Good morning people of Le Grove! I have very little to talk about this morning, news appears to have dried up on the home stretch towards T-Day which happens this Thursday night.
The only rumours that seen to be perpetuating are the ones on Twitter. There are two going around. One is that David Villa is coming to Arsenal, the other centres around Diame. The mainstream press have stated, in the main, that Barcelona are not looking to sell David Villa. Why would they? He’s there only recognised striker and they don’t need the money. Piecing together little bits I’ve picked up, it sounds like David Villa wants to move, his people want him to move… but Barcelona don’t really want him to go anywhere as he might be needed should half man, half machine Messi pick up an injury.
There have also been denials from the club (Arsenal) that we’re in for him, and a good person from Talksport told me that he’d spoken to Arsenal and Dick Law apparently is not in Spain. Hey, he could be in Italy? Or, alternatively, he could just do his business via Skype and e-mail like the rest of the rabble. I spoke to someone close to the action, the usual person, who said there was more chance of Ricky Villa joining… Still, like I’ve said a million times before, there really aren’t many people who know what’s going on, even when they’re close to the action. Personally, I can’t see it for three reasons… 1) Theo Walcott is banging them in 2) Giroud has just started to come good 3) David Villa is a very expensive solution as a second striker, very un-Arsenal like. He’s currently on £110k, he won’t come on a two year deal and it’s unlikely we’ll get the 31 year old for less than £10m.
If we did manage to purchase him on his current salary on a 3 year deal, that would cost us £27m in total.
Personally, I’d rather us use big money like that to bring in a player like Cavani. Someone who can hit the ground running, someone who has time on his side to adapt and someone who looks far better built for the Premier League. I guess the reason David Villa works whatever the output of his arrival is… is this… he’ll shake up the squad, inject it with excitement and hopefully elicite an improvement in performance. Clubs all around us have brought in new players, some will work, some won’t… but they’ll all give their clubs a lift. We need a freshen up…. signing a legend like Villa would certainly do that.
Talking of players that have moved so far in January… I lifted this from the comments yesterday:
- Wilfired Zaha – Man Utd
- Demba Ba – Chelsea
- Lewis Holtby – Spurs
- Leroy Fer – Everton
- Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
- Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool
- Mapou Yanga MBiwa – Newcastle
- Moussa Sissoko – Newcastle
- Matthieu Debuchy – Newcastle
- Loic Remy – QPR
- Joe Cole – West Ham
- Nicolas Anelka – Juventus
- Didier Drogba – Galatasaray
No one from that list who could improve us?
Arsenal.com are ramping up the propaganda. The need for a new defensive midfielder is being dealt with by shoe horning Aaron Ramsey into the fold. He had to find a spot somewhere and apparently, after two good games against West Ham and Brighton, that’s where he’ll play! Amazing stuff. That’s why I have my doubts over the Villa rumours, this whole transfer window has been an excercise in PR, right from before Christmas when Wenger said he was looking in every position and looking to do something. If we come out of Thursday night without any new buys, we’ll all be pleased in the knowledge that we lodged a £30m bid for an unidentified player (have you ever known such a massive bid kept on the downlow) and that we tried for a Barca legend. We’ll also have a new defensive midfielder and we’ll have our injured players back… which are like new signings.
Things are quiet. In the old days, that meant we were busy. These days, in the modern era of Twitter and 24hr Sky Sports News, it normally means we’re not up to much.
Wenger has a press conference this morning… when he’s asked about signing players, I have a feeling you’ll see this face….
The… ‘Hey, I’m up to something face’… question is, will you believe it?