Good morning Grovers, things are moving in a decidedly positive direction. We’re winning the summer as things stand and we’re getting ever closer to kicking off the new season.
The losers this morning? Well, they’ll be Nik Bendtner and Squillaci. No trip to Germany for them. No hanging out with Arsene in the bar until one in the morning slapping German girls backsides whilst downing jugs of Hoffenhein powering through bratwurst. Oh no. It’s early to bed to pray to the god of transfers.
‘Please lord, let this mythical major club come in for me and pay me what my ego feels it’s worth!’
As for Squillaci, I’m pretty sure he’s not praying to anyone. He’s done with football. He’s just sitting in watching box sets of friends getting fat off Wotsits and Hagen Das.
Who is the final loser? Well, depends on what you determine as a loser. You could say Robin has lost. He’s not found a club willing to match his wage demands or his transfer fee… so far. He’ll be heading out to Germany with the rest of the squad. From there, it’s up to the rest of the boys to make sure they work on him. Pull those heart strings, share those pringles on the coach on the way over, let him use your game boy. Make him feel special.
Who are the winners? Well, everyone who is over there. Cazorla has been given permission to join up with the rest of the squad, which will be great for morale. He’ll get to know the players, understand our style and club culture. Hopefully he’ll be fit to play the friendly as well.
Another winner is Andrey Arshavin. He’s been given a ticket to Germany which must be a real postive for him. The last place he wants to head to is QPR. My worry with Andrey is he can’t even motivate himself to play for his country. What hope has Arsene got of kicking him into gear this season? He’s such a talent who has allowed himself to go to waste for no reason whatsoever. He could have been one of the best in the world if he had the focus and the drive you need to make it at the top. Such a shame.
In other news, the Alex Song rumours won’t go away. Barcelona are willing to bid £15million for him which is typical of them. If they want him, they’ll have to do better than that. I’m not a massive fan of Song in our system, but if they want to play him in the Keita role, he’d probably be ok. He’s in his mid-twenties playing for a top English club, he’s worth £7million more than the mooted bid price in my opininon. Like I’ve said before, people need to get over Alex Song and how amazing he is. Two seasons ago Wenger saw him as a centre back, now I’ve got Gooners telling me he’s better than Modric. Do me a favour everyone. Spraying chipped balls into the box to the most clinical striker on the planet is commendable, but remember that he’s playing balls into Robin. When Cesc was here, he was landing 20+ assists feeding in Adebayor. Also think of how many bad passes he plays, think of the total lack of focus he has on doing his piece for the team. He sacrifices none of his game for the team… unlike Arteta who gives up a big chunk of what he’s capable of in the name of discipline.
Anyway, I’d still be surprised to see him go, but if we received a decent bid and we could replace him, I’m pretty sure we’d sell up. He’s got no interest in us. He’d be fine with a move. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. His silence says it all.
From what I’ve read we’re still working on Sahin. That would be a great addition considering how injury prone Wilshere , Arteta and Diaby are. Other than that, it’s all guns blazing heading into the new season.
How are your lines ups looking this season? How are we going to fit all these players in?
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P.S. How could I miss the Usmanov interview out?
He’s back in the press bitching about how he’s being bullied by the nasty folk on the board. The don’t like him and they don’t even know him. This is like a bad episode of Big Brother.
“I was also disappointed, and very much regretted, that Danny Fiszman, who at that time ran Arsenal, dealt with me on the basis of totally unobjective opinions and assertions of a few individuals.”
You can’t argue with the above. It was all rather childish if you ask me. However, I’m not sure Usmanov is doing a good job PR wise complaining again. He should have waited until September 1st before he came out again to round on the board. We look like we’re doing exactly what he requested the board do at the start of the summer… invest in the squad. If it’s all gone tits up by September 2nd, then have a rant. Still, the most important thing for Gooners is this quote.
‘We plan to continue to buy shares in the club’
‘From the point of view of investment, this has already been a successful policy: the value of the club has rise from £300-400million to £700-800million.’
‘But this is not the point. I am a fan and I am not going to sell these shares at any time, since this is the club that I consider the best in the world.’
Nice on Alisher.
Also, before I go, the amount of planks that kicked off about Alisher because of the ITV headline that had no relevance to the story was embarrassing. Makes you wonder how many people bitch about Le Grove without reading the content. Web 2.0 people, so little time they can’t even be bothered to read the content before making an outlandish judgement.
UPDATE 2: Cazorla signs.