This is the quietest day of the summer so far. Nothing. No real transfer stories, no scandal… nothing new on the Nando’s menu!
So we’ll start the day off with the game last night. Wow. Technically amazing football can be dull! It was a bit of a tactical slog. A few chances, a few good saves… then penalties.
England have so far to go with spot kicks compared to the rest of the world. Last night celebrated both incredible saves and the outrageous audacity with some of the strikes. Ramos slipped a chipped penalty in. Nani, after forgetting the order of his kick rifled into the top corner… and to win the whole thing, Cesc Fabragas stepped up and slotted his shot in off the post.
Forget last summer, I still have a lot of love for him. He’s going to be one of the greatest creative midfielders the world has ever seen. We were lucky enough to have him with us through the formative years. What a dream player he is. Such a shame we didn’t build an incredible team around him. His talent merited it.
In Arsenal news, all we have to go on is David Ornstein of the BBC and his tweet.
Every journalist seems to have the inside line on this transfer. Most seem to gambling on a definitive decision in the hope it’ll come true. Robin agreeing wages with City in March is a stupid story. I must say though, I am quite inclined to believe someone from the BBC. Mainly because I think the story makes a lot of sense.
How does this work out for Arsenal. What is £25million worth to us?
If we keep him and let him go for nothing, the on cost of that works out at about £29million. However, if you consider the point that he won’t be worth £25million next year, he’ll be worth more like£15million, actually, the cost probably isn’t that much of an issue. In fact, if you do the sums, we’re actually saving ourselves £7.2million by keeping him on the deal he currently has for another year. We’ll be getting a £220k a week striker for £80k. That’s not bad business if he bangs in 30 goals next season.
£25million isn’t really worth a whole lot to us as fans in the sense that Arsene won’t go out and reinvest it. If we keep Robin, we keep the glamour of Arsenal going. It sends a message out to the rest of the squad and it heavily reduces the pressure off Podolski and Giroud in their first season. It also gives Wenger a year to work on Robin. If he makes a few choice signings… and they make an impact next year, he might just sign on for us again.
Trouble is Robin… that contract you’ve got on the table now won’t be there next season if you get injured or have a poor year.
To my mind, he’s playing a very risky game with his future.
That said, as a selfish fan… I’d love him to see out the last year of his deal.
Where do you stand on the matter? Let us know in the comments!
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P.S. This has no correlation to Arsenal… but check out the below. KFC for breakfast? Are you f*cking kidding me? What a day this is for fans of the Colonel.