I speak to lots of different people I’ve met through the site who do various roles at different organisations related to with football. Mainly because of Le Exchange.
I was speaking to one such person who has quite a lot of involvement at lower league level and he told me yesterday that when Joe Hart was at Shrewsbury Town, Arsenal were offered him, he was interested, but after scouting him a few times we decided he wasn’t good enough to join!
Amazing eh? Another one that got away!
On the keeping front, there were some rather naughty comments from our Polish number 4 keeper in the media yesterday. Apparently the reason he hasn’t gone out on loan this season is becuase he is entering the last year of his contract (at least he was in the summer). He’s now keen to get some first team football and he’s trying to hold the club to ransom and is a little upset someone who makes an error a game is the number two ahead of him.
Apparently he’s not the sharpist tool in the box and if he wants my opinion, he should sign on with us, go out on loan and stop being such a David Bentley. I appreciate he’s a major talent, but I don’t think he’s going to right way about winning a place in the side. He’s is only 20… he could do with a year at West Ham if you ask me. I’m thinking this is going to end one way… it has Merida written all over it. Project youth and it’s pitfalls eh?!
The Cesc quotes he made to a Spanish radio station may surprise some, talk of him going to Madrid would seem crazy for someone with Barca DNA, but I’ve said many times in the comments that’s a distinct possibility becuase I was informed a few months ago that Real Madrid told Arsenal in the summer they were prepared to outbid Barcelona for Cesc whatever the cost… and if Barca are still skint next summer and Cesc still wants to leave us, he’ll have to go to the highest bidder which will be City (who also enquired) or Madrid.
If the comments are true, they are calculated… that’s a message to Barca to up their bid and to Madrid to watch this space. Which is poor form from Cesc… He should be focused on Arsenal and he shouldn’t be talking to radio stations that he knows are looking for quotes like that.
In other news, apparently Vermaelen and RvP started running yesterday. The Belgian should be back for Drogba. Robin? Well, that’s anyone’s guess! Cesc’s injury isn’t major and it’s iffy if he’ll be back for the Chav game. One thing is for certain, he will not be risked…
Anyway… tune in at 0900 for the match report!