… storey building. With a planning application. To the council. You know, so we can shake off that image that we’re more about property development than on the pitch development. I’m so pleased. I’ve heard when our commercial deals are up, Foxtons are keen to take up the shirt sponsorship. At least we know the board have their eye on the ball eh?
Scott Parker appears to be on his way out of West Ham. I’ve heard that the Hammers are quoting £20million, I’m pretty sure everyone in world football knows they can’t afford his staggering salary of £85k a week, so I’m sure a deal can be done if there is some Arsene Wenger intent there. That would be a good start but for me, he’s no more than a squad player. He’s not taking us from 4th, which now looks like the position we’ll finish, to 1st… which is where a club of our stature should be at least competing for.
The shame of the summer for me would be having to say goodbye to Andrey Arshavin. According to the Guardian, Arsene is prepared to say goodbye to the little Russian for around £15million, which for me, would mark a very sad day in project youth. Interestingly, the podgy Russian has been our number one for appearances this year. He’s also probably our most productive player landing 18 assists and 10 goals. Yet because of his languid approach to the game, there is this perception he’s lazy. I think he’s had games this year where he has looked a bit lacklustre, but since January, I’ve seen a major change on the effort front.
Give me a lazy player who produces week in week out over a dopey try hard like Eboue any day of the week. Young players will learn off Arshavin, they won’t off Squillaci. Cases like this make me question the manager and his ability to motivate. Surely he should be looking to eek the best out of a player with that much talent?
… and for gods sake… don’t let him go to Chelsea!
I read a load of nonsense about the board asking Wenger to buy English this summer. That looked to me like a new website trying to put its stake in the ground for the summer ahead. It’s amazing how many blogs and websites do nothing from September to June, then they go into overdrive with transfer gossip from June to August.
On the transfer front, I can tell you that people who claim to know the transfer plans of Arsenal are lying. I pride myself on the sound information of Pam, she’s given you some great snippets all through the year but when it comes to transfer gossip, Arsene doesn’t let anyone know. Not his players, not his staff, not even the fricking tea lady…
Personally, I don’t think the emphasis of the board will be on Wenger signing this nationality or that… it’ll be focused on him actually putting together a solid plan for the summer. There was pressure last year for some signings, there will be even more pressure this year. I’d imagine that there will also be a lot of focus on how he’s managing the club, the set piece statistics and the collapses have been a cause for concern all year. Why is not one addressing them would be my question if I were the CEO?
Wenger doesn’t have a halo this year, the fans are sick of him which is now a universal feeling, the players are losing patience with him and I believe that even his backroom boys behind the scenes are at a loss. This is not a summer for keeping the faith with failed processes.
I’ve been reading with interest over the past few months the uptake of the term AKB. That was a term that we coined here 5 years ago (definition) that related to the type of fan who wouldn’t enter into a rational debate about the manager without saying ‘Arsene knows.’ That term has filtered its way into main stream gooner speak. It even made its way onto the front cover of the Gooner this month. It was never meant as a divisive term, it was merely there to describe a group of fans that were incapable of engaging in rational debate. I only mention it because I wonder if the group still exists? It doesn’t at the stadium anymore. Online, you might have to read behind the lines, but it’s clear not too are praying at the alter of Wenger. Even the comments sections are quiet.
I find it amazing that a man who held demi-god like status amongst a group of people has allowed himself to reach this point. How much further is he willing to go? Has anyone at Arsenal informed him of public opinion? Has his family asked him if his current approach is still the right one?
There has been a lot of talk about the Hulk and Falcao. The Hulk is a powerful front man who has a rifle of a left foot and the creative ability to open up a game. Falcao is an expert Columbian finisher with plenty of aggression and intelligence about his play. I’m a fan of Falcao, he reminds me a little of Luis Suarez and he’s the sort of box player we could do with but perhaps not fit to work in a 4-3-3. The Hulk, despite incredible statistics has always flattered to deceive, especially when he’s played against us. He’s not even that big, according to ESPN he weighs abot 11.5stone. I think he’s cumbersome, I don’t think he’s very skilled and I definitely think he has a bit of the Baptista about him.
£30million? Are you having a laugh!
In other news, Usmanov bought 12 shares yesterday and Kroenke bought 52. Excuse me for one moment whilst I mop up the excitement.
Word on the street is Gary Cahill wants a move to Arsenal. Well, that’s not really news is it. That’s like the Daily Mirror reporting I’d like to earn £150k a year working for Sky Sports. The emergence of talent like Cahill does raise the question as to why we never look to the lower leagues for defenders when we’re casting our net far and wide for top young talent.
Who would you sign from the Championship? Is anyone worthy this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!
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