Good morning Grovers! We have plenty to churn through today. The Olympics might be over, but the football season is nearly upon us. Why the hell there are internationals going on is totally beyond me. The people running the game seem to have not one ounce of common sense when it comes to scheduling. There is absolutely no need for a friendly now and it’s totally detrimental to most sides preparation…. and don’t even get me started on another African Cup of Nations. How many do they need? What is the purpose of another one? How long does Africa need this tournament to promote prosperity?
Onto other news. Arsene Wenger has come out and said Spanish papers make stuff up. This b*stards, I knew it. I swear I knew it all along.
“There’s nothing going on with Song. There’s nothing in that. Song has three years’ contract – he’s not in the same situation as Robin van Persie.
“In Spain, the newspapers are not really serious. We’ve had the experience of that. We’ve never had any contact with anybody from Barcelona.”
Now people, I’m not one for ever doubting the versacity of an Arsene Wenger quote, but I can tell you now for free, there might not be any truth in the Barcelona interest, but there is a whole load of truth in Alex Song wanting to go elsewhere and being quite public about his desires.
Still, the man from Cameroon was pretty categoric and forceful with his words about staying at Arsenal for the rest of his career.
‘I am not going to lie if I said there is no interest but I am at Arsenal and I am happy at Arsenal.’
He is happy at Arsenal if no one comes in for him. Well, so he’s told his friend Kameni.
‘We were together on vacation. He would like to go to Barcelona, any player would like to. Barcelona are not one of the best in the world, but the best’
It’s amazing what your friends tell you in a hot sticky bar in Benidorm. Anyway, there is no smoke without fire. There is no Darren Dein without player agitation. Expect this one to roll on and on. He might not go this window, but it’s disappointing we’re even talking about it. Hopefully we’ll push before he does and bring in someone who will die for the cause. I’ve always had my doubts as to whether Alex Song would do that.
Nik B is having a bit of a nightmare summer. It’s just sunk in that the Balon D’or his girlfriend awarded him in a mock ceremony in a Monaco hotel room was in fact, not real. No one is interested in his signature because apparently no one has met his three demands.
‘Yes I have and there are a lot of different reasons for that. I have three demands and I won’t sign a deal with a club who aren’t prepared to fill those demands.’
What could those demands be?
1. A car parking plaque that denotes – Master of the Universe
2. Sexual access to Chairmans wife
3. The shirt number ‘52,000’
In Robin Van Persie news, things just continue to get more and more bizarre. The headlines this morning report that Alex Ferguson took to the phone himself to persude Arsene to let his man go. I’m really not sure what that would achieve. I can’t believe the manager would be involved in the negotiations. I like that fact we’re making it tough for United, however, with Llorente sparking interest from Juve, we must be careful we don’t miss out on players then eventually sell Robin with no replacement to buy. Do we force a player who doesn’t want to be with us to stay for a season and miss out on £25million? Or do we flog him and bring in someone who wants to prove themselves and kick us onto trophy glory? It’s a big decision for Arsene and one that will certainly affect our trophy push this season.
Finally, before I go. I’ve recorded another podcast with Alex Fynn. I haven’t been very good at keep these things going on a regular basis, something I’ll look to do more as the season goes on. However, Alex is always an excellent guest and he can bring far more to the table than me just jabbering on about Alex Song and his orange trainers. In this episode we cover off the Premiership, Arsene Wenger and his change in tact, David Dein and his Premiership influence, Darren Dein and the Arsenal approach to football and spending moving forward. It’s a great listen even if the sound quality isn’t quite 100% yet!
As part of the podcast, we’ve got a special offer on the book. If you use the special code ‘Grove’ and buy the book at Vision SP you’ll get your very own special signed copy. Again, I can’t speak highly enough of the book. I’m pretty immersed in Arsenal as it is, so to read something as detailed and educational as this was truly was a pleasure. It’ll also give you the hard truth on the club, it’s finances and what’s been going on in modern times. You can also pick it up on the Kindle here.
Right, enjoy the podcast below, it’ll be on iTunes tomorrow. Let me know what you think on Twitter or in the comments!
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