My solution for Samir Nasri and his contract predicament is simple. Scare him into signing one. Take a leaf out of Don Logan’s book Mr Wenger (Wenger is the bald one in this video)…
That’d scare the little chump into putting pen to paper.
How about turning to Don for a bit of advice on how to handle the Cesc situations. What would Don say to Guardiola?
Ahhhh, music to my ears. That’s how we should deal with them, enough of the respect nonsense. If I roll into Foxtons and offer £50,000 for a £1million house, they’re taking away my complimentary Appletizer before I can remove the lid. We should put a deadline on this, as we reportedly have done and tell them what the price is, how we want the money and whether we’d like to take Pedro or Messi in exchange.
If Cesc truly loves the club, he won’t mind staying on another year. If Cesc has a brain he’ll understand that the £26million for a player who…
- Has created the most chances in Europe over the past 5 years
- Has the most assists in Europe over the last 5 years
- Has more goals than Xavi in the last 5 years
… is worth a touch more than Barca are willing to offer. For me, Cesc is the BEST centre midfielder in his position, in Europe. He’s achieved all of those beautiful, sexy statistics whilst playing in an inferior team in arguably a far stronger league. La Liga has two good teams, outside those good teams all you have is a group of clubs of drop their pants week in week out to the top two.
People talk about superior technical ability, me, I say, what are you talking about? Surely part of technical ability is being able to out think the opposition? Sure some of the players in our lower teams might not be able to Cruyff turn with best of them, but something that is always missed when people slate the Premiership is that even the worst teams are generally made up of foreigners these days. We’re probably not a million miles of Spanish teams technically and we’re certainly far superior tactically.
An argument for another day, the fact remains, the best creative midfielder does not leave for a penny less than the people dictate! Right everyone? We dictate £40million yeah? Give or take a million? Agreed.
Oxbo Karma-Chameleon has gone public to the Mirror. He reckons he’s had a great time at Southampton but he’s now ready to follow in the footsteps of Jack Wilshere and play in the Premiership. Good times. Where is the only team in the top 6 he’ll get a game? Arsenal you’d have to imagine. I’m sorry to have zero enthusiasm for untested players of a sweet sixteen nature, but I’ve seen too many of them come in on a magic carpet ride of hype only to bomb spectacularly.
Things are quiet on the grown man front. This disappoints me. If you’re new to the Arsenal transfer schedule, what normally happens around this time is all the fans who predicted he’d do business when the window opened and a not a day before because ‘the team let him down badly’, start to point out that we need to qualify for the Champions League before we buy any players. Inevitably, Arsene Wenger follows suit by telling us once again, he’ll only sign a player if the economics work and that he won’t sign a £50million player and that we should stop harassing him for spending too much money.
That line is new in this season. If someone can dig out the journo or blogger who slated Wenger for spending too much money, can they send a link my way?
Karim Benzema has said he’d quite like to fight on at Real Madrid. I remember RvDV saying the same thing last season. Hopefully Madrid have a ready-made they’re ready to poach from somewhere and we can pick up Karim for a pittance later in the summer.
In domestic news, Kyle Bartley has told Wenger to stick his lower league loan idea. He wants to stay and fight it out for his position as a centre back. He’s a tall, aggressive centre back with a no-nonsense approach to defending. He’s very green, but he has all the ingredients Wenger traditionally over looks in a defender. He could stay on as our 5th centre back, but sadly, I fear Wenger has Miquel lined up for that role.
It’s also rumoured Arsenal have rejected a £1.5million bid for Henri Lansbury. With Denilson gone, it’s the boaty Englishman’s big chance to stake his claim on a squad rotation role this year. He needs to make sure he fights every second he’s on the pitch if he’s given the chance and he needs to make sure he performs.
Someone who works in the game told me a term I’ve forgotten, but apparently, there is something called a ‘crowd pleaser’ that some managers recommend from a player. That’s going in for crunching tackle early on in the game to let the opposition know you’re there and to fire up the crowd. Fans respond well to that and at Arsenal, we don’t see enough of it. Wayne Rooney does it at United all the time as does Essien at Chelsea. If Henri can get the crowd on his side early on in the season, much the same way Flamini used to, he could be a big asset for us. Remember, not everyone can be a Jack Wilshere… sometimes a club needs a bit of a Ray Parlour.
That’s pretty much all I’ve got for you today. I’ll be back next Monday (Here if you’re interested), in the mean time, I’ll leave you with Geoff. He’s been formulating plans in his bat cave out in Spain. He’s like a fizzed up can of opinions and tomorrow, he’s going spray all over you. Like a horny cat.
Adios! Today I sit in on a group training session with 32 ladies from a famous hair product company. Life is good.
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