Ahhh jeez, I felt all guilty for pis*ing on everyone’s chips with the Joel Campbell story yesterday so I wrote a piece about him only to come in and find out the deal was dead and he wasn’t having a medical at Arsenal. I’ve left the above caption in just because I know it riles all the scousers who seem to have taken to reading Le Grove of late. Poor Kenny eh? Suarez won’t be back for the start of the season now… Anyway, I can leave some of the Joel Campbell stuff in especially if you were thinking about visiting his loan club Putreanus. Below are a list of things you’re not allowed to take into their stadium.
- Powder or devices pyrotechnics
- Non-folding umbrellas or parasols
- Small sticks of meat
- Wood or tubes for the flags
- Packages (plastic, glass and metal)
- Perforated paper
- Pencil-holder, markers or labellers
- Great chains, with key rings
- Knitted cap
- Compressed air cylinders for bugles
Wow, more boring than the Emirates…
So the point of my now de-funct post was that Joel Campbell to look at reminded me of a young Nik Anelka. He had pace, quick feet and a rasping shot. If we’d signed him, my bet was that he was going to be brought in as our Hernandez. Rolling Nik B off the bench to rescue a match is a bit like rolling out Alan Shearer out to spice up a boring party. Now, I’m not sure why Arsenal pulled out of this deal. If it was for £900k and the price doubled, surely we could have handled it. That, or Dick Laws thought the chances of him being any good were so slim, £1.8million was still a massive gamble.
Either way, with Nik B seemingly off… we’ve got a vacant position.
The way I see it now, we have 2 types of striker to choose from. We have slightly cultured carthorse who can, when needed, head a ball into the net. He can hold the ball up and work like a dog when not tired. Then we have the master, Mr Van Persie, creating the magic for thirty games a season. Now we need something different. Perhaps a blend of the two… because I don’t think Gervinho will be used centrally and I’m pretty sure Theo won’t be granted his wish either.
My solution? Romelu Lukaku… a player linked with us over the weekend and a story I forgot to speak about. He’s a young player who has done his graft in Belgium, which by the way has a production line and a half these days, scored plenty of goals and clearly looks as though he could be the next Drogba. You’re killing careers with this guy, but you’re doing it with proven youth talent. You’re buying up the Belgian Wayne Rooney here, except without the granny shagging and the £190k contract.
Some young players just ooze class. This boy is one of those young players. Wouldn’t it be great to have an upstart like him in the side? Wouldn’t it be great to have an 18 year old who could hold his own physically now? Wouldn’t it be great to beat Chelsea and Man City to a player for once?
Watch this space I say… Wenger has to make a move for someone and it ain’t Joel Campbell (Woo hoo!).
The king of sound bites is back again wooing the fanbase with exciting rhetoric…
‘We’ve got a substantial amount of money that we can invest. The important thing for us, which can be frustrating, is not doing it only in response to a public clamour but in a way that can positively impact our performance next year. That’s the focus now’
‘He knows who the players are, he thinks and talks about strategy. He is not an owner who is ever going to say, ‘I think your judgement on the left-back isn’t the right one’. He is just not going to do that.’
‘If we found an established world-class player and we thought the economics made sense and he would add to what we could do on the pitch then there’s no philosophical objection to that.’
‘Arsène has no point of principle to show the world that he can build his own team of young players. That’s just not the way it is.’
Now, as I’ve said before, Ivan is totally aware of the issues around Arsene Wenger and he, more than anyone, knows the importance of having a great team on the pitch heading into a commercial renewal period. For me, that interview is a gentle nudge to Arsene Wenger. Perhaps telling him that hiding behind a balance sheet is no longer an acceptable excuse. Good news is, our business isn’t over… but I must say, I’m growing tired of the disappointment associated with Wenger’s inaction and I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple more teens is all we buy this year.
At least we know the ball is in his court this summer… like we did last summer eh?!
Interesting that Gazidis used the left back analogy eh? Something on your mind Ivan?
A lot of Gooner’s asking why we weren’t in for him… well, I’m not really that fussed. We’ve already jumped in at the deepend with Chezzer. I wouldn’t mind Wenger signing someone experienced to keep him on his toes and competitive, but for me, it wasn’t Shay Given. He’s not the best at collecting crosses and with a back line like ours, that’s what you need.
Where do we go from here?
Well, rumour has it Cesc is too ‘injured’ to travel to Cologne. I was told before preseason that he was going in for treatment, so I don’t know where I stand on his injury. It’ll be interesting to see how often he’s out next season if he does move to Barcelona. I seem to remember Thierry needing a whole season to recover from the Premier League and the rigours it brings.
Peter Hill-Wood has come out and said that Barca haven’t made any more offers for Cesc. Apparently their opening bid was £26million. Laughable you’d waste fax paper and an PA’s time sending an offer that pathetic over. I hope Cesc feels embarrassed. Pretty humiliating stuff when you’re one of the best in the business.
Boycott FIFA 12
Finally, Manchester City have tied up a deal that will dishearten all gamers out there. They’re in cahoots with EA to peronalise content for the game going forward. Apparently all 1,500 fans world wide can get even closer to players they idolise. Like Tevez… opps, I mean Adebayor, oops, I mean Bellamy… I mean whichever one of the 457 man squad they favour the most. Nice to see that EA have chosen Arsenal to be the whipping boys in a video with an extremely drossy Beady Eye song in the back ground.
It’s all about Pro Evolution Soccer I’ve heard? Well, it would be if I played computer games.
Anyway… enjoy your day today. Geoff is taking over on Thursday for the weekend as I’ve got the pleasure of Magaluf for a stag do. Yep… Magaluf. Should be fun. Like Liverpool in the sun. Or eating a vomit sandwich. Can’t wait.
Before I go… Arsenal, are you for real?
See you in the comments!
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