The newspapers are bustling with tales of excitement this morning. I’m not going there first though. Instead, I’ll give you the bad news, then ease you into a crescendo of meaty transfer goodness towards the end of the post.
Mario Gotze has sadly signed a contract extension with Dortmund. This shouldn’t come as a surprise for a many reasons. Firstly, his advisers said last year he’d committed to the club for a further two years. He’s only a kid, he’s playing for the team he loves, he has no reason to leave early. Very similar to Jack Wilshere in that way. Secondly, Dortmund are the best team in Germany at the moment. They have a golden generation of players, thus making his departure even less likely. Thirdly, why the hell would any club sell their superstar asset before the Euros? You just wouldn’t. You’d wait for him to have an amazing tournament then you’d sell him for outrageous money.
One day, we might sign him. If we did, it would be an epic piece of business. Sadly though, I think even at 19, that ship has sailed…
Are you ok people? Do you want some cheering up?
Well, take this as you will, but all the major papers seem to be awash with stories of a summer clear out of barbaric proportions. We’re going to cull a lot of the squad away and sweep out the dead wood. Almunia, Fabianski, Squillaci, Park Chu-nooo, Chamakh and Arshavin will all be shown the exit door. Now, the cynic in me say that we were fed this nonsense last year and it never materialised. Apparently, behind the scenes, Arsene Wenger is very indecisive on player acquistion / sales. One minute he wants a whole bunch of players, the next minute, he sees little Johann, playing on his gameboy in the car park… and he can’t resist…
‘Guys, let’s give this one more go… the belief is strong and JD has a winning smile!’
Then we’re back to square one. I’m pretty sure that last year Arsenal fans were saying things like…
‘I think Arsene feels really let down by the squad this year, he’ll make the right decisions in the summer’
Nay… I’m certain. This year feels like it could be different from the off though. Firstly, Arshavin was shown the exit door way earlier than you’d expect. Almost to the detriment of our campaign. Park Chu-Young, Squillaci and Chamakh have been virtually ignored all season. There are very few players we’ve been face palming at their inclusion this year… bar that time when the full back positions were empty. I know people moan about Ramsey, but he’s a good player. He might not be world class yet, but for me, he has fantastic potential and he’s a threat when he’s on the pitch. Give the man time and he’ll show you what he can do. Back onto the exits… Denilson was shuffled out, Bendtner was sent to Sunderland, Carlos Vela was sent to Spain.
I’m hoping that come the summer, we take the same approach Mike Ashley took. If we can’t sell a player, let’s give him away. Technically, you’re not giving away a player who earns £75k a week that has two years left on their deal. You’re clawing £7.8mill back. Factor that over 6-7 players and you’re talking business. If the club need my e-Bay skills this summer, I’m more than happy to help.
The journo’s also seem to be pretty certain around the players we’re looking to bring in.
Podolski, M’Vila, Vertonghen and possibly this Giroud chap.
For me, that’s a great summer. Throw in Hoilett who I’m pretty sure we’ll be making a move for and you’ve had a great summer. Tie down Song, Theo and Robin… and well, jeez, you’ve had the best summer since records begun.
I just hope this isn’t press talk for the season ticket holders. We’re all signing up again. The run in has been great, things are looking good. The club just need to go out and deliver on the leaked stories this year. Another failed summer won’t be acceptable (I say that like we have recourse). However much we’re enjoying the position we’re now in, it still masks a pretty average season full of pretty dark lows. If Wenger goes out this summer and proves he still has the fire of 98 in him… there is no reason we make some serious progression over the next two years.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for you. I’ll be back tomorrow as usual!
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Have a great day.