Well after weeks of keeping my mouth shut, finally I can reveal the names of goalkeeper and defensive midfielder I was told we were in for.
The Sun has forced my hand by getting hold of the Reina story which was my first name, this isn’t new, the phone call actually happened weeks ago when we were telling Barca where to go (June). So I can confirm that despite the massive sums of money involved, the story is bang on. What the Sun failed to mention that we enquired after Javier Mascharano as well.
That’s why generally I’ve kept calm this summer because I was sure we were going after top names.The Spahic rumour flew in the face of everything I’d heard. I thought, how can we be in for world class players one minute… this guy the next? I assumed we’d done the usual and bid £2million for the pair and offered a years subscription to ATVO to sweeten the deal.
My initial theory was that we’d buy Reina for a princely sum allowing Schwarzer to go to Liverpool which would in turn allow them to buy some defensive reinforcements. I didn’t quite realise we’d be lumping out that much money for him, I thought it’d be a £25mill for the Argentinian and £15mill for Reina.
I’m sure that we’d all forgive the joker Reina for his misgivings if he signed up for the Arse and if a signing ever was going to get the fans going, it would be this one. It would probably be the most effective signing of Wenger’s reign. I’d liken it to walking through the desert for 5 year, living off beetles and lizards… then turning the corner and finding a 3 course meal that Gordon Ramsay had just prepared! You’d pleased because it’s food first and foremost… but damn, that is a great way to end your starvation!
The Spaniard in an Arsenal shirt would be an amazing coup and would satisfy our need for a quality keeper ten fold!
I’m not sure what’s going to happen with Javier, I know he wants to go to Inter, but last year he wanted to go to Barcelona and then Madrid last season. He wants to play in an attacking line up and he wants Champions League football. Remember that Wenger has been in for him before when £7.5million was the touted price. I think he’d be a superb signing for us and he’d give our midfield real strength in depth. The guy has that little bit of nasty in him I feel we sometimes miss. He’s also a bit mad… I like that.
This could be a superb week and if it’s all true, it proves that we’ve now got money, that world-class players can be the future and that we could be the big guns once again!
I told you the two players we were in for wouldn’t disappoint… let me know if I was right in the comments!
Have a great Saturday!