Good morning people of Arsenal Blog, Le Grove. I trust you are well, today I reach the grand old age of 27… I’m the same age as Robin Van Persie.
Sure he has more money than me… but I have less grey hair and a better right foot.
Deal with that my friend, deal with that.
What did I get for my birthday? No signings. Thanks a lot Arsenal.
We do have some news today though and plenty of manufactured stories for you to sink your teeth into!
Firstly, Alisher Usmanov has taken his stake to 29%. Once he hits the magic 30% he can cause all sorts of problems at board level. He can gain access to the full accounts of the club and release a steady stream of uncomfortable information into the public domain.
Well, that’s what I thought until I rang the AST and found out that actually, he can’t gain access to anything that interesting. There’s a debate as to whether he can access the information at all. It’s not a legal loop-hole he’s exploiting, it’s a Premiership rule he’s interpreting for his own needs. A rule that wasn’t for the purpose of PR. Still, being part of the Wiki Leaks generation, it would be interesting to know how much we’re paying certain players / managers. It’d also be interesting to see the Directors expenses. Is Ivan Gazidis putting Red Hot House Wives – Holiday Inn Edition on his forms?
Who knows… I know I
Sadly, Usmanov won’t be able to tell us whether there has been a higher churn of season tickets this summer or whether we lost out financially on this tour because of the late rescheduling.
If we can’t get the information from the club, I’d like to find out a few things from you…
1. If you haven’t renewed your season ticket yet, have you had a call asking why?
2. If you DON’T have a season ticket, have you been offered club level?
3. If you DON’T have a season ticket and you’ve been offered one, where was your number last year?
4. If you were on the waiting list, has your number dropped since last year, if so, by how much?
That would be interesting to get a feel of where we are and what the impact of last season has had on waiting lists etc…
Back to the Uzbek…
Billionaire’s don’t like losing. Usmanov is losing at the moment, the Arsenal hierarchy are acting like bullies on the say so of Fiszman and he’s now trying desperately to fight back. If he does hit 30%, I wonder if that would force the club into coming to the table. Whatever we think of Uzbek, he’s earned his right to a seat on the board and ignoring his expertise is probably an unwise move. Though it has to be said, his aggressive purchasing of people’s shares is a bit crude and jumping on the back of negative fan sentiment is more transparent than… err… a clear plastic cup or an Evian bottle.
Player movements have in the main, been very quiet. Now, I can’t be bothered to read up exactly why, but one of the reasons is apparently some change in the tax laws coming into effect and the other is something to do with salaries and us not wanting to pay them out for as long as possible. I’ve only heard this on the grapevine, but apparently we’ll be tying up deals in early July. This news isn’t from my usual source, but interesting all the same. Let’s hope City don’t steal a march on us on any of our targets.
Spurs are trying to sign up Cahill… not sure how they’re funding that.
News is looking good on Alvarez, the Velez President said that he’d be moving to an unknown English club. I know Arsenal have taken a very serious interest in him and they’re very excited about his abilities. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean he wants to join us. Still, you’d have to think we’re in with a good chance if we’re sending folk out to South America to meet him. I’m guessing he’ll be coming into the team to replace Rosicky who has fallen away big time after his footballing skills sadly rotted away in our medical centre.
Thankfully, Arsene Wenger invested in GPS technology (probably Gazidis if I’m honest) and our injury record is getting a lot better. He can now see the damage his training techniques are causing players first hand, which is simply marvelous.
That was probably one of the highlights of last season, we had pretty much a full squad to pick from all year. There were no excuses other than poor personnel at the end of the season. When you can’t be bothered to fight for the league when you’re in second, chances are, you’ll never learn. That’s why there’s going to be such a big clear out this summer.
One player who won’t be going anywhere is Cesc Fabregas…
‘”If we make an offer and Arsenal don’t accept it, Cesc won’t come this year. Guardiola understands that.”
Unlucky Cesc, you have all the DNA, shame Barcelona don’t have the money. You must be getting tired of this eh? Your home town club think some unknown winger with a girls name from the Italian league is worth more to their plans than the best Spanish player of a generation. I don’t want to stir things up, but they really must not care about you? They must think you’re a bit desperate as well… you know, like a bit needy.
Two years running they’ve told the world you’re not worth that much money… I mean, if someone headhunted me at work, allowed me to hand my notice in, then told me they didn’t want to buy out my £62.80 contract clause, I’d be majorly miffed. I probably wouldn’t talk to that company again.
You know what else I’d do, I’d thank me lucky charms I was at Arsenal, I’d pull my finger out next season and stop imagining injuries and I’d show Barcelona and the world exactly what I was missing out on.
… because let’s be honest, last year all you showed Barca is that in the pressure games, you didn’t want to stand up and be counted.
That’s just me though… you can just sulk if you like… but it won’t force Barca into stumping up another £20million. Financial prudence in Spain is making this happen, god bless FIFA Fair Play and all the sensibleness it brings…
In other news, Roma are over to seal a deal for Mr Clichy. They’re talking £7million, a fair price for a player of his experience. I’ve loved him as a player, he’s hardworking, he’s an Arsenal boy, he’s never kicked up a fuss and his work ethic has never been in doubt. However, it’s clear he’s not progressing anymore and the mistakes have become a regular spectacle over the past 2 seasons. Still, he leaves an invincible and he leaves with his head held high.
I’m not sure about the replacement, it’s clear than Gibbs isn’t the man right now, though it has to be noted that Traore is now a French international, but probably still not good enough. Baines is a name that’s being touted around, I can’t help but think he’s a little average. We’re also being linked with Enrique, I’m pretty sure that’s just a case of lazy journalism… and outside that, I”m really struggling to think of top left backs we could snare?
Abel Taarbt? Get over yourself mate… your comments are embarrassing. You’ve had one good season in the Championship, your attitude is questionable, you chose Spurs over us years ago and even Arsene Wenger wouldn’t be stupid enough to replace Cesc with your inconsistent talents.
Throw that rumour on the pile with Joey Barton and Jermaine Defoe.
Finally, before I go, Geoff has had his say on Arsenal transfer rumours over at the Metro!
Right… have yourself a good day, I’m about to broach the subject of drinking Peroni at my desk in my new job.
They’ll be fine with that, right?
P.S. Check out this post from Arse2Mouse on Gervinho vs Hazard. A very good read.
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