Morning sports fans. This post is a bit late because it took a waste paper bin fire to warm my hands this morning. Don’t worry though, I have third degree burns, but hands more than capable of typing out a post on a nothing news day.
So, what shall we talk about first?
How about the football last night that happened at the Emirates? Arsenal’s kids ripped CSKA a new one at home in front a solid crowd. Serge Gnabry sealed the win with the only goal of the game. I didn’t end up going… I swear down it had nothing to do with the arctic weather conditions. Anyway, we’re through next round where we’ll face Chelsea. That’ll be interesting. How many of their fans would show up for a semi final of a European youth cup? Not many I’d imagine.
Still, you have to say, a semi final is pretty amazing work. It feels like a while since we’ve had kids worth salivating over (not in a 1970s TV presenter kind of way). I pay precisely f*ck all attention to the kids. If there’s anyone out there who’d like to contribute to Le Grove writing about the youth players, drop me an e-mail. I’d be happy to get a monthly post going or something. From what I’ve heard, Gnarbry, Bellerin, Akpom and Toral are the players who have a chance of breaking through. One day, you’d like to think that we’ll get a golden generation of kids make the grade.
One day people… one day.
In other news, the Jovetic story just won’t stop running…
‘Arsenal fall behind in race for Jovetic’
… was a story that ran on Sunday. How did we fall behind? Well, someone else had made up an interest from Juventus. No bids, no talks breaking down… just a competing ‘made up’ interest that was scuppering the deal.
Today, the interest is back on. Jovetic has literally put his hand up the skirt of Arsenal and whispered…. ‘I hope this is ok’
“I’ve heard about Arsenal’s interest,”
“It’s a big pleasure for me to be on the radar of such a big club. I am happy about that.
“I’ve always had an affinity with Arsenal. It’s a major club with a big tradition, one of the biggest in Europe.
“It’s not easy to replace Van Persie, who scored a lot of goals.
“Arsenal have plenty of players who don’t score like Van Persie, but are also very good. They are still very strong. I often watch Premier League games on TV. It’s one of the best leagues in the world and looks tempting for me.”
Well, there we have it. All the naysayers who claim we’re not and attractive proposition anymore should take a good read of those quotes. We have everything a player could want, bar success in the past 8 years. For lots of guys in Europe, there’s more to a club than that. Great training facilities, great stadium, a full stadium, London city, a relatively secure economy… and loads of money. I hope this rumour is more than just bluster.
People keep saying Wenger won’t change this summer. I think he’ll have to. Well, if he wants any chance of a new deal. The team has to be competitive come November. They only way he’ll manage that is if buy players. This summer is his last chance, otherwise, you can imagine his contract talks might end up going the way of a Dick Laws negotiation session.
‘Hey Arsene, what are you looking for?’
‘£9million a year. Offer a penny less and I’m off’
‘Arsene, we’ll offer you £2m a year, plus Denilson’
The balance of power in the Arsene / Arsenal relationship is starting to level out. As important a figure as he was, he’s on the downward spiral. He’ll never, ever get power at another club like he does at Arsenal. He might get £7.5m a year, but it’ll come with stipulations, it might come with a know it all football director… and it’ll certainly come with a lot of expectation. Does he want that this late in his career? I doubt it. I’d imagine he’ll either push for a new deal with us or saunter off and manager Japan.
Either way, if he pulls his usual magic trick of exciting the fans at the start of the summer, then delivering nothing. He’ll have a serious fight on his hands to get a decent deal without conditions.
Right, those be my words for this morning. Enjoy your day.
See you in the comments…