Good morning Grovers! It’s a quick post from me today as I’m literally melting away at my desk.
The devastating news today is that we’re not one of the clubs Eden Hazard wants to play for. The young Belgian winger has stated that he’s only interested in moving to Chelsea, City or United. Those are this weeks clubs of his dreams… so I’m guessing we’ll see him move there shortly. I can’t believe that anyone is going to pay an untested player £200k a week off the back of 3 good seasons in Ligue One… crazier things have happened though. Like Nandos inventing a breakfast roll… yes people, it’s true. A BREAKFAST ROLL. Check it out.
In news of a more tea lady like nature… I had an interesting call yesterday. I know lots of people were jumping on the back of Steve Bould after his comments in the press about the squad only needing minor tweaks. This to many felt like we’d be getting more of the same. Well, I think we firstly have to realise he’s coming into a new job. If you were in the real world taking over a department from someone who had been there 43 years… it’s doubtful you’d go in and tell the team half of them were useless and everything was in a right royal mess.
He’s fully aware that certain players aren’t cutting the mustard, he knows that certain processes aren’t being undertaken that could improve us and he knows there’s loads of work to do. He’s just easing his way in. The last thing he wants to do is slate players that he might have to call upon next season if he can’t move them on.
On the player front, we’re working on bringing players in but from the sounds of it, we’re working far harder on moving them out of the club. We have a ridiculous wage bill, we can’t bring in loads of players without thinking about what we’ll do with the ones we have to pay right now. Moving on Chamakh is going to be tough. If you look at the French league, Montpellier have just won it with a top earner on £15k a week. Chamakh is taking home £75k. What are the chances that he’d leave to take a pay cut of £60k? The only hope you have is a club in a better league taking an interest. It’s the same for a number of other players, who’d take Squillaci on £50k? He’s too old and too poor. Who’d take Denilson? He’s useless. We know that. I think the only way we’re going to get around the contract issues off a lot of these players is to do deals… realease them and take the hit. Give them an early bosman. What they lose in basic they can make up for in signing on fee.
These players are still capable on some level… just not at the top. Which unfortunately is where we’ve pitched their salaries. You have to hope and pray that we’re not going to make the same mistakes with players moving forward. Potential is not a good way to guage a contract.
Talking of future players, I’ve heard nothing on M’Vila. Though I’m sure we’re sniffing around. The hottest lead I can give you is that it does sound like we’re working hard on a deal to bring Kagawa over. The midfielder is super talented and he’s full of goals and assists. He’d be the perfect addition to our midfield and he’d be the perfect addition to our marketing portfolio. Isn’t is sweet how Arsenal fans always look at the business value of a player when we assess talent.
Jack Wilshere should be fine for the start of the season. His issue was around a recurring problem he’s had for years. That’s sorted now. The foot is strong like a bull. He’ll be fine for the start of the season. We’ll also have a fit Arteta and Mertesacker. There’s no hope for Diaby… but you all knew that anyway. We have the core of a strong squad. If we bring in 3-4 players and shift on 6 in the process, we’ll be a far better outfit come the new season.
I’m positive about this summer. You should be to. Things sound very different to this time last year. It does all come down to the will of the club to move on players who offer no value other than a big smile.
That’s the post out of the way.
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