All the talk yesterday was about the comments made by dearly departed Samir Nasri. A player more obsessed with Arsenal than Adebayor and the full legion of Junior Gunners. His comments weren't really that interesting. They were used a wet kipper to batter the side of Mancini's face and they were also put out there to alert Arsenal to his summer intentions.
The comments that seems to have grabbed the most attentions is the one about Stan Kroenke wanting to sell him for the 'money'.
"(Stan) Kronke told him not to sit on a transfer fee. I still had a year contract (the lease ran until June 2012, ed), I had many proposals from big clubs I had discussed it with anyone because it was not done vis-à-vis Arsenal. It has always been very clear between us. "
Now, I don't know about everyone else, but I'm sure this was covered off that summer. It's not news that Stan Kroenke wanted to take the fee for Nasri. What was the alternative option? Say no to £25million for a player who had bombed out the second half of the season costing us any chance of a winning a trophy? Keep a player who wanted the money of City? If he couldn't motivate himself when playing for a contract, how did people expect him to play when he was winding down one?
As I've said many times on here before, it's not the selling of quality players that gets me, it's the lack of interest we have in replacing them with top quality that is the issue. If we'd reinvested that cash, we wouldn't have missed Nasri at all...
Samir then goes onto say moving to City wasn't a financial decision even though he earns more than he's ever earned in his life. He also calls Arsene Wenger the best coach who has ever managed him and he says that Mancini was wrong to say he'd like to slap the young Frenchman.
Why anyone would want another bottler at Arsenal is beyond me. We need winners. I'm talking players that want to win wherever they're playing under whatever circumstances are thrown at them. We want more Jack Wilshere's in the side, not petulant bottle jobs who throw the towel in at the first sniff of money. Samir Nasri will never be a great because he doesn't have the ingredients in the head that make you world class.
Marco Reus of Dortmund had some solid words to say about Rosicky...
"My idol was always Tomas Rosicky. He used to be phenomenal. He had such a good eye for an opening and knew where his team-mates were, and he was so quick. Rosicky had great technique...was so intelligent and mature. I copied everything about him,"
It's a shame Rosicky has always been beset by injury. He never really filled the void he was supposed to fill when we shipped off Robert Pires. A great shame. I still think he's a handy player. You have to say though, when Dortmund players are openly flirting with him, the chances are, they really are in for him this summer.
Right, that's me done, enjoy you Tuesday and I'll catch you in the comments later!