Well we’ll start the morning off with the bad news. Andre Santos made the front page news for being an idiot this morning. A 130mph car chase with the Police ending in the eventual arrest just outside London Colney. The Sun reckon he could face two years, forgetting that to pick up a sentence like that in the UK, he would have had to kill the two policeman involved in the arrest, BBQ their bodies and sell the cooked remains at an organic food fair.
It’s a bit of an odd one really. I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t stop for the Police if they were insured and licenced correctly. The liklihood of a professional footballer escaping the reaches of a police unit in a £150k a car is very low. All in all, a very silly incident. I highly doubt it’ll affect our plans going into the new season. Rumors have been floating about that the Brazilian full back has been training as a winger. I have no steer on that, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Some also suggesting he could step in at right back… that worries me, he’s a bit if a liability at left back. Shifting him over would make for interesting viewing.
In transfer news, The Daily Mail reckons we’ve snapped up Nuri Sahin for the year with the option to buy set at £14million. We’ve landed ourselves a serious midfielder there. I’m not sure we’ll be looking at a defensive midfielder going forward. To be honest, in our system, we perhaps don’t need one. Why? Well, the issue at Arsenal has been accountability. The three midfielders are supposed to cover the necessary ground to make sure everyone covers each other. When you have selfish players like Alex Song in you set up, you’re always going to end up exposed. Nuri Sahin comes from an extremely disciplined set up in Germany and he’s had time under the tactical dictator that is Mourinho. He’ll bring structure and stability to our midfielder. He’ll also bring a winners edge to the proceedings. We’re looking very strong in the middle of the park with Sahin, Arteta and Cazorla. That’s a seriously gifted trio who all know how to play the game.
In other news Everton new boy Kevin Mirralles claimed he turned down the chance to play at Arsenal because he wasn’t guaranteed game time. I don’t really know enough about him to be disappointed, but the chances of him getting in ahead of Jelovic seem pretty slim anyway. Who wants players who aren’t up for the fight? We’ve had enough of those over the past 7 years. We want winners and people who know they’ll force their way into contention. Still, if the story is true, it means we’ve been sniffing around new strikers. Shame it’s in the bargain basement, but I’m guessing we’re looking for a 3rd choice, so it’s not surprising.
Adebayor signed on for Spurs yesterday in a quite outrageous deal. Spurs will pay £5million to City for the Togolese striker. They’ll slip him a cool £80k a week with Manchester City funding the remaining £95k a week. Amazing. The guy has lucked out like a triple lottery winner. Now he has nothing to prove at Spurs, I’m looking forward to seeing him slip into Lazybeyor mode. Classic Ade… one season on… one off… move clubs.
Sadly for us, I’m guessing this means the chances of Chamakh moving to the darkside of North London have slipped away. He’ll have to settle for those heart warming rumours of Firorentina, maybe, just maybe coming in for him!
Things have gone terribly quiet on the Theo Walcott front. No deal announced, no clubs interested in his signature and a bad game under his belt to kick start the new season. I don’t think there’s much interest from anyone in the winger if I’m honest. It’d still be a bit of a slap in the face to lose a player we’ve invested in so heavily in to a free, but I guess that’s what’ll happen.
One player we might not lose on a free is Andrey Arshavin. Apparently Zenit have lodged a £7mill bid for the weighty Russian. I’d sell him, he looked very poor and uninspired at the weekend. Clearly we’re not the team to spark his potential being near the thrity mark, you’d have to imagine physically he’s not going to get any better. A real shame.
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