Life is pretty sweet right now. Yesterday i left my front door key in the front door... all day... and I live near Elephant and Castle.
Not live in Elephant and Castle. I said near.
Nothing was stolen. How lucky is that? So lucky. We're also lucky because so far, it seems we've landed ourselves in a one horse race for one of the best strikers on the planet. I'm not exactly sure what Madrid are looking like cash wise... but whatever their stance, £40m for Suarez doesn't float their boat. £70m for Illiammdjdjakajuro and Isco is a pretty serious outlay if you're chasing down Bale for silly money.
News on our movements for a striker are positive. Firstly, Higuain moved to Napoli for £32m. Why is that great news? Well, it means we've gambled the summer on Suarez. Which, probably means I was there or there abouts when I said earlier in the week we've agreed terms with him. Arsenal are many things, but totally f*cking stupid, well, you'd hope they're not that... this year at least.
Now, this is the educated track on how it will probably pan out. Arsenal can speak to Suarez now, he'll be put on £120-40k and he'll agree that. Then he'll tell Brendan Rodgers Liverpool offends him, as does his 5 year project. Then Bredan is screwed. Speak to anyone in the game and they'll tell you there is no point in having a player not bothering their backside for you. It has a hugely negative effect on team spirit and it means you're carrying a player on £100k a week when you could probably buy 4 players who were committed who'd greatly improve your squad.
Liverpool fans, Arsenal have been here... Cesc, Robin, Song, Nasri and Hleb.
Rodgers won't fight this. So now the whole debacle becomes about posturing. Who comes out of this with more credibility. Last summer, Arsenal failed miserably at this part, signing away the title to United. Liverpool will do ok. Arsenal are very unlikely to go above £40m cash. Liverpool want closer to £50m. The two clubs will meet in the middle with 'add ons'... unrealistic ones.
>£3m if Arsenal win back to back World Cups
>£2m if Suarez goes a season without a yellow card
>£4m if Suarez scores 8 goals in a game
Hey, share your own, Dick Law reads the blog.
Once those terms are ironed out, which could take weeks, he should be ours. So basically exciting times. People need to stop saying 'we're bidding to give the impression we're spending big' because it's simply not true. We've not only matched his value, we've gone to the upper end in my opinion. Nothing has completed yet, but if it happens, of which there's a very good chance, it'll mark the announcement of Arsenal as a European super club.
10 years of hell, put to bed. Something to finally get excited about. We're nearly there people, nearly there.
In other chat I've had, I wouldn't get your hopes up for a 'Fellaini' type midfielder. Arsenal are acutely aware this Cesc story hasn't run its course. United aren't pestering Barca because they're into bullying. They know Cesc isn't 100% happy. Arsenal know if they sign a centre midfielder now, they'll have blown a sizeable chunk of budget and probably over crowded the midfield. Wenger wants Cesc and Arsenal won't let him go to United. If they could wait until next season, that would be ideal, with Cesc taking over from Arteta bang in the middle.
That's not to say we won't move for someone, it just means it might not be a mega signing. You never know though.
When you look at our options in the middle, i still think we lack a box to box terrier. We'll have a rejuvenated Ramsey there, Wilshere and Rosicky from the start along with Arteta and Santi. It just feels light weight to me...you know, one injury away from a unpalatable solution... we need to recruit. Surely there's a journeyman we can nab?
It's also worth noting that Gedion is getting more hype within the club than out, he won't be ready this season (Carling Cup aside), but the noise from within the club is that he's absolutely top class already. It was funny to see Jack competing with him for weighted passes the other night. The boy has been training with the first team since he joined (at 14 I believe). His running stats are supposed to be out of this world. If there's a new Cesc in the rankings, it's him. I feel for him, pressure like this on 16 year olds is horrible and I'm a total hypocrite for fueling it, but that's the game I guess. You can't protect fragile egos these days.
Just don't harass him on Twitter... it's perverse.
I couldn't find out much about Bernard outside what the press have. Wenger denied the specific report, but not the link. So interest in the Athletico Minerio wide man is likely to be true, just maybe not the details. Gilberto won the Copa Liberatores last night. I bet he's been giving Wenger the low down on Bernard.
I think the main area the club absolutely has to build out is the defence. I personally still believe we need a new keeper. A huge gap we've struggled to fill for years. We also need a first team defender. Maybe Williams, maybe someone better. With Monreal out until November, we probably need a left back to cover the fragile Kieran Gibbs.
Despite all the excitement of the last week, I hope the manager is fully aware that we were not a Luis Suarez away from winning the league last year. The work must continue after this deal. It absolutely must.
It'd be a great starting point though...