Morning Grovers… and what a miserable one at that, on the football front and the weather front!
So… first up.
Adebayor is staying, Hillwood says that he is one of our best players, he has 3 years on his contract and that is a contract that he will not be released from.
Tough shit Ade… you’d better pray the Gooner faithful are in a forgiving mood.
Hillwood did however admit that Hlebinho would be leaving for pastures new, as reported by Le Grove last week.
“Hleb has made it clear he wants to go,”
“I think maybe he will go.”
Barcelona is Hlebs preferred destination, so let’s wait and see on that one!
The one good thing that may come out of this is that if Barca sign Hleb, it leaves that path clear for us to sign ‘2 games’ Arshavin. Apparently the Chav’s have dropped out of the race and Arsh would like his kids to learn English in London. His agent said this,
“The clubs who are following him are only just warming their engines.”“Arshavin’s future depends on what happens with Hleb and Adebayor.”
Exciting stuff there then! We sell a player who can’t score or assist and buy in a player for less money who can do both of those and more. What is even better about Arsh is moving to Britain would be the equivalent of a Brit moving to Spain… he is gonna love the weather! Weather he can hack it physically is a different question, but for me… his a 27 year old footballer, he’ll be alright!
Finally onto something darker… the quotes from yesterdays NoTW interview can from Agence France Presse (AFP), the worlds oldest press agency! So, unless someone comes out and denies it today, take the quotes at face value. If you read the interview, I think what is clear is that it wasn’t about Arsenal becoming a selling club… it was about player power, maybe an unintentional slip of the tongue by Arsene?
All the same, it raises the ugliest of questions… what do you want?
A) Usmanov to add us to his portfolio and catapult us to the top of the spending leagues with his dirty money.
B) Nice guy Stan to takeover as he is the favoured Billionaire. He could turn us into a big time player just like he has with his other sporting successes. Beware though… the weak dollar would probably see him levy the debt against the club.
C) Remain a selling club with the current board for 17 years because we have a long term plan.
I’ll let you decide the best option there, but one thing I will say it this…
Everyone is expecting a big implosion with football. Many people are saying the type of wages on offer cannot be sustained and people will just switch off in the end. Well, can I point you in the direction of Baseball, Basketball and NFL. They might be American sports, but I am pretty certain they don’t have the same following as the Premier League, yet the wages make the Premier Leagues look pathetic. We’ve already had a TV rights crash and we’ve come back even stronger.
Spoilt brat mercenaries are here to stay, sorry people.
There is a reason the Oligarchs and the Billionaires club are tracking only English clubs… they see a future in it and they see money in it.
Anyway, I’ll leave you to chew the fat off today’s post!