Director)...
'In my view QPR have lost their minds. When they agreed to pay his release fee we wept.'
As we really are struggling with news at the moment, Lukas Podolski caused a stir yesterday as he posted pictures of himself around London. It was crazy, it was like one minute he was by the Palace, then he was by Trafalgar Square... this taxi he was in could go anywhere for a fee. Magical. It was cool as well, because at certain points in the day, you could tweet 'Oh my god, Lukas is right by my office'... even if by close, you meant 6 miles. Lukas, why didn't you come to Covent Garden? You ruined my day.
Anyway, that's it. 6 days of Santos stories. At this rate, I'm going to have to start making up my own news.
Catch you tomorrow.