Welcome to Saturday everyone. It’s a bit grey and cloudy. In my personal opinion, I’d say that’s probably more the down to there being no Arsenal to watch this weekend. I feel grey and cloudy inside. Still, there’s plenty of news to chew through this morning.
First up, Andre Santos is available and fit after a few months off nursing an injury. I mentioned a few weeks back that he was running again. He’s over whatever problems he’s been having and for me, he should go back into the first team. I think he’s better positionally than Gibbs, I think he’s extremely talented going forward and I like his strength. We’ve really missed his presence over the last few months even though we saw little of him before he left us.
In other injury news. Diaby won’t be available this Monday. Is that news? Or a copy and past job from the last 4 years of posts? Yossi will be back if all goes well this weekend. That’s good news. He’s added a bit of edge to our midfield of late and I’m a big fan of him as a player. We’ve also had reasonably positive news on Jack Wilshere. He’s had another scan and he could make the move into training soon. Again, like I said a few months ago. I’m not fussed if we don’t see him for the rest of the season. I’d rather him fully fit than risk another long layoff. Monday will see the return of Arteta and Rambo. Good times…
More good news is that Rosicky is set to sign a new deal with the club. I had a think about this last night. He’s offered very little to the club over the years, but he is a talented player. We can’t keep binning off experienced names. So him signing on for 2 years, not one, is a good step for the club and the player.
Wenger said we’re nowhere near a deal fro Podolski, then went on to list all of the things he liked about him.
‘He’s (Podolski) a good football player, above all. He can play for us because he can play central, play right and play on the left. He has 96 caps for Germany and is 26 years old, which is the best age.’
You can’t really argue with any of that. You also can’t argue with Wenger’s insistence that he’s being signed to compliment Robin, not replace him. Wenger is clearly furious with Manchester City and their public flirtations with Robin. He says he won’t sell him there and that’s fine. However, I feel like we’re here every summer listening to the same rubbish.
‘He is professional. He is committed. We won’t sell to the highest bidder. What are you supposed to do when a player won’t sign a contract.’
It all gets a bit boring. If City come in with a £40million bid. He’ll go to them. Why pretend he won’t? We need to sell players to generate revenue for team improvements. If he wants to go there, we’d never stand in the way. Why? Because when have we ever been that strong in the transfer market?
Wenger seems insistent that last summer was not the fault of the club. I can’t understand how he can claim that on any level. We all knew Samir wasn’t going to sign when he didn’t sign the deal off before the Carling Cup Final. We all knew Cesc wasn’t interested in playing for us. Most of us knew he wasn’t motivated… then he came out and admitted it in the press. I’m not questioning Robin or his motivation to the team. What I am questioning is whether the club have the balls to turn down a transfer offer that is 2.5 times what anyone else would dare bid.
Still, what we can be pleased about is the clubs strategy for keeping Robin is starting now. We’re winning games. We’re looking strong contenders for the top four. Now we’re signing up top talent. We need to keep on moving things forward over the next few months… because you never know what Robin might do.
Keep em’ crossed people! Oh, and hope that David Moyes celebrates his 10 year anniversary at Everton with a stylish win over Spurs today!
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