So the story we ran yesterday caused quite a lot of debate in the social space. In the main, most people understood the point I was trying to make, those who didn’t generally all fell off the concentration bike in the same place. Just a quick recap.
A. I wasn’t questioning the accounting of people like the Swiss Ramble or the AST. The projected spare cash that could be available for transfers isn’t in question.
B. The revelation as such was the fact that Arsene isn’t given all the money he generates through transfers to spend on players. So basically the deal is he has to sell to spend, but even then, he can’t have all the sale money.
This would make sense if you consider how little we did to replace Cesc Fabregas last summer… and then in January. This would make sense if you consider how little we’ve done to bolster our midfield this summer. This would make sense as to why we always ask what the price is then shave 70% off for our first offer.
Much of the debate yesterday centered around what Stan was earmarking the cash for if it wasn’t for players. Potential loan repayments perhaps? One for the AST meeting on Monday I feel…
Anyway, that was yesterday’s news. Let’s deal with the issues on hand because of our lack of ambition in the transfer market today.
Robin is rumoured to be interesting FC Barcelona. Sky and John Cross are pointing to Juve and PSG as potential front runners. I’ve said it plenty of times before, playing to empty stadiums in Italy in a league more corrupt than a travelers dog fight meet cannot be appealing to a player who is among the top 5 finishers on the planet. Joining a project like PSG should only really appeal to a 29 year old when they’ve won everything. That for me only leaves a few clubs that would be acceptable to host talent like our Dutchman’s.
Barca and Madrid are the perfect fit.
Now I can’t understand why we don’t look at what these clubs have on offer before we accept the hard cash. City have at least 3 strikers who are transferable and maybe even a few midfielders. Barcelona must have a surplus youngster we can borrow for 4 years. Word has it they’d look to sell David Villa to fund the purchase. Why don’t we just do a swap? Villa was interested in moving to us when he was at Valencia. We play a similar style of football to the Spanish… he’s such a good finisher I doubt he’d need too much time to adapt. He’d be the perfect player to come in for Robin. He’s also the only elite striker I can imagine we have a chance of snaring… there have been rumours abound for years that Villa isn’t much liked by Messi.
(Remember we when we sold Anelka and brought in Suker… like that but better)
In other transfer inbound news, apparently Victor Moses is interesting us. I remember we were sniffing around him when he was at Palace. I’d heard we eventually cooled on him because there were rumours about his actual age. Maybe I made that up? Anyway, if he’s as young as he doesn’t look, I wouldn’t be that disappointed in his signature. That might have something to do with how low my standards for a winger have dropped. After watching Theo for so long… they basically need to be able to stand up, complete on 6 yard passes more than 40% of the time and shoot. Victor Moses can do all these things and more. He’s very powerful, he caused us plenty of problems last year and he has a fair amount of skill.
Again, please take that last paragraph with a pinch of hungover and a dash of deflated expectation.
Another signing which has apparently depressed a lot of Arsenal fans is the rumoured one about Clint Dempsey signing for us for £10million. The signing was fine by me until I read it was based on guaranteed playing time.
Surely no one get’s guaranteed playing time at Arsenal. He’s a great squad player, I’m not sure he’d be one for a start every week. I’d see him playing out wide rather than centrally. If he was playing centrally, I wouldn’t imagine he’d play ahead of Giroud or whoever we buy in to replace Robin.
Please don’t tell me Dempsey is Robin’s replacement.
Say he’s Theo’s.
PLEASE GOD SAY HE’S THEO’S REPLACEMENT!
Anyway, he’d be a great squad buy. I like his work ethic and I love the type of goals he scores. The one he floated in against Juve a couple seasons ago was quite spectacular.
What I’m worried about is that all of our signings or mooted signings are simply good players. They’re not club direction changers. Where is that ‘wow’ signing? Where is the player that forces a song like… ‘who needs Anelka when you’ve got Kanu?’… I can’t see one in sight. I can’t see one being linked. I’m getting worried. Because to topple City or United, we’re going to need one of those and we’re going to need one before the disruption of preseason kicks in and Arsene has a whole raft of excuses as to why we’re not signing players.
Sorry I don’t have more to report on this morning. Things are little dry. One positive I can leave you on is one I mentioned in a post the other day. Apparently Steve Bould is already working on what he can bring to the squad next year. He’ll be taking ownership of the defence. That means he’ll be looking to push more video analysis, that means he’ll have the boys practicing defence separately and that means you’ll see a more old school approach to accountability. From the people I’ve been speaking to… Steve Bould is still by far the most exciting signing we’ve made this summer.
Good luck to Andy Murray at Wimbledon today. I’m not a huge fan of him. However, this tennis hoodoo needs to be addressed. If you’re indifferent to the result, check out this site (Murray site) for updates on what you should be thinking.
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Have a great day, see you in the comments.